Most Popular Searches: What do people want (online)?


most popular seo searches

An updated version of the “Most Popular Searches” is here called: “Top Google Searches in 2012

For a number of years, a question we’ve been trying to answer is: “What are people searching for?”

  • Are they looking for happiness? World peace?  Love?

In order to fully address this question, we’ve been incredibly fortunate that tons of data is available now that can help us figure out “what are the citizens of this world looking for?” With the advent of a search engine which not only has become ubiquitous with the term “search” itself, but having the data readily available for us to analyze supports our abilities to address this inquiry. At the same time, for the ultimate answer to the question, we, of course, can’t generalize that the number of search queries people type into the various browsers throughout the world equates to what they are looking for necessarily. However, it does at least give us a better idea of their needs online and we can now get closer to the true answer “what do people want (online)?”

In order to truly answer this question as effectively as possible, we’ve examined a number of online resources and even filtered out a bit of the top keywords list manually. Below, you’ll find how we put this “most popular searches” list together. Nevertheless, we spent a bit of time researching, editing and gathering enough sources to properly build a decent list for your curiosity.  This is not version one. Very importantly, this list will also be edited and re-examined at later points. So, if you have any suggestions, edits or any other advice you would like to share in order to make this list more optimal, feel free to comment below.

  • Interestingly enough, surfers on the Internet don’t seem to be too excited about the exact phrase “world peace” garnering only an estimated 9900 global searches exactly, but “happiness” is a bit more popular at 135,000 searches/mo with just the term “peace” being even more popular at 201,000/mo and “love” dominating these three search keywords at 1,830,000 searches/mo.  It’s no wonder why dating sites are even more popular on the list.

Let’s get to the “Most Popular Searches” list!
**The following numbers are “exact” global searches from google’s adwords keyword tool

 

Top 25 Phrases Searched Online

Rank Keyword Term/Phrase Searches on Google.com per month (Est)
1 facebook 1,680,000,000
2 youtube 618,000,000
3 hotmail 277,000,000
4 facebook login 151,000,000
5 yahoo 151,000,000
6 gmail 124,000,000
7 google 124,000,000
8 ebay 101,000,000
9 yahoo mail 101,000,000
10 msn 68,000,000
11 facebook.com 45,500,000
12 orkut 45,500,000
13 porn 45,500,000
14 sex 45,500,000
15 www.facebook.com 45,500,000
16 amazon 37,200,000
17 craigslist 37,200,000
18 myspace 37,200,000
19 pornhub 37,200,000
20 xnxx 37,200,000
21 google maps 30,400,000
22 twitter 30,400,000
23 wikipedia 30,400,000
24 xvideos 30,400,000
25 youtube.com 30,400,000

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some thoughts before getting to the 26th through 50th most popular searches (on google & most like the Internet)

  • As you can see, users have become more “used to” searching for their most used websites instead of simply typing in the url.
  • Ironically, “Facebook” is being searched on Google the most.  These 2 sites are competing for internet users.  Fortunately for Google, Facebook’s internal search engine is not exactly the best.
  • adult websites occupy a bit of the top online real estate in terms of searches
  • [keyword] + login (or similar like “sign in”) are quite popular keyword searches with the biggest websites

adult searches

Rank Keyword Term/Phrase Searches on Google.com per month
26 4shared 24,900,000
27 xhamster 24,900,000
28 yahoo.com 24,900,000
29 aol 20,400,000
30 yahoomail 20,400,000
31 google translate 16,600,000
32 google.com 16,600,000
33 maps 16,600,000
34 www.hotmail.com 16,600,000
35 baidu 13,600,000
36 bbc 13,600,000
37 chatroulette 13,600,000
38 espn 13,600,000
39 games 13,600,000
40 mapquest 13,600,000
41 msn hotmail 13,600,000
42 weather 13,600,000
43 www.yahoo.com 13,600,000
44 cnn 11,100,000
45 walmart 11,100,000
46 aol.com 9,140,000
47 dictionary 9,140,000
48 firefox 9,140,000
49 gamezer 9,140,000
50 justin bieber 9,140,000
  • “chatroulette” was the fastest rising search trend in this year’s Zeitgeist list
  • in addition to the top used websites & adult websites dominating searches, weather, games & popular brand names also are looked for quite a bit online
  • while we attempted to pull out the “trendy” entertainers from the “most popular searches” list here, we did want to show that top 50 real estate in this list will possibly belong to whomever is “hip” in the music or entertainment world; teen stars can definitely create a lot of hype – especially on the Internet & on phone devices like the iPhone

google zeitgeist chat roulette searches

 

