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OpenDNS Gives Different Google Search Results

I was again surprised when Jehzlau informed me that he had already beaten me on Google for Marhgil Macuha keyword. He even have a screenshot to prove it. He is not signed in on Google account.

I checked my Google results. I’m still #1. I checked the results on different Google datacenters. I’m still #1. I informed Jehzlau about it, and he insisted that he is still seeing his page as #1. How come?

Then he told me that he’s using OpenDNS as his DNS. So, I investigated. Configured my PC to use the OpenDNS . Bingo! He’s number 1! See the screen shot (click for a larger image) :

OpenDNS Result On Marhgil Macuha
OpenDNS Search Result

But putting back my original DNS configuration will show the original result. So, what’s this? OpenDNS has their own Google search results? Google have a different search result for people using OpenDNS? I think so. Why o why? I don’t know. Anyone wanna share his 2 cents?

So, which one are we going to use on the contest? Not everyone uses the OpenDNS, and I still don’t know why Google show different result when using them. So, we’re not going to use the OpenDNS. Let’s use the ordinary DNS that your web service provider provided you. Just make sure you are logged out of Google when checking the standings.

‘Nuff said.

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Marhgil Macuha

Marhgil Macuha is a Computer Engineering graduate of Batangas State University. He is currently a Senior Solutions Developer at a Canadian IT company.


  1. yeah boy yeah! hahaha.. sana nag mag opendns na din lahat.. batet kaya ganun no?? heheh ^_^

  2. Google uses DNS for global load balancing. Which means that when Google responds to the OpenDNS servers, they may be directing you to a different data center than if your ISP was the one asking the question.

    OpenDNS does not manipulate search results. If you think you’ve discovered an issue with OpenDNS in the future, I urge you to contact us at http://opendns.com/contact/

    Good luck with your contest. 🙂

  3. @Mike… Thanks for giving us your explanation. Now, we know why 🙂

  4. aaaahh… kaya pala ganun.. heheehe 😀

  5. Walang Duda kay Jehzeel na ung $100 mo Marhgil, sana sakin ung sa yahoo… asa pa ako.. ^_^
    Kalungkot pala ung balita sa widgetbucks walang kita for traffic sa Pinas, buti nalang may nahanap akong alternative.

  6. So what Mike is saying is that depending on what server google uses to serve up your search your results could be different ? How are the data centers distributed ? By region ?

  7. moi tariq zouhir dikk soufian bnyahya tas3a

  8. Well…results are often different when requesting from different data centers. One good example would be our recent optimizing keyword : SEO Web Design ranked #8 in Google.com.sg but was ranked #135 in Google.com

  9. Why OpenDNS has gone bad – see the sections on “Privacy issues and covert redirection” and “Conflicts” in http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Opendns. It has ***hijacked*** DNS-query-based Google searches. I CALL IT HIJACK because only one *format* of URL query (that I know of) on Google’s servers will make this ANOMALOUS and CALLOUS redirection. Ulevitch (the founder of OpenDNS) simply can’t deny this simple and truthful accusation.

    Their query search is also severely English-centric. Imagine if you have a name TechnoLogics (take note of the last letter C before the last letter S) and you want to search for that. It COMPLETELY IGNORES your query and instead puts in its “politically corrected” version of your query and dishes up that result instead – and so you’ll be ending up looking at results for Technologies – which is not your real intention. They say that they’re correcting your typos – but what if it’s not a typo? This is utterly unacceptable. The world wide web is a world wide phenomenon. OpenDNS should be aware of that and remove its English-centric bias to gain respect from us Google-users.

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