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Monday, March 6, 2006

Online Search at a Record High

Posted by @ 10:47 pm

Online search is growing like never before, with the number of searches conducted increasing by 39 percent in the U.S, across roughly 60 search engines year-over-year in January 2006, reports Nielsen/NetRatings.

Nearly 5.7 billion searches were carried out in January compared with 4 billion searches in January 2005, the highest growth to date. From December 2005 to January 2006 the number of online searches performed accelerated 12 percent from 5.07 billion.

Table 1. Online Search: Jan 2005 – Jan 2006 (U.S)

Month Searches (000)
Jan-05 4,085,880
Feb-05 3,824,261
Mar-05 4,353,624
Apr-05 4,211,931
May-05 4,311,035
Jun-05 4,447,406
Jul-05 4,604,161
Aug-05 5,047,101
Sep-05 5,060,883
Oct-05 5,134,713
Nov-05 5,105,761
Dec-05 5,069,377
Jan-06 5,699,528

Source: Nielsen/NetRatings Mega View Search, March 2006

“Web users are conducting more searches not because they can’t find what they’re looking for, but because search as a utility has become deeply ingrained into people’s everyday lives,” says Ken Cassar, chief analyst, Nielsen/NetRatings.

Google continues to lead the way in online search, accounting for 48.2 percent of the share of searches, followed by Yahoo! with 22.2 percent and MSN at 11 percent. Both Google and Yahoo! rose by a point from the previous year, whilst MSN has dropped slightly.

Table 2. Search Share Rankings (U.S)

Search Engine Jan-05 Search Share Jan-06 Search Share
Google 47.1% 48.2%
Yahoo! 21.2% 22.2%
MSN 12.8% 11.0%

Source: Nielsen/NetRatings Mega View Search, March 2006

Rene LeMerle Rene is the marketing manager of - a global search engine marketing company. He also leads the marketing for - a web 2.0 style community for online and digital marketers. Rene has been in the industry since 1997 with much of that time spent helping businesses embrace the best of the internet and digital world.

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