Google Adds Location to Search Options

Google is adding a “nearby” feature to the “search options” panel. The Google Blog explains:

Check it out by doing a search, clicking on “show options” and selecting “Nearby.”

You can choose to see results nearby either your default location or a custom location, and you can narrow down to results at the city, region or state level . . .

Here’s what it looks like:

Here’s more discussion at SEL:


8 Responses to “Google Adds Location to Search Options”

  1. Mike Stewart Says:

    Sharing…. thanks!

  2. Mike Stewart Says:


  3. earlpearl Says:

    It doesn’t seem that clear or obvious to me. Would be interesting to know how many people use this.

  4. Greg Sterling Says:

    Only a minority use search options anyway, so its going to be a subset of a subset but that could still mean many thousands of people.

  5. Tyron Says:

    Sometime I hate Google for being one of the best search engine..
    I dont even remember when was the last time I used yahoo or any other search engine. Will wait for the time
    when we will see everything real time…. Incuding Buzz, Fb updates and what ever u can think of..

  6. Earlpearl Says:

    Greg: You are correct. Users employ very few search options. We still get relatively few direct visits from Google Maps tho we get lots of traffic from 1boxes, 3pacs, 7pacs.

    And right the 2nd time. With overall google search traffic a tiny percentage turns into a large overall number. Although when you factor the volume of potential searches and the volume of locations that application for any type of business/service in any region will end up being small.

    It would be neat though if Google Analytics or any analytics picked up that element of a search.

  7. lpn programs Says:

    I hate this addition. It has made my listing move out of the screen. Now my search listing CTR is very low for one of the keywords I used to rank for. It seems that google is now focused on localizing things; that’s this huge map is inserted in the middle of serp.

  8. Ty Jacobs Says:

    Its only a matter of time before Google conquers everything I do enjoy there services but I dont want Google involved in all aspects of my life.

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