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"...or when you visit friends, ask to use their machines for 5 minutes"
"Even if you log out you can't entirely escape it"
not good for most
Why not just use a separate browser to look at rankings? I use Google Chrome in Incognito mode when I want to do a simple search of my sites rankings. I use Firefox for everything else. If you don't want to see skewed results use another browser to look at rankings.
You can use anonymous proxy so your IP is not tracked.
Google returns different results for the same keywords based on a person's search history/ip/interaction with other Google services etc.
I guess what the OP is saying is that there is no more "basic" results returned by Google, unless you have just bought the computer and powered up for the first time, i.e. Google returns different results for the same keywords based on a person's search history/ip/interaction with other Google services etc.
That has been the case for a long time now " there have been no "basic results" for the last 2 or 3 years or so, if not longer..well before the advent of +1.. hence my comment re: bears, popes and woods..
+1 just made it harder..the last thing G want, is for webmasters to be able to obtain even a glimpse of what is behind the curtain..
Well, that's not quite true.
The popularity race is on
"Hey, We Love Google Users Like You Too! How About +1'ing this Page [by clicking here] to Tell Google You Liked Us Too!"
Frankly if 3000 more people 'like' or 'plus one' or somehow publicly indicate that they like my site better than someone else's, I think it *should* rank higher than the site who doesn't get those social signals.
And if someone gets 10,000 more likes or plus ones than I do, then they should probably outrank me.