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Different SERP position results - WTF??

Discussion in 'White Hat SEO' started by terry56, Apr 6, 2010.

  1. terry56

    terry56 Junior Member

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    I am working with a client to increase PR of their site and I stumbled on a wierd result on Sunday...

    I was checking SERP results from my home (50 miles N.W. of Los Angeles in Ventura county) for my selected keyword phrases for the clients site and the 2 main phrases came in at #1 and #2, so I email client and say "WooHoo! we did it." ...They responded with "Errr..no we are not"

    I checked at work Monday (located 30 miles from L.A. in L.A. county)....

    NO WAY!...The site was listed on PAGES 2 and 3!!! WTF!!!!

    So, can anybody explain these wacky results??

    P.S. Did you know that MOBILE SEARCH gives even more different results from desktop/Laptop results (on any subject) ???
     
  2. bgibson8708

    bgibson8708 Newbie

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    Are you logged into iGoogle? This tracks sites that you visit most frequently and will rank them higher in your search rankings.

    Hope that helps.
     
  3. SebastianJu

    SebastianJu Power Member

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    As far as I know google delivers different results for different google-tlds, for different ips because they are maybe found as from different countries and different on user-behaviour as stored in cookies on that pc.
    Maybe one of these was different?
     
  4. terry56

    terry56 Junior Member

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    Thanks guys for the advice!!
    I dont use iGoogle, but i suspect that it is my cookies. Maybe I will flush them out and check again.
     
  5. goldstrike4u

    goldstrike4u Junior Member

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    It is absolutely your cookies, if you are working on clients sites you continually need to clear your cookies and make sure you are not logged into Google.
     
  6. awayler

    awayler Newbie

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    I am getting the same odd google results. I always clear out the cookies and history. As I surf google with different proxies(all USA), my site jumps from 1st page to second page. The depressing thing is that my competition stays the same.
     
  7. seoblack221

    seoblack221 Newbie

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    Same thing here. Was ranking well before the PR update, then they killed all of my rankings for a client. I live in LA County too, same shit is going on here in different parts of the city. Weird.
     
  8. nufaman

    nufaman Elite Member

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    Google does strange things. Some days I get different serps just by using different browsers!
     
  9. Teh_Diplomat

    Teh_Diplomat Newbie

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    Logging in to iGoogle, or using a localized version of google (google.ca for example) will skew your results, as will having your site bookmarked in your browser.

    For checking rankings, I flip between using scroogle and hidemyass which gives more authentic results.

    Mobile results may in fact change the results depending on your search engine looking for mobile sites, or if you log in to your google account and keep it on your mobile.
     
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  10. jvmartija

    jvmartija Regular Member

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    Try to use Chrome. It gives more accurate results than Firefox. You must also deactivate personalized search to see your real site rankings. Try to use also softwares like SEOBook's Rank Checker.
     
  11. vervel123

    vervel123 Newbie

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    And that's not all...when I checked my webmaster tools this morning tells me that my new site is on position 4 for my target keyword what is awesome. Then I go ti google search for the keyword and bam: I am 20....then using a proxy to be in the U.S bam: I am 10.......at list I am in the top 20...but what is my real position?
     
  12. kris1911

    kris1911 Registered Member

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    hehe checking from the same PC that u use to login google webmaster tool or google account causes this.
     
  13. Project-Shadow

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  14. SebastianJu

    SebastianJu Power Member

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    But how can it be that Seo RankCheacker, Market Samurai and the Firefox where Seo RankChecker is running are giving different results?
    http://www.blackhatworld.com/blackh...l-300-adsense-niche-sites-48.html#post1702999
     
  15. markmaster

    markmaster Registered Member

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    This could be another issue: related to googles server setup (at least some years ago it was this way) the searches which are returned are sometimes coming from different servers and the servers are never showing the same results/ they have diifferences in the results. Dont know if this is still true?
     
  16. SebastianJu

    SebastianJu Power Member

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    But these Results seems to be constant. Which means to me I cant be sure that my keys are really number one. When one Tool tells you its at position 2 and the other its at 11 its a huge difference.
    So at the moment to be sure I will try to place my keys on each tool. So that its showing number one at each. Dont know another way to be sure to be number one in serps for a key.
     
  17. wickid12

    wickid12 Regular Member

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    Only 30 miles? That's a first.
     
  18. biks

    biks Power Member

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    I can verify this. I get different results from Safari and Firefox on my Mac. Never sure what to think.
     
  19. SebastianJu

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    Maybe because of the languagesettings in browser?
     
  20. alexandervich

    alexandervich Regular Member

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    I get this as well, I check on Chrome its number 5, I check on Explorer and FireFox and its on number 2. I cleared all of my history, literally everything possible and I am not signed into anything and it still gives me these random results. I jump from 5 to 2 and then to 5 and then to 2 again for the past week or so.