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Sohu.com Inc., an Internet company, provides news, information, video content, entertainment, and communication services in the People’s Republic of China. It offers brand advertising services that provide advertisements on its portal Websites to companies that expect to build up their brand awareness online; sponsored search services, which offer placements in search directory, as well as pay-for-click services for small and medium-size enterprises; online games, including massively multi-player online role-playing games; and wireless value-added services, such as news, weather forecast, chatting, entertainment information, ring tones, and logo downloads subscribed over mobile phones. The company’s products and services include aggregated content on various topics, including news, entertainment, sports, business and finance, information technology, automobile, and women; online video content; streaming online content; and communication and community tools, such as alumni clubs, blogs, email, message boards, and Web messenger. Its Web properties include sohu.com, a mass portal and online media destination; 17173.com, a games information portal; focus.cn, a real estate Website; chinaren.com, an online alumni club; and sogou.com, an interactive proprietary search engine.
The company was formerly known as Internet Technologies China Incorporated and changed its name to Sohu.com Inc. in September 1999. Sohu.com Inc. was founded in 1996 and is based in Beijing, the People’s Republic of China.