Google Ranks IYP Traffic; Adds to Ranking Confusion

iBegin head Ahmed Farooq is shaking things up by publicizing Google’s take on top IYPs. Per Google’s methodology, Citysearch leads the way with 7.4 million uniques, and a 3.2 percent reach. It beats YellowPages.com with 6.8 million uniques, and SuperPages.com with 6.2 million uniques. Next up are Yelp with 4.6 million uniques, and Local.comwith 3.2 million uniques. No surprise, this take on the data … Read more

HelloMetro Rides Google’s City Name Keywords

One of the homespun stories of interactive local media is the rise of HelloMetro, a city guide company that started in 1999 as an entrepreneurial effort in Louisville, KY, and has since grown to include 15 staffers, including five direct salespeople.  The company, which has hundreds of Hello(City name) city guides, made $7.5 million in 2008. … Read more

Latest News on ILM:08, Santa Clara (Nov.19-21)

We’re just about ready to go with Interactive Local Media: 08, which is Nov.19-21 in Santa Clara, in the heart of Silicon Valley. It should be a very important, game-defining event – and the first one for The Kelsey Group in the new BIA Advisory Services era (they acquired Kelsey last week, adding resources and smarts to the … Read more