comScore, Inc. a leader in measuring the digital world, today released the latest results from a study of the search market in Latin America based on data from the comScore qSearch service. The study found that in the past year searches in Latin America surged 21 percent to more than 18.5 billion queries in March 2011, with the typical searcher conducting 167 queries during the month. Google Sites held a strong lead as the top search destination, accounting for 90 percent of all searches conducted in the region.

Latin Americans Conducted 18.5 Billion Searches in March

In March 2011, Latin Americans conducted a total of 18.5 billion searches, an increase of 21 percent from the previous year. This gain was driven primarily by a 14-percent increase in the number of unique searchers, as well as a 6-percent gain in the number of searches per searcher. Each of the six countries included in this study experienced growth in search query volume. Brazil, which accounted for the largest volume of search queries at nearly 6 billion, also had the strongest growth rate of 34 percent. Mexico ranked as the second largest search market with nearly 3.2 billion queries conducted in March 2011 (up 23 percent), followed by Colombia with almost 2.9 billion searches (up 28 percent).