Web Sites that help you doing business in China

By , April 20, 2019 7:13 am

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In this article, we will talk about different web sites that are useful when doing business in China, includes search engine, business directories and some other websites.

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In this article, we will talk about different web sites that are useful when doing business in China, includes search engine, business directories and some other websites.

According to latest research made in fourth quarter 2005, there are over 100 million Internet users in China. (China rank second just after U.S.) However, it just covers 7.9% of the population. More important is that 63% of these Internet users have performed online purchase. Over the past ten years, the growth rate of Internet user is 300%. We can expect that the online market in China have enormous potential.

First We will introduce different search engines in China and Hong Kong. (Hong Kong is always the gateway for your business to get into China, so we will get it in count). If you want to get your website be searched by 100 million Internet users, you’d better make submission to the following search engines. Most of these search engines welcome website in English too. It’s much better if you have your website in Chinese.

You may find difficulties in submission to some of the websites if you can’t read Chinese. You can try to email the web master about your site and leave them the related info, likes URL, site title, description, email address, etc. And you can submit to the Google & Yahoo directory first as some of the search engines will follow these two big players and crawled your website.

Baidu

Baidu is China’s Google. It is the most popular search engine in China. To submit website to Baidu, click below:

http://www.baidu.com/

Netease

Netease is another big search engine in China. Similar to Yahoo, it provides search engine and portals with different nformation/services.

http://www.163.com/

Sina

Sina.com is targeted to serve the Chinese community, include China, Taiwan, and Hong Kong. It has different portal for different areas. Sina.com provides large number of services; include directories, search engine, blog, chatroom, etc.

http://www.sina.com.cn/

Sohu

Sohu.com provides similar services as Sina.com. It has over 100 million registered users and has 250 million pages viewed daily.

http://www.sohu.com/

Timway

Timway is a Hong Kong based search engine. It also provides searching services to other Hong Kong’s portal.

http://www.timway.com.hk/

Google China/Hong Kong

http://www.google.cn/

http://www.google.com.hk/

Yahoo China/Hong Kong

http://chinese.yahoo.com/

http://www.yahoo.com.hk/

To do business in China, you need to work with some business partners. You can locate your buyers/suppliers thought the business directories. If you just send emails to ask for co-operation, you may suffer with Spam. You need to find reliable partners to work with and get rid of those fake partners. Here we list some famous business directories/portal, which can help you find your buyers/suppliers in China.

Alibaba

Famous Manufactures/Suppliers/Exporters/Importers Directories, you can find all your business needs here.

http://www.alibaba.com/

ChinaBig

It formed by China Union, PCCW Limited, R.H.Donnelley and INFOSPACE. It provides yellow page services and you can find different categorized company information, selling leads and buying leads.

http://www.chinabig.com/

Hong Kong Trade Development Council

TDC provides different business information, includes sourcing guide, business matching, market information and trade events. The sourcing guide covers China, Hong Kong and Taiwan and is one of the biggest sourcing guides in the region. tdctrade.com also provides news about Hong Kong business economy and China trade. It provides different languages support, include English, Chinese, Japanese, Deutsch, Francois, more.

http://www.tdctrade.com/

Directory of Chinese Suppliers

It’s an English directory listed over 250,000 Chinese suppliers in 30 categories.

http://www.chinese-suppliers-directory.com/

China Supplier Directory

It’s another directory, which lists China Suppliers. The directory is well organized. You can find details company information; include company background, address, and contacts.

http://www.tradebig.com/

China Business Directory

It is a business directory but with over 170,000 Chinese companies listed in English.

http://www.chinainfo.org/

Of course, doing business in China, you need to know their law, culture and working style first before getting in. You may find following website useful.

