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What do UK users use to search?



11:29 am on Mar 9, 2004 (gmt 0)

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What are the most popular search engines for UK users?

e.g. is it something like this?

Google.com 55%
Google.co.uk 15%
Freeserve 10%
Ask Jeeves 5%

Get the idea?

I've no idea and would find it very useful to get an approximation.



1:04 pm on Mar 9, 2004 (gmt 0)

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Just over a year ago I'd guessed it was something like:

Google.com 30%
Ask.co.uk 13%
Google.co.uk 12%
Ask.com 10%
Yahoo.co.uk 9%
Yahoo.com 7%
MSN.com 3%
Lycos 3%
MSN.co.uk 3%
AOL 2%
Freeserve 2%
then the rest

This is only a guess and its likely that Msn gets more traffic from the search facility on IE and perhaps other such means.


4:44 pm on Mar 12, 2004 (gmt 0)

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surely we must have something more up to date than this? anyone?



4:48 pm on Mar 12, 2004 (gmt 0)

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Jon And Jimmy, see the site in my profile. No percentages, but it should give you some idea.


5:42 pm on Mar 12, 2004 (gmt 0)

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Great link. Thanks!



5:22 pm on Mar 23, 2004 (gmt 0)

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Bobby your site is really interesting.

BUT is Yell really a Search Engine or just a website that is very popular (possibly a directory?)


5:27 pm on Mar 23, 2004 (gmt 0)

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People use it to search in the UK for businesses and government offices. Yell is a very popular search destination and isn't really a directory; more a categorised search engine.


6:00 pm on Mar 23, 2004 (gmt 0)

Very different figures to anything in my experience or seen published elsewhere! How were they researched, out of interest?

My figures retrieved from the uniques to over 100 UK sites in both B2B and B2C markets with .com and .co.uk figures combined - averaged from the beginning of the year are:

Google 46%
Yahoo 17%
MSN 14%
AJ 9%
Freeserve 7%
Rest - 7%

Yell comes out at less than .1% - AV at 1%

All the others that show up in your top 30 are there but with pretty miniscule percentages.

Still I suppose it all depends on the metrics of the sample the figures are based on - mine could be wildly different to other peoples.


11:29 pm on Mar 23, 2004 (gmt 0)

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The table only positions them in relative order - it doesn't give you any idea of the differences in numbers. Google is first by a significant margin for instance.

I have checked and there was a slight error with the MSN numbers and these should be updated tomorrow. This will probably put it in the third spot, as you have noticed.

WRT Yell, the principle use is searching for phone numbers, so comparing web referrals is not necessarily fair. Most business listings in Yell do not carry website links.


5:01 pm on Mar 24, 2004 (gmt 0)

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I do not sitting comfortably with Yell being a search engine or directory. It's just a phone book online.

But I would like to know what Make Me Top's Top 20/30 is. Is there any chance of listing it with % on this string?


11:00 am on Apr 7, 2004 (gmt 0)

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Thank you for your responses.

I was looking for something similar to these ranks..
The ranking is based on the trafic driven to 1000 biggest sites in Poland and is for Polish market only, so I though if they market in UK is in more advanced phase there would definately sth like this.



[edited by: DaveN at 2:59 pm (utc) on April 7, 2004]
[edit reason] lets not start dropping url's [/edit]


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