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    How can I see what other people are seeing in a Google Search?


    My new website has suddenly jumped to 2nd position on the first page of Google for one of my keywords. I thought this was probably too good to be true and so asked a friend in the same town to do the same search on their PC. I am way down on the 7th page on their search. Therefore, I am assuming that Google has sussed that I visit my website a lot and is ranking it high for me.
    The problem is, that is a completely inaccurate picture as far as SEO goes. How can I see what other people see, without having to ask friends to do searches for me?
    Many thanks for your help
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    I didn't think I had personalised search on.
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    Originally Posted by Zebedee
    I didn't think I had personalised search on.
    Google remembers you for up to 180 days even after you logged out. So always use a third party tool like seoelite or other rank tracking software.

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    • dzine agrees : Yeah they're very persistent nowadays
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    Originally Posted by himanshu160
    Google remembers you for up to 180 days even after you logged out. So always use a third party tool like seoelite or other rank tracking software.
    Is using the &pws=0 parameter in the seach query not enough?
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    Originally Posted by himanshu160
    Google remembers you for up to 180 days even after you logged out. So always use a third party tool like seoelite or other rank tracking software.
    I had a feeling Google knew me anyway! Thanks for that tip.
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    Originally Posted by Keiros
    Is using the &pws=0 parameter in the seach query not enough?
    Do you see it working? I see same results with or without it.
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    Originally Posted by himanshu160
    Do you see it working? I see same results with or without it.
    Maybe because you have "personalised search" already turned off.
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    Originally Posted by Keiros
    Maybe because you have "personalised search" already turned off.
    Google can use many other means to personalize results: IP address, ISP, UA string etc. Do you really think you can turn off personalized search by using pws or just turning it off like a switch
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    Originally Posted by himanshu160
    Google can use many other means to personalize results: IP address, ISP, UA string etc. Do you really think you can turn off personalized search by using pws or just turning it off like a switch
    At least, it is supposed to turn off personalization based on your search history.
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    &pws=0 seems to work for me.

    I'm #1 if not used, but # 8 when added.

    Has anyone tried searching via their iPhone? I wonder if personalization works with a mobile device.

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    Originally Posted by eddyf
    &pws=0 seems to work for me.

    I'm #1 if not used, but # 8 when added.

    Has anyone tried searching via their iPhone? I wonder if personalization works with a mobile device.

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    The problem is that not everyone uses the same Data Center, so unless all DCs are aligned, you will never see exactly what others see. Even from the same PC, you can be answered by different DCs at different times of the day (there's a load balancing mechanism between different DCs).
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    I use different proxies to test what others would see from different parts of the world.
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    Originally Posted by nettguy
    I use different proxies to test what others would see from different parts of the world.
    Even within the same building, results can differ as you don't know which data center will answer your query. On pretty stable SERPs, you may get the same answer from quite any DC, but in some other cases, SERPs can vary greatly from one DC to the other. Proxies will not help me to see what my neighbour across the street may see.
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    Originally Posted by Keiros
    The problem is that not everyone uses the same Data Center, so unless all DCs are aligned, you will never see exactly what others see. Even from the same PC, you can be answered by different DCs at different times of the day (there's a load balancing mechanism between different DCs).
    So, no one can ever really boast that they are #1 as you never know where you rank in someone else's SERP. Interesting.
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