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In 2003, Google introduced a “supplemental index” as a way of showing more documents to users. Most webmasters will probably snicker about that statement, since supplemental docs were famous for refreshing less often and showing up in search results less often.

Now Google is coming to the next major milestone in the elimination of the artificial difference between indices: rather than searching some part of the index in more depth for obscure queries, Google is now searching the whole index for every query.

From a user perspective, this means that you’ll be seeing more relevant documents and a much deeper slice of the web, especially for non-English queries. For webmasters, this means that good-quality pages that were less visible in Google’s index are more likely to come up for queries.

You may have read on more on Google Hell. If not, do it now.

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