Global - Reference - Business - Portals and Search Engines


Archived report: this report was archived in September 2006 and has not been updated. Portals were initially seen as having great potential in the late 1990s, and the first portals were sold to larger operators for huge sums. However the prices paid had little to do with the profitability of the portals. Subsequent events have shown a decrease in usage and profitability, and several operators have failed. While portals have a place, most current services are missing the market. Most portals are broadly built and are often very shallow, especially those from the existing media companies. Internet users are increasingly looking for very narrow but deep information, and are learning where to find it themselves.

Table of Contents

  • 1. Synopsis
  • 2. Related reports
  • 3. Portals ain’t portals
  • 4. The fall and rise of the portal
  • 5. Portal Models
    • 5.1 Gatekeepers model
    • 5.2 Money generating Internet site model
    • 5.3 Advertising model
    • 5.4 Search and advice models
    • 5.5 Vertical portals from content providers
  • 6. Our own experiences
  • 7. Browsers
    • 7.1 Growth of Mozilla
      • 7.1.1 Firefox upsetting the status quo
    • 7.2 Statistics from 2005
  • 8. Search engines
    • 8.1 Introduction
    • 8.2 Types of search engines
    • 8.3 A threat to Google?
    • 8.4 Google expanding its service
      • 8.4.1 OpenOffice
      • 8.4.2 Google Analytics
      • 8.4.3 Google Earth
      • 8.4.4 Google Print
    • 8.5 Yahoo! also looking outside the box
    • 8.6 Statistical reports from 2005
      • 8.6.1 US market shares
      • 8.6.2 Paid-search advertising
    • 8.7 Reports from 2004
      • 8.7.1 US findings
      • 8.7.2 Global findings
  • 9. Intelligent agent (Knowbots)
  • Table 1 – US browser market shares – early 2005
  • Table 2 – How people find Websites
  • Table 3 – Major search engine shares in the US – 2004 - 2005
  • Table 4 – Global advertising revenues for selected portals – 2003 – 2004
  • Table 5 – Most used search engines by US adult Internet users – June 2004
  • Table 6 – Global search engine market share – 2003 and 2004
  • Exhibit 1 – What are Intelligent Agents?

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Number of pages: 11

Status: Archived

Last update: 15 September 2006
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Analyst: Kylie Wansink

NOTE: This report has been archived

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