If just using Baidu as a search engine or advertising platform one should consider that Baidu’s top search results are mainly resulted because they were paid promotional ads SEM, they will not be so clearly separated as on Google or other international search engines . some organic results will be mixed between paid ones, but mostly not in the top results and also often not so relevant, depending on the used Keywords.
In china located consumers and Chinese language are the main focus of Baidu. Also, if website is being hosted within China it will be listed higher search result.
Advertising on Baidu
It is estimated as many as 500 million Chinese are using the Internet regularly. It is also estimated that about 90 Percent use Baidu as the search engine of choice. So for one’s web based marketing and to get access to the Chinese market one should consider using Baidu for your marketing to the Chinese consumer.
Only when you using content ads and Keywords in Chinese language you will able to reach potential Chinese consumers. Simplified Chinese is the common use form of content in mainland China. Traditional characters are used in Hong Kong and Taiwan. Most users on Baidu will use Simplified Chinese for their searches online.
How to get started on Baidu
To set up an account you will have to provide a copy of your business license. If it is not in Chinese you also will have to get your business incorporation documents translated into Chinese. No legalization of the translation or original copy is required.
You will be required to sign a formal contract with Baidu. To get you Baidu account opened and ready to use may take several days to several weeks. Once the account is opened things will go as fast as one can expect. One Company can open only one account. This effectively mean for one company, only one website which can be used for Baidu promotion.
It is generally advisable use an website hosted within Mainland China
when targeting Chinese customers (excluding Hong Kong). This is not
required by Baidu, but it will make certain that your content reaching
your Chinese target consumer. Within the PRC there are some Internet
connectivity problems with outside China located Servers. Doing this
will mean you will have to register you website with the authorities
before you go online and cost also may be a little higher, but the
advantage that you site can be opened quicker and more reliable far out
way these disadvantages.
It is not necessary to go through an agent to sign up; you can deal with Baidu directly.
Most Chinese website are focusing on their first page. What is meant
by this statement is, most or even all pages are linked from the first
page. One could even say the main navigation tool is the homepage and
the menu bar plays a smaller role to navigate.
This can be easily observed on most Chinese websites, as they have on their first page a huge amount of links and only little emphasis is put on a more common tree structure throughout the site. Most Chinese SEO will target all of their backlinks to the first page. It is not absolutely no necessity to follow this form of website structure. But it is advisable to consider that Chinese consumers are accustomed to this kind of style.