This HSBS webpage covers different topics in doing business in China. It talks about how to setup different type of business entities in China. It also has a section to discuss the taxation, include corporate tax, personal income tax and indirect taxes. You need to understand the legal system to run your company better. The HSBC webpage provides introduction on the advertising law and labour law.

http://www.hsbc.com.hk/hk/commercial/chinabiz/default.htm

In this China-Window.com website, you can find a lot of business culture and tips. You can know how to addressing Chinese. You can know how to handle business gift-giving issues in China. You can understand how important of business networks in China. You are advised to explore the website if you want to have a deep understanding on the business culture in China.

http://www.china-window.com/china_business/doing_business_in_china/index.shtml

This is an Extract from Guide to Doing Business in China. Though it is dated as November 2004, it is a good reference. It talks about foreign investment management, import/export, taxation, foreign exchange, finance and account, staff recruitment, etc.

http://www.tdctrade.com/chinaguide/

ChinaToday.com provides general information about China. It provides information about trade & investment, cities, entertainment, travel and weather. You can find all the basic information over there.

http://www.chinatoday.com/

Why Order Flowers Online?

By , April 16, 2019 6:20 am

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The best way to a man’s heart maybe through his stomach but for any woman, flowers will do. Any person who wants to impress a woman for any reason at all should send her flowers. Research shows that ninety two of one hundred women respondents were able to remember the times when they were given flowers.

The fact that almost all women would love to receive flowers has been stated over and over again but the male species have remained helpless when choosing gifts for the wom…

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The best way to a man’s heart maybe through his stomach but for any woman, flowers will do. Any person who wants to impress a woman for any reason at all should send her flowers. Research shows that ninety two of one hundred women respondents were able to remember the times when they were given flowers.

The fact that almost all women would love to receive flowers has been stated over and over again but the male species have remained helpless when choosing gifts for the women in their loves. There is no doubt about it, women of all ages and professions love flowers and they will certainly feel good about anyone who can give them flowers no matter what the occasion is.

Flowers come in all shapes and sizes and anyone can choose from a variety of flowers depending on their budget. Non-expensive flowers are commonly available in flower shops but their recipients will definitely feel no less than special when receiving those flowers.

The more expensive flower arrangements will definitely impress the receiver but always remember that it is not the price of the flower that counts but the act and the though of giving the flowers.

Traditionally, flowers were only available in flower shops and supermarkets. However, the increasing demand for flowers as well as the popularity of the Internet has resulted to the existence of flower shops and websites selling flowers online.

Occasions like birthdays, Valentine’s, Christmas and other special events should no longer be a cause of worry for people who are apart from their loved ones because they can easily buy flowers online and have them sent to their loved ones wherever they may be.

Imagine a husband based in Norway. He and his wife are about to celebrate their wedding anniversary but he cannot be with her in Hawaii so to make up for the temporary separation during their special day, he orders flowers online and sends them to his wife in Hawaii who will receive the flowers fresh on the date of their anniversary.

However, people no longer have to wait for any special event before sending flowers to the women in their lives. Ordering flowers online is very easy and anyone with access to the Internet and who has a credit card can do just that.

Bring sunshine to the life of special women by sending them flowers. It can be your mother, daughter, sister, teacher—whoever they area, just send them flowers and you will be able to make them happy. The availability of flowers online has made many things possible including bringing a smile to every woman’s face. From now on, being busy at work will no longer be a valid reason for missing out on any occasion.

Selling on ebay? Find a reliable wholesaler. For free.

By , April 12, 2019 4:47 am

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Fed up with spending money on ‘wholesaler’ listings that are not what they appear to be? In this article you’ll find the easiest ways to find a wholesaler you can trust, without spending a penny.

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If you want to make money selling on ebay, you should look at finding yourself a wholesaler in the field you are selling in. A wholesaler is the ‘bridge’ between the manufacturer and the retailer. Quite often the manufacturer doesn’t want to deal with individual retailers because of they may only sell hundreds of their product, whereas the wholesaler can sell thousands. Because of this, they only mark up their prices probably around 15%.

