I don't know if anyone else noticed what I saw in early September, but it seems like Google updated their Local Search algorithm... I am still researching what really happened and so far I cannot find anything on the subject online. It seems like Google is not telling us that they updated their algorithm but I know that they did. One day I was ranking really well in local search under keywords such as "used car dealership" "used car for sale" "pre-owned cars" etc... the next, our rankings (and ranking of our competitors) went down (way down) and were replaced by another dealership that wasn't a big SEO player... I will show you some keywords and ranking chart for my dealer and a few other. Is anyone else in the same boat? I have been working on this particular site for years, and I fear that it will take me several years to get back to where we once were. Can anyone shed a light on this? I am looking at this competitor's site and I don't see that it has been optimized for these keywords, my only guess is that they have a good backlink strategy with related anchor text? BTW: I am not looking to be sold an SEO service, just understand what happened and how to fix this... For now I am thinking of cranking Pay per click on these keywords until I can get the rankings back up.