Monday 22 Sep 2008
Maybe I’ve just missed this, but today I ran into something I’ve not seen before in Google Maps while doing a search for architects berkeley ca. Look at the options I was given to refine my search by neighborhood or user rating.
When I clicked on user ratings, I was shown this:
As you can see from the above, we’re being given the option to sort LBC listings by three stars, two stars, and ‘has a rating’. Unfortunately, the data returned to me when I try choosing from the among these three refinement options was useless and rather silly. Take a look:
To you and me, calling the Butterfly Restaurant for architecture services may not make sense, but as you can see from the image above, bizarre categorization of restaurants, hardware stores, and landscaping under the category Architects is leading Google to believe that these are appropriate results for my refined search. Sheesh!
I then tried out the refine by neighborhood option and was shown this menu of choices:
Unfortunately, this refinement option is working about as well as the other one, and by searching within the various neighborhoods, I was being returned SERPs for theaters, hotels, and other irrelevant businesses. Here’s an example:
The one thing I saw in common with this set of data was that reviews of these irrelevant businesses contain the word architecture, as you can see in the above screen shot.
I’m led to believe that because my initial search for architects berkeley ca was bringing up zero businesses in the A-J rank with stars, and only one business with one review, Google has defaulted to other local businesses like restaurants and hardware stores that do have sufficient data.
Come on, architects, go get some citations!
Has anyone else run into this?
I’m a goofball. Local wizard Mike Blumenthal says he’s been seeing this since February. I don’t know how I haven’t run into it. Perhaps it’s just appearing on some searches and not others. Thanks for letting me know, Mike, and thanks for saying I shouldn’t feel silly.