Google & Bing Hit All-Time Highs As Desktop Search Activity Rebounds

bing-google-featured Google and Bing both hit all-time highs in U.S. search market share in October, while overall desktop search activity was up eight percent from the month before. All of that's according to comScore's October 2012 search activity/rankings report. Google's market share rose two-tenths of a point, from 66.7 percent in September to 66.9 percent in October. Bing gained a tenth of a point and reached 16 percent in October. Both of those numbers represent all-time highs using comScore's estimates. Yahoo was static for the month and Ask's share was down. Desktop search activity was up sig [...]

Google Is #4 In China As It Continues To Lose Market Share

google-china-logo Google continues to lose marketshare in China after pulling out of China years ago. New market share reports from Marbridge Consulting puts Google in forth place in terms of search market share. Google trails Baidu, Qihoo 360, and Sogou with only 4.72% share in China. Baidu has 72.97%, Qihoo 360 has 9.64% and Sogou has 7.83%. TheNextWeb adds that Google Maps also dropped, now in the 6th position based on China market share. The reason for the drop on the maps side is because of Apple dropping Google Maps in iOS 6 for their own mapping application. Here is the search market share rep [...]

Can Search Queries And Social Data Predict The Presidential Election Outcome?

Red vs. blue map By the time this election is over more than $2.6 billion will have been spent by the two US presidential candidates on political advertising. I've also seen some estimates that say total political advertising this election cycle will top $6 billion. Yet, remarkably, The Atlantic points to a Google Trends report showing a huge November spike for the query "Who's running for president?" "Who's Running for President?" If you compare "Obama" to "Romney," Google Trends reflects that Obama comes out just ahead of Romney, the same way many believe this election will turn out later this evening. [...]

August Search Share: Bing Hits “All Time High”

bing logo The early August search market share data is out from financial analysts ahead of the official comScore release. That official release will likely be later this afternoon (now updated, see postscript). Yahoo is down once again while partner Bing has hit "an all time high" according to one analyst. Google lost some share (0.4 percent) in August, while Bing gained and Yahoo declined by an equivalent amount (0.2 percent). Strangely, AOL also gained (0.2 percent). Here are the August comScore numbers: Google: 66.4 percent (66.8 percent in July) Bing: 15.9 percent (15.7 percent in July) [...]

Pinterest Now Sending More Traffic Than Yahoo Search, Shareaholic Says

yahoo-logo Yahoo's slide continues with the news today that Pinterest is now sending more traffic to publishers than organic Yahoo search results. That's according to Shareaholic, a provider of social sharing buttons and widgets with more than 200,000 publishers using its tools. In a blog post today, Shareaholic says Pinterest was the fourth biggest traffic source in August among its publishers -- beating out Yahoo organic search, which fell to fifth. Overall, Google search was the top traffic source, followed by direct traffic and then Facebook in third. (See far right column below.) Pinterest als [...]

Study: Bing And Yahoo Search Share Largest On Internet Explorer Browser

Screen Shot 2012-08-28 at 11.46.32 AM Internet Explorer (IE) is the browser where the most "non-Google" searches happen, according to data from ad network Chitika. The company analyzed "hundreds of millions of ad impressions [in the US and Canada] from within the Chitika Ad network" earlier this month. Chitika was seeking to determine search engine usage on each browser. Overall Chitika found that Google generated 74.7 percent of search traffic across all five browsers examined. Yahoo was second with 12.3 percent and Bing third with a 9.74 percent share across browsers. By comparison the most recent comScore data show Google [...]

Bing-hoo Search Down 4 Percent In Past Year, Hitwise Says

bing-yahoo-logos June and July haven't been very kind months for Bing and Yahoo. What Hitwise calls "Bing-powered search" had about 28.1 percent of all U.S. searches in May, but that dropped to less than 27 percent for July. And what was a five percent year-over-year gain back in May, has now become a four percent Y-o-Y decline. Google, meanwhile, remained at about 66 percent of all U.S. search activity. That Bing-hoo would go from a five percent yearly gain to a four percent yearly decline in the span of a couple months only underscores the fact that Google's grip on search market share isn't in [...]

