mrez74 - 5:39 am on May 19, 2010 (gmt 0)
Tedster...if that is the case then say I start a new site and target like 25 keywords, put up the content and get it indexed. Next thing I'd like to find out is where exactly my site is ranking initially for various keywords to get a general idea of how much SEO work needs to be done.
If we are not able to at least get a rough idea of how we are "really" ranking across the board then how can we know how much work needs to be done to move up the SERPs.
Of course variations in rankings are present no matter what, but like a few spots up or down within the major datacenters and a little bit more across the rest. If I'm ranking #4 here,#15 somewhere else, #30 on another datacenter, etc.. all the time then this becomes a real issue.
I would think that if you built a site with great on-site and off-site SEO (along with Google trust)then your rankings should not be all over the place compared to other sites. From this simple testing it seems that at least the #1 site is the only consistent site for pretty much everyone.