Bing Beats Out Google in AOL Deal

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Bing has trumped Google with the announcement of a new Bing AOL partnership. The 10-year deal will be effective Jan. 1, 2016, with Bing powering search and search listings across the AOL portfolio of sites.

Google previously held the AOL deal since the early 2000s. The company may not view being outed as a great loss. According to a recent analysis report by comScore,Google holds around 64 percent of the core search share in the US. AOL is currently only holding just over 1 percent of the search share.

But even with Google holding the majority of search in the U.S., Bing is catching up. The company has pushed just over 20 percent of the share hold and is slowly taking more ground. This new Bing AOL partnership is just another step for Bing in the company’s quest to gain more of the market.

Microsoft says in the announcement:

“Now with 20 percent organic market share in the U.S., Bing continues to grow organically as well as through key partnerships like the one with AOL. This deal with AOL is the latest to validate the quality of Bing results and the performance of the Bing Ads marketplace. Bing is also an integral part of popular first- and third-party devices and services.”

The new Bing AOL partnership will also see AOL taking over as Microsoft’s seller for display formats, such as mobile and video, in nine markets: Brazil, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Spain, the U.K., and the U.S.

Google may dominate search in the US but this new partnership could keep the company on its toes. Bing is pushing to gain more of the market and become a force with which to be reckoned. The deal with AOL may not give a large increase to Bing’s percentage, but every bit helps.

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Tabby McFarland Tabby McFarland is a staff writer and web researcher for Small Business Trends. As a staff writer she specializes in social media, technology, special interest features, and e-commerce. A geek at heart, Tabby loves to be online interacting with the blogging community. Tabby is a WAHM (work at home mom) and is also an avid Pinterest enthusiast with a strong sense of style and creativity.

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  1. Google should still watch out. After all, back when it is beginning, Yahoo used to hold all the search shares. With so many people disappointed with Google, it is not unlikely for them to switch to Bing.

  2. Bing is still a very under-utilized platform for many online marketers. While many people wouldn’t ignore 20% of their potential customers in a physical location, they regularly do just that by not paying attention to their presence on Bing.

    Bing is slowly making progress in the search space. They say that you eat an elephant one bite at a time and this is one bite along the way.

  3. Bing came a long way since it’s formation. Bing is one of the most underrated search engines in the world. The partnership with Aol is going to flourish and they’ll be sharing 40% of organic search in US within 5-8 years.