Sunday, December 21, 2008

Seeking Alpha: Search Engine Activity Remains Robust, Google Leads Pack

"comScore reported that U.S. industry search queries accelerated to 22% YoY in November compared to 19% YoY in October, in a sign that online search remains healthy in the U.S.

Google (GOOG) continued to outshine the group and continued to take share with growth of 32% YoY in November. According to the numbers, Google’s search share increased to 64%, while Yahoo (YHOO) and MSN’s (MSFT) share stayed flat at 21% and 8%, respectively.

Yahoo’s query growth was up 8% sequentially and up 11% YoY, compared 8% YoY in October, so this is a modest positive for Yahoo.

MSN’s query volume declined 6% sequentially and was up 2% YoY, down from 3% in October, a negative that shows Microsoft continues to face difficulties in attracting volume (in prior write-ups, we viewed this as Microsoft’s chief concern). feared worse with query volume declining 7% sequentially and was flat YoY. Its share of searches fell 20bps to 3.8%."

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