Media Metrix Search Engine Ratings

Below is information on which search engines get the most traffic from Danny Sullivan of Search Engine Watch.

The comScore Media Metrix qSearch service measures search-specific traffic on the internet. qSearch data is gathered by monitoring the web activities of 1.5 million English-speakers worldwide (1 million in the United States) via proxy metering.

Share Of Searches: March 2006

The pie chart below shows the percentage of searches done by US web surfers at home, work and at universities in March 2006 that were performed at a particular web site or a network of web sites:

The qSearch figures are search-specific but not necessarily web-search specific. For example, a search performed at Yahoo Sports would count toward Yahoo’s overall total. Also note that some companies own more than one web site. This means searches at different sites may be combined into one overall figure for the company’s entire network. Here’s a rundown with more details about this:

  • Google: Shows searches at any Google-owned web site such as or Google Image Search.
  • Yahoo: Shows searches at any Yahoo-owned web site including those of AltaVista, AllTheWeb and Overture. May show searches at some Google partners that show Google’s domain in the URLs of their search results, as happens with
  • MSN: Shows searches at any MSN-operated web site such as MSN Search.
  • AOL: Shows searches at any Time Warner-owned web site, including AOL Search and Netscape Search.
  • Ask: Shows searches at Ask and any site within the Ask-owned Excite Network, including Excite, iWon, and My Web Search.
  • Other: Shows searches that occur at other search sites.

Share Of Searches Trend

The chart below shows how the share of searches has changed over the past year.

SOURCE : Search Engine Watch

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