If you’ve been working on your website for many months, adding content, promoting on communities and social bookmarking, you probably would have done searches for your own URL in order to edit pages or link to certain articles. This alerts to Google that you like this website and pushes it’s results up, often to the front page.
At this point most people get really excited and think some miracle has occurred!
No I’m sad to say that the peeps at Google HQ haven’t granted you some obscure internet prize!
Its called personalized search.
Results designed to be faster and more suited to your browsing.
But sometimes you want to see where you come up for the general public right?
Here then are 3 quick and easy ways to turn off Google personalized search and make results accurately reflect what the public sees.
How to turn off Google personalized search
1. Do a search for your target keyword, then add this parameter at the end:
Google will generate a crazy string of letters and numbers, but all you need to do is add this little piece of code right at the end, and press return again.
2. Use the Firefox Add-on “Disable Google Personalization”
This add-on for Firefox allows you to turn off the personalized search in Google as well as see results from other countries.
3. Use Google Chrome with an Incognito Window.
Google Chrome is already one of the most used browsers on the web. It has a special mode where no cookies or history are stored by Google or the browser, or personalized results from searches. It goes into a kind of cloaking mode. To open an Incognito Window, go to the tool drop down button and choose New Incognito Window.
Yoast Search Plugins
These are search engine plugins for Firefox and IE that install themselves into your search bar on the top right of your browser.
Where does your site come up in results for your main keywords? Let us know in the comments.