Trending Searches - Helping Writers

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No Man Is An Island

None of us are isolated human beings. Thanks to the Internet we now have the world at our fingertips. While it may not always be a good thing, it is certainly educational. You can get a weather report for anywhere in the world, any time night or day. The same with news. You can find local, state, or world news, they're always there for the searching.

There is a diversity of subjects on the Internet. Did you ever wonder what an ant eats or how a bat sleeps? You can find it on the Internet.

Do you ever wonder what everyone else is searching for on the Internet? There are trends you can look up or follow as your heart desires.

Google Trends

One of the most popular search engines on the Internet is Google. We have even adopted the phrase, "Google it" when someone asks a question you can't answer.

The folks at Google know they are trendsetters so they have set up a page on their site they call "Trending Searches". It's a place where you can find what searches are currently the trend among Google users. I recently checked it out and for Monday, June 1, 2015 the top trend was Weather NYC with number two being Drive, about self driving cars and new technologies in cars.

Looking back to Sunday, May 31, 2015 believe it or not Kim Kardashian was the number one search, I don't know if I should say search item or searched person. Everyone's heard of Kim Kardashian whether they want to or not. Number two was Game of Thrones season 5 episode 8. Unless you have been off the planet for a while, I should not have to tell you about Game of Thrones. Coming in at number three was Windows 10. Windows 10 is the next, new Windows release from Microsoft so everyone wants to know about it. As you can see, searches have a wide variety of popularity. Each day a new list appears showing the current trendy searches. We are a fickle people and don't stay on one topic too long.

If you want to look at more answers to search trends in one place, Google has Top Charts. Top Charts classifies searches into Actors, Animals, Baseball players, Car companies, and Countries & regions, just to name a few.

There's also a Google Year in Search, Google Trends, and Google Correlate.

See, you don't even have to wonder what to search for, Google will let you know what's hot.

How do you think Searches on the Internet rate for writers?

5 out of 5 stars from 1 rating of Searches on the Internet

Bing Trends

Google isn't the only kid on the block. Bing is a well known search engine and Bing likes to keep you informed about trends as well. Bing's top searches are broken down into title followed by an itemized list. For example, one title is YouTube sensations followed by the top ten items. Number one under YouTube sensations is Sky Does Minecraft; number one under Professional sports teams is Seattle Sea Hawks; under Fashion Designers is Michael Kors.

Bing has Predictions Bing where it predicts what might be the trends for the coming year. It also has Most-searched celebrities, most-searched musicians and Bing Trends for the previous year.

Sample of Different Search Engines

Name
Basics
Noted for
Ask.com
Search in question form
 
DuckDuckGo
To get answers quickly
Not tracking users
Dogpile
All search engines in one
 
Ixquick
Uses ten best search engines
 
Go.com
Disney Group's Search engine
Being family friendly
Live Search
Microsoft's search engine
 

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Searches and Writers

Unless you're writing the novel of your dreams or the poem that has haunted you all of your life, you may be looking for something to write. Everyone gets hit now and then with the writer's block stick. A springboard to get you started is waiting in the Internet trends. What better place to look?

If you want to write about the fashion industry and narrow it down to women's clothing, wouldn't it be helpful and even educational to write about some of the top fashion designers and their clothes? Checking the trend you might find Michael Kors and Louis Vuitton. There's certainly a lot you can write about after choosing these two. Michael Kors designs everything from women's and men's clothing to handbags, jewelry shoes and more. What about the man himself? He was born in Long Island on August 9, 1959 and attended The Fashion Institute of Technology. Louis Vuitton is actually Louis Vuitton Malletier. Did you know the Louis Vuiton label was founded in 1854! Lots to write about there.

Any subject you write on leads you to research. In days of old it was off to the library where you would always find a reliable source. Now you can search on the Internet. That reliable source you had at the library is now at your fingertips. Beware though, not everything on the Internet is reliable. Anyone can post on the Internet and make it look authentic, even if it is an outrageous misrepresentation. It's always good to check two or more sources to be sure the information you are getting is accurate. The source itself may help you with this. If you are checking Time magazine online, chances are the information is accurate, but if you're checking Johnny Come Lately's site you might not be getting what you bargained for. Check the author of the site you are using, research him/her to make sure they know what they're talking about. You might want to see who sponsors the site to make sure it is a reputable organization. So, while the Internet provides a lot of information, always be sure the information is correct.


