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Site only ranks on first page after a 'second click'



1:53 pm on Sep 15, 2008 (gmt 0)

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I am a bit confused with this one and would like to know if anyone has seen this before. Apologies if this is going over old ground but I can't find anything on this.

I thought that one of my sites has been hit with a penalty quite recently.

Checked in google for the
and also

At first they showed up on page 5, which would suggest that the site has received a penalty.

However, sometimes the site shows in position 1 if I click the search twice. The first click and the site is nowhere to be seen.

When the site does show in pos 1, Google does not list the file size and no link to the cache.

Has anyone seen this before?


2:55 pm on Sep 15, 2008 (gmt 0)

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Are you searching from the tool bar or a search web page? Are you always searching from the same page and do you have personalised results off?


9:56 am on Sep 16, 2008 (gmt 0)

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I am signed out of my google account.

tried this on the tool bar and also the webpage and both return the same - 2 clicks to find the domain.

Also, tried on other computers and asked friends to check on their pc and the result is the same.


11:57 am on Sep 16, 2008 (gmt 0)

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Yes, I have observed something very similar. It felt to me as if google new I liked to visit my own website, so decided to list it earlier in the results for my convenience after I showed my disatisfaction with the rest of their results. The same thing still happened even after logging out of my Google account, disabling custom search and clearing my cookies and web history. Had your friend visited your website prior to doing their search?

I checked on Aol search and got very different results, with the page in question not showing up until page 7. I have had some difficulty with this page which may have been due to a coding error. It took over a month for it to appear in the serps but it is for an extremely popular title in my arena.

I'm not sure what is going on. This happened three weekends ago and the page has now stabilized, settling between postions #8 and #12. Occasionally I find it at #4. Maybe it was part of an experiment.


12:43 pm on Sep 16, 2008 (gmt 0)

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May be as a result of 'Previous Query' technology being used.


2:32 pm on Sep 17, 2008 (gmt 0)

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"It felt to me as if Google new I liked to visit my own website, so decided to list it earlier in the results for my convenience..."


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