SEO

Ask.com Reveals the Top Searches of 2007

Following closely on the heels of Yahoo’s release of their 2007 Top Trends in Search is Ask.com, who today have released their “Real Deal” List of Top Searches for 2007. Unlike Yahoo, who stuck mostly to listing the top searches within specific categories or topics, Ask.com issued a straight-up, top 10 list of the most popular searches of the year.

The top search for 2007 at Ask.com was MySpace. 2007 was a huge year for social networking websites as a whole, which is reflected by this top search. Some of the other top search terms on the list are more frequently referenced things like “weather”, “dictionary”, and “area codes.” Other top searches reflect an interest in entertainment-oriented things like “Games”, “Movies”, and “Song Lyrics.” Most of the searches, with the exception of MySpace, on the top 10 list are those that people do everyday regardless of trends.

Ask.com’s Top Real Deal Searches of 2007:

1. MySpace
2. Dictionary
3. Google
4. Themes
5. Area Codes
6. Cars
7. Weather
8. Games
9. Song Lyrics
10. Movies

After revealing the overall top searches of the year, Ask.com then revealed some of the top searches for specific topics.

With the next U.S. Presidential election coming up in 2008 and candidates currently gearing up for primary season, wouldn’t it be interesting to see which candidates were leading not in the polls, but in the search engines?

Well, now you can, thanks to ask and their list of the top Presidential Candidate Queries.

1. Barack Obama
2. Hillary Clinton
3. Fred Thompson
4. John Edwards
5. Mitt Romney
6. John McCain
7. Ron Paul
8. Rudy Giuliani
9. Mike Huckabee
10. Dennis Kucinich

Looking at the list, Republicans have a slight lead over the Democrats, with 6 of the top 10 searches.

However, Democrats make up for that by having two of their leading candidates in the number one and two spots, and a total of 3 candidates in the top 5.

What I’d really be interested in seeing is a comparison of the top candidate searches across the different search engines, and then somehow, extrapolating that information to see if there’s any kind of a trend such as “Democrats get more searches on Ask than Yahoo”, or “Republicans tend to get more searches on MSN than Yahoo.”

I’ll write this down for future consideration.

Lots of celebrities got knocked up this year and were all the buzz of the gossip rags. But which celebrity baby bump garnered the most attention? Not surprisingly, it was JLo who got the most searches.

She’s made no secret about her desire to have children, but did keep her pregnancy under wraps until it was already well beyond obvious. Other top baby-mommas of the year include:

1. Jennifer Lopez
2. Salma Hayek
3. Christina Aguilera
4. Julia Roberts
5. Halle Berry
6. Nancy Grace
7. Nicole Richie
8. Milla Jovovich
9. Tori Spelling
10. Bridget Moynahan

Speaking of entertainment, Ask.com also revealed a list of the most-searched for television shows of the year.

The clear winner was Disney’s own Hannah Montana, also known as Miley Cyrus. If you’ve got kids, there’s no way you escaped learning about her this year. Animated shows also took 3 of the top 10 searches, and just 2 reality shows made the cut. And by the way, I don’t consider WWE “reality” because we all know that’s fake.

We’ll classify it under “sports entertainment” instead. Top TV show searches of the year include:

1.Hannah Montana
2. Family Guy
3.SpongeBob Square Pants
4. WWE
5. American Idol
6. Big Brother
7.Gilmore Girls
8.South Park
9.Charmed
10. Grey’s Anatomy

So far we’ve got Politics, Gossip, and Entertainment, which leaves the next logical topic of sports. While I don’t want to even think about them, the Boston Red Sox won the World Series and the number one sports team search of 2007 at Ask.com. Why don’t I want to think about them? Well they beat my hometown team, the Cleveland Indians, in the ALCS. But that’s for another day.

Neither the Spurs or Cavs from the NBA Championship match-up made the top searches, and the NFL’s 2007 Superbowl champ, the Indianapolis Colts, didn’t make the list either. In 2007, the list was mostly dominated by professional baseball and football teams. There is one exception, however, the Notre Dame Fighting Irish who were the lone representatives from the NCAA on the list.

1. Boston Red Sox
2. Dallas Cowboys
3. New England Patriots
4. Colorado Rockies
5. Chicago Bears
6. New York Yankees
7. Green Bay Packers
8. Pittsburgh Steelers
9. Chicago Cubs
10. Notre Dame Fighting Irish

With Yahoo and Ask out of the way, now we can look forward to year-end lists from Google, Microsoft, and AOL.

Comments are closed.

2 thoughts on “Ask.com Reveals the Top Searches of 2007

  1. Has noone else noticed that the top 3 are all pages that can be gotten to by typing .com at the end? Does this not suggest that people have Ask set as their homepage (good news) but are mistyping things that are supposed to be address bar stuff into a search? I know I’ve done this and I don’t believe that people would search for myspace.COM rather than just go to the address. The other alternative is that the address bar searches for “Google” on Ask, rather than adding the www. .com in automagically (CTRL+Enter is needed in some browsers).

    Either way, to me this shows how little people are using Ask. Either the top 3 searches are accidents which outnumber real searches, or people really are searching Ask to try and find Google.