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We're putting the two questions to you folks.
1. Do you want to know about SE:s in places like China, Japan, Australia, India and others?
2. Are you from there and prepared to share your knowledge?
I'd like to add to Rencke's call for those from there to speak up and contribute. Just because you may view a directory or SE as a fledgling by comparison to AV in the US, doesn't mean it isn't going to be THE place to be when online in your quadrant.
Running english language Asian sites, we usually use English search engines, both in the US/European and local national based engines, though the former is far more, mainly due to the comprehensiveness of those Search Engines.
Not sure how much I can help with Asian search engines, but can help on a variety of things re promoting Asian- related content to the whole worls as distinct from Asian populations specifically.
Apart from the fact that "Asia Pacific Forum" has got 3 of the terms from our own site name I will certainly try to help and learn from this type of forum if it is launched!
I have been successfully marketing sightseeing and golf tours to the Japanese through Internet for more than six years and I am prepared to help with anything relating to Japanese search engines.
When I decided to use the Internet for marketing to Japanese, in their language, no-one knew anything about it in Australia. I was in virgin territory and had to learn by trial and error. The experience gained has been very beneficial to the success and continued growth of my Inbound Tour business.
Japan has really taken to the Internet in a big way and it is the top country for visits to my website.
BTW: The top ten search engines used by visitors to my site are
Hong Kong 1,9
New Zealand 1,3
South Korea 15,3
The total for Asia, Australia and the Pacific is 87,6 million users of which 86,0 live in the above countries. By comparison, Europe has 110 million users, USA & Canada 157,3 million and Latin America 13,3 million.
That gives a good starter set of posts for people to work with and feel encouraged to do some posting. That doesn't always work (excite forum), but sometimes it works good. Other forums are often created just so we have a slot for them (commercial exchange). There are also times (hopefully this is one) where just putting up the forum on the subject is enough to encourage people.
Often the Webmaster General, Search Engine Promotion, and FOO forums are incubators for new forums. After it is clear we need a new forum - I go in and raid posts out of the other ones on the subject. (like we did with Domains, Keywords, Excite, and Euro engines).
I would love to see a forum on Asia, Aus, and the general pacific rim countries. We certainly are growing in regulars from that side of the ocean and I really really want to persue the whole "world" theme we have going here.
There is also serious consideration given to how many active forums we can have going at once. It is critical to me to keep the home page as small as possible.
I will give it some more thought over the weekend, but I am very encouraged by how many people have expressed interest.
Thanks for supporting us.
I am ready to help with whatever knowledge I have for the better of this community.