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.

BEFORE INCOGNITO

AFTER INCOGNITO

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.

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Drawshot Premium
Just checked IE that was installed with windows, it does have a InPrivate mode , but who knows how well it does?
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boomergp08 Premium
Thanks Ed! I'll have to give it a try.
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Funmine Premium
Useful info. Thanks a bunch for sharing.

Ade
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boomergp08 Premium
You are welcome Ade.
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Luke-Maney Premium
Good to know Robert, thank you. LoL my site is only a few days old and it has not shown up in google search yet, but I am confident that it will when I add more content to it.
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Funmine Premium
Keep filling your website with content. It adds up.

I wish you great success!

Ade
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Luke-Maney Premium
Thank you Ade!
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boomergp08 Premium
Yes, adding more content will help but don't post a lot all at once because that will not speed up the process. Google works at their own speed and adding 1 page or 10 pages within a week is not going to make any difference. No matter how much you add it will take Google about 10-14 days before your newest content will get indexed.
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TravelHacker Premium
Oh, I used to just sign out of Google. Good to know that I should really go incognito. Thank you!
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boomergp08 Premium
You are welcome Stephanie. - Just signing out of Google doesn't work because all of your Google browsing and search cookies are stored on your computer hard drive so it doesn't matter whether you are signed out or not. Google can still detect your computer as you regardless. But being in Incognito mode blocks that from happening.
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TravelHacker Premium
Got it! Thanks again :)
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KatieMac Premium
thank you for sharing some tips and advice am grateful for it
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boomergp08 Premium
You are welcome Cathy. I'm always happy to share any tips about using Google.
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