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I have a site that was knocked for six by jagger. I don't know why but thats not the point. the point is I have been tickling the page and watching the position
being a low level SEO I simply search on my preferred keyword and scroll through the pages looking for my link
A few weeks ago I noticed something unusual. The results were consistantly different depending on whether I search using Firefox or whether I use IE
Currently in IE I am on page 10. in FF I am in page 3 er bugger p4
At first I thought this was simply picking up different result sets. So I watched it expecting the results to converge
but they didn't
I also expected that the results would swap eg some times I'd be on P10 in FF and sometimes on P3 for IE
but that hasn't happened either.
So what is going on here?
This would make it appear that Google differentiates between FF and IE users.
I personally don't see the logic with that. although its true that a different type of users uses FF to IE but whats the basis for the differentiation?
Does google track the type of sites IE users go to and create results based on that and simularly for FF users?
If thats the case my own clicking on my own site may be the reason for the increased position in FF than IE. I almost exclusivally use FF, as FF also commands a much smaller percent of browser users my own clicks represent a higher click ratio. So my site rises in the serps.
If this is whats happening then it means google activally ranks pages based on the click thru rate. Which something I suggested they do several years ago.
both are on the same IP. I just use IE on occasion when a webamster can't get it right.
I now use it to see the difference in SERPS.
Its always the same IE has different results to FF
Its even forced me to check if IE has caught a cold. thats why I use FF it gets less colds.
I use MS Beta AntiSpy and Spybot so I haven't had a problem of late.
I can accept small differences but the difference I am seeing is substantial. which makes me wonder why
Since jagger a site I promote lost a large amount of ground.
Like many others I assumed that it was because of a link promotion service I was using. so I stopped the service.
I started monitoring serps more closely then. I had previously noted that when I search on IE I get a different result set to FF. so thats what I did.
In FF my position improved to page 2 at one stage but in IE it always stayed low ~8
I expected the results to swap around depending on which google server I hit at the time and ultimately both to align.
But instead the serps stabilised at 4 for FF and 9 for IE
It also means I am better off going back on the link promotion system. I'd prefer it if my serps were higher in IE than in FF.
I have only monitored the one site it would be interesting to see if this is an abberation or the norm
but what it does suggest is if you use a SERP monitoring program you really have no idea where you are in the serps.
the results may be quite different for a package that advertises itself as a bot or webposition or whatever....