Wholesalers have only recently found the power of the internet, with more and more are shifting from having just an online prescence to having a full e-commerce site. And that’s good news for the retailer.

Due to the nature of the wholesaler, they won’t deal with end consumers, and only deal with ‘traders’, but that doesn’t mean they won’t deal with you. Provided you are going to be buying in bulk, in general the wholesaler will sell to you. Being a trader simply means you’re not going to keep the products you buy. If you’re selling on ebay as a hobby that still means you’re a trader. You don’t need to set up a company, the same way you don’t need to when you sell at car boot sales.

So now you know what a wholesaler is, how do you go about finding one. Buy a wholesaler list from ebay, right? Wrong! Those lists may contain thousands of companies, but accurate are they? In my experience, not very. Out of interest I bought a list, and 90% of the wholesalers listed aren’t in the country you’re interested in. Very few had websites, and some just had mobile phone numbers as the contact, which were not in service. Don’t waste your money. They are out of date as soon as they are put on the cd, or in the PDF.

You have a couple of options. The simplest is to pick up the Yellow Pages (or visit Yell.com). You’ll be suprised how many there are on your doorstep. Just pay them a visit explaining that you’re starting to sell online. Some do require letterheads etc, but many don’t. All it takes is a visit to find out.

The other way is to visit a trader directory website. There are a few on the net, but most of them require you to pay to see the wholesalers listed. I think this is backwards. It’s like asking you to pay every month for the use of the Yellow Pages. The right way to do it is to have free access, but if any payment is required, it should be from the advertiser. There is another benefit to the advertiser/wholesaler too, and that’s their page ranking. Search engines look at how many other sites are linking to their site, and more specifically, sites that are related (by theme/topic etc) to each other. Having similar sites linking will improve the page ranking of those sites, which will make them appear higher in search engines. But I digress.

When you find a wholesaler, visit his site. If he’s in the UK, he needs to have a contact name, address and number on their site (as required by section 4 of the Business Names Act, 1985). If they are a registered company, their company number needs to be visible also. You can use this to check how long the company has been in business and their registered address. Give them a call and have a chat. If they’re legit then they’ll welcome the call and quite happily answer any questions.

Check the terms and conditions. Because they sell in bulk, there may be a minimum order quantity for individual items, or a minumum order value. This can be as little as ?0 or as much as ?000.

You may need to register to see the wholesale prices. This shouldn’t pose a problem. Once you’ve got the prices, compare them to similar items on ebay to see what kinds of profit you can make. I’ve found prices for the same item can vary quite dramatically between wholesalers. This is because wholesalers get discounts from the manufacturer depending on the amount they can sell. The more they sell, the bigger the discount.

Build up a good relationship with them if possible. Some online wholesalers are very friendly and offer what feels like a personal service. If you are regular, they may provide an even higher level of service.

When Linking Create Powerful Anchor And Descriptive Text

By , April 8, 2019 3:26 am

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A link is essentially a free advertisement on someone else’s site pointing back to yours. So when submitting your link information, write it like a well-thought-out advertisement. Here are some guidelines.

1. Give your link text some length — at least two sentences. If all “link pages” consisted of a short paragraph or two instead of five or six words, these link pages would have “content” and be more valuable. Most webmasters want substance (content) instead of one or tw…

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A link is essentially a free advertisement on someone else’s site pointing back to yours. So when submitting your link information, write it like a well-thought-out advertisement. Here are some guidelines.

1. Give your link text some length — at least two sentences. If all “link pages” consisted of a short paragraph or two instead of five or six words, these link pages would have “content” and be more valuable. Most webmasters want substance (content) instead of one or two word descriptions. This will also make your listing stand out from the crowd.

2. Pack your link text with your most important keywords. You don’t have to “hype” you site. Just pack your description with your most important information. This is called creating a keyword-rich “context”.

