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As Wifi expands, local and mobile search continue to emerge

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Lately, there have been a swarm of announcements regarding Wifi coming to some previously unconnected spots. Jet Blue is testing limited wifi on one of its planes. California has installed Wifi in several of its state parks. And major metropolitan areas are adding Wifi to their transit systems. So what does this mean for Search Engine Marketers? A focus on local and mobile search.

Imagine this. A family has gone camping at a California State Park, but they didn't pack enough food or they need additional supplies. Will your business come up in the search results?
Recently, Google released information that the average search query had increased from three to four words. It's quite possible that the fourth word turns a general search into a local one by adding a city, state or other location.

With so much attention given to universal search, personalization and social media these days, it might be easy to overlook local and mobile. But the expansion of Wifi is just further proof that SEO and paid search campaigns need the care of a constant gardener.

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