This year, search became the internet industry's red hot sector. Many companies set their sights on emulating Google, whose impressive performance has led to a renewal of business interest in the internet.
But does Google need to worry about increased competition? According to figures published by OneStat.com (via Search Engine Lowdown) Google now accounts for over half of all web searches.
Here's the breakdown:
1. Google 56.1%
2. Yahoo 21.5%
3. MSN Search 9.4%
4. AOL Search 3.7%
5. Terra Lycos 2.3
6. Altavista 1.9%
7. Askjeeves 1.6%
Consider that Yahoo's search is powered by Google (type the same search into both engines and you'll see very similar results), and you could argue that Google's share is actually 77.6% -- over three quarters of all the web's searches.
Google's dominance of the search market is growing, not shrinking. Potential competitors are in for a tough ride.
Then again, Google didn't exist six years ago...