The Long Tail of Local Search

In his ClickZ column today, Brian Wool takes a look at how Long Tail economics are affecting local search:

"Without any real inventory costs, Internet businesses can use deeper catalogs to beat their brick-and-mortar counterparts on market share. On the Web, unlimited inventory allows obscure or less-popular online products to outshine hits in total sales volume," he writes.

Wool advises local businesses to take advantage of basics, like the free or low-cost services the search engines offer to post and update listings. He also suggests looking beyond the major search engines and IYPs to find niche local search sites like Kudzu, MojoPages.com, and Yellow Page City.

About the author

Kevin Newcomb joined ClickZ in August 2004, covering search marketing and other online marketing topics. He has been reporting on web-based businesses since 2000.

Before the bubble burst, Kevin was a marketing manager for an online computer reseller, handling copywriting, e-mail marketing, search marketing and running the affiliate program.

With a combination of real-world marketing experience and years of business journalism, Kevin brings to ClickZ a unique ability to deliver news and training materials that help online marketers do their jobs better.