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Turn cookies off for most accurate SERPs

Discussion in 'Black Hat SEO' started by DustinSD, Sep 7, 2011.

  1. DustinSD

    DustinSD Registered Member

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    I recently became concerned that my website was losing ground to some pretty poorly optimized competitors, seemingly out of the blue. After some panic, I realized that this was because the search results I was being served were majorly skewed by my search history and browsing history. When I turned off cookies and went through a proxy, my site was in the same position it had been all along for most of the keywords.

    It's easy to forget that Google shows a different set of results to each user, based on the usage profile stored for that user. I feel you can get a more objective sense of where you stand in the SERPs by turning off cookies and going through a proxy (you should use a proxy within your home or target country).

    I believe I was being served wildly different results because I had spent so much time trolling through the pages of my keywords' SERPs and clicking on my competitors, even if they were buried deep in the results. This told Google that I found pages relevant for different reasons than it normally would've expected. In my case, I believe I trained Google to believe that I preferred results in the form of blog posts, as 3 of the top 10 positions changed to blog posts, even though an anonymous search returned results with no blog posts in the top 10. That's my theory.

    Anyways, just remember: don't freak out if you start to drop in the SERPs if you're checking using your home computer!
     
  2. SEORocks

    SEORocks Junior Member

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    Everything you stated is good advise.

    I actually do a search on my sites (keyword ranking) two ways. I use a proxy and computer location to match the proxy for the west coast. Then I do the same thing on the east coast, I am talking US for you outside of the US.

    That gives me two different looks at what Google serves up. Depending on my site the search results are the same to about 3 spots off.

    Weird but I found this a few years ago when I partnered with someone and we both Googled the same thing from two different areas and had different results.
     
  3. clyde

    clyde Elite Member

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    Just use scroogle.org, it takes care of everything for you.
     
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  4. SEORocks

    SEORocks Junior Member

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    Thanks!!
     
  5. bigeazy

    bigeazy Regular Member

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    For checking rankings why don't you use market samurai or rank checker?
    Rank checker is available here and mudbutt has a method to get lifetime MS.

    And for cookies just use CCleaner

    These kind of tools make it more efficient for you that way you can get things done.
     
  6. azolia

    azolia Junior Member

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    Tool : Rank Checker of SEO Power Suit
    For every1 can see : Mozila Fire Fox's Private Browse ( total free )
     
  7. cristianraiber

    cristianraiber Regular Member

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    for rank checking I recommend SERPAttacks
     
  8. hurn

    hurn Power Member

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    Once you hit the google +1 button to your page in the search results again you will get the different results than actual
     
  9. SEORocks

    SEORocks Junior Member

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    I use MS and have found the results to be different than a Google search with cookies cleared. The Google search shows the results lower (higher number) than MS. So Google shows more what others see.
     
  10. Fallenintome

    Fallenintome Registered Member

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    I use Traffic Travis and find it pretty good for checking SERPS
     
  11. SEORocks

    SEORocks Junior Member

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    I have TT4 and it does a pretty good job. I actually like it better for some things than MS.
     
  12. bigeazy

    bigeazy Regular Member

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    Are you using CCleaner to clear your cookies? Remember if you use Firefox or default browser and clear cookies there, that doesn't mean your cookies in other browsers such as safari or internet explorer are cleared.
     
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    bigeazy Regular Member

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    And also google is notorious for dropping "flash cookies" thats why you have to use a third party app to fully clear all cookies
     
  14. Drink More Tea

    Drink More Tea Regular Member

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    Scroogle only returns results from the .com version of Google, so it's useless to anyone who doesn't target the United Statians market.
     
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  15. kvmcable

    kvmcable Supreme Member

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    Get FireFox Better Privacy plugin and set it to clear everything on browser shutdown including LSOs. Then you never have to wonder if you're seeing skewed results. Also it protects your butt on sites that drop LSOs and cookies to track you.