I have a really big problem:

Anyone has experienced the same ?

  • For the record, any 'site:' search will give you the page index count less (minus/without) the pages that do not pass the various SERP result filters. In other words, it is a count of indexed pages that DO pass the filters. The index count found in Search Console will roughly match the 'site:' search when no pages are filtered. Otherwise, you cannot count on this metric.
    – closetnoc
    Jan 15, 2016 at 16:18

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Google's site: search result count is a very inaccurate measure. See:

The bottom line is that you can use Google's estimates of the number of results to figure out how many documents are indexed. There may be far more, or far fewer documents in the index compared to the number Google prints for the result count. The only way that Google for you to estimate the number of pages indexed for a particular site is to see the number for your verified site in Google Search Console.

Unless you have found a specific document that is in the search results for the site: search, but doesn't come up in the CSE, you don't have a problem.

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    The problem is not the number ! I'm looking for content that is never indexed in the CSE but in normal search with a web browser.
    – Osmoze950
    Jan 15, 2016 at 14:18
  • If you have an example of such content, add it to your question. There likely won't be any if you are just going based on the fact that the search result counts don't match. Jan 15, 2016 at 14:19
  • For confidentiality reasons I can't give you the website but whatever, we will call it the "x-website.com". So in this case, using the keyword "site:x-website.con" to know how many pages are indexed : - Normal Search with web browser : 1 180 pages indexed - CSE : 0 pages indexed If CSE and Normal Websearch have differents results I can't use this API for my project... Do you understand more with this example ?
    – Osmoze950
    Jan 15, 2016 at 14:48
  • If the CSE doesn't have any results, there must be a problem with how you set it up, no? Jan 15, 2016 at 15:07
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    Your result for StackOverflow in not conclusive because it is based on search result count estimates. You'd need to find a better example for me. I have CSE set up for my site: potato vs site search potato -- both have three results. If I search for something more common such as the brand name I get differing result count estimates, but those are just that, estimates. Jan 15, 2016 at 15:35

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