I have just come across this, [link] Now 1 of 2 things will happen if this kicks off ad gets popular. 1. Everything will be nice and you will be able to urbex more easily. 2. The publicity of the site will force the demolition/police patrol/blocking off of the sites in question. But if you live near any of the sites it's possible worth a try.
I just find the places through different ways ... google, people telling me about abandoned places, old people talking about the good old times and how the city changed are a good source too well for the industrial .. i'm blessed with luck because i come from an industrial area and it is really hard to not find some abandoned factories
but it's really interesting because I found my abandoned house on google maps. The problem is that viewed from above, it seems to be a normal house. How to make the difference and not coming at people's house and being very disappointed?
I use a variety of methods that have changed a bit over time. Initially I just drove around. But as people got to know what I do, sometimes from the shows that I have done and the news paper articles, I began to get e-mails and phone calls telling me about many places. Now I suppose it is just a combination of many things. I love to travel, and see the country, when I see something and I have time, I stop... if not... well maybe next time I will be able to stop.
Personally I just drive different back roads, or use different roads to get to my usual places. Things are always changing, so go different routes. You can use goggle earth with the historic view on. Look for drivways that lead to nothing, then check the older views. Both methods work for me. Sharing info helps if other deviants live around you.