Baidu eyes Japan some more

September 1, 2007

Baidu is sort of in Japan already, and is going into Japan a bit more.  I suppose its better than going for Europe.

 Japan is one of the few internet markets where Yahoo! is dominated.


More on Yahoo’s trouble in China

August 13, 2007

Of all papers the Taipei Times has an editorial about the Shi Tao case.

Yahoo in more trouble

August 8, 2007

The Yahoo case, where Yahoo has been accused of leaking details to the Chinese government that imprisoned a dissident journalist, is coming back into sight as the US Congress starts asking questions again.  And Yahoo don’t even own their China operation, now is that the impression they were giving their investors.

China Search Ads on Webmaster Radio

July 10, 2007

James Spencer of China Search Ads will be interviewed on on Thursday 12 July Thursday 5pm Eastern Standard Time, 10pm in the UK.  For other times see

He talks about Baidu, why Google’s not doing well, online payment, what the Chinese online market is like and even a bit about Alibaba.

Search Engine Strategies China Conference

July 10, 2007

Here are some reflections on the China Search Engine Strategies conference from Chris Sherman in Search Engine Land.  Some very bullish statements about the growth of the internet, such as “Ignore China, and you’re ignoring what will inevitably become a—if not the— dominant force in the global online marketplace in the very near future.”

Couldn’t agree more. 

However the article comes into it’s own with the observations on the Chinese search market – such as the amount of small advertisers in attendance (as opposed to the agencies and affiliates that tend to dominate the Western equivalents).

 There’s also a lot on Yahoo and their optimism in China.

Internet Censorship – Bait and Switch

July 9, 2007

The Guardian hosts an old article about Internet censorship, which focuses on China.  There is an interesting bait and switch.  The author talks about Yahoo giving information to Chinese state security used to imprison a dissident – and then condemns Google.  Google’s crime, it seems, is doing any business in China.

At the moment it seems that shareholders and governments are accepting the brute commercial logic that it is not a private company’s business to interfere in another country’s government – but will this last?

Ironically this sort of pressure is most likely to help Baidu and other Chinese search engines that are based in China.