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Turn Off Personalized Results: Is This The Right Way?

   
9:10 pm on Jul 10, 2011 (gmt 0)

WebmasterWorld Senior Member planet13 is a WebmasterWorld Top Contributor of All Time Top Contributors Of The Month



Hi there, Everyone:

I want to see the "real" search results in google, so I am trying to turn off personalized results.

I've read on different sites that adding &pws=0 to the end of the search string and then resubmitting the query will give you non-personalized results (i.e., "real" results).

I also have changed the "location" from nearby to a city on the other side of the country. My site dropped two places in the results when I made the location change.

Does this work? Or is more required to see the "real" results.

Thanks in advance.
2:33 am on Jul 11, 2011 (gmt 0)

WebmasterWorld Senior Member tedster is a WebmasterWorld Top Contributor of All Time 10+ Year Member



&pws=0 will turn off personalization if you're logged in.
3:04 am on Jul 11, 2011 (gmt 0)

WebmasterWorld Senior Member tangor is a WebmasterWorld Top Contributor of All Time 5+ Year Member Top Contributors Of The Month



More fun, log out, then kill javascript and try it then... (after clearing all cookies off your system).
3:22 am on Jul 11, 2011 (gmt 0)

WebmasterWorld Senior Member lucy24 is a WebmasterWorld Top Contributor of All Time Top Contributors Of The Month



Use one of your other browsers. Use another computer if there's more than one in your household. If you have a floating IP, disconnect and wait a few minutes so you'll get a new one. Instead of google.com, try .ca or .uk or some other English-speaking country.
3:28 am on Jul 11, 2011 (gmt 0)

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I always use AOL to see actual results. It pulls results straight from google without all the personalization nonsense.

I always tell clients to do this rather then trying to get them how to understand how to turn off personal search.
3:30 am on Jul 11, 2011 (gmt 0)

WebmasterWorld Senior Member planet13 is a WebmasterWorld Top Contributor of All Time Top Contributors Of The Month



More fun, log out, then kill javascript and try it then... (after clearing all cookies off your system).


Holy Carp! I think I'll just buy a new computer instead...

Seriously, that's the only way to do it?

How about using hidemyazz.com (uses S's instead of Z's)? Or using a proxy server? Won't those work?
3:41 am on Jul 11, 2011 (gmt 0)

WebmasterWorld Senior Member planet13 is a WebmasterWorld Top Contributor of All Time Top Contributors Of The Month



I always use AOL to see actual results. It pulls results straight from google without all the personalization nonsense.


Can anyone verify this will accurately pull non-personalized results?

I hope that it does show "real" results because if it does, it means I have finally moved one of my main keywords up from total obscurity to around #9.

Just that I would like to "confirm" it before I start knocking back Black and Tans in celebration...

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And on a related note: People who use AOL for search must be nuts! The organic listings are SOOOO far down the page, they should just get rid of them. I mean, really, it should JUST be all adwords results. If the organics were to Go Elvis one morning, I don't think any of the regular users would even notice.
4:24 am on Jul 11, 2011 (gmt 0)



&pws=0 is the only way I know but you have to type every time, so you either surrender or use a different browser or search engine. It's obvious why they are making so hard to undo this:
[theregister.co.uk...]
"We don't need you to type at all. We know where you are. We know where you've been. We can more or less know what you're thinking about"

I don't want them to know who I am, where I was and what I'm thinking about so I use a [Google scraper] SSL for Firefox...until Google disables them.

I mean, really, it should JUST be all adwords results.

P.S. They are part of results, so they first 3 results at least, are always relevant.
5:05 pm on Jul 11, 2011 (gmt 0)

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use a proxy. That's how I do it, anyway.

Just for gods sake don't forget your on one and type your CC number in.
7:40 pm on Jul 11, 2011 (gmt 0)

WebmasterWorld Senior Member dstiles is a WebmasterWorld Top Contributor of All Time 5+ Year Member



Turn of javascript for google.
Clear ALL google cookies.
Set browser to not accept cookies.
Then use a different SE. :)
9:40 pm on Jul 11, 2011 (gmt 0)

WebmasterWorld Senior Member lucy24 is a WebmasterWorld Top Contributor of All Time Top Contributors Of The Month



Oops, almost forgot. If the computer you are using has one of those built-in camera eyes at the top, tape over it so g### can't scan your irises and identify you that way.
11:05 am on Jul 12, 2011 (gmt 0)

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Oops, almost forgot. If the computer you are using has one of those built-in camera eyes at the top, tape over it so g### can't scan your irises and identify you that way.


Further to this, make sure you don't at any stage look up. Because then their satellites will be able to see you.
12:58 pm on Jul 12, 2011 (gmt 0)

WebmasterWorld Senior Member tangor is a WebmasterWorld Top Contributor of All Time 5+ Year Member Top Contributors Of The Month



And keep the drapes closed because Street View is driving by...
6:05 pm on Jul 27, 2011 (gmt 0)



What an amzing forum, my first post!
Woohoo!

I think the best way to find your organic positions would be to fiverr it!
6:17 pm on Jul 27, 2011 (gmt 0)



Welcome to WebmasterWorld CustmrSvc

I use the Firefox Google Global extension:

[addons.mozilla.org...]

or:

[google.com...]

or

[google.com...]

This sometimes gives decent results

[google.com...]