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[Update: Since writing this post Google has launched personalisation of results even when you're not signed in. Aside from being a bit of a privacy issue it means the stuff about 'signing out' below is a bit outdated - signing out doesn't guarantee unpersonalised results any more. However I believe the solution below, of using &pws=0 still works - this is something we are looking to test in the future. Finally as mentioned in the comments you can also use Yoast's plugins to quickly add depersonalised search boxes to your browser - but the steps below allow more customisation, different countries etc]
There is a terrible plague afflicting website owners and SEO bods alike these days - a variant of RSI known as SignOut-itis. Anyone who obsessively checks their site's Google rankings will recognise the symptoms:
For those who don't know, personalised search is a feature in Google that looks at your previous browsing habits to tailor your search results to what it thinks you are looking for. It's a great feature for most users, but if you're trying to work out how successful your SEO efforts have been in the rankings it can get pretty annoying to have to keep clicking on Sign Out before you can see the unpersonalised results.
Luckily, there is a cure! Just follow the instructions below to get a custom unpersonalised Google search engine installed in your browser.
SignOut-itis cure for Firefox users
SignOut-itis cure for Internet Explorer users (IE7)
And that's it. Hope you found this useful. Please note that these instructions are for google.co.uk searches only - if you want help setting it up for another country let me know in the comments below.