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Working with english language sites, my focus has always been on the usual major .com SE's and directories, but about 12-15 months ago I sat down with Search Engine Colossus and reviewed everything in it... top to bottom. I wanted to see if I was missing out on anything.
After eliminating those that only accepted domains from their own country, own language, country specific topic, or some other form of country based criteria.... all that remained was a very small assortment of what seemed pretty obscure search engines.
Conclusion at that time.... a good learning exercise but it was not going to translate into additional traffic for an english language site. The country specific versions of the majors (AV Sweden, Excite Italy etc)provided access to the english language sites (I think) and they would be the means whereby english language sites reached those audiences.
Is that a fair summation or has the scenario changed in more recent times?
If you really want to reach Europeans in a big way, then there are no shortcuts and the early conclusions about how to do that can be found here: