Many sites fail to do a good job of telling people where the businesses associated with their sites are located. For a number of businesses online, that’s not really a fatal flaw. But others may not be getting much out of their web sites if one of the purposes behind their pages is to get people to visit them in person.
A Yahoo patent application explores ways of trying to programmatically tag Web pages with locations, so that searchers can find businesses located near specific locations. This isn’t for a local search directory, but rather for Web search results.
So, how might a search engine “geo-locate” pages automatically regardless of whether or not the page authors provided helpful indications of location?
The Yahoo patent filing is Identification and automatic propagation of geo-location associations to un-located documents (20070112777), and the inventors listed are Daniel Eugene Field and Daniel Eric Rose. It was published on May 17, 2007, and originally filed on November 8, 2005.