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When i type it in capital letters, we rank higher though we did not type it in capitals on the entire site.
Google engeneers have a a different logic :-) they don`t seem to favor best content ...
Now I'm seeing different page titles used as the top link on listings and the grey visits disappears when I search with first word capitalised as well as a little shuffling of the top 10.
The displayed URLs remain the same but in one case the page title has been changed and the newer page title is used in the top anchor on one of the listed results.
IP of Datacenter is 126.96.36.199
Added: The above report is for .co.uk but if I go direct to that DC I see the shuffling but not the change in snippet.
[edited by: Hissingsid at 7:09 pm (utc) on Mar. 17, 2008]
I know that google has a lot of complexities when dealing with how its algorithm works and how it applies penalties etc etc but the last thing you would think is that it would display different results based on the way you cased the letters.
Anybody have any similar experiences?
[edited by: Robert_Charlton at 4:03 am (utc) on April 17, 2008]
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"keyword1 keyword2" returns 75,100,000 results.
"Keyword1 Keyword2" returns 72,000,000 results.
The #1 and #2 spots reverse positions; a company that was on page 2 is now #7 on page 1, and I get a slightly different list of related searches.
Different data centers dishing up different results? Or some even more obscure reason?
[edited by: tedster at 3:45 pm (utc) on April 23, 2008]
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I was just wondering if anyone's seen this and has any insight to give? Especially how to correct would be helpful! Either way I would like to hear anything on it, as I have not come across it before.
[edited by: tedster at 4:15 am (utc) on May 28, 2008]
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1) User searches for [widgets]. Google returns SERPs, user does not click on a result.
2) User now searches for [Widgets]. Google - not looking at case - simply assumes that since the user didn't find what he or she wanted the first time around it should mix up the results a bit and returns a slightly different set. Again, the user does not click on a result.
3) User then searches for [WIDGETS]. Rinse, repeat. Google sees that the user is still having problems finding a relevant result, so again - still not looking at case - returns a newly massaged result set.
I'm not at all saying that this is the explanation for the behavior, but it is something that can mimic the behavior. There might be other instances of user data or behavior that mimic case sensitivity. Thinking a bit outside the box, anybody else come up with something that can look like it?
The end user is often sending a deliberate signal when they take the extra effort to include capital letters - especially when they use Title Case. The actual meaning can shift from a generic word, such as "reading" to the name of a city. Other common words may become a brand name when Title Case is used. All capital letters might mean that the user is searching for an acronym and not a common word.
With nothing official from Google about this, it's hard to know for sure. But it seems clear to me that Google is experimenting with some case-sensitivity to better serve their end users.
There was a typo in that post, the "more results from" links appears when the place name is not capitalised.
Out of curiosity I just searched on Reading + keyword and reading + keyword. Same results on both.
Keyword1 Keyword2 on GoogleNZ gives 13,400,000 results.
keyword1 keyword2 gives same serps but 13,500,000 results.
Out of curiosity I also searched on Reading + keyword (640,000 results) and reading + keyword (515,000 results) but same serps, at least for the first two pages.
This also appears to be the case with page ranks aswell, as i have a client whos page renders exactly the same with capitalised and non capitalised of a website tier 2 page, one has a pagerank 3 one has a pagerank 0
Wonder what googles got up it sleeves for us?