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December 9th, 2009, 03:09 PM #1What do you seach for LOCALLY?
I'm working on a new business venture having to do with local (internet) search. I'd like to throw this question out to the crowd...
What are you looking for when you do local internet searches?
or if you know... what areas are most popular for local searches?
Thanks in advance for your guidance/comments.
December 9th, 2009, 03:55 PM #2
Good question. When I do a local search I'm usually looking for services like medical or dental, repairs, landscaping or something that can't be shipped, products that would be too expensive to ship or something that I need TODAY and don't want to wait for it to be shipped.
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December 9th, 2009, 03:57 PM #3
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food - restuarants, pizza
As far as "or if you know... what areas are most popular for local searches?"
I would check out the other local search engines - http://www.localsearch.com/bycat/
The categories they use are probably there because it's what people are searching for the most. The one I linked to, seems pretty much on point for local searches.
December 9th, 2009, 04:07 PM #4Originally Posted by Trust
But I forgot that you recently moved, so I guess you need to search for some local food, again!
December 9th, 2009, 04:26 PM #5
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I search online for photography and printing supplies and usually need them *now* so also look for local places to get them. I'm bad about shopping for electronics, I usually want them right now and need to find a local store. You would think in NYC you could find anything, but not so much really.Deborah Carney
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December 9th, 2009, 04:27 PM #6
December 9th, 2009, 04:36 PM #7
December 9th, 2009, 05:01 PM #8
phone numbers because I throw out the yellow pages
sometimes info on events
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December 9th, 2009, 05:52 PM #9What do you seach for LOCALLY?
December 9th, 2009, 08:38 PM #10Originally Posted by suzie250
So, for "local" Internet searches movie times are at the top of the list. Next would be restaurant links in the Baltimore area. (At our beach place I don't need a search engine because I have a website there with nearly all the restaurants listed. )
Otherwise, I may look for a specific phone number by searching a person's name - or may need an address by searching on a phone number.
When searching for a specific product or service, I frequently find a Google search to be a pain - much of what appears in the SERPS are directory sites, similar to the one SAL posted above. Many of them are little more than compilations of purchased datafeeds and seldom have "real" info and/or live links. The publishers of those sites are hoping for ad clicks. (I know, I tried it - made a little, but not enough to continue. Might even have a couple such domains still online.)
December 10th, 2009, 02:40 AM #11
I used an app to find a coffee shop in Southern California last week & use the web to find physical addresses regularly.
December 10th, 2009, 03:01 AM #12
December 10th, 2009, 08:51 AM #13
Food, Doctors, Landscape stuff, College info - game times/theater/concerts
December 10th, 2009, 09:06 AM #14
Things I do or would like to search for locally (not necessarily here, but often when I'm traveling):
* Driving directions
* Restaurants meeting specific criteria
* Business hours
* Nearest post office and/or mail drop that isn't past the cutoff yet.
* Local coupons.
* Movie showtimes and prices.
* Used stuff for sale that's too bulky to ship.
December 10th, 2009, 09:10 AM #15
December 10th, 2009, 01:49 PM #16
As Bill pointed out many of the local websites are actually scrapes of various online yellow pages and add very little of value. I have a series of domains and sites based on local that certainly have the typical 'directory' content but also try to add some value to the visitor beyond names and phone numbers of the local pizza places. As I know Bill does, the key to local is actually being local, give real and honest information about an area and the site will be successful. My Dayton sites are far more popular and useful than the ones in Atlanta or Chicago although I"m hoping to change that in 2010. It's those non-local sites that I've got to spend the most time bringing people back to.
As for what gets searched on area websites, it's pretty well been covered already.
In no particular order for the sites I have in Dayton Ohio:
Community events (parades, festivals...)
Coupons/Sales (cool niche to work)
Houses/Apts for rent
Think of the local craigslist options, they've done a great job of seeing what people wanted and gave it to them. Take those categories and make it MORE local.Someday starts today
December 10th, 2009, 03:19 PM #17Originally Posted by Kevin
Thanks everyone. I had a strategy meeting this morning with my partners and this really helped me/us out!
December 10th, 2009, 09:31 PM #18
December 10th, 2009, 10:28 PM #19
I am not sure based on others replies if I am answering this right... but i search for every service locally through google.
If I need a 'roofer' (yes I have an ugly blue tarp on my house right now) I google roofer and googles business directory listing provide me with local listing, website, phone number, and map. I am a geek - if they haven't registered with googles directory they probably won't get my business.
I don't need a local directory. Google already accommodates me with local listings.
My Yellow Pages sees the light of day maybe 2 times a year when someone asks to use it.
I also search for the following local content:
classifieds ( kijiji craiglist)
Job boards (for friends)
December 11th, 2009, 12:47 AM #20
I use the search for looking at the
December 11th, 2009, 07:53 AM #21
As a very general rule, I do a local search for things/services that I will obtain/do in person. Large items with prohibitive shipping, movies, directions, accountants, barbers, etc.This World is Not My Home
We're gonna go inside, we're gonna go outside, inside and outside. . . And then we're gonna go go go and we're not gonna stop til we get across that goalline! Quotes from the movie Rudy, 1993
December 11th, 2009, 08:38 AM #22
December 11th, 2009, 10:47 AM #23
Food (I always throw away the menus and need to look up the phone #'s) and services (western union checkpoints, home heating oil delivery, etc)
December 11th, 2009, 11:30 AM #24
restuarants, I always try to find new close restuarants
December 11th, 2009, 11:36 AM #25
doctor phone numbers
fix-it numbers - plumber, roofer, tree service
real estate listings
addresses for friends house that I can get to but don't know how to snail mail...
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