Junior Member from CA
joined:Feb 7, 2017
I am bilingual English Mandarin and target my site to the Chinese search engines. I often write content in bilingual English and Chinese and also have a Google translate widget which cna translate my whole site into Chinese (crudely I assure you, but it is fast). While Baidu, Sogou, Tencent and others do regularly index my site. when I search for my own content from their search engine I am always very disappointed because the vast majority of my content is not available. I tried to register for Baidu webmaster and required a Chinese email address, which I have, but then they required a Mainland phone number to verify, something which I do not have.
I have read, and I believe that Chinese search engines bias towards content hosted on Mainland servers that is predominantly written in Chinese. From using Baidu and Sogou I believe this to be true. I wonder if you have had better sucess with these search engines, and how. Have you searched and checked for your content after verifying that their bot has indexed your site?
All of China's search engines are part of their Great Firewall program, so there is certainly government influence.
And for the record I every so often read China Daily, but usually it is just more Chinaganda. This fine is surprising, given that there is so much physical copyright infringement in China. Even potato chip manufacturers get cloned by their competitors! I want to say the fine sounds more like an appeasement to Western views than an actual sanction on these search engines.
62,029 RMB is the average Chinese wage in 2015. The fine is 45% of the salary of an average Chinese worker. [tradingeconomics.com
For a huge conglomerate like Baidu to be fined less than half of a year's salary of a Chinese worker is...laughable.