When Will Google Fix the Web Design Local Pack Bug?

Dec 16, 2009 • 8:29 am | comments (4) by twitter Google+ | Filed Under Google Search Engine Optimization
 

Over a month ago, there were reports in two Google Maps Help threads that the local pack for searches in the flavor of [web design], [web development] and so on, were not triggering local pack results. We covered this about three weeks ago with our story named Google Bug Removes Web Designers in Local Pack and it is still not fixed.

Back then, a Googler said the reason for the bug had to do with a one box local result bug being fixed to show a local 7 pack. That bug was fixed, but it triggered a new bug with queries such as [web design], [web development] and so on. Even if you add a local qualifier to such queries, i.e. [web design new york] or [web design 10010] the local pack is not triggered at all.

Google never offered an ETA for when this would be fixed, but it has been a month since a Googler responded to the issue and we have yet to get an update, while the bug lingers on. Google, when will this bug be resolved?

Forum discussion at Google Maps Help.

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Comments:

pavlicko

12/16/2009 03:50 pm

Personally, I think this is a good thing. Web Design and development is one industry where location doesn't really matter too much - and I can just imagine the type of review spam attacks that would wind up happening if they DID appear in the 10-pack. I don't think they plan on fixing it, nor should they.

No Name

12/16/2009 04:20 pm

Google never offered an ETA for when this would be fixed, but it has been a month since a Googler responded to the issue and we have yet to get an update, while the bug lingers on. Google, when will this bug be resolved?

Jason

12/16/2009 05:10 pm

This isn't a good thing. A lot of companies don't want to work with a developer/designer in a different time zone. True, that it doesn't matter in actuality, but for some people, it does. Local results, especially for services and products should be ranked higher, unless there are other reasons not to.

Matthew Hunt

12/24/2009 02:12 pm

It also doesn't show for SEO or search engine optimization too. I noticed this a while back to and still not fixed. By my estimate it's been about 6 weeks now.

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