Three Tools to Retrieve Location Based Searches at Google

With Google having removed the location setting option in search a number of tools and tactics have hit the market to allow searchers to continue to retrieve location based search for areas other than the one in which Google thinks they are located.

Here are three that all seem to do the job one way or the other.

Screenshot 2015-12-08 11.37.341- Chris Desrochers’ Search by Location Applet – It requires that the searcher drag the applet to their favorites bar (the bad news) but once they do it presents a dead on simple in browser solution via a pop up box to using the &near modifier in an actual Google search.

2- I Search Form uses the Google Adwords tool to allow a user to input location information and retrieve a Google search. It requires you to visit the website and, unfortunately, doesn’t search on every small town in the US and is a simulation not the actual search but does a good job. Screenshot 2015-12-08 11.40.06

3- A more complex but perhaps more accurate way to accomplish the job is written up by Go Fish Digital is to configure the Chrome browser to emulate a browser that is geo located differently. Its very accurate but somewhat complicated and a few steps to change the settings for each different geography.

Screenshot 2015-12-08 11.44.55

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9 thoughts on “Three Tools to Retrieve Location Based Searches at Google”

  1. I use a pretty stable and bullet-proof technique to emulate the search from a location, which differs from the own.

    This technique relates to the Google’s AdWords preview tool and is based on two search url parameters: tci=g and uule. This technique is well documented in this how-to: https://moz.com/ugc/geolocation-the-ultimate-tip-to-emulate-local-search

    Beside of this how-to there is a script to generate base64-encripted uule parameters: https://github.com/512banque/uule-grabber

  2. Hey MIke – I had never heard of I-Search Form until I read your post. I wonder if they’re going to implement searching from a small town soon though? It’s the same with small towns in Canada and kind of frustrating. Anyways, thanks for the info!

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