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Google accounted for 69.67 percent of all U.S. searches conducted in the four weeks ending Jan. 1, 2011. Bing-powered search received 25.77 percent of searches for the month, with Yahoo! Search and Bing receiving 15.17 percent and 10.60 percent, respectively. The remaining 70 search engines in the Hitwise Search Engine Analysis report accounted for 4.57 percent of U.S. searches.
Bing and Yahoo! Search achieved the highest success rates in December 2010, meaning that for both search engines, 81 percent of searches executed resulted in a visit to a Website. Google achieved a success rate of 65 percent, up 1 percent over the previous month. The share of unsuccessful searches highlights the opportunity for both the search engines and marketers to evaluate the search engine result pages to ensure that searchers are finding the information they are seeking.
Out of all paid clicks to the top 500 retail sites, Amazon captured the majority of traffic, or 12.03 percent of all paid clicks for the four weeks ending Jan 1, 2011. This represents an increase of 51 percent compared with the prior month.