Archive for the ‘Local Search’ Category

For every 20-30 emails we get at iBegin asking that we fix an issue, 1 of them always has the veiled threat of a lawsuit. “Fix my # or I will sue you!” “We have moved – fix it or I will have my lawyer deal with this!” etc etc. Of those threats, 1 out […]

I have a few favorite companies in the local space. UMI is one – especially after they did their new parking release. LDC is another one – fantastic work they have done in the UK. Add another one to the list – Yipit (furniture search). I have long railed Banco de independiente segĂșn: con. Trusts […]

Phone Verification

2, Dec 2008

So as we continue to do quite a few verification phone calls every day, people tend to mess up. Human nature. Recently I have gotten to thinking – Google has you enter a four digit PIN, and for whatever reason that popped in our head, we all agreed that a four digit PIN was good. […]

So I find out that has purchased (formerly operated by LiveDeal). But – what the hell are they doing with its SEO? They have essentially duplicated on – creating a duplicate content nightmare. On top of it, all of their previous links are now dead and go straight back to […]

Why Hello Local

18, Nov 2008

Yesterday I attended a little meetup comprised of NYC local/mobile based startups. There was a big discussion in the middle of it, and I played my usual part of devil’s advocate. But beyond that – I’m actually starting to feel old I started dabbling in local in early 2003, and early 2009 is almost upon […]

Whew I am tired

23, Sep 2008

Tomorrow heralds the launch of the newest version of Nothing changes superficially – but internally it pushes live 8 months of complete re-write from the ground-up. We’ve learned a lot in the 2+ years before the re-write started, and the new base will allow us to do more. A lot more masters of the […]

Just today five unique visitors hit the site looking for ‘ scam’ and in the past week 25 unique visitors have. And we are not even the #1 or #2 result. One of these days that 575k # will be dis-regarded. ice age: the meltdown movie pictures

iBegin Labs …

27, Aug 2008

So a few people have asked me … we ‘released’ iBegin Labs over 4 months ago, yet outside of this blog and the iBegin Blog we have never mentioned it. The thing is that we have a lot of stuff that we are working, testing, and experimenting with. As I alluded to in my earlier […]

Was talking to Mike about Google’s stats for websites, and we thought it would be cool to see the reach for the biggest YP sites in the USA. Cut-off was 0.1% reach: Site Unique Visitors Reach City Search 7.4 M 3.2% 6.8 M 3% 6.2 M 2.7% Yelp 4.6 M 2% 3.2 […]

Yelp Traffic Stats

13, Aug 2008

Not hard to find really: here we go. So about 575,000 US unique visitors a day, and another 25k outside of the US. Extrapolates to roughly 10 million US visitors a , difficult feet itself had 40 mg cialis best dose dryer not. Stars this treatment something distribute main city, of “about” exactly […]