Ever Google yourself? [Don't worry, we all do it.] Ever notice how your results might be vastly different from someone sitting right next to you?
There are a ton of factors that Google incorporates to make your search results the best they can be – and they all amount to a little thing called personalized search. Personalized search incorporates:
- Web history
- Personalized results
- Recent searches
- Universal search
- Geographic location (Local Results)
- Starred results
- Social search
- Real time search
Personalized Search affects everything you Google. Your results will look very different from the guy down the street, which will look very different from the guy across town. So how are you to know what other people see?
Not to worry…there’s a quick and easy way to see results as if you were anywhere or anyone.
After Googling, add &pws=0 to the end of the URL. For example, “http://www.google.com/search?sourceid=chrome&ie=UTF-8&q=maine+seo&pws=0” And there you have it!
Nicki Hicks is a Search Engine Marketer at flyte new media, a Web design and Internet Marketing firm in Portland, Maine. Nicki blogs at the Maine SEO Blog, and you can find her on Twitter at@nickihicks