I have noticed something REAL WEIRD in the last couple of weeks
I have a site that was knocked for six by jagger. I don't know why but thats not the point. the point is I have been tickling the page and watching the position
being a low level SEO I simply search on my preferred keyword and scroll through the pages looking for my link
A few weeks ago I noticed something unusual. The results were consistantly different depending on whether I search using Firefox or whether I use IE
Currently in IE I am on page 10. in FF I am in page 3 er bugger p4
At first I thought this was simply picking up different result sets. So I watched it expecting the results to converge
but they didn't
I also expected that the results would swap eg some times I'd be on P10 in FF and sometimes on P3 for IE
but that hasn't happened either.
So what is going on here?
This would make it appear that Google differentiates between FF and IE users.
I personally don't see the logic with that. although its true that a different type of users uses FF to IE but whats the basis for the differentiation?
Does google track the type of sites IE users go to and create results based on that and simularly for FF users?
If thats the case my own clicking on my own site may be the reason for the increased position in FF than IE. I almost exclusivally use FF, as FF also commands a much smaller percent of browser users my own clicks represent a higher click ratio. So my site rises in the serps.
If this is whats happening then it means google activally ranks pages based on the click thru rate. Which something I suggested they do several years ago.