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Search Engines by the Numbers

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In the early days of the internet, search engines were still brand new and there was uncertainty about which ones would catch on and how users would interact with the various brands. You had options like AltaVista (1995), Ask Jeeves (1996) and HotBot (1996). Over the years, many of these brands have declined or been purchased. HotBot now uses Bing for searches, Ask Jeeves got rebranded as Ask and AltaVista was bought out by Yahoo! and then shut down. Most search traffic now falls into predictable patterns with a few companies dominating the traffic, and it's important to look at exactly what the numbers show.

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Search Engines Reveal Top Searches of 2015

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Looking at the top search trends of the year helps internet marketers, content creators, SEO professionals and webmasters understand how people use the internet. While these lists are typically dominated by celebrities, news events and sports moments, they nevertheless provide valuable insight and perspective for anyone hoping to attract more traffic to their site.

And while the importance of search engines may be diminishing slightly when compared to other methods of content delivery such as social media, these lists could help content creators find audiences in unexpected places (like Yahoo, for instance).

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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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