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Originality in Writing

All of this information is certainly a help to writers. We can find things we've never heard of before and research them. Wouldn't it be interesting to learn more about the Large Hadron Collider? This might be an exciting topic, after all what do we know about matter's particles and forces? I'm just saying, there are things we can research and write on we never thought possible.

Now that you've found a subject through a search engine it's time to make it your own. I don't mean the subject itself of course, but how you write about it. What do you want to say about it? Do you like it? Maybe you can do a review about it or critique it. Maybe you want to use it in one of your stories as a reference point. Certainly your creativity can take any fact and use it to enhance what you are writing. You know the old saying, "the world's your oyster."

No matter how you use it, use it. Your own creativity makes it unique. Your way of writing makes it your own. It's your ideas that form your writing. Decide how much realism you want in your writing. Go with it. Let your ideas engulf the subject. If you run out of ideas, put it aside for a while. Do something else, and come back in a few days. You might be surprised to find it is more interesting when you return to it. Another idea might be to do a bit more research. If you're writing about dogs for example, you might want to research breeding or aging. Anything that gives you more ideas to help you write.

The key word of course is "originality". It is original when you write it yourself, with your own thoughts and your own feelings. No one else is in your head. This is your work and it's original. Check the Internet and write on!

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lions44 18 months ago from Auburn, WA

Great article. I'm surprised that "Weather NYC" and "Drive" were the top two searches the other day. I know the weather was bad in NYC but was everybody flying there that day? Someone will write a novel based on the Kardashians or a poem (which would be hilarious), if the Ks don't get to it first. Can't say they are inspiring...Voted up and shared.


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CovingtonPRS 18 months ago from Philadelphia, PA

Excellent article. Very insightful.

Hopefully we won't see Kim Kardashian on Game of Thrones using Windows 10 anytime soon. :)


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billybuc 18 months ago from Olympia, WA

I get a headache just thinking about it, Mary. LOL Seriously great article for those looking to increase their views and possibly go viral. I loved the last part about making it your own...be original...find a new angle...show some creativity!!!!!

Good job, Mary!


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tillsontitan 18 months ago from New York Author

Good insight lions44, you never know what people will look at or what will catch on. Enough about the Kardashians already ;)

Covington I'm still laughing from your comment.

Thanks Bill. There's just so much out there that can give us a little push BUT it is all about originality!


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bravewarrior 18 months ago from Central Florida

Mary, I've recently downloaded a site that gives you the hot topics when you plug in a keyword or phrase. This gives you ideas on what to write about, however, if you want to rank, you copy needs to be informative. Most people search for answers, not entertainment. Well, that's not entirely true; I do plenty of research on musical artists, which falls under entertainment.

You mentioned finding articles that are reliable. It's interesting to note that when I was writing for a particular mill, they listed which sites are NOT reliable for research. One of them was this one. Also, be wary of any site that has the site host's name in the URL. Those are free sites that the writers have not taken the time, nor spent the money, to create a n authoritative presence.

There's so much information available on the Internet. Not all of it is backed by facts. Look for those sites that link to the information they gathered to create their posts.

Trending topics are an immediate fix, however they fade with time. The best bet is to post evergreen material. That way you'll see traffic for years to come.

KK is hot now because she's pregnant again, but in 9 months when she's wiping noses, how hot will she be?


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drbj 18 months ago from south Florida

Excellent information, Mary. Thanks, too, for reminding me about the other search engines available. I keep forgetting that Google is not the only kid on the block.


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Venkatachari M 18 months ago from Hyderabad, India

Very interesting hub about search engines and their use for various people. As writers, we always need to make extensive search before writing on any topic. So, these search engines are our companions.


