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comScore Releases March Market Share Stats

Posted by Melanie Phung on Wednesday, April 19, 2006 at 7:08 am

comScore’s latest release shows that the number of search queries rose and, once again, Google not only leads the pack but takes market share from its competitors.

Other highlights:

  • Americans conducted 6.4 billion searches online in March, up 10% from last month and 15% from last year. The increase in search queries from the previous month marked the largest gain over the past 12 months.
  • Google Sites led the pack with 2.7 billion search queries performed, followed by Yahoo Sites (1.8 billion), MSN-Microsoft (849 million), Time-Warner Network (486 million), and Ask Jeeves/Ask Network (376 million).
  • The toolbar search market continues to be dominated by Google and Yahoo, which combined for more than 95% of toolbar searches in March. Google led the way with 48.9%, while Yahoo captured 46.5%.

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Y! Weather Report: 75% Chance of Updates

Posted by Melanie Phung on Thursday, March 30, 2006 at 11:42 am

If you’re starting to see significant changes in your Yahoo rankings, that would be because Yahoo just did a big index update. (Rumor has it they may be kicking out non-relevant sites en masse.) The comments on the Yahoo Search Blog — where the Weather Report was announced (after the fact) — aren’t showing the kind of love Y! was getting a while back … when Yahoo was building a lot of good will in the search community by being more transparent than the frustratingly enigmatic Google. Back when they were giving Weather Reports before they made updates.

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Yahoo Music Machine

Posted by Melanie Phung on Monday, February 13, 2006 at 9:04 pm

There’s a very thorough review of Yahoo’s music download service on the Atlanta-Journal Constitution’s “super duper tech help blog.”

Geekboy writes of his explorations: “Music is a powerful thing. I was starting to like this. I felt ashamed. Like somehow I had betrayed geeks everywhere.” But he then goes on to outline what to me would be deal-breaker problems. Geekboy’s review of Yahoo Music Machine was posted today at ajc.com.

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Yahoo’s Video Search

Posted by Melanie Phung on Monday, October 24, 2005 at 11:07 am

YSearchblog posted a great look at how to use Yahoo Video Search to subscribe to podcasts for your video iPod.

And if you’re wondering why it took me so long to even mention Yahoo Search… that’s because, I admit it, I don’t pay as much attention to it. Not because I think #2 doesn’t matter, but because Yahoo handcodes the top 20 results for the top 6% of search terms. Since that 6% includes those terms relevant to my job, it’s just not imperative that I follow Yahoo as closely.

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