| 6:36 pm on Feb 24, 2007 (gmt 0)|
Maybe personalized search is making the difference? Supposedly that can change rankings all around.
| 6:56 pm on Feb 24, 2007 (gmt 0)|
For me the Query Stats don't give accurate results either. For one site it hardly works at all.
| 10:36 pm on Feb 24, 2007 (gmt 0)|
It's definitely not personalized search. These terms show up in the WT lists for aggregate as well as the US ... but not in the SERPS.
Other terms in the lists are shown with relatively accurate postions. It's just my most important that have been flushed. :(
| 10:49 pm on Feb 24, 2007 (gmt 0)|
Is it perhaps #6/7 if you search on Google Images?
| 11:45 pm on Feb 24, 2007 (gmt 0)|
I have a hunch that most of the discrepancies in the ranking tools are geo-location issues. The Webmaster Tools probably just queries google.com and if so, the results there will naturally be vastly different than people find on the country-coded Googles.
| 12:50 am on Feb 25, 2007 (gmt 0)|
It's not geolocation, but I'll be damned, it's an images thing.
Thanks for the wakeup call!
| 8:29 am on Feb 26, 2007 (gmt 0)|
I too noticed the same thing but sometimes Query Stats shows the correct Ranking and I can able to see on the same position when searched manually in Google.com
| 4:45 pm on Feb 26, 2007 (gmt 0)|
I've asked this same question before as well. Over the last several months we've shown a ranking of #14 for a keyword that previously used to be #2-3. The problem is that when we actually do a search, we can't find the result anywhere in the top 50 page. Some of the phrases in webmaster tools show correctly, but we've always had discrepancies that I've not been able to figure out.