Finding Internet Trends And Best Search Phrases

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Search Phrases as Art and Science

To answer this particular question, I started searching for the best ways to discover what information and data people in the world are searching for day by day (searching for searching, LOL).

What I found can probably be applied to any of the thousands of search engines in use today, but I thought I would list the major items I discovered and hope you enjoy them.

In addition to all of the links below, I have listed other of my own suggestions on doing effective searches from my research and writing work, and I've included them for everyone to access and use. They are not all-inclusive, so please add them in the Comments section below or your own Hub on the topic if you have more.

I found a few of the following suggestions on Search Engine Watch and I found others simply by looking at search results generated by different search engines. We probably can find that there are a lot more sites you can visit to discover search trends around the world.

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Some of the resources below are sure to help you find what you need.
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Most Popular Search Phrases and Where to Find Them

  • AOL Hot Searches: Top searches and searches in the last hour, day, or certain category.
  • Dogpile SearchSpy: Top searches, filterer or unfiltered.
  • Associated site MetaCrawler offers MetaCrawler MetaSpy service.
  • Google Trends: View search trends by time period, by city, by country, by region, by language, etc.. Compare multiple terms, as well.
  • Google Zeitgeist: Searches at Google and its specialty services like Google Products, Google Scholar, etc. Available in different languages/countries.
  • Lycos 50: Top searches weekly.
  • Yahoo Buzz Index: Positive and negative trends in searches.


Example: Recent Top Search Phrases for "Iraq War"

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Example: Daily Top Searches California K-12

How to Effectively Search For Your SEO Needs Online

Install the Google Toolbar. It's great for research, social book marking and a lot more.

http://toolbar.google.com/

Learn to do targeted Google searches.

Use a URL restriction if it is applicable and Google will only return results that have a specific URL like in:

Site: org, site:edu, site:gov, site:www.ed.gov

Use quotation marks around your search phrase to make sure you get that phrase in results. It is vital to earmark the obscure key terms/phrases on a topic and search for them, such as:

"Human cloning", "genetic distribution", "gobal warming site:edu" "jobs site:gov"

Use negative qualifiers to eliminate irrelevant results. If you don't want results pdf files, type

-filetype:pdf

Use very specific phrases -- If you want information on "water rights", then you'll likely get a host of useless info. If you type "riparian rights", you get more accurate legal and historical info.

Use Table of Contents, Glossaries, and Index pages for documents and books that turn up in your Internet searches. Amazon.com even features "Look Inside the book" where you can access these things online for some publications they sell.

Also use Google like this:

define: human cloning

The links that Google provides may reveal glossaries and other materials mor than one layer deep in Internet links.

Different search results.

For slides and presentations, add "ppt" for powerpoint, like:

"human cloning" ppt site:edu

Government and Academic sources:

"Human cloning" site:gov

"Human cloning " site:edu

Look for notes and lecture:

"Human cloning " site:edu notes

"Human cloning " site:edu lecture

If an URL includes course not info like:

/professorname/coursenumber/lecture05.html

change it to "lecture09.html" or "lecture01.html" or whatever number to see what is there.

If you use only

/professorname/coursenumber/

You might find the course directory and lots of notes.

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Look for practice test problems and questions on any topic:

"global warming test questions"

Use a "+" sign before a commonly used word:

"study +of human cloning"

This forces the search engine to look for "study of human cloning."

Go several levels down into page links. After you find a major website, refine your Google search to look for specific pages like this:

site:www.ed.gov "human cloning"

Avoid going to "sponsored links and ads" that cost money to access, unless you are determined to spend money and buy something.

DMOZ.org is a great info source.

Don't keep failing! If a certain phrase isn't working change it. Use synonyms or even antonyms (opposites). Consider using slang terminology. Or search on a foreign language site with Alta Vista and click on "Translate" when you get your results.

Example:

I found good information on a well known Korean martial arts grandmaster that had "disappeared" from California on a French website. I read some French, but when I used the "Translate" link, I discovered that this grandmaster had returned to South Korea and gone up into the mountains to enjoy the remainder of his life. It was great info!

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Guru-C 9 years ago

Hi, Patty: This looks like really valuable information. Thanks for researching and sharing!


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Patty Inglish, MS 9 years ago from North America Author

You're welcome and it was fun to do!


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flexoman 9 years ago

Wow!! Thanks Patty all the info I will ever need.

Geoff


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Patty Inglish, MS 9 years ago from North America Author

I hope it comes in useful, flexoman. Cheers!


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ervinGPD 9 years ago

Dont forget about Wordtracker.com where you can get exact number of daily searches for each of your phrase and many 'close' phrases, too

It's free for up to 100 phrases, but extremely useful


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Patty Inglish, MS 9 years ago from North America Author

Hi ervinGPD! Thanks for the tip about Wordtracker.com. I'm going to look at that soon! Free for 100 phrases is great...


