October 19, 2011

How to depersonalize search

Firefox Show All Bookmarks

When you search a lot during the day it is possible that the results you are getting are influenced by previous results, because of stored cookies on your machine. If you are an SEO you want to limit those results to what a typical user might see. You can change your search to see what those users see, if you 'depersonalize' your search.

I'm generally using Firefox so I am going to go through the process of this setup using Firefox.From the Bookmarks -> Show All Bookmarks.

Bookmarks Menu




Here i am choosing Bookmarks Menu and Right Clicking on it, but in reality you can choose any Folder to try this. You are creating a new bookmark by right clicking and choose New Bookmark.

At this point you will be able to fill out the fields that are shown in the New Bookmark area.



Creating a Depersonalized Bookmark

You can fill out the fields pretty much the way you want, but for location use the following code:

and use something mnemonic for the keyword like the letter 'g' for For Google.

Then Add the bookmark.

At this point you are ready to use the bookmark by typing into the search bar beginning with the Keyword you used ( 'g' for example).

'g best chili in California' will offer depersonalized search. Of course if you don't often search for the best chili in California you won't notice the difference



Edward Rosenthal

Edward worked at Lawrence Berkeley Laboratory in the hills of Berkeley Ca in the 70's, where the current internet backbone was being developed. He consulted scientists and programmed in fortran, cobol, pascal, C, and Oracle and Informix 4gl's. He worked corporate in the city as a freelancer for 12 years. Higher Source Web Sites started developing web sites in 2001, while in the real estate business. He started blogging and developing sites for his colleagues and his company, then other Real Estate companies. His background in business programming, database administration, & software development made staying within the soft technologies more appealing than other choices. He lives in Santa Rosa Ca with his wife Pam and runs a beagle rescue with Pam, teaches chess, and loves music and cinema.

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