Researchers: Run “Restrictive” Google Strings

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The post reflects my current understanding of how Google works. I hope to share extra detail with you as we do more testing or if we hear more from Google Search people.


When you write a search string, Google assesses whether it is:

Open-ended (assuming you, the user, require assistance) or Specific, or “restrictive.”

Google decides on “restrictive” in some cases with quotes or when you use advanced operators  (maybe something else). For restrictive searches, Google does a fair job of searching with less interpretation. That sometimes leads to more results.

Looking closer, it’s not one

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