Just noticed that Google is testing a version of SERP without the number of results and page load time. I only see that version when logged in using my Google account. The total number of results was never a reliable number and it has fluctuated a lot for some of the websites we have worked on. I believe the the traffic numbers for keywords from Adwords and other tools are much more reliable to determine competition than the total results number. Does an average user care about the total results? Will it effect how non-power users use Google? What do you think?
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