As usual with those comaprisons, they bear no relation to the figures on my sites. MSN is, and always has been almost almost 0% and Yahoo is about 6%. I wish I knew where they got those figures from.
How much percentage value do your sites carry in terms of total search volume?
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Source: Nielsen MegaView Search
Searches represent the total number of queries conducted at the provider. Example: An estimated
6.0 billion search queries were conducted at Google Search, representing 63.2 percent of all search
queries conducted during the given time period.
I don't disbelieve the figures, but pdfs break my Firefox so I've not looked at them in detail.
Agreed the numbers are odd based on my experience, but then I don't optimise for Yahoo or Microsoft. Of Google for that matter.
My own figures from search engines over a random time period:
Google (all of them): 25,000 94%
Yahoo (US and UK): 720 3%
Bing + Live : 670 3%
I'm in the UK, and have a somewhat technical subject matter. I've always assumed Yahoo was more popular among the more arty types.
Those share numbers seem pretty close to what I see on my site.
The numbers on my main ecommerce site this year:
I really don't want so many eggs in G's basket, but it is what it is.
We rank in about the same positions for our main keywords/phrases in both Google and Yahoo, but seem to have way more long-tail searches from Google than anywhere else. And those convert to sales at a much higher percentage...
Bing has really picked up this week, but we'll see how it fares in the long run.
My percents for May:
and Percents for Year to Date through May:
Site is non-commercial, non-technical niche.
Looks like Google is in a slight uptrend, taking about 1/2 a percent each from Yahoo and MSN/Live.
Maybe the answer is simple, unless I am (probably)
If people find what they are looking for on Google easily but not on Y or MSN they would have to search over and over again on Y & MSN with variations on their key phrase, hence the discrepancy on the quoted figures compared to website stats.
Maybe people never find the best sites on Y and MSN for their key phrase therefore reflecting low traffic from Y and MSN
Correct me if I am talking jibberish, haven't posted for ages!
My figures for a site with similar rankings in all 3 SEs:
Now with Bing in the picture, here are June's results:
The trends are the same, Google is above the year-to-date % (81.65); Yahoo about even (8.60); Bing/MSN/Live falling (4.45) and AOL about even (1.15).