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Signed in Signed out of google provides different results
I've asked many webmasters the same questions

 8:10 pm on Nov 5, 2009 (gmt 0)

When im signed into google i get different results from when im signed out? have anyone else had any similar experiences?

I have a client that ranks on the top of google when im logged in and no where to be found when logged out? anyone have any tips idea's or advice? im not crazy but there is no explaination



 9:02 am on Nov 9, 2009 (gmt 0)

Google uses all sorts of personal setting information when you're logged in. You'll see different SERPs if you're logged out.


 9:56 am on Nov 9, 2009 (gmt 0)

Do not use your logged in results to determine your site viability! Or even searching... Google remembers EVERYTHING... even remembers you search like a maniac...


 8:41 pm on Nov 9, 2009 (gmt 0)

This is part of search personalization.

Google desires to provide people with the search results they're seeking more easily, so the search results adapt to you based upon what you've previously searched-for.

As mentioned above, to see what average users may see for the keyword search, log out of Google and take the other steps to insure personalization isn't invoked.

*ALSO, for some searches, Google is now displaying the local 7-pack if the search term matches for a type of business that's commonly associated with locality -- and they show different 7-pack results based upon your IP address geolocation. For instance, a search for "accountants" might display the 7-pack with accountant listings from your area. Someone conducting the same keyword search from another city is likely to see completely differen results.

Robert Charlton

 7:57 am on Nov 29, 2009 (gmt 0)

When im signed into google i get different results from when im signed out?

Additionally, it should be noted that you might get different results based on your cookies, even when you're not signed in. Best to flush cookies or use a different browser when checking critical serps.

Also, as mentioned, Google is personalizing by IP address geolocation.

they show different 7-pack results based upon your IP address geolocation

Initial local results (April 2009) on generic searches were not very good in metro areas, but I noted in September 2009 that such results, in the SF Bay Area, at least, improved dramatically... going from sending me across SF Bay for a slice of pizza to zip code accuracy....

Google's local map results on generic searches now much more accurate

I guessed that the improvement came from better IP data, or from calibrating the IP data more carefully. Not everyone reported similar improvement, though, and we didn't have much discussion on how Google might be determining location so accurately. This is signed out, cookies flushed, with a land line and a DSL connection.

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