For someone who had been talking up search forever on his blog, this is a strange sell: Alan Meckler’s Jupitermedia has sold two of its premium search related properties and one of the oldest online marketing news/info websites. It has sold its ClickZ.com network, SearchEngineWatch.com and SearchEngine Strategies show to UK based Incisive Media plc for $43 million in cash.
Incisive Media is a London-based business information provider with interests in seven markets, including retail investment, insurance, financial risk management, mortgage, capital markets/financial IT, private equity and photographics.
ClickZ: Incisive Media Chief Executive Tim Weller told staff his goal is to expand both the conference and Web site businesses globally. He added there will be no staff layoffs.
For Jupitermedia, the company now wants to focus on its commercial images division, something it has been bulking up for the last year with numerous acquisitions. The ClickZ.com network itself was acquired by Jupitermedia (then called Internet.com) in September 2000 for $16 million in cash and stock.