article-by-Doug-WilliamsLocal search growth continues to explode. 2-1/2 years ago I looked at the Top 76 Most Searched for Local Businesses. Just like my last analysis, I checked the cities of Atlanta, Denver, Miami, Minneapolis, Phoenix and Portland to see which businesses or services were being searched for. The total daily searches for all cities combined are shown next to the keyword phrase.

The methodology was simple; I used my keyword research tool, Market Samurai and searched on each city name separately. Each search would come up with over 700 results. I then selected phrases that indicated a search for a local service or company. I then tabulated the results. These are searches that are paired with the city name.

What are the major shifts since I did this over 2 years ago?

  • The sheer numbers of daily searches are much higher.
  • Hotels still top the list, but everything else shifted toward everyday life type of searches.
  • People still searched most often did a simple search using the keyword + the city (geo modifier) or the city + the keyword.
  • There was a noticeable increase in people using “in” as part of the search phrase: apartments in phoenix or restaurants in denver.
  1. hotels (54,567)
  2. university (27,166)
  3. airport (18,730)
  4. apartments (15,843)
  5. restaurants (11,994)
  6. museums (5,087)
  7. theaters (5,081)
  8. furniture (5,065)
  9. real estate (4,894)
  10. events (3,827)
  11. car rental (3,127)
  12. resorts (2,867)
  13. concerts (2,866)
  14. zoo (2,779)
  15. condos (2,734)
  16. colleges (2,724)
  17. homes (2,331)
  18. aquarium (2,118)
  19. spa (1,808)
  20. newspaper (1,385)
  21. convention center (1,308)
  22. hospitals (1,307)
  23. clubs (1,180)
  24. yoga (1,112)
  25. attractions (1,002)
  26. used cars (996)
  27. parking (947)
  28. library (891)
  29. motels (884)
  30. houses (804)
  31. dentist (779)
  32. rentals (708)
  33. web design (702)
  34. limo service (666)
  35. schools (648)
  36. shopping (635)
  37. catering (621)
  38. property management (611)
  39. furniture stores (603)
  40. flowers (594)
  41. rental cars (594)
  42. insurance (569)
  43. tires (540)
  44. nightlife (535)
  45. locksmith (512)
  46. malls (484)
  47. movers (476)
  48. farmers market (428)
  49. storage (421)
  50. carpet cleaning (411)
  51. ballet (407)
  52. limo (403)
  53. pizza (395)
  54. photographers (388)
  55. hostel (337)
  56. auto parts (323)
  57. roofing (319)
  58. activities (302)
  59. party rentals (294)
  60. tourism (276)
  61. performing arts (266)
  62. seminary (266)
  63. auctions (250)
  64. taxi (234)
  65. estate sales (233)
  66. housing (221)
  67. bank (217)
  68. seo (217)
  69. computer repair (214)
  70. florist (210)
  71. skydiving (209)
  72. acupuncture (196)
  73. movie theaters (194)
  74. dermatologist (175)
  75. fabric stores (174)
  76. patio furniture (172)
  77. plumbers (172)
  78. churches (171)
  79. plastic surgery (165)
  80. wedding photographers (163)
  81. appliances (160)
  82. chiropractor (158)
  83. weddings (158)
  84. cakes (157)
  85. boat show (151)
  86. office furniture (148)
  87. plumbing (145)
  88. carpet (144)
  89. tv repair (142)
  90. bars (141)
  91. hospice (141)
  92. rv rental (139)
  93. food delivery (138)
  94. auto show (132)
  95. vacation rentals (128)
  96. athletic club (118)
  97. boutiques (118)
  98. lawyers (118)
  99. bowling (115)
  100. cab (101)