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Checking Your SERP

Discussion in 'SEO, Social Media & Online Marketing Forum:' started by Tony Hardy, Apr 2, 2013.

  1. Tony Hardy

    Tony Hardy Guest

    Hi all,

    I rank well for Design Agency Newcastle, Newcastle Design Agency etc etc.
    As a byproduct I've also started ranking for graphic design agency. However, that appears to vary depending on location. I know Google are all over the place at the minute with the localisation they've been implementing.
    In Newcastle I rank top for graphic design agency, one of my friends in London says I rank bottom of the first page for the same term. Squiddy says I'm on page 2 somewhere.

    Has anyone got any ideas how I can find out where I rank for certain terms in certain locations?

    Tony
     
  2. Gibbon

    Gibbon New Member

    Sorry, I don't really know.
    Just as a heads up:
    I am based in Gatwick, and a quick google for 'Design Agency Newcastle' found that you are the second result on the first page, down here in the south.
     
  3. Tony Hardy

    Tony Hardy Guest

    Can you do me a search for "Graphic Design Agency" and let me know where I am? :)
     
  4. Levi

    Levi Moderator Staff Member

    13th for me. //Edit- that is still on my first page, I have it set to 20 iirc.
    But then you are a fairly long way from me with you being up north and all lol, I'm in Norfolk.
    Google search now takes into consideration where you are, what you've searched for, google now posts, what's in your emails (for google now panels) along with a lot of other 'personal' items to improve the search for you or should I say improve the adverts it serves you lol. Doesn't exactly explain why my search is worse than before though lol
    As to checking based on other locations, it's easy, set your location somewhere else. Go into google maps, it should say your location, click on teh bit saying it's wrong and you should be able to change it.
     
  5. Jordan

    Jordan Active Member

    You're bottom of page one graphic design agency, if you clear your cache and set Google to search UK in the custom search feature, that is your position. I'm in Accrington.
     
  6. Tony Hardy

    Tony Hardy Guest

    Cheers lads. I'll give that a whirl. I set Firefox up to a Google bookmark that searches without localisation, and that was bringing me up top of the second page.

    I think Google have well and truly damaged their algorithms by bringing in the local thing. I really don't like it.
     
  7. Levi

    Levi Moderator Staff Member

    How exactly, it's likely a person is going to pick someone local over someone who might not even be in the UK, as some of my old search listings lol
    Oh and I forgot, businesses on google maps likely has a higher chance of being near the top for you if you have a 'local' search
     
  8. Tony Hardy

    Tony Hardy Guest

    Yeah, I just don't like it. I can see why it works for people, but when trying to get your own site to rank across the world, it's not helpful ;)
     
  9. Gibbon

    Gibbon New Member

    6th on the second page for me when googling 'Graphic Design Agency', here in Gatwick.
     
  10. venusbrown

    venusbrown New Member

    There are many tools providing you ranking stats but none of them is reliable. Also, forums users are served results by different Google datacenters, so they aren't that perfect either. I prefer to look my keywords in search engine itself by deleting the cahe and using "&gl=countrycode&" in the url.
     
  11. scotty

    scotty Well-Known Member

    I've just checked my SERP and I think I've found a lump. Should I call a doctor?
    BTW. What's a SERP?
     
  12. Tony Hardy

    Tony Hardy Guest

    Search Engine Ranking Position. :) Where you stand on Google.
     
  13. Jordan

    Jordan Active Member

    It stands for Search engine results page.
     
  14. Tony Hardy

    Tony Hardy Guest

    I've always read it as ranking position haha :) but you're completely right :)
     
  15. The Simulator

    The Simulator Active Member

    I know longer trust Google to be consistent with anything.
     
  16. Levi

    Levi Moderator Staff Member

    don't worry it will all be changing again soon... eu regulators have got involved due to the lesser search engines moaning and they need to change stuff to keep them happy....
     
  17. The Simulator

    The Simulator Active Member

    I'm giving up trying to please them. I currently rank pretty well for
    uk logo design
    logo design uk
    logo desgner uk
    uk logo designer
    logo designer
    logo design
    Just did a search on Bing. I'm nowhere. Don't understand why, I also have no idea how I even got that high on Google either!
     
  18. romet6

    romet6 Member

    Perhaps this might help?
    http://www.geoedge.com/
     
  19. scotty

    scotty Well-Known Member

    I don't know much about SEO but if you google "web mascot" my stuff is number one in web and images.

    Jus' sayin like. ;D
     

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