Rank Keyword Term/Phrase Searches on Google.com per month
51 netflix 9,140,000
52 translator 9,140,000
53 bank of america 7,480,000
54 free 7,480,000
55 friv 7,480,000
56 hulu 7,480,000
57 imdb 7,480,000
58 orkut login 7,480,000
59 paypal 7,480,000
60 pirate bay 7,480,000
61 youtube videos 7,480,000
62 bing 6,120,000
63 expedia 6,120,000
64 isohunt 6,120,000
65 lady gaga 6,120,000
66 msn.com 6,120,000
67 nokia 6,120,000
68 plenty of fish 6,120,000
69 runescape 6,120,000
70 white pages 6,120,000
71 www.google.com 6,120,000
72 chat 5,000,000
73 ebay.com 5,000,000
74 flickr 5,000,000
75 home depot 5,000,000

 

  • riding the back of “love” being a somewhat high concern of internet users, dating website “plenty of fish” is a very popular search phrase despite the website’s very basic appearance
  • entertainment sites like friv, an online games portal also marked itself on the year’s zeitgeist list by Google along with mature audiences loving to find the “free tv” site hulu.com
  • companies with large PPC budgets like expedia are also dominating the searches & in the minds of many
  • #69 runescape seems to dominate searches ahead of other online games (trailing are solitaire 1.2 mill, second life 823k, call of duty 673k, counter strike 550k, starcraft 368k, warcraft 301k, diablo 301k, wii fit 246k, age of empires 246k, guild wars 201k, just dance 110k, donkey kong 110k)

free online game searches

 

 

Rank Keyword Term/Phrase Searches on Google.com per month
76 ipad 5,000,000
77 map 5,000,000
78 messenger 5,000,000
79 news 5,000,000
80 samsung 5,000,000
81 wiki 5,000,000
82 youtube music 5,000,000
83 amazon.com 4,090,000
84 aol mail 4,090,000
85 aol mail 4,090,000
86 avatar 4,090,000
87 currency converter 4,090,000
88 freeones 4,090,000
89 hot 4,090,000
90 iphone 4,090,000
91 linkedin 4,090,000
92 lowes 4,090,000
93 qq 4,090,000
94 sears 4,090,000
95 ticketmaster 4,090,000
96 watch-movies.net 4,090,000
97 weather.com 4,090,000
98 abc 3,350,000
99 adobe 3,350,000
100 adobe reader 3,350,000
  • people are not only interested in the weather, but the “news” as well; even though it’s not abovesocializing or dating
  • professional networking has also remarkably held its ground.  LinkedIn is within the top 100 searches
  • major tv network abc tv beats out networks fox (1.5 mill searches), cbs (1.22 mill) and nbc (1 mill)

tv movies searches image

 

 


Summary:

A number of years ago, we did a similar post on a blog we put to rest.  It broke out the types of websites that dominated the top searches by the Internet population.  The summary at that time was that about 50% of the searches were related to adult websites, many of the searches are about celebrities, big brand names and very popular websites.  Today, the types of searches are relatively similar.  However, at the time, the number of searches were not aggregated to figure out if truly the searches were really 50% of the searches out there specifically for adult type of keywords or just 50% of the list which could be very different numbers.  When scanning through the top 100 quickly, it appears it was NOT 50% of the Internet surfing mysteriously in the dark rooms of their homes for dirty material on their computers.  Rather, very dominant websites seem to occupy a majority of the searches, with sporadic adult keywords, entertainment & reference searches, and strong business brands.

popular website searches

The majority of the searches related to small business or many of the “useful” keyword phrases lie below the most popular 100 list here.  “Doctors” and “dentists” are estimated to be searched on 110,000 times each, but remember just the phrase without any other modifiers like the city name.  When searching for “doctor” in general terms (the broad search measure), the number boosts up to 13.6 million globally which is MUCH larger than this specific search of simply “doctor.”  So, as we mention below, we’ll explore the “broad” search numbers in the future.  If you are interested in any of the data or any other keyword research conducted manually for you like the information provided above, please do not hesitate to contact us & we’ll provide very useful insight to what could help your business.

doctor dentist searches

Methodology:  A convenient list that’s produced by Wordtracker & used by other sites to publish lists like this “Free Top 500 Keywords” (which comes up first on a search for “top keywords” on Google) is produced by using data gathered by metacrawlers.  However, the statistics seem to be misleading.  As identified in many different surveys and official statistics, Google dominates the search engine arena in terms of how much is searched on their site.  If you take the list provided by Wordtracker, plug in the keywords into Google’s adwords keyword tool, you’ll notice the rankings are much different compared to what is searched on a monthly basis on google. Perhaps the reason why someone has NOT put together a list like this before is that there is a limit on what can be queried on google’s adwords keyword tool (100) and correlating all the lists out there and possibilities seemed to be too much work.  Nevertheless, we decided to do the work & provide the top 100 results from the 616 possibilities we collected from the following sources.