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Glimmer Twin Fan 18 months ago

Interesting Mary. I never do this but probably should. Sadly recipes and crafts aren't very high on the list and I know nothing about Kim Kardashian.


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tillsontitan 18 months ago from New York Author

Sha you are so right. As I said, the public is fickle and things change from day to day. If you're looking for evergreen material you're right again, trending searches is not the place to look. If I never heard of KK again it wouldn't break my heart.

However, I was trying to point out that trending searches can give you ideas or spark a thought. Thanks for pointing out the name in the URL. People joke about gullible people on the Internet, but there are still many who believe everything they read! Thanks for adding such good information to my hub. Have a good one GF.

BJ I think we all forget about the other search engines. I used to use Ask.com and Dogpile all the time, but I use Google now.

You said that well Venkatachari, "search engines are our companions"! Thanks so much for your comment.

Well Glimmer, while that may be true, I find most of my recipes on the Internet anymore rather than drag out the old cookbooks. Besides, I bet your craft hubs are high on the search list!


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bravewarrior 18 months ago from Central Florida

Mary, when I mentioned name in a URL, I meant like blogger, wordpress, weebly, etc. I wasn't sure if I was clear on that.


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tillsontitan 18 months ago from New York Author

I misunderstood, glad you cleared it up!


DJ Anderson 18 months ago

Very interesting, Mary. I have googled so much these last two years,

if my finger goes for the "G", Google page automatically pops up. LOL

Thanks for sharing.

DJ.


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tillsontitan 18 months ago from New York Author

I think you are not alone DJ. I thought it might be a good time to remember the others, who came before Google! Thanks for commenting.


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Ericdierker 18 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

Very interesting. I am afraid that the "trending" subjects made me very happy to crawl back into my hole of not giving a damn. I suppose I should get out more.


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mckbirdbks 18 months ago from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas

Hello Mary. I have not used Google to see what was trending. I sure use it to gather little facts or details to help with my writing. Thanks for all the information.


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ignugent17 18 months ago

Great hub. I really enjoyed reading it. It is really true that everything is in the internet and you can just look it up. It becomes easy for the writers to get some ideas on what the readers wants.


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manatita44 18 months ago from london

Original, all right, my Sweet Friend Mary. I was actually thinking 'very creative' long before I saw that last paragraph. Nicely or excellently written and I'm not sure what made your mind think this way.

Mother Kadashian are in the papers a lot, although, while admitting that she likes it, talks about the growing importance of family life and settling down. Hey he. Staying with this topic, Caithyln ? spelling, actually beat Obama to the top. You probably know this.

Cool Hub, interesting, informative and flows well. Who says that you're not a writer? Much Peace.


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Faith Reaper 18 months ago from southern USA

Hi Mary,

Great topic for a hub and a useful one for me, as I just usually Google everything and have not heard of those other sites. I did not realize they will tell you what's trendy too. I can't get over the fact that we have any answer to almost every question at our finger tips these days!

You sure do know how to inspire us to get creative with our writing. I have been remiss in publishing here of late just due to regular life and fun with the grands being it is summer. I have so many ideas for hubs; I just have to start putting them together. You're so right that creativity is oh so important. I had been wondering about how all that works when I see others publishing a hub that does look like a lot of research went into writing the hub, but it makes me wonder how it can be their own all the way, but creative writers do stand out and one just knows when they have done the research and then made it their own. I guess my thinking is, why should one write about something that others can simply Google or whatever ...unless, as you state, make it your own somehow.

Up ++++ tweeting, pinning, G+ and sharing

Thank you for the inspiration to get the creative juices flowing again.

Hugs and blessings


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pstraubie48 18 months ago from sunny Florida

Great info Tillsontitan....I do google a LOT but am frustrated at this point with my trusted Google.

each time I google Hubpages it gives me a 404 ...or if I put in HubPages on Chrome to come to the site it gives me a 404.

So I have been going to IE to get on here.

I looked up to see if others had encountered a similar experience and they have as far back as 3 months ago...it is odd because it does not happen every time. The powers that be say they are trying to fix whatever the issue is.

Angels are on the way to you .

Voted up++++ shared and tweeted.


