- Google has stated that “20% of searches on Google are related to location.”
- Comscore/TMPDM do an annual study of local search behavior. This year’s indicates that 8.3% of search engine queries are local.
- Me – I did my own analysis of query log data AOL released back in 2006, and found that 14.9% of queries related to finding a business, organization or place. My litmus test for defining local was: can the search result be placed on a map? So, by my definition “denver broncos” is not local, while “invesco field” is. Based on the numbers, I think Google used a similar definition to mine. Our numbers aren’t that far apart, and it stands to reason that more people are searching locally on Google in 2010 than were on AOL in 2006. I also identified a subset of local queries that relate to finding a local business, which constituted 5.5% of total query volume.
So, while the definition of “local” is decidedly inexact, we can infer that roughly 10-20% of queries on search engines are local, depending on how strict your definition is. And based on my analysis, approximately a third of those are related to business/commercial interest.
If you know of any other good data sources for this metric, please comment below!