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Google Inc.'s online search engine maintained the largest share of the U.S. Internet search market in May, according to a report released Wednesday by Nielsen/NetRatings.
Google was at 56.3% market share with 4.03billion searches.
Yahoo Inc. 21.5% share with 1.54billion searches.
Microsoft's MSN/ Windows Live was 8.4% share with 605.4 million searches.
AOL Search share 5.3%, 381million searches.
Ask.com Search share 2.0%, at 142million searches.
I declare the search wars over!
[edited by: callivert at 6:05 pm (utc) on June 21, 2007]
That may be a little strong. Lets not underestimate the difficulty involved in creating a search engine on the scale of billions of pages - it's real tough. Perhaps we've become complacent that the SERPs appear in a fraction of a second, anywhere in the world.
Nope, Google have done very well, no question. Yahoo are still up there, and MS were late to the party.
The show is not over.
Searches represent the total number of queries conducted at the provider.
As the decline in searches at other SEs listed are orders of magnitude less than the increases at the top two - did the search pie actually increase that much or did result relevancy decrease such that more queries were required obtain a desired result?
What percentage of increased Google queries were SEOs checking standings every other minute?
I declare the search wars over!
Meanwhile, wikipedia is rapidly becoming the default response to every single google search
Remember when About.com used to be on every google serp page? Too much advertising crammed into every square inch of their site, the quality and quantity of wikipedia content blows About.com out of the water. Goes to show the difference between having payroll writers and harnessing the power of volunteers.
As far as the percentage breakdown of the report, I don't see anywhere near those stats either I see stats a lot more similar to what Testing0 stated, but I wouldn't say that Yahoo and MSN are dead, they are just getting walloped on search which is somewhat surprising when you look at alexa ratings for msn.com, yahoo.com, google.com you'd think yahoo and msn would have a lot more search market share.
Google should really have closer to a 95% share, and will eventually. At least under the assumption there will not be any new revolutionizing competitor, which I doubt the new wikipedia search engine will achieve.
Web search = Google, its that simple.
Google is too high on themselves and too corporate now.. They're losing their roots as a "do no evil" entity.. I personally do not like their dominance and would welcome new competitors, comebacks from previous players or increased market share from MSN.
Google will no get no more free rides as when it got chosen by Yahoo and AOL (when AOL was still a big player) as their default search service.
And no matter how much the "do no evil" guys complain to the US antitrust department about their inability to compete with Windows Vista, I see their market share in a decline in the next months.
I admit that Google is looking good right now, but two kids in China are probably working on something right now that will be number one in ten years.. Just like the Google kids overtook Yahoo..
One big difference being Google took over a market that no one wanted to be in any more... which made it ripe for the pickings.
That is not the case any more. Google does not turn blind eye to any potential opportunity... They will be tough to catch off guard..
The average Joe/Jane web searcher probably uses Google out of habit, not because they think or know the results are better. I think if TV shows stopped having their characters deliver lines like, "I Googled blank..." and if a TV celebrities like Oprah Winfrey said, "I use Yahoo!" more average people might be inclined to NOT be so firmly attached to Google....Righto. And don't forget New York Times and The Wall Street Journal do a complete and detailed analysis every time someone at Google sneezes. (Ya gotta love how the press dotes every move Apple and Google makes.)
For the record, about 88 percent of the search traffic I see comes from G.
"I predict G's share will only increase."
That's an easy prediction to make at this point in time. Google has put such a large distance between their #1 spot and those #2 and #3 spots that it is going to be close to impossible to change that.
Google just isn't search anymore and they haven't been for quite some time. Yes, their core product is search but if you saw the army of companies they are amassing, search was just the stepping stone to things much bigger, MUCH BIGGER! Think The Gorg. :)
Also, hopefully this Yahoo CEO change will have a positive impact on their market share.
We do not want one search engine! As webmasters we run the risk of some of us being very rich with the majority of us being very poor.
It's important not to forget that there's no way to prove the Nielsen/NetRatings as 100% correct.
It's easy for a company worth billions of dollars to influence the statistics.
Name a product, and there is a Microsoft knock-off version of it.
Good companies need to focus on consistent quality control and decide if they really want to pursue a new product line / type.
Each new product line, that is not part of the core business, is essentially a new business inside the old one. However the new business, which is risky, can damage the original brand.