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    Mike Blumenthal

    Google recently removed the location setting that allowed viewing non geo modified searches within a given geography. Darren noted that &near=city_name parameter is still working. So you could manually add that to a search string to see localized results. IE the search for jewelry https://www.google.com/search?client=safari&rls=en&q=jewelry&ie=UTF-8&oe=UTF-8 would become https://www.google.com/search?client=safari&rls=en&q=jewelry&ie=UTF-8&oe=UTF-8&near=williamsville.

    Chris Desrochers created an elegant and simple solution via an applet using Darren’s noted parameter. It makes the doing the search relatively painless. Download here.

    Todd Bialaszewski


    If you use Darren’s method you only have to add the &near= once for the location then you could just search for the different keywords in that area and the location will stay set at what you chose until you close out the incognito window or change it.

    Mary Bowling

    I’ve been told that using the Google Ad Preview and Diagnosis Tool is another way to see what the search results look like in different locations: https://support.google.com/adwords/answer/148778?hl=en

    Ad Preview and Diagnosis tool

    Update (November 2015)
    After hearing feedback from you, our advertisers, we’ve decided to keep the logged-out version of the Ad Preview & Diagnosis tool. Over the next few months, we’ll work on improving the logged-out experience so that it better serves you.
    A tool in your account that helps identify why your ad might not be appearing. The tool also shows a preview of a Google search result page for a specific term. This helps you see which ads are appearing for your keyword.

    Use this tool to check the status of your ad for a particular keyword. Once you enter a search term and other criteria like language and location, the tool will tell you whether your ad is eligible to appear in that situation.
    If you want to see how your ad appears in search results, it’s better to use this tool than to do a search on Google. You’ll see the exact same results as a Google search but you won’t harm your performance by accumulating ad impressions every time you look for your ad.
    To use the Ad Preview and Diagnosis tool, click the tool under the “Tools and Analysis” menu at the top of your AdWords account, or visit google.com/AdPreview

    Jon KeelJon Keel

    Hi Mike:

    We’ve successfully used Darren’s approach since I read about in on Monday. It also works if you decide to use the zip code in lieu of the city/town.

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