1 in 5 Google Visits Come from Browser Search Box

    March 25, 2009
    Chris Crum

AT Internet Institute released its monthly Search Engine Barometer for the month of February, revealing some interesting findings. For one – one out of every five Google visits is attributed to the browser search bar. That’s 20.1% of Google visits – three times more than Live Search (7%) and ten times more than Yahoo (2.3%).

Search Barometer

Other noteworthy findings from the report include:

– Google dominated (of course) with 91.27% of visits (91.23% in January 2009),

– Yahoo, 2nd, rose for the first time in a year: 2.50% in February vs. 2.43% in January 2009

– Live Search, 3rd, had the highest month over month increase (+0.08 point) to reach 2.36%

– AOL, 4th (1.36% of visits), dropped by 0.04 point after a 3-month stabilization period

– Orange, 5th, lost ground and fell below 1% visit share

Search Barometer

After most of the search engines saw little if any growth in January’s report, February saw a little more activity. With Microsoft’s Live Search accelerators built into Internet Explorer 8, it will be interesting to see if Live Search gets any kind of a boost from that, if even a miniscule one.