3. Make sure your “anchor text” includes your most important keyword. The search engines considers this important because the text that is linked is an indicator of the theme of the site being pointed to. Each time a site is pointed to with a link that says “golden retrievers” that site’s importance as a “golden retriever” site is reinforced. See the examples at the end of this post.

4. Create more than one version of this link text. A long one should be roughly 200 characters. A short one might be less than 100 characters. Having two or three different versions and lengths of your link text ready to go will make your life a lot easier when it comes to actually placing your links.

5. Mix up your anchor text. If you are doing some serious link work, trying to create hundreds, even thousands of inbound links, don’t use the same anchor text all the time. The Search Engines may interpret repetition of the same link patterns as “unnatural” and manipulative. So use different versions of your anchor text and create different link text “contexts”.

Concentrate on building keyword-rich contexts in which your subject matter is clearly stated and your links can be clearly associated with the subject matter that is most “relevant” to your site. This is the best way to insure they will create an impact.

Yahoo To Prohibit Competitive Keyword Bids Containing Trademarks

By , April 4, 2019 3:12 am

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Yahoo Search Marketing (searchmarketing.yahoo.com) has recently announced its advertisers of a new policy to be implemented as of March 1st 2006, concerning the use of trademarks within their products and services *.

Under the new policy, no reference to a trademark can be made (except for ads placed by the trademark owners themselves, obviously), and consequently no bids can be make for keywords containing such trademarks. Exceptions refer to usage of trademarks in non-co…

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Yahoo Search Marketing (searchmarketing.yahoo.com) has recently announced its advertisers of a new policy to be implemented as of March 1st 2006, concerning the use of trademarks within their products and services *.

Under the new policy, no reference to a trademark can be made (except for ads placed by the trademark owners themselves, obviously), and consequently no bids can be make for keywords containing such trademarks. Exceptions refer to usage of trademarks in non-competitive ads, such as those made by re-sellers, or in informative (and still non-competitive) ads.

The previous policy allowed references to competitors’ trademarks and comparisons as long as they were “objective and informative” – the formulation makes me cringe, as it is clearly troublesome trying to evaluate one’s objectivity when speaking of business competitors. As for the “informative” side of it?the probability for someone to actually PAY for an ad to be informative of someone else’s product/service, that’s as believable just like the existence of Santa Claus.

It is really good to see Yahoo making a big step forward in regulating abuse and misuse of trademarks, even though that probably translates in some revenue loss for them, by having certain advertisers migrate to a “friendlier” place such as Google. According to Google’s policies, “[…] advertisers may select trademarked terms as keywords or use them in the content of the ad. As a provider of space for advertisements, Google is not in a position to arbitrate trademark disputes between advertisers and trademark owners. As stated in our Terms and Conditions, advertisers are responsible for the keywords and ad text that they choose to use. Accordingly, Google encourages trademark owners to resolve their disputes directly with the advertiser, particularly because the advertiser may have similar ads on other sites. However, as a courtesy to trademark owners, Google is willing to perform a limited investigation of reasonable complaints.”

The question is why would Yahoo change its policies and apparently offer Google an even bigger bite from the SEM cake? It is way too early to say now, and their official explanation is not entirely believable: Yahoo states to have had the users’ best interest in mind, by providing them with a better experience when searching terms that contain trademarks. Though this would make a laudable initiative with a good PR potential, experts know the search market is driven by large publishers and advertisers and not by the little surfing guys. Numerous speculations can be made: threats of large legal actions from trademark owners, pressure from certain groups of interests are among the most vehiculated ones.

However, a more plausible one is that Yahoo makes preparations for a much larger scale movement destined to influence the market in a manner we cannot anticipate just yet.

Until further industry news, there’s one thing to rejoice: from now on, no “better than Botox” ads on Yahoo and their partner sites!

* – the products and services covered by the new policy are: Sponsored Search, Local Advertising, Search Submit, Product Submit, Travel Submit and Directory Submit.

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