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    Massive compression in Local Map Pack results being observed 7/14

    We noticed some bizarre results yesterday monitoring clients - but this afternoon (7/14) we are seeing massive compression in local search query radius and map pack search results. In many tested areas (legal, dog boarding, photographers) we were seeing 4+ pages of map search results -- now seeing one page (two at most).

    Seems like centroids have increased as well - and its different for different business types. For example, "family photographers austin" results stop at the city line (results last week included suburbs and surrounding towns. But "wedding photographers austin" takes in the whole Austin DMA.

    We have been tracking results from some business verticals (here is one on this forum in fact) of these new results. But it has definitely broadened in scope.

    Prep for paid map pack results? Or just a short term experiment?
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    Re: Massive compression in Local Map Pack results being observed 7/14

    Thank you for your post! Very similar results around my area as well. Local Map Pack is definitely getting more hyperlocal with these results.

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    Re: Massive compression in Local Map Pack results being observed 7/14

    If anyone's interested, a post on the Google My Business forum has a before and after shot of the search results in Austin for tattoo removal, showing how things shrunk. Looks like there was definitely a shakeup

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    Re: Massive compression in Local Map Pack results being observed 7/14

    Thank you James! Google has certainly narrowed Local Pack results to a smaller geo area. I ran searches for different keywords in Minneapolis/St Paul and saw very similar changes.

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    Re: Massive compression in Local Map Pack results being observed 7/14

    Conspiracy theory: Only 8 -10 results now. The ones that don't make it need to pay to play in some new revenue model. (Not saying that will happen. Just a thought.)
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    Re: Massive compression in Local Map Pack results being observed 7/14

    I checked about a dozen clients and found 1 that had their local results shrink from 14 to 11 on June 12 but no others that I could find. Are there particular industries you're seeing for? I checked a locksmith we've been tracking for years and theirs also showed no change in the last 30 days.

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    Re: Massive compression in Local Map Pack results being observed 7/14

    These are the few key phrases that I checked (with city modifier):

    tattoo removal
    data recovery
    computer repair
    ad agency
    law firm

    All showed fewer results in maps.

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    Re: Massive compression in Local Map Pack results being observed 7/14

    DWI Attorneys
    Dog Boarding
    Family Photographers
    Oil Change
    Coffee Shops
    Pedicures
    Lawn Care

    All are fewer results in multiple geographic locations
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    Re: Massive compression in Local Map Pack results being observed 7/14

    Linda, I liked what you said so much here, that I had to quote you in the Advice Local blog I just published. :-)

    Quote Originally Posted by Linda Buquet View Post
    Conspiracy theory: Only 8 -10 results now. The ones that don't make it need to pay to play in some new revenue model. (Not saying that will happen. Just a thought.)
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