Explained: “It looks like there aren’t many great matches for your search” in Google

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Don’t be surprised if you see the error “It looks like there aren’t many great matches for your search” in Google search. As of April 2020 this is a new feature update to Google that shows a message whenever there aren’t enough high quality results.

‘There aren’t many great matches for your search’

It looks like there aren't many great matches for your search

This is a new prompt by Google. Its basically means the search results aren’t of good quality and they don’t match enough with the intent of your search. The exact error message says

“Tip: Try using words that might appear on the page that you’re looking for. For example ‘cake recipes’ instead of ‘how to make a cake’. Need help? Take a look at other tips for searching on Google.”

There are trillions of searches that happen on Google every year and out of those 15% of searches are new. This means that 15% of queries are using keywords that Google has never seen before.

What to do if you run into this Google search error?

If you run into this error the best thing to do is to write a new search query, below you will find some tips that are recommended by Google to write better search queries.

  1. Be descriptive: Remember that descriptive is better than generic so write descriptive keywords like “Where is the nearest Pizza place” instead of “Pizza place”
  2. Choose words carefully: Google is intelligent but it needs keywords to be able to give you the right searches so instead of saying “my head hurts” say “headache” and you will be able to find better search resultss.
  3. Don’t worry about spellings: Google has a built-in spell checker that can even spot typos and capitlization doesn’t matter so don’t worry about the little things.

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4 thoughts on “Explained: “It looks like there aren’t many great matches for your search” in Google”

  1. “Its basically means the search results aren’t of good quality”

    WRONG. It means google can’t find enough PAID AD results to show, so they show nothing instead of showing the real internet.

    It’s surprising that they bother with this new “feature” since the ads they show are usually unrelated to the search term anyway…

  2. Yeah, they decided in the last five years that song lyrics and content free “opinion journalism” is more important than presenting useful information. Every forum that exists has disappeared from Google results unless you use a ‘site:’ command. I suspect ‘site:’ goes next.

    Makes me highly suspicious that a small cabal of generals invited Sergei Brin, Larry Page and Eric Schmidt to ‘have tea’. About three years ago The Duck got fucked too.

    You’re the third hit for “for example ‘cake recipes'” by the way. It’s difficult to find discussion and criticism of this on Google without exact string matches, the results all seem to get replaced with newscorp opinion pieces for some strange reason.

  3. “This is a new prompt by Google. Its basically means the search results aren’t of good quality and they don’t match enough with the intent of your search.”

    How do you or Google know this? You really are ridiculous.

  4. The new filter is pure gaslighting technique by Google and their masters to make you think your search is too out of touch and needs to be ‘rethought’ and you need to be re-educated.

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