Baidu is often referred to as the Chinese Google, and while its respective dominance in its market is similar to Google's, this can lead to the misconception that the two search engines differ only in name and region.
This is of course not the case. Baidu is a completely different search engine to Google, with different values and ranking factors.
Read on to find out my seven on-page tips for Baidu SEO, or for more information on this topic download Econsultancy's Baidu Search Best Practice Guide.
Last month we looked at 2013’s UK edition of Google’s Zeitgeist which always proves an interesting overview of the most popular trends in our search behaviour over the year.
But as China gears up to celebrate the start of its new year, let’s turn to Baidu to see how search habits in the east might compare.
These stats and trends, as well as a wealth of Christmas ecommerce data can be found in the latest edition of our Internet Statistics Compendium.
Covario has just issued its Global Paid Search Spend Analysis for Q4 2013, revealing that global spend on pay-per-click (PPC) advertising has increased by 13% from Q3 and 7% year-on-year.
Paid search on mobile also had an incredible 2013, with impressive numbers recorded for Android, iPhone and iPad activations. Total advertising spend on mobile grew 23% in Q4 2013 from Q3. This is 55% up from the same period in 2012.
Keyword pricing wise, the average cost-per-click (CPC) came down in Q4 2013, however the average CPC rose 10% versus the same period in 2012.
International SEO is a complex challenge for digital marketers due to the intricacies of local languages and customs.
Unfortunately it's not enough to assume that UK companies can expand into Latin America simply by translating their content into Spanish and Portuguese.
Luckily there are some free online tools available to make the task slightly simpler and automate some parts of the process.
Here at Econsultancy, we’ve covered the search engine Baidu on our blog before through one of our guest bloggers Eddie Choi.
With around 600 million internet users and an economy that despite the slowdown continues to strengthen, China represents a huge potential market for companies willing to invest there.
However, there are differences in best practice between search marketing in China and for the rest of the world. To cover that, we’ve just launched the Baidu Search Best Practice Guide in association with China Search International.
As a preview, here are four tips to whet your appetite…
One UK chippy has caused quite a stir among Chinese tourists. The owner Robert Savvides was baffled by the influx of Chinese people for a couple of years until he realised that the power of international SEO can aid many small UK businesses.
An interesting news feature emerged on the BBC News website last week.
It’s a quaint story about a sea-facing Brighton chippy enjoying an influx of Chinese diners...
What do censorship and surveillance programmes look for? What can this tell us about internet usage in China?
Can we contrast with the perceived surveillance state of the West? What are the implications for a company in the Chinese market?
Unsurprisingly, there are lots of questions still to be answered about the state of the internet in China.
First Monday has this month published a very interesting paper, presenting an analysis of data from a year and a half tracking the censorship and surveillance keyword lists of two instant messaging (IM) programs used in China.
I thought it would be useful to sum up what Crandall et al. found, so you don’t have to read the whole thing. Although this study looks at IM clients, there are certainly findings that can be extrapolated across public services, such as Baidu and Sina Weibo.
Taobao is China’s largest online shopping platform and today is its 10th birthday, so what better way to commemorate the occasion than an infographic?
According to the stats, in 2013 the Chinese are expected to spend more than £177 billion shopping online making it the world’s largest ecommerce market.
And despite the fact that internet penetration is just 40% in China, the country’s online population is still 242 million people.
For more information on this topic check out our Digital Market Landscape Report which focuses on the emerging market in China, or read our interview with Net Media Planet on how European businesses should approach paid search in the country.
The value of online transactions in China reached $190 billion in 2012 and the country is predicted to overtake the US as the world’s largest ecommerce market at some point this year.
So it’s no surprise that European businesses are eager to try and break into the marketplace.
As with any ecommerce market, search is a vital source of building brand awareness and attracting traffic in China. This means you have to optimise your site for Baidu which has around 83% market share.
Baidu recently signed a deal with CharmClick that gives the company exclusive rights as a resale agent in Europe, which subsequently partnered with Net Media Planet for Baidu ad sales in the UK and Ireland.
I can’t take too much credit for this latest blog post. It’s actually mainly down to my Channel Digital colleague Peter Graves and relates to his experiences with the internet during a recent trip to China.
I think it’s an interesting topic given the growth of the internet in China and the controversy that exists around the great firewall, the level of collaboration between Google and the general online landscape in that part of the world.
In particular, Pete was able to gain a hands on view of the actual internet browsing experience within China and how this compares with what we’ve become used to in the UK and indeed the majority of the “west”.
I’ll let Pete take up the story from here.