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Benny01 18 months ago from Lagos, Nigeria

We all do search for google trend at least once in a while, its helpful to writters in order to know what information our readers are actually looking for at the moment. Thanks for sharing.


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poetryman6969 18 months ago

I was looking at some fashion trends the other day and they had girls with half dyed rainbow hair. Well, at least it's not that rainbow underarm hair thingy.

Voted up.


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brakel2 18 months ago from Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

Hi Mary - I used to look at Google trends, but sometimes trends are short lived. Thanks for this article which offers comprehensive information, more than I ever knew. Covering other search engines adds a great deal to the hub. I like the chart. I often run out of ideas for hubs, and need to read your article again and check it out. Sharing, Blessings, Audrey


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tillsontitan 18 months ago from New York Author

Eric, knowing what's going on in the world isn't necessarily the best thing. Do you really need to know about the Kardashians ;) Sometimes staying home is the best, it is certainly the best place to be!

Yes Mike, the facts are certainly there for the grabbing and the research is not only amazing, but now so much easier than it used to be.

ignugent, I know, the Internet is surely amazing though tricky.

Manatita, your comments are always so good to read. I certainly try to be a writer and go wherever my muse takes me, sometimes to surprising places.

Faith, I have been remiss on HP too. I'm working on my children's book and novel so my presence on HP has suffered. I do have a hub in the works but can't seem to get to finish it. I hope I have inspired you in some way as I love reading your hubs. Thanks for the votes and shares.

Patricia I have not heard of that problem. I've been using Google as my Internet provider for the last five years at the recommendation of a technology friend and have never had a problem. I hope yours resolves!

I welcome the angels and thank you for the votes and shares.

Bennyo, yes, I think trending searches can give us lots of ideas. We don't have to stick with what's trending, but learn from it.

Seriously poetryman? Are we going back to braiding underarm hair too?

Audrey, we all run out of ideas for hubs and any place that can spark our imagination is always a good one. Thanks for sharing, and blessing back to you.


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tillsontitan 18 months ago from New York Author

Brakel, I'm sorry I missed your comment in my answer above. Certainly trends come and go, but by checking them out we may come up with an idea to write about. Glad you liked my hub.


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annart 18 months ago from SW England

Brilliant, Mary! Lots of advice and wisdom here. You've given us some good ideas and some encouragement to get on with writing something different. Well presented and (always) well written.

Ann


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tillsontitan 18 months ago from New York Author

Thanks Ann. We have so many places to look for writing ideas sometimes we miss the obvious. Your constant encouragement is appreciated.


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tsmog 17 months ago from Escondido, CA

Awesome!!! Chocked full of very useful information. Thank You Mary for sharing all these insightful and engaging opportunities for growth as a writer. :-)


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tillsontitan 17 months ago from New York Author

Thank you Tim for taking the time to read it! There's so much out there for us to use if we only know where to look.


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Au fait 17 months ago from North Texas

Sometimes what's trending may be a good subject to write about, but sometimes it isn't green. The entire field of politics gives whatever you write on that subject a life of perhaps 3-6 months. Once the latest scandal has passed everyone is on to the next one and forgets about the one everybody Googled yesterday.

So while perusing what's trending, a person should think about how green it might be, but it's a good idea for starters. Just checking them out may bring other ideas to mind that may or may not be related.

My problem isn't thinking of things to write about, it's finding time. I have lists and lists of things I could write about. I have about 3 hubs in the works right now and I just need to keep at them and one of these days they'll be done.

Always enjoy your articles and always learn something. I like that about them. There are a lot of really fine writers on this site and you are one of them. I always look forward to seeing what you've come up with.

Voting this up, UI, and sharing it with followers. There is good info here and they need to know it. Take care . . .


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rebeccamealey 17 months ago from Northeastern Georgia, USA

I use to use the Google keyword finder, but it changed or something. It was helpful. And so is your info here. I'll take a look. Thanks, Mary


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tillsontitan 17 months ago from New York Author

So right Au fait. We are a trendy population, just look at clothing and music. What's totally in today can be totally gone tomorrow, but there is that subject that goes on and on. Maybe its the manufacturer of the clothes or the singer of that song.

