homepage Welcome to WebmasterWorld Guest from
register, free tools, login, search, pro membership, help, library, announcements, recent posts, open posts,
Become a Pro Member

Home / Forums Index / Search Engines / Local Search
Forum Library, Charter, Moderators: anallawalla & bakedjake

Local Search Forum

Google Local search showing completely unrelated results

5+ Year Member

Msg#: 4064305 posted 2:52 pm on Jan 20, 2010 (gmt 0)

Something seems to be very wrong with local search, at least in my country.
It is showing results that are totally unrelated to the searches. And I'm not talking about a few sites that managed to show there, I'm talking about a total mess.

For example searches for hospital+city is showing restaurants, coffees, libraries, etc
Searching for police+city shows pharmacies and hotels while searching for electrician+city I see a church, a library and a university.

It's never been 100% precise but it looks like its 100% broken now.



WebmasterWorld Administrator anallawalla us a WebmasterWorld Top Contributor of All Time 10+ Year Member

Msg#: 4064305 posted 7:03 pm on Jan 20, 2010 (gmt 0)

For the Onebox to be accurate, I think you need to search for something of which there would be at around 7 results (or at least more than one).

For organic results (We have only one hospital to my knowledge in my suburb), I get a map result and a few results directly tied to the hospital but then lots of directories about hospitals (including ours).

Ditto for Police+suburb.

I see that for large city centres there is a onebox but lower in the page. I am not seeing the issues you are seeing. I guess you should use the "Dissatisfied? Help us improve" link.


5+ Year Member

Msg#: 4064305 posted 7:32 pm on Jan 20, 2010 (gmt 0)

Thanks for your reply anallawalla,

the problem is that my local searches regard a city with 3+ millions people, more than 20 hospitals, hundreds of restaurants, hotels, etc.

There are way more than 7 hospitals, restaurants, b&b or electricians listed in local search... only they appear for the wrong searches.


5+ Year Member

Msg#: 4064305 posted 3:54 pm on Jan 21, 2010 (gmt 0)

Sounds like a definite malfunction. What country is it?

You could probably get it attended-to most rapidly by reporting it in the Google Maps Help forums:


Global Options:
 top home search open messages active posts  

Home / Forums Index / Search Engines / Local Search
rss feed

All trademarks and copyrights held by respective owners. Member comments are owned by the poster.
Home ¦ Free Tools ¦ Terms of Service ¦ Privacy Policy ¦ Report Problem ¦ About ¦ Library ¦ Newsletter
WebmasterWorld is a Developer Shed Community owned by Jim Boykin.
© Webmaster World 1996-2014 all rights reserved