Google search results vary based on which computer I use?
Something very strange is happening with my site's listing in Google. If I am at work and I type "childcare nvq courses harrow" into Google we appear about second in the rankings; however, if I am at home (about 10 miles away) we do not appear in the listings at all, even if I enter the unusual company name "auralern" in the search engine.
Why would we be listed if the search takes place in one location and not listed if the search takes place in another? I am baffled!
That's one I haven't heard before, I must admit. Thinking about it, though, I imagine that it's got something to do with the browser preferences you set within the Google world, preferences that you might well have tweaked months or years ago and then forgotten.
To see your preferences, go to the Google home page and you'll see:
Notice the tiny "Preferences" on the right side? Click on it.
You'll now see a variety of different options you can specify, including interface language (including both Klingon and Latin. Really.), search language and the setting that I expect might be the culprit:
It's possible that your work and home computers have different settings, which will give you different results, sometimes with even the most innocuous of searches.
Of course, it's also possible that your workplace has a different sort of content firewall getting in the way or, perhaps, its domain is registering at Google as one based in a different geographic region than your home account?
Finally, Google uses lots and lots of different servers to respond to a search query. Perhaps you're somehow getting different results because you're hitting different servers? If you could bring your home computer into your office and try a search it'd be very interesting to see what kind of results you get!
Check out those search preferences, see what kind of results you get.
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