Google accounted for 71.16% of all US internet searches for the four weeks ending Sept. 27, 2008, a 12% year-over-year increase since the same period in 2007, according to data released by Hitwise.
Yahoo Search (18.06%), MSN Search (5.36%) and Ask.com (3.63%) came in second, third and fourth, respectively.
The remaining 45 search engines in the Hitwise Search Engine Analysis Tool accounted for only 1.80% of all US searches.
Search engines?- led by Google – continue to be the method of choice for internet users to navigate to key industry categories:
Comparing September 2008 with September 2007: Business and Finance, Sports, Online Video and Social Networking categories showed double-digit increases in their share of traffic coming directly from search engines.