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Will Windows 10 Boost Bing's Search Market Share?

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Do any SEOs concentrate on search engines other than Google? While many would argue that it's important, trying to optimize specifically for Yahoo or Bing doesn't seem all that worth it when you look at the numbers. According to the latest comScore report, Bing still only has around 20 percent of the search market share.

The release of Windows 10, however, has the potential to boost Bing searches similarly (but on a much larger scale) to how Mozilla's Yahoo deal boosted searches for Yahoo for a brief time. But will it be enough to get naysayers to pay attention to Bing?

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Google Fights Back After Yahoo-Firefox Deal

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The search engine wars continue. Earlier this month, we reported that Google's search market share has fallen to its lowest level since 2008. The major impetus behind these changes involves the recent Yahoo-Firefox deal, in which Mozilla replaced Google with Yahoo as the default search engine in its browser.

The latest numbers, released by comScore, indicate that Google's search share dropped 1.6 percent to 65.4 percent in December. Yahoo gained that 1.6 percent, moving them up to 11.8 percent. Now Google is fighting to win back some of those users.

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Google's Search Market Share Falls to Lowest Level In Years

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Google is the undisputed king of search. According to the latest numbers from Statcounter, Google had 75.2 percent of the search engine market share in December of 2014. However, while that number is indicative of Google's domination, it's actually a significant decrease from the prior month (77.3 percent) and from December of 2013 (79.3 percent). Google's market share hasn't been this low since 2008.

So what happened? Well, most experts point to the fact that Mozilla changed it's default search engine in Firefox to Yahoo last month. Indeed, Yahoo saw a nearly two percent gain.

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Google, Yahoo, Facebook and Bing Reveal Top Searches of 2014

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Year-end lists of the top searches provide a snapshot of what people look for on the internet and how they use search engines. Such lists also provide an overview of the topics, events, issues and people that were most culturally relevant that year. For marketers, the top searches don't necessarily represent keywords to be focused on; instead, they help keep SEOs informed about search trends, audience tendencies and where - or where not - to be focusing their efforts.

Year-end lists have been released by Google, Yahoo, Facebook and Bing. While these sites vary in traffic, they're all still in the Alexa top 25.

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Bing Outlines How Content Quality Affects Rankings

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According to the latest comScore numbers, Microsoft sites got around 3.7 billion searches in October. While that's only 19.5 percent of the search market share, the numbers are high enough to suggest that Bing should not be ignored - especially if your site targets an older or wealthier audience.

It's important to remember that optimizing for Bing is similar to optimizing for Google in many ways. Rule number one for both search engines seems to be high-quality content. A new post on the Bing blog details exactly what they're looking for.

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