Google publishes details, including Google retrieval limits on search operators
Gary Ellis and Lizzie Harvey published a new Google Search Developer Help document on Google Search Operators Review. This document is different from the current one because it focuses more on what SEO should know about the limitations of these search operators.
The announcement tweets on this new document are:
Are you using these search operators in other ways? Let us know, either here on Twitter, or use the send feedback button in mails (we also read the comments) https://t.co/Oor4XmvfwQ
– Lizzie Harvey (@ Lizzie Harvey) July 21, 2021
Now, at the top of this new document, it is mentioned that “Because search operators are bound by indexing and retrieval limits, the URL inspection tool in the search console is more reliable for debugging purposes.”
What is an example of “indexing and retrieval limits”? Well, there was an example on Twitter where Gary explained that “unfortunately all search operators are very much affected by the retrieval limits of our system.” Gary added that it is less visible on larger sites than on smaller ones.
This example operator is:
You may not be doing anything wrong. Unfortunately, not all search operators are affected by our system’s recovery limitations. On larger sites it is less visible, for example fire:
Images: 1200×600 Site: https: //t.co/lm7xuPkv4b
– Gary 鯨 理 ／ Gianny Ellis (@ Method) July 22, 2021
Google wants to add more details to this page, so they suggest using the submit feedback button for editing suggestions or use these operators as SEO.
Here is a screenshot of the page today so we have:
Forum discussion Twitter.