I'm simply amazed by Google. Every time I search for something local on Google I just want to punch my cell phone / computer.
For example, you looking to get a haircut in Santa Monica? Keyword "haircut santa monica", 110 exact searches
Well let's type that in into Google (right) and Bing (left) (talk about bing it on challenge):
Look Google, if I wanted to see YELP listings I'd go to YELP. Fine, you have a hard on for yelp, well put 1-2 yelp listings, not 10+ ....I actually like to go to a business website from time to time and check out pictures and not browse YELP and Yellow Pages all day when I search for something local.
Great user experience dumbasses (Cutts, especially you with your BS talk about update where you said that "sites with more then 1 result on the 1st page will now merge into just 1" ) a 3 year old can write a better algo.
Now I understand your algo isn't perfect, but it's a complete sh*t now ...
Just type in anything:
hair salon santa monica - first 4 is YELP
hair salon los angeles - again, first 4 is YELP + 3 YELLOW PAGES LISTINGS
Let's switch it up and type in:
locksmith los angeles - oh, SURPRISEEEEEE, first 4 is YELP
plumber los angeles - F*cking YELP AGAIN in top 2 and Yellowpages #3?
So, you know what? IF I EVER DECIDE TO ADVERTISE LOCALLY I'LL JUST SKIP GOOGLE MAPS, AND GO TO YELP AND YELLOWPAGES ....