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According to a recent Jupiter Research Survey, searching on the search engines is one of the main uses of the Internet among 79% of users. Source: September 2002 Jupiter Research Survey...
Google receives approximately 39.4% of all search engine traff´c. Yahoo receives approximately 30.4%.
Bringing up the rear is MSN at 29.6%, and AOL 15.5% then Ask Jeeves with 8.5%. Source: Nielsen//NetRatings January 2004
How much traff´c is that? Well, Google and its partner sites were reporting a whopping 250 million searches a day in February 2003.
Source: Searchenginewatch.com 2004.
Google 39% and MSN 29%? No way...
I have seen some stats say the same when they are actually talking about exposure. Eg. many people have msn and yahoo as their home page but dont use it to search, and yet this is counted as market share.
joined:Oct 27, 2001
ComScore (quoted from a FORBES business report) gave Google a 36.3% share of search queries, up from 34.7% at the end of December. Yahoo was 31.1% and MSN was 16.3%.
Hitwise gave Google 55.5% of all searches in the US market; Yahoo was 30.8% and MSN only 6.6%. (The article said this was in line with most marketers' anecdotal observations.)
Nielsen/NetRatings said 47% for Google, 21% for Yahoo, 13% for MSN, and 14% for all others, including 5% for AOL Search.
Outside the U.S., Google appears to be even more dominant, with a 61% market share in the UK, 67% in France, and 81% in Germany. Yahoo is a distant second is those countries; MSN, Ask Jeeves, and AOL are fighting it out for third place.
It would be interesting to know how the numbers break out for different types of queries. Do information sites have different patterns than e-commerce or affiliate sites, for example? Presumably there are differences between the audiences of the different search engines, although the days when Google had a reputation as a search engine for technogeeks are long gone.
My experience shows approx.
10% msn and others
(i dont target msn as much as I should).
I would be interested in other people posting their results
Yahoo - 82.4% - (68% of pages)
MSN - 9.7% - (86% of pages)
Ask - 2.0% - (53% of pages)
Google - 1.4% - (97% of pages)
All others - 4.6%
These are stats for April. Although Ask is only slighly ahead of Google for the month, over the last five days, the referals from Ask have outpace Google by 4 to 1.
There you go! Any doubt there is a Sandbox?
I think they would be a little more accurate (and believable) if they applied 'simple math' to the equasion, instead of the 'new math'... going back to the 'old school' they seem to be accounting for 123.4% of the searches conducted on the internet...
39.4+30.4+29.6+15.5+8.5 = 123.4
Maybe I'm missing something
All I need to do is look at my logs and see that Google is over 60% of my traffic with the other engines sharing the rest even though I'm ranked well on all of them.
As was said, 2.5 years on the Internet is an ETERNITY!
joined:Apr 24, 2005
All I need to do is look at my logs and see that Google is over 60% of my traffic
For me, google is more like 80 or 90% of my traffic, even though I rank well in most search engines.
Interestingly, I once noticed that MSN was the first to start referring traffic to any new pages, and I could see the new page doing well in MSN's search results before it showed up in google, but once google caught up to MSN, Google's referrals surpassed MSN's by far.
However, I have a fairly arcane website. Maybe more of the people looking for what I have to offer use google than in general.
IMO, this has a lot to do with occasional searchers sticking with their ISP's engine (or an engine they first used a long time ago), and heavy users making a conscious decision to pick an engine - more often Google.
Google also provides a disproportional proportion of natural traffic to well established sites. IMO this is because they don't push their paid advertisements as hard.
joined:Oct 27, 2001
Yes we all may have different shares and surely google is on top (63% against 32% from yahoo in my case) but the question is google has not the 90% of market some of you see in your referers and not even 63% I see. According to sources doesn't even reach 60%
In that case, I wish unhappy Webmasters would stop wasting bandwidth by complaining that Google is a "monopoly." :-)
However Webhits counter sites are believed be primarily European sites.
My experience shows Google at a 2 to 1 ratio over Yahoo and then MSN picks up the pieces...with AOL/AskJeeves showing some minor percentages...
Some folks just love to put out stats ... no matter how useless in real time they are...
Well, I already pointed out that Webhits stats are understood to be primarily from European sites. Whether that's "foreign" will depend on your own perspective :-)
The Google figures are in line with what I see in my own site's logs (a UK-based, non-technical site), but figures for any one site can vary a great deal of course.
"Which search engine has the biggest share of monthly searches?"
Ask Jeeves 0.9%"
My stats (April 2005)
Alta Vista 1.6%
Our website has top positions in MSN and Yahoo ie 1,2,3 etc for many of our main keyword search terms meanwhile in Google our positions are no where near as high for our main keywords 30+ in some cases yet Google returns far more hits.
All things being equal, if we had the same keyword positioning in all three search engines i would say that Google would be delivering about 70% of the traffic.
Whilst 82% sounds high i bet its not far off when you take into account all of those search engines that feed off google data, like BBC, Virgin, Blueyonder, ntlworld, tesco etc, etc, etc.
Actually AOL had two entries: aol.de (2.6%) and aol.com (0.1%). That pretty much sums up the usefulness of that site's statistics.