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Google lies! Why a plain search for your site’s SEO rank won’t work.

Updated on March 16, 2012
Standard Google search results for your SEO rank cannot be trusted.
Standard Google search results for your SEO rank cannot be trusted. | Source

© 2012 by Aurelio Locsin.

Like many online authors, you write on the Internet to gain an audience and make a little bit of money. So you carefully research high-traffic, low competition keywords to include in your online articles. You then perform Google searches on your postings to observe their rankings. If you’re lucky, your effort reaches one of the top 10 results for your keyword. Naturally, you assume that from such a lofty perch, your article will bring in visitors as well as money from their Adsense clicks and affiliate purchases.

And yet, none of that audience or money ever materializes. That’s because what you perceive as your site’s rank on Google may have nothing to do with reality.

Standard Google search for the keyword "banana"
Standard Google search for the keyword "banana" | Source

Try This Experiment

To prove my assertion, call up Google Search on your browser. Type in banana and click the Search button. Look at your top nine results. Now click the graphic on the right, which shows the results from my Google search. Compare your list with mine. (Note that I arbitrarily picked nine results because that's all my screen could show that I could capture for the graphic.)

Depending on where in the world you perform your search and the time you do it, your results may be radically different. Even if your searches contain some of the same websites as mine, they may be in a different order. In fact, if you try the same search on different computers in the same house at the same time, each will show different pages.

What You See is What You Want

Everything you do online is tracked, correlated and analyzed. While these practices smack of Big Brother and bring cries of unwanted control from naysayers, the reasons for them are far more prosaic. Internet marketers want to make money and the most efficient way of doing that is to tailoring their offerings to what the potential customer wants.

This is why after you look for books about lawnmowers at Amazon, your browser sprouts ads for gardening equipment. Or why as a woman of mature age, you don’t see sales for moustache trimmers or birth control but instead find banners about Medicare supplements.

Most large commercial websites, such as CNN or Google, are sophisticated enough to show you only what pertains to you. If you publish online articles, those articles will always rank higher in related searches than those you didn’t write. In reality, your writing may be invisible in other people’s search results, but you would never know it.

How It’s Done

The process for customizing websites is highly technical and is how many high-priced consultants and techies make their enormous salaries. A big part involves reading the cookies generated by your browser movements.

To thwart this, you may diligently remove all your cookies, and use Incognito or InPrivate mode to travel the Internet highway. But your location is out of your control. Your Internet Service Provider knows where your computer is and broadcasts that information to the web. By simply matching the information previously gathered for your location, websites can know that it’s you.


PageWash | Source

Of course, every tactic used by ISPs, large corporations and marketers has been countered by clever programmers and mischievous hackers. And this tracking process is no exception. Besides which, even marketers need an objective method of measuring Google rankings. And to do that, they don’t use plain Google Searches.

One of the easiest and most inexpensive ways to get objective search results is to use a free service like PageWash. It is an anonymous browser that essentially strips all customization information from your browsing so you get an objective view of the Internet. You use it as follows:

  1. Browse
  2. Click a check mark into the options shown on the graphic at the top of this section.
  3. Enter in the Text box if it is not there by default.
  4. Click the Begin Browsing button.

Results from a PageWash Google search of the keyword "banana"
Results from a PageWash Google search of the keyword "banana" | Source

Google through Pagewash

The regular Google website appears under the PageWash header. Enter the keywords or website you want to search in the Google Search box and the click the Google Search button.

Try entering banana as the search term. Then compare the PageWash search results from the right graphic with the previous standard search results. Although some of the listed sites are the same, several of them are quite different.

PageWash enables Google to display results that are considered objective by most SEO gurus and online marketers. This is how they determine the true rank of any online efforts.

Try searching on your own keywords using Google search with and without PageWash. Then report your results in Comments below. You may discover that through PageWash, your writing ranks far above or below the standard Google search.


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    • Kasman profile image

      Kas 5 years ago from Bartlett, Tennessee

      Very informative hub Alocsin! It's true that I've always noticed how things seem to be tailored to my wants and interests. I understand what they're trying to do but I do find it to be a bit of a privacy intrusion in some ways. Good to know, voting this up useful and interesting! Sharing.

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      Marlene Bertrand 5 years ago from USA

      It's all true what you say. In fact, I discovered this when one day I went shopping online for a very particular product. Then, all of a sudden, every website I visited would have that exact same product up front and center. I realized what was happening, but it never occured to me to what extent. Great information. I have to pin this one for reference.

