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" Businesses using paid inclusion pay a fee to have their Web pages frequently reviewed by a search engine's Web crawler for inclusion in its index, ensuring that the most dynamic content on their Web sites is incorporated. The company said it plans to further enhance the paid inclusion products currently offered by FAST and AltaVista and intends to provide its advertisers with the benefits of consolidated reporting, billing, and a single interface for campaign management for both paid placement and paid inclusion products."
press release [corporate-ir.net]
This was a very nice email stating the sale while specifying the assets sold. He also stated the likelyhood of our continuing to work with the same people we have been working with just as Overture employees now.
I thought that was very professionl of him to do and should be interesting to see how this all plays out yet.
I could see M$FT buying the FasTure conglomerate now, as others have suggested, but smaller purchases might come first. (Looksmart, etc.)
Just my two cents, I love this industry. :)
Google does have that "we're not in it for money, we're in it to provide YOU with good results" type message - and the public is buying that message and it's a HUGE part of it's attraction. If MS buys Google, that message goes BYE BYE and Google takes an INSTANT hit in popularity.
There are some more web search technology properties out there - some that haven't even been mentioned (can anyone say Almaden?). Overture is a good match for MS, too as they both are "bottom line" oriented companies. I think Overture might have a bit of overinflated value for the next few months, though with these two big aquisitions. I still think we're looking at a little bit of time before MS makes any big announcement.
Hmmm ... how many PC users flame about their system? Do they change the system? Nope. I'm not too sure if such a deal would give it a instant hit in popularity.
>an anyone say Almaden
I'm awaiting them since years. I guess, IBM has other problems and visions ...
AltaVista - Expires May 2003
Netscape Premier Provider and AOL Europe
Terra Lycos - November 2003
MSN Panel on Microsoft?s Internet Explorer + msn.com
(Excite, Dogpile and Webcrawler)
I think the latest moves are a defensive measure, they tried to attck the search space bg and failed
If everyone stop partner with Overture, then we can only see overture ads appearing in AV and ATW. LOL.
It's buyout fever!
ASK JEEVES INC (NasdaqNM:ASKJ)
They are ecpected to have combined revenues for 2004 of around 125m.
LOOK will have revenues of around 150m in 2003.
It now appears LOOK is ripe for a buyout but the question is who?
MSN look most likely and LOOK has been developing Wisenut for over 12 months in consultation with MSN.
Sure has woken this sector up and with INKT,AV and now FAST all gone in the space of 1 month......
Expect to see ASKJ go shortly too.
Leaving only LOOK and OVER really the only two serving paid inclusion results.
Google and the IPO have just hit the wall and Google would have to be in a great deal of trouble as it is being edged out of any partnerships and is not ready to go as a stand alone which it was positioning to do.
Google is the BIG loser here..........
Now if one of those big three does something stupid causing themselves to lose their users, then thats another story.
I see this OV conglomerate (I like the OAF acronym!) as be a major player for all of the second-tier contract search opportunities (e.g. ISPs, newsites, etc.). Their language technology gives them an edge in non-US market as well, which are big opportunties over the next 5 years.
But for the next 2 years or so in the US, it probably won't affect me much.
We'll see though. No need to call me an idiot here for suggesting Y! will go with OV - I've heard it all before. :)