Google has recently launched a new service called Google Places that is aimed at promoting local businesses on its search engine. More importantly, this service is separate from the paid services such as the Ad Words program. Google Places has been initiated with a few US cities and it is bound to grow bigger every week.
It is essentially a method of increasing the chances of a business being highlighted on the Google Search Page when a query for a local business is made. Please understand that this service seems to be aimed at the regional side of business listings. Hence, queries that are made for a particular city, province, street or even a neighborhood are …