Same site. Two browsers. Different rankings on Google. Why?

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I have a site optimized for a what I call a "local long-tail keyword phrase". When I put in the keyword phrase using Safari browser (I use a Mac) my site is ranked above the fold on the first page of Google, BUT, when I use Firefox to do a search for the same keyword phrase, my site is ranked at the top of the second page. Why does my site have a different ranking on Google using Firefox than it does in Safari?
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  • Profile picture of the author gefflong
    I'm thinking it is just a coincidence. Have you checked the first one again? It's possible that the rankings have changed.

    Do you continue to get two different results?

    If so, perhaps you have search settings set to different things in the different browsers.
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    • Profile picture of the author Duane Lawton
      Originally Posted by gefflong View Post

      I'm thinking it is just a coincidence. Have you checked the first one again? It's possible that the rankings have changed.

      Do you continue to get two different results?

      If so, perhaps you have search settings set to different things in the different browsers.
      I checked again and I continue to get different results within the two browsers. I just checked using another brower (Opera) and I get the same results (the second page of Google) that I get using Firefox. I'm on the first page of Google in Safari but on the second page in Firefox and Opera. I've never seen this happen before.
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  • Profile picture of the author JennSpencerIM
    Are you logged in with any Google account on one of them by chance?
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    • Profile picture of the author Duane Lawton
      Originally Posted by JennSpencerIM View Post

      Are you logged in with any Google account on one of them by chance?
      No, I'm not signed in with any Google account while using any of the browsers.
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  • Profile picture of the author honed
    Clear your cache on each and try again?

    Or forget the browsers and use something like Scroogle.org.
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    • Profile picture of the author Duane Lawton
      Originally Posted by honed View Post

      Clear your cache on each and try again?

      Or forget the browsers and use something like Scroogle.org.
      I cleared the cache on each browser...

      Now the site is on the second page of Google on all three browsers (to my disappointment). Don't get me wrong, SEO is an on-going process and I'm not the least bit surprised by this, I've just never seen different rankings in different browsers. How does the cache affect the rankings across different browsers?
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      • Profile picture of the author vivaarturo
        Google looks at personal preferences and if you are visiting a site it will place that site higher in the rankings for your personal search preferences to provide you easier access to click on the link instead of going to page two.

        Cheers
        Arturo

        Originally Posted by dll12677 View Post

        I cleared the cache on each browser...

        Now the site is on the second page of Google on all three browsers (to my disappointment). Don't get me wrong, SEO is an on-going process and I'm not the least bit surprised by this, I've just never seen different rankings in different browsers. How does the cache affect the rankings across different browsers?
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        • Profile picture of the author Duane Lawton
          Thanks for the responses. Good info. Now I will know in the future.
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      • Profile picture of the author GlobalTrader
        Originally Posted by dll12677 View Post

        I cleared the cache on each browser...

        Now the site is on the second page of Google on all three browsers (to my disappointment). Don't get me wrong, SEO is an on-going process and I'm not the least bit surprised by this, I've just never seen different rankings in different browsers. How does the cache affect the rankings across different browsers?
        Now you are viewing your true position as others will find it, yes, it is very disappointing but it is better to know the true positioning so you continue to improve it rather than sitting idle.

        In addition to scroogle.com recommended above, I learned another little trick from another thread in WF a couple of months ago - just add this bit of code to the end of the google search string in your browser address window: &pws=0
        and it will remove the personalization that google is tracking on your computer whether you are logged in or not.

        I also take it one step further, I change the city and state in the left column of google's search page because even after I have cleared my cache it seems they tend to return their personalized results 'except' when I add the bit of code shown above.
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    • Profile picture of the author gefflong
      Originally Posted by honed View Post

      Clear your cache on each and try again?

      Or forget the browsers and use something like Scroogle.org.
      Nice catch. Totally slipped my mind on that one. It's always good to clear the cache when "weird" things happen.
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  • Originally Posted by dll12677 View Post

    I have a site optimized for a what I call a "local long-tail keyword phrase". When I put in the keyword phrase using Safari browser (I use a Mac) my site is ranked above the fold on the first page of Google, BUT, when I use Firefox to do a search for the same keyword phrase, my site is ranked at the top of the second page. Why does my site have a different ranking on Google using Firefox than it does in Safari?
    You probably clicked on your site in the Safari browser, so Google will automatically rank it higher for you. Clear your cookies in Safari, and you should see the same ranking as in Firefox.
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  • Profile picture of the author UMS
    You just experienced biased Google results.

    When you do a search via Google, it doesn't matter if you are logged in or not, as Google will set cookies to monitor your search requests and any clicks you make.

    For that reason, I like to use scroogle.org when I want to get an unbiased search result.
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  • Profile picture of the author Klemen Znidar
    Make sure that you are not logged in and clear your cache and cookies.

    -m
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  • Profile picture of the author Mr Lim
    I was having the same problem as OP, can't figure it out why is this happening.

    Only notice, I've clicked the link a few times and it show higher spot.
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