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We have been seeing a lot of mismatched locations in the local packs lately but this one takes the cake, er curry…:

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Google Local India

 

You know you can’t beat Nayana Eye Care in Pradesh. They’re “recognized by the Food Corporation of India” and have “world-class sterility.”


 
 

8 Comments

  • Linda Buquet  February 5, 2015 at 9:46 am

    What browser were you using?

    I get all organic results and almost all for that brand. (Even with my location set to Pleasanton like you did.)

    Looks like whatever data center you hit thinks when you were searching for AP you were looking for Eye Care near “Andhra Predash”

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  • Andrew Shotland
    Andrew Shotland  February 5, 2015 at 10:18 am

    Chrome for Mac.

    The “Andhra Predash” theory sounds right. If that’s the case, similar queries for biz names with weak brands that match geo abbreviations should produce the same. “JP Morgan” doesn’t produce Japanese results but “SF Plumbing & Heating”, a Chicago biz, does produce San Fran packs for me.

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  • Andrew Shotland
    Andrew Shotland  February 5, 2015 at 10:20 am

    Just tried a number of local queries + “AP”. None of them produced Indian results. Something about “Eye Care”…

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  • Dharam Chaudhari  February 5, 2015 at 6:39 pm

    AP is short form Andra Pradesh,India . So When you are searching ” AP” only , it’s not connecting with Andra pradesh. monthly millions of search happen with AP News, AP Test, AP Results, AP poll and such as. So i think , Google is connecting dots with frequency of searches happened and User behaviors in past with queries and it’s user’s intents with AP … .

    Its predicating , You may want this !

    What do you think ?

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  • Alex Hernandez  February 12, 2015 at 6:55 am

    I was wondering if there was a way to test location based local pack results without using the city or zip in search bar, without a tool of course.

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    • Andrew Shotland
      Andrew Shotland  February 12, 2015 at 8:17 am

      Hey Alex, if you are not going to use a proxy tool or a local rank tracker then the best you can probably do is set your location in Google’s Search Tools feature

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  • Eric Rohrback  February 17, 2015 at 12:34 pm

    I’m with Linda on this one. I tried setting the location the same as you, and I tried a Tor browser to use a random IP. Both tests gave me organic results only – no local.

    Did you do anything else to get those map results?

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    • Andrew Shotland
      Andrew Shotland  February 17, 2015 at 1:04 pm

      I do think this is a case of GOOG treating “AP” queries differently

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