I have been offline for a bit with a thyroidectomy (probably my next hub) and with the warmer weather and gardening it is hard to get hubs done, I totally related.

Isn't it ironic that I feel the same way about your hubs? Your topics are so interesting and you pack them full of good information. Thanks for the votes and shares, really appreciated. Hugs, Mary.

Glad I piqued your interest Rebecca.


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CatherineGiordano 17 months ago from Orlando Florida

Thanks for this helpful article. If someone runs dry on ideas the trends could spark an idea. I use Duck Duck Go sometimes to do an objective search my stuff. The others tailor your views to your personal history so sometimes my stuff comes up on the first page. Duck gives me a clean reading of where I am in the web universe. Voted Up and Intersesting and Useful. now I am going to do a trends search.


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Paul Kuehn 17 months ago from Udorn City, Thailand

Mary, this is a very helpful and useful article. I probably would get a lot more views and comments if I wrote on what is trending in the world today. Thanks for sharing this hub. Voted up and sharing with HP followers.


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bdegiulio 17 months ago from Massachusetts

Hi Mary. How interesting. I was not aware that Google had a page for Trending Searches. I'll have to check it out. Certainly adding our own twist to any topic is great advice. Have a wonderful day.


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mary615 17 months ago from Florida

You have certainly given us great ideas on writing by using Google. I've never done that, but I'm going there now and check it out.

I try and write evergreen articles rather than "trendy" articles because I want them to continue to gain readers.

Voted this UP, etc. and shared.


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tillsontitan 17 months ago from New York Author

Thanks for the info on Duck Duck Go Catherine. That's the great thing about HP, we all help each other.

Paul, glad you liked my article. There are so many places we can get ideas! Thanks for the votes and share.

Bill I didn't know either till I started researching for this article. Another resource at our fingertips. Hope your day is great too!

You are right Mary, evergreen trumps trendy any day, but, if you're stumped its a good place to get some ideas to help you out. Thanks for the votes and share.


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aviannovice 17 months ago from Stillwater, OK

The internet is a pretty amazing place. One can nearly give up the library, but I just can't bring myself to do that. I honestly don't really want to, either. Thanks for even more tips and places to find information.


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tillsontitan 17 months ago from New York Author

I'm with you Deb. I can't imagine a world without a library or books!


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Nadine May 16 months ago from Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa

I loved you hub but I must admit that I have no clue what 'Game of Thrones' is all about! ( Maybe it has not yet arrived in Africa? ) Is it a book or a movie or a series of movies? I can look it up I suppose. I can Google it! I'm more a reader that a movie watcher!


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tillsontitan 16 months ago from New York Author

Oh Nadine! Game of Thrones is going into its sixth season on HBO here on TV, but I've only just discovered it. It was first a book written by George R.R. Martin first published back in 1996. It was also the first book in A Song of Ice and Fire series.

I really loved the book and now I'm going back to watch the series, starting with Season 1. I have heard though after season 2 the series on HBO kind of parts company with the book. It is a medieval fantasy epic, if you like that kind of thing, which I happen to love.


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Glenn Stok 14 months ago from Long Island, NY

Personally, I don't think it's worthwhile writing about trending subjects. There is too much competition and the interest dies away quickly.

A writer's time is better spent writing evergreen articles that remain useful to readers long after it's published.

When searching for ideas, one needs to be careful with local search. Many search engines use your IP address to fine-tune the search results to your local area. This is probably why you came up with "Weather NYC" as a top trending search, since you live in New York.


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tillsontitan 14 months ago from New York Author

While most of what you say is true Glenn, some trending searches can lead to evergreen hubs. For example, a trending search on climate change will certainly be evergreen for years to come!

Thanks for stopping by and commenting.


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Glenn Stok 14 months ago from Long Island, NY

In reference to your reply comment, you have a good point there. I can see how certain trending topics can be evergreen. So that actually does open up a whole new area to find topics to write about. We just have to consider if the particular trend is something that can last long enough, such as with your example of climate change.

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