Time after time, I've seen happy excited posts in forums from people
anouncing that they are on the first page of Google for something. And
of course, they aren't.
Google customises its search results to try and find the 'best' results for you. It looks at search history (cookies, your gmail account), your location, any saved preferences (for example, when logged in to google -e.g. through Gmail, blogspot you can 'rank' search results). This means google.co.uk may bring back different results to google.co.nz and when you are signed in to Google, it will bring up your pages first - because you visit them a lot.
The BEST way to check your Google rank, and to find out if you are first on google or fiftieth, is to search without cookies or Gmail account, no memory or personalisation, and no customising to your location. This is a pain to do manually - delete cookies, log out, fresh browser, different computer, and you still can't be sure.
What you need is Scroogle.
- no cookies
- no search-term records
- the access log is deleted within 48 hours
All of which means that your search results are showing the 'accurate' Google ranking. Oh, and no ads!
Of course, Google customises its search fir everyone else too... so it may mean that no-one is seeing this result anyway.
Things You Will Need
Scroogle Browser Support and Add-ons
use http://www.scroogle.org/cgi-bin/nbbw.cgi?Gw=%s Now x search terms should launch a search
or better yet, use https://ssl.scroogle.org/cgi-bin/nbbwssl.cgi?Gw=%s (Chrome phones home a lot)
You can also encrypt your search terms on insecure Wi-Fi or from browser monitoring with https://ssl.scroogle.org/ a
- "Ixquick HTTPS" which doesn't record your IP address
- GoogleSharing, and add-on that lets you connect to Google via a proxy.
- Duck Duck Go.
Step 1Here's a recent example to illustrate matters. "The cake is a lie and the poor cube had to die for it" is a recent reference to the awesome game Portal that popped up online recently - my page about the Companion Cube started getting hits. So I added a bit, posted in the Squidu forum and then went and blogged about it a bit.
First off, you can see that I've now got something in the top three out of four spots. Second, daaaamn, Google loves Blogger; it hasn't even indexed the updates I made on my lens, and it has my blog post from seconds ago ahead of it. Third, my thread in the Squidu forum is up the top. Awesome!
Or is it?
A quick, paranoid, check in Scroogle shows that actually, the Squidu link is nowhere near the first page - it's only up there because I keep visiting it.