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      Cynthia Calhoun 5 years ago from Western NC

      Just had to come back to say what an awesome hub this is. It's extremely helpful for those who wish to find out their "real" ranking.

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      Christy Birmingham 5 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      What an interesting hub. PageWash is a tool new to me to check out. Thanks!

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      alocsin 5 years ago from Orange County, CA

      Pagewash is the best way to find an objective ranking of your hubs, tillsontitan.

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      Mary Craig 5 years ago from New York

      My hub with the most reads, 132,260 is not on Google's first page, that is until I used it is on the first page. Very interesting Alocsin. I guess that explains it's popularity!

      Great informational hub Alocsin. Thanks!

      Voted up, useful, awesome, and interesting.

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      greeneryday 5 years ago from Some tropical country

      Interesting and well written hub, I've learned something new today, bookmarked already, voted up for useful. Thanks!

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      Joana e Bruno 5 years ago from Algarve, Portugal

      Hello, Alocsin, this is very interesting, I had never thought of it like this, but obviously you are totally right and it makes sense... Voted up and interesting, sharing and pinning. Have a great day!

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      L M Reid 5 years ago from Ireland

      I hate that Google has control of the way our articles appear on their search pages. I have lost a lot of money in earnings since Panda.

      A great hub with invaluable information

      Sharing on Twitter

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      donnaMhicks 6 years ago

      Very interesting and informative!

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      Eiddwen 6 years ago from Wales

      A great hub and thanks for sharing.,

      Take care


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      hazelwood4 6 years ago from Owensboro, Kentucky

      This is very interesting about SEO rank and I also noticed this about too. I used to use a site called,, but this site has went offline. It operated along the same lines as Thank you for sharing this site, I will be using often.

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      H C Palting 6 years ago from East Coast

      I'll keep it short and sweet, interesting and awesome!

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      alocsin 6 years ago from Orange County, CA

      Thanks for your help foo, molometer. I have a feeling your "insecure content" hub will be a permanent source of traffic due to its usefulness.

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      molometer 6 years ago from United Kingdom

      Hi Aurelio,

      7 days on, and the 'insecure content' it is still getting steady traffic.

      I tweaked the Oliver Cromwell hub. It is now picking up more Google searches.

      Thanks for your help in tracking these hubs. Very useful information.

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      Vinaya Ghimire 6 years ago from Nepal

      I had never figured out this thing. Thanks for sharing your expertise.

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      Tammy 6 years ago from USA

      Facinating! I gave up trying to figure out where I landed on the Google search but I might have to try this out. Thanks for sharing this interesting and informative information.

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      Stuart Goddard 6 years ago from Bradford

      Pretty sure google has an option to stop you getting the predicted results, But I can not remember how to do it.

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      Pamela N Red 6 years ago from Oklahoma

      It is amazing how much different a search will be depending on who has used the computer. Like you say they show us what we want to see so it's hard to tell if it's accurate or not.

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      alocsin 6 years ago from Orange County, CA

      How bizarre, molometer. As long as you're getting the hits, who cares what rank you are ;)

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      alocsin 6 years ago from Orange County, CA

      The thing about Google personalization is I think it still reveals your location. At least, judging from the ads that appear, sivaskumar.

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      TheInspiredLife 6 years ago from North Carolina

      I just ran Pagewash and a regular search and found that one of my hubs is #9 on Google either way...just barely on the first page, but I am happy lol not bad for a week (or less maybe for that one) after publishing. Thanks for introducing me to Pagewash. It is will be helpful as more of my hubs get listed (hopefully).

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      molometer 6 years ago from United Kingdom

      Hi alocsin,

      The mystery deepens!

      I searched for just the two key words. 'insecure content' and it is still on page one? How interesting.

      I am getting 40 to 50+ hits every 24 hours and gradually rising according to the graph on the stats page.

      All hits are from Google searches globally too.

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      sivaskumar 6 years ago from India

      Google introduced this personalized search in December 2009. From then on, I've been looking for ways to set it off. One method suggested me to add '&pws=0' at the end of every search URL. But it didn't work for me. With pagewash I could see the actual results. Thanks for the info.

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      alocsin 6 years ago from Orange County, CA

      It sounds like most of your PageWash results are close to Google's except for the Depression one. Glad you found this useful.

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      Marvin Parke 6 years ago from Jamaica

      Good catch, I had long suspected that this is whats happening

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      Loi-Renee 6 years ago from Jamaica

      I feel like I've been duped by Google. Thanks for the information Alocsin.

