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Google searches 123,240 78%
Yahoo searches 19,880 12.5%
MSN searches 15,095 9.5%
I think the top 5 of Alexa has some valuable info. If it was close then I would not trust it but it is not close. Anybody that ranks the same on Yahoo or Google know how much traffic comes from each. All things equal Google will always bring more visitors. I have a term that is number one on Yahoo and two on Google for organic and we are number one on both for PPC. Google always brings more visitors by a large margin.
Google is not dying. They are doing better. Yahoo and MSN will beat Google hands down every time for visitors but not searches. I bet Google is not even in the top 10 when it comes to unique visitors or any other stat for that matter when you compare raw stats. I'm sure their server end has some records just because they index so much stuff but I'm just talking visitors, hits, page views.
It was late when I wrote this let me know if I made any errors in my numbers.
dropped from 6-8 down to 15-17
I believe that it is because of the abuse of and theft from their best affiliates that they have enabled recently.
Google's lack of appropriate ranking of technically oriented sites since November may have a bit to do with some of their drop in traffic.
So, itīs only a matter of who has the best service. If someone powerful (like MS) appears with a SE, we canīt know who will win this fight.
Google has an incredible marketing position, but the same way that Google did it, someone with money and a good service can still do the same.
But arenīt we moving from the topicīs subject :)?
Then, and only then, is there likely to be a large migration to a "better" product and that better product needs to be ready and waiting when the king falls off his horse.
Google did not beat AV at its prime. AV made several bad mistakes, and this cool new search engine was ready and waiting at each one of those mistake points.
Google also came online in time to be the king as most new people were coming online. The vast majority of people have never known any other "best" search engine.
The game is Google's to lose. Even then, Google will only lose if there isn't someone else ready to take their place.
And for those that expect that MS just throwing money at it will cause a switch, history proves otherwise. MS has lost far more competitive battles than they have won. They have won some big ones, but they have lost enough that it keeps it from being a sure thing.
That's exactly what I was was thinking about when I wrote my last post.
The funny thing about the coke debacle was that their goal was to taste more like pepsi to steal pepsi drinkers. They upset those that liked the original coke flavor. They didn't pick up any pepsi drinkers, because they already had pepsi. And they convinced a lot of people to try pepsi, because it must be good if coke is trying to taste more like pepsi.
And then when coke came back with coke classic, they used all corn syrup instead of sugar. I started having my coke shipped up from mexico where they still used sugar (they switched to corn syrup around 1995), and made a nice little side income in silicon valley selling it to other geeks that wanted "the real thing".
Al Gore was not there with us.
Their product was the best of its time and they paid people like me $0.02 per search to carry their search box on our sites.
Once they became wildly popular, they reduced it to $0.01 and then they eliminated the payment altogether.
Many sites simply never took those boxes down.
Overture did the same thing. Their searchbox is no longer paying.
Ask Jeeves did it as well but we all know about their product quality.
Microsoft will find it very easy to make the MSN search box ubiquitous. They have piles of cash sitting around waiting for the wars to start in earnest.