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Kenny Wordsmith 9 years ago from Chennai

Wonderfully researched article. I thank you for taking all this trouble to give us this valuable info.


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Patty Inglish, MS 9 years ago from North America Author

Thanks, Kenny; I'm glad you found it useful.


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cristina327 9 years ago from Manila

Thanks for this hub, It is very helpful. You have done a great job.


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Patty Inglish, MS 9 years ago from North America Author

Thanks for hte comment chstina327. There is so much information avaiable on the Internet!


wildstuff 9 years ago

Thanks. Buddy. I knew about some of those but that's an extensive list.

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steve 8 years ago

Hi,

sounds like good information too me, and a nice hub too.

Have you ever used a program called keyword elite?

steve


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Patty Inglish, MS 8 years ago from North America Author

Hi Steve, no; never have but will look into it. Thanks for the tip.


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AZGuy 8 years ago

Heaps of info. Thanks!


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juliesalado 8 years ago

Thank-You, Thank-you, Thank-you for this valuable information! You ROCK!


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juliesalado 8 years ago

Thank-You, Thank-you, Thank-you for this valuable information! You ROCK!


Rudy 8 years ago

Hey, this is going to help me with my SEO writing. Thanks much.


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vreccc 8 years ago from Concord, NH

Patty,

Try Seobook.com. Searches done with their free tool include all the wordtracker 100 free results AND daily search resuls for Google, Yahoo and MSN.

Keep an eye out for a Hub that I'm about ready to publish, hopefully tomorrow, on how to use Seobook and SEOquake to get top 10 search results in Goole.

Cheers,

Jonathan


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Patty Inglish, MS 8 years ago from North America Author

I look forward to your new hub, Jonathan; I can use the info.


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seamus 8 years ago

Great research. Thanks!


soloads 8 years ago

Wow! Great article. Never heard before about "negative qualifiers that eliminates irrelevant results" Thanks a bunch!


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Patty Inglish, MS 8 years ago from North America Author

Thanks very much!


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Kanelbullar 8 years ago from Dublin, Eire

very informative, good one


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Patty Inglish, MS 8 years ago from North America Author

Thank you Kanelbullar!


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seamus 8 years ago

Thank you for this valuable info. I did not know you wrote about search topics like this! =)


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Patty Inglish, MS 8 years ago from North America Author

Hi seamus - these are pretty interesting websites that help a lot, once you get an understanding of the basics. Then it's fun. :)


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LdsNana-AskMormon 8 years ago from Southern California

I feel as though I have just been to school today This will be extremely helpful. I will begin to put these tools into practice regularly.

I now understand better, why you continue to produce such exellent work. You are a great researcher.

Thank you for your willingness to share your resources.

tDMg

LdsNana-AskMormon


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Patty Inglish, MS 8 years ago from North America Author

LdsNana-AskMormon - Hi and thanks for visiting and making a comment! I'm still learning a lot about this myself, as well as learning about social bookmarking. Sometimes it is all overloading, and I must stop to digest it. I hope anything I write can help you even a little :)


SirDent 8 years ago

This is an awesome list of search engine keyword phrase sites. One of the best hubs I have seen on the subject if not the best.


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Patty Inglish, MS 8 years ago from North America Author

Hi SirDent! Thanks very much --there may be some more links in the universe since I first wrote this. If any of us find some more, we can list them in these comments. Thanks so much for commenting.


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MaxReviews 8 years ago from Torrance, CA

Wow, I've really had my eyes opened about keyword/phrase tools! These are indeed great tools I've never looked into. Not that what I've been doing is bad at all...it's just good to know that there are many other ways to go about it, and I'm glad I read this! I just bookmarked this for future reference. Thanks!


Dayboro Accommodation 8 years ago

My favourite is Google Trends. It amazes me what people search on. Thanks for your post.


Seo Web Design Services 8 years ago

Thank you Patty, there were some excellent search techniques I did not know about.

Thanks Again


M. Phipps 8 years ago

Thanks for the info Patty, i find it very helpful as well


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Deidre Logan 8 years ago from Chicago, IL

This is great stuff, Patty. Thank you so much for sharing. It's so refreshing to find truly useful information on the Internet for a change.Have a bountiful Thanksgiving holiday!


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roastedpinebark 7 years ago from Iowa

this was a very interesting page. thanks for the information-i actually was curious about this myself because i wanted to search for some hot topics to write hubs about : )


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bradmauer 7 years ago

thank you for the hub this is very useful information on finding popular search phrases


Iðunn 7 years ago

useful and well put together hub


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skmania 7 years ago

thanks for giving this usefull info


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shanekruger 6 years ago

Hi Patty, nice one, specially thanks for the list 'Where to Find Them'. I already know some, but few are additions to my own list.

Thanks


Radina 6 years ago

Very useful info about how to find the most popular search phrases on the internet. Thank you for sharing!


joyce.blue 6 years ago

Great info and very useful as well. Thanks for sharing this to us. Wonderful hub!

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