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Our free click-through in the newsletters of - - - goes to the following websites that were updated during August - CLICK ON THE IMAGES TO VIEW >>>>

August Stats - 7875 Pageviews from 3407 unique visitors.
August's top directories were -


A great way to improve your link popularity which is directly related to your search engine ranking, is to take advantage of our FREE classified advertisement offer. We have "classifieds" on our four town websites ( - - - and they receive an enormous amount of visitors - if you're not there you're missing out!! All you have to do is forward us 25 words about your business - a breeze surely!! Your classified advertisement will be linked to your website and also have an email link on it if requested - was the 4th most visited directory on the site during August!! Take a look at our top ranking town websites >>>>

Does Google have some real competition?

With the recent signing (31 May 2010) of a trade agreement between New Zealand and Russia, it may be of particular interest to New Zealand businesses that Yandex, Russia's most widely used search engine, have announced they are now on the global stage by launching an English language search engine at According to sources at the Moscow Times, this is a move aimed at taking on Google.

The company announced on 10 May that they have been indexing foreign websites and adding global content to their search results for two years now, with a total of 12-15% of all searches on Yandex made using Latin-alphabet based languages.

According to Yandex’s analysts, web users in Russia look for, first and foremost, locally relevant information in their own language, with foreign websites being only an extension to local search results. However, it may happen so that the user wants to receive an answer specifically from a foreign website. Yandex can now satisfy this need in only one click.

Currently, Yandex indexes more than 4 billion pages in languages based on the Latin alphabet, with the majority of these pages being in English. Yandex indexer gives priority, first and foremost, to those pages that offer the answers to the most popular user queries in languages other than Russian.

For those users, who would like to have their foreign search results translated into Russian, Yandex offers an automated translation feature which was launched in December 2009. Currently, Yandex search supports web page translation from English, German, Spanish, Italian and French.

According to analysis from comScore, Yandex sits 7th overall in the number of searches conducted worldwide with a 91% growth from 2008 to 2009. This puts Yandex ahead of sites like Facebook and in the volume of search queries conducted.

Initial feedback appears to be quite positive, with many praising both the quality and design of their search results.

We tested it ourselves by doing a search for “Te Aroha activities” and were pleased to see that ranked *No. 1 out of 14,000 possibilities – CLICK HERE TO VIEW (*search carried out at 10.30pm, Thursday 2 September 2010) search result

Duncan Morris, of the UK-based search marketing agency Distilled, examined search results and asks if it’s “the best search engine in the world.”

“If you like your search engine to have a minimalist homepage, then you’ll love Yandex.

After a very brief play I’m incredibly impressed at the relative lack of spam and the quality of the results that are being returned. Not to mention the fact that there aren’t any ads.

Take for instance a search for “buy viagra online”, a hotbed of all that is bad on the internet. At the time of writing 3 of the top 5 results Google returns are from hacked .edu domains. It’s hard to look at viagra SERPS and not think spam, but Yandex returns the cleanest set of results I’ve seen for such a search.”

Its not clear if Yandex will use the site to compete with Google on a global stage, or if they plan on targeting Russian users searching in other languages. Either way, its another major search engine to keep an eye on.

Below are the top 20 search words and phrases that our visitors are typing into the search engines to find (there were 80 in total used during August and encouraging to see many of the top search strings are directly related to our advertisers, but not good for those businesses are "missing out"):

Top 20 of 80 Total Search Strings
# Hits Search String
1 16 12.21% te aroha
2 10 7.63% te aroha new zealand
3 6 4.58%
4 5 3.82% te aroha holiday park
5 4 3.05% harcourts te aroha
6 3 2.29% homestead mountain view
7 3 2.29% te aroha hospital
8 2 1.53% berlusconi
9 2 1.53% real estate agents te aroha
10 2 1.53% rural town
11 2 1.53% shirley alejandra thomas
12 2 1.53% spa pool
13 2 1.53% te ar-
14 2 1.53% te aroha news
15 2 1.53% te aroha real estate
16 2 1.53% te aroha waterfall
17 2 1.53% tearoha
18 2 1.53%
19 1 0.76% 100 pure n-
20 1 0.76% accom te aroha nz

Site of the Month is Ironique Cafe & Bar - and they receive a free direct click through and feature image from to their website.

Leanne Taylor
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