traffik_daddy - 3:57 pm on Mar 3, 2012 (gmt 0)
Hi Lucy, I check from work and one of the keywords is at number 2, page 1 in normal results, and number 1 in the Google Places stacks (G Places comes up 4th spot in natural results at work). I check from home (approx 3 miles away from work) and the keyword is nowhere apart from number 1 in the Google Places stack on page 1, not in the natural results anywhere close to the first page. I check on my VPS and it is at number 10, page 1 in natural results, but with no Google Places stacks, but I would expect that as the IP address of my VPS is over 300 miles away. It seems I am relying on our VPS to show the true ranking position of our keywords.
All the time when checking results I flush the cache, browser history, logout of Google Accounts, run CCleaner, etc, but still very different results. My colleagues have cross checked from work, so yes, the same IP range, but I didn't think about asking them to check from home, it may be worth looking into, so thanks for the suggestion.
All this is making it very hard to track our clients keywords. My boss came to me the other day and said 'well done' but I knew something was not right, I explained to him I need to look into it further and found our location ranking very well for certain keywords whilst other locations were not.
Thanks for answering, I'll just have to go with it at the moment.
Thats a detailed post and I am going to go through it a couple more times to get some more ideas, plus the bullet point thread. I have had zombie traffic a few times on testing sites but I always had the feeling it had to do with the IP location of the backlink pointing to the website? Or the language of the content? I'm not sure. The strange thing was that the UK based traffic that came mixed with the zombie traffic seemed to convert very well.
Thank you all.