- Strange results checking client SEO position in Chrome
- 2011-12-19: Hmm, this is curious.
- Time was, to work out what position in the search engines you were for a particular search term, you just searched for the term and counted your position.
- Then there were the days of Web Position Gold with all its snazzy reports about whether you were going up or down for a zillion phrases. Then I discovered they weren't abiding by Google's terms and conditions, and their software was running from my IP address .. I was running the risk of being blacklisted. I dropped it instantly.
- It came down to focus and manually checking position.
- The issue with that is .. Google remembers what you've been doing, so if I'm working with a client Google thinks I like their site, so when I search, their site appears higher for me than it does for a normal searcher.
- Then there's local .. results getting more emphasis if they are closer.
- So I've been using a clean Google Chrome with cleared history with Google Instant turned off and showing 100 results per page, with the Number Search Results extension to count the position. I search for my phrase, use Ctrl+F to search for my website, and that extension shows me the position. Fine.
- Except, not fine. Now, it looks like if I set Chrome (and Epiphany, fwiw (on Linux) and Safari on Mac, they all seem to use the same engine) to display 10 results per screen, my client is at position #10. If I set it to 100 per screen, my client is at #19. The results seem more expanded, with more results per website being displayed.
- Got any thoughts on this? I'm at @JohnAllsoppIM on Twitter, or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org, I'll summarise what transpires (if anything) here.
By John Allsopp
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