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Google testing "Looking for local results for ."
Testing in Australia
anallawalla




msg:3847555
 11:15 pm on Feb 11, 2009 (gmt 0)

I am seeing the prompt "Looking for local results for ..." and an input field for a location or postcode here in Australia. I rarely search for single words but I got this with the word "mattresses" and later with "pizza".

This was discussed last year in this thread [webmasterworld.com], but not the search customisation mentioned by rustybrick here [searchengineland.com].

I chose not to tick "Remember this location" and this could explain why my subsequent searches weren't locked to the postcode I typed (not my physical location). Anyway, the SERP looked almost identical to the default, so I am not sure what to expect. Perhaps the test is to see how many people use the option?

 

Robert Charlton




msg:3847762
 8:05 am on Feb 12, 2009 (gmt 0)

I'm seeing the same thing here in the San Francisco Bay Area.

Behavior is not consistent on single or multiple words, or on singulars and plurals, btw. Also to take the liberty of using specific examples, [hardware] doesn't return the location input field, nor does [hardware store] singular... but [hardware stores] plural does return the prompt and the input field (which then leads to map results).

inbound




msg:3849224
 3:38 am on Feb 14, 2009 (gmt 0)

I'm seeing this in the UK now too. It appears that it's restricted to influencing the 10-pack - no rankings are changed in the web results. It'll be interesting to track how this changes, as I suspect that the broad category matches will get more granular over time.

inbound




msg:3849225
 3:42 am on Feb 14, 2009 (gmt 0)

Oh, I forgot to say that adverts could be being matched against the location entered - but the poor location awareness of UK ads in general make it tricky to be sure (this is also made harder by the broad matching options selected by advertisers).

inbound




msg:3858425
 5:48 pm on Feb 26, 2009 (gmt 0)

Also seeing this on iPhone searhes. Hadn't tried recently.

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