Top 10 Most Searched Topics on Google

As we’ve been saying, we’re going to publish the actual topics that are the most popular on the Internet.  Today, we’ll start off with the Top 10.

Top 10 Most Searched Things in 2014

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Most Searched Words – NOT!

not specialI was auditing what was showing up at the top for the search “most searched words” on google earlier today and was blown away that a posting by a website called herbeat.com was #1 with a list of 5 terms that are definitely NOT the “most searched words” on google, the internet or anywhere.

It had ZERO reasoning or logic behind it’s list.  It just talked about the 5 phrases as if it was obvious that these would be intuitively the most searched phrases online.  In this day and age, there are just too many tools to effectively find the REAL LIST of Top Searches Online like we have, but it’s mind boggling that google would even give this site credit and the traffic it does NOT deserve.

What are you thinking google?

The site was proposing that the top 5 were:

  1. Martini
  2. Oprah
  3. William Shakespeare
  4. Michael Jordan
  5. Dog

In fact, these phrases are NOT even close to the top.  The number of searches these each garner monthly actually are:

  1. Martini – 201,000 average monthly searches
  2. Oprah - 201,000 average monthly searches
  3. William Shakespeare – 550,000 average monthly searches
  4. Michael Jordan – 1,220,000 average monthly searches
  5. Dog – 1,220,000 average monthly searchees

As you can see in post about the ACTUAL “top searched words” on google in 2014 (and basically now), to even enter the top 115, you need to have at least 16.6 million searches a month to qualify. Top 10 Google Searches in 2014

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2014′s Top Google Searches: Most Searched Keywords on the Internet v4+

social-media-searchesWe’ve never lost our curiosity about what we think “drives the world” here in the early 21st century.  As a result, we’ve continued to research what people are interested in online; i.e., “What are the most searched keywords in the world?

Without further adieu, we welcome you all to read 2014′s Most Popular Keywords Study Version 4.

This year in the fourth rendition of the examination of what people are interested in online (at least), we’ve decided to break up the “Top 100 Searches” by blocks of 10.  Before we dive deep into the individual search keywords and/or phrases, let’s start off with the general findings from this year’s study:

2014′s Most Popular Google Searches Highlights

  • The total number of “exact searches” of the Top 100 has grown 52% in 2 years from approximately 8.3 billion to 12.6 billion searches
  • The Top 5 Categories were Social Media (5 bill+), Adult Content (1.54 bill+), Video (1.5 bill+), Email (1.3 bill+) and Search (1.09 bill+) in terms of volume of searches respectively
  • Top Most Searched Categories in terms of permutations of phrases were Adult Content (20), Social Media (17), Email (10), Reference (9) and Shopping (9) respectively
  • As our “very positive” commenter “Color me laughing” in the 2012′s survey would point out, many of these may be not exactly searches, but are potentially just methods of navigating to the websites of choice as proven by our #28th, #36th and #75th ranked searches might prove
  • Similarly, it appears only 10 out of the 100 searches are real topics that people are looking for in general (#13, #16, #21, #23, #27, #34, #41, #49, #58, #70); an 11th general search topic shows up in the bonus 15 extra top searches at the end will be revealed as well

Top 10 Google Searches

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Top 10 SEO Tools for 2014

Moz.com just recently did a survey with 3700 online marketing specialists called the “2014 Industry Survey” which focuses obviously on the “online world.”

In the survey, they exposed what the 3700 folks though were the tools search engine marketers used for organic search.  They are:

2014 Top SEO Tools


Content Marketing Works – Really…

As the SEO industry went through a thorough shake out in early 2013, many people pointed to a strategy that’s been intuitive since the dawn of history: build good content and they will come.

Content marketing frankly has been the reason why newspapers and magazines have made trillions over the years and why a startup that focuses on content marketing just received $9 million in startup capital.  For the past 8+ months, I’ve frankly helped build up the organic traffic for a Chinese Test Prep company I work for full time through building somewhat decent topical posts about the SAT or SSAT.  With just one person’s limited production of blog posts re: the topic, I’ve managed to increase the organic traffic 300% in the 2/3′s of a year I’ve been here.

So, I decided to profile 5 businesses that Mashable wrote about which “rock content marketing.” and share a few “content marketing infographics” that will be handy in you finding more out about what most of have known for years.

