Category: SEO

Millions of searches are conducted each day on popular search engines by people all around the world. What are they looking for? A number of major search engines provide a way to glimpse into the web’s query stream to discover the most popular search keywords or topics. These are:

  • AOL Hot Searches: Top current queries, or see those in the last hour, last day and within particular categories.
  • Ask IQ: See top searches at Ask.
  • Dogpile SearchSpy: Choose to see either a filtered or non-filtered sample of top, real-time search terms from this popular meta search service. Sister site MetaCrawler offers a similar MetaCrawler MetaSpy service.
  • Google Trends: Allows you to tap into Google’s database of searches, to determine what’s popular. View the volume of queries over time, by city, regions, languages and so on. Compare multiple terms, as well. See our review: Google Trends: Peer Into Google’s Database Of Searches.
  • Google Zeitgeist: What people are searching for at Google and its associated specialty services in a variety of categories. There are versions for various countries, as well.
  • Lycos 50: Long-standing service showing top searches at Lycos each week.
  • MSN Search Insider: Top 200 queries on MSN Search (annoyingly in random order), top “movers” in TV, sports and music, and a “duels” feature pitting top queries in a race against each other.
  • Yahoo Buzz Index: Shows you what’s hot and what’s not in terms of search topics at Yahoo.

Also see:

  • dWoz Search Phrase Lists: Great directory of services like those above, for search engines large and small, across the web. Also see the Search Spies & Voyuers category.
  • Google AdWords Keyword Tool: Enter a term or terms, the use the drop-down box to see the popularity of terms and popularity over time.
  • Yahoo Keyword Selector Tool: Formerly called the Overture Keyword Selector Tool and the Overture Search Term Suggestion Tool before that, this free service is primarily designed to help advertisers who wish to select terms to target with ads on the Yahoo network. But you can use it to see how popular particular terms are.
  • Researching Keywords: For Search Engine Watch members, this provides an annotated rundown on key tools useful for search marketers needing to perform search research for their campaigns.
  • Search Term Research and Search Behavior: These categories of Search Engine Watch’s Search Topics area compile articles on the subject of how people search from across the web and stretching back to 1997. Available only to Search Engine Watch members.


By Danny Sullivan, Search Engine Watch.


Below you will find a list of keywords which are looked up on search engines such as Google, Yahoo and MSN.

Searches per Day 848,287
Searches per Month  25,448,616

Searches per Day 699,474
Searches per Month 20,984,222

Searches per Day 611,783
Searches per Month 18,353,495

Searches per Day 352,218
Searches per Month  10,566,531

various artist
Searches per Day 283,934
Searches per Month 8,518,027

artist various
Searches per Day 283,934
Searches per Month 8,518,027

Searches per Day  273,652
Searches per Month 8,209,545

Searches per Day 226,487
Searches per Month 6,794,600

Searches per Day 218,722
Searches per Month 6,561,651

Searches per Day 206,265
Searches per Month  6,187,940



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Here comes the list of some of the wordpress plugins that I use:

1. All in One SEO Pack =Optimizes your WordPress blog for Search Engines (Search Engine Optimization).

== Description ==

**Optimizes** your WordPress blog for Search Engines (**Search Engine Optimization**) by

* Automatically optimizing your **titles** for search engines and letting you tweak them further
* Generating **META tags** automatically *and* letting you define them
* Avoiding indexing of duplicate content.

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2. WP-UserOnline =Enable you to display how many users are online on your WordPress blog with detailed statistics.

== Description ==

Detailed statistics of where they are and who there are(Members/Guests/Search Bots).

All the information (general, changelog, installation, upgrade, usage) you need about this plugin can be found here: [WP-UserOnline Readme].
It is the exact same readme.html is included in the zip package.

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[GaMerZ WordPress Plugins Development Blog]

3. Google Ad Wrap =Section Targeting is a way of embedding special tags inside HTML to give Google’s omnipresent spider a better idea of what’s important on your page

== Description ==
Section Targeting is a way of embedding special tags inside HTML to give Google’s omnipresent spider a better idea of what’s important on your page. This is a really simple plugin that wraps posts and comments inside these tags, in the hope that they’ll lead to better search rankings.

Full documentation can be found on the [Google Ad Wrap]

I’ll keep updating this list…


Yesterday when I was searching through some of my old notes I found this article by Matt Colyer so I though of sharing this with you.
This article has some great tips with respect to SEO.

1) Title Tag – The title tag is the most powerful on-site SEO technique you have, so use it creatively! What you place in the title tag should only be one thing, the exact keyword you used for the web page that you are trying to optimize. Every single web page should have it’s own title tag.

2) ALT Tags – ALT tags were meant to be for text browsers because the images didn’t show in text browsers and the ATL tags would tell the visitor what it’s about. You should put your main keyword(s) in the ALT tags, but don’t over do it because you could get dropped in the results or even worse banned for life!

3) Link Popularity – Link popularity is the most powerful SEO tool out of all them. Most search engines don’t even consider web sites if there is not at least one or two links pointing to the web site. Having another site(s) link to your web site is important when it comes to getting your site a good ranking. Your keywords should be in the links you get and keep the keywords short. When you receive requests for a link exchange, check the site out before linking with them, check for spam (Repeat keywords, hidden text, etc.).

4) Keyword Density – This is also vital and should be used with research. You should use the keyword(s) once in the title tag, once in the heading tag, once in bold text, and get the density between 5% to 20% (Don’t over do it!). Also use your keyword(s) both low and high on the web page, keyword(s) should be in the first sentence and in the last one.

5) Page Size – Your web page’s speed is important to your visitors and the search engines. Why? Because the robots will be able to spider your web page faster and easier. Try your best to keep your web page over 5k and under 15k in size.

6) Rich Theme – Search engines are looking at themes more and more. Build content (Articles, FAQ, tips, etc.) much as possible and keep the web pages around 200 to 500 words. Create content that’s related to your market and link them out to other related content on your site. Try to get 200 web pages or more.

7) Web Site Design – This is also important, if you want to get indexed! Text content should out weigh the HTML content. The pages should validate and be usable in all of today’s leading edge browsers. Stay away from flash and Java Script, search engines dislike them both a lot.

8) Insite Cross Linking – This will help you get all of your web pages indexed by the search engines. Your web pages should be no more than three clicks away from the home page. Link to topic related quality content across your site. This will also help build you a better theme through out your web site. On every page you should link back to your home page and your main service(s).