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Google 'supplemental results'


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GoogleGuy Says

PostPosted: August 27, 2003 1:16 AM 

Importance: Medium

GoogleGuy explains the new experimental feature of supplemental results.

GoogleGuy Says: [Link to quote]

Hey, the supplemental results are a new experimental feature to augment the results for obscure queries. This is a new technology that can return more results for queries that for example have a small number of results. So it might not affect the results for a popular search, but for a researcher doing a more specific query, it can improve the recall of the results. The supplemental collection of pages has been collected from the web just like the 3.3 billion pages in Google's main index.

Hope that helps,

bobbby reed

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PostPosted: August 4, 2004 8:08 PM 

That is hog wash - perfectly normal sites are showing up in supplemental - google has crashed due to pressure from msn and yahoo.

bobbby reed

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PostPosted: August 4, 2004 8:09 PM 

That is hog wash - perfectly normal sites are showing up in supplemental - google has crashed due to pressure from msn and yahoo. :twisted:

bobbby reed

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PostPosted: August 4, 2004 8:09 PM 

That is hog wash - perfectly normal sites are showing up in supplemental - google has crashed due to pressure from msn and yahoo. :twisted:


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PostPosted: September 16, 2004 3:51 AM 

I too have experienced this supplemental results and have not seen this before. Is there any way we can get the results moved to the normal Google indexing so the site can get ranked?

Has this happened to a site due to something they have done such as a mirror site or something?

If anyone has any further points, please let me know.


Mark Carey

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PostPosted: September 16, 2004 7:12 AM 

Usually this happens when Google can no longer find any links to the page, but is still able to fetch the page (the page still exists).

So to answer your question, if you link to any pages that are supplemental results, I think that would bring them back into the main index.


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PostPosted: August 31, 2005 11:31 PM 

I have had hundreds of thousands of pages crawled in the last year or so and yet I end up with a few hundred pages showing for my sitesearch on google or at best a few tens of thousands but in the latter case all Supplemental. In August 05 I had 1 million pages crawled by google (well, it was between 900,000 and a million). What is likely to happen to those crawled items? In the last year, including last month, Google has accessed my site possibly up to 2 million times - yet for most months in the last year I've had only a few hundred or a few thousand pages findable on Google.


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PostPosted: December 14, 2005 2:36 AM 

Hey do supplemental results cause any effect on site PR or r they crawled in future


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PostPosted: December 14, 2005 2:37 AM 

Hey do supplemental results cause any effect on site PR or r they crawled in future


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PostPosted: June 21, 2006 10:24 AM 

Right now there is absolutely no explanation for what goes in the supplemental index - I have pages that are so well linked (even from external sites) that are supplemental.

Scott Hendison

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PostPosted: July 26, 2006 5:41 PM 

Why has google now removed all reference to the word "supplemental" in their help files?

I just made a blog post about this here - pdxtc.com/wpblog/archives/243 and I'm really curious


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PostPosted: August 8, 2006 11:55 AM 

Usually this happens when Google can no longer find any links to the page

L. Smit

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PostPosted: September 10, 2006 5:16 AM 

Usually this happens when Google can no longer find any links to the page

That is NOT true


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PostPosted: October 11, 2006 1:58 PM 

yes this happens when Google can't find other results. This happed to my site http://hghlook.com


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PostPosted: October 17, 2006 8:30 PM 

My site pages were listed normally, now theyre all listed as supplemental, and my hits have dropped dramatically. What can i do?


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PostPosted: October 27, 2006 4:04 PM 


I run an stock photo site specialized on travel photos: http://www.ayito.com. My pages are extremelly well linked to each other. I still get supplemental results. Don't believe supplemental results are about orphaned pages.


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PostPosted: November 6, 2006 10:09 AM 

This "Supplemental Results" is driving every webmaster I know nuts!! Of course our pages are dynamic, that's the point of the website. And yes, to make it easy to navigate, pages are linked so you can get to each relevant service offered from any page without having to go back to the top. And once you get to that page, the information is personalized. So, the same information is organized differently if you want to Make an offer, Barter, Buy, or Discuss. Again, That's what intelligent sites SHOULD do. If Google is penalizing us for this, then they can .... well supplement this!!

Fleet Lists

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PostPosted: November 7, 2006 11:44 PM 

I have noticed over the last few months that pages appear to move between normal and supplemental whereas previoulsy thet seemed to stay in supplemental for at least six months.
But there seems to be no rhyme or reason as to why they move and often in between they seem to go missing altogether for a while.


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PostPosted: December 6, 2006 3:26 PM 

Can someone tell me if my site http://weightlosshd.com is supplemental?


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PostPosted: December 8, 2006 8:18 AM 

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PostPosted: December 18, 2006 11:37 AM 

Yea, most of my pages came out of supplemental results for about a week and then went back in. Not sure why this happened but it seemed to happen just after a yahoo article was linked to my site. Wonder if that had anything to do with it.


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PostPosted: December 26, 2006 9:09 PM 


Ive also experienced these supplemental results, and ive been comparing sites which has these supplemental results,

Ive looked at the above sites and I could find http://hghlook.com/category/ultimate-hgh/ as a supplemental result, check out this page and you wont blame Google for putting them on supplmental results now would you ? with the billions of sites available out there to be crawled Google simply cannot afford to waste its time crawling pages like this. Im sure this page is no orphan page but it sure is not worth crawling...and ive got more good guesses based on my analysis, but it all comes down to what is the meaning of a quality website, its hard to say, and if Google decides to answer to the supplmental result issue they will be attcked by a whole lot of other questions... i.e.what is quality?...what is not?... which all relates to their algorithm in ranking sites based on inpage factors... Which I dont think they wanna say..,sure Google makes a few mistakes in categorizing what is to be in supplemental and what is not, but its up to us to ask our selves.. is my page worth crawling or not?...HONESTLY !!!

this is just my 2cents worth, thanks --

remco v

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PostPosted: December 31, 2006 5:40 AM 

Hi, ive been pushed into the supplementals with my site http://www.seomangnifier.com I don't know the reason.

It is a brand new site and it started ranking a week ago. Then after I implemented the http 301 www push it started to go supplemental.

Very strange, I listed the preferred domain in the webmaster tools to www and made all subdomains 301 to the www version. I also made some good www backlinks.

Could it be due to duplicate content on both www and non www? On other site at work was also dumped into the supplementals and that one was indexed on to many domains.

Jesus Guerrero

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PostPosted: January 8, 2007 10:44 AM 

This also happend to my site www.intelweb.com.mx . The pages in the main index were moved to the supplemental index and the visits to my site decreased so much. I expect this to be temporary.


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PostPosted: January 8, 2007 4:44 PM 

I doubt the supplemental results will be temporary. Using supplemental results limits the strain on Google's hardware.


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PostPosted: January 15, 2007 6:24 PM 

I'm still trying to figure out where it would say "supplemental result" in the listings. Is my website in it? http://www.lakeland-printing.com .

ian Smith

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PostPosted: January 19, 2007 8:14 AM 

To see which of your pages are in the main or supplemental index do this search on Google: site:www.yoursite.com (i.e. putting in your own domain name for yoursite.com).
I have a shopping website that I have been building over the past year (http://www.comparebuyandsave.com/) and ALL the internal pages are supplemental. If that is replicated elsewhere Google imo is going to be the looser because people will begin to appreciate the better relevance of say MSN (Live Search) which delivers people to the page that contains the information they are looking for rather than just the home page.


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PostPosted: January 25, 2007 5:33 PM 

It's funny, Google has me listed 335 times. MSN: 12, Yahoo: 1. It seems like Yahoo & MSN are slow to act for new sites. I know what Yahoo's problem is: I'm not in their directory. I think it's extortion that they charge you $300.00 to get put in there. We should all get a class-action lawsuit against Yahoo for price gouging, I mean...if that's not price gouging, what is??


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PostPosted: January 27, 2007 11:22 PM 

we have a site http://www.getprice.com.au that also been moved to Supplemental Result if you search for :

"Le Rouge Pearl Shimmer Lipstick + getprice"

any idea why ?


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PostPosted: February 20, 2007 8:25 AM 


My site has just gone Supplemental. It is 8 months old, was listed OK, and now all pages supplemental.

Could this be a new "sandbox" effect. i.e. if Google feels that a site should not have been listed so soon, or maybe was ranked incorrectly, it suppmentalises it?


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PostPosted: February 22, 2007 2:49 AM 

The dreaded Supplemental Result has been doing my head in. I have came across loads of totally different reasons and none of them seem to make any sense to my sites being placed in the dreaded Supplemental Result index. My free gadget site http://www.free-gadget.co.uk was indexed, then sandboxed, then the number of indexed pages grew. The dreaded supplemental index starting biting at the pages one by one. All of my content is unique and took a long time to put together.

I watched another site of mine http://my-domains-for-sale.co.uk grow on the index then fall into the supplemental index.


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PostPosted: February 28, 2007 8:37 PM 

The Supplemental result is annoying, not only for webpage makers and webmasters, but for people searching stuff up. I can't find any more good results! bUT GOOGLe says it doesn't lower your page rank...
I don't want supplemental results!!! For me, Yahoo crawled my pages fastest and Google 2nd.


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PostPosted: March 30, 2007 11:10 AM 

Same thing has happened on mine:

James Galway

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PostPosted: April 2, 2007 7:37 AM 

So have we concluded whether Supplemental result is good or bad? :)


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PostPosted: April 3, 2007 8:47 AM 

Google lists pages in supplemental results for duplicate content. Make sure your meta descriptions are different on all your pages. This happened to me. I changed all the descriptions and my pages slowly started coming out of the supplemental results as google crawled them again. If you dont want to write a separate description for each page then just leave the description out and google will pull a few lines from your content. Not sure how that will affect other search engines though.


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PostPosted: April 8, 2007 12:36 PM 

For years I have built Homestead websites for free for friends with very small business with no problem getting listed with search engines. However, it has been a "tear my hair out" experience with my latest one, http://www.pensofdistinction.homestead.com/
and I think it's because most search engines want you to PAY them in one way or another to be listed. ONLY MSN Live Search has picked up all the pages and right off the bat too! What's with Google and Yahoo? Maybe it's time to switch search engines, people.

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PostPosted: May 1, 2007 4:23 AM 

When I do site: http://www.easywebtech.com most of pages were in Supplemental Results.
After changing my keywords in the title and meta tags, now more than 100 pages became to normal listing .. Still few more pages are in Supplemental Result ...

What is Google Supplemental Result ? And how do I get all my pages out of the Google Supplemental Results ?

eyje? http://www.eyje.com

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PostPosted: May 1, 2007 9:44 AM 

that's right but sometimes.

quentin tarantula, moderator at eyje.

eyje? http://www.eyje.com

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PostPosted: May 1, 2007 10:18 AM 

Mesothelioma Source;

Ab Lounger

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PostPosted: May 18, 2007 12:14 PM 

>So have we concluded whether Supplemental >result is good or bad? :)

That's bad Rob, extremely bad (

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