It’s barely 2010 and Google is already causing controversy for SEO writers and web designers. For a while now, they are noticing that Google is not showing local listings in the search results for queries related to their business. This also includes local-specific businesses.
For example, a search like “chips” without a geographical indicator will bring up local results. However, search “SEO” or “web design” or even “web design in Chicago” and no local listings will come up.
Many SEO writers and designers are taking this as a slap in the face. Search engine optimization and web design are services and should be included in a Google listing search. Many thought this was just a bad bug on Google’s part, but unfortunately, it’s not. It’s “intentionally” showing less local results for web design/SEO queries. They feel that this is the best decision for right now.