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Will local search go down the tubes?

Discussion in 'Black Hat SEO' started by Affiliate X, May 14, 2012.

  1. Affiliate X

    Affiliate X BANNED BANNED

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    I am considering going into a long-term venture involving my sole attention and financial backing, but it completely revolves around local search.

    Google seems to be slowly converting their local search results to focus totally on AdWords and Google Places / Maps ads. In the coming years, will the "Places" ads of specific local businesses completely take over? If they make the standard search results disappear from the front page, like it seems they are slowly doing, they will ensure that they maintain complete control of these results.

    This would make any type of middle-man/directory site useless on a local level, which is what my project is. Bing is already starting to dedicate their local results to Yellowpages, so this concerns me.

    Thoughts?
     
  2. daveguy

    daveguy Power Member

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    I'll refer to Bruce Clay here.

    The rule of 3's. 3 organics, 3 local & 3 social on the SERPs is his prediction for the future. And of course Adwords. That's about all I know on that subject.
     
  3. Dan Free

    Dan Free Regular Member

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    Define your "long term"? IMHO, long term in internet years is a couple of years to maybe 5 years. Do you remember the Alta Vista search engine and there were many others that faded into non-existance. There are some people out there currently saying that YouTube and Social Media are going to be the new search engine, they just don't say when. And then there are governments and other people that are saying that Google is a monopoly and has too much power and should be broken up like AT&T.

    Don't put all your eggs in one basket, be flexible and stay current with trends, but don't get caught up being a trend setter. Remember the Apple Newton, the Palm Pilot and the list goes on.

    That's my 2 cents worth.
     
  4. warjam1945

    warjam1945 Junior Member

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    Yeah if you live in a small country or area local search is near good as a country wide search as it will show up business that are on end of the country to the other
     
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