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Google API = different results than SERPs?
My site shows up in one and not the other
BrianK

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Msg#: 20338 posted 12:14 am on Dec 5, 2003 (gmt 0)

I have just noticed that with one of our targeted keyword1 keyword2 combinations, searches run with the Google API have us in position 29, Yahoo's G results have us in the same spot, but searches on G have us nowhere.

Anyone else noticed this? Any ideas what would cause this?

BTW - we got killed with Florida (#15 of 10 million results before - and gone after).

Thanks.

 

nakulgoyal

WebmasterWorld Senior Member 10+ Year Member



 
Msg#: 20338 posted 3:58 am on Dec 5, 2003 (gmt 0)

I heard this first time that Google API returns different results. I feel it shouldn't. Check again.

As for the Florida, it seems to have hit a lot of people BADLY.

Please Be Gentle

10+ Year Member



 
Msg#: 20338 posted 2:36 pm on Dec 5, 2003 (gmt 0)

It is not unusual for google.com and the api to return different results as google uses a variety of data centers, as far as I know.
Kind Regards
PBG

JasonHamilton

10+ Year Member



 
Msg#: 20338 posted 2:52 pm on Dec 5, 2003 (gmt 0)
Also keep in mind that almost all the data being sent to users from google varies almost constantly... I've also seen this when querying a specific data center (random results)

e.g; N search through a 24 hour period will yield Y different results.

To visually see how things varies over a given time period, check out this backlink graph I made:

[url]http://uweb.superlink.net/jason/google_overview.gif[/url]

sugath

10+ Year Member



 
Msg#: 20338 posted 7:44 pm on Dec 5, 2003 (gmt 0)

i really very i am new to this ..
what does google API mean what it has to do with google or its algo ...
and i what way does it helps web masters

though the API tool shows the same result as google does ...
waiting for the answer ..

thanks

hudson

10+ Year Member



 
Msg#: 20338 posted 8:08 pm on Dec 5, 2003 (gmt 0)

Hi sugath,

Google's API is a method of accessing its database that programmers and developers can use. The results sent back are a datastream that can be parsed by a program instead of a web page for a human reader.

This is known as a web service. Amazon also offers something like this...so a programmer can get access to the data and then create a dynamic webpage.

Hope that helps.

wordcooper

10+ Year Member



 
Msg#: 20338 posted 8:35 pm on Dec 16, 2003 (gmt 0)

I think I may have a partial answer. I noticed that pages that contain a full page link to you cascade thru in the API. This is somewhat useful, but again, not exactly what people are seeing. But they would be able to click thru to your site in two clicks.

zgb999

10+ Year Member



 
Msg#: 20338 posted 10:19 am on Dec 17, 2003 (gmt 0)

How does the Google API handle localisation?

Is a querry through the Google API to be compared with a querry on google.com from the US or with a querry from the country the person at?

If you are outside the US but the API is doing querries within the US then you would have different results.

dillonstars

10+ Year Member



 
Msg#: 20338 posted 1:41 pm on Dec 17, 2003 (gmt 0)

This is something I have been wondering. I use an API based rank checking tool (SEOCount) and the results are quite often very different to the SERPs that I see.

Which tool are you using to use the API?

From what I understand, any regionalisation of the API results that you see would be caused by the location of the server that runs the query (assuming that you, like me, are using a web based tool).

SEOCount's server is based in New York I believe....

zgb999

10+ Year Member



 
Msg#: 20338 posted 12:03 pm on Dec 18, 2003 (gmt 0)

Does anybody know of other services using the Google API in other parts of the world?

It would be really helpful to check rankings in the different regions of the world which seems to be impossible unless you have a local office in each region.

Excel



 
Msg#: 20338 posted 12:05 pm on Dec 18, 2003 (gmt 0)

As for the Florida, it seems to have hit a lot of people BADLY.

....and an equal amount GOODLY :o)

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