How can I check Google search results for a specific city?

Google customizes search results based on user search history, device usage and current location – especially if local intent is present.

In order to see past customization and view search results as they would appear if you were in another location a little tweaking is in order.

Adding the Near Parameter to a search query URL is currently the most efficient way to check Google search engine results for a city that you are not actively located in without the use of a rank tracker.

Example Coffee Shop Search Query URL:

https://www.google.com/search?q=coffee+shop

Example Portland Coffee Shop Search Query URL with Near Parameter:

https://www.google.com/search?q=coffee+shop&near=portland,+or

Example Boise Ice Cream Search Query URL with Near Parameter:

https://www.google.com/search?q=coffee+shop&near=boise,+id

Simply replace the search term and city in the examples above and copy/paste into your web browser address bar to conduct your own city specific searches. While not a perfect solution, adding the Near Parameter to search query URLs gets the job done.

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