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Local Search Optimization WebmasterWorld – Las Vegas 2008 Justin Sanger, Founder/President, LocalLaunch!
“ It is not just for brick-and-mortars anymore. Many Web sites have discovered the power of local targeting. This session will focus on the marketing aspects of local search.” WebmasterWorld – Las Vegas 2008
Local Search will influence of Trillion Dollars
Internet will be influencing a trillion dollars of off-line, local spending by 2010/2011 (Jupiter and Forrester e-commerce/retail reports )
In a recently TMP study, 60% of consumers now use the Internet as their primary information source for local business look-ups.
Kelsey Group reports that 70% of local consumers are using the Internet to find products and services locally.
As many as 2.2 billion monthly search queries in the U.S. may carry a local intent
Much of the related transactional activity will occur without a user/searcher ever reaching a “Website”. Justin Sanger 2008
There are now hundreds of ways – local/social/vertical that a business can now be found locally without ever incurring a visit to a web site.
Many contain deep, comparative content, living on the web distinct from your website.
- User, Business, and Legacy generated.
Atomization ~ separate and spread.
Every piece of incremental content is a new opportunity to be found
Local Search Optimization Fragmentation City.com San Francisco.com Boston.com Pure Local Search Engines Yahoo Local, Google Local Local.com, CitySearch.com SEs and Local Paid Search Adwords Local Targeting Panama Local Sponsored MSN AD Center IYPs DexKnows.com YellowPages.com Superpages.com Local Shopping ShopLocal Krillion Destination Vertical Search HouseValues.com Cars.com Online Classifieds Google Base Oodle.com Craig’s List Local Media Sites Chicago Tribune MetroMix.com OC Register Social Networking Yahoo 2.0, Insider Pages Judy’s Book, Yelp
Local Search Optimization Pyramid of Success Base Data Business Profiles Local Score Google References UGC and Social Authoritative Coattails Deep Vertical and Local Link Structures
Google Local’s Overview, Details, Reviews, Web Pages