Monday, March 26, 2007

Baidu and Google Gained in 06

From iResearch: Baidu and Google gained in Chinese search market in 06

Total search market reached 1.39 billion yuan in 06 in the Chinese search market. It was up 47% over 2005.

Baidu's share reached 55.2% and replaced Yahoo as number one player in the search market. Google also moved up to number two position with 21.7%. Yahoo has fallen to a distant number three with only 7.2% market share. Baidu had a very strong second half which helped move it up to the top position.

After formally entering the Chinese market in 2005, Google has gained market position year after year. It's market share has moved up from only 2.1% in 2003 to 21.7% last year. It's ranking also moved from number five in 2003, to number three in 2005, and number two in 2006.

Reference in Chinese

Baidu is Googling no more?

In the past, Baidu has done a wonderful job at imitating Google.

Great Chinese search and clean Google-like home page has jump started Baidu and made it a superstar in the world of search.

Now, for the money, seems Baidu is abandoning what it's been doing great. At a time, when Google is reducing amount of ads in exchange for better user experience, Baidu is putting ads on its image search home page.

Frankly, I don't think Baidu is heading the right direction.

Saturday, March 17, 2007

March Madness: Amazon kills Microsoft Live

Breaking News: Amazon ditches Microsoft Live

In a shocking turn of event, Amazon has ditched Microsoft Live search and switched back to Google as A9's search provider.

Amazon has been the only major adopter of Microsoft's Live Search.

Search on Amazon's A9 now showing results "enhanced by google".

Now, Baidu is the other lonely Microsoft search partner. Wait a minute, it is the other way around. Baidu search results are being displaced on MSN search in Chinese :)