Top 10 SEO Searches for 2008

This is a guest post and was written by Derek Vaughan.

Yahoo recently announced its top 10 searches for 2008. As you might expect, the results were mostly phrases related to pop culture - Hollywood, television, pop music, and online gaming. Here are the top 10 as reported by Yahoo:

1. Britney Spears: The perfect storm of youth, celebrity, musical pop star talent, and personal and professional calamity.

2. WWE (World Wrestling Entertainment): Sports entertainment franchise that combines soap opera story lines with a perennial villain (Vince McMann) and musclebound, trash talking pseudo-athletes.

3. Barack Obama: Historic president elect of the United States.

4. Miley Cyrus: Another confluence of youth, Disney television stardom, a pop singing career and a Vanity Fair partially nude photo shoot scandal.

5. "RuneScape": This is a multi-player online role-playing game. It is cheap and runs on older computers with compelling play and a real world black market for game goods.

6. Jessica Alba: Youth, a perfect figure, model beauty and Hollywood A-list acting parts in feature films helped Jessica Alba to hit the top 10.

7. "Naruto": Naruto Uzumaki is a young anime graduate of the Ninja Academy. This fictional character stars in games and entertainment.

8. Lindsay Lohan: Youth, beauty, Hollywood and a train wreck in slow motion of substance abuse.

9. Angelina Jolie: Hollywood's 'adult supervision', combined with mega star husband Brad Pitt equals tabloid favorites as well.

10. American Idol: Talent finding U.S. television show that gives unknown youth singers their chance at stardom live in front of an audience of millions.

So the results make sense based on mass culture. But what about SEO culture? Let's say that all you really wanted to know was 'What are the top 10 SEO-related searches on Google'? Thanks to the research department at website hosting company 34sp.com, the results are in. The company used several different tools to generate their list of Google's Top 10 SEO Searches and has generously elected to share their research with readers here. The primary research tools required to determine the top 10 were Google Trends, Google Insights for Search, the newly released Google Search Based Keyword Tool and the Google AdWords Keyword Tool. The research is iterative, that is - there are only best guesses involved. So there may be a term or two that would qualify for the top 10 - especially if one goes to more generic terms like, 'search engine' or 'Google search'.

Without further ado - here are the Top 10 Google SEO Searches:

1. seo - 1,220,000 average monthly searches reported.
2. search optimization - 550,000 average monthly searches reported.
3. search engine optimization - 450,000 average monthly searches reported.
4. search marketing - 368,000 average monthly searches reported.
5. search engine marketing - 301,000 average monthly searches reported.
6. search engine software - 201,000 average monthly searches reported.
7. search ranking - 110,000 average monthly searches reported.
8. search engine ranking - 74,000 average monthly searches reported.
9. search engine seo - 60,500 average monthly searches reported.
9. search seo - 60,500 average monthly searches reported.
9. seo optimization - 60,500 average monthly searches reported.
10. search engine optimization marketing - 49,500 average monthly searches reported.
10. seo search engine optimization - 49,500 average monthly searches reported.
10. seo services - 49,500 average monthly searches reported.

Here are the next few as 'Honorable Mentions':

marketing seo - 40,500 average monthly searches reported.
seo software - 40,500 average monthly searches reported.
seo company - 33,100 average monthly searches reported.

And in case you were wondering about those very general terms and the amount of traffic they generate:

search - 68,000,000 average monthly searches reported.
people search - 20,400,000 average monthly searches reported.
google search - 2,740,000 average monthly searches reported.
search engine - 2,240,000 average monthly searches reported.

So consider yourself incredibly lucky (and obviously a huge SEO expert) if your business currently ranks for any of these top SEO terms.