Bing’s traffic acquisition deal with Conduit, the toolbar company that claims to work with 260,000 publishers and 200 million users, appears to be paying off, according to analysis from Rimm Kaufman Group (RKG).
Senior research analyst Mark Ballard looked at traffic from Conduit to Rimm Kaufman Group clients from before the toolbar company switched to Bing from Google at the beginning of 2011. Toward the end of 2010, when Conduit was still with Google, Ballard writes, Conduit sent RKG clients paid search click traffic that was equivalent to 10 to 11% of total Bing.com paid search traffic. Currently, using referrer data, Ballard sees around 5% of Bing’s paid search traffic coming from Conduit, and he estimates an additional 5-6% likely comes from additional searches after people are delivered to Bing.com.
The Conduit-driven traffic was credited for boosted the Search Alliance’s traffic beginning in January, but RKG’s analysis shows it shouldn’t get all the credit. Traffic on the Search Alliance was a little higher, all the same, though paid search traffic on Bing.com was fairly flat outside of Conduit.
As a search marketing agency, Rimm Kaufman’s Ballard raises the question of whether Conduit driving such a great percentage of traffic on Bing is good for marketers, since it can’t be excluded.
“When it was a Google partner, Conduit provided traffic that was worth about 2/3 as much to advertisers as traffic on the core Google.com domain,” said Ballard. “That’s a level at which some may choose to exclude it in order to drive more traffic at the same ROI from the core domain and the better performing partners.”