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Yahoo! Comes to Ireland (properly)

Posted in: Search Engines by Richard Hearne on October 26, 2007
Internet Marketing Ireland

Hands up if you used Yahoo! in the last 48 hours? Dave? Anybody?

Well if you’re here in Ireland then there’s probably a less than 1 in 10 chance you did. I reckon Google likely has a market share approaching 90% of executed searches on our small island.

Yahoo!’s low market share was in large part due to the fact that the world’s second best known search engine long ago decided that Ireland was better tied to the UK – ‘Yahoo! Uk & Ireland’.

No more it appears, and better still – Assisted Search is now available for Ireland:

Yahoo! Ireland with Assisted Search
Yahoo! Ireland with Assisted Search

That’s yahoo.com from an Irish IP. We also seem to have ie.yahoo.com so we can say goodbye to Yahoo! UK & Ireland.

By the way – Assisted Search is a neat feature that gives you some suggestions and related search queries. You can access it from a drop down below the query box. Try it out – Y! nearly always have the nicest UI features, and haven’t let us down with this interface.

Hopefully it wont take long for Yahoo! central to update their International Page:

Yahoo! International Properties
Yahoo! International Sites

Still showing Yahoo! UK & Ireland but when you click through you’re on the UK property which no longer lets you filter ‘results from Ireland’

Great news IMO.

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  1. It was possible to do a search for pages “in Ireland” previously, but it was a pain, this is much better! Nice spot!

    Comment by Alastair McDermott — October 26, 2007 @ 1:05 pm

  2. Nice Spot indeed! However it still displays UK ads and also when I search Ireland only the results come from http://uk.search.yahoo.com

    Comment by Chris — October 26, 2007 @ 2:55 pm

  3. Chris

    Your on an ITV IP – I think they see you as being in N. Ireland.

    It seems to be heavily geo-targeted, and I was unable to find an easy way to remove my country location. I’m sure there’s a way though.


    @AMD – where’s the announcement?

    Comment by Richard Hearne — October 26, 2007 @ 4:20 pm

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  5. I think it always got my goat that they lumped Ireland in with the UK. Not that Yahoo are alone in doing that. I’m constantly having to pick the UK as my region, but I guess 4 million people doesn’t count for a lot.

    So does this mean you could get a somebody@yahoo.ie now?

    Comment by Alex Leonard — November 9, 2007 @ 12:05 am

  6. Not sure Alex – doubt it though.


    Comment by Richard Hearne — November 9, 2007 @ 9:57 am

  7. You could get somebody@yahoo.ie for ages. I have mine for over a year now.

    Comment by Paul — December 29, 2007 @ 7:57 pm

  8. Hi Paul

    Yahoo! recently released Irish web search, I have no idea about @yahoo.ie email. I’m pretty sure they weren’t serving Irish web search before recently though.


    Comment by Richard Hearne — December 30, 2007 @ 3:32 am

  9. Yahoo! Ireland is now its own separate page at http://www.yahoo.ie. E-mails with a yahoo.ie domain are available for free at yahoo.com. Yahoo! Ireland allows users to continue to search for Irish and international websites. Focus on Irish news and entertainment plus much more. Check out the new look Yahoo! Ireland logo and website at http://www.yahoo.ie from September 2009.

    The Yahoo! UK website will still serve some pages for Yahoo! Ireland until we complete a full rebrand soon.

    Comment by Dave (Yahoo! Ireland) — September 24, 2009 @ 4:19 pm

  10. Hey Dave

    Thanks for that. Interesting. I’ll take a look and maybe write something up. What’s the deal though when you start serving up Bing results?

    Thanks for dropping by, rgds

    Comment by Richard Hearne — September 25, 2009 @ 9:23 am

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