Searching For Your Keyword In Google - Correctly
I know there are many of you who go up on Google to see where your content is being ranked based on the keywords of your web pages and posts, I know I do it. There is nothing wrong with doing this as long as you do not do this within the first couple weeks of your content going live, mainly because you probably will not find it so soon.
However after a couple weeks, when you do go and look for them, make sure you are doing it correctly. Just going up on to Google and doing a search for your keywords is NOT going to produce an accurate result.
If you are using Internet Explorer (IE) I highly suggest you use either Google Chrome or Firefox. I personally use Google Chrome. I used to be an IE user but once Google Chrome came on the scene and by far outperformed IE, I never went back and frankly I cannot stand IE now. So the pictures in this post will represent the view from the Google Chrome perspective.
HOW TO DO YOUR KEYWORD SEARCH IN INCOGNITO
As I said above, doing a normal search on Google is not going to give you an accurate result. This happens because of your browser and search history as well as the cookies saved on your computer. Some may think that by logging off from Google that this will help in the accuracy of your search results. NOPE! Logging off from Google will NOT solve the problem. You must become a spy, you must go into Incognito Mode.
Yes to do an accurate search of your pages and posts based on their keywords you need to be in Incognito Mode. This will essentially make you invisible from your past browser and search history and all associated cookies. To enter Incognito Mode in Google Chrome you want to click on the 3 horizontal lines to the right of the URL bar (or address bar) as seen in the photo below.
A drop down window will appear. You now want to go down and click on,“New incognito window Ctrl+Shift+N” as seen in the top picture below. When the new Incognito window appears you will see an icon of a ‘spy’ in the upper left corner, as seen in the bottom picture below.
While you are in Incognito mode, none of the pages you view will appear in your browser and search history. This is actually a cool way to surf the net if you don’t want people who have access to your computer to know your web surfing history, but certain conditions do not apply. To know more about what Incognito does and doesn’t do you can either launch Incognito mode and view the instruction screen or see the picture below.
Once in Incognito mode, go to Google and do your keyword search regularly. Make sure you do not search for your keywords within quotes. When using FireFox, the feature is called Private Browsing. From what I understand, and if anyone knows for sure please chime in, Internet Explorer doesn't have a feature like Incognito or Private Browsing modes.