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Google.com results showing two different result sets for the same keyword?

Discussion in 'Black Hat SEO' started by bellakong, Sep 11, 2010.

  1. bellakong

    bellakong Junior Member

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    I searched for a keyword today and was happy to find a client's website on page 1 result 1 for that keyword.

    Then I told my bf about it, and he checked on google, he can't even see the website in the top 5 pages for the keyword.

    We are both not logged into our google accounts, we are both using google.com and not using any filters but why different results?

    I changed my IP and tried again, I am still getting page 1 result 1. Then I used a proxy server and this time like what my bf has mentioned, the website is nowhere near page 1 for the keyword.

    Any explanation to this? Is google showing results based on IP or computer name?
     
  2. Rhazha

    Rhazha Junior Member

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    Well, Google has been showing results based on IP for quite while (g00gle.com).

    I found out that sometimes (for some reason) even when not logged into my accounts,
    Google would show me similar results.
    So I made sure that I had the right settings before doing some research.
     
  3. bellakong

    bellakong Junior Member

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    But I changed my IP and confirmed my IP changed on whatismyip dot com. Still showing the same results.

    So now google is tracking by computer name or something like that?
     
  4. bellakong

    bellakong Junior Member

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    Anyone? Still confuses me as it is only showing page 1 result 1 to me.
     
  5. volund

    volund Senior Member

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    Have you cleared all your cookies?

    Try using a different browser, that is what I do I have one browser that I use to double check rankings once in awhile and never click on any sites when I am using it.
     
  6. Bryan

    Bryan Power Member

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    if you're using firefox, press ctrl+shift+p to go in private browser, and go to google you'll get the real result
     
  7. bellakong

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    I cleared all my cache and cookies and now Google no longer shows the website on page 1 for the keyword.

    Thanks all. So what's the learning here? Is google tracking your searches via cookies and showing you the results you want to see?
     
  8. volund

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    Yes they are and have been for awhile now.
     
  9. lablinks

    lablinks Senior Member

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    You are not on the first page. Every time you need to check your ranking, open a private session, that will give you the correct position.
     
  10. Daniel0cean

    Daniel0cean Regular Member

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    depends on the country its searched from and also the region, google is improving search results due to lack of relevance
     
  11. bellakong

    bellakong Junior Member

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    Ok, I learnt something new again today, thank you all for the advice.
     
  12. Bossii

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    this was interesing ... thank you