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FindArticles

FindArticles.com
Web address FindArticles
Commercial? Yes
Type of site Reference
Registration Optional
Owner CBS Interactive
Created by LookSmart
Launched 2000
Current status URL is redirected

FindArticles was a website which provided access to articles previously published in over 3,000 magazines, journals, and other sources.[1][2] The site offered free and paid content through the HighBeam Research database.[1] In 2008, FindArticles accessed over 11 million resource articles, going back to 1998.[3][4][5]

The site was founded in 2000 as a partnership between LookSmart, which authored the search technology, and the Gale Group, which provided the articles.[3][4] The two companies had first partnered to provide content in August of that year, and FindArticles.com soon resulted.[6] As it grew, FindArticles moved away from an all-free model driven by advertising[4][7] to a mixture of free and paid content.

The site remained a part of LookSmart throughout the various changes in that company until it was sold to CNET Networks for $20.5 million on November 8, 2007, as part of a larger sell-off of LookSmart properties.[5][8] Looksmart's need to offload non-critical assets in the wake of poor corporate performance, along with CNET's commensurate desire to expand its library of offerings, motivated the deal.[5] FindArticles' SEO value—i.e., the frequency with which its articles appear as search engine results—likely factored into the final purchase price.[5][9]

FindArticles had been part of the BNET division of CNET Networks.[2]

Sometime in 2012, the URL became a redirect to Search.com.[10] which is owned by CBS Interactive. No explanation is on that site to explain what happened to the findarticles.com content.

Notes

  1. ^ a b Price, Gary; Kennedy, Shirl (2007-11-09). "LookSmart Sells FindArticles to CNET Networks for $20.5 Million in Cash". Resource Shelf. Retrieved 2008-07-18. 
  2. ^ a b Schwartz, Matthew (2008-02-11). "Bnet.com branches out: CNET business information site bulks up its content offerings". BtoB Online. BtoB. Retrieved 2008-07-18. 
  3. ^ a b Kelm, Bill G. (October 2005). "FindArticles". C&RL News.  
  4. ^ a b c "Cases and Issues in the News". American Antitrust Institute. Archived from the original on 2008-05-03. Retrieved 2008-07-18. 
  5. ^ a b c d Russell, Terrence (2007-11-08). "CNet Buys FindArticles From a Similarly Regrouping LookSmart". Wired Blog Network.  
  6. ^ "LookSmart Web Search Engine to Add Journal Articles From Gale". HighBeam Encyclopedia. 2000-06-01. Retrieved 2008-07-18. 
  7. ^ MacLeod, Roddy (August 2000). "A-Z New Websites". Internet Resources Newsletter.  
  8. ^ Eldon, Eric (2008-11-08). "CNet buys FindArticles.com from LookSmart for $20.5 million". Venture Beat. Retrieved 2008-07-18. 
  9. ^ Nicole, Kristen (2007-11-07). "CNet Acquires FindArticles: Part of its Refocus?".  
  10. ^ "Metasearch Search Engine". search.com. Retrieved 2012-08-22. 
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