The search engine market. Is Google actually the king of the web?

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There is no doubt search engines have become an integral part of our everyday lives, but which one dominates the online search engine world? Google, Bing, Yahoo, Yandex, Baidu and even Ask.com, DuckDuckGo and WolframAlpha, are just a few. There are many search engines on the market, but not all of them have the same popularity and not all are used in the same way.

Let’s have a look at the most used search engines in the world:

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The first place on the podium goes to Google.

No surprise here, of course. The Mountain View based search engine does not need any introduction. Used by more than 70 percent of the world’s population, it is undoubtedly the most widely used search engine in the world. Every minute, 2 million searches are carried out simultaneously by about 1,800,000,000 unique monthly users all over the world.

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Second place to Bing.

The Microsoft search engine, was created to counter Google’s market dominance. It has less than a third of Google’s number of unique users, or 500 million a month. However, over the years it has managed to carve out an important slice of the global market, amounting to around 7.3%.

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Third place on the podium Yahoo

The Yahoo web portal of internet services including a search engine, mail, messenger and chat, powered by Bing to offer another alternative to Google. Although the search engine has a market share of around 5%, it is one of the most popular email providers.

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Other search engines:

Ask.com

Ask is a portal mainly based on a question and answer format, and can be very useful for these types of searches since the content created by the users of the community have been indexed by the search engine. As for the generic results the quality is lower than Google, Bing and Yahoo.

Baidu

It is the reference search engine in the East especially in China where it holds 76% of the market against 22% of  Google’s.

Yandex

The main search engine in Russia with a 65% share.

To conclude:

Although these search engines have different characteristics and often give different results, they have one thing in common. If you search for “what is the best search engine?” in either of them, the answer you get is the same; Google.

The most popular topics searched on Google UK last year? Here they are

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The most searched person was Meghan Markle, the most searched product was the iPhone 8, and the most searched sporting event was the Wimbledon tennis tournament.

Here are the rankings of the most popular topics on Google UK last year.

How to stay young? How to buy bitcoin? How to watch Mayweather vs McGregor? What is a hung parliament? Those were the questions most asked on Google UK in 2017. From sports to cooking, from TV to music, here’s what was searched the most on the search engine.

TOP TRENDING

  1. Meghan Markle
  2. iPhone 8
  3. Hurricane Irma
  4. Fidget spinner
  5. Manchester bombing
  6. Grenfell Tower
  7. 13 Reasons Why
  8. Tara Palmer Tomkinson
  9. Shannon Matthews
  10. iPhone X

The most popular keyword searched in the UK last year is actually a person, Meghan Markle, the Duchess of Sussex. The iPhone 8, which was launched last year, comes in at second place. Unfortunately, the podium is completed with the name of the powerful hurricane that hit several areas of America, Hurricane Irma. Let’s have a look at  the other rankings:

What is…?

  1. What is a hung parliament?
  2. What is an exit poll?
  3. What is the Confederations Cup?
  4. What is Bitcoin?
  5. What is the Antikythera mechanism?

How to…?

  1. How to make slime?
  2. How to buy Bitcoin?
  3. How to stay young?
  4. How to watch Mayweather vs McGregor?
  5. How to watch Joshua vs Klitschko?

News Events

  1. Hurricane Irma
  2. Manchester bombing
  3. Grenfell Tower
  4. North Korea
  5. London Bridge attack

People

  1. Meghan Markle
  2. Tara Palmer Tomkinson
  3. Shannon Matthews
  4. Charlie Gard
  5. Jack Maynard

Recipes

  1. Chilli con Carne
  2. Spaghetti Bolognese
  3. Beef bourguignon
  4. Beef stroganoff
  5. Hot cross buns

Sporting Events

  1. Wimbledon
  2. Grand National
  3. World Cup 2018 draw
  4. Mayweather vs McGregor
  5. ICC Champions Trophy

TV Shows

  1. 13 Reasons Why
  2. I’m A Celebrity Get Me Out Of Here
  3. Celebrity Big Brother
  4. Game of Thrones
  5. Peaky Blinders

UK Number 1 Singles

  1. Ed Sheers – Shape of You
  2. Harry Styles – Sign of the Times
  3. Dua Lipa – New Rules
  4. Post Malone – Rockstar ft. 21 Savage
  5. Taylor Swift – Look What You Made Me Do

Understanding users behaviour and their searches on Google can be a massive advantage for companies that want to invest in SEO in the UK to gain more visibility on the web there.

 

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Content Marketing: The Importance for Companies

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What is content marketing?

Content marketing is a marketing activity that involves the creation of editorial content and subsequent online sharing in order to drive qualified traffic to a website. Content marketing ultimately generates interest in a company’s products or services.

Why is Content Marketing important for effective digital marketing strategy?

In 1996, Bill Gates said: “Content is the king… Content is where I expect much of the real money will be made on the Internet, just as it was in broadcasting…” Although more than 20 years have passed, this statement is truer now than it ever was.

Why has content marketing become increasingly important over the years?

  • The creation of original and quality content is a fundamental SEO factor for the positioning of a website on search engines.
  • Using keywords related to the products or services allows one to be positioned more accurately in search results thereby reaching users directly as they search for relevant products or services.
  • By writing informative content and promoting one’s own knowledge of the sector, it helps to reach the target audience and demonstrates one’s expert knowledge and experience in the subject.
  • By sharing content such as blog posts, articles, videos, and ebooks on social networks or other websites, they create an effective means both for promoting the brand and for generating backlinks to the company website.

How can one create an effective content marketing plan?

  • Goals
    First of all, one needs to understand what the business and marketing objectives are. Subsequently one needs to understand which marketing objectives to achieve through a content strategy.
  • Audience
    To create content that can be useful and interesting for users, it is important to have an idea of the target audience. We need to identify typical profiles based on age, habits, status, and hobbies. Once these characteristics are determined it will be much easier to create interesting content.
  • Plan topics
    It is not enough to have a general idea of what topics are of interest to users. One also needs to plan them both in terms of content and in terms of timing. For example, content for a hotel in London, could include information about travel within the UK or the interesting things to do in London. The frequency of the publication should also be considered. (example; one blog post a week, one or two videos a month, etc.)
  • Publishing channels
    The methods of publishing content may differ according to whether using articles or other content such as e-books, videos, etc. The main publication channels are websites, blogs, YouTube and social media channels.

Finally, it is essential to rely on professional content writers. Expert copywriters are able to create high quality content that can engage, entertain and generate positive results.