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Is there any way to search for some information on sites belonging to a particular area without specifying the area name as a keyword in the search string?


Is there any way to search for some information that belongs to a specific area?

For example: I want to search "dance class" in "Andheri, Mumbai, India". So I'll have to search like "dance class andheri mumbai". Or I'll have to go for some yellow pages search site.

Why not Yellow Pages?

Yellow page search is better when I am searching for some product or service. But my search can be anything like some news, images, person etc

Why dont I want to specify area in the search string?

Search engines take it as keyword. And they'll search for pages where my actual search string and place both appears or at least one.

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Which search engine? – phwd Jan 24 '12 at 4:31
I prefer google. but any one – Amit Gupta Jan 24 '12 at 5:14
You should probably consider using a specialized local search tool. What you're asking for isn't possible unless heavily customized – Sathya Jan 24 '12 at 6:10

There are many ways to accomplish this.

dance class near Andheri, Mumbai, India will return listings above the search results

A second way would be to point your browser to google.co.in then set your location in the sidebar. The closest I got was "Andheri East, Maharashtra" (which seems to be the correct way to phrase it).

Web results itself are harder, how would one check whether a site that has dance classes is located in Andheri East, Maharashtra without checking some location within the text displayed on the site?

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site's IP address – Amit Gupta Jan 24 '12 at 6:20
@articlestack: The ip address of the site, may not be helpful. The small business may have a very small website sitting on a host in the next town, or even across the country. – mhoran_psprep Jan 24 '12 at 11:25
@phwd, yes you are correct. But I was hopping any search engine who maintains some sort of database based on AI algos to distinguish sites on the basis of their language, ip addr, visitor ip addr etc. I though Google can do it easily. – Amit Gupta Jan 24 '12 at 17:20
Based on your factors mentioned it's still not a cut and dry method. A site can have most of its vistors for location X but does that necessarily mean that site is a service for location X? – phwd Jan 24 '12 at 17:26

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