Google Vs. Naver: Why Can’t Google Dominate Search in Korea?

Although Google presently holds 83% of the global search market, there are countries that have been consistently slipping out of its grip. One such country is Korea, South Korea to be exact. Ask any Korean what search engine they use, and, most likely, the answer will be… Naver.

Naver – the profile

Naver (derived from navigate) is currently Korea’s number one search engine and accounts for over 70% of the search market there. The search engine was launched in 1999 by a group of ex-Samsung employees and has dominated the Korean search industry ever since.

If you haven’t been to Naver’s homepage yet, what’s likely to strike you right away is how similar it is to Yahoo’s. Naver’s homepage and its search results pages are much busier than Google’s, with lots of images, flash banners, sections, etc.:

 

 

Well, this is what lies on the surface – the obvious differences. However, Naver is also different from Google in a much more profound and intricate way. (more)