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[edited by: tedster at 2:51 am (utc) on Dec 3, 2012]
personalization effect, thats only when you are login, so thats a good thing, so you still have the option of finding new stuff online and personalization is a little creepy.
Very interesting, Splugged. Can you see any particular pattern to the search traffic during those "rush" periods? Particularly, does the keyword proportion change? If so, that would seem to indicate some kind of SERP change.
From observations shared here recently, it sounds as though some updates phase in gradually. That "phasing in" involves shifts that include very weak SERPs on some keywords that used to have a stronger set of results... and then the SERPs eventually settle down again on a stronger set. Somewhere in the middle of the process, it seems to mess with things for a period, as well as making for surges in search traffic.
That is not true, g$$gle personalizes your results even when you are not logged in. Maybe it is new. But I never log in, because google+ is just like a backyard where kids do not want to play.
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Well, yesterday I wrote how I managed to slowly climb back to page 1 (after years of being there then when the changes happened to nowhere, page 13, and slowly getting back)... today I looked at the same keyword and I am completely gone again.