Here are two distribution deals, which are similar:
LiveDeal signed a deal to have Yahoo! ads appear on its pages. This is similar to a deal Marchex has done.
Superpages renewed and expanded its deal with Local.com, in which:
Superpages.com’s performance-based advertisers will continue to receive preferred placement on the Local.com website. Performance-based advertising products generate revenues when consumers connect with advertisers by clicking on their advertiser listing or by calling their businesses. The expanded agreement also includes preferred placement on Local.com’s network of more than 400 regional media sites, which is one of the largest local search syndication networks in the U.S.
That syndication network is the old PremierGuide, which Local.com purchased last year.
These sorts of deals are natural, as a way to overcome the fragmentation of the online local market. They help with increased monetization of destination sites but also create more performance-based ad opportunities (clicks/calls) for publishers with direct advertiser relationships.