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 canâ€™t beat â€˜em, buy â€˜em. Search engine web site Ask.com has completed their purchase of the company that owns Dictionary.com and Thesaurus.com â€“ two of the most widely used reference web sites in the world. The cash-only deal automatically increased Ask.comâ€™s traffic by 11 percent to 145 million visitors monthly, securing Ask.comâ€™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 â€œyouâ€™ve got to be kiddingâ€ file:
Donâ€™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!