StatCounter Reassessing April Data

We have an important update regarding the April Google search engine market share numbers previously reported and corrected.

StatCounter is now reassessing and finalizing those April figures.

Our latest information is that StatCounter has not yet settled on a definitive April U.S. market share number for Google.

The figure that was circulating appears to have been premature.

Here is an updated screenshot as of Saturday, May 4.

Screenshot from:, May 2024.

Until StatCounter completes its reassessment and releases final verified data for April 2024, any specific market share numbers should be considered preliminary and potentially subject to change.

The original story appears below.

According to data from GS Statcounter, Google’s search engine market share appears to have fallen to 86.99%, the lowest point since the firm began tracking search engine share in 2009.

The drop represents a more than 4% decrease from the previous month, marking the largest single-month decline on record.

Screenshot from:, May 2024.

It’s important to note that StatCounter’s data, while valuable, has certain limitations when measuring precise search engine market share. StatCounter’s data is derived from websites with its tracking code installed, which introduces a sample bias.

StatCounter can only track searches that result in a click-through to a website. It cannot account for “zero-click” searches, where users find the information they need directly on the search engine results page without clicking through to any website. These zero-click searches, which are becoming increasingly common, are not captured in StatCounter’s data.

U.S. Market Impact

The reported decline appears most significant in Google’s key market, the United States, where its share of searches across all devices fell by nearly 10%, reaching 77.52%.

Screenshot from:, May 2024.

Concurrently, competitors Microsoft Bing and Yahoo Search have seen gains. Bing reached a 13% market share in the U.S. and 5.8% globally, its highest since launching in 2009.

Yahoo Search’s worldwide share nearly tripled to 3.06%, a level not seen since July 2015.

Screenshot from:, May 2024.

Search Quality Concerns

Many industry experts have recently expressed concerns about the declining quality of Google’s search results.

A portion of the SEO community believes that the search giant’s results have worsened following the latest update.

These concerns have begun to extend to average internet users, who are increasingly voicing complaints about the state of their search results.

Alternative Perspectives

Web analytics platform SimilarWeb provided additional context on X (formerly Twitter), stating that its data for the US for March 2024 suggests Google’s decline may not be as severe as initially reported.

SimilarWeb also highlighted Yahoo’s strong performance, categorizing it as a News and Media platform rather than a direct competitor to Google in the Search Engine category.

Interpreting Market Share Data

While the reported decline in Google’s market share and the corresponding gains by competitors like Bing and Yahoo are significant trends, the exact figures should be taken with a grain of salt.

Search engine market share measurements can vary depending on the data source and methodology used, as each approach has strengths and weaknesses.

To better understand search engine market share, consult multiple data sources and consider factors such as sample bias, zero-click searches, and geographic variations.

Additionally, qualitative feedback from users and industry experts can provide context to the quantitative data.

Why It Matters

The shifting search engine market trends can impact businesses, marketers, and regular users.

Google has been on top for a long time, shaping how we find things online and how users behave.

However, as its market share drops and other search engines gain popularity, publishers may need to rethink their online strategies and optimize for multiple search platforms besides Google.

Users are becoming vocal about Google’s declining search quality over time. As people start trying alternate search engines, the various platforms must prioritize keeping users satisfied if they want to maintain or grow their market position.

It will be interesting to see how they respond to this boost in market share.

What It Means for SEO Pros

As Google’s competitors gain ground, SEO strategies may need to adapt by accounting for how each search engine’s algorithms and ranking factors work.

This could involve diversifying SEO efforts across multiple platforms and staying up-to-date on best practices for each one.

The increased focus on high-quality search results emphasizes the need to create valuable, user-focused content that meets the needs of the target audience.

SEO pros must prioritize informative, engaging, trustworthy content that meets search engine algorithms and user expectations.

Remain flexible, adaptable, and proactive to navigate these shifts. Keeping a pulse on industry trends, user behaviors, and competing search engine strategies will be key for successful SEO campaigns.

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