InterActiveCorp (IAC) has seen an increase in revenue of 25 per cent for the third quarter of this year compared to 2009, with internet marketing services making up much of the figures.

The parent company of Ask.com released statistics that showed search accounted for nearly half of the organisation's $421.7 million (£267.1 million) revenue, at $205.1 million.

Search services grew by 20 per cent in comparison to a year ago, with much of that being put down to an increase in queries to toolbars.

IAC's statement says "profits were favourably impacted by higher revenue, partially offset by higher traffic acquisition costs".

The business has seen several changes to the service it offers in 2010, including the introduction of its Q&A community which it says "enables searchers to obtain previously unpublished answers from other members".

According to the latest figures from monitoring agency comScore, Ask.com is currently the fourth largest search engine, controlling a 3.7 per cent share of the US market in September.

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