Rankings

March 16, 2016

comScore Releases February 2016 U.S. Desktop Search Engine Rankings

RESTON, VA, March 16, 2016 – comScore, Inc. (NASDAQ: SCOR) today released its monthly comScore qSearch™ analysis of the U.S. desktop search marketplace. Google Sites led the explicit core search market in February with 64 percent of search queries conducted.

U.S. Explicit Core Search
Google Sites led the U.S. explicit core search market in February with 64 percent market share (up 0.2 percentage points), followed by Microsoft Sites with 21.4 percent (up 0.1 percentage points) and Yahoo Sites with 12.2 percent. Ask Network accounted for 1.6 percent of explicit core searches, followed by AOL, Inc. with 0.9 percent.

comScore Explicit Core Search Share Report* (Desktop Only)
 February 2016 vs. January 2016
Total U.S. – Desktop Home & Work Locations
 Source: comScore qSearch
Core Search Entity Explicit Core Search Share (%)
Jan-16 Feb-16 Point Change
Total Explicit Core Search 100.0% 100.0% N/A
Google Sites 63.8% 64.0% 0.2
Microsoft Sites 21.3% 21.4% 0.1
Yahoo Sites 12.4% 12.2% -0.2
Ask Network 1.7% 1.6% -0.1
AOL, Inc. 0.9% 0.9% 0.0

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

16.8 billion explicit core searches were conducted in February, with Google Sites ranking first with 10.8 billion. Microsoft Sites ranked second with 3.6 billion searches, followed by Yahoo Sites with 2 billion, Ask Network with 273 million and AOL, Inc. with 145 million.

comScore Explicit Core Search Query Report (Desktop Only)
 February 2016 vs. January 2016
Total U.S. – Desktop Home & Work Locations
 Source: comScore qSearch
Core Search Entity Explicit Core Search Queries (MM)
Jan-16 Feb-16 Percent Change
Total Explicit Core Search 17,482 16,823 -4%
Google Sites 11,156 10,762 -4%
Microsoft Sites 3,717 3,594 -3%
Yahoo Sites 2,165 2,048 -5%
Ask Network 289 273 -5%
AOL, Inc. 154 145 -6%

“Powered By” Reporting
In February, 64.0 percent of searches carried organic search results from Google (up 0.2 percentage points), while 31.9 percent of searches were powered by Bing. 

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Tags: Google, Search