Web searches growth: Google grows by 6%, Yahoo! by 9%, MSN loses 4%

Nielsen//NetRatings reports 5% in Internet searches between Q1 2005 and Q2 2005. Smaller search engines reaped greater benefits out of search growth, with number of searches at Ask.

Nielsen//NetRatings reports 5% in Internet searches between Q1 2005 and Q2 2005. Smaller search engines reaped greater benefits out of search growth, with number of searches at Ask.com increasing by 16% and AOL Search growing 15%. However, Google still remained the undisputed king of the search engine world with 6% growth. Yahoo! grew by 9%, and MSN was the only top search engine to lose audience, receiving 4% fewer searches in Q2 2005.

Search engine growth between Q1 2005 and Q2 2005

Search engine Number of searches,
Q1 2005
Number of searches,
Q2 2005
QTQ growth, %
Google 5,737,097 6,088,343 6
Yahoo! 2,576,473 2,798,123 9
MSN 1,659,235 1,590,049 -4
AOL 562,816 646,641 15
Ask 216,656 250,869 16
Total 12,263,765 12,849,121 5
Source: Nielsen//NetRatings