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Google now Geotargets their SUGGEST tool!

September 27, 2010 by · 11 Comments
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Okay, no real surprise here, just a test of what I’ve been seeing/thinking/pondering on for the past couple of weeks, eh! Right, Google now has added the LOCAL geotargeting algo to their Google Suggest dropdowns….here look at what I see for each letter in the alphabet just this morning.

Wait one second, first let me just remind you that I’m working in the Hamilton, Ontario, Canada area and yes, I’m logged into my browser using the static IP that I have from my local cable company. I ran this set of Suggest serps from a box using XPPro/SP3 and using IE8 to start with. I then switched over to Win7/Firefox and got the exact same results from, yes…the exact same static IP…and ALL serps were run with my NOT being logged into my account at Google.ca either…fyi….

Here’s the list I got first –

a – air canada
b – bmo
c – canadian tire
d – dictionary
e – ebay
f – facebook
g – gmail
h – hotmail
i – ikea
j – job bank
k – kijiji
l – lotto max
m – mapquest
n – nhl
o – osap
p – paypal
q – quotes
r – rogers
s – skype
t – tsn
u – utube
v – via rail
w – walmart
x – xbox
y – youtube
z – zellers

Pretty normal, I’d think….as I note, all are Canadian oriented items like “b – bm0″ which is our canuck Bank of Montreal (yes, I have accounts there) and “k – kijiji” a local classifieds site that I use daily in the am…so I’m not much surprised, really. Some of the terms however like “x – xbox” I’ve no idea on why that’d come up at all…but many/most of them I do recognize as both canuck oriented results as well as my own personal past google usage coming into play.

So what do I see? Hmm…well it appears that the Google Suggest algo, now ‘folded’ into the google.ca site, will produce Local based geotargeted serps…plain and simple, eh! Dunno if I like that…but what did you all find….give it a try and report same here too for us canucks in various locations to compare the Suggest algo tool!

Oh and yes, note the new Google logo via the cake painting to remind us all that September 27th is Google’s 12th birthday, eh….thanks Larry and Sergey….well done boys!

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11 Responses to “Google now Geotargets their SUGGEST tool!”
  1. Irvine says:

    thanks for the geotarget algo… :)

  2. Levp says:

    I’ve actually noticed this myself (pretty hard not to). But with my geo location the results were somewhat less obvious as far as geo targeting goes.

  3. Vee Sweeney says:

    This has actually been happening to me for quite some time and way before Google instant was released as well. I have been using Chrome as my browser and the address bar is used for search. To me, Google Instant is really no different than the suggested results that come up when searching in chrome, aside from the fact that the page reloads as a person types with Instant. As for location, it does provide me with results based on location, such as stores, other towns close to me etc. It is not too bad but it can get annoying, especially when I am looking for something not local or based on past interests at all.

  4. Jim says:

    @Vee…nice comment, lad!

    And I would agree too that Google Suggest is a part of the Google Instant algo in some manner…simple to test and so far we see the same as you do too!

    Only thing is as you’ve noticed that if you’re say planning a trip to say Cleveland, getting local info for that town does not come easy with Instant turned on, eh!

    :)

    Jim

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