Msg#: 4351915 posted 8:52 am on Aug 16, 2011 (gmt 0)
Hi, this is driving me mad. I am seeing different SERPs in FF to IE to Safari. Which one is "right"?
Even after clearing all history, I see my site at #1 when I know (or think I do) that it's about #6. Checking the same SERP in IE shows a different result so I check on my phone with Safari and it's different again. It's really annoying. Any site that I click on seems to be favoured in the SERP - after clearing all history it will still be there for a couple of days. I should mention that I am not signed in to G but I wonder if the google toolbar is the culprit somehow?
Msg#: 4351915 posted 10:39 pm on Aug 16, 2011 (gmt 0)
No matter what you delete, you're still the same UA (or finite number of UAs) from the same IP or known-to-google IP range.* Do your searches from a genuinely public terminal such as a school or library. For some searches, this itself will be skewed (results targeted to people with a given educational level, or to lower-income people who don't have their own computers) but it's probably as close as you're going to get. Try your laptop from an Internet cafe and the WiFi area of your public library, and split the difference.
* You don't meet a whole lot of professional webmasters on dialup.
Msg#: 4351915 posted 9:05 am on Aug 17, 2011 (gmt 0)
I have to say, it's seriously annoying. I can't see any benefits to it.
Looking at one of my SERps today I have sitelinks on one result (at #2) looking in IE and then looking in FF there are no sitelinks and still at #2 (one of the few SERPs that show the same position). To me the SERP's being diferent on every search with odd crap being thrown in at odd places reminds me a bit of my 10 year old daughters bedroom. A total unruly mess!