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Different results with different browsers

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12:03 am on Apr 21, 2019 (gmt 0)

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I've noticed that when I search using DuckDuckGo vs another browser, I sometimes end up in different places, even searching for the exact same thing.

It's caused me to wonder what is happening when other people search for my domain name using whatever browser.

Can anyone enlighten someone who missed the last few years being online?

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12:50 am on Apr 21, 2019 (gmt 0)

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Any number of things can be involved ... data centers still in update, time of day, entry points ... Don't really have an answer that satisfies.

What you do want is some kind of consistency over a WEEK of such testing (so all the above criteria are averaged in) before getting concerned.
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Thanks for replying tangor.

I certainly don't understand completely.

I always assumed that if I had TangorForPresident.com and searched for TangorForPresident.com using any browser I should be taken to TangorForPresident.com

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Not me! Tangor for Idiot is about all I can aspire to!
5:45 am on Apr 21, 2019 (gmt 0)

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I always assumed that if I had TangorForPresident.com and searched for TangorForPresident.com using any browser I should be taken to TangorForPresident.com
Was that your actual search? I mean, ahem, not literally, but "blahblah.com" where the dot com is a site that really exists?

Search engine A: “Evidently this person--like most internet users--is too stupid to use their address bar, so we'll have to bring up blahblah.com as result #1 so they can click on it.”

Search engine B: “They can't possibly be looking for blahblah.com, because they would have just typed that into their address bar instead of futzing around with a search engine, so let's take some guesses about what they were looking for--perhaps other sites that write about blahblah.com?”

Et cetera ad lib for search engines C and D.

when I search using DuckDuckGo vs another browser
Say what now?
3:11 am on July 21, 2019 (gmt 0)

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I've noticed that when I search using DuckDuckGo vs another browser


What other browser? Do you mean like Firefox or Chrome? Or do you mean like Bing or Google?
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Not me! Tangor for Idiot is about all I can aspire to!

Yes, I think with that you have all the prerequisites to be president.

Different results with different browsers

Yes these are the affects of personalisation. I assume that the question is specific to Duckduckgo. DDG doesn't track you activity, but it seems that it takes into account personlisation factors such as location, device, browser, etc. Remember that the results from DDG are aggregated from several sources (Bing/Yandex/others).