I use the WordPress search function frequently to find others blogging about things that interest me. Lately, I have found that even though there may be thousands of posts found, after 4 or 5 pages the same ones continue to be displayed. Is there a problem with the search engine ?
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There isn't a problem that I am aware of. However, we frequently note that bloggers are not clear on how the WordPress.com search utility operates, and they aren't aware they can also use the global tag pages, and Google search.
It can take a few days before new blogs are included in the search index. Brand new blogs might not have enough posts for us to accurately determine whether or not it’s spam.
Also, keep in mind that the search engine only indexes the body text of blog posts, pages, and comments. The blog name, post titles, and post/comment author names are not indexed. http://en.support.wordpress.com/wordpresscom-search/
We can also search the global tag pages.
The search format for Google is as follows. Note that there is no space following the colon and also that "keyword" ought to be replaced with whatever the topic is that you are searching.
I hope this helps. :)
I find only that I can view items 1-20 on two pages of Search results even though WordPress.com shows thousands of results found. This pertains to using the Search function in the right top corner.
I have found my initial problem using either search location .. right top corner on my dashboard or the 'regular' search box on the 'Wordpress' search page .. doesn't seem to matter. Thanks .........
Would you like to report this to Staff? If so the here's the link http://en.support.wordpress.com/contact/ After you use the searchbox, under the search results, at the bottom of the page there will be a section that says “Have you found the answer to your question?” You can choose either “Yes I found the answer to my question.” or “No I didn’t find the answer to my question and I would like to contact support for help.” The no option will reveal the contact form.
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