Today Marchex announced the launch of 100 local and travel search domains. They’re nice-looking sites with meaningful content and some depth. These benefit from the recent integration of OpenList’s content and search functionality, which I wrote about previously here.
The use case for most of these sites is probably serendipitous discovery via search and isolated usage (one offs) rather than repeat usage. Here are some examples:
But there are some sites where users might well bookmark them or return to them via search (as navigation). For example:
It remains to be seen how this “owned and operated” network performs over time but most of these sites benefit from being both local and vertically oriented.
Related: The Motley Fool on Marchex and its financial performance.