Posted November 26, 2008 5:09 am by with 8 comments

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By Rene LeMerle

The latest US search share rankings by Nielsen Online are out, and the report is an all too familiar story. Google search share grows; Microsoft and Yahoo! fall further behind.

According to the October 2008 report, Google’s share of the US search market reached a 6 month high of 61.2%. That’s a total of just over 4.7 billion searches and year on year growth of 8.1%.

On the other hand, Microsoft and Yahoo! continued their 2008 slide, losing 12% and 19% respectively between October 2007 and October 2008.

Yahoo! search share tumbled to 16.9% (down 7%) while MSN/Windows Live Search eased to 11.4% (down 3%).

Interestingly both Yahoo! and Microsoft bucked their dismal “year on year” performances in September, with both generating reasonable improvements on their 2007 results.

However the early US election activity that propped them up in September has now moved on. And leading into the busy holiday search season, Google overwhelmingly holds dominant share of the market.

Rene LeMerle is the VP of Marketing at, a leading provider of results driven Search Engine Marketing services.

  • Nicole Price

    Why should this surprise any one? Just use all three in one sitting and decide which one you want to use.

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  • Saad Kamal

    what happened to the so called google killer ‘cuil’

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  • iphone

    Interesting figures, google just can’t do wrong.

  • JR @ Internet Marketing Do-Follow Blog

    No shocker here, Google the King rises again! And more domination continues.

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  • PS3

    Hm interesting …

  • Patrick

    This is no surprise. The only way Yahoo or Microsoft are going to keep up is if they were to combine or one of them gets taken over by Google.

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  • Utah SEO Pro

    I have a feelings we’ll see this trend for a long time.

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  • Lily Bent

    It seems to me, no one is surprised by the results enlisted. Google wins as always did.