[FoRK] Is it Google, SEO or something else?

Gordon Mohr gojomo at boxbe.com
Fri Oct 17 11:28:17 PDT 2008


Might the missing variable be machine IP address?

And Google is progressively rolling out an updated index based on IP 
address (in the absence of other session cookies)?

Make the XP/Ubuntu/Safari machines have the same address as the Win2K 
machine, if possible, and try again.

- Gordon

Reese wrote:
> I'm still testing on different platforms and with different web
> browsers but these are the early testing results - something
> isn't right.
> 
> I'm testing a search string in Google. Full names of two authors
> of an article recently published online - at a political Web site.
> 
> Win2K/FF2: The client site is the #1 hit.
> Win2k/IE6: The client site is the #1 hit.
> WinXP/FF3: The client site doesn't appear to be indexed.
> WinXP/IE7: The client site doesn't appear to be indexed.
> WinXP/Chrome: ditto
> WinXP/Opera 9.52: ditto
> Ubuntu 6.06/FF1.5: ditto
> Safari/3.0.4: ditto
> 
> All searches performed in the span of about 10 minutes elapsed,
> from the Google home page, dumping cookies and killing session
> data between tests.
> 
> It isn't a different data centers issue either, other search strings
> that target articles from January and February get identical results.
> 
> What is going on? Why is the client site ranked so high when searches
> are performed from the Win2K platform, so poorly on all others? It
> doesn't feel like an SEO issue to me, else the site content would not
> be well-ranked on Win2K either. Does anyone have any ideas?
> 
> Reese
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