Search Engine Satisfaction Dips Slightly; Google & Bing Effectively Tied

Microsoft Excel-2 Look out, Google. In the annual American Customer Satisfaction Index for search engines, Bing has practically matched the search leader's consumer satisfaction score for the second year in a row, with not that far behind. Bing Barely Behind Google The scores look like this: Google: 82 points Bing: 81 points 80 points Yahoo: 78 points On the ASCI scale, 100 would be a perfect score. Google earned 82, or what I'd call a B letter grade. But Bing was just behind by one point, and that makes it effectively tied with Google. Writes ACSI: Once trailing Google by [...]

Google, Bing Hit All-Time Highs In June Search Market Share [comScore]

google-bing-yahoo-logos Google and Bing have reached all-time high levels, while Yahoo reached an all-time low in the latest comScore search market share numbers. They're due to be released publicly later today or tomorrow, but financial analysts have seen and are sharing their copies of the data. According to comScore's explicit search market share report for June 2012 -- which covers desktop searches only, not mobile -- the numbers are as follows: Google: 66.8 percent in June, up from 66.7 percent in May; an all-time high for Google Bing: 15.6 percent in June, up from 15.4 percent in May; an all-time high [...]

Hitwise: Bing Has Chipped Away 5 Percent Of Google’s Search Share Over Past Year

bing-google-featured Google continues to hold a death-grip on search market share in the U.S., but Experian Hitwise says that Bing has taken five percent of Google's market share in the last 12 months. According to Hitwise's market share stats for May 2012, Google accounted for 65 percent of all U.S. searches -- down from 68 percent a year ago. Meanwhile, Bing-powered searches in May accounted for 28.1 percent, which is up from 26.8 percent last year at this time. That's a five percent year-over-year decline for Google, and a five percent gain for Bing-powered search share. Hitwise credits Yahoo with [...]

Search Market Share: Google Up, Bing Flat, Yahoo Hits New Low

search_icon The financial analysts are starting to expose search market share data for May, ahead of the official release of those numbers by comScore tomorrow. If they're accurate the data we saw reflect another monthly decline for Yahoo and AOL. Bing was flat while Google gained. Here are the numbers: Google: 66.7 percent in May (vs. 66.5 percent in April) Bing: 15.4 percent (vs. 15.4 percent in April and 14.1 percent a year ago) Yahoo: 13.4 percent (vs. 13.5 percent in April; and 15.9 percent a year ago) Ask: 3 percent (vs. 3 percent in April) AOL: 1.5 percent (vs. 1.6 percent in April) [...]

Blekko’s Traffic Is Up Almost 400 Percent; Here Are The CEO’s Five Reasons Why

blekko-man-logo By the end of April, traffic to Blekko will likely have quadrupled since January 1st, and the company has a handful of reasons why it thinks that's happening. More on the explanation later; first, the numbers. The "slashtags" search engine has already seen a 337 percent gain in unique visitors this year. That's as of yesterday (Monday) afternoon, and there are still two weeks left in the month. Blekko shared the chart below from its internal analytics, showing a gain in unique IPs visiting the site from 1.58 million in December to 5.33 million so far in April. Blekko saw visits f [...]

Survey Paradox: People Like Google But Not What It’s Doing

Last week the Pew Internet Project released findings of a survey on search, personalization and targeted advertising. In a nutshell, survey respondents had a very positive view of search and the quality of search results. Yet the majority gave an unequivocal thumbs down to search personalization (and behavioral targeting). This isn't necessarily a contradiction or paradox in the abstract, but it is when you consider that the most popular search engine is moving aggressively in a direction most people say they don't want search to go. Here's our earlier coverage of the survey: Pew Repo [...]

New comScore Study Suggests 50 Percent Of Local-Mobile Search Happening In Apps

Localeze, 15 Miles and comScore released findings from their 5th Local Search Study. The survey of 4,000 US adults (together with behavioral data) documents how consumers search for and find local business information across digital platforms. It's a pretty comprehensive study and there are a great many interesting pieces of data, some of which I've written up here and here. In this article I want to focus on a single finding: 49 percent of smartphone and tablet owners are using apps to find local information. On one level this is unremarkable and makes sense; apps are popular and there are [...]

msnNOW Is Driving More Traffic To Bing, But Is It Artifically Inflating Searches?

bing-msnnow-logos With its msnNOW site barely two weeks old, Microsoft is already reaping benefits on another property: increased traffic to its Bing search engine. But the way it's happening may also lead to artificial increases in Bing's market share numbers. First, the traffic stats: Experian Hitwise tells us that downstream traffic from msnNOW to Bing jumped 21 percent between the first and second weeks since msnNOW's launch on February 15th. That's in line with a separate report from Compete that says 23 percent of msnNOW users that didn't visit Bing in the week before launch did visit Bing after [...]

DuckDuckGo Has Its First Million-Search Day

duckduckgo-logo The growth chart continues to trend in the right direction for DuckDuckGo. It was just about three weeks ago that we wrote about the search engine setting its own record with 731,000 searches in a single day. To go from that to more than a million in a few weeks is impressive. Via a tweet yesterday, DuckDuckGo announced that it had its first day with a million direct searches. We received over 1,000,000 direct searches yesterday for the first time ever!— duckduckgo (@duckduckgo) February 14, 2012 The milestone happened on February 13th when Duck [...]

Bing Now A Full Point Ahead Of Yahoo In Search Share — comScore

bing-b-logo Today comScore reported January search share figures for the US market. We restrained ourselves this month, not posting on this subject before the official release, given the error that happened last time through one of the financial analyst firms and their early release of the data. Google gained share vs. last month. However, the big news is that Bing is now firmly ahead of Yahoo in "explicit core search." But using comScore's expanded "total core search" definition Yahoo remains ahead of Bing. Below are the official numbers; first explicit core search (no slideshows) and then total co [...]

Chrome’s Market Share Drops In January; Was It Due To Google’s Penalty?

google-chrome-shock-featured After 17 straight months of gains in market share, Google's Chrome web browser dropped 0.17 percent in January, and the company that tracks browser market share suggests that it's because Google penalized Chrome after a botched sponsored blog post campaign. The figures come from Net Applications, which says it tracks about 160 million unique visits per month to a worldwide network of more than 40,000 sites. According to Net Applications, Firefox and Safari also saw market share losses in January. While they were declining, Microsoft's Internet Explorer gained 1.09%, its biggest monthly g [...]

Bing Out Of “Betaphase” In Germany, Claims 10 Million Users

bing-germany-featured Bing is reportedly now out of betaphase in Deutschland. According to Microsoft, Bing has 10 million users or 20 percent of active internet users in Germany: Mittlerweile benutzen fast 10 Millionen Nutzer in Deutschland regelmäßig Bing, das sind 20 Prozent der aktiven Internetnutzer hierzulande. According to several third-party sources, Bing's market share is smaller than the 20 percent figure cited above. For example, the following is StatCounter's search engine data for Germany: Source: StatCounter NetMarketshare generally agrees, showing Bing's PC search share at just ove [...]

DuckDuckGo Sets New Traffic Record, But Stats Show How Dominant Google, Others Are

duckduckgo-logo DuckDuckGo, the upstart search engine that's challenged its bigger competitors on privacy issues, has had a couple straight days of record-setting traffic. But the numbers show just how much the major search engines dominate the search space. First, let's recognize how cool it is that DuckDuckGo actually has a public web page that shows the search engine's traffic and query activity. We learned about it via a DuckDuckGo tweet today; you can see for yourself at The chart is impressive and shows the monthly moving averages of direct queries on DuckDuckGo's [...]

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