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Changing num=10 to num=1 in a Google search URL gives you unclustered results. (Clustering is why if you're reading at 10 results per result page, and two URLs from the same site are both in the top 10, the two URLs always appear together and with the second indented.)
Example use, writing #n for clustered rank and *n for unclustered rank:
I've been #3 and #4 for my favorite keyword for a long time, while another site has been #1 and #2 for as long as I can remember. In unclustered results, I'm *2 and *5 (*2 and *6 before Cassandra) while he's *1 and *3 (*1 and *3 before Cassandra). These unclustered ranks show that I'm fairly close to getting the #1 spot (I wouldn't be close if he had both *1 and *2). They also show that I moved up slightly in Cassandra, which isn't visible in clustered results.
While switching to num=1 prevents clustering, it doesn't seem to allow more than two URLs from the same site to appear in the same search.
Right, I'd stuck a somewhat random num=1 into the string and got the same result. What I see is the same serp, just one result at a time. This for a few of my searches, you guys actually see something different this way?
(granted the indents are gone)
<edit>Okay, I managed a search where something is different. Some of the indented ones actually left the SERP </edit>
When determining the rank of a result, be sure to look at the blue bar which says "Results 6-6 of..." (etc) rather than &start= in the URL, because start is one less than the number of the first result shown.
Sorry for not posting an example before, I was trying to avoid indirectly "linking" to my site. Here are some examples where my sites don't appear in serps:
fuzzy widgets: webmasterworld #2 and #3, and is indeed *2 and *3 in unclustered results.
open-source: opensource.org is #1 and #2, but unclustered is *1 and *4.
usenet: faqs.org is #2 and #3, ibiblio is #4 and #5. Unclustered, faqs *2 and *7, ibiblio *3 and *10.
vitaplease: From the search "open-source" (and also my unposted "favorite search term"), it looks like [aol.co.uk...] is clustered. The difference between Google and aoluk is that aoluk does not limit searches to 2 URLs per hostname.