How Many Searches Does Google Perform

Have you ever wondered ‘how many searches does Google perform’ ?

Apparently, Google now handles over 2 trillion searches a year… yes that’s right, an astonishing figure!

Gone are the days of the good old Yellow Pages and fumbling through newspapers getting grubby fingers, although I do miss the smell of the pages… it kind of reminded me of Fish’n’Chips when I was a youngster.

Anyway, back on topic, the world leader search engine (Google) wouldn’t say exactly how many queries it processes nowadays. In 2012 Google claimed 1.2 trillion searches were processed by them, 4 years later and they say that it is more than 2 trillion. Infact it could be a lot more as the kind of phrase they used was that Google “handles trillions of searches per year worldwide”. We could speculate that it’s even more.
I, for one, would certainly not be surprised.

Please note: All the quoted figures below are quoted from Google (and their associates) and not from any non-related third parties:

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

If we go on the rough (rather under estimated) figure of 2 trillion searches a year carried out by Google, then we could break it down into the following:

  • 63,000 searches per second
  • 3.8 million searches per minute
  • 228 million searches per hour
  • 5.5 billion searches per day
  • 167 billion searches per month
  • 2 trillion searches per year

So Google could be doing at least 63,000 searches a second, and I would like to put emphasis on the ‘at least’ part. Google generally hold their stats very close to their chests and are very modest in most statistical releases.

How is your website search engine optimisation, will it be one that shows up in the trillions of searches?

That’s it for now, happy googling!

Author: Melissa Phillips

Web Designer, Social Media & Search Engine Optimisation Strategist