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    Google Webmaster Tool, position predicted wrong?


    I was looking at my Google webmaster under statistics, top search terms, and it shows some of my keywords in position 9 or another position but when I search in Google they are no where near that position. Does anyone know why this is? You think Google would know its own positions, but who knows.
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    Hi exodusms,

    Have you set the results from All Searches to Web Searches along with setting it from All Regions to the area you are searching from. Also the stats aren't live, they are updated now and then so you may notice some are no longer there while others may have moved up.
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    Ya I changed those things just now and they are still way off.
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    Hmmm, maybe check back later with web master tools, I am not sure exactly how often the weekly stats update myself, maybe someone else can answer that.

    I do know from checking our sites and clients sites they aren't up to the minute stats though.
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    I find webmastertools to be often inaccurate. But usually missed by a small margin i.e it may say my site is number two whereas it is number one for the keyword search.

    I tend to use it only as a guide

    The wide misrepresentatio that it is reporting for you is certainly not something I ave come across

    Anyone else noticed the same thing?
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    Bear in mind that the results in Google Webmaster Tools are based on one particular data center and search from a specific location.

    It is quite likely you are viewing the SERPs from a different data center.

    HINT: Mouse over the cahced version link to see the IP address of the data center you are using to view the SERPs

    Things that can effect results

    1) You are logged into a Google Account
    2) You are viewing a different data center
    3) You are in a different location
    4) You are on a different computer system
    5) You are using advanced search

    When doing SEO it is important to be aware of which data center you base your information on and be aware of the implications that data centers can have on your results.

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    Just would like to say that I have the same problem. The top search results are nothing near the true numbers. I had done lot of optimisationr ecently so I'll just wait and see if things get more accurate
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    Originally Posted by lacabessa
    Just would like to say that I have the same problem. The top search results are nothing near the true numbers. I had done lot of optimisationr ecently so I'll just wait and see if things get more accurate
    Yeah give it some time to adjust and settle down while Google adjusts your rankings, it can take a little while.
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    Originally Posted by exodusms
    I was looking at my Google webmaster under statistics, top search terms, and it shows some of my keywords in position 9 or another position but when I search in Google they are no where near that position. Does anyone know why this is? You think Google would know its own positions, but who knows.
    Maybe you are accessing the different data center.

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