6 Super Simple Ways to Check Your Google Ranking in a Different City

SEO has become extremely localized, so you’ll only see neighbourhood results for businesses like:

  • dentists
  • dry cleaners
  • restaurants

This makes sense because no one is looking for a restaurant in another city they live in, unless they own a chain of restaurants. Business owners are continually in need of a “localized elsewhere” result, so here’s a few solutions.

FYI – we use professional keyword ranking tools for our purposes, but if you’re looking for a quick answer to where you rank, here’s 5 easy ways to check.

 

1) Google Ad Preview Tool

You’ll need a Google Ads account for this one. The benefits of this are that you’ll see ads local to that area and a mobile view. Considering there’s more mobile than desktop google queries it’s always important to remember to test your ad on a phone.

google local results for pizza

I googled “pizza near me” from Vancouver.

 

2) I Search From

This is a simple tool that allows you to utilize the Adwords Preview Tool on desktop.

i searched from

 

3) Change the URL

A painfully simple way is to change the words in this url:

https://www.google.com/search?q=digital+marketing+company&near=vancouver

Just change the search phrase and location. Here’s a few more examples:

https://www.google.com/search?q=soccer+store&near=toronto

https://www.google.com/search?q=restaurant&near=burnaby

 

4) BrightLocal

Another straightforward tool to quickly check your rankings. The tool spits out a url that is more accurate than the above method by altering the UULE parameter – the long string of seemingly random characters in the Google result pages.

brightlocal

 

5) Use a VPN

VPN services such as NordVPN and IP Vanish both have Canadian cities. Unfortunately, they each only have Toronto, Montreal and Vancouver.

vpn for google search

 

6) Override Chrome’s Longitude and Latitude

This is my favourite one. You can tell Chrome that you want results from another part of the world. The steps do to this one are:

  1. Open Chrome’s Console (Mac: Command + Option + I)
  2. Open up Sensors by finding the three little dots
  3. In a new tab, find the longitude and latitude by right clicking on a location on a Google Maps location and selecting “What’s Here”
  4. Head back to the original tab and put the longitude and latitude into the Custom Location under Sensors

google chrome sensors

chrome long lat override

Did you find this list useful? Hit us up on Twitter and share with us if you’d try one of these methods or if you have your own go-to method for checking localized search results.

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Josh Loewen

Co-founder at The Status Bureau
15 year veteran of SEO / SEM / Analytics, Vancouverite, Juventus supporter, family man.
October 11, 2018
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