Search Voyeur

by: Ed Zivkovic

What is a Search Voyeur

Search Voyeur, also known as Search Spy enables you to see what keywords and phrases people are searching for on the Internet.

This can be used to try picking new trends, developing products or just a fun way to surf new sites you never thought of visiting.

Warning

Some of these search voyeurs provide uncensored results which means certain terms and phrases may be considered offensive by some people.

If you are under 21 or are likely to be offended at certain terms, it might be a good idea to not to visit these sites.

Search Voyeur Sites

Here is a short list of available engines which supply voyeur results. Some of these sites provide results that refresh the page every 15 seconds or so while others provide static results updated daily, weekly etc.
    MetaSpy provides filtered and unfiltered results for searches conducted at MetaCrawler at this moment. The results at this engine refresh every 15 seconds.

    Google Zeitgeist reveals search patterns and trends according to Google. This is a very informative page showing the top 10 gaining queries along with the top 10 declining queries for this month as well as last month.

    Disturbing Search Requests allows you to discover how strange keywords and phrases get indexed. Webmasters submit strange and obscure search terms that they find in their refferer logs.

    Ask Jeeves Interesting Queries provides a weekly list of the top searches conducted at Jeeves in several categories.

    OzSearch is an Australian directry which lists the last sites visited. That is, where the surfer actually landed after a search.

    There are many more search voyeurs around. If you would like to find your own, more specific search spies, check the search results at Google for "search voyeur".

Keyword Search Frequency

In a previous article, we reviewed a good free software program where you just type in a keyword or phrase to discover how often the term has been searched in the last 30 days.

You can also go to Overure Advertiser Center and click on Term Suggestion Tool to search for keywords and phrases that people search for at Overture. The results display how many times the term has been searched for last month. This information is handy when optimizing your webpages for search engines.