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Yahoo Local Enhanced Listing

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5:28 pm on Dec 7, 2004 (gmt 0)

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If you haven't explored or taken advantage of this yet, I strongly recommend that you do.

[listings.local.yahoo.com...]

It is a fantastic solution with significant ramifications for those seeking to utilize Yahoo Local.

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I've been wondering just what should be included to make the most of this concept.

Your link seems to provide a nice answer. Thanks.

8:55 pm on Dec 7, 2004 (gmt 0)

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Thanks for the heads up man. Looks fairly promising. Wonder if my *ahem* optimized business name will be acceptable :)
8:58 pm on Dec 7, 2004 (gmt 0)

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Nice info - thanx!
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>>optimized business name

luv it

3:33 am on Dec 8, 2004 (gmt 0)

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The answer is yes :)

Has Yahoo made any remarks as to local search listings having any effect on regular serps? Really doesn't seem like it at this point, and doesn't seem likely that yahoo local has very high distribution at this point.

I wonder where they are planning to gain additional volume from.

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>>Has Yahoo made any remarks as to local search listings having any effect on regular serps?

One has to wonder, huh?

>>Really doesn't seem like it at this point, and doesn't seem likely that yahoo local has very high distribution at this point.

I can tell you that Y local search results are showing up on the traditional serps. Not only Y, but on pg 1 G serps as well. That is distribution worth preparing for.

>>I wonder where they are planning to gain additional volume from.

In Chicago, there are Y people on the streets handing out Y local stuff. There are also ads in the bus stops and other public places.

As with any new technology, it is about user adoption. Y more than G understands this, and they will cross promote Y Local through their own Internet real estate and they will continue to drop traditional dollars in the months and years ahead to promote adoption.

5:26 am on Dec 8, 2004 (gmt 0)

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Too bad it's only for USA.
5:32 am on Dec 8, 2004 (gmt 0)

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Fantastic - thanks Chicago. :)
5:10 pm on Dec 8, 2004 (gmt 0)

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Yahoo Bolsters Local Search Business Listings [searchenginewatch.com]

Chris Sherman's article on the topic released today.

5:46 pm on Dec 8, 2004 (gmt 0)

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Looks like there is a bit of lag between the G results and the Y results. This must be some type of dump that they pull on a incremental basis. That or they are mixing the results with something else perhaps?

Also wondering if there's a way to tell someone is using the "enhanced listing" at this point to see if G is giving any preference to those sites in their listings.

8:15 pm on Dec 8, 2004 (gmt 0)

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Wow, I am already listed. Now talk about fast!
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yep- quick and very effective. this what i refer to when i commonly say "boosting your local data."
7:39 am on Dec 9, 2004 (gmt 0)

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Yahoo is really moving far out in front of G when it comes to local search. This is all very impressive in terms of content gathering and management, and I've always thought Y's actual Local Search product is stronger than G's.
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I think what's interesting about this service is the flat monthly fee - yellow pages style as opposed to CPC.

I think it's ridiculous that the local search / advertising industry is trying to force this space to adopt cpc - it just doesn't make any sense when you consider that 80% of local merchants don't have Web sites. To counter this, you see these convoluted solutions like forcing users to click a trackable link to display a phone number.

Just seems like trying to force a square peg into a round hole to me.

By offering a flat fee for an enhanced listing - Yahoo is doing two things 1) recognizing that there's money to be be made from local merchants apart from CPC; 2) allowing mom and pop shops a viable alternative to building (and optimizing) their own Web site.

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A potential stumbling block for Yahoo's enhanced listings - their user review functionality.

It's tough to convince someone to pay $9.95 per month for the opportunity for anonymous strangers to badmouth their business.

Obviously, we'll see how committed Yahoo is to user reviews when thousands of local merchants indicate that they would love to sign up for an enhanced listing if they could just turn off the user reviews piece.

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"I think it's ridiculous that the local search / advertising industry is trying to force this space to adopt cpc - it just doesn't make any sense when you consider that 80% of local merchants don't have Web sites. To counter this, you see these convoluted solutions like forcing users to click a trackable link to display a phone number."

Many SMEs are going to jump at the opportunity to bid for a 1-800 # with no need for a website. I do not know if Yahoo offers such a pay-per-call plan yet. So far FWHT (in partnership with Ingenio) is offering it to clients for BizJournals and soon SuperPages. No need for SEO in this area so I expect not to read much about it in WebmasterWorld.