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Q: search results ( Answered,   1 Comment )
Subject: search results
Category: Computers > Algorithms
Asked by: londonlinks-ga
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Posted: 30 May 2002 07:21 PDT
Expires: 06 Jun 2002 07:21 PDT
Question ID: 18885
how can the search results limit returned by google be increased?
curently the most results the engine will return is 800 pages x 100
results. Eg:

A search for "increase search results"  produces this maximum result:


Even though it has indexed more results than this, this is the highest
number of results it will return.
Subject: Re: search results
Answered By: drdavid-ga on 30 May 2002 11:31 PDT
If you refer to:

you will find an essentially similar question answered.

First, you probably want to search for the phrase "increase search
results" by putting the three words in quotes on your search:


This reduces the number of results to 56 if you ignore "similar

If you really want to look at all pages that use your three words
anywhere, be sure to click the link on the last results page that
allows you to "repeat the search with the omitted results included."

Chances are good that you then have all the pages you could possibly
be interested in.

Request for Answer Clarification by londonlinks-ga on 30 May 2002 13:20 PDT
If you repeat with the
omitted results included, you can get another 140 results, though it
appears that Google search won't give you more than 1000 results. In
most cases, the "very similar" results are more pages from sites
already listed and do not represent additional useful pages to view.

Hello - this was the summarised answer referred to and indeed it
confirms that Google does not apear to offer more than 1000 results
even if one selects "include ommitted results".

So my original question remains: is it possible to overide this
limitation to be able to browse to some of the other estimated results
that google displays?

There may be some 300,000 page results estimated for a search term,
but google will only ever show a maximum of 1000 results. This seems
to be a limitation in the search engine - maybe the new Api interface
will allow the user to overide this limit?

Clarification of Answer by drdavid-ga on 30 May 2002 15:39 PDT
In all real practical searches that I have encountered, getting 1000
or more results means that I haven't done a good job of defining the
search narrowly enough. That's often OK; Google's page rank system
will put the likely best candidated somewhere near the top anyway. If
I don't see the right results in the top, say, 100 results, I'm almost
certainly going to refine my search with additional search terms,
grouping exclusions or other advanced search features rather than
simply browsing through hundreds of results. I suspect that the 1000
limit was set partly because it wasn't envisioned that anyone would
want to browse through more than that many results.

The 1000 result limit is, apparently, common on search engines in
general. You can find discussions about it on newsgroups. For example,
"OT: Artificial Limits on Index Engine Searches"

I found:

"So far, the only explanation I have gotten is from Lycos who
>Going over 1000 results leaves the service
> vulnerable to those who have
> negative intentions toward HotBot. This means slower
> service for everyone else. This is an inflexible limitation."

In other words, search engines deliberately discourage people from
browsing through thousands of results, because generating the long
lists takes significant time and slows the overall service to other

However, since the limit does not appear to be documented in the
Google Help files, you could try sending an inquiry to
Subject: Re: search results
From: artist-ga on 19 Jun 2002 07:45 PDT
  The answer doesn't say that google says anywhere that it won't
display more than 1000 results even if it is able to find them.


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