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Google Search Share Grew in May - Hitwise Report

     
6:25 am on Jun 22, 2010 (gmt 0)

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The May figures from Hitwise have beed released, and according to their numbers, Google's share of the search market grew a full percentage point in May 2010.

www.google.com
April 2010 - 71.40%
May 2010 - 72.17%

search.yahoo.com
April 2010 - 14.96%
May 2010 - 14.43%

www.bing.com
April 2010 - 9.43%
May 2010 - 9.23%

www.ask.com
April 2010 - 2.18%
May 2010 - 2.14%

[hitwise.com...]
6:36 am on June 22, 2010 (gmt 0)

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Isn't that NEARLY a full percentage point - .76% ?
6:44 am on June 22, 2010 (gmt 0)

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Right you are. I was influenced by the third column int the article, where they rounded the numbers.

It looks like the predictions some were making about lower quality search results driving away the public are not the way things have gone down - at least so far.
11:09 am on June 22, 2010 (gmt 0)

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It looks like the predictions some were making about lower quality search results driving away the public are not the way things have gone down - at least so far.


"lower quality search results" ?

How do you measure whether the quality is lower?
3:04 pm on June 22, 2010 (gmt 0)

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How do you measure whether the quality is lower?

it's when my rankings go down.:)
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and when you search for "doctor reviews" and you get spy ware doctor reviews and other spyware results... I think people are just on line more because they cant find what they are looking for in the first place.
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I didn't really see degrading results until June... so next months report would be a better indicator for myself. (Alexa, for all its inconsistencies, is closer to live data and shows a 7-day, .6% drop at Google props)
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It looks like the predictions some were making about lower quality search results driving away the public are not the way things have gone down - at least so far.

....according to hitwise....

I'm curious how these percentages are calculated. Is it based on user reach or number of searches? Or a combination of both? If 1 user has to make 2 refinements to the original search, does that count 3 times or once?
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We're a pretty large site. The hitwise data for our site in no way reflects the size or growth patterns we've witnessed.
4:36 pm on June 22, 2010 (gmt 0)

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Willing to bet an apple the % is off by 10-15% as I am with scott the data is not accurate from hitwise almost as abad as alexa's data
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I wonder how much of that search traffic increase was caused by webmasters manically performing keyword searches trying to figure out what the hell is happening ... lol
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Yes, I don't put a lot of stock in hitwise data.

Based on my sites logs and I have over a 100 to look at, Bing gained last month over Google hits by 7% to my sites.
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As said before - lately, I have to do at least 2 google searches to find what I am looking for. This is because google changes the query automatically. I am sure this creates a lot more page views for google.

Interesting is, that I see a shift for those sites suffering from MayDay: For some weird reason is Bing traffic increasing dramatically almost by the day. The MayDay unaffected sites do not show this. It might be a coincidence, though.
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I think more people are starting to use Bing now because I'm getting a lot of traffic from them! Any new changes at Bing by any chance?
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There's always a lot going on with Bing. Here's the forum where we discuss their changes - Bing Search News [webmasterworld.com].