These patents relate to search engines geo-targeting. Handy for those researching local SEO strategies.
Ordering of search results based on country or language of resultshot! 02/26/2009 Hits: 787
Google - Oct 2008 - A system and method for providing preferred language and/or country ordering of search results is described. A search query describing potentially retrievable information provided in a plurality of search result languages and/or countries is received. A search is executed by evaluating the search query against information characteristics maintained in a searchable data repository. At least one preferred language and/or country applicable to search results generated is dynamically determined responsive to the executed search. At least some of the search results are ordered in consideration of the at least one preferred language and/or country.
Shared Geo-Located Objectshot! 02/07/2009 Hits: 1121
Googe - A method of reviewing geo-coded information at a geographic information system is disclosed. The method may include receiving information identifying a geo-located object from a submitter of the object, receiving information identifying the location of the geo-located object from the submitter, and receiving a request from a user of the geographic information system for one or more geo-located objects that includes the submitted geo-located object, and transmitting information for permittingdisplay of the geo-located object to the user of the geographic information system.
Ranking and Clustering of Geo-Located Objectshot! 02/07/2009 Hits: 1123
Google - A method of updating information stored in an index associated with spatially-related objects is discussed. The method includes accessing a hierarchical multi-level index having leaf nodes containing information about an object and non-leaf nodes storing information about a number of nodes related to the non-leaf nodes, adding a representation of the object at a leaf node in the index, and traversingparents of the leaf node toward a root node, and incrementing counts of each node in the traversal path.
providing preferred country biasing of search resultshot! 02/07/2009 Hits: 830
A system and method for providing preferred country ordering of search results isdescribed. A search query describing potentially retrievable information providedin a plurality of search result countries is received. A search is executed byevaluating the search query against information characteristics maintained in asearchable data repository. At least one preferred country applicable to searchresults generated is dynamically determined responsive to the executed search. Atleast some of the search results are ordered in consideration of the at least onepreferred country.
Generalized location identificationhot! 02/07/2009 Hits: 1101
Microsoft - A location identification system is described. In various embodiments, the location identification system identifies geographic location information in response to received search queries by processing geographic information to identify spatial or geometric regions, determining region intersection information that identifiesspatial relationships between the geometric regions, and building an index of regions of constant attributes by associating intersecting geometric regions. In various embodiments, the location identification system can include a vector database wherein the vector database comprises geometric information including at least (a)spatial information geographically describing items and their locations and (b) textual attributes associated with the items or their locations, and an index of regions of constant attributes wherein the index associates textual attributes with items and their locations so that a proximity of two locations can be identified.