Tuesday, September 21, 2004

Yahoo's Overture Ad Unit to Open Five Intl. Offices

Overture Services, Yahoo Inc.'s Web-search advertising unit, on Monday said it plans to enter five new international markets in the coming months as the Internet media company continues to broaden its global reach. Beginning in the fourth quarter, Overture will open in Brazil, Canada, China, Hong Kong, and Taiwan.

Another example of how the big players see how important international search has become and finding ways to monetize it. I'm sure Overture will make a bundle in each of these countries and who can compete? Are there any local search engines that offer PPC in these countries? dt




Monday, September 20, 2004

ThomasB2B Launches Paid Search

ThomasB2B.com is launching its new global online advertising network this week, featuring bid-for-position and pay-per-click pricing for advertisers wishing to reach business-to-business buyers. The Thomas Global Register Directory encompasses approximately 10,000 product categories.


Although this is more like a directory, it does provide for a search product category feature and their global focus (29 countries and in seven languages)makes them attractive to this global search engine blog. dt

Saturday, September 18, 2004

Chinese search site Baidu acquires directory Hao123

Baidu.com Inc., China's biggest Internet search site, on Thursday said it had acquired Hao123.com, a popular Chinese search directory, as Baidu seeks to fend off global players now eyeing the Chinese market.

This looks like a good move for Baidu.com buying a popular directory as the Chinese search engine market heats up. Consider this; Yahoo! owns Chinese search company 3721, and also recently launched a Chinese-language search portal. Google has acquired a minority stake in Baidu.com Inc. dt

Thursday, September 02, 2004

Wotbox Rolls Out Eight Localized Search Engines

Search engine vendor Wotbox has launched eight new localized search engines and plans to introduce more soon. The new country-specific search sites are for Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, New Zealand, Spain, and the U.S. The sites allow users to search in their native language and to limit search results to the search site country.


I checked out this search engine and they have some good ideas. I like the flag that appears next to the result as well as the related searches on the right that give ideas of other search terms you can use. For instance I typed in global search engine and got suggestions for other search terms. I don't know why it gave me search engines twice though. Also there were 5 sponsored results on the top (perhaps too many). In addition 2 of those were the same company. Overall though good results and nice format. dt

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