Nielsen//NetRatings reported a week ago that Google had more than 50% of the search market share in December 2006. The data for the top three (compared with comScore Networks’ data from the same period, released Jan 15):
|Provider||Searches (000)||Share of Searches||comScore Queries/Share|
|Google Search||3,035,617||50.8%||3.2 billion / 43.7%|
|Yahoo! Search||1,412,904||23.6%||1.9 billion / 28.5%|
|MSN/Windows Live Search||499,946||8.4%||713 million / 10.5%|
Clearly, and unsurprisingly, comScore and Nielsen differ on their estimations of each search engine’s popularity. comScore’s stats give MSN and Yahoo a better projection than Nielsen.
Inside Google at the Blog News Channel noted that Yahoo! is growing at a faster rate than Google (Yahoo’s growth rate: 30.1%; Google’s: 22.6%). Of course, it’s easy to grow faster when you’re half as big.