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hofodomo01
When you are searching for something using google (or whatever else you use), how many of you actually looks past the first page? I generally don't go past the first page even if I really really want to find something...

(I think this is interesting, because it gives a good indication of how web surfers behave, and can help in designing a user friendly website, etc.)
ocalhoun
I only look past the first page if I'm having difficulty finding something, and I know I can't improve the search query any, or if I want to do a lot of comparative shopping.

Unless what you're looking for is hard to find, you'll usually see a good enough search result within the first page if you use a good query.

(If your site does not show up on the first page, and a competing site does, yes that's bad.)
f99123
me,too
the-guide
Yeah, normally I find what I looking for at first page, however,
I always go to next pages (usually page 2-3) that help me get
better comparison results.
mathiaus
I'll usually go to 3 pages if I need to but often find what I want on page 1.

On my last topic (Celebrity Data), I went up to 12 pages deep. When you are searching for something that won't be optimized to be on page 1 because it isn't important to be so, you need to go really deep. Sometimes what I found on page 7 was more relevant than page 2. Sometimes the stuff on page can all be the same from big sites but on page 4 you find a much smaller site with the same stuff again but then a little extra.

It's important to understand when to look at the other pages! Razz
deanhills
It depends how determined and intense I am in my searches. And whether I am happy with the results on the first page. More often than not I find myself going to the second page and deeper than that. For example when I am looking for the address of a Hotel I find I have to go a few pages deep, as there are all those pesky Accommodation Websites that are on the first page, and of course do not feature the contact details for the Hotels. That is just one example. I may look for more information on accommodation in Dubai for example, and the best Website is not necessarily on the first page.
vineeth
Sometimes, if I am specifically interested to get more information on a subject, I travel even up to the last page. But I would always prefer to refine my search using the quality and amounts of results that I have received from my first pages...
Utopia GFR
When I use the Google search engine, I usually go beyond the first page of results (I would say about 5 pages).

I also took the habit to stop by "knowledge gateways" like world known "Wikipedia" which proves to be very useful to me when looking for immediate information over any kind of topic.

Either way, I appreciate finding quickly what I'm looking for, especially when it avoids me to lose precious time in information research during my working hours.

I think most surfers on the Internet are looking for good information accessibility, smooth and quick processing along with total reliability on what they read.

hofodomo01 wrote:
When you are searching for something using google (or whatever else you use), how many of you actually looks past the first page? I generally don't go past the first page even if I really really want to find something...

(I think this is interesting, because it gives a good indication of how web surfers behave, and can help in designing a user friendly website, etc.)
ptfrances
Most of people don't go behind thi first two pages of results, unfortunately Confused
Melacos
I guess it depends... If I'm typing in a really long and specifically detailed search-word, I'd usually just look at the first page, and then redefine my search criteria if I'm not satisfied with the results. On the other hand, if I'm searching really broadly for something - maybe just using one or two words - I'd probably skim through the following pages..
Agent ME
Usually I just make my searches more specific if what I want isn't on the first page. And then once I've made my search specific enough, usually everything past the first page isn't very related to what I want.
Nameless
I only check the first couple of pages ... but then again, I often set 50 or 100 results per page when I've not looking for something specific so that helps.
Magicman
I usually can find what I want on the first page of results but if I can't I will usually check at least the first few and then try refining my search criteria.
rockacola
That'll depend on what I'm looking for...
if I'm looking for specified item, I tend to refine my search words every page, unless most of the results in the first page are relevant then I'll continuing browsing down the pages.
missdixy
Normally I am very good at conducting my searches in such a way that the first result or two will be what I am looking for. If not, at least it'll be in the top five. However, on the rare occasions that I can't find what I want on the first page, I usually DO go to the second (and if need be) the third page, but very rarely do I go much further than that.
Ghost Rider103
Usually whatever I am looking for is right on the front page. If it's not on the front page, then I either try to make my wording better to come up with better results, or I will go on to further pages until I find what I am looking for.
AftershockVibe
I very rarely actually click the "2" button, so I suppose my answer is no.

However, if the quality of the results on the first page are poor I'll usually rewrite my search query to exclude words or be more specific. This will bring up results which would otherwise have been on later pages.
Zombie
I usually stay on the first page as well... good thing my site has high google rank.
DoctorBeaver
I only use standard search engines for very basic queries, so I don't usually need to go past page 1. Most of my searches are for research work so I use specialist search engines with very precise search criteria.
crimson_aria
I usually search up to page 2. If I still can't find what I'm looking for, I stretch my search til page 7 or 9. I go past those pages if I'm desperate to find the thing that I can't find anywhere on the earlier pages. Then, if nothing comes up, I stop.
apple
I have a 5 page limit....if i'm looking for images tho and finding stuff I like...I'll do 10 (maybe)
Donutey
If it's something technical I usually go through the first few results, and sometimes onto the next pages. (ie for more info about a particular programming function), but for entertainment, it's usually just the first link.
PatTheGreat42
I look past the first page when looking for pictures usually.
ninjakannon
PatTheGreat42 wrote:
I look past the first page when looking for pictures usually.

That's a good point! Although, I don't search for images very often, when I do I will view far more pages than I do for other queries.

I think it's interesting how search habits evolve. When I was 'new to the internet' as a youngster I would check to page 50 if I had to. Now I don't always even check to the bottom of the first page before I alter my query. If, though, that doesn't find me what I want then I may check a few more pages - but that's actually very rare.

So, why do I view fewer pages than I did a few years back? I'm not precisely sure. Is it likely that through experience I've realised that it is more efficient if I change the query and try again, than trawling the pages? Or, err, well... What?


An interesting topic, shows just how important it is for a website to be a first page search result!
standready
If I need to look past the first couple of pages, I need to redefine search parameters.
Ghost900
I have looked past the first page before but only occasionally.

I normally get to the bottom and type in a new keyword or try a new search engine if I can't find what i want.
hamza1122
sometimes it depends on what im searching about. usually if its just a quick search i look through the first page and then type in a different search term but if it was for something important i actually would, and have several times, searched every single search page on google that comes up. A bit annoying but i just skim through them.
tony
hofodomo01 wrote:
When you are searching for something using google (or whatever else you use), how many of you actually looks past the first page? I generally don't go past the first page even if I really really want to find something...

(I think this is interesting, because it gives a good indication of how web surfers behave, and can help in designing a user friendly website, etc.)


Hrm... I often look through the titles and meta tags of the top 3 or 4 results and choose the best one. Is that abnormal?
jabce85
*cough*...... g2p.org to find just about any song you can think of.......
j_f_k
i'll go through a few pages before I give up (witht he default of 10 hits/page) i'll do 7 or 8. After that it becomes a better strategy to refine your search or try something else.

google's ranking is good and there are a problem a little while ago where the spam/junk advertiser set manged to cotton onto ways to elevate junk pages in the ranking - this seems to have improved - but the habit of persistence still lingers for me anyway
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