Google international revenues surpass domestic

Way back in 2006, I predicted that Google’s international revenues would surpass US revenues by the end of 2007.

I was a few months off.

Today, Google announced Q1 results. According to Google, “revenues from outside of the United States totaled $2.65 billion, representing 51% of total revenues in the first quarter of 2008, compared to 47% in the first quarter of 2007 and 48% in the fourth quarter of 2007.”

Granted, foreign exchange rates played a role in this as well. But the point is that Google has benefited greatly from smart and aggressive Web globalization. Localizing Google Adwords into 40+ languages appears to have paid off nicely.

Google was ranked #1 in the 2008 Web Globalization Report Card.

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Author: John Yunker

John co-founded Byte Level Research in 2000 and is author of The Web Globalization Report Card. He also co-founder of Ashland Creek Press.

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