      I Googled three of my hubs to make sure

      For the hub 'Painful Things Women Do To Look Beautiful'. The results: On Google it is #1. With PageWash it is #2.

      For my hub: 'The Concept of Tooth Tattoos'. On Google it is #2. With PageWash it is #2

      For the hub 'Depression and its Causes'. On Google it is #8. With PageWash it is #18.

      That's actually not bad. Thanks again for the informative hub. Voted up and useful. I am bookmarking and sharing this one.

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      alocsin 6 years ago from Orange County, CA

      I'd heard that too, Anamika S. Good content is always better than over-optimization.

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      alocsin 6 years ago from Orange County, CA

      I don't know that it's even possible to find truly anonymous results even with this method, Brett.Tesol. My experiments indicate that my IP address may still get passed along by PageWash -- but I'm not skilled enough technically to investigate it.

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      JR Krishna 6 years ago from India

      useful information!

      Though I don't understand much about SEO and page rank, I also have noticed the different results I get on my office computer and home computer for the same keyword

      Thanks for sharing

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      Anamika S 6 years ago from Mumbai - Maharashtra, India

      Awesome Research! I will try it! The latest news on SEO is that Google is now punishing sites which are over optimized.

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      Brett Caulton 6 years ago from Thailand

      This is very true, even more so if you are signed into your Google mail/account ... the results are always targeted. However, I have used other peoples computers to look at my pages and got surprising results (strangely higher than on my own lol). I like your suggestion, a simple cure ...

      Thanks for SHARING, up, interesting and useful.

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      Stuart Goddard 6 years ago from Bradford

      A lot of it is give the punter what he is looking for with google, Or what he/she has looked for before. I must confess I studied this a few years ago and even took steps to rectify on some settings in my browser. I will have to refresh my memory about it though and I will be back. Great stuff.. I usually never miss an opportunity to look at the net from some one else's computer either.

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      vespawoolf 6 years ago from Peru, South America

      Alocsin, this is another super informative hub. As always, there's a lot more to the internet than meets the eye. Thank you! Voted up and awesome.

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      alocsin 6 years ago from Orange County, CA

      Your Oliver Cromwell site is up to 63 on my end. I'm at a loss to explain this. Hits depend not just on where you are on Google but the popularity of the search term. According to Google Adwords, the term "This Site Had Insecure Content" gets no monthly searches. So that's great you're getting even that many view.

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      Richard Ricky Hale 6 years ago from West Virginia

      Another great article Alocsin. Voted up and useful my friend. It is always a joy to learn from your articles. Thanks again.

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      molometer 6 years ago from United Kingdom

      Hi alocsin,

      That is a really interesting result.

      Thanks, you used the right words

      "This Site Had insecure content"

      First or second I am very happy.

      The search terms for the other hub was just 'Oliver Cromwell'

      It showed up at number 8, at my end and at 89 your end?

      Seems like I may have missed a step somewhere on this one.

      Now just to figure out what it was?

      The hub on "This Site Had insecure content," is getting consistent 30+ views per 24 hours?

      I have not marketed it anymore than I normally would.

      So being in pole position on Google, doesn't always translate to torrent of page views?

      How peculiar is that?

      I think you have hit on something very interesting here.

      I have other hubs, as we all do, that get more hits and are 'not' on the front page of Google.

      All those fee charging SEO companies, have a lot to answer for I guess.

      Well done my friend. Great work as usual.

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      Ruchira 6 years ago from United States

      Alocsin, this hub was power packed with loads of information. I used to google my hubs but, you showed me a way to go about it...thanks!

      voted up and sharing!

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      Christabel Evans 6 years ago from England, UK

      Never heard about pagewash or that the first ten pages on google search result on my laptop/computer is not the real ranking. Great research Alocsin. Voted up, interesting and useful.

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      Dianna Mendez 6 years ago

      Thanks for the information on I will have to use that for browsing. I did notice this week the goodgle SE lists quite a different variety of results when you type in your word, and they are not quite relaated to what you're looking for. Voted up!

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      TheInspiredLife 6 years ago from North Carolina

      I voted you up because this is very valuable information that I didn't know! Good hub.

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      Sally Hayes 6 years ago

      Awesome! Bookmarking, voting up and sharing this. Thanks for such a clear explanation of Google's tracking system and what we can do to circumvent it. Cheers - Sarah

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      Brian Leekley 6 years ago from Kalamazoo, Michigan, USA

      Thanks, alocsin, for the handy tip re PageWash.

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      alocsin 6 years ago from Orange County, CA

      Thanks Green Lotus. That just warms my heart.

