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    Changing Location = Different Map Results

    Our hardline internet connection we get from the local Telco was down today, so I used my cell phone as a hot spot. I checked our keywords and I nearly wet my pants when I noticed our map listing dropped from "A" to "E". We have been "A" for 8 years now. Of course I flipped out. However, I noticed that when connected to the internet via my cell phone, Google was showing my location as Miami, Florida. I assume that the IP address from my cell phone provider was coming out of Miami.

    I used the google tools and changed the location to our actual city (by entering my zip code). The search results page refreshed and the map listings and even organic listings changed. And we are "A" position. And #1 organic.

    Has anyone noticed this before? Such vast map listing results displaying based on wrong location?
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    Sounds like the Pigeon update, which was implemented a couple of weeks ago...Read More
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    Yes Test-ok is right.

    PRE-pigeon when I could be helping companies and check their rankings from wherever, it was not location sensitive (if city was in the query). I would 1st check from wherever my search location was set to. Then doublecheck by changing location to their city and the results would usually be the same.

    But since Pigeon everything has changed, now it's more location sensitive, lots of packs are reduced or gone and there has been a major ranking shake up. I've been sharing screenshots of rankings almost every day and sometimes the pack drastically changes twice a day. Prior to Pigeon packs were pretty stable for weeks at a time.

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