Did Dalai Lama Award Cause China To Redirect Google, Yahoo & Microsoft Search Traffic To Baidu?

Reports have been coming in that people trying to reach Google, Yahoo and Microsoft from within China or via Chinese ISPs are being redirected to Baidu. Some have accused Baidu of hijacking the traffic, but we think it's likely that China is upset with the US over the award it granted to the Dalai Lama and is retaliating by hurting US-based search engines. Back in 2002, when China was upset with Google, it similarly redirected traffic. From a Reuters article at that time: Some users in Beijing and Shanghai were redirected to Peking University's no-frills search site Tianwang, the little kn [...]

Baidu Calls European Expansion Rumors “Groundless”

Baidu denies plans for European expansion from InfoWorld reports that rumors of Baidu expanding to Europe are false. Baidu, the Chinese search engine, released a statement saying, "Recent rumors alleging that Baidu.com is expanding into Europe are groundless." A UK Telegraph article recently sparked such rumors. [...]

Baidu Expanding To Europe

Baidu to announce European expansion plans from Network World reports Baidu, the Chinese search engine, has plans to expand to Europe. Shawn Wang, Baidu's CEO, said they would have more details on the European launch later this month. There are some hints that Baidu will initially target a younger demographic, with this European launch. [...]

A Tale Of Two Cultures

Last week I had the opportunity to present some very preliminary results from our Chinese eye tracking study to a Chinese audience at Search Engine Strategies Xiamen. We’re still going over the results and preparing a final report, the highlights of which I’ll cover in this column in a few weeks. What I did want to do in today’s column is talk about our findings at a higher level. Doing this research made me realize that the typical user experience in one part of the world is not necessarily a typical user experience in another. Best practices don’t always transfer cleanly and ne [...]

Searcher Behavior In China

Attendees of Search Engine Strategies conferences in North America and Europe know that the searcher behavior panel has grown into one of the most popular sessions of the show. No surprise why: sophisticated search marketers have mostly mastered the tactical aspects of their craft, and in looking for a competitive edge turn to one of the least-understood variables of the overall search marketing equation—the needs of searchers and how best to satisfy them. The Searcher Behavior panel at SES China offered some of the first research ever done looking at the needs of Chinese searchers. The [...]

Baidu & Google Go Head To Head With Chinese Book Search

Google, Baidu race to set up online library in China via Reuters reports that Baidu and Google are going at it to be the largest and best book search service in China. Reuters writes that Peking University Library in Beijing, "one of Asia's largest academic libraries," already has a partnership agreement with Baidu. We reported in the past that Google partnered with Cite Publishing Holding Group hoping to bring 3,000 plus books to their new Google China Book Search service. [...]

Report: Google Gaining, But Baidu Still Dominates In China

Reporting from the Fourth Annual Piper China Growth Conference, analyst Safa Rashtchy says that China-based search engine Baudu continues to dominate in market share for both organic and paid listings, but apparently Google's increased investments in China are paying off. Baidu also believes the opportunity in Japan will be significant longer term and they believe they have local market advantage vs. U.S. players. Video sharing sites are also seeing strong momentum, though there is no clear leader in China as yet. [...]

Baidu 4th Quarter Profits Quintupled

Reuters reports that Baidu's fourth quarter profits "soared 400 percent." Baidu's fourth quarter net income increased to "122.8 million yuan (US$15.7 million), or 3.54 yuan (45 cents) per diluted share, compared with the year-earlier quarter's 24.5 million yuan, or 0.71 yuan per diluted share." But they expect revenue to "decelerate sharply" in the first quarter of 2007. [...]

Baidu Earns License To Produce News Content In China

Reuters reports that Baidu, the large Chinese based search engine, has earned a license by China's State Council Information Office (SCIO) to produce news content in China. This enables Baidu to produce their own content, as opposed to just showing snippets of content from 3rd party sources. [...]

Google Says They Won’t Ask For Help In China To Compete

In Google sticks to solo plans from the Shanghai Daily, Google said it won't work with a local partner in China to gain marketshare. Google's vice president of China operations, Kai-fu Lee said that they "have confidence in our current approach" in China. Currently, Baidu has 50 percent share in China, compared to Google's 16 percent share, according to one estimate. Baidu's share is expected to increase, while Google is expected to remain flat. Yahoo has made partnerships in China to try to expand their reach, with the Alibaba.com investment. Note that Google did announce a partnership de [...]

Microsoft China To Display Baidu’s Search Ads

MarketWatch reports that Microsoft and Baidu struck a deal where Baidu will be powering the paid search ads at Microsoft's MSN, Live.com and other China based services. Again, Baidu is to power Microsoft's ads in China, not the other way around. Baidu has the official press release. From the top of that: Microsoft Teams Up with Baidu to Deliver Paid Search Listings in China BEIJING, China, December 14, 2006- Microsoft (NASDAQ: MSFT) and Baidu (NASDAQ:BIDU)today announced a strategic alliance on paid search services, which will officially commence in December 2006. As a result of this stra [...]

Baidu Launches Blog Search Engine In China

People's Daily Online reports Baidu has launched a blog search engine in China yesterday. The blog search engine is the first of its kind in China. Yu Jun, a senior executive with Baidu, said the service was based on a database of billions of websites, including all the blogs supported by Chinese blog service providers and individual blog websites. [...]

Google Battling Baidu for Searchers in China and Japan

The Chicago Tribune took a close and thoughtful look at the search engine market in China, in Baidu vs. Google this weekend (free user registration required). This morning, Baidu announced in a press release that they would be entering the Japanese search market in 2007. Some insights from the Tribune article: 1. Baidu is the first choice of 62 percent of Chinese users, which is an increase of 15 points over last year, according to a study by the China Internet Network Information Center 2. Google's Kai-Fu Lee is very popular in China, and is leading the recruitment efforts for Chinese stu [...]

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