FindArticles was a website which provided access to articles previously published in over 3,000 magazines, newspapers, journals, business reports and other sources. The site offered free and paid content through the HighBeam Research database. In 2007, FindArticles accessed over 11 million resource articles, going back to 1998.
Type of site
2000–2007: Founding and growth
In September 2004, HighBeam Research announced that it would make 1 million premium articles from its database accessible via FindArticles. By May 2005, FindArticles contained more than 5 million articles in its database.
In November 2006, FindArticles reported over 17.6 million unique visitors to their site. In April 2007, LookSmart partnered with Blinkx to power FindArticles' video search results.
2007–present: CNET purchase and CNET ownership
FindArticles 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 9, 2007, as part of a larger sell-off of LookSmart properties.
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. FindArticles' SEO value—i.e., the frequency with which its articles appear as search engine results—likely factored into the final purchase price.
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