Google Trends is a great website that helps writers tremendously. Use it to find out how popular a search term is, how popular a website is, what the hottest searches are, etc.
Google has a tool that can help writers come up with ideas for articles. It can also show how often something is searched on Google. This tool is called Google Trends. On Google Trends, you can see many topics and searches that are popular currently.
So if you are unsure what to write about, take a look at Google Trends. This unique site contains a list of “Hot Topics” and “Hot Searches.” Hot Topics shows the news that are gaining popularity from news sources, social networking sites, blogs, etc. Hot Searches shows the Google searches that rise the most suddenly in popularity. Keep in mind that it does NOT include general search terms like “cats.” It only shows the terms that suddenly are searched more. They are both updated hourly, while the actual search trends are updated daily. Notice how “Hot Searches” is what Triond uses for their “Topic Suggestions” list.
You can also compare the popularity of two search terms. Just use commas to separate the two. So if you wanted to compare the number of searches of desktops and laptops, just type in “desktops, laptops.” You may notice numbers by your search term. That number is the relation from your second search term to your first search term. If you compared the laptops to desktops, just the way I typed it, you would probably see a “1.00″ next to “desktops.” And there is also a number around “6.20″ besides “laptops.” This means that laptops are searched for about 6.2 times more often than desktops.
Websites can also be compared. If you type in “google.com” in the search, Google Trends shows you the amount of traffic that google.com has received in the last few years. And you can also compare websites. Say you want to compare espn.com and foxsports.com. Just type in “espn.com, foxsports.com.” There you will see that espn.com is about 17 times as popular as foxsports.com. See what I mean? This is useful stuff!
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Google Trends is very useful for writers. A good idea is to type in a new article’s main search term into Trends and see how much search volume it has. Sometimes a term doesn’t have enough search volume to be displayed.
This is a great site that gives writers some really great information. Check this cool tool out yourself at Google Trends.