Ask Has More Searchers Than Msn/live!?
Posted 22 April 2007 - 05:08 PM
It refers to comScore Releases March U.S. Search Engine Rankings which has a table with search engine traffic for the top engines (just the data from March 07):
Google Sites 48.3%
Yahoo! Sites 27.5%
Microsoft Sites 10.9%
Ask Network 5.2%
Time Warner Network 5.0%
Remembering that the Microsoft browsers default to MSN/Live for unresolving domain names (and Firefox defaults to Google), how much actual search traffic (people doing searches on purpose) does MSN/Live really get? Frank assumes that Microsoft only gets 3% (of the total) for actual search traffic.
Has Ask passed Microsoft?
Are there any numbers out there about type-in "searches" which do not resolve to domain names? Looking at the AOL database, I see quite a lot of it. But how can you tell which searches are people actually searching for something by entering a domain name?
Posted 23 April 2007 - 06:41 AM
Posted 24 April 2007 - 06:57 PM
It's not just MSN/Live but it'll conduct a search for whatever search engine you've selected as your default (that's if you selected a different engine than MSN/Live).
With IE7 / Vista when I enter "domain.cmo" into the URL bar, it automatically triggers a search. It would be neat to know how much of the market-share MSN/Live gets from there.
Also, it's helpful to note that it's not just IE 7 / Vista that forces searches for NXDomain (non-existent domain). Many ISPs such as Charter Communications are signing up for these to improve user experience and monetization.
I have Charter cable at home, and I get Yahoo! NXDomain search pages.
Edited by phaithful, 24 April 2007 - 07:06 PM.
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