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Google removes + operator

Discussion in 'White Hat SEO' started by Autumn, Oct 31, 2011.

  1. Autumn

    Autumn Elite Member

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    Not sure if this has been shared here or not... Google appears to have removed the + operator from searches and now you're supposed to put single words in quotes if you require them to appear in the pages returned by your query. You can try it yourself - search for something using + operator eg.

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    shit +balls
    
    and you will see an error message telling you the + operator has been deprecated.

    Code:
    http://www.google.com/support/forum/p/Web%20Search/thread?tid=151ef6cf0a761b74&hl=en
    
    Stupid wankers.
     
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  2. Malofie

    Malofie Junior Member

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    News to me, thanks for sharing.

    And it happened like 10 days ago.
     
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    Indeed, it hasn't been shared here, or i didn't notice.
    I've read that it is to improve SEO for Google + network.

    Beeing the boss of their engine helps. Instead of complying to their system they change rules

    I should PM Matt Cutt for a SEO Contract haha !!

    First advice would be to change the keyword to google plus :D
     
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    I can't imagine they'd do something like this just for G+, and if they did it's a stupid move. They could just as easily add a custom filter in there that if a search is for "Google+" it would return relevant results.. without having to remove the + operator altogether.
     
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    Yeah, noticed this too, since a while back.