Will using DDG hurt my website ranking on Google?

<hidden> anonymous
Created: 4 years and 5 months ago • Updated: 4 years and 5 months ago
I have two business websites and it is important that I rank high in the Google search engines because that's where my potential customers will search. If I use DDG as my regular browser will my lack of activity on Google hurt my rankings?

I'm hoping I can get some authoritative, expert information about this rather than speculation.

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crazedpsyc
No one here can say for sure if that haapens or not. However, I will say this: the thought would never occur to me, and this question really makes no sense at all to me. It is so incredibly unlikely, you have absolutely no reason to worry.
posted by crazedpsyc 4 years and 5 months ago Link
TV
I am wondering what kind of business you are running. Most-likely trolling.
posted by TV 4 years and 5 months ago Link
anonymous
Google uses over 200 signals for ranking websites. It's important that your website is relevant for many people such that they link/recommend/visit your site. One tool through which you can check how Google "sees" your site (links that point to you, how your snippets, appear in search, whether your site has duplicate pages, etc) is to get your site verified in Google Webmaster Tools (www.google.com/webmasters ) which is free and relatively easy to use.

PS: I'm very familiar with how search engines work. ;)
posted by <hidden> • 4 years and 5 months ago Link
anonymous
Thanks. Yes, I'm also reasonably familiar with SEO and have hired specialists to work on one of my sites. I have a market research consulting webiste (that's the one that is most important from a biz standpoint and the other is for my psychology interviews podcast. I've also used Google Webmaster tools a little bit. I know that Google tracks my activity on these sites and I was just worried that my switching to another browser might somehow bias or prejudice them against ranking me highly on my chosen key words.
posted by <hidden> • 4 years and 5 months ago Link
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posted by <hidden> • 4 years and 5 months ago
anonymous
Two things:
- personalised search is a *feature* offered by GOOG when you use the search engine for a longer period of time (what DDG calls bubble). You can either search through an incognito window (if your behind a NAT) or incognito+ proxy/VPN to get *real*/*unbiased* results.
- toolbar smearing - GOOG has admitted using anonymous data (time you spent on a site, #of sites you checked before you settled on this one, etc) as a signal for search. Your fears are, thus, accurate in a sense of them using a user less (in case you have Google Toolbar) for their signals attached to your site.

Overall, depending on the number of users you have, just your own behavioural adjustments for your sites, should not result in a change in rankings.
posted by <hidden> • 4 years and 5 months ago Link
crazedpsyc
Using incognito mode does not get rid of the filter bubble, nor would a proxy/VPN. There are far more pieces of data which can be used to identify you. Incognito mode in particular does a lot less than many people think.
posted by crazedpsyc 4 years and 5 months ago Link
sec
Of course VPN helps. What are you talking about?
Once you are connected to VPN you will not be inside of your bubble anymore, but someone's else.

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There are far more pieces of data which can be used to identify you.


Like what?! Cookies? User agent? Mac address ? all of these can be changed in a less of a minute.
posted by sec 4 years and 5 months ago Link
crazedpsyc
Quote:
you will not be inside of your bubble anymory, but someone's else

This is still a bubble. If you are getting geographic results specific to the VPN's location, for example... bubble. Furthermore, unless it is a very active VPN/proxy, you will likely build your own personal filter bubble around the VPN/proxy.

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Like what?!

First - nothing gets your mac address, that is a common misconception.
Check this site for a few more methods of browser fingerprinting: https://panopticlick.eff.org/
Every font and plugin you have, screen size and size of your browser, even the differences in how each web browser renders a particular element, can all be used to form a "profile" of sorts. If only one piece of information changes, especially if it's something like the IP changing to that of a VPN or proxy, it's not too hard to keep the profile connected.

All ofthis is why the Tor browser is so patched -- it does its best to pretend to be your average consumer's browser.
posted by crazedpsyc 4 years and 5 months ago Link
anonymous
We digress... the OP's concern was whether his browsing behaviour will affect his websites ranking in Google. My point was, that unless he has ~10 users or less users on his website, only his browsing habits alone (given that he also has GToolbar) won't affect in any way his ranking.
posted by <hidden> • 4 years and 5 months ago Link
crazedpsyc
Indeed :)
Thanks!
posted by crazedpsyc 4 years and 5 months ago Link