It’s pretty well known that Google’s market share is even higher elsewhere than the roughly 65%-70% share it has inside the US. But we don’t often see just how dominant Google’s position is in other countries.
Today, comScore is shedding some light with a new report that estimates Google has more than 90% share of all searches in Latin America. (“Google Sites” includes searches on YouTube, comScore says.)
These are numbers for March, 2011. ComScore measures six markets in Latin America. Of the six, Google’s market share was highest in Colombia (92.2%) and lowest in Argentina (89.4%).
Facebook is the number two search engine in Latin America, barely edging out Microsoft Sites by about 12 million searches (525 million to 513 million).
ComScore also says overall search activity is up across the board in Latin America. All six countries have seen more searches in the past year. Brazil tops the list with 34% more search activity, while Chile’s 7% increase is the smallest gain.
The numbers fit with what’s happening around the world. As we reported earlier this year, there are an estimated five countries where Google isn’t the top search engine. In September 2009, comScore shared “share of time spent” stats that also showed how dominant Google is internationally.