The first is Zady which sells apparel online.  Unlike Fab.com which grew incredibly fast via social media, it looks like these guys are doing it according to Mashable through building the right content that people are attracted to.   Continue reading “Content Marketing Works – Really…” »


Seattle SEO Prophecy Comes True

Carl – I told you so…

Back in 2010, a little group of SEO professionals decided to create a local trade group for an early developing industry: search engine optimization. The name of the group: Seattle SEO Network. The founders: Carl Larson, Alex Kline, Gabriel Gervelis, Wendy Williams, Cindy Lavoie, Jeff Sliger and myself started what may some day be the default local trade group for this budding industry.

We had hopes it could help all the small businesses in the local area have more trust for SEO’s locally.  We had big dreams in promoting the industry since it was a fledgling one at the time and still is to a considerable extent.

Here’s a picture of us in an office Gabe let us use in one of the earlier meetings.  I’m in the back in the blue track suit looking down.

At the time of the founding, I bought the domain seattleseonetwork.org because it was available. While brain storming ideas and domains for the organization, I found that seattleseonetwork.org and .com were available.  After the success of our website/company garnering #1 positions for both “seattle seo” and “seo seattle,” I knew if we pooled together our resources and talents, the organization could easily overtake my company and any other local SEO if we wanted to with the domain.  I had to make a call: do I share the news or do I hold onto it myself?  Also, do I hand it over to the organization or can they trust me that I would simply keep it live for the organization.

I decided to share the news and also open the discussion for the organization taking over the domain.  Instead of just talking about it and creating the option of me simply managing the domains from my domain account, one of our founders – Carl Larson objected to me owning the domain and more importantly, refused to let me hold onto the management of the domain.  He said that it was impossible for me to hold onto it.  Despite my promise and agreement to even sign any legal documentation, he wouldn’t let me have the option.  Before being guilted into giving over the domain, I decided already I was going to to do what was best for the group.  Nevertheless, it felt a bit “funny” (to say the least) in being threatened to give it over.

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No More Keyword Tool

Life is over for SEO’s…not!

Now we have a thing called Keyword Planner that has replaced the Keyword Tool.  When you attempt to click on the link that looks like  “https://adwords.google.com/o/KeywordTool” normally, it will redirect you to the “Adwords Support Article” that explains about the changes.

In general, you’ll just need to depend on the new tool if you’re hoping to do the same keyword research you did in the past.


How to Add a New User to your Google Analytics Account

For us to do a great job for anyone, we need to have more information vs. less.  As a result, I usually ask for Google Analytics permission from prospective and definitely paying clients because it helps us get a clearer picture of how things were and how things “could be” after we help them.  I don’t know why I haven’t created a post up through now about this, but a new client was asking about it and it dawned on me that I should finally do it!

So, here it goes:

How to add another person onto your Google Analytics Account

Step #1: Obviously, log into your Google Analytics Account

Step #2: With the initial screen, there should be a menu item that says “Admin” – click on it to get to the Admin screen

I’ve added a little red arrow to point it out.  

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6 Tips for International SEO

Just read a reasonable article/post about International SEO.  Thought I’d share:

Interesting Advice regarding Global Search Engine Optimization

A few key takeaways to work with to help International/local targeting:

1. Language and its diacritics/characters are a collection of rules specific to a language and/or a geographic area. Whenemploying a local campaign, limit the code and semantics to one dialect, or prepare separate micro-sites, sub-domains or applications to target each location.

2. Place text that has been translated into a database, a separate file, or a particular location within a file. This will enableand inform targeted indexing and thus correct serving of your content.

3. Place keywords in the target language (with special characters) in your URLs.

4. Implement “Lang” attributes within your coding and select your targeted country within webmaster tools.

5. Consider in-country hosting or local rerouting options.

6. Comply with rules and algorithms of in country search engines.

The rest of the post is here.


Kate Uptin is 2013′s Sports Ilustrated Swimsoot Issue Covr Gurl

So, why are we posting about some hot body on Sports Illustrated?  And why are there so many spelling errors in the title?

Today, on google trends we learned that a trend in searches is “kate upton” (spelled correctly) garnering the top searches on google for Feb 8, 2013.  It’s early…so it might be more than the 50,000 or so searches that they are currently estimating.

Well, the news reminded me of me of a post that I had mispelled Miss USA in 2009.  Instead of correctly spelling “miss”, I labeled it on purpose as “Ms” to see what sort of search results I could garner.  I called the post “A sick Ms. Indiana wins the 2009 Miss America pageant.”  You noticed that I mispelled it in the initial iteration of “miss”?  First, the spelling error is to the left and possibly giving more weight to the post’s mispelling instead of the correct spelling of the title.   The post got me close to 500 visits due to it.  Continue reading “Kate Uptin is 2013′s Sports Ilustrated Swimsoot Issue Covr Gurl” »


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