2.5M Executable Files in Google’s Index

Author: Gab Goldenberg

There are about 2.5 million executable files in Google’s index:
“Results 1 – 10 of about 2,470,000 for filetype:exe” – http://www.google.com/search?q=filetype%3Aexe.

That’s pretty interesting, considering how these can be used for trojan viruses and other dirty work. Of course, not all .exe files are dirty, but this is pretty significant. In addition, there’ve recently been posts in the SEO community about how this type of file won’t rank / will be less trusted.

Kudos to Pete Wailes’ post for the filetype query inspiration:


BTW, Pete’s comments are some of the most value added at SEOmoz, and his contributions are pretty sweet too. Kudos to this excellent online marketing services provider for sharing his knowledge!

If I had time, I’d dig around the top 100 results for that file extension query, see what they’re trying to rank for and whether there’s any patterns. That would be a fascinating research piece.

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  1. Interesting that the search results are so huge and then there is talk that these pages won't rank.

    Comment by Free Amazing Backlink Checker - July 13, 2008 @ 9:43am
  2. Glad you found it useful :) And I'm flattered by the compliment. Always remember the golden rule of posting, be it a comment or a blog post: if you don't have something worth saying, shut up! :p

    Comment by Pete W - July 13, 2008 @ 6:52pm
  3. Pete, you're quite an example as to sticking to that rule!

    Comment by Gabriel Goldenberg - July 14, 2008 @ 1:57am
  4. Cheers! Something you may also like: multivariate-testing-through-applying-pareto-to-orthogonal-arrays/ Edit: Made the link dofollow.

    Comment by Pete W - July 14, 2008 @ 4:12am

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