Research projects vertical search engine revenue will hit $1 billion by 2009

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Chicago—Revenue from b-to-b vertical search engines will reach $1 billion by 2009, according to white paper by Slack Barshinger and SearchChannel.

The document, titled “The Emerging Opportunity in Vertical Search,” analyzes 38 b-to-b vertical search engines serving two dozen industries, including agriculture and technology. Among the search engines studied were, SearchFinance, ThomasNet and Zibb.

According to the report, the number of b-to-b vertical search engines grew by 26% in the past six months.

“The vertical search engine landscape has witnessed rapid change over the past year, and we think growth in this online segment will continue to soar,” said Bill Furlong, president and partner of SearchChannel, in a statement.

SearchChannel is a vertical applications services provider that specializes in developing search engines for media companies. Slack Barshinger is an integrated marketing communications agency.

—Kate Maddox

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