Friday, January 21, 2005

Search Engine Hits on Popular Keywords

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[EDIT UPDATE Jan. 24, 2005]

I could have saved a lot of time if I knew about this:

Google Battle

http://www.googlebattle.com

Presents "popularity reports", which keyword or phrase "wins" when pitted against another keyword or phrase. It's a "double search" engine, you type in one thing in the right text entry box, then the other thing in the left text entry box, then submit them. The winner is announced at bottom of screen, along with how many search results each thing produced.

CREDIT: I got this link from PR PLANET blog at:

http://prplanet.typepad.com/grg/
2005/01/google_battle.html

and I found that PR blog on the list of CEO blogs on The New PR/Wiki at:

http://www.thenewpr.com/wiki/
pmwiki.php/Resources/CEOBlogsList

I heartily suggest you Bookmark or Add to Favorites both URLs above.

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Here are the results of my One Hour Google Experiment.



Methodology:

1. Go to Google Search site.

2. In one hour, from 3:15 AM to 4:15 AM, on Friday, January 21, 2005, type in as many popular keywords, often juxtaposing one term with its opposite (but not strictly consistent), plus some idiosyncratic terms, and see how many search results links appear.

3. Compile a list of the results.



THE POINT IS...WHAT?


I've conducted this experiment mainly to show you one way of looking at certain words and phrases. The actual number of search results--how do we now interpret the raw quantitative data?

Please realize these results are not necessarily so simple or easy to analyze.

Some search results links may be totally irrelevant, even erroneous, since some links may be to keyword spamming (spamdexing) sites. Some references may be dissimilar to what you would expect.

CAUTION: I usually do not visit any link unless it is ".edu" or ".gov" when doing research. Also ".org" is often visited. Be very careful how you decide what links to visit. Some links might take you to malicious sites that will install Trojan horses, viruses, spyware or other detrimental code, on your computer or network.

For example, "Beethoven" could refer to a music composer, a comedy film, a video game, a computer programming language, an industrial noise band, who knows?

Whatever. It's just an experiment. A Google search engine experiment.

May better men than me fuss over the analysis of it all.

For now, I think it's of some interest how many links connect to these keywords.

PERSONAL EXAMPLE:
There are over 6,000 search results for "Steven Streight" but not all are relevant. Some are online text citations that have "Steven" and the misspelling of straight, as "streight", somewhere further into the text. So bear this in mind when looking at the number of search results for any keywords or phrases in any research you might do.




Results Ranked by Number of Links:


God
131,000,000

Jesus
50,000,000

Steven Streight
6,380

Vaspers the Grate
795

Beatles
11,500,000

Buddha
6,860,000

angels
24,900,000

heaven
33,100,000

hell
37,000,000

love
251,000,000

hate
28,700,000

life
411,000,000

death
111,000,000

peace
65,800,000

war
221,000,000

eternity
6,370,000

non-existence
685,000

everything
121,000,000

nothing
103,000,000

something
164,000,000

infinity
10,000,000

invisible universe
1,190,000

mind
115,000,000

soul
53,100,000

happiness
12,200,000

sadness
(I forgot to search "sadness", sorry)

women
251,000,000

men
246,000,000


sleep
43,200,000

coffee
51,800,000

freedom
59,500,000

anarchy
4,460,000

America
182,000,000

Iraq
63,800,000

candy
22,000,000

art
380,000,000

monsters
8,940,000

machines
53,500,000

computers
150,000,000

internet
605,000,000

google
148,000,000

blogs
38,800,000

wiki
29,300,000

moblog
2,450,000

video blog
20,200,000

podcasting
1,160,000

RSS
117,000,000

glog
38,800

plog
561,000

clog
2,060,000

corporate blogs
8,060,000

web usability
4,450,000

web design
46,200,000

virtual musical instruments
864,000

Franz Liszt
430,000

Beethoven
6,390,000

Mozart
7,990,000

Bach
13,100,000

George W. Bush
14,400,000

John Kerry
9,790,000

George Washington
17,600,000

Abraham Lincoln
4,220,000


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