Location Prominence at Google in Ranking Businesses at a Location

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I was showing someone Google Local one box results (see H.) for a specific search, and they asked me why Google was showing distances in those results, and where the search engine got the distances from. A good question; my answer was that it was from the centerpoint of a defined geographic region that Google … Read more Location Prominence at Google in Ranking Businesses at a Location

Looking for a Library on Google Local

Back in July, I wrote about a patent application from Google that may have described how Google attempts to find the web pages that should be shown with local search results, Authority Documents for Google’s Local Search. One of the places that a local search service might look for business information about an enterprise online … Read more Looking for a Library on Google Local

Microsoft Virtual Earth and Local Search Patent Applications

Microsoft’s Live Local (now Bing Maps) is powered by the Microsoft Virtual Earth platform (now Bing Maps for Enterprise). Five patent applications were published at the US Patent and Trademark Office this past week which detail aspects of how Microsoft’s Virtual Earth works, including roof-top overlays, virtual Earth images, real time driving information, user privacy, … Read more Microsoft Virtual Earth and Local Search Patent Applications