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      alocsin 6 years ago from Orange County, CA

      Try it on some of you own hubs, Nell Rose.

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      alocsin 6 years ago from Orange County, CA

      It's amazing, tsmog, what a difference a simple spelling change can make. The good news is you can always make changes to your hubs at any time to take advantage of better keywords.

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      Hillary 6 years ago from Atlanta, GA

      Hi. . Just back to report that I've never had so many of my Facebook readers share a hub I've shaed on FB as any times as this hub! Really really on the cutting edge of now.

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      Nell Rose 6 years ago from England

      Just came back to say, Oh yeah! lol! I must admit I had never heard of it, I will explore it further, as I only did the banana thing, thanks again, nell

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      Poetic Fool 6 years ago

      Fascinating, alocsin! I learned a lot and what you've said makes sense. Thanks for sharing your knowledge and experience!

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      Nell Rose 6 years ago from England

      Hi, Wow! I must admit that after looking for something on my pc, I did try looking again when I wanted it down the library on one of their PCs, and yes the list was completely different, I am going to try this, nice one! rated up and shared, thanks!

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      Tim Mitchell 6 years ago from Escondido, CA

      Hey alocsin. Caught yoiur comment. Re-read the article then played a bit. The only article I used keywords heavily with was 'Home Budgeting Software and Online Tools.'

      it was between 250 - 260. Sad. Then looking at adwords I discovered the difference between 'budget' and budgeting is about 16,000,000 in favor of budget. D*** :) I'm learning, schools out for now. I got a bunch of work ahead of me. Your classes will be reviewed again and applied. Thanks 'Dude!'


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      alocsin 6 years ago from Orange County, CA

      I'll be happy too, molometer, but what keywords do you want me to use?

      For "This Site Had insecure content," your hub is at number two. Congratulations!

      For "Oliver Cromwell," your site is at 89.

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      alocsin 6 years ago from Orange County, CA

      I'd trust the PageWash results more, Barbara Kay, since your hubs are meant for a global rather than local audience.

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      molometer 6 years ago from United Kingdom

      Wow this looks very cool.

      Just checked a couple of my hubs, and 2 are on the front page of Google. At least at my end.

      'Google Chrome This site had insecure content'

      ranked number 2


      The hub on 'Oliver Cromwell' was ranked at number 8

      Maybe you could check it your end, and see if the results are the same.

      Speak tomorrow, off to the land of nod. Goodnight.

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      Barbara Badder 6 years ago from USA

      I found that some of my hubs actually rate higher when I use Page Wash. So it can work both ways. Thanks for the info, so we can get a true picture. Google is strange.

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      alocsin 6 years ago from Orange County, CA

      It depends on how you look at it, tammyswallow. You could consider cookies spyware or simply tracking devices.

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      alocsin 6 years ago from Orange County, CA

      Lol, how very true about Google, HubTub.

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      Barbara Badder 6 years ago from USA

      This is interesting. No wonder so many of my hubs rate so high and some of them don't get any traffic. I'll have to check this out and see how they rank. Thanks for the information.

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      alocsin 6 years ago from Orange County, CA

      Thanks for clarifying certain aspects of ads, molometer.

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      HubTub 6 years ago

      Here is my 2 cents. It doesn't seem to matter who you are or what you do, Google will always be one step ahead! However, that being said, another wonderful hub, alocsin! Voted up and SHARING!

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      molometer 6 years ago from United Kingdom

      Very interesting information on this pagewash tool.

      I will take it a spin around the block too.

      The keywords that we use in our hubs activate the ad programs.

      The adwords program is really there for advertisers benefit. We just get to use it too!

      If we are writing about the price of recycled gold. The ads will 'all' be about trading gold online.etc

      Simple but effective.

      The problem with personalization is that we can get a false sense of how well our work is ranking on the SERPs.

      Pagewash I imagine gives us a clearer idea of our actual ranks.

      This is not really a problem, 'if we are aware of it.'

      We can take these into account, and move forward.

      @cclitgirl, sorry to be the bearer of bad news, but if we type in 'the title' to our hubs, they 'will' be on the first page.

      As 'the title' matches Googles index of that page.

      That is simply the logic of databases.

      Great hub as always which uncovers the Google tricks, we should all be aware of.

      Voted up useful and interesting. As always SHARING socially your great hubs.

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      alocsin 6 years ago from Orange County, CA

      Yes, LucidDreams, you're correct. Clearing cookies does not remove location information because your IP is still broadcast.

