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Increasing International Traffic from smaller Search Engines?

A shift in search?

11:01 am on Feb 21, 2008 (gmt 0)

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I was going over the stats of a group of international sites and noticed a changing trend or at least an observation:

In mainland Europe Google is dominating everything in every market and language, nothing new there. However I did notice some of the stats showing a sprinkle of traffic from quite a few smaller local engines. In most cases it's almost nothing worthy of a mention, but I'm seeing them on the radar - something I did NOT a few years ago.

So, how is it in your area or country? Google is still the big dog, but do you experience a small but increasing stream of traffic from smaller local search engines? Is Google slipping? ;-)

12:19 pm on Feb 21, 2008 (gmt 0)

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Google has always had problems with the countries where the ccTLDs are dominant. It is easy to put a set of com/net/org/biz/info websites together for a country. However putting a good ccTLD target list together is more complex because a search engine is starting from scratch and has to find new sites by link discovery.