Neilsen has reported their search market share numbers for January—and Google seems to have forgotten which way is up. While the search giant is still #1 and in no danger, they lost a percentage point of the search query market from December, falling from 67.3% to 66.3% of all queries.
If Google’s, losing, who’s gaining? Just about everyone else, actually. The other major search engines either held steady or gained slightly—Yahoo was up 0.1 percentage points (to 14.5%), Bing gained 1 percentage point (to 10.9%) and nearly all the smaller search engines in the top ten increased their share month over month.
The overall search query market increased by over 300 million searches. About a third of those queries were run through Google. Yahoo saw over 50 million more queries in January, while Bing fielded 130 million more queries than it did in December.
Is this a significant trend? Of course not. Most likely, other search engine monitoring services won’t see the same change. And it doesn’t seem like a percentage point is going to hurt Google much in the long run, since their overall number of search queries is still growing anyway.
Or maybe Google bought that Super Bowl ad just in time.
What do you think?