Monday, May 17th, 2010

Google Local – A Bit Confused


Google local business center Victoria lawyerI found this rather interesting bug over at Google today.

When doing a search for “Victoria BC Lawyer”, in the Local Business results I found that only one of the seven results were actually for law offices! The remaining 6 were for doctors as well as a government publishing office.

One would think that Google has been doing this long enough to not make such a big error – 1 out of 7 results relevant to the search?  That’s pretty poor if you ask me.

3 Responses to “Google Local – A Bit Confused”

  1. Matthew M.

    This is not the fault of Google. Take a look at the profiles of any of the doctors on that page. They are all showing the category as “general practice attorney.” Whomever filled in that field made a mistake. Google is actually doing a great job displaying the results, it’s just incorrect information.

  2. Chris John

    thanks for great article…

    I’ll follow your site…


  3. Scott Van Achte

    Very interesting indeed, to tell you the truth I hadn’t noticed that. I guess this goes to show how easily it is to game Google Local and have your listing appear wherever you want… I hope that the algorithm that handles this will be refined in the future to help eliminate errors like this, malicious or not.

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