Search Ad revenue hits a record $84.4 billion in 2022 – IAB’s Internet Advertising Revenue Report’ 2022

Digital Audio Had Strongest Growth Rate Of Any Media In 2022, due to growing advertiser interest in podcasting & ad-support streaming music.

Digital audio’s growth rate was larger than that of digital video (19.3%), digital display ads (12%), or search (7.8%)

Internet advertising revenue growth slowed in 2022. Between 2021 and 2022 internet advertising revenues grew 10.8% (YoY) totalling $209.7 billion.

Programmatic advertising continues to grow with revenues to a total of $109.4 billion. Social media revenues saw a slow down in growth.

Advertising budgets in 2023 continue to migrate to retail media networks as they offer advertisers access to first-party data.@


Search Advertising 2022 & the top Countries

The United States remained the prime market for search advertising in 2022.

Spend on sponsored links, keyword ads and Search Engine Advertising was especially high on mobile, with an estimated $67.3 billion spent on advertising rolled out on mobile devices like smartphones or tablets. Out of the six biggest markets by ad spend, only marketers from the U.S. and China put an increased focus on mobile platforms

 Ad spend in other major economies like Germany and Japan seems minuscule in comparison, with both markets staying below the $10 billion mark in total @

Trillions of Questions, No Easy Answers: A (home) movie about how Google Search works

Core Web Vitals report replaces Speed report in Google Search Console(GSC)

Core Web Vitals report replaces Speed report in Google Search Console


The Core Web Vitals report shows how your pages perform based on real world usage data

The Core Web Vitals report shows URL performance grouped by status, metric type, and URL group.

The labels Poor, Needs improvement, and Good are applied to a URL on specific device type.

Google Search Console now shows review snippets performance, enhancement and testing reports

Google Search Console now shows review snippets performance, enhancement and testing reports

Google search console has been updated with new reports

Rich snippet enhancement report – Available for those sites who have implemented reviews or ratings structured data. you can see errors, warnings, and valid pages for markup implemented on your site.

Rich snippet performance report – how well your rich snippets are performing in search. Review or rating marked-up pages appear on Google Search and Google Discover. Impressions, clicks and CTR of those results can be seen in GSC.

Rich Results Test tool – After adding Review snippets structured data to your pages, you can test them using the Rich Results Test tool. You can test a code snippet or submit a URL of a page.


How Google’s Click to Call in Organic & Paid Mobile Search Results Influence Purchase Decision? – A Study

Google commissioned Ipsos, an independent market research company, to find out how Click to Call in Organic & Paid Mobile Search Results Influence Purchase Decision. 1500 Mobile searches who made the purchase were used to understand the process. Some of the key findings from the study are

1) A 3rd of mobile searchers need to directly call a business from the search results.
2) Adding a phone number to mobile search ads results in an avg CTR increase of 8%
3) 52% of Mobile searchers find the call button useful
4) 72% of clicks on a mobile search ad call button lasts longer than 30 seconds.
5) on Average 40 million calls are driven by Google ads each month
6) Lack of call button can damage consumer’s perception of business.

Access the Study at Google Think Insights

Google Click to Call

Google Click to Call

Checklist for Mobile website Improvement to drive more search traffic & better user experience

Rapid increase in mobile browsing & search has led to better design of mobile sites & faster loading times. Mobile websites should be built properly to drive more traffic from search & provide better customer experience. Some of the check list from Google webmaster central to improve mobile websites are

1) Optimize mobile persona workflows for your site.
2) Build for mobile behaviour & also provide for social sharing.
3) Remove cumbersome extra windows from all mobile user-agents & remove features that require plugins or videos which may not be found in the users device.
4) High traffic & poor user experience mobile pages should be designed properly.
5) Tablet users be served with the desktop version or if available, the tablet version.
6) Optimize crawling, Indexing & search experience. Unblock resources that are robots.txt disallowed. Implement search engine best practices.
7) Have a seperate mobile site & include CSS @media query.
8) Search integration with mobile apps.

15 Years of Google – An Infographic on How Google is dominating the Web

Google, which is celebrating 15 years this week, has grown to become a dominant force in the web.  Search, Android, Google Adwords, Adsense, Maps & others are some of the important areas of Google.  The chart below shows the market share of Google in some of its areas.

You will find more statistics at Statista

60 million women in India online – Google’s Women and Web Study

Google has released a study titled “Women and Web Study” which helps understand internet usage patterns & purchase decision making of women internet users in India. The study took into account the search query data for top women oriented search categories in India. online research was done by TNS Australia. Some of the findings of the study are

1) 60 Million Women are online in India
2) Accessing Internet through Home computer, office, Smartphones, tablets & Cyber Cafes
3) Online Women are more affluent & younger
4) 75% are in the 15-34 age group, with over 24 million women accessing the Internet daily.
5) Search Categories on Google in India are: apparel & Accessories is the biggest search category followed by food & drink, baby care, hair care & skin care.
6) Internet research influenced their decision-making process. Internet influence was the highest for skin care at 72%, baby care at 69% and hair care at 65%.
7) Email, search and social networking are the biggest drivers for women.
8) Women account for 40% of the total monthly YouTube user base in India.