Just for other’s delight, below is a chart comparing Google and Yahoo! as well as their respective finance sites. It comes as no surprise that Google leads the overall web search market but as a user of Yahoo! Finance myself, I’m not surprised that Google’s finance site lags Yahoo’s by a mile. The accompanying article from the NYT points out some statistics:
Yahoo Finance, which has occupied the top spot in the category for 19 consecutive months, drew 21.7 million unique United States visitors in July; Google Finance drew only 1.2 million unique visitors, placing it 17th in comScore’s rankings for the category, one slot above a site called FreePressRelease.com.
I tried using Google Finance before and it just didn’t work for me. Even with the real time stock quotes. Another point goes to Yahoo because of their smaller charts; Google is just so wide it’s hard to use it, in my case, for blogging.
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The staggering difference is interesting. But it also tells us one thing: that Yahoo! relies heavily on the traffic generated by its finance arm.