TheOptimizationIdiot - 10:49 pm on May 1, 2013 (gmt 0)
One interesting (meaning seemingly nonsensical) thing it seems like I'm seeing more of recently is when searching for a service in a location and I use [city state] I get different results than when I use [city st].
Why there would be a difference in the results due to an abbreviation of a state and the state name spelled out is beyond me, because where I'm from they mean exactly the same thing.
Really don't understand why they do what they do sometimes. Anyone have any reasonable ideas why there should be a difference from one to the other?
* It's almost like they've reverted to keyword matching for some reason, because to me it seems like [city state] should be considered the same phrase as [city st] but it's obviously not and I'm not sure I get why, because as a searcher I consider [service in orlando florida] to be the same as [service in orlando fl] and I would think if a search engine really wants to provide "the right answer" they would have to too, since I would guess most people do not intend or mean anything different when they search for [service in city state] rather than [service in city st].
Maybe I'm odd, so would anyone here expect or mean something different if you ended a query with [city state] rather than [city st]? I sure can't find a good reason for a distinction or difference being present in the results myself.