Using Twitter Search and Trending Topics

Twitter is a large social networking site where users share “what’s happening”. Find out the most popular topics being discussed on Twitter. You can also search for discussions on specific topics. Go to http://search.twitter.com and use the search box to find discussions on certain topics and see the most popular topics: Click through any of […]

Using Comscore

Comscore provides information on the behaviors of Internet users and consumers worldwide. The data is based on approximately 2 million consumers who have volunteered to have their behavior tracked. If you navigate to the Products & Services page at http://comscore.com/Products_Services, you can see the main categories of intelligence they provide. Currently the categories include: Advertising […]

Using Reddit

Reddit is a social bookmarking site that allows you to what users are bookmarking and content gets ranked by what users consider to be “good” and what they consider to be “junk”. Although it may not give you a true picture of popular trends like a keyword tool could give you, it is a very […]

Using Delicious

Delicious is a bookmarking site that allows users to bookmark pages that they find interesting. The site makes it easy for you to see what is most popular amongst users, what they’re posting on Twitter about those pages and easily view other pages using the same tags. They claim to have the “biggest collection of […]

Using Google Trends

Google Trends allows you to see some of the most popular keyword searches and see their popularity over time. It also allows you to compare the popularity of keywords as well. You can get started at http://google.com/trends. On the main page, you’ll “hot topics”: And then more specifically, you can see the “Hot Searches”: At […]

Using Google Insights for Search

Google Insights for Search allows you to compare search volume patterns across regions, categories, time and more. Go to http://www.google.com/insights/search/to get started. The following screen shows how you can narrow down your data: Here’s an example of a Location Search. We’ve chosen the UK and England as our location. We’ve chosen “Web Search” (as opposed […]

Using eBay Pulse

eBay Pulse at pulse.ebay.com allows you to see the most popular searches, largest stories and most watched items. You can view the same results by category as well: This information can help you decide what items to sell on eBay or if you’re an eBay affiliate, it may help you shape the content you create. […]

Using Yahoo News

Yahoo News has similar features to Google News and it’s probably just a matter of preference on which you’d want to use. Yahoo allows you to search top stories by category, search by keywords, see the most viewed stories, most recommended stories and displays trending topics. But one thing we’ve noticed is that Yahoo seems […]