I am always making tweaks to my site, be it in the .htaccess file, some new SEO plugin, different types of content or whatever.

For all these changes, I would really like to be able test it immediately and see if the change had any positive or negative effect.

I am just wondering if there was some way of doing immediate testing using some simulator instead of having to wait for Google to discover and index it - which could take a long time.

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    You'd have to know Google's algorithm to do this. Naturally only Google knows this so the answer would be "no". – John Conde Oct 6 '12 at 0:56
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    Google's actually pretty quick these days. But in partial answer to your question, if such a tool did exist (and was officially by Google), black-hatters would try to misuse it to promote their sites illegitimately. While Google wants sites to be comprehensible and semantic, they don't want sites to be designed for search engines. – Matt Mar 6 '13 at 5:57

There is no preview for regular results. Google uses many factors for the display of the SER. It may use a snippet of the page, or the meta description, or the ODP description. It may use the full actual title of the page or a manipulated one. It may add anchor links. And so on.

For Rich Snippets (RDFa, microdata, microformats) there is a SER preview: http://www.google.com/webmasters/tools/richsnippets

For AdWords there is a preview of the SERP (however, it uses the real data, so only for already indexed pages): https://adwords.google.com/d/AdPreview/

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