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      alocsin 6 years ago from Orange County, CA

      I'll check these options out, Pcunix. Thanks for pointing them out.

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      Tony Lawrence 6 years ago from SE MA

      I guess I have to be more direct: Google fixed all this several months ago. If you are signed in with a Google profile, you can turn personalization on and off with a click of an icon.

      There are times when you want such results and there are times when you don't. Google has now made it very simple to choose what you want. In addition, they have now provided the "Verbatim" setting (under "More Tools") that can easily make some searches that once were extremely difficult (that's available whether signed in or not and also shits off personalization).

      You really DON'T want to use other search engines if your interest is seeing how Google sees your pages. Use Google, signed in with a Google profile (which doesn't have to be anything you use for anything else if you are that paranoid) and you have instant control of SERP personalization.

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      THEHuG5 6 years ago

      Thanks for sharing this alocsin you always write such useful hubs :) I've never heard of but I'm going to check it out right now.

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      francescasales 6 years ago from Boston

      So using an incognito window or private browsing doesn't work! (the lies.)

      I will try this tomorrow (I'm a web editor) and see how it goes; thanks for the article!

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      LucidDreams 6 years ago from St Petersburg, Florida


      This is great information. I have this trouble all of the time. I almost always clear my cookies after each computer use and so does my wife. It just became habbit a few years ago when we noticed some spyware.

      Still the results can be tailored because of your ip? I think thats right? Well anyway, this is helpful and I have not tried using PageWash. Thanks for the tip!

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      BizVT34 6 years ago from USA

      Up! Very helpful and interesting.

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      Gail Sobotkin 6 years ago from South Carolina

      Another great hub with very useful information. This is something I intuitively wondered about and now you've confirmed what I'd been thinking.

      Voted up, useful and interesting.

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      Tammy 6 years ago from North Carolina

      I didn't realize this was a problem. Yikes!! Is this a result of spyware? I notice that if I look at something on the internet then go to hubpages.. I will see the ads for what I just shopped for. Thank you for presenting us with this information.

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      carbon12 6 years ago

      Well explained hub. Thank you for the insight. You got my Vote up. Have a great day my friend.

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      alocsin 6 years ago from Orange County, CA

      Yes,, in general I think it's a good thing to be seeing ads that you're interested in. But this method is for determining true SEO results, and not about eliminating ads. And I agree that the A/B test is quite an effective way to test ads.

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      alocsin 6 years ago from Orange County, CA

      Hoteltravel, I've tried it both with and without ads, and the results are the same. Removing the ads just makes it load slightly faster.

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      alocsin 6 years ago from Orange County, CA

      I think it's basically the same, askJayme, though it may do additional anonymous tasks such as eliminating location information.

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      Gordon D Easingwood 6 years ago from Wakefield, United Kingdom

      Never even though about this, excellent hub.

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      Moira Durano-Abesmo 6 years ago from Sagay, Camiguin, Philippines

      This is a very informative hub. Bookmarked!

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      thost 6 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      Very good information, I will try Pagewash. Thank you will vote up and post on stumbleupon.

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      Alocsin I would have thought it was a good thing to get ads to click on related to our searches and browsing? If you don't want this, as you point out, go incognito - still something has to be returned and whether it is your page or someone's else's I think is often related to the quality of the content measured by engagement of the audience Web analysts have an old test called split A/B test which simply delivers page A or B to visitors - the page visitors spend more time on would be the one to use (say) if you were designing a home page on your site the other page you would drop - similarly I would think search engines would deliver the most popular and engaging pages to their consumers - that makes total sense if you are running a biz I'm guessing

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      Hillary 6 years ago from Atlanta, GA

      I have been waiting for this kind of information alocsin since Google changed it's search tactics to accommodate Adwords buyers and most likely, the government. I didn't know about Pagewash. Nice to know how you really rank on searches. Thanks! Bookmarked, shared, and rated Up/Useful.

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      Peggy Woods 6 years ago from Houston, Texas

      This is very interesting. Will have to bookmark and come back to try this when I have more time. I am still not very smart when it comes to all of this SEO info. Voted up, useful and interesting.

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      hoteltravel 6 years ago from Thailand

      Thanks alocsin. I tried now and the results doesn't show my location. Will clicking 'remove ads' have any difference?

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      askJayme 6 years ago from Southern Maine

      Very helpful, never heard of Pagewash, how is this different from other proxy's? Same thing bascially? It'll be interesting to do a search on Google straight and then through pagewash and see how results compare. This is helpful also when comparing search results in how to rank a website.

