Matt McGee looks at Google’s local search algorithm. Here are his top ten tecniques.

    1. Use of Google’s Local Business Center (LBC)
    2. Availability/Trust of other business data
    3. A Business Web Site
    4. Listings in 2nd-tier Local Directories
    5. Listings in Vertical Directories
    6. References from other Web sites
    7. Reviews
    8. Proximity to location
    9. Location Prominence and User Query
    10. Use of other Google services

Matt has done his homework. No time like the present to put the research into action.