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November 18, 2010

comScore Releases October 2010 U.S. Search Engine Rankings

RESTON, VA, November 18, 2010 – comScore, Inc. (NASDAQ: SCOR), a leader in measuring the digital world, today released its monthly comScore qSearch analysis of the U.S. search marketplace. Google Sites led the explicit core search market in October with 66.3 percent of searches conducted, an increase of 0.2 share points from September 2010.

The October 2010 qSearch figures represent the second month of results including the impact of Google Instant Search, a Google search feature that delivers results in real-time while users type their query. To learn more about how comScore is measuring search activity as users engage with Google Instant Search, please read our blog post on the subject: http://blog.comscore.com/2010/10/comscore_september_qsearch.html 

U.S. Explicit Core Search

Google Sites led the U.S. explicit core search market in October with 66.3 percent market share, followed by Yahoo! Sites with 16.5 percent and Microsoft sites with 11.5 percent. Ask Network captured 3.6 percent of explicit core searches, followed by AOL LLC Network with 2.1 percent.

comScore Explicit Core Search Share Report*
October 2010 vs. September 2010
Total U.S. – Home/Work/University Locations
Source: comScore qSearch
Core Search Entity Explicit Core Search Share (%)
Sep-10 Oct-10 Point Change
Total Explicit Core Search 100.0% 100.0% N/A
Google Sites 66.1% 66.3% 0.2
Yahoo! Sites 16.7% 16.5% -0.2
Microsoft Sites 11.2% 11.5% 0.3
Ask Network 3.7% 3.6% -0.1
AOL LLC Network 2.3% 2.1% -0.2

*“Explicit Core Search” excludes contextually driven searches that do not
 reflect specific user intent to interact with the search results.

More than 16.6 billion explicit core searches were conducted in October. Google Sites ranked first with 11.0 billion searches, followed by Yahoo! Sites in second with 2.7 billion and Microsoft Sites in third with 1.9 billion. Ask Network accounted for 598 million explicit core searches followed by AOL LLC Network with 346 million.

comScore Explicit Core Search Query Report
October 2010 vs. September 2010
Total U.S. – Home/Work/University Locations
Source: comScore qSearch
Core Search Entity Explicit Core Search Queries (MM)
Sep-10 Oct-10 Percent Change
Total Explicit Core Search 16,021 16,622 4%
Google Sites 10,593 11,025 4%
Yahoo! Sites 2,682 2,735 2%
Microsoft Sites 1,791 1,919 7%
Ask Network 593 598 1%
AOL LLC Network 362 346 -4%

U.S. Total Core Search

Google Sites accounted for 64.3 percent of total core search queries conducted, followed by Yahoo! Sites with 18.5 percent and Microsoft Sites with 12.1 percent. Ask Network captured 3.2 percent of total search queries, followed by AOL LLC Network with 1.9 percent. Google’s share increased by 1.4 percentage points, primarily due to the impact of Instant Search.

comScore Total Core Search Share Report*
October 2010 vs. September 2010
Total U.S. – Home/Work/University Locations
Source: comScore qSearch
Core Search Entity Total Core Search Share (%)
Sep-10 Oct-10 Point Change
Total Core Search 100.0% 100.0% N/A
Google Sites 62.9% 64.3% 1.4
Yahoo! Sites 19.2% 18.5% -0.7
Microsoft Sites 12.5% 12.1% -0.4
Ask Network 3.4% 3.2% -0.2
AOL LLC Network 2.0% 1.9% -0.1

* “Total Core Search” is based on the five major search engines, including
partner searches, cross-channel searches and contextual searches. Searches
for mapping, local directory, and user-generated video sites that are not on the
core domain of the five search engines are not included in these numbers.

Americans conducted 18.4 billion total core search queries in October with Google Sites leading with 11.8 billion searches, followed by Yahoo! Sites with 3.4 billion and Microsoft Sites with 2.2 billion.

comScore Total Core Search Query Report
October 2010 vs. September 2010
Total U.S. – Home/Work/University Locations
Source: comScore qSearch
Core Search Entity Total Core Search Queries (MM)
Sep-10 Oct-10 Percent Change
Total Core Search 17,671 18,434 4%
Google Sites 11,119 11,846 7%
Yahoo! Sites 3,394 3,416 1%
Microsoft Sites 2,204 2,229 1%
Ask Network 593 598 1%
AOL LLC Network 362 346 -4%

“Powered By” Reporting

As a part of comScore commitment to accurately represent the continued evolution of the search landscape, comScore is providing insight into the share of algorithmic Explicit searches that are powered by Google and Bing, and branded as such to the consumer. Google’s “powered by” share is composed of searches conducted at Google entities, as well as AOL and most of Ask’s MyWebSearch. Bing’s “powered by” share is composed of searches conducted at Bing entities as well as Yahoo! Web Search, Yahoo! Image Search and Yahoo! Video Search. Some of Yahoo!’s in-channel searches, such as movies and finance, are still provided by Yahoo!

In October, 69.2 percent of searches carried organic search results from Google, while 23.5 percent of searches were powered by Bing organic results.

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