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However, search landscape changed dramatically early in 2004 and things have been very fluid and interesting since that time. Its not that Google has stumbled, or become ineffective as a search vehicle, its just that major players like Yahoo and Microsoft (via MSN) have decided to make a major thrust into search business.
Having been firmly conditioned (since shortly after 1998) that Google was "supreme deity of search engines", I took highly publicized search entries of Yahoo and MSN with more than proverbial "grain of salt".
Throughout a recent three month period, one of my websites occupied #5 position on Google, Yahoo, and MSN for a very popular and important (at least in my line of business) three word search term. This situation provided an opportunity to measure current popularity of each of these three search providers.
If asked "before fact", I would have guessed that Google would still be overwhelming #1 search choice and that Yahoo and MSN would be distant #2 and #3 choices. Therefore, I was somewhat surprised by results that were tabulated during this recent 90 day period.
For period in question, search popularity results were as follows:
Google: 33% Yahoo: 31% MSN: 23% All others: 13%
Granted, above results are for a single search term over a particular 90 day time period, but results clearly show that Yahoo and MSN are already important players in search business.
Kirk Bannerman operates his own successful home based business and also coaches others seeking to start their own home based business. For more information visit his website at Proven Work At Home Business