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Could This Be Hurting Our Website?

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#1 andyjv


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Posted 07 November 2013 - 08:49 AM



This might be a silly question, but I'd love to hear your opinions on it ...



When we ourselves search for an expression we're trying to rank for in Google & then open up our own pages we often - 
- Return to Google to review a competitor for the same search query
- Do not convert
- Possibly click away quickly
On a side note we do have our own IP blocked from Google Analytics but this is not related.


Any insight would be appreciated. 




#2 torka


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Posted 07 November 2013 - 09:06 AM

Since what you're describing is common behavior on the part of many site owners, I can't imagine that any of it would be a problem. Google isn't in the business of penalizing people for doing normal-people-type stuff.


My :02:


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Posted 07 November 2013 - 11:45 AM

Unless you're using an incognito browser window, I think this activity is likely to affect the search results you see yourself -- just running the search and clicking through to your own result. But I agree with Torka that it won't affect your site's results for other people, either positively or negatively.

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Posted 07 November 2013 - 01:19 PM

Not forgetting that

When we ourselves search for an expression we're trying to rank for in Google


is a pretty useless thing to be doing in the first place.

#5 Michael Martinez

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Posted 03 December 2013 - 09:18 AM

If you are using Google's Chrome browser there is an extension you can use called "Remove Google Redirects" that extracts the URLs from Google's listings and allows you to click on them without Google seeing the clicks.

There are probably similar tools for Firefox.

#6 MattsBackpack


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Posted 05 March 2014 - 04:57 PM

There's certainly some evidence to suggest that user engagement signals such as the ones you've listed above do have an effect on rankings, but not to such a degree that 1 user would skew the results.


In short...I wouldn't worry about it.


Good point from qwerty though - it's likely to effect your personalised results, so do be mindfull of that when checking your rankings. To get the fairest image of your rankings, you'll want to be checking using Incognito with location set to UK.

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