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Section 43. Find Local Information with Google Local

Section 43. Find Local Information with Google Local

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TypeWhatYou'reLookingFor

Askandyoushallreceive:Thesimplestwaytofindalocal

businessorresourceistotypeitintothesearchboxatthe

topoftheGoogleLocalscreen,suchasthairestaurants,

Cincinnati,OH;WiFi,Somerville,MA;storagefacilities

LosVegas,NV;orHotelsnearLoganAirport,andthen

clickSearch.Amapappearswiththeresultsmappedand



labeledwithletters;akeytothemapappearsontheright

sideofthescreen.



Tip

Searchingforhotels,restaurants,orotherservicesnear

airportscanbetricky,andifyou'renotcareful,youget

incorrectresults.Yougetthebestresultsifyouuse

airportcodes,suchasLAXforLosAngeles'airport,or

BOSforBoston'sLoganairport.Oddlyenough,ifyou

usetheairport'sofficialname,youmightgetstrange

resultsornoresultsatall.Ifyoudon'tknowtheairport

code,typethenameofthecity,andthewordairportfor

example,HotelsnearBostonairportandyoushould

getgoodresults.



ClicktheCategory

Insomeinstanceswhenyoutypealocalsearchandclick

Search,youseeacategorylistingattheleftsideofthe

screeninadditiontoyourresults.Itmightcontainacategory

aswellasseveralsubcategories,forexample,Restaurants,

RestaurantThai.Clickthecategoryorsubcategorytosee

morerelatedlistingsintheareawhereyou'researching.

VisittheBusiness

Togetmoreinformationaboutanyofthebusinessesonthe

map,clickthelocationonthemapitself(clickitsletterpin),

orclickthelistingtotheleftofthemap.Themapmovesto

thatlocation,andaballoonappearswithinformationabout

thebusiness,includingthename,address,andlinksto

reviews,directions,andmoreinformation.

TheballoonhastwotabsonitanAddresstabandaDetails

tab.Clickbothtogetalltheinformationyoucanfindabout



theplaceofbusiness.TheDetailstabhasinformationsuch

aswhatkindofpaymentisaccepted,thebusinesshours,and

soon.Keepinmindthat,oddlyenough,theDetailstab

doesn'talwayshavemoreinformationthantheAddresstab.

Soclickthemboth.



Note

GoogleLocalgivesthemostdetailabouttheUnited

StatesandCanada,andthesecondmostdetailabout

theUnitedKingdom(thatis,youmightnotgetaDetails

tabforlocationsintheUK).Atthemoment,Google

Localprovidesnodetailsforlocationselsewhereinthe

world,butthatmightchangeasGoogleupdatesthe

informationitstoresaboutcitiesacrosstheworld.



ReadReviewsandGuidebookListings

Ifthebusiness(suchasrestaurant)orlocationhasbeen

reviewedbyusers,aReviewslinkappearsontheAddress

tab.Clickthelink,andyouseethelistofreviewsthatare

typicallyfrompeoplewhohavevisitedtherestaurantandare

postedonsitessuchaswww.dine.comand

www.citysearch.com.Youcanreadthesummaryofeach

reviewandclickalinktoreadthefullreview.

Ifthelocationhasbeendescribedorreviewedinanyofa

varietyofguidebooks,suchaswww.mobiletravelguide.com,

linkstothedescriptionsorreviewsappearontheAddress

tab.BecauseGooglegetsthereviewsfrommanyplaces,the

siteyouareresearchingmighthavemorethanonelinktoa

review.Clickanyofthelinksfordetails.

SearchWithintheMap

Whenamapisdisplayedonyourscreen,youcansearchthat



locationandnearbylocationsforbusinesseswithouthaving

totypethenameofthelocation.Forexample,ifyou'vedone

asearchforrestaurantsinCincinnati,Ohio,andthatmapis

displayed,youcannowsearchforhotelsbyjusttyping

Hotelsatthetopofthescreen;themapshiftstodisplaythe

hotelsinCincinnati.

Becarefulwhenyouhaveamapdisplayedbecausesearching

canleadtoveryconfusingresults.Nomatterwhatyoutype

inthesearchbox,itsearchesonlythroughtheareaofthe

currentlydisplayedmapandthenearbyregion.So,for

example,ifyouhaveamapofCambridge,Massachusetts,on

yourscreen,andyoutypeHotelsinCincinnati,OHintothe

searchbox,yougetnoresultsbecauseGooglesearchesonly

throughtheCambridgearea.Ifyou'reviewingamapand

wanttosearchforbusinessesorresourcesinanotherpartof

thecountry,clicktheFindbusinesseslinkatthetopofthe

page,andfilloutthatform.







44.GetDirectionstoAnywherewithGoogle

Local

BEFOREYOUBEGIN



MapaLocation



SEEALSO



UseGoogleEarthtoGet

Directions



NavigateThroughGoogleLocal



WhenyouuseGoogleLocal,you'reoftenprimarilyinterested

infindingdirectionstosomewhere.Asyou'llseeinthistask,it's

justaseasytofinddirectionsasitistomapalocation.



GetDirectionstoAnywherewithGoogleLocal



TypeYourSearchTerms

Inthesearchboxatthetopofthepage,typeyourstarting

andendingdestination,likethis:19BeechSt.,Cambridge,

MAto10MarketSt.,SanFrancisco,CA.Rememberto

includethestateaswellasthecityandstreet.Ifyouneed

directionsonlyfromcitytocity,youdon'thavetotypestreet

numbers.

Alternatively,clicktheGetdirectionslinknexttothesearch

box,typeyourstartinglocationintheleftsearchbox,and



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