Originally Posted by anitac
I don't think anyone's API works. When I log in to Google it picks my location up as being in an area that I do not live it, it's like 20 miles away. Even when I change my location manually, it doesn't stay. My own internet service producer has the wrong city for me as well.
You are absolutely right about that. My location in Google is the same way. The city I live is large enough to have it's own local search, in Google, for just about everything. However it isn't large enough for Google to identify where I am.
Actually, if you've been following any of the "Geo" discussions, over the last several years, this is a big issue. On one hand, content providers can make content much more relevant, if the locations are more accurate. On the other hand, personal security is a big deal. Most people don't like the idea of any content provider, being able to locate them, within a few feet.
Right now, most Geo software is only accurate, to the city, an ISP lists as their registered location, for the IP Addresses, they distribute. Like for me, my ISP is Comcast. Comcast has a local office in my city, but that is not where their IP Addresses for the area are registered to. In my area, Comcast registered all the IP Addresses they distribute (for all of the South Eastern Metro Area) to St. Paul, MN. So, my location, in most Geo utilities, shows up as St. Paul.
Content providers know this and my client understands it, too. The problem is, my client lives in an area where local businesses are preferred, to larger, national corporations. So, when people are looking for the services he offers, they are looking for a local telephone number and not a 1-800 number.
Try out the Service Experts
website. They are doing what I want to be able to do. They have several locations in the US. If you live near one of their local offices, and visit their website, you will get the telephone number to one of the local offices. If you live in an area where there is no local office, then you will get the telephone number to the closest local office or to the national headquarters.
This is exactly what I want to do.