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Friday, August 26, 2005

 
As you may know, I run the #1 Country search engines listings pages on the net (as defined by the major search engine rankings) at Country search engines and Regional Search Engines and I try and keep it up to date. I've recently been going through and weeding out those engines that no longer work, and since February 05 over 300 of these country based search engines have ceased working.

This is in part because some of the major companies that used to run country or regional search engines have disappeared (such as Woyaaonline and Disini), and I estimate that up to about 70% can be accounted for because of that. Of the rest about 40% were new start up engines which clearly didn't make the grade.

This has unfortunately left a number of countries without any search engine presence at all, or with only one or two engines covering them.

If you're interested, visit the pages - you can see those that are no longer operative; I've marked them "(no response 26/08/05)" in the vain hope that some bad links may be just a glitch in the system, but I'm not hopeful.

So, while the big search engines continue their march towards world domination an increasing number of the smaller ones are disappearing at an alarming rate.

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