diberry - 6:39 pm on Jul 11, 2013 (gmt 0)
dibery, could it not be increased personalisation of results?
I'm not sure how to tell. I'd assume if personalization was the cause, not everyone is seeing my pages at #1, right? So I've checked Google on several computers, IPs, etc., as well as ranking tools, and I can't ever "catch" it not being positioned at #1. Am I missing something there?
Diberry, if there are no Adwords ads Google isn't making any money from those searches, so maybe they started directing people to searches they can show Adwords ads for (via the search suggestion dropdown).
While I'm definitely seeing Autosuggest alter searcher behavior in some cases, I don't believe it is in these cases. At least not based on my own testing of auto suggest with these queries, on several computers, on several IPs. These queries are also kind of unique (hard to explain without violating forum rules) and nowhere near any query that is monetized.
How is your (not provided) entry doing? Up or down compared to the same point last year?
It's up a very little bit, but nowhere near enough to account for this. Where it's REALLY up is with Google UK and AU, which I can't begin to explain. Especially since I rank #1 for these queries in those countries as well, without logging in.
I can see no evidence that there is improvement in visits and then a ranking increase. It's just visits and rankings go up at the same time.
That's every bit as weird as what I'm talking about.