TheMadScientist - 5:55 am on May 16, 2010 (gmt 0)
Well, I checked results without logging in. I have also disabled the personalized search. Everytime, I make a search I clear all history, cookies, cache everything. And then make a search on G*. I have also checked the results on Comcast & Aol. I have also checked the results using web proxy too. I am on 1st rank for my keyword.
@ seolearner... This is not directed at you specifically, but you gave me a great opportunity to try to make a point I kept trying to make about personalization when it was first introduced, so I'll try one more time for those who read here and think what you did gives them an idea of where their page will appear for other people...
When you're logged in or have personalized results you see your personalized results.
When you delete your cookies, remove personalization, clear cache etc. you see default results (for lack of a better phrase).
What you cannot see unless you're on their computer is the personalized results someone else sees!
You can clear your cache.
You can delete your cookie.
You can use all the proxies you feel like.
You cannot see someone else's personalized results unless you are on their computer and more specifically, their browser... You just can't do it! (Don't get me wrong, I wish you could, but there's no way to know what someone else sees as personalized results unless they tell you or you're looking at their browser.)
I read so many posts here where people seem to think somehow deleting their cache or removing personalization or cookies or whatever they do will tell them what other people see it's amazing.
All that stuff does is tell you what someone else would see as 'default results' if they did the same thing and that's not what most people see, because most people don't have any clue the results are personalized and if they do they don't bother to (or probably even know how) to clear them before they conduct a random search...
Sorry for the mini-rant, but the whole 'I can see where I rank on other people's results by turning personalization off' is a very misleading thought, IMO, and I hope people quit thinking that way and realize just because your results are not personalized for a search doesn't mean no one else's results are personalized for the same search, unless they do the same thing.
To me, it sounds like there is not a very high volume of searches for your term (1500 a month is not too many) and when you combine that with personalized results and the fact not every query generates a click it sounds like you're doing about what you should... Not all clicks go to the top term. The percentages 'top spot' clicks are not always the same. If there are ads on the page, they probably steal a bunch of clicks from your organic result. IMO 300 or so visitors a month out of 1500 searches is not too bad.
Personally, I would try to work on the title or description of the page and see if I could generate more clicks that way or go after another few terms. The title is more risky to change or mess with from a rankings POV, but the description is 'less read' so the choice is yours. It's fairly safe to change the description, so I would probably start there.