Other than Google Search, Yahoo, Ask.com and Nielsen//NetRatings has also also published their respective list of top or most popular online search keywords or search terms in 2006. As expected, the usual suspects easily made their round to the top of searching tables – Britney Spears, Paris Hilton, Shakira, Jessica Simpson and MySpace. Yahoo! list is top with celebrities while Ask.com list is more generic. As various search engines use different methodology to keep track of top search terms, so the top searches listing may be distorted or skewed. It can also affected by different user demography. Some results have filtered out adult, sex-related, generic and company names.

Britney Spears

Yahoo! Top 10 Search Terms – Source from Yahoo! Buzz

1. Britney Spears
2. WWE
3. Shakira
4. Jessica Simpson
5. Paris Hilton
6. American Idol
7. Beyonce Knowles
8. Chris Brown
9. Pamela Anderson
10. Lindsay Lohan

Ask.com Top 10 Search Keywords

1. MySpace
2. Dictionary
3. Games
4. Cars
5. Food
6. Song lyrics
7. Poems
8. New York
9. Baby names
10. Music

Google Top 10 Search Queries – Source from Google Zeitgeist

Rather than “top” which means the most popularly searched words with Google, the list by Google is rather determined by the ‘hotness’ of the words, where a word stands out in the Google search trends and patterns, by measuring the percentage of increase in search on the word.

1. Bebo
2. MySpace
3. World Cup
4. Metacafe
5. Radioblog
6. Wikipedia
7. Video
8. Rebelde
9. Mininova
10. Wiki

Nielsen//NetRatings Top 10 Search Terms

An unfiltered list of top search queries for 2006 for all search engines, compiled by Nielsen//NetRatings for The Chronicle.

1. Google
2. EBay
3. MySpace
4. Yahoo
5. Mapquest
6. MySpace.com
7. Yahoo.com
8. MSN
9. Hotmail
10. Pogo.com