StatsAudienceSearches Mostly Entertainment-Related

Searches Mostly Entertainment-Related

The top U.S. search terms for the last week reveal that many Internet users are looking for Halloween, recording artists, games, and sports.

Web site owners looking for more traffic may want to include some of these terms among their content: “KaZaA,” “Halloween,” “DragonBall,” “NFL,” and “Yu-Gi-Oh!” are among the top ten search terms on both the The Lycos 50 for the week ending October 5, 2002 and the Yahoo Buzz Index of the 20 leaders for the week ending October 6, 2002.

Both lists saw the debut of “Hurricane Lili” (number 7 on Lycos and 12 on Yahoo). Yahoo introduced “Ryder Cup” this week at number 19, but it had already appeared on Lycos last week number 31. Lycos saw the return of “Christina Aguilera” after a 16-month absence, but she had spent the last three weeks on the Yahoo list, most recently at number 11. “The Simpsons” showed up on the Lycos list for the first time since 2001 at number 38. The beginning of the academic year brought “Periodic Table” to the list at number 49.

The biggest discrepancies between the two lists were:

  • “Costumes” and “Tattoos” – numbers 4 and 6 respectively on Lycos, did not appear at all among the 20 leaders on Yahoo
  • “Nelly” – number 3 on Yahoo compared to 19 on Lycos.
  • “Eminem” – number 4 on Yahoo compared to 18 on Lycos.
  • “Avril Lavigne” – number 8 on Yahoo compared to 22 on Lycos.
  • “PlayStation 2” – number 9 on Yahoo compared to 29 on Lycos.

Lycos 50 for the week ending October 5, 2002
Current
Position
Search
Term
Last Week’s
Position
1 Halloween #1
2 DragonBall #2
3 KaZaA #3
4 Costumes #4
5 NFL #5
6 Tattoos #6
7 Hurricane Lili New
8 Britney Spears #8
9 Yu-Gi-Oh! #9
10 The Bible #11
11 Las Vegas #13
12 Christmas #17
13 Grand Theft Auto #19
14 Baseball #34
15 Marijuana #12
16 Pamela Anderson #16
17 Lord of the Rings #33
18 Eminem #14
19 Nelly #22
20 Harry Potter #20
21 Brooke Burke #36
22 Avril Lavigne #25
23 The Sims #27
24 College Football #21
25 Jennifer Lopez #29
26 Final Fantasy #18
27 Anna Kournikova #26
28 NASCAR