At the end of any year, it is a natural thing to take a step back and review what has been done and see what is coming up. Every small business needs to do this; I definitely am working on my plan for 2008 based on 2007. I wanted to pull together some of the more interesting posts reviewing local search in 2007 and those looking to 2008.  Happy reading!

Local Search in 2007
Google Maps: year in review for its posts and product launches

Happy Holidays from the LocalPoint Team

Praized Blog: A Look Back at 2007

Kevin Newcomb at Search Engine Watch:  2007: The Year that Search Grew Up

A couple of notable items:

BackFence, Judy’s Book, Edgeio shut down
A lot of new sites such as Greyboxx, Yellowbot
Many new local search blogs, such as LocalBizBits were established (had to throw that in 🙂 )
Lots of great conferences such as SMX Local, ILM

Local Search in 2008

Praized Blog: Local & Social Media Predictions for 2008

Fred Aun at ClickZ: 2008 Outlook: No Sign of a Cooldown in Local Online Ads

Greg Sterling at Search Engine Land: Local Online Ads Will Reach $12.6 Billion In 2008, Local Search Will Bring In $5 Billion Of That Total

Mike Boland at Search Engine Watch: 8 White-Hot Trends Lift Local Search in ’08

2008 looks like it will be a big year – will be exciting to see how it all pans out.  See you next year!

Update: Make sure you see Matt McGee’s post, Big List of 2008 Prediction & Resolution Posts over on his blog!