August 4, 2022
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15 Percent of All Google Searches are New Queries

Although the search giant handles more than 5.5 billion queries per day, approximately 15 percent of Google searches are totally new to the system…

Search engine Google recently announced Project Owl, a new effort to identify and remove fake news and misleading content from the organic SERP or search engine results page. In the post, Google confirmed it handles “trillions” of queries annually. Not surprisingly, some of those are completely new to the search portal.

15 Percent of All Google Searches are Never-Before Seen Queries

About 300,000,000,000 (3 billion) or 15 percent of Google searches are new. “There are trillions of searches on Google every year. In fact, 15 percent of searches we see every day are new—which means there’s always more work for us to do to present people with the best answers to their queries from a wide variety of legitimate sources,” Ben Gomes, VP of Engineering, wrote in the Google Project Owl announcement.

Last year, in May 2016, the search engine revealed it handles about 2 trillion queries annually but would not give specific figures. The number of never-before processed queries has changed over the years. In 2007, the number of new searches ranged between 20 and 25 percent, when it handled about 73 billion queries per year.

Google Searches Timeline, Per Year

Over the years, Google has confirmed how many annual searches it handles:

  • 1999: 1 billion
  • 2000: 14 billion
  • 2001 – 2003: 55+ billion
  • 2004 – 2008: 73 billion
  • 2009: 365+ billion
  • 2012 – 2015: 1.2 trillion
  • 2016: 2+ trillion

Google also recently revealed it sent 9 million web spam messages during 2016.

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Owen E. Richason IV

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