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 Post subject: Google Personal Web Search
PostPosted: Thu May 06, 2010 2:42 pm 
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I don't know if anyone else is finding this but here's a tip for anyone not using a proxy and who has a google account.

It seems that the search rankings that CuteRank produces can be affected by your google web history aka Personal Web Search.
For those that don't know, your Web History is a list of all the sites that you have searched for and then visited.
This affects your search results as Google shows you websites "tailored" to your searching habits, so sites you've visited a lot get moved up the rankings, this is called Personal Web Search.

The problem is that sites you've visited a lot are often your own so that affects the rankings when using CuteRank.

To turn this off in your browser for a single search you can add &pws=0 to the end of the url.

So to see if you're affected click on one of your google keywords in CuteRank, find your site then add the &pws=0 to the end of the url.
You may find your website has moved.

However, to stop this happening in CuteRank you need to turn off and delete your web history.
First, turn off your Web History by following these instructions http://www.google.com/support/accounts/ ... swer=54048

Secondly, you still need to delete your current web history.
To do that you must sign in with your google account and go to your Google Account Settings.
This will then show your account details
Click on "View data stored with this account" next to Dashboard under Personal Settings.
Scroll down to Web History and click "Remove items or clear Web History"
Next click on "Clear entire Web History ยป"
Then click the "Remove History" button

Your web history should now be cleared.

As I said I think this only affects people not using proxies.

Hope this helps
Iain


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 Post subject: Re: Google Personal Web Search
PostPosted: Sat May 08, 2010 1:11 am 
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Thanks for your advice, Nutter.
This is really helpful.


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