This distribution analysis shows the pattern in total page views for each of the state search tools in the Search: Americas feature.
All of the state search tools are designed to be very similar in function and equally easy to find.
The differences in total page views should therefore be an indication of which states were attracting the most interest from visitors to this feature during the first nine months of 2008.
This usage pattern may change over time, and can be affected not only by the number of visitors to these tools but also by how many times they use the tool (page views), such as to search for a variety of information needs. A single visitor may be expected to use the search tool repeatedly to find different things, or to refine the terms of a search.
As the search page is used, our content (such as ads for places or services within a state) will appear repeatedly. The Google search results and the ads presented by Google through their own relevance logic for the keyword involved will change.
It should be noted that visitors who use these tools will not show up on the website referral statistics of a development agency as coming from ShortListNews.com.
Instead, they will show up as Google search result referrals - unless the user has clicked through on one of the ads which we have placed on the page (rather than those presented by Google AdWords with the search results).
Typically, a user of the Search: Americas tool will find the content of interest on the local economic development websites which are included in the scope of the search.
In some cases, however, the search results may take the user to other relevant content on our websites which is not limited to that state.
For example, our executive summary presentations about a potential business location may turn up in the search results as relevant even if the location is in a different state..
Our directories or profiles of professional services may also turn up in response to searches regardless of the state or regional tool which is being used if they are relevant to the keywords involved.
To illustrate, a user of the Alaska search tool could look for "location consultant" and would still find our global directory of such consultants and listings for such professionals who do not reside in Alaska.
In general, the state search tools are attracting far more usage than the regional tools. Although the distribution pattern is similar across regions for state and regional tools, some of the state tools attract far more usage than the tool for their own region.