So, to start off, we used the Wordtracker keyword list to build the initial group of keyword phrases and terms (ignoring as many as we could of the “trendy” phrases that may disappear after their 15 minutes of fame is over).  Enhancing the list, we also:

  • added into it keyword phrases/terms suggested in the adwords keyword estimation tool that had a high volume of searches
  • took a look at the top global websites listed by Alexa (only the top 100 sites for today’s version of the “most popular searches” list) & added in websites that didn’t show up in the initial list minus the international versions of the top websites in the United States
  • mixed in keywords from this list which didn’t explain (at least from what we could see) how this person’s list was created, but many of the 500 top search keywords were popular phrases
  • grabbed the google zeitgeist top searches list just recently pulled together for the top keywords in 2010 & looked for terms not represented in the list thus far
  • crosschecked terms, trends and charts from a leading online competitive intelligence service provider Experian Hitwise
  • looked for other missing potential search keywords from aol’s hot searches, ask.com’s top searches page, the buzzlog by yahoo, bing’s top searches for 2010 and reviewed some thoughts by compete pulse.

After collecting our final version of the possibilities for the “most popular search keywords,” we plugged each and every one of the 616 terms into google’s adwords keyword tool & found the estimated inventory available per month for each of these phrases.  We changed the default setting from “broad” to “exact” because we’re interested in the more likely number of searches that could realistically drive someone to click over to the sites that are in the first page of the SERP (search engine results page).

For a future version of the list provided today, we’ll take the gross number of searches per keyword term to compare that list with today’s list.  From our experience, the broad measure of keyword search inventory is a little exaggerated in how much is actually conducted on the Internet.  The “exact” measure is a bit more accurate and you can see the results correlate if you are tracking your results via google analytics.  However, with the future “broad” most popular searches list, we’ll compare how perhaps some terms may have more permutations being used in terms of how people search for the particular “end goal.”  For example, if you take the top 5 from today’s list and change the parameters to a broad search, the 5th ranked term here “yahoo” would actually bump up to the 3rd position because there are many more versions of searches with the term “yahoo” in it.  However, again, this list provided today is validating how many “exact” searches are done on each of these terms and phrases.

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And if you would like to either do deeper digging than we did, we’ve laid out the searches for you below so that you just have to click on these & they should give you the top SERPs for the following phrases that helped build the list we’ve provided to you today:

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**Data provided by Google Adwords Keywords Tool. Search conducted on December 27, 2010. The subjective opinion of what is searched by users on the Internet are only those of the staff of Seattle Organic SEO and may not reflect the exact statistics truly available. The goal of this data is only to provide an estimate and idea of what sort of free marketing is available for professionals in this field. A disclaimer is available identifying your acceptance of responsibility when using this data for any purposes. The information provided is brought to you by Seattle Organic SEO, your Seattle SEO, Bellevue SEO, and Organic SEO Services provider.

From the Official Google Blog: What Small Businesses want from Google

(This is a continuation of a series of free local seo statistics by Seattle Organic SEO)




6 Comments on "Most Popular Searches: What do people want (online)?"

  1. So far, there have been more than 14 million people searches conducted on Reunion.com Yahoo! 1 online destination in the U.S.

  2. brandon says:(Author)

    Actually, just did a check on “reunion.com” and “reunion.” They have 6,600 & 90,500 searches a month respectively. Unfortunately, that’s far out of the top 100. To even get within the top 600 list we’ve compiled, you had to have over 100,000 EXACT searches a month. Sorry…but best of luck!

  3. brandon says:(Author)

    I already see one improvement needed on this list. #84 & #85 are duplicates. So, here I’ll add the true #100: “blackberry” with 3.35 million searches a month on average.

    Also, while #99 and #100 aren’t duplicates per se, they may be in google’s logs and just being equated to one another since their numbers are the same. As a result, I’ll add to the list the search keyword phrase that comes right after “blackberry” which is “bmw.” It’s sought after on search engines approximately the same amount as “blackberry.”

    That gets me to thinking about one additional possible edit on a future version of the list, but there were 18 more results with 3.35 million estimated searches a month. So, with the ties, the list could be longer.

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