Yandex Search

Yandex Search is a web search engine owned by Russian corporation Yandex. It is the core product of Yandex. In January 2015 Yandex Search generated 51.2% of all search traffic in Russia according to LiveInternet.[2]

Yandex Search
Yandex logo en
English version logo
Type of site
Web search engine
Available inMultilingual
Created byArkady Volozh
Arkady Borkovsky
Ilya Segalovich
Alexa rankIncrease 20 (May 14 2019)[1]
Current statusActive


The search technology provides local search results in more than 1,400 cities. Yandex Search also features “parallel” search that presents results from both main web index and specialized information resources, including news, shopping, blogs, images and videos on a single page.

Yandex Search is responsive to real-time queries, recognizing when a query requires the most current information, such as breaking news or the most recent post on Twitter on a particular topic. It also contains some additional features: Wizard Answer, which provides additional information (for example, sports results), spell checker, autocomplete which suggests queries as-you-type, antivirus that detects malware on webpages and so on.[3]

In May 2010, Yandex launched, a platform for beta testing and improving non-Russian language search.[4]

The search product can be accessed from personal computers, mobile phones, tablets and other digital devices. In addition to web search, Yandex provides wide range of specialized search services.

In 2009, Yandex launched MatrixNet, a new method of machine learning that significantly improves the relevance of search results. It allows the Yandex’ search engine to take into account a very large number of factors when it makes the decision about relevancy of search results.[5]

Another technology, Spectrum, was launched in 2010. It allows inferring implicit queries and returning matching search results. The system automatically analyses users' searches and identifies objects like personal names, films or cars. Proportions of the search results responding to different user intents are based on the user demand for these results.[6]

With the first release on July 21, 2017, Brave web browser features Yandex as one of its default search engines.[7]


The Yandex logo appears in numerous settings to identify the search engine company. Yandex has relied on several logos since its renaming, with the first logo created by Arkady Volozh and debuted in 1997[8] on Яndex.Site and Яndex.CD products, even before the announcement of the Yandex search engine. The logo was designed analog to the CompTek logo.

Since 1997 the logos are designed by Art. Lebedev Studios, — which designed four versions. The current logo using Cyrillic words[9].


  1. ^ " Site Info". Alexa Internet. Retrieved May 14, 2017.
  2. ^ "site statistics "Сайты Рунета"". Retrieved March 2, 2015.
  3. ^ "SEC: Yandex Form F-1 Registration Statement".
  4. ^ Matt McGee, Search Engine Land. Russia’s Yandex Search Engine Goes Global. Retrieved 2011-04-30.
  5. ^ MatrixNet: New Level of Search Quality. Retrieved 2011-04-30.
  6. ^ "Yandex — Technologies — Spectrum". Retrieved April 30, 2011.
  7. ^ "Brave Browser Github page". Github. Retrieved 10 August 2017.
  8. ^ Когда мы говорим Яndex, мы подразумеваем Яндекс
  9. ^ Четвертая версия логотипа «Яндекса»

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Yandex N.V. (; Russian: Яндекс, IPA: [ˈjandəks]) is a Russian multinational corporation specializing in Internet-related products and services, including search and information services, eCommerce, transportation, navigation, mobile applications, and online advertising. Yandex provides over 70 services in total.

Incorporated in the Netherlands, Yandex primarily serves audiences in Russia and the Commonwealth of Independent States. The company founders and most of the team members are located in Russia. The company has 18 commercial offices worldwide.It is the largest technology company in Russia and the largest search engine on the internet in Russian, with a market share of over 52%. The home page is the 4th most popular website in Russia. It also has the largest market share of any search engine in the Commonwealth of Independent States and is the 5th largest search engine worldwide after Google, Baidu, Bing, and Yahoo!.

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Yandex.Direct is an automated, auction-based system for placement of text-based advertising in Russia. Yandex.Direct was launched in 2001. Its rivals, Begun and Google AdWords, began their operations in Russia in 2002.

The service is the largest of its kind in Russia. According to Yandex, Direct processes millions of auctions every day.The service operates in five countries: Russia, Turkey, Ukraine, Belarus and Kazakhstan. Advertisers may access Yandex.Direct through interfaces in Russian, Turkish, Ukrainian and English.

Most of Yandex revenues are generated from text-based ads. The significant majority of said ads are placed through Yandex.Direct platform. Yandex.Direct display ads on Yandex search engine results pages and at participant sites of Yandex ad network.

In addition to targeting ads on the basis of user queries and website content, ads can be targeted on the basis of users’ demographics as well as behavioral patterns, characteristics and locations. Direct provides two kinds of interface to work with: so called Professional and Easy. The latter is oriented for novice advertisers.

Yandex.Direct served ads for more than 127,000 advertisers in the first quarter of 2011, compared with 92,000 in the first quarter of 2010, 180,000 in the full year 2010 and 131,000 in the full year 2009.

Since 2007, Yandex.Direct provides advertisers with a Yandex.Metrica web analytics service to appraise site audience quality and measure conversion ratio for keyword advertising.

Similar to Google Ads Editor Yandex offers its own campaign editing platform known as Yandex Direct Commander which helps to make large-scale changes.

Yandex.Map editor

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Yandex Browser

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