Posted by Josh Laughtland, Founder and Consultant for Boise-based SEO and Internet Marketing Company Jtree.net
It has been over a year since Google started personalizing your search results regardless of if you are signed-in to your Google account.
Here’s a holiday SEO hat-tip to help you find out where your website or blog really ranks by temporarily turning Google personalized search results off.
Add &pws=0 at the end of a Google search URL in your web browser’s address bar.
If you are searching for “boise internet marketing” your URL will look something like this:
If it doesn’t – modify it to match-up, then add &pws=0 to the end of the URL so your URL looks like this:
The latter will temporarily return results unaffected by Google personalized search, granting you a clearer viewpoint of how your website or blog ranks without Google ‘personalizing’ your results. Keep in mind that you will need to do this for each search performed.