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      alocsin 6 years ago from Orange County, CA

      I don't know if PageWash works on the iPad, but it's worth a try to eliminate those differing searches.

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      alocsin 6 years ago from Orange County, CA

      Congratulations, cclitgirl, for reaching page one!

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      alocsin 6 years ago from Orange County, CA

      Thanks for the tip, PCunix.

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      alocsin 6 years ago from Orange County, CA

      They are generated for the "reader," as far as I know, which could obviously be you. But the Adsense TOS says not to click on your own ads, so I'd advise against clicking any ads that show up on your own hubs.

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      alocsin 6 years ago from Orange County, CA

      Yes, hoteltravel, PageWash is also an anonymous browser, so using it to go through the Internet prevents Google or anyone else from tracking your activities. (It essentially does what Pateluday described, but without actually clearing your cache. So it's far less effort.) Also, I think PageWash removes location info, and pateluday's method does not -- though I've asked him to clarify this.

      In other words, just use PageWash when browsing if you are concerned about tracking.

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      alocsin 6 years ago from Orange County, CA

      Thanks for clarifying aspects of Google search, pateluday, but do your methods eliminate the location information as well?

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      Helen Murphy Howell 6 years ago from Fife, Scotland

      Great hub and will need to have a go with 'Pagewash' - many thanks for sharing this interesting information.

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      Natasha 6 years ago from Hawaii

      I have noticed that I get different results for the same searches on my computer, at work and on my iPad. It's kind of weird and sometimes annoying!

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      Sinea Pies 6 years ago from Northeastern United States

      I wanted to try this so I opened up Pagewash in a new window so that I could read your instructions and go right over to try it. I really like it that local searches are eliminated. This is such a helpful tool. Voted up, useful and shared!

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      Shasta Matova 6 years ago from USA

      This is useful information. I knew that my searches were customized, but I didn't know how to go around that. Thank you.

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      Marcy Goodfleisch 6 years ago from Planet Earth

      You continually come up with the most amazing information for your hubs! I think anyone wanting a tutorial in Panda's circus act and tips for current SEO strategies should read every one of your related hubs. I learn a lot from following you; thanks for giving us so many meaty hubs!

      Voted up, awesome, useful and interesting. And shared!

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      Cynthia Calhoun 6 years ago from Western NC

      I tried the banana search - wow! My results were similar to yours without PageWash. With PageWash the results were different. Wow. I typed in a couple of my hub titles and found them ranked on the first page. YES! Thank you for this hub. Voted up and everything. :)

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      Tony Lawrence 6 years ago from SE MA

      If you are logged in to Google, you can turn off personalized results simply by clicking on "Hide Personal Results".

      You can also turn off EVERYTHING (personal, stemming, and more) by turning on "Verbatim" under "More search tools".

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      Matt Edmondson 6 years ago from Tucson, AZ

      Another great hub!

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      David Hunt 6 years ago from Cedar Rapids, Iowa

      Yet another very useful hub. Voted up accordinglingly. Now I'm finally going to have to figure out HubPages bookmark thingy...

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      sweetguide 6 years ago from River side

      Great Info. Have to bookmark

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      hoteltravel 6 years ago from Thailand

      That is a fantastic hub, coming after a long interval. And, it is every bit worth the wait. I am just beginning to understand the strange world of keywords, seo and such like. I am trying to read up articles on these topics to have a better grasp. But most of them just fly over my thick head. I am able to understand whatever you have explained here. But, I am full of questions now.

      Recently, I became aware that the content of my gmail is 'read' by Google and used to display relevant ads. Naive as I am, I use Google search after signing out of my gmail account. Even after this, it shows by location correctly as you said. I like your Pagewash idea. Can we use Google through Pagewash for searches to avoid Google tracking our activities. Or is there any other method to hoodwink Google while using its search? If this is too much to reply in a comment, alocsin, you can make a hub of it. The previous commenter has mentioned clearing cache and removing temporary files. Can you explain how to do this in simple English? Thanks a ton for reading this. Voted up, useful, interesting and awesome. Shared with followers.

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      Uday Patel 6 years ago from Jabalpur, MP, India

      There are a few aspects to Google search: When you are signed in (Web History) you get personal results tabulated from what you have been visiting frequently. To get in the fair results you need to sign off from Google, clear your browser cache and remove temporary files.

      For the first...You sign in to web history and pause it permanently this is what is responsible for Google personalized results.

      As per relevancy Google search results may vary slightly from place to place.