More ‘What If’ Data Issued on Yahoo-Microsoft Combo

February 6, 2008

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Email | Paid Search

Both Hitwise and comScore issued additional data this week on what sort of market player would be created with a potential merger of Yahoo and Microsoft’s MSN, in terms of reach of online properties, the search market, email and instant messaging, among others.

From Hitwise’s research director, Heather Dougherty, data for the week ended Jan. 26:

  • Both and retain traffic – 93% of visitors to and 89% of those to were return visitors from the previous 30 days.
  • Both Yahoo and MSN attract much traffic to their front pages and send it to other properties in their networks:
    •, ranked 4th in visits among all categories, sends 65.78% of its traffic (based upon the top 100 websites) to other Yahoo properties.
    •, ranked 8th in visits among all categories, sends 52.43% of its traffic to other MSN properties.


  • Web-based email services and search are the top destinations for the traffic from both portals: the combined traffic to these categories from and were 47% and 31%, respectively.
  • Email sends traffic back: Yahoo Mail and Windows Live Mail each sent 12% of downstream traffic back to their network front pages.

From a comScore media advisory:

  • Google Sites had nearly 588 million visitors worldwide in December 2007, more than both Microsoft Sites and Yahoo Sites individually, but less than the combined audience of Microsoft and Yahoo, which would reach 665 million worldwide visitors.


  • In search share, Google Sites lead both the US (58.4% share), and worldwide (62.4% share). Microsoft/Yahoo combined would have a 32.7% US search share, and a 15.7% share worldwide.


  • In display ad share, Microsoft/Yahoo would overwhelm Google.


  • In the email category, Yahoo mail leads both in the US (82 million visitors) and worldwide (257 million visitors).


  • A Microsoft/Yahoo combined instant messenger audience of 298 million would reach nearly 77% of the instant messenger audience worldwide.


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