It's Raining Search Engines

Seems like everyone wants to launch a search engine. 2007 will be the year of the niched search engines. The news today has had a lot of stories about these small engines.

ChaCha and blinkx announced a partnership.
Autobytel joins Kosmix for a car sales engine.
ISEdb launches a search engine, Scoop, for news about search engines.
Prodge rolls out music band search engines like SearchWithMaroon5.com
Trulia, a real estate search engine goes Web 2.0.
Zuula, an engine that uses results from the search engine a person prefers, is launched.

About the author

Frank Watson has been involved with the Web since it started. For the past five years, he headed SEM for FXCM -- at one time one of the top 25 spenders with AdWords. He has worked with most of the major analytics companies and pioneered the ability to tie online marketing with offline conversion.

He has now started his own marketing agency, Kangamurra Media. This new venture will keep him busy when he is not editing the Search Engine Watch forums, blogging at a number of authoritative sites, and developing some interesting online community sites.

He was one of the first 100 AdWords Professionals, a Yahoo and Overture Ambassador, and a member or mod of many of the industry forums. He is also on the Click Quality Council and has worked hard to diminish click fraud.