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Yandex Roars From Russia With Possible $9B US IPO!

     
6:34 pm on Apr 15, 2011 (gmt 0)

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[marketwatch.com...]
Russia's largest Internet company Yandex LLC has been given a preliminary valuation of between $6 billion and $9 billion ahead of its initial public offering on the U.S.'s Nasdaq exchange, a person familiar with the company's plans said Friday.

Yandex has a 65% share of Russia's Internet search market, which is one of the few countries in Europe not dominated by Google. Yandex also operates in the Ukraine, Belarus and Kazakhstan.


The key here is they have 65% of the market ahead of Google.

Looks like we have a valid horse race now!
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Perhaps all those who block Yandex, may reconsider .
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Very good point Leosghost.
It's a force for sure. Some of our Ukrainian guys tells me that they launched a Street View option recently which is supposed to pretty good as well.
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Unfortunately, I got no sites for myself or clients at the moment that might could use Russian traffic.
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Perhaps all those who block Yandex, may reconsider .

Actually on my website Yandex bot blocks itself constantly. Always triggers the DDos filters I set up last year. If the behaviour of the bot ist an indication of the index quality it must be one of the worst search engines of all time.
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Try it ..English version is here [yandex.com]
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I actually get traffic from Yandex, unlike from some of the other much hyped non-big 3 search engines, so this is good news for the search industry.
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I've been allowing yandex text bot for about a year now (but not images). Good to see they've finally come up with a UK version of their SE. Thanks for the link, Leosghost.

Results are not as dependable as bing at the moment (for my sites) but certainly a variation on ghastly google, which I haven't used for real searching for over a year now (I usually use Startpage/IxQuick).
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Have tried today Yandex's search results, referring both to my business as well as hobbies, and I was very happy with them. Needless to say, returning my sites at page top for many of my main keywords, didn't hurt, and contributed greatly to this happiness!
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Hey, funny - tested 3 keys: results for me like Feb 21st! So: I like ;-)
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I went over and tested Yandex's English site, not unhappy with the results.

Unlocked robots.txt today, going to allow it to crawl and see what happens!
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I've no interest in traffic from that region to any of my websites.

Like other major spam / hack destinations.

That region has really screwed themselves by allowing major crims free reign.
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I went over and tested Yandex's English site, not unhappy with the results


The results are very good. Much better than Google before and after Panda. The layout is lovely too. Nice and clean.
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I've no interest in traffic from that region to any of my websites.


It's the .com version, it's targeting traffic from EU, CA and US.

Glad you don't want that traffic, I'll take your share ;)
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Last month they crawled about a third of what Google did which is respectable considering my site is American and they're based in Russia. One should consider crawl rates more so in the target countries. Competition is always a good thing.

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Mod-Security set to block Yandex. Complete waste of time and resources.

SecRule HTTP_User-Agent "Yandex" "deny,log,status:403"
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Complete waste of time and resources.


Wrong.

I just learned some things about my site in Yandex that neither of the other big SEs would show me.

Almost fell off my chair.
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I'd never used it before, but I must admit that I'm impressed - my sites' positions in Google are better, but the results are still relevant.

I just learned some things about my site in Yandex that neither of the other big SEs would show me.

Almost fell off my chair.

Care to share?
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In Soviet Russia, search engine finds you!
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It's actually in Soviet USA search engine finds you :) lately it's been hard to figure out who's more soviet.

On one of my US-based sites I get a comparable amount of traffic from Yandex and google. So all of you folks can be my guests and block them.
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In Russia, Yandex traffic from Google with more than 10-30 percent. Quality results at the regional search from Yandex is much higher.

In other countries it is just starting to build up its presence, but a young, powerful team.