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comScore Releases December 2011 U.S. Search Engine Rankings

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

comScore Releases December 2011 U.S. Search Engine Rankings16:01 EST Wednesday, January 11, 2012RESTON, Va., Jan. 11, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- comScore, Inc. (NASDAQ: SCOR), a leader in measuring the digital world, today released its monthly comScore qSearch analysis of the U.S. search marketplace. Google Sites led the explicit core search market in December with 65.9 percent of search queries conducted. (Logo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20080115/COMSCORELOGO)U.S. Explicit Core SearchGoogle Sites led the U.S. explicit core search market in December with 65.9 percent market share (up 0.5 percentage points), followed by Microsoft Sites with 15.1 percent (up 0.1 percentage points) and Yahoo! Sites with 14.5 percent. Ask Network accounted for 2.9 percent of explicit core searches, followed by AOL, Inc. with 1.6 percent. comScore Explicit Core Search Share Report*December 2011 vs. November 2011 Total U.S. ? Home & Work LocationsSource: comScore qSearchCore Search EntityExplicit Core Search Share (%)Nov-11Dec-11Point ChangeTotal Explicit Core Search100.0%100.0%N/AGoogle Sites65.4%65.9%0.5Microsoft Sites15.0%15.1%0.1Yahoo! Sites15.1%14.5%-0.6Ask Network2.9%2.9%0.0AOL, Inc.1.6%1.6%0.0*"Explicit Core Search" excludes contextually driven searches that do notreflect specific user intent to interact with the search results.More than 18.2 billion explicit core searches were conducted in December (up 2 percent). Google Sites ranked first with 12 billion (up 3 percent), followed by Microsoft Sites with 2.7 billion (up 2 percent) and Yahoo! Sites with 2.6 billion. Ask Network delivered 531 million searches (up 3 percent), while AOL, Inc. rounded out the top five with 287 million. comScore Explicit Core Search Query ReportDecember 2011 vs. November 2011 Total U.S. ? Home & Work LocationsSource: comScore qSearchCore Search EntityExplicit Core Search Queries (MM)Nov-11Dec-11Percent ChangeTotal Explicit Core Search17,88718,2352%Google Sites11,70412,0193%Microsoft Sites2,6842,7502%Yahoo! Sites2,6962,647-2%Ask Network5165313%AOL, Inc. 2862870%U.S. Total Core SearchGoogle Sites accounted for 66.1 percent of total core search queries conducted (up 0.4 percentage points), followed by Yahoo! Sites with 16.2 percent and Microsoft Sites with 13.8 percent. Ask Network comprised 2.6 percent of total search queries, followed by AOL, Inc. with 1.4 percent. comScore Total Core Search Share Report* December 2011 vs. November 2011 Total U.S. ? Home & Work LocationsSource: comScore qSearchCore Search EntityTotal Core Search Share (%)Nov-11Dec-11Point ChangeTotal Core Search100.0%100.0%N/AGoogle Sites65.7%66.1%0.4Yahoo! Sites16.3%16.2%-0.1Microsoft Sites14.0%13.8%-0.2Ask Network2.6%2.6%0.0AOL, Inc.1.4%1.4%0.0* "Total Core Search" is based on the five major search engines, includingpartner searches, cross-channel searches and contextual searches. Searches for mapping, local directory, and user-generated video sites that are not on the core domain of the five search engines are not included in these numbers. Americans conducted 20.5 billion total core search queries in December (up 3 percent). Google Sites ranked first with 13.6 billion searches (up 4 percent), followed by Yahoo! Sites with 3.3 billion (up 2 percent) and Microsoft Sites with 2.8 billion (up 2 percent). comScore Total Core Search Query ReportDecember 2011 vs. November 2011 Total U.S. ? Home & Work LocationsSource: comScore qSearchCore Search EntityTotal Core Search Queries (MM)Nov-11Dec-11PercentChangeTotal Core Search19,90620,5253%Google Sites13,07413,5604%Yahoo! Sites3,2453,3182%Microsoft Sites2,7852,8292%Ask Network5165313%AOL, Inc.2862870%"Powered By" ReportingIn December, 68.1 percent of searches carried organic search results from Google (vs. 67.6 percent in November) while 26.5 percent of searches were powered by Bing (vs. 26.7 percent in November).About comScorecomScore, Inc. (NASDAQ: SCOR) is a global leader in measuring the digital world and preferred source of digital business analytics. For more information, please visit www.comscore.com/companyinfo.  SOURCE comScore, Inc.For further information: Stephanie Flosi, comScore, Inc., +1-312-777-8801, press@comscore.com