Tuesday, April 3, 2007

Submit Your Website's URL To Chinese Search Engines

Submit Your Website's URL To Chinese Search Engines

by: David Carnes

It is certainly true that the Internet is dominated by the Englsih language – it has been estimated that 75% of all Internet pages worldwide are written in English. But surprise, surprise, the world’s No. 1 language in terms of number of native speakers is also the most difficult to read – Chinese, with about three times as many native speakers (and readers) as English. China has the second greatest number of Internet users in the world, behind only the United States, and its Internet market is one of the world’s fastest-growing. Furthermore, its buoyant economy is impossible to ignore. Every year millions are added to its relatively affluent middle class.

You’d be surprised at how many Chinese can read English – they are small in proportion to total population, but large in number. You might also be surprised at how many Chinese yuppies (“Chuppies”) carry Visa and Mastercard.

Do you have a product that might sell well in China? That’s a difficult question to answer, but as a one-sentence primer: affluent Chinese gravitate towards any product with name-brand appeal, snob appeal, or that is closely associated with the United States (sarcastically dubbed the “Mickey Mouse Syndrome” by envious economic rivals). If you are going global, you cannot afford to ignore China. And if your business has a website, it should be searchable in China.

Following are the URLs for site submission to ten Chinese search engines. The sites are all written in Chinese, but if you can get past the language barrier, anything is possible…

Top 10 Chinese Search Engines

1. Baidu: Submid URL to Baidu

2. Sina: Add URL to Sina

3. Sohu: Submit URL to Sohu

4. Yahoo China: Yahoo China

5. Google China: Google China

6. Sobao: Sobao

7. Tianwang: Tianwang

8. China-Holiday: China Holiday

9. Wangluobing: Wangluobing

10. Sunwukong: Sunwukong

The first six of the foregoing are major players, but the rest are marginal and may well be out of business by the time you read this (then again, you never know…).

Happy hunting!

About The Author
David A. Carnes is a California attorney working for California Industrial City in Zhengzhou, China. His website, China Company Startup Guide, offers free, step-by-step information on how to establish a business presence in China.

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