How To Disable Google’s Personal Search Results

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How To Disable Google’s Personal Search Results

Recently Google announced That they will be rolling out a new kind of search – one that’s more personal to you. This new search will include three different types of features – personal results, profiles in search and people and pages.

1 – Personal Results, which enable you to find information just for you, such as Google+ photos and posts—both your own and those shared specifically with you, that only you will be able to see on your results page;

2 – Profiles in Search, both in auto complete and results, which enable you to immediately find people you’re close to or might be interested in following; and,

3 – People and Pages, which help you find people profiles and Google+ pages related to a specific topic or area of interest, and enable you to follow them with just a few clicks.

Together, these features combine to create Search plus Your World. 

If you’re like me and do a lot of testing with keywords and rankings, you’re annoyed by the idea that your habits on the internet will show up in your search results. While I somewhat understand how this is relevant to me, it gets in the way of identifying what the outside world is looking for.

In other words – I want to know what YOU search for, and where my pages rank when YOU search for things.

Disable Google Personal Search: So I figured out how to disable Google personal search results to see how I can search for things that aren’t tainted by my internet and social media habits.

Option 1:

If you want disable as you go along, and for just your current search. Look in the upper right hand corner of your search results page for this: There are two icons;  the person represents the option to show personal results, and the globe represents the option to hide personal results.

Simply click the hide personal results button, and instantly all personal results will be removed from your Google search.

Option 2:

If you want disable Google personal search results for good you can do it through your search settings screen. You’ll see a gear icon – Click the “Search settings” option, and you’ll be taken to a screen, where you can select the “Do not use personal results” option:

 If you are interested in more information on Google new search, here’s how it breaks down:

Personal Results
Say you’re looking for a vacation destination. You can of course search the web, but what if you want to learn from the experiences your friends have had on their vacations? Just as in real life, your friends’ experiences are often so much more meaningful to you than impersonal content on the web. With your world in search, you can find:

  • Google+ posts. You can find relevant Google+ posts from friends talking about an amazing trip they just took, whether they’ve shared privately with you or publicly. You’ll find links shared by your friends, such as activities, restaurants and other things they enjoyed on their trip.
  • Photos. You can find beautiful vacation photos from your friends right in your search results page. You can also find your own private photos from Google+ and Picasa, based on captions, comments and album title.

Profiles in Search 
Every day, there are hundreds of millions of searches for people. Sometimes, it’s hard to find the person you’re looking for. Once you do find him or her, there’s no quick way for you to actually interact. Now, you’ll have meaningful ways to connect with people instantly, right from the search results.

Now, typing just the first few letters of your friend’s name brings up a personalized profile prediction in auto complete. Selecting a predicted profile takes you to a results page for your friend, which includes information from their Google+ profile and relevant web results that may be related to them. And you can have this personal experience instantaneously, thanks to Google Instant. So when I search for

[john smith], I now find my dear friend John every time, instead of the hundreds of other John Smiths out there (no offense to all of them!).

People and Pages 
As I mentioned earlier, behind most queries are communities. Now, if you search for a topic like [music] or [baseball], you might see prominent people who frequently discuss this topic on Google+ appearing on the right-hand side of the results page. You can connect with them on Google+, strike up meaningful conversations and discover entire communities in a way that simply wasn’t possible before.


By | 2016-10-31T20:39:42+00:00 March 2nd, 2012|Google, Google: Personal Search|0 Comments

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