A local search engine works by attempting to return relevant web pages associated with a specific geographical region or location. When the search engines index web pages, it can be helpful to attempt to automatically associate those pages or sections of them with specific places or regions. Ideally, for example, a web page about a … Read more Which Newark is the Dominant Newark? Classification of Ambiguous Geographical References in Local Search
When I search for Pizza in New York in Google Local, I’m told that there are about 79,400 results. The top result I see is Lombardi’s Pizza, which is “0.8 mi NE” of the green arrow on the map that points to New York. Exactly what is that green arrow pointing to, and why does … Read more Pizza at the Center of New York: Relevancy, Google Local, and Local Results in Organic Searches
Living in a college town, it’s not uncommon to see bulletin boards with activities, opportunities, and advertisements listed all over them. There’s a certain artistic aspect to them when taken in from a short distance. One of my favorite music stores has a board like that on the side of their building. I was reminded … Read more Digital Flyers on the Web
Some very good news from Reuters (via John Blossoms’s Content Blogger), Google is testing more accessible Web search for the visually impaired. At Google Labs, you can now find Google’s Accessible Web Search for the Visually Challenged . It doesn’t look that different from the regular Google Interface, but the difference appears to happen behind … Read more Cheers for Google’s New Accessible Search
A question from a recent visitor asked about how to get a government web site to link to their site. It was a good question, and I sent a response with a couple of ideas, and a postscript noting that it was such a good question that I was considering writing a blog post on … Read more Will the Government Link to Your Pages?