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    Question Google Local Results Gone?

    UPDATE 4/1 A BUNCH of people are reporting missing Local Packs today. I mean local results TOTALLY gone and it's no April Fools joke.

    See starting at post #16 below.


    Then this post starts the original issue where it looked like packs were gone but they were just hiding.


    GoogleChangeFORUMPOST

    Was surfing this weekend and saw a SERP display change that concerned me a little.
    Hope it's only a test!

    You search on desktop. If there is no map on top right, you think no pack or local results, right?
    Well think again and scroll WAY DOWN!

    Searched for "Dentist" (No GEO modifier, location set to Los Angeles.)
    Also checked NY and San Diego. Then checked Chiropractor - same thing.

    Had heart attach after 6 searches with no map. Thought the local results were gone.


    No Map or pack - only ads, organic & news above the fold!
    (22 inch monitor, using FF)

    DentistNoMap


    Scrolled down and saw this!
    Map and pack WAY BELOW the fold.


    DentistNoMapBelow


    Did several searched for Dentist & Chiropractor with no GEO modifiers. NO map or pack above the fold.

    However searching Dentist or Chiro WITH City, shows the normal display with map on top.

    Next I searched for Plumber, Shoe Store and Pest Control in those cities and they all showed the map on top. The standard display that alerts you that it's a local result with a pack.

    So from my limited checking only Dentist and Chiropractor had this new display.

    Now most SEOs search WITH GEO. (I think, or maybe I should speak for myself.) But the majority of consumers search 1st with NO GEO, then add it if they don't get the results they are looking for.

    So I'm wondering if surfers looking for medical, not using a GEO modifier will just surf away thinking there are no local map results? Where will they go? Maps? Bing? Yahoo?

    I guess many will scroll down. But I spot checked 6 SERPs, thinking local results were gone, before I realized the map and pack had just been pushed way down below the fold.

    It was late, I was tired. Maybe not a big deal. But to me seeing that map on top right is what sort of signals that there are local results on the page. You too?

    What do you think???

    Are you seeing same thing? Or is this just a test that only I am seeing?


    P.S. Like my gif?

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    re: Google Local Results Gone?

    interesting - I'm still seeing the map and local pack in the "used cars" search I know well.

    I wonder if it has something to do with the display of medical info Google seems to be doing more of.
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    re: Google Local Results Gone?

    Yes the map and pack is still there for most terms I checked. And even for med when city was added.

    Just not for Dentist and Chiro without GEO.

    Yes, my 1st thought was I wonder if they are coming out with a Dr/Dentist finder type of "pay to play" listings - similar to their monetization efforts in the insurance and travel markets.
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    re: Google Local Results Gone?

    I tested a handful on non-Geo terms on google.co.uk & .com using US proxies.

    I tested some medical terms & non-medical.

    I see results + map above the fold on all searches.

    Sounds like you're in a testing bucket Linda. Please keep us informed of any further changes you see.
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    re: Google Local Results Gone?

    Thanks Myles, was hoping it was only a test!
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    re: Google Local Results Gone?

    Hey Linda Im seeing the same. Location set to Miami. Search was for dentist. Another thing which is seemingly insignificant, but just thought Id bring it up is that I searched for "dentist" in all lower case and the word was capitalized automatically at the results page.

    Perhaps to match/bring up the wiki info

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    Quote Originally Posted by Linda Buquet View Post
    Yes the map and pack is still there for most terms I checked. And even for med when city was added.

    Just not for Dentist and Chiro without GEO.

    Yes, my 1st thought was I wonder if they are coming out with a Dr/Dentist finder type of "pay to play" listings - similar to their monetization efforts in the insurance and travel markets.
    SEO & Local SEO for Plastic Surgeons - Local Optimism - Based out of Miami, FL.

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    re: Google Local Results Gone?

    Thanks for confirming you see it too Stefano!
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    re: Google Local Results Gone?

    Yeah, everything was the same on mine(searching in Draper, UT) I hope Google doesn't decide to do something weird with the map and local pack.

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    re: Google Local Results Gone?

    I'm seeing the same
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    re: Google Local Results Gone?

    Thanks for confirming Holly!
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