Talk:Liaison reports/Russian/August 2008-October 2009
 search rankings
Yandex is the major search engine for Russian users, and our position on it is poor.
First, we never mention "бесплатный путеводитель" or "скачать", as far as I can see. Second, there's some chance that Yandex robots were blocked by Wikitravel tech administrators -- at least it's not available from office network of Yandex for several months now. --DenisYurkin 16:47, 5 July 2010 (EDT)
- In the meanwhile, this is what IB (email@example.com) replied to Yandex's request to unblock it for spiders:
- You're crawler hit us hard enough to trip our alarms, yet your search engine has only sent us 32 visits in the last 30 days. There doesn't seem much of a value in us unblocking you.
- We'll continue negotiations, but with approach like this it's difficult to expect that Wikitravel will be enmasse searchable by Yandex in the foreseeable future. Especially with the fact that even for travellers from Russia, so many English-language articles are overall of much more value than the very few usable Russian-language articles--despite the fact that they are in the reader's native language. --DenisYurkin 14:32, 8 July 2010 (EDT)
 how to promote
Igor mentioned that a better way to attract Russian contributors will be through press releases, not search engines, and that this is how ru:wikipedia has had success.
I would also consider researching habrahabr.ru (geeks-oriented community-written news site)--for example we can regularly create some event / post a milestone passed. But it needs research, I'm not very familiar with it.
Second, I believe partnership with some travel-centric communities (like livejournal.com/~ru_travel) can help--but we need to be creative in how to approach that. --DenisYurkin 16:51, 5 July 2010 (EDT)