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comScore Releases November 2012 U.S. Search Engine Rankings

RESTON, Va., Dec. 12, 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 November with 67 percent of search queries conducted.

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U.S. Explicit Core Search
Google Sites led the U.S. explicit core search market in November with 67 percent market share (up 0.1 percentage points), followed by Microsoft Sites with 16.2 percent (up 0.2 percentage points) and Yahoo! Sites with 12.1 percent. Ask Network accounted for 3 percent of explicit core searches, followed by AOL, Inc. with 1.7 percent.

comScore Explicit Core Search Share Report*

November 2012 vs. October 2012

Total U.S. – Home & Work Locations

Source: comScore qSearch

Core Search Entity

Explicit Core Search Share (%)

Oct-12

Nov-12

Point Change

Total Explicit Core Search

100.0%

100.0%

N/A

Google Sites

66.9%

67.0%

0.1

Microsoft Sites

16.0%

16.2%

0.2

Yahoo! Sites

12.2%

12.1%

-0.1

Ask Network

3.2%

3.0%

-0.2

AOL, Inc.

1.8%

1.7%

-0.1

*"Explicit Core Search" excludes contextually driven searches that do not reflect specific user intent to interact with the search results.

Nearly 17 billion explicit core searches were conducted in November, with Google Sites ranking first with 11.4 billion. Microsoft Sites ranked second with 2.7 billion searches, followed by Yahoo! Sites with 2.1 billion, Ask Network with 506 million and AOL, Inc. with 297 million.

comScore Explicit Core Search Query Report

November 2012 vs. October 2012

Total U.S. – Home & Work Locations

Source: comScore qSearch

Core Search Entity

Explicit Core Search Queries (MM)

Oct-12

Nov-12

Percent Change

Total Explicit Core Search

17,623

16,957

-4%

Google Sites

11,787

11,359

-4%

Microsoft Sites

2,819

2,741

-3%

Yahoo! Sites

2,147

2,054

-4%

Ask Network

560

506

-10%

AOL, Inc.

309

297

-4%

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In November, 69.4 percent of searches carried organic search results from Google, while 25.4 percent of searches were powered by Bing (up 0.4 percentage points).

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SOURCE comScore, Inc.

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