Google’s local search impresses on “notary” search

We all know Google is cleaning up in the search space, but every so often I’ll check out what the other folks are doing just to see if they are getting close. Today I needed a notary. I work in Palo Alto, so I typed:

Palo Alto notary

into Google, Live.com, Ask, and Yahoo.

Only Google gave me the correct answer along with a map.

For this search Google is so far ahead of the others it isn’t even funny. And people wonder why Google continues getting market share? It’s no secret. Just ask the Palo Alto notary (I used the one at the UPS Store on Middlefield today and she was awesome).

UPDATE: Look at the ads on each of these searches. Google is kicking ass there too! It’s the only search that ONLY brought back Notary ads in that search. In fact, Live.com brought back NO ads for “notaries.” How freaking lame! I don’t want to see hotels when I am looking for a notary.

Are you seeing the same results for your local searches?

64 thoughts on “Google’s local search impresses on “notary” search

  1. Robert,

    Please edit my last comment with the URL for this one. When I do blog comments I always copy my comments to the clipboard in case something goes wrong when I submit. Ugh.. Didn’t know I screwed that last comment up. Sorry for the trouble!

  2. Robert,

    Please edit my last comment with the URL for this one. When I do blog comments I always copy my comments to the clipboard in case something goes wrong when I submit. Ugh.. Didn’t know I screwed that last comment up. Sorry for the trouble!

  3. Robert:

    I’m curious why you didn’t use a notary locator service likes ours and many others out there? Just an observation…

    thx

  4. meanwhile, google IS the internet.
    I work for germany’s greatest online provider and the members talk about google, if they’re talking about the internet

    it’s amazing

    joern

  5. meanwhile, google IS the internet.
    I work for germany’s greatest online provider and the members talk about google, if they’re talking about the internet

    it’s amazing

    joern

  6. Google’s ad placement on this type of search is actually not very well implemented at all. I typed your ‘Palo Alto notary’ search and I got good results, but all of the ads were for notaries here in Ontario (where I reside). And I was not even logged into any of my Google search accounts, so Google must key those ads to your IP number — which is very suboptimal because it means no matter where in the world I am searching FOR I have no choice to but see ads for where I am searching FROM.

    What sense does that make?

  7. Google’s ad placement on this type of search is actually not very well implemented at all. I typed your ‘Palo Alto notary’ search and I got good results, but all of the ads were for notaries here in Ontario (where I reside). And I was not even logged into any of my Google search accounts, so Google must key those ads to your IP number — which is very suboptimal because it means no matter where in the world I am searching FOR I have no choice to but see ads for where I am searching FROM.

    What sense does that make?

  8. Bit off topic: Live Images is much nicer than Google Image search.

    Especially if you have a great screen.

    About local search, you are supposed to type subject location not location subject. Google is the only one who is reversing the query it seems like.

    Another thing no one has noticed is if you type in a city in Google Maps, it gets stored as a cookie, which increases the relevancy of that city when you zoom out. The smaller city now appears even when you have a larger city right next to it that does not now appear. That’s a spit finish shine–like the one Robert points out–that wins loyalty!

    Google is doing a heck of a lot right, including building brand loyalty by going to bat for consumers consitantly and consistantly, but I’m tired of sensationalism and jaded spin on tech stories.

    What happened to when we could sit back and be excited about technology and call ‘em like we see them? I’m sure I could find a fluke in Google’s tech that was better polished on the live.com side. (I did find one major glitch on Google Maps where spam was leaking into the results and my company had Google make some corrections to it’s top results)

    The fact is I use Google maps more than Live simply because it usually loads faster depending on where I am connecting in the US, but they (Live) have a much nicer technology in place, and Google has been playing catch up for quite some time in this area. Scoble, you’re a wish washy dude sometimes man, I can see you wearing a Zune in two years. :)j.k. (about the Zune)

    J

  9. Bit off topic: Live Images is much nicer than Google Image search.

    Especially if you have a great screen.

    About local search, you are supposed to type subject location not location subject. Google is the only one who is reversing the query it seems like.

    Another thing no one has noticed is if you type in a city in Google Maps, it gets stored as a cookie, which increases the relevancy of that city when you zoom out. The smaller city now appears even when you have a larger city right next to it that does not now appear. That’s a spit finish shine–like the one Robert points out–that wins loyalty!

    Google is doing a heck of a lot right, including building brand loyalty by going to bat for consumers consitantly and consistantly, but I’m tired of sensationalism and jaded spin on tech stories.

    What happened to when we could sit back and be excited about technology and call ‘em like we see them? I’m sure I could find a fluke in Google’s tech that was better polished on the live.com side. (I did find one major glitch on Google Maps where spam was leaking into the results and my company had Google make some corrections to it’s top results)

    The fact is I use Google maps more than Live simply because it usually loads faster depending on where I am connecting in the US, but they (Live) have a much nicer technology in place, and Google has been playing catch up for quite some time in this area. Scoble, you’re a wish washy dude sometimes man, I can see you wearing a Zune in two years. :)j.k. (about the Zune)

    J

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