I do not know if the answer is obvious for everyone ... in any case, it seems to me. The victim of this new war will be search engine Yahoo, not Google.
Indisputably the number one search engine is Google. Its market share varies depending on which country is analyzed, but ranges from 68% in the US, up to 96% in countries like Spain where no competitor. Globally, it is considered that Google has a market share of 87.62% (see Stat Counter)
In the second place, for years, we found Yahoo, with a market share of between 5% and 30% depending on which country is analyzed.
The third player was Microsoft Windows Live and Ask Jeeves for fourth in the West, and if we consider Baidu China and other countries in Asia (Baidu is the number one in China [see chart major search engines in China]).
But since last week we have a new player: Bing.com, Microsoft's new search. Let's see how has this affected the rankings.
Although it is early to say since many people have entered Bing just to see what it is, the truth is that Bing is making a hole in the market last emotion of the day 4 (see image), it seems to be able to maintain a stable share of visits.
If we analyze this graph, we can see that on June 4 even Bing came to occupy the second position. What is interesting about this chart is to realize that Bing took the second place, but he did not removing market quota to Yahoo if not that took her from Google. (To perform this analysis is best to enter the Stat Counter link that appears at the bottom of the image and change the dates of the graph to focus on day 4)
Why then I insist that the victim is Yahoo and not Google? So what be the second search engine is not the same as being the third ... and if everything continues, Yahoo will become the third ... this will impact heavily on the number of advertisers of this site and ultimately will death touch the waterline (already very weak) of Yahoo.
Control over Yahoo advertisers will be the real war of search engines and which will decide who is the winner. Although advertisers to gain, first gain market share ... and here they are.
What is happening (or what will happen) is no surprise. Microsoft was spent all of 2008 trying to buy Yahoo (see Reuters oversupply 46,000 million for the purchase of Yahoo). How it has failed, it has developed again (in 2003 did the same), its own search engine. But this time it has not imitating Google, if not creating something totally different and providing services that go beyond the content search and in certain cases such as travel, will be a killer application for some sites intermediation. In this type of search you compared, it is where most have to win where Bing and Google, so far, offers no competition.
Ahora queda por ver si Bing podrá recuperar la cuota del día 4 y si luego podrá mantenerse en esta segunda posición. También, si será capaz de quitar más cuota de mercado a Google o si se la quitará a Yahoo. Es pronto para sacar conclusiones… y aunque como vemos en la gráfica, el efecto “novedad” generado por Bing ya está pasando, esto es una carrera de fondo. Steve Ballmer indicó durante el lanzamiento de Bing que quería “convertir al motor de búsqueda de Microsoft en el segundo contendiente antes de cinco años…” así que también Microsoft sabe que hacerse un hueco en el mercado de los buscadores no es una tarea fácil y que va a necesitar tiempo para conseguirlo.
What is clear for now is that Bing is here to stay, so we have to be aware of this new search engine and start sorting algorithm to analyze their results to know as soon as possible, how to appear well positioned.
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