From Jon Nolz, Director of Marketing for Dogpile.com: 2005 was a big year for online search. The number of people using search engines on an average day jumped from roughly 38 million in June 2004 to about 59 million in September 2005 – an increase of about 55%. Tracking search queries is becoming the online equivalent on Nielsen data and as 2005 comes to a close, Dogpile.com -- the only metasearch engine that searches Google, Yahoo, MSN and AskJeeves -- announced the year's most popular search terms. The following are some of the year's standout developments:
In the #1 position this year was "music lyrics," as no single comprehensive site catalogs lyrics and consumers must rely heavily on search to get them there.
Paris Hilton topped the most-searched celebrity list and came in #2 overall; Britney Spears came in at just #24 overall, but was the fifth most-searched celebrity overall.
"Wedding Vows" ranked #154, as people look online for romantic inspiration.
In 2005, Dogpile.com's hot searches include "music lyrics," top music stars and female search celebs (among the top ten women, Britney slipped to #26 overall behind Paris, Jessica, Carmen and Pamela). There was also some exciting news about the popularity of the Playstation, new gaming technology, gaming guidebooks etc.
Dogpile's Top Music Searches of 2005The top Dogpile search this year so far show a larger trend in Internet search habits. From the Rolling Stones to 50 Cent, search engines are becoming a primary resource to obtain anything about music online. Also, this points to Dogpile as a niche engine, as it is being used as a first attempt among consumers/aficionados to search for music online.
Top Musicians Searches of 2005These include: Britney Spears, 50 cent, Lindsay Lohan, Jennifer Lopez, Green Day, Eminem, Hilary Duff, Beyonce, Lil' Kim, Mariah Carey.
Top Female Celebrity Searches of 2005Guys still have their eyes on the top female celebs. These stars dominated the Dogpile search list (in order through December 5, 2005): Paris Hilton, Carmen Electra, Pamela Anderson, Jessica Simpson Britney Spears, Lindsay Lohan, Jennifer Lopez, Angelina Jolie, Hilary Duff, Jessica Alba.
Top Video Game Searches of 2005Video game searches were among the top fifteen top searches. The top terms were "Games cheat" and "Games" as more gamers used Dogpile as the resource to search for their gaming tips; for example:
- Games cheat (#9)
- Games (#10)
- Playstation 2 cheats (#15)
- Since January 1, nearly 50 billion searches have been conducted on Dogpile.com. That's a 32% increase from last year.
- The top search term in 2005 is currently...."music lyrics" -- a query that was consistently at the top of the list this year.
- Running a close second has been "Paris Hilton."
- Britney Spears, a longtime top search query, moved out of the top 10 this year and is currently holding strong at #21.