Weekly Ecommerce News Wrap-up

By | July 4, 2008

TGIF and Happy July 4th Weekend to everyone in the U.S.!  Here are a few of the ecommerce and Internet marketing headlines that caught my attention over the past few days:

If you can’t beat ‘em, buy ‘em.  Search engine web site Ask.com has completed their purchase of the company that owns Dictionary.com and Thesaurus.com – two of the most widely used reference web sites in the world.  The cash-only deal automatically increased Ask.com’s traffic by 11 percent to 145 million visitors monthly, securing Ask.com’s place as the 9th largest web property in the world.

Playing with the big dogs.  Business Week is carrying an excellent feature story this week about how small home-based businesses are using international outsourcing to strengthen their foothold in the e-commerce marketplace.  By outsourcing his web site design, New York based auto dealer Tehrani found a Brazil-based firm to handle the work for him, why a couple in Massachusetts has folks around the world working on graphic design and e-commerce marketing materials.

And finally, one for the “you’ve got to be kidding” file:

Don’t try this at home.  The infant child of two would-be jokesters in New Zealand has been returned home after being seized when it was discovered that his parents tried to sell him on Ebay. [full story]

Have a great weekend everyone!  See you on Monday!

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