Private Search Providers 1
The global market share for Qwant was 0.02% for 2018 and 2019. Detailed information has been entered in the attached spreadsheet.
Global Market Share
- In 2017, the global market share was infinitesimal. However, it was recorded as 0.00%.
- In 2018, the global market share was 0.02%.
- The global market share for 2019 was also 0.02%.
- In 2016, the company had an estimate of about 2.6 billion requests, in 2017, 9.8 billion, and 2018, 18 billion requests.
- As of 2019, the company broke into the top 1000 ranked search engines. Qwant's search engine ranked 885th out of 1000. The upward movement can be viewed as a positive sign of growth compared to its previous ranking, which was 1834 at the end of 2016.
- In 2018, Startpage stated that it handles about 2 billion searches annually. This metric grew by 10% in 2019.
- According to the company, more than 8 million users visit the site daily. Also, these users carry out over 500 million searches every day. The company's official press release stated that it does not track users or makes use of user information.
- Qwant's search engine has its highest share of monthly visits from France 66%, followed by Germany 6%, and Switzerland 2%.
- The French government moves to make Qwant the default search engine across the administration, which in turn would generate millions of regular users for the company.
- As of March 2020, Qwant had about 20,000 downloads worldwide.
- According to Google play store, the company also boasts of over 1 million installations as of January 2020.
- Startpage has its highest share of monthly visits from Germany 40%, the US 17%, and Switzerland 6%.
- The company's official blog site suggests that Startpage handles over 7 million searches daily.
- As of June 2019, the Startpage search engine had over 500,000 installations on google play store. According to Sensor Tower, Startpage has about 9,000 downloads as of March 2020.
- The Startpage search engine holds the same amount of market share for the past 3 years.
To carry out this research, the research team started by going through the companies' websites, press releases, and industry reports. We were hoping to identify the number of users, the number of downloads, global market share, and any other growth metric for 2017, 2018, and 2019. Through this search method, we were able to identify additional growth metrics for the search engines, and we were also able to identify the global market share for Qwant.
The number of users, number of downloads for both companies were unavailable; also, the global market share for StartPage was unavailable. During our search, we discovered that Qwant and Startpage adhere to strict privacy policies and do no track their users or user data. The official press kit for Qwant and a publication from Fast company corroborates this information for both companies.
The research team got creative and decided to search through the companies' annual reports for the individual years. We were hoping to locate information on the market share of both search engines for 2017, 2018, and 2019. This search method proved abortive as well because Qwant and Startpage are both private companies and are in no obligation to publish their annual reports. The research team also searched through databases like netmarketshare.com and other trusted third-party databases; this search method proved abortive as well.