Researching what people are searching for on the Web is a great way to keep up with popular buzz, figure out what people are looking for and give it to them on your blog or website, or heck - it's a fun way to pass the time. Here are just a few of the sites that track what people are searching for:
- Google Zeitgeist: Google reveals what the top searches are by week, month, and year. Also includes a look at what the most popular searches are in other countries than the United States.
- Ask.com breaks the searches down by week ending and advancing, top news searches, and if there's a holiday anywhere near, the top searches for that particular week.
- Yahoo! Buzz Index: Yahoo goes way further than the other two sites already mentioned in its in-depth coverage of the most popular searches, including a "Today's Top Movers" category with clickable links. In addition, top searches are broken down into actors, movies, sports, etc., with constantly updated short articles to the right of the top search chart. This is where I go to get in-depth information fast on the most popular searches in relatively real-time.
- AOL Hot Searches: Find out what people are searching for in real-time at AOL Search. These are updated every 12 seconds! Also includes links to AOL Buzzline, Top Searches of the year, TV's Top Five, and more.
- MSN Search Insider: MSN Search throws its' hat into the most popular searches ring; including a list of the Top 200, Duels (you can vote for your favorite to "win" the search race. Cheesy, but kind of fun), and various top media searches.
- Lycos Top 50: Lycos has been around forever (at least in Internet years) and has a pretty good Most Popular Searches site. Includes Lycos Top 50, Top 50 blog, Top 50 Archives (at this writing all the way back to 1999), and a focus on whatever holiday day or week might be around the corner.
- Nielsen/Net-Rati ngs: Not so much a "top searches" as a popular searches statistics site. Click on "country", and then click on "web usage data." You'll see interesting little tidbits such as "sessions/visits per person", "duration of a Web page viewed", and "PC time per person." No, it's not as thrilling as seeing which reality TV show is winning the top search race, but it's educational and therefore good for you.
- Bloglines.com: Read the most popular blogs of the day at Bloglines; you'll be able to see what top searches and Web buzzwords are travelling through the blogosphere here.
- Technorati: View the front page of Technorati to get a quick glimpse at what people are talking about in real-time; updated very frequently.
The Top Searches By Year
Many search engines and sites put out a yearly list of their top searches throughout the year; it's a nice way to capture a lot of data and see what was trending in a variety of different topics all over the world.
Google's Top Searches By Year
- Google Zeitgeist 2010
- Google's Top Web Searches of 2009
- The Top Google Web Searches of 2008
- Top Web Searches of 2007
- 2006 Google Zeitgeist
- Google Zeitgeist 2005
Top Searches All Over the Web
- Top Web Searches of 2007
- Top Ten Weird Web Celebs of 2007
- Top Twenty Viral Videos of 2007
- Top Ten Web Search Articles of 2008
- Yahoo's Top Searches of 2008
- The Top Ten Worst Sites of 2008
- The Top Ten Best Sites of 2008
- Ask's Top Searches of 2008
- The Best Sites of 2009 - Reader's Choice Awards
- The Top Web Searches of the Decade
- The Top YouTube Videos of 2009