Canadian Web Hosting Blog and News
29Oct/093

Add Your Website to Local Search

If you are having a hard time targeting your keyword on the major search engines such as Google, Microsoft Bing or Yahoo, consider submitting to their local search categories.

A local search would be something like this on Google

Google local search

I search for the term "thai restaurant, vancouver, bc" and Google returns a local map of Vancouver with Thai restaurants including their telephone numbers. As you can see, these rank higher than the normal search results.

To get listed in this category, you can register your website by going to the following URLs:

Google Local Business Listing Signup

Bing Local Listing Center

Yahoo Local Listings

Unfortunately, Google is the only one out of the three that accepts businesses in Canada. However, if you have a business located in USA, you can register those websites into Microsoft and Yahoo.
They verifiy your business by calling your business telephone and an automated voice will give you a code that you enter on their website or they sms the code to another number.
Microsoft and Yahoo will send you a postcard with details on how to verify your information.

Besides adding your listing to local search, you can also geotag your pages.

For example, our company, Canadian Web Hosting is located at latitude 49.169499 and longitude -123.137040 in Richmond, BC.

Below is the meta information you would add in the section of your pages:

<meta name="geo.position" content="49.169499;-123.137040">
<meta name="geo.placename" content="Canadian Web Hosting, Richmond, British Columbia, Canada">
<meta name="geo.region" content="CA-BC">

Be sure and use upper case for the geo.region country and state abbreviation.

You can use Google Earth to find the longitude and latitude of your location.  Just navigate to the location in Google Earth and place the cursor over the correct location, at the bottom of the program screen you'll see the latitude and longitude displayed.

To view the latitude and longitude in decimal degrees on Google Earth, go to Tools > Options > and select Decimal Degrees, then Ok. Once you've changed this setting, the latitude and longitude information will be shown in decimal format needed for your meta tags.

Kevin Liang
CTO / SEO Guru
Canadian Web Hosting
http://www.canadianwebhosting.com/

26Sep/090

New Yahoo Search

http://search.yahoo.com/

Yahoo Search has debuted their new simplistic, clean new interface that is very similar to Google home page with less cluttered SERPs page.

Key highlights:

* Intelligent Search Results – Allows you to explore results from key sites and narrow results using different types of SearchMonkey structured data. Over the past few months, even more enhanced results for product, local, entertainment, reference, social, and tech sites have been displayed automatically. With the new search page design, we have made it easier to see these riche results from an increasing number of sites.

* Feature-Rich Experience – Provides quick access to search features that make people’s online lives safer and easier, including Search Scan/SafeSearch (which helps protect you from viruses, spyware, and spam while you search) and Search Pad. Now it will be even easier to return to the research documents you have created while searching.

* Search Assist Expansion – With the new design, our powerful query assistance is still available directly below the search box, but we’ve also incorporated it into the left-hand column for quick access lower on the page, even when the Search Assist layer is hidden. You can use this column to easily explore and discover concepts related to your query. We have added Search Assist to the search box on every Yahoo! page in the U.S. with the launch of a new universal header.

Performance:

* Improved total page load time – Even though the new design includes dozens of additional assistance features and graphical assets, we are seeing faster page loading time and significant speed improvements.

* Improved perceived load time – In addition to reducing the weight of the page, we also greatly reduced the perceived load time by sending the page in three semantically meaningful chunks: first the search box and page header, then the rest of the visible content, and finally JavaScript for rich behavior.

* Inline data URI images – We’re taking advantage of specialized techniques for modern browsers such as inline data URI images, which we use to generate our subtle repeating gradients. This improves perceived and real performance dramatically. For legacy browsers, we provide the same gradients with traditional image sprites.

Check out their tour here

Kevin Liang
CTO / SEO Guru
Canadian Web Hosting
http://www.canadianwebhosting.com/

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