I am about to launch my own local service for sme type operations where I LIVE, BUT WITH THE FLUIDITY OF THE GUIDELINES, i have been having a bit of an identity crisis about whether to include (completely unspammily) my location keyword in the company’s registered name – after all there is a very local focus to my work. Some comment would be appreciated.
Should I follow my gut feeling and name the company in the style location-local seo services?
I’ve noticed this come up a few times. However it’s always disappeared after a few refreshes or a browser change.
Could it be some sort of glitch?
It seems very strange that google would change the amount of results displayed on the page.
Comment by Nick Phillipps (7 comments) — December 6, 2010 @ 6:26 am
The fact that is being seen across the world on some searches implies (but does not prove) that it is a test rather than a bug… but who knows. Maybe it is just put there so that we have something to talk about
I saw this last week while on the phone with a client. I stopped in mid-sentence – whoa, what is that? But, then, when I performed the search again a moment later, I got a full page of results. I concluded I had bumped into a test, and kind of a funny one, because it made the page look awfully ‘bald’ to me.
Good to know others are seeing this!
I think they will test to find that ‘sweet spot’ between 4 and 7 Local results; searching for where they can still make good money by monetizing the Local results while at the same time not providing ‘overwhelming’ Local SERPS.