One of the areas that I’m starting to see a rapid growth in, is local search. It’s important that business owners start taking advantage of this growth in popularity, so that they claim a stake in this soon-to-be competitive market. Believe it or not, there are a number of free tools where you can list your business locally through the major search engines. I talk about those tools and the importance of taking advantage of them in my article on CNET: Searchlight my SEO blog. One example of the tools I discuss is Google’s local.google.com. By following a few, easy instructions, you are well on your way into the local listings.