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Google Top Worldwide Search Engine; Baidu Beats Microsoft
comScore has released new figures looking at the most popular search engines
worldwide. Google tops the list, with nearly five times as many searches as
nearest competitor Yahoo. But the worldwide list does focus attention on some
non-US based search players like Baidu and NHN, which owns Korea’s Naver. It
also shows Asia-Pacific as the region with the most searchers and searches
Here’s the list, with figures rounded, showing the number of searches that
happened in August 2007 on each search network:
- Google Sites: 37.1 billion (5 billion at YouTube)
- Yahoo Sites: 8.5 billion
- Baidu.com: 3.3 billion
- Microsoft Sites: 2.2 billion
- NHN Corporation: 2.0 billion
- eBay:1.3 billion
- Time Warner Network [AOL]: 1.2 billion
- Ask Network: 743 million
- Fox Interactive Media: 683 million
- Lycos, Inc: 441 million
I find it odd that eBay is included in the list. Yes, people search on eBay,
but not in the same "mode" or general purpose that they do at a regular search
engine. It makes the list as being one of 50 worldwide properties where "search
activity" is observed — i.e., someone did a search of some type, according to my
reading. Also, of Google’s 37.1 billion, 5 billion came from eBay.
Also interesting is that Microsoft –which is seen in a war against Google —
again is shown as playing catch-up, not just against Google, but also Yahoo and
Chinese search powerhouse Baidu.
Worldwide, there were 61 billion searches. Here’s the breakdown by region:
|Europe||210 million||17.8 billion||85.1|
||206 million||16 billion||77.4|
|Latin America||50 million||4.8 billion||
|Middle East –
|31 million||2.1 billion||69.8|
||754 million||61 billion||80.9|
Highlights from the chart:
- Asia-Pacific has both more unique searchers and actual searches happening.
Of course, that region also likely has more people overall. Perhaps later
I’ll do a look at the searchers versus overall population angle.
- Latin American searchers do more searches per person than other markets,
though no explanation of why is given
Also see a discussion on Techmeme