A good percentage of all searches upon the major search engines involve people looking for something in a specific geographic location.
Understanding how search engines look for and extract geographic information on web sites, and handle that information about locations, and present it to searchers is one of the most important and possibly fastest growing areas in search. Especially with the growth of web access on phones and PDAs.
Mike Blumenthal has started a new blog, Understanding Google Local & Yahoo Local, to focus on issues around how search engines handle local search. I’m looking forward to his posts.
His latest asks Does Google Maps have a sandbox?
Congratulations, Mike, and welcome to the blogosphere.
Some other blogs that keep a careful eye on developments in local search:
I suspect that there are more out there. Any others that should be included in this list?