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2005 Search Advertising Revenues

Information week reports that North American advertisers spent 44 percent more on search engine marketing last year, with Google Inc. and Yahoo Inc. taking a large share of the market, an industry trade group said.

Advertisers spent $5.75 billion last year, according to the Search Engine Marketing Professional Organization. Spending on search marketing is expected to continue growing, reaching $11 billion in 2010.

The survey of 553 respondents conducted in November by Radar Research LLC and Intellisurvey found that the bulk of the spending last year was on paid placement, which accounted for 83 percent or $4.7 billion. Optimization of Web sites for better search rankings accounted for 11 percent of spending, paid inclusion 4 percent, and the remainder on agency solutions, in-house development and other tactics.

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