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9:23 pm on Feb 4, 2008 (gmt 0)

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im being told in my webmaster tolls for g.co.uk that i am in 2nd position for "second hand widgets" with excitment i click to see the listing for myself....guess what i am no where to be seen.
Why is this as there are about 10 searches for this yet its always the same other company that shows in my position?
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I have seen this situation, and I think it's a geo-location issue. You might see your site rank well if you query a data center directly by IP address.

As long as the traffic and conversions are coming at a healthy rate for those search terms, then I can live without the thrill of seeing my url in the #2 spot. Or, in a very important case, I might use one of the proxy server or VPN approaches that are discussed in this thread [webmasterworld.com].

4:41 am on Feb 5, 2008 (gmt 0)

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stevelibby, did you check what for do you rank at 2? It can be an image search or a mobile search. Also make sure you selected the same country in the Location drop-down to your country.
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on the sites I saw this, these were site search queries.

a bug that's been there since day one

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Yes I'm experiencing something similar. My sites ranking is pretty consistent across all DC's apart from my default Google which is [209.85.175.104...] it's been the same for at least a week now.

I have also noticed a slight drop in traffic, can't say for sure if this is why or coincidence.

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your looking at average position not what you are now.
4:08 pm on Feb 5, 2008 (gmt 0)

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average position of what? data centers?

webmaster tools tells me last month i was #2 for 'widget thingy', but on google.com i was #15 and on all other DCs i was #1.

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I see the same thing on one of my newer sites...I see #13 across ALL datacenters except when I just go to Google and do the same search...weird! The Google dance tool shows it right, but when I just type in Google and do same same search it's nowhere, LOL. Weirdest thing I have seen. Something weird there.

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12:40 am on Feb 6, 2008 (gmt 0)

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Logging out of your account before searching will usually give you better results.

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I'm having the same issue where I don't show up well on G.com but on the dance tools I'm doing well. I keep hoping G.com will 'catch up' to the datacenters but don't think this is going to happen.