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
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
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!