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Rambler appoints Ex-Yahoo as General Director

Russian search company Rambler has announced the appointment of former Yahoo! Europe chief, Mark Opzoomer, as General Director (CEO). This move is seen by many analysts as a positive step for the search company. While Rambler were the first search … Read More

Russian Yandex introduces conversion tracking

Yandex, the largest of the search engines in Russia have introduced conversion/goal tracking to their engine this week. Site owners can place the JavaScript on their pages and conversions will be listed in their reports for PPC advertisements. The goal … Read More

Contexual advertising in Russia at $110m

According to research carried out by Begun.ru, Rambler and Yandex’s turnover in contexual advertising in 2006 was $110m. The market has risen 2½ times since the 2005 figure of $45m. The turnover of media advertising in 2006 amounted to $100m, … Read More

ICANN U-turn over outdated domains

According to Cnews, plans by ICANN to delete some of the more ‘outdated’ domain extensions in their index have been derailed. They had opened a public discussion in San Paulo with a view to removing these extensions, which ended last … Read More

Yandex reports 2006 profits in Russian market

Yandex, the leading Russian search engine, have announced their preliminary financial results for 2006. Revenue is reported to total $72m (USD), more than double that reported for 2005. “Our internal research indicates that 2006 was the first year that search/context advertising accounted for more than half of Russia’s total online advertising,” – said Arkady Volozh, General Director and co-founder of Yandex. … Read More

New to Russia, Google is struggling

The NY Times is carrying an article on Google’s lack of progress in Russia to date. Like the Chinese market, this is area which is dominated by the local players. “Google promised they would destroy everything, but look at where … Read More

Baidu entering Japanese market

Wall Street Journal is reporting that Baidu plans to enter the Japanese market by 2007. “We carefully studied the Japanese market,” said Mr. Li, who is also Baidu’s chairman. “It’s primarily dominated by two players we are very familiar with. … Read More

Rambler changes ownership in Russia

Rambler [LSE: RMG] has changed ownership this week in a rather dramatic share buy out. Having just sold their TV business ‘Rambler TV’ to Osgora Productions Ltd, a 100% subsidiary of Prof-Media, for US$23m it seems that Prof-Media has come … Read More

Russian Rambler sells TV business

Rambler [LSE: RMG] has decided to sell their TV business ‘Rambler TV’ to Osgora Productions Ltd, a 100 pct subsidiary of Prof-Media, a Russian media holding company for US$23. According to their press release this will allow them to “concentrate … Read More

Russian internet usage at 25%

A new poll by the National Public Opinion centre has concluded that 25% of Russians now use the internet. This is a significant increase on the 19% figure taken 6 months ago. 1/5th of internet users visit forums, watch films … Read More

Online gambling under threat in Russia

This week President Putin introduced a new bill to clamp down on the gambling industry in Russia. The new bill entitled “About the State Regulation of Activities on Gambling” in currently in the project stage and has yet to be … Read More

Home-grown Adsense killer for Russia

The race is on to see which engine will deliver a contextual advertising program for ordinary webmasters in Russia to rival Google. Well it was only this Tuesday when I wrote that, and it seems that race has started in … Read More

Russian Yandex goes after the Long Tail

Yandex, Russia’s leading search engine, has reduced the minimum cost per click from $0.10c to 0.01c (30 kopecks) in their contextual advertising program. This should allow users to start using Yandex more effectively for the PPC long tail, as they … Read More

Personal wealth in Russia to grow at 12%

The Boston Consulting Group has released a report showing that the personal financial wealth of Russians will grow faster than anywhere else on the planet, save India. Buoyed by a flood of cash from oil and gas exports, the value … Read More