August 2010 U.S. Search Engine Rankings

August 2010 U.S. Search Engine Rankings

It is really perplexing that with the evident number of online searches, added to the fact that people themselves perform these searches in order to find what they need, are curious about or want to investigate, compare or purchase, that due importance is not placed on Search Engine Optimization. Remember it’s not who you know, it’s who knows you.

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Google Sites led the explicit core search market in August with 65.4 percent of searches conducted.

 

U.S. Explicit Core Search

Google Sites led the U.S. explicit core search market in August with 65.4 percent market share, followed by Yahoo! Sites with 17.4 percent (up 0.3 percentage points) and Microsoft sites with 11.1 percent (up 0.1 percentage points). Ask Network captured 3.8 percent of explicit core searches, followed by AOL LLC with 2.3 percent.

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comScore Explicit Core Search Share Report*

August 2010 vs. July 2010 Total U.S. – Home/Work/University Locations

Source: comScore qSearch              ________________________                          .

Core Search Entity            Explicit Core Search        Share (%) Jul-10    Aug-10        Point Change

Total Explicit Core Search         100.0%    100.0%               N/A

Google Sites                                      65.8%     65.4%                 -0.4

Yahoo! Sites                                     17.1%     17.4%                    0.3

Microsoft Sites                                 11.0%     11.1%                    0.1

Ask Network                                      3.8%      3.8%                    0.0

AOL LLC Network                           2.3%      2.3%                     0.0

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*“Explicit Core Search” excludes contextually driven searches that do not reflect specific user intent to interact with the search results.

Nearly 15.7 billion explicit core searches were conducted in August. Google Sites ranked first with 10.3 billion searches, followed by Yahoo! Sites in second with 2.7 billion (up 3 percent) and Microsoft Sites in third with 1.7 billion (up 2 percent). Ask Network accounted for 598 million explicit core searches (up 2 percent) followed by AOL LLC Network with 366 million.

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comScore Explicit Core Search Query Report

August 2010 vs. July 2010 Total U.S. – Home/Work/University Locations

Source: comScore qSearch                            __________________________             .

Core Search Entity            Explicit Core Search                Queries (MM)

Jul-10    Aug-10                Percent Change

Total Explicit Core Search             15,589    15,695                              1%

Google Sites                                        10,263    10,259                             0%

Yahoo! Sites                                           2,661     2,728                              3%

Microsoft Sites                                       1,712     1,744                              2%

Ask Network                                              588       598                              2%

AOL LLC Network                                   365       366                              0%

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U.S. Total Core Search

Google Sites accounted for 60.5 percent of total core search queries conducted, followed by Yahoo! Sites with 21.0 percent and Microsoft Sites with 12.8 percent. Ask Network captured 3.5 percent of total search queries, followed by AOL LLC with 2.2 percent.

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comScore Total Core Search Share Report*

August 2010 vs. July 2010 Total U.S. – Home/Work/University Locations

Source: comScore qSearch                    ________________________           .

Core Search Entity    Total Core Search                   Share (%)

Jul-10    Aug-10                 Point Change

Total Core Search              100.0%    100.0%                          N/A

Google Sites                              61.6%     60.5%                          -1.1

Yahoo! Sites                             20.1%     21.0%                             0.9

Microsoft Sites                         12.6%     12.8%                             0.2

Ask Network                                3.5%      3.5%                             0.0

AOL LLC Network                    2.2%      2.2%                              0.0

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* “Total Core Search” is based on the five major search engines, including partner searches, cross-channel searches and contextual searches. Searches for mapping, local directory, and
user-generated video sites that are not on the core domain of the five search engines are not included in these numbers.

Americans conducted more than 16.9 billion total core search queries in August with Google Sites leading with 10.3 billion searches, followed by Yahoo! Sites with 3.6 billion and Microsoft Sites with 2.2 billion.

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comScore Total Core Search Query Report

August 2010 vs. July 2010 Total U.S. – Home/Work/University Locations

Source: comScore qSearch                           _______________________      .

Core Search Entity    Total Core Search             Queries (MM)

Jul-10    Aug-10               Percent Change

Total Core Search                  16,673    16,950                          2%

Google Sites                             10,263    10,259                          0%

Yahoo! Sites                                 3,351     3,562                         6%

Microsoft Sites                            2,106     2,166                         3%

Ask Network                                   588       598                         2%

AOL LLC Network                         365       366                         0%

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A Note about September 2010 Search Reporting

comScore’s ability to report qSearch data for September 2010 will not be impacted by recent changes in the search landscape, including the introduction of Google Instant Search and Microsoft’s powering of specific channels of search activity within Yahoo! Google’s introduction of Instant Search does not disrupt comScore’s ability to measure search activity consistently, but does introduce a new dynamic that will be addressed in our data collection methodology.

Source comScore

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