Local Search

Google Re-Brands Local Business Center As Google Places

Posted by in Google Places, Local Search on April 20th, 2010 | Comment »

Google has made huge efforts to make search more localized.  We recently discussed how Google added more relevant terms to their auto-suggestion tool, as well as Google’s new local search option.  In order to continue emphasizing local search, Google is rebranding their Google Local Business Center as Google Places. Google Places, the company says, is “just the beginning of what’s to come from our efforts to make Google more local.”

Googles Place Pages are pages for local business listings. Business owners can list their address, phone numbers, store hours, and images, while Google integrates a map and reviews on the page.  For example, here is the Google Place Page for one of my favorite restaurants Fogo De Chao.

New features …

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New Google Technologies Released This Week

Posted by in Google Calendar, Google Gmail, Local Search on April 19th, 2010 | 2 Comments

New Google TechnologiesThe pace at which Google is developing and releasing new technologies has become staggering. It’s often difficult to stay on top of all of these developments, which is part of the reason we’ve started the Zadling Google Blog, which you can subscribe to here.  We want to create a blog that deals with Google’s new products and technology only. Whether you’re here to learn more about Google Apps or Google Voice, when it comes to new Google products, we have you covered.

There have been a lot of new features introduced by Google since they released the New Google Docs just last week. Let’s do a quick review.

1.) Localized Google Auto-Suggest

Google has added more relevant local suggestions to its auto-suggest …

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Better Search Results With Local Search

Posted by in Local Search on March 23rd, 2010 | 3 Comments

Google has been striving to make search results more personal and a big part of that is your location. Many times while you are searching, you will likely only want results near your location. By clicking the “show options” link on your search results, you are now able to refine search results based on your location.

When I searched “bakery” in Google, although I received local results from Google maps, the rest of the search results were for websites such as Cakes.com and national bakery chains. The reason I searched for bakeries in the first place was to find a bakery in my own town, so by simply refining my search results to nearby locations, I now only receive bakery websites that are located near …

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