It’s a simple fact that Google rules the world wide web. But, Google isn’t able to dominate in certain Asian markets. This is probably true because of language and cultural differences. Korean Bloggers need to understand this which search engine they want to optimize for.
Google likes to be simple. The Global web comprised of English web pages are all indexed to the max by Google. But for web pages that are in Korean or Chinese, Google has a harder time.
In Korea, Naver is king. I personally hate Naver. I think it’s a terrible search engine. It’s more of a web portal. Korean love Naver. I think that Naver did a great job of creating Korean content. Before Naver, Korean web pages were few and hard to find. Naver did a great job of creating a Q & A platform for users to start generating Korean content. The blogs and cafes that they setup started to follow.
User generated content is great. But, i’ve found that Korean based websites like a certain authority. When i was to search for a certain type of medical condition, i don’t want to be lead to some dude’s Naver blog. I want to hit a Seoul National hospital website. These types of search results drive me crazy.
There is hope. Future generations are starting to adopt Google. In a short amount of time, i believe that the big G will dominate market share in Korea. This means that future Google SEOed websites will benefit.
Korean digital marketers will benefit in the near future.
So don’t be concerned that your English blog about Korea isn’t being indexed properly by Naver or Daum. Just keep working Google and you will be fine.
The blogging community in Korea is pretty big. I’d say that a bigger percentage of people online blog than in the United States. The problem is that most of these blogs go unnoticed in the Global space. It’s because these blogs are naver and daum blogs. These blog are also in Korean. If Korean Bloggers wrote in English, Google would be more inclined to index these sites.
I get frustrated that all of this content is only available for the 40 million people in Korea. Such a sad story.
Married life is hard. But being married and living in Korea is even harder. I think the reason is because the nightlife and culture doesn’t really support married life. Korean men or ahjussis love to get drunk. They also love to go out and party like it’s 1999.
I used to come out here every summer when school was on break. I remember Korea being very country and old school. But that’s not the case anymore. Seoul is probably one of the most urban cities in the world. A lot of changes have occurred in the past 20 years. The culture has adapted as well.
A lot of people are wealthier. Men especially love to show off bling and spend money foolishly. I have a few buddies that spend around $1000/month just on drinking. It’s not just the drinks tho. Usually the drinks are accompanied by ladies.
What’s a married guy supposed to do. I try to walk a straight line but at times it can get very hard. A lot of temptations here in Seoul Korea. Sometimes i wish i moved out here when i was still single.
I recently started a new software business here in Seoul Korea. I went over to the National Tax Service building and applied. I am a Korean American Blogger so my Korean is pretty good. If you can’t speak a lick of Korean, i suggest you get one of your Korean friends to help you out with the application process.
Setting up a business as a sole proprietor was very easy. If you want to set up a partnership or a corporation, you might want to consult with a tax accountant or get legal advice.
I was in and out in less then an hour. If you would like more information about how to set up a business in Seoul Korea, visit the English website for the National Tax Services department by clicking here.
There are a lot of blogs that write up reviews of restaurants. For someone like me, it’s important to locate the blogs that work within my area. Let me tell you a little bit about myself before i begin this blog post. I was born in Busan Korea and my parents moved us to Los Angeles when i was about 4 years old. After college i moved to Chicago for a little bit. And about two years ago, my wife and i decided to move to Seoul Korea.
We came here because her family lives here. We moved to Seoul because we wanted to have a baby and decided that the healthcare system was better in Seoul Korea. I also welcomed the adventure and excitement of living in a new place. I figured that Seoul is a very hip and happening place.
I love living here. Of course there are certain things that i miss about the States. But, for the time being, i consider Seoul to be my home. BTW, we welcomed a beautiful and healthy boy into this world about 7 months ago.
Anyway, I’m still considering the direction i want to take KoreanBloggers.com. I don’t know if i want to create a community blog or community blog directory. I don’t know if i should write up personal blog posts about my experience or if i should just post generic content.
This Korean Blog will probably do a little of everything until i figure out what to do.