Andy Atkins-Kruger

Facebook Takes Top Spot In Europe For Most Pages Viewed

Comscore has released its May data showing the popularity of various European websites for the month of May 2011 in Europe which provides some interesting findings, including the fact that Facebook now beats Google sites in Europe for number of page views per visitor per month. You have to bear in mind that “Google sites” includes the figures for YouTube.com.

Perhaps more surprising is that fact that Vkontakte, the highly successful Russian social network, manages almost as manage page views per visitor as Google despite the fact that it is disadvantaged statistically by only being able to count on users in Russia and demonstrating the growing importance of Russia in Europe. Microsoft sites, eBay and Yahoo all put in creditable performances but are followed by another Russian site, Yandex, the number one Russian search engine.

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Comscore Date Shows The Most Viewed Pages for Sites in Europe May 2011

When “engagement” is considered, the Russian social network often considered to be a copy of Facebook, beats Facebook for engagement minutes per user by quite a substantial margin of 170 extra minutes per user per month. Meanwhile, Facebook remains well ahead of the Microsoft and Google sites.

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Vkontakte Beats Facebook for Engagement in Europe May 2011

For reach Google still has it reaching over 90% of the European population. It is helped in locations such as Russia, where it is not the number on search engine, by Youtube.com and other Google sites. From an advertisers point of view, Google has by far the strongest reach of any site in Europe.

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Reach of the European Population Comscore May 2011
Andy Atkins-Kruger
Andy is trained linguist with 20 years experience in international marketing, having helped major brand leaders with their advertising and public relations projects on five continents. In 1997, he began to focus on international SEO and a couple of years later paid search. As head of marketing for a pan-European brand leader, he was responsible for promoting the company throughout Europe in the late '90s and needed a multilingual SEO solution. The result was the business now known as Webcertain, which Andy later acquired becoming its Managing Director in 2002. WebCertain has been operating multilingual search marketing campaigns for over 15 years and is one of few agencies which only deal with international campaigns; the company doesn't deal in single market projects. Following Andy's experience in running multi-country PR campaigns in the '80s, Webcertain centralises campaigns in many languages and employs a team of native speakers that covers all major European, Scandinavian and Far Eastern languages. Andy speaks regularly at conferences around the world, writes for the Multinational Search column of SearchEngineLand.com and is the Managing Editor of the Multilngual Search blog.

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