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Old 06-08-2017, 06:46 AM
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Webmaster Tools Average position for search queries wrong?

I have been reviewing google webmaster tools search queries and have filtered. I am listed as "1.0" for average position in webmaster tools.

My Avg position (according to webmaster tools) = 1.0, but actual position = 5.

What happened for search results? How can I get 1st position?
 
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Old 06-08-2017, 09:25 AM
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Somewhere in the fine print for the listing of how you stand for positioning in the list is a note that the average is based on all your pages not just that specific page.

Here you go, found it!
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What does position value mean on the Search Analytics report?

The position value shown in the Search Analytics report is the position of the topmost link to your site or page in search results, averaged across all queries in which your site appeared. So, for example:
1.If one query returned your site at positions 2, 4, and 6, its position is counted as 2 (the topmost position).
2.If a second query returned your site at positions 3, 5, and 9, its position is counted as 3 (the topmost position).
3.The average position across these two queries is (2 + 3)/2 = 2.5.

A link must get an impression for its position to be recorded. If a result does not get an impression—for example, if the result is on page 3 of search results, but the user only views page 1—then its position is not recorded for that query. In some report configurations you might see a dash (-) for the position value. This means that there is no recorded position because the user never saw your site for that query. For example, if you compare desktop and mobile results for a page that has 10 impressions on desktop but none on mobile, you'd see 10 for desktop and - for mobile.
What are impressions, position, and clicks? - Search Console Help

I use this information to determine how the keyword phrase is doing generally. More specifically if it is improving over time.
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The Avg position is a useless tool.
 
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Old 06-14-2017, 08:34 PM
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Please keep in mind Average Position is average not permanent position. Today Google is smart and it gives result on many factors which means top 10 results are based on different factors like geo position etc It means you will different position the other user will have different.
 
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