Google.ca and Auto-Detect is ON!
Go to google.ca (note, .ca only…as I can not get this to display on google.com!!!) and then enter a search term. I used my SEO company name of KKT INTERACTIVE and then click on the search button!
What do you see over in the far left hand sidebar…does it look like this screen shot —
So, what’s that? Well, it appears that google is now adding a location modifier to the search engine results page display, that not only tells you where google “thinks” you are — but offers you the ability to change that location, by widening the search area. Here’s the page that google offers you more information on same, and it’s interesting to note this part of the rationale —
“The location used to customize your results is clearly indicated on the left side of your results page. Our location detection technology will automatically set a location for you, or you can easily specify an alternate location…”
Which is true from what I can see. They do know how to find you via your IP or you may have your Google toolbar My Location turned on…and that can be disabled too…ie you can prevent the Toolbar reporting but your IP never lies unless you’re using a proxy. If your IP tho is wrongly reporting your location that google page does have a link to report same (but in my case as you can see, it’s pretty darn close) and sometimes google notes that they cant’ show a location if they can’t determine one….good to know, I think.
That said, are you limited to the results for a web search of the google index, by the location shown? Not at all…as you merely need to enter a wider or narrower location and click on the SET button. For me, both Ontario and Canada worked fine when I tried to widen the location based results and yes I could also “drill-down” to Waterdown too, my small community.
But what about “widening” the location based area say into North America, or the US, or England etc….all thru the google.ca index?
Nope, you cant do that!!!
Your results out of google.ca are for Canadian based locations only…ie you can’t find say KKT INTERACTIVE in the US. We of course are in the google.com index…but you can’t reach into that index via a search on the google.ca page….
This is new and this is somewhat “okay” with me on a personal level as search based results are so often more relevant when they’re location dependant.
But for our SEO clients up here in Canada…I’m still working on the testing for same — so far since early this am, we’re all okay…but still continuing to test….what do you think about this? Oh, one more point, google.ca does NOT allow you to turn this off….we’re all stuck with the localization of search!Google