Earlier this month, Google replaced their “7-pack,” the local results box that showed seven local businesses in the Google Web search results, with the 3-pack. The change was significant: Four fewer businesses than before were showing up in the local pack.
But a new report from seoClarity shows what is possibly an even more shocking change. The local pack, before it changed to the 3-pack, used to show up in the number one slot in the Web search results only 25 percent of the time. Now, with the new 3-pack, the study says it shows up in the number one position 93 percent of the time.
Here is a rank graph from seoClarity showing the before and after rank distributions:
As you can see, the top spot now will show a local pack 93 percent of the time versus 25 percent of the time. And 99 percent of the time, you’d see it in the top two positions, a dramatic improvement versus 31 percent of the time.
Here’s how seoClarity documented their methodology:
- Start with a list of keywords which on 7/25 showed the 7-pack map listings
- Narrow down the list to only those that showed the new 3-pack format on 8/15
- Retrieve the rank position at which the local pack showed for each date
- Compare the visibility of the old 7-pack map listings vs. the new 3-pack local listings
You can see, even based on the 7-pack to 3-pack switch chart, that there was an uptick in seoClarity’s data:
And even Mozcast shows a similar pattern:
You can learn more about these data at seoClarity.