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SE Ranking different depending on IP location?

Discussion in 'Black Hat SEO' started by twoj04, Oct 15, 2009.

  1. twoj04

    twoj04 Power Member

    Apr 23, 2009
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    Self-employed (Hopefully you are also)
    Is it just me or when searching for your site in google, your ranking will move around depending on where your IP is located?

    Sorry if this is a simple thing, searched around and didn't see anything.

    On my personal IP, I am ranked #1 for a keyword.
    CA IP - non-existent
    NY IP - #5 ranked

  2. yousefgreat

    yousefgreat Jr. VIP Jr. VIP

    Nov 14, 2008
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    There are several possible reasons - nothing is ever as clear as it first seems!

    If you are logged into a Google Account (like on your personal computer for example) then you will get results tailored to your search habbits. Make sure both systems are not logged into Google Accounts and repeat the search.

    Different buildings using different ISPs could be routed through different infastructures and hit a slightly different geographical target, thus seeing results form a different data center.
    In the SERPs, hover over any of the "cached" links for any result. Note the IP address. This is the Google Data Center where the results arew coming from.

    Regarding hte desktop and laptop on the same network, is one on a DHCP and one on a Static IP? Is one going through a different proxy server, VPN or dial up connection?

    Just because it is connected to a network does not mean it is using the same network rules or locations.

    For example, if you are on a VPN connection with Porxy server settings to your office in New York but you searched in China the results are coming as if you were searching in New York.

    Ensure everything is the same, repeat, check and analyse.

    Its most probably due to one of the things I have mentioned above.
  3. youngguy

    youngguy BANNED BANNED

    Apr 11, 2009
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    add "&gl=us" in google url you will see results like US search user even if you are in China, no need for proxy.
  4. Rein1418

    Rein1418 BANNED BANNED

    Apr 11, 2008
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    *sigh* Big G has such a complex algorithm you can just SMARTLY guess what's going on.

    And yes I noticed that sites focused or targeted to your location would rank higher in the listing, depending on your ip.