Ok - another stupid question I imagine - but now I'm frustrated and need help understanding this disaster....

When I go to Google Analytics (GA) - and I'm logged into one of my G+ accounts (and I go to another tab on my computer) and search my keywords I am on the first pages. BUT when I am logged into my other G+ account I don't show up at all on the search pages. THEN when I completely log out of G+ I don't show up on any of the search pages either.

What does my G+ account have to do with searching and the data I get on Analytics? I'm using a completely different tab when I search in Google - I'm SO confused - what exactly is the "world" out there seeing when they search? And, why on Earth do I get such different results?? This data seems to be REALLY messed up!!! How can we tell what is real and what isn't??

I am beginning to think this GA thing is NOT a good thing - but that's because I guess I don't really understand how it works.

I was SO excited about hitting page one of Google Search - but honestly, I don't know that I am. I don't know anything right now about Google Search and GA and how they are linked and why I get such DIFFERENT results when I'm in different accounts or completely logged out all together.

Can someone explain this to me? I'm great reading data (it's what I had to do with my job for 4 years) so it's not the data that is confusing me - it's the WAY the searching is working. I need to know what is real and what isn't!!

If you can help me and it's a long explanation you can PM me or I'll even give you my phone number if it's too much to explain in writing. Just please someone out there explain this to me!!!

Thanks,

Shannon

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gjrs Premium
Thanks for asking this question.
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ShannonSB Premium
I'm glad I asked the question too because evidently there were a lot of people out there that were confused I'm still confused on the difference in data I don't think I've quite gotten that question answered yet but I do understand the difference in the search engine but I don't understand the difference in data it doesn't make any sense to me I don't think I'm going to rely much on GA I think I'm going to look at my stats on wa and rely on that more so then I will do it just doesn't seem that reliable to me but that's my own personal opinion because I still don't completely understand it. Good luck to all of you out there and for those of you that do completely understand it that's awesome I wish I did take care of her very best of luck.
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MaryESS Premium
I am sure there are many people here who have had similar questions; thank you for posting with clarifications
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billybons Premium
When you're logged into your G+ profile and you have posted your page to G+ G search will show your page on the first page. Google search is elusive. Everything for G+ members :).
Log off G+, use the incognito or clear cookies.
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DordPete Premium
Hi Shannon,
Google customizes your personal search results based on your past search history, this is done through a cookie in your browser.
For example, if you frequently visit your own site, then your site will appear higher in the results than someone else would see.
That's why you need to use the incognito mode as suggested below.
Here is some training that explains this and also gives some other tools for checking your search engine positions.
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paulgoodwin Premium
Hi Shannon please do not waste your time with this as it does not effect what is really happening - your focus to to write good blogs and share and get your site on page one of all search engines
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ShannonSB Premium
I just don't know how to check that "really" because GA has that all messed up!!!
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Swangirl Premium
Shannon,
In Chrome it is called "Incognito", in Firefox it is called "In Private Browsing". In Chrome, go to the button in the upper right corner of your screen. It looks like three, short, horizontal, black lines stacked on top of each other. Click that, then choose New Incognito Window. In Firefox I don't remember the exact steps but I think you go somewhere on the upper left side of the screen to get to In Private Browsing.
Can't help you with understanding Google +!
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ShannonSB Premium
Thank you guys for the Incognito description I did that and that was very helpful so that's how I'm going to check my search engine results from this point forward is Incognito and I do believe I'm going to rely on wa data versus GA data I think that I will have more reliable results be in GA data is very conflicting depending upon what your login to sew that's my take on it
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Amanda914 Premium
Hi Shannon, remember there is no such thing as a stupid question! Google Analytics is all beyond me at this point but it does sound very complicated; no wonder you have been confused. Don't worry about being stuck at 21 for 4 days; that's a very short time. Worrying is counterproductive. Just keep going the way you've been going and you will become an Ambassador before you know it. Best wishes, Amanda
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KDClover Premium
Here are some of the things I know about Google Analytics. If you log into your site whether it's to review what's on your site or to change one or more pages, Google counts each of your page views as well as the page views of real visitors to your site. Google also counts as page views people who are just analyzing your site and are not really visitors. They could even be machines. They essentially count everything.
Jetpack stats throw out the page views of those like yourself who are just logged into the site. If you run Pagespeed Insights, Jetpack will count 2 pageviews and Google Analytics will throw it out.
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YuanLee Premium
Imagine you are in a jungle, and you are logged in with G+ and become Spider mode. Your G+ follower and your following is connected by a thread to you, like a web. So, G+ posts in Google Search is not a real result and can only be seen by G+ that are connected to each other. These network of web, hang from tree to tree far away - above the ground.

When you logged off G+ or going incognito, you are entering the ground level as an Ant mode and you don't see the realm above the tree. Google Search result just show these Ant where to find the popular food in the jungle. The result goes up if the Ant actually do something like wander around (stay longer / decrease bounce rate) and pick up from the food (interacting).

You have Google Jungle, Yahoo Jungle, MSN Jungle, Facebook Jungle and more. These Jungle are not connected to each other. Just drop a little food here and there at each Jungle.

The Spider can see the Ant but the Ant cannot see the Spider. This is just analogy. Hope it helps :)
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MisterWailor Premium
That's a very interesting analogy. Funny too.
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foodking Premium
I was wondering why my G+ pages were landing and not my website. Makes sense now!!!
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MaryESS Premium
Your analogy was very entertaining and very helpful too!
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MisterWailor Premium
If you want to know your site rank, go into incognito mode in your browser. Then you can search for the ranking of your site.
If not when you are signed in Google+ with different accounts, Google will remember your user setting and it will try to remember what you did before.
When you have visited a site before, Google will bring it up on the first page for you - that is called cached.
I hope this explains it.
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ShannonSB Premium
How do I go "incognito"
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ShannonSB Premium
You're the first one with advice - I just want to understand. So when you tell me how to go incognito I will do the search - but still - what does that have to do with the difference in data?? When I'm in GA with my WA G+ account open I see WAY different data than I see when I am in my personal G+ account or even completely logged out of both - why is that????
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MisterWailor Premium
To go "incognito", it depends on which browser you are using. Type "incognito" in WA top search box. You will find the instructions.

When you sign in a different account of G+, the browser remembers all the activities, like which sites you visited and how many times.
It will give different result depends on your past activities.
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hmrice Premium
Sorry Shannon, my comment has nothing to do with your question. I just noticed that you're still moving up in rank. Up to 21 now. Congratulations.
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ShannonSB Premium
Thank you very much - I appreciate the mention. I am however stuck at 21 have been for about 4 days now - it seems that the better you rank the harder it is for those numbers to drop off :) I am just hoping to simply maintain my ambassador status at this point - I don't want to 'gain' back any of those points FOR SURE!!!
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foodking Premium
I was thinking the same thing last week. I have 5 keywords that have hit the first page but I think that is just google tracking my history. I am going to go to the public library to do a keyword search to see if I am still landing on the first page. I'm glad you wrote this. I was going crazy about this.
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ShannonSB Premium
Thank goodness I'm not the only one on here wondering what's real and what isn't!!! FRUSTRATED!!!
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