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August 18, 2006

Google’s US search share drops in July

Posted by David Hunter at 8:58 PM ET.

Ben Charny at MarketWatch:

According to comScore, 43.7% of all search queries conducted in the United States in July used a Google search engine, down from the 44.7% attributed to Google the month before.

ComScore reports No. 2 Internet search engine Yahoo Search, from Yahoo Inc., saw its share of U.S. Internet search queries increase to 28.8% in July from 28.5% the month before.

Meanwhile search engine AOL’s U.S. share was up to 5.9% in July from the 5.6% it garnered in June, comScore notes.

Also soaking up Google’s U.S. losses was Ask, owned by IAC Search & Media . The Ask search engine’s U.S. market share rose to 5.4% in July from 5.1% in June, comScore reported.

It wasn’t good news for Microsoft though – their share was flat. The comScore Web site doesn’t have a press release yet, but you do have to wonder about the margin of error since they are shaving fractions of a point. In any case, it looks like Google’s US share has stalled even if you want to count AOL search as part of their total.

Update 8/21: The comScore press release is now online.

Filed under AOL, Advertising,, Coopetition, General Business, Google, Live Search, MSN, MSN Search, Microsoft, Online Services, Windows Live, Yahoo

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One Response to “Google’s US search share drops in July”

  1. Nielsen says Google US share dropping too -- Microsoft News Tracker Says:

    [...] Much like last week’s report from comScore, Nielsen/NetRatings is reporting that Google’s US search share dropped slightly in July: Nielsen/NetRatings, an Internet research firm, said Monday Google handled 49.2 percent of the country’s total — about 2.8 billion searches — a slight drop from its 49.4 percent share in June. … Nielsen/NetRatings reported a slight gain in July for the No. 2 search provider, Yahoo Inc., which inched up to 23.8 percent from 23 percent last month. [...]

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