Google Adds Images Next to Maps in Location-Based Universal Search Results

Google has updated the universal search results for location-based queries. Now, next to the map included at the top of the search results are images.


It doesn’t work for all location-based searches, however. A search for Kota, India shows image results but they are further down and no map is included.


A search for Nassau, Bahamas returns a map but not images:


It’s not a problem with international searches altogether because a search for Brasilia, Brazil returns the new results:


Still, if you’re invested in travel or local search, you’ll want to spend some time optimizing for image search, since they’re now a big part of Google location-based results.

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