Unfortunately Google search results no longer cut it, they don’t provide the information they once did. Why? [Unless you keep your search setting to show only 10 per page -- the default -- then] they repeat the same urls over and over right down the page from result 1 to result 30.
Below are some searches from today. (Here in NYC we like to look for hats.) The problem is that google is returning the same domains over and over. It shuts out all but its top results and ads:
34 in a row results from alibaba.com (after 3 ads)
Then a link to images, one link to youtube.com and
14 straight results from aliexpress.com
18 straight results from coolibar.com (after 3 ads)
Then a link to images, and 9 straight results from amazon.com
Perhaps there’s something tricky about sun hats? Let’s try
womens sun hats
17 straight results from amazon.com (after 3 ads)
Then 8 straight results from coolibar.com
5 in a row from lancasteronline.com then
3 in a row from foxnews.com then
4 in a row from stuff.co.nz
EDIT — I found that if I change my settings from displaying 100 search results to displaying only 10 per page, the duplication goes away. When set at more than 10 results, the results may all be grouped all together with the first occurrence of each domain. Perhaps that is Google’s way of insisting that we refresh their ads after every 10 results.
Thanks for the feedback here (and on hackernews )