Back from his trip to North Korea, Google executive chairman Eric Schmidt has posted a few thoughts on his visit. But far more interesting and revealing was the travelogue from his daughter Sophie, who accompanied him on the trip. Schmidt posted about his visit on his Google+ page, saying North Korean technology is limited, the internet is supervised and that North Korea will find it increasingly difficult to stay isolated, concluding: As the world becomes increasingly connected, the North Korean decision to be virtually isolated is very much going to affect their physical world and their economic growth. It will make it harder for them to catch up economically. We made that alternative very, very clear. Once the internet starts in any country, citizens in that country can certainly build on top of it, but the government has to do one thing: open up the Internet first. They have to make it possible for people to use the Internet, which the government of North Korea … [Read more...] about After North Korea Trip, Eric Schmidts Daughter Outshines Father With Travelogue
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Accompanying a delegation led by former New Mexico Gov. and UN Ambassador Bill Richardson, Google’s Executive Chairman Eric Schmidt arrived earlier this morning in Pyongyang, North Korea. They were there on what was described by Richardson as “a private humanitarian mission.” Richardson posted the following comment about the trip on his website: Governor Bill Richardson will travel to North Korea next week on a private humanitarian mission. The delegation will consist of former New Mexico Governor Bill Richardson, Google Executive Chairman Eric Schmidt, Dr. KA Namkung; Jared Cohen, Director of Google Ideas; as well as some staff members. The US State Department expressed disapproval of the trip. The trip was originally scheduled for December and was postponed once in deference to the State Department’s disapproval. Richardson said that the delegation isn’t representing the US government in any capacity but that he’s seeking … [Read more...] about Googles Schmidt Goes To North Korea But Why?
Have you heard of Digital Sky Technologies (DST)? Chances are that until the last few weeks, you’d never registered the name but you now know there is some connection with Facebook? In fact, Digital Sky Technologies is a Russian Moscow-based investment firm which already owned some 1.96% of Facebook, which it bought for some $200m in 2009, and with the most recent $125m investment it now has a 10% stake in the social network. But if I told you it owned ICQ (all of it) and has stakes in Groupon and Zynga — you might be starting to think that we should all learn some more about Digital Sky’s portfolio: Mail.ru — DST wholly owns this having acquired it in 2006. It is the largest free e-mail service of the Russian web. A London IPO is planned for some time in the near future. Mail.ru also offers a search facility and was once one of the largest search destinations in Russia — although it provided the search facilities via the largest Russian search engine … [Read more...] about How Russian And Chinese Investors Are Dominating The Web Outside North America
China, as the biggest eCommerce market in the world, is a highly exciting prospect for website owners. As well as huge opportunities, there are also great challenges, not least because of the cultural, linguistic and technical differences between the web in China and what internet professionals in the Western hemisphere are used to. As 8 is the Chinese lucky number and superstition plays a strong role in Chinese culture, I would like to use this blog post to share the 8 most important SEO tips for Baidu, WeChat and the other giants of the China Wide Web. This Chinese Checklist for SEO runs down the 8 most important points you need to be aware of when conducting search engine optimization in the Chinese market. 1. Don’t do SEO for transactional search terms – focus on informational keywords Sales don’t usually take place in the online shops of manufacturers or merchants, so you shouldn’t be trying to drive traffic from search engines to your online shop. Chinese … [Read more...] about Postcards from China – 8 SEO Treasures for the World’s Biggest eCommerce Market
Speak to pretty much anyone about SEO and the rhetoric will largely be in regards to the “Big G”. It makes sense. Google has a worryingly large share of the search engine market, especially in Europe and the US, so why would SEOs spend additional time trying to capture traffic from the lesser-used search engines? However, unless you’ve been a conspiracy theory style recluse for the last two decades, you will have noticed that China is a country with a rather large amount of people, and this comes with new opportunities. The Chinese market represents significant opportunity across the board. Admittedly, the opportunities within ultra high growth manufacturing businesses may not be what they were a decade ago but for those willing to make the jump there is the opportunity to tap into one of the world’s largest economies. The problem? The Chinese search market is one of the only places in the world where Google is not King; they’re not even heir apparent … [Read more...] about Baidu SEO: How to optimize for China’s biggest search engine