17 Ways to Get Localized Search Results After Google Killed its Location Setting
Public libraries are fundamentally ‘local’ so these tips are useful.
“Why Losing Our Location Setting Matters
While the removal of local search filters slipped by most web users unnoticed, it spelled big trouble for many businesses—especially SEOs. Google’s location setting used to allow you to bypass your default search settings by allowing you to specify a city outside of your geo.
The results were vital components in the optimization of websites and local ad campaigns targeting other cities, and they allowed businesses to gauge their presence in other parts of the country and internationally.
The inability to choose where you’re searching from complicated most SEOs abilities to work with clients outside of their geo. It also crippled a lot of rank monitoring tools, many of which relied on the search location filter as their key source of localized rankings data.”
Manual Solutions for Local Rank Checking
The community came up with these four approaches to get local rank checks:
1. Append the Location of Your Keywords
2. Use the “Near” Parameter in Your URL
3. Use the “Uule” Parameter
4. Google Chrome’s “Location Emulation” Program
Software Solutions for Local Rank Checking
What follows is a list of software solutions, browser-based tools, and add-ons that continue to allow you to check your location-specific rankings:
1. Rank Tracker Tool
2. Google’s Ad Preview Tool
3. WhiteSpark’s Local Rank Tracker
4. Moz Rank Tracker
6. I Search From
7. Advanced Web Ranking
8. Search Google by Location Bookmarklet
11. Places Scout
13. Location Guard