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    Question Heads Up - Google Either Moving OR Removing Search Location Setting

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    Google is testing or tweaking or moving or deleting the option to set search location.
    Obviously this feature/ability is critical to those of us in the industry.

    There's a detailed post at our Local Search Pros Community and what people are seeing is all over the place. Some still see it, some don't, some see the option in a different location that is not that easy to find. (See red below.) Does not seem browser related, so I think it depends which data center you are hitting.

    Aaron Watters kicked it off

    I'm not sure if we're late to the party (fashionably late of course) but some of our browsers are missing the search area underneath Search Tools. It's a pretty big issue for us when we're tracking local results in Alaska (we're located in Texas).

    I wrote a post about it, but I'm very interested in any tools y'all have found to get around this or if you've been seeing it too.
    Here is Aaron's post: Google Removes Search Area From Search Tools

    In the thread at the Pro community, folks are reporting seeing it, not seeing it, does not seem to correlate with which browser. So I think it depends which server you are hitting.

    Myles from BrightLocal reported:

    The view we're getting is mixed right now. We're still able to set a search location for our tools/reports but we've had some issues with this today and had to re-run more reports than usual to get location picked up. So it's sporadic and i'm guessing it's dependant on a few factors such as browser type, location & possibly if you're in/out of a test pool.

    In my personal browsers this is what i'm seeing -

    Chrome - no location options
    FF - yes, location options
    Safari - no location option

    I suspect Google are testing and may roll this out which would be a big pain for everyone involved in local search!

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    Some more info on this.

    When i checked in Chrome this morning the 'Location' setting option is now displayed in the 'search settings' area, behind the cog icon, top right of google SERP.

    It wasn't showing their yesterday but is today.
    I still have it in the regular spot in both FF and Chrome.

    Can YOU find it? Where is it for you and which browser are you using?
    Logged in or out?
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    re: Heads Up - Google Either Moving OR Removing Search Location Setting

    Hit & Miss:

    Logged In - still seeing it in FF, but not Chrome
    Logged Out - same thing

    G just keeps making it harder on us.
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    re: Heads Up - Google Either Moving OR Removing Search Location Setting

    Thanks Scott. But in Chrome do you see it in the new spot Myles mentioned?

    Here's a screenshot of one of the places it's been found, from Aaron at Leadhub.


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    Re: Heads Up - Google Either Moving OR Removing Search Location Setting

    I still see it, in the usual place, here in Oceanside, California, on Chrome.

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    Re: Heads Up - Google Either Moving OR Removing Search Location Setting

    Thanks Tim!

    Myles Anderson just said:

    +Chad Russell I think that's wishful thinking and I suspect/fear that Google may be about to deprecate this function. That could be my natural pessimism talking or just 6 years of observing Google tinkering and the pattern of how they deploy such changes.

    Time will tell!
    
    Sure hope he's wrong but I share some of his pessimism.
    This follows patterns I've seen in the past, before the fat lady sang.
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    Re: Heads Up - Google Either Moving OR Removing Search Location Setting

    Oh, but still no. Here's what I see in Chrome.

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    Re: Heads Up - Google Either Moving OR Removing Search Location Setting

    Weird Scott.

    I still have it in the old normal place. But ALSO when I go to the gear icon and advanced search settings, I have the location link where you can set it as well. So I have both.

    Check out Cody's latest reply.
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    Re: Heads Up - Google Either Moving OR Removing Search Location Setting

    Using FF both logged in and logged out:
    I don't see location behind the gear / search settings. I have a big giant pit in the bottom of my stomach right now.

    Using Chrome both logged in and logged out:
    I see search tools and can set location without having to click on the gear.
    Logged in search settings doesn't give me the option to set location. The gear search settings doesn't give me the option to set location.

    Repeat - big giant pit in the bottom of my stomach.

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    Re: Heads Up - Google Either Moving OR Removing Search Location Setting

    Thanks Holly!

    Someone needs to reg the name localproxyland.com and start a new service.
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    Re: Heads Up - Google Either Moving OR Removing Search Location Setting

    still seeing it in the normal area of Chrome, on windows. Omaha, Nebraska.

    I havent seen any changes to it at all.

    I don't use other browsers. Is that sad?

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