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In April, Google Sites extended its share of core searches to 61.6 percent, up from 59.8 percent the previous month. Yahoo! Sites ranked second with 20.4 percent, followed by Microsoft Sites (9.1 percent), AOL LLC (4.6 percent), and Ask Network (4.3 percent).
Not to pick on Yahoo, but in my experience their users are more down market. Now, that is not a bad thing, depending on what you are trying to market.
But, in real estate, educational services, autos and news--the three categories I have a tad of insight into--G leads the way even more than these numbers suggest. From what I see (and it's just a tiny sample) G is closer to 75 percent in those areas.
[Google billionaire co-founder Larry] Page said a successful Microsoft-Yahoo deal would "close a lot of things that are really important ... like instant messaging" and also Web-based e-mail communications.
"Now, if you put 90 percent of communications all in one company ... that's really a big risk, especially one (Microsoft) that has a history of doing bad stuff," he said. "So if you want to have good products you need to have some degree of openness."
Or in other words, Google - 'we don't want the competition and we - (choking back the laughter) - don't do bad stuff.'
Our MSN conversion is also better than Google (for raw searches).
Not sure what to read into that though, since it is hard to seperate PPC vs searches, and some people might use both.