EF on Google

dv8 dv8
I just noticed that if you search Google with the term site:edenfantasys.com Google doesn't return any results. Other searches on Google seem to produce fewer EF results than in the past. Searching with Bing still works, however.
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Rossie Rossie
Umm, it didn't work because you forgot to put a space between "site:" and "edenfantasys.com ". If you type "site: edenfantasys.com" , a whole page of edenfantasys-related stuff shows up...I guess Google's not as smart as we think it is!
Jun 6, 6:40 pm
dv8 dv8
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Originally posted by Rossie
Umm, it didn't work because you forgot to put a space between "site:" and "edenfantasys.com ". If you type "site: edenfantasys.com" , a whole page of edenfantasys-related stuff shows up...I guess Google's not as smart as we think it is!
Wrong.
Per Google and common sense: "When you search using an operator, don't add any spaces between the operator and your query."

If you add a space, the argument of the site: operator is null and you're adding edenfantasys.com as a search term. Try it and notice that the results are not restricted to edenfantasys.com.
Jun 7, 3:57 am
Rossie Rossie
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Originally posted by dv8
Wrong.
Per Google and common sense: "When you search using an operator, don't add any spaces between the operator and your query."

If you add a space, the argument of the site: operator is null and you're adding ... More
OK, you're right. So what does this tell us?
Jun 7, 7:00 am
Wicked Wahine Wicked Wahine
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Originally posted by Rossie
OK, you're right. So what does this tell us?
This has to have been done purposefully by Google, but I don't know why. It's certainly interesting and worth noting though. I would be very interested in any light someone can shine on this, even educated guesses (or conspiracy theories, lol!). I used to search the site this way all the time, but haven't for about a month, so I don't know when this happened.
Jun 7, 2:42 pm
Bignuf Bignuf
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Originally posted by dv8
I just noticed that if you search Google with the term site:edenfantasys.com Google doesn't return any results. Other searches on Google seem to produce fewer EF results than in the past. Searching with Bing still works, however.
Okay...maybe I am just a bit "internet stupid", but I have never, ever used "site" in any Google search. I just type the name of what I am searching for. I just this minute, went to Google, typed in Edenfantasys and this site came up, right at the top. No problem, no issues. Maybe if you leave out the word "site" you will get better results. I have never failed to find what I was looking for!
Jun 8, 8:45 pm
dv8 dv8
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Originally posted by Bignuf
Okay...maybe I am just a bit "internet stupid", but I have never, ever used "site" in any Google search. I just type the name of what I am searching for. I just this minute, went to Google, typed in Edenfantasys and this site came ... More
That's completely irrelevant. I'm not just using some word site; I'm using a search engine's site restriction search parameter.

The issue is that EF's webpages are recently missing from the Google indexes. Using the site parameter on EF should produce oodles of results. Even without that parameter, just search Google for bignuf Edenfantasys. No results.

It's 2014. Can we stop having this discussion be a newbie guide to using search engines? Google's help page has sections called "filter and refine your results" and "advanced search" that shouldn't be new to internet users.
Jun 9, 4:30 am
dv8 dv8
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Originally posted by Rossie
OK, you're right. So what does this tell us?
EF's webpages still have their usual meta tags. Specifically, they don't have a robots tag set to nofollow or noindex. That means that Google removed the site presumably for a violation of webmaster guidelines.

If I had to guess, I'd think that the issue was the way EF treated links to other sites. They used to be obfuscated so that the links appeared to link back to EF. That behavior seems to have changed.
Jun 9, 5:37 am
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