Yahoo! Pushes Small-Biz Online Marketing

Yahoo! added another piece to its evolving small-business strategy on Wednesday by rolling out a suite of online marketing services that includes products from Yahoo! rivals like Google and

Yahoo! Small Business customers can now create accounts for online marketing with a half dozen marking providers, with services ranging from product-search listings to pay-per-click listings to keyword tracking. What’s striking is Yahoo! has partnerships to provide rival’s services.

“The bottom line for us is we want our customers to be successful online,” said Rich Riley, vice president and general manager of Yahoo! Small Business. “We want to provide that with Yahoo! services, but we don’t want to stop there.”

To get there, Yahoo! partnered with Google to give Small Business customers the ability to set up AdWords accounts and receive a $50 discount. Yahoo! offers the same for listings on Overture, which it bought in July.

Likewise, Yahoo! Small Business has discount offers for including products on product search sites BizRate and Just last week Yahoo! launched its own product search engine. Yahoo! rolled out a variety of e-commerce services for merchants.

Yahoo! will also offer business and consumer lists via infoUSA and keyword tracking through KeywordMax. Yahoo! Small Business already offers a number of homegrown services, such as Inktomi paid inclusion, Yahoo! Yellow Pages listings, and directory inclusion.

Riley said Yahoo! hoped in the future to bundle Yahoo! marketing services, like those it rolled out last week for online merchants. In such a scenario, Yahoo! could be a one-stop shop for small businesses, offering business services that range from Web hosting to online storefronts to paid listings. Riley said more partnerships could follow, depending on the needs of its small-business customers.

“This is not the end point,” he said. “We’ll continue to make our online marketing capabilities better.”

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