Today, the Canadian YellowPages Group announced a new API that is going to be made available as a BETA test for web developers interested in streaming local search content directly from one of Canada’s largest and most robust business and person databases.
Go to this link here — http://www.google.ca/realtime – to get a first look at same….and I’ll run thru some of the features here for your edification….
Here’ s what you can do to test this out yourownself. Go to www.yahoo.com and insert any kind of keyword link….I used “Hamilton web developer” and then click SEARCH. You will most likely see what I see too….shown here below –
Upstream retails visits by us Canadians are up and the numbers are looking good! Hitwise Intelligence reports that we “Canadians are heavy users of search engines and as we see in most markets, Search Engines are the top source of upstream visits to retail websites.”
It appears that in June last, a bit more than 1/3 of all upstream visits to Shopping and Classified websites and domains came from search engines, tho that is down from last years June 2009 numbers of 39%. This is about a 15% decline, and like others in the SEO world, we wondered what was making ups the difference?
Based on our own true belief that the “formula” that drives an SEO Campaign to the top of the rankings….is based on the fact that you need links, or rather “back links” from other sites to combine with your own superb content, to rank nice and high on a search engine. Simple and easy to understand and neither simple nor easy to accomplish. Hence the variety of serps that the world sees for their websites.
And how much, you ask? Considerably, we respond!
The folks over at Experian — and Heather Hopkins, Senior Online Analyst who wrote the piece over at Hitwise — with their HitWise Research, have recently posted blog entries that show that for these categories at least, we Canucks are searching for more and more help in what I’d call a financial category…and here’s a pullquote from their Housing Searches report…and as you can see, the increase in rental searches by far outweighs the increase in home purchasing searches!