| 11:10 am on Jul 21, 2008 (gmt 0)|
gives you a pretty good picture.
MSN Live Search 2.0%
AOL Suche 1.0%
T-Online is a local german provider, owned by the german telecom.
Generally, I'd say germans use google.de, since google redirects to that if you ask for google.com from germany without any parameters.
| 11:47 am on Jul 22, 2008 (gmt 0)|
It's not so difficult to rank fine on yahoo or MSN live search German.., but I found difficult to rank fine on Google.de.
I am referring to sites in German language.
I have the impression that google.de has its own algo.....
Having a local domain and local hosting helps a lot but the algo recipe seems different compared to google.com .
| 12:24 pm on Jul 22, 2008 (gmt 0)|
I don't know about that since I rarely work on optimizing english pages. Our bestranking pages for competitive keywords in germany are, of course, the ones that have been around for a couple of years. We don't have a very strong incoming link base, but it seems not to hurt us. In general, I'd go for the standard on- and offpage optimization before focusing too much on specifics of google.de -- you know, there's only one rule: don't mention the war ;)
| 5:00 pm on Nov 8, 2008 (gmt 0)|
I'm German and living in Germany..and 90% using Google is probably an UNDERestimation ;). I think the same thing is true for France.
Also we usually use google.de, because if you're typing in Google.com and have a German IP address it seems that you get redirected to google.de anyway.
| 2:58 pm on Dec 2, 2008 (gmt 0)|
You won't be redirected if you choose the google.com version. There was a forced redirection from google.com to google.de in place but only a short time, then they removed it.
| 10:47 pm on Dec 6, 2008 (gmt 0)|
I just typed in google.com and landed at google.de