Study: Top 5 Search Engines See Search Traffic Drop By As Much As 31% Since December 2013

shareaholic logoA newly released report from Shareaholic claims the top five search engines — Google, Bing, Yahoo, and AOL — have all experienced a decline in search traffic since December of 2013.

Using data from December 2013 through May 2014, Shareaholic evaluated aggregate organic search traffic numbers from more than 300,000 publishers reaching an audience of more than 400 million monthly unique visitors.

The report shows Google’s search traffic fell 17 percent between last December and May of this year.

Shareaholic Google search traffic trends

Bing, Yahoo, and AOL saw an even bigger drop in search traffic numbers compared to Google, with Yahoo and Bing both experiencing a 31 percent decline.

Shareaholic search engine traffic trends

According to Shareaholic, Google accounts for 17 times more traffic than Bing, Yahoo, and AOL combined, but its users are often less engaged.

From the report:

Google searchers are quick to abandon sites they deem unfit to help them solve current issues – on average, 61.26 percent bounce. Also, Google fans, on average, view the fewest number of pages per visit (2.34).

Shareaholic claimed, Bing and Yahoo all have higher engagement rates, with users less likely to bounce, and spending more time on a site and viewing more pages per visit.

Search Engine User Engagement Rates (December 2013 – May 2014):

Shareaholic User engagement by search engine


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