Msg#: 3001117 posted 7:43 am on Jul 17, 2006 (gmt 0)
Welcome to WebmasterWorld! Sorry for being so slow in respoding to your intial post here in the Euro Forum.
Years ago we did a European Search Engine Chart [webmasterworld.com]. CAUTION, this chart is from 2002 and very very outdated! However it will give you an idea of how the markets look like.
We tried to maintain an updated chart, but it's very time consuming keeping up with the ever changing landscape of European search engines, their technology and market shares. Furthermore none of them publish their traffic/search stats, so we only have our members referral stats to go by, which probably are somewhat scewed and maybe represent numbers that does not reflect the actual market share of the search engines.
Good luck and do keep us posted on how you're doing? :)
Building on Wolfy's comment, you can safely assume that Google, their national versions and the many local engines using Google's index together account for somewhere between 70 and 80% of all searches in Europe. Stats from the 30+ sites that I control confirm this. This means that Google has a significantly higher market share in Europe than it does in the US, where Yahoo has a traditionally strong base.
This classic discussion from 2001 will give you an idea of what things looked like in the days when there were still lots of local engines in Europe holding significant market shares. But it is even more outdated today than the European Search Engine Chart that Rumbas linked to. [webmasterworld.com ]
In fact, WebmasterWorld's Forums Index will give you a clue. Observe the number of posts in Google News and compare them to the European Forum. It didn't look anywhere near like this back in 2001.
Msg#: 3001117 posted 11:05 am on Aug 18, 2006 (gmt 0)
here is an update for France: France Websearch local Websearch www Directory PFI PPC Google.fr Google Google ODP Adwords Orange(ex Wanadoo) Voila Voila Y! Yahoo.fr Yahoo Yahoo Yahoo.fr Y! MSN.fr MSN MSN MSN MSN AOL.fr Exalead Google Google Adwords FREE Google all Adwords Lycos.fr Y! AliceADSL(ex Nomade) Google all Adwords Club-internet Google all Adwords