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How to Disable Google Personal Search Results

How to Disable Google Personal Search ResultsWithin the past year, Google has rolled out a new feature – personal search results. This new search feature shows you your personal results, profiles, and people and pages you might be connected to. While this comes in handy sometimes, it isn’t always. We are going to discuss options for how to disable Google personal search results.

If you’re like me, you Google yourself. You want to know where your business ranks in the search engine. It is annoying that your habits on the web skew your search results. Sometimes I love seeing the relevant to me personally results, but it gets in the way of seeing what the rest of the world is seeing. I want a way for my internet and social media activity to not impact the results.

I want to know where my page ranks when YOU search for things.

Sometimes, I don’t want to know what my friends think, Google. (Well, post, actually.)

If you are wondering how to disable Google personal search, you can use any of the options listed below.

Option #1

If you just want to do it quickly for the search you have just made, you can look in the upper right corner of your search results page for this:

How to Disable Google Personal Search Results on the fly

See the two icons? The person represents the option to show personal search results, and the globe is the option to hide them and see global search results.

Simply click the globe, and the personal search results will be hidden from your Google search view.

Option #2

You know you never ever again want to see the personal search results? You can disable them! Quick and easy. To do this, you would go through your search settings screen.

In the same area where you disabled Google personal search for just one search, you’ll see a gear icon. Clicking this icon will give you a drop down of options like this:

How to disable Google personal search results

Choose the “Search settings” option, and then on the settings screen choose the “Do not use personal results” option:

How to disable Google personal search results

Option #3

If you use the Google Chrome web browser, it offers the option of using an “Incognito Window” for browsing the web. Select the Chrome tool icon on the far right of the browser window, the one that looks like three horizontal lines, and select it. Choose the New Incognito Window option.

How to disable Google personal search results - Incognito Window Google Chrome

The new window will launch with a top menu bar that is a different color, an “incognito man” in the top right corner of the menu bar, and this message:

Using Google Chrome Incognito Window for Search

(“Be wary of … people standing behind you” – cracks me up every time!)

This incognito window is designed to have no access to your browser’s history information. Do not log into your Gmail/Google account. Just head straight to Google and search for your keywords. This is much closer to your real rank.


Yay! Now you can easily search for your keywords without the Google personal search results mucking things up. This will allow you to identify your rankings more easily, giving you the opportunity to make better choices for your website.

None of these methods are really perfect though. did a Face-off – 4 Ways to De-personalize Google, and still found varying results with each method.

People doing searches will also likely still have their personal search results enabled, so their internet activity and social media contacts will impact the results they see when doing searches as well.

UPDATE: Robyn of Paperie Boutique pointed out this fantastic SERP (search engine results page) checker that you can use to see exactly where you rank for a term. Super handy! The results that it showed me for the tests I ran were the same as my global and my incognito tests.

Do you research your keywords? I’d love to hear how you deal with things and Google. Chime in by leaving a comment below! It is a great opportunity for us to have a conversation about it!

Improve your Search Rankings with 3 Awesome SEO Tips!

This is a guestpost by Matt Antonino of High on SEO. Matt does search engine optimization for small businesses. You can find HighonSEO on Facebook! Thank you Matt for sharing this with us today!

After doing search engine optimization (SEO) for over 80 photographers we’ve noticed that a few issues continually pop up. Let’s take care of those so you can improve your search rankings on Google and Bing.

1) Improve your search rankings with WordPress tags

Look at the footer information in this post or the previous post. You’ll see a line that looks like this:

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When you tag your blog posts, you’re adding those words to the page. This increases the “keyword density” of the page and thus increases your chances of being found on search engines. Be careful when you’re tagging not to over-tag (photographer, photography, photographers, wedding photographers, wedding photographers in Memphis, photography Memphis TN, Memphis wedding photographers in TN, etc.) Use each keyword once or if absolutely necessary twice. Too-high density is worse than too-low.

Also be aware that the tags do need to show up on the page. Just because you tag something in your WordPress post, it won’t help your SEO if your WordPress theme doesn’t display the tags. Ideally, tags should be found only on the permalink (the page’s permanent home, not the main page of your blog.) For the previous post, the permalink is http://
The tags displaying on the main page don’t “hurt” you necessarily but on a blog you should be focused on a single keyphrase per post so that keyphrase wouldn’t apply to the other posts on your blog.

2) Improve your search rankings by putting your keywords early in your page title

Let’s say your keyphrase for a particular post is “improve your search rankings.” If you have that in your phrase in your title early (as we do), it helps your SEO. If we had written “3 Awesome Tips to Improve Your Search Rankings,” the post would not have as much value in Google. See the difference?

Indianapolis wedding photographers | Whoever Photography | Indiana photography studio


Whoever Photography – Indiana photography studio in Indianapolis

Photographers LOVE the second because it’s based on ego – put your name up front, be known, clients care who you are. True, but they only care who you are once they find you. Let’s compare the keywords. Number 2 uses “indiana photography” and “photography studio in Indianapolis.” That’s about it. The first uses Indianapolis wedding photographers, wedding photographers, photography studio, Indiana photography studio all of which are much more targeted to your target audience, yes?

3) Improve your search rankings through bold, italics, underline, headings and other font manipulation

When you bold a word on your website Google’s first “thought” is “wow, that’s important!” So they give your page more weight for that term. Think about it like your blog posts talk to Google in a normal voice. Then they shout one phrase. In a crowded room (like the top 10 for your keyphrase) they may hear your shout. Use as much font manipulation as you feel the post can handle and read naturally. You probably noticed we italicized “improve your search rankings”
in our title example above. It makes sense in context and now you know it makes sense for SEO, too.

Headings (such as our 3) Improve…) are the most help. Not only does this break your posts down into easily readable chunks but it tells Google where you’re going with the post and what you intended to discuss. Underlining helps the least in our tests. We assume this is because a lot of book titles and other info sources are underlined in citations for academic papers, etc.

Be careful with over-optimization. If you italicize, bold and underline your tags on every post, you’ll need to be very careful what you tag as they will each contain a lot of SEO juice. Moderation and building SEO over time will definitely increase your search rankings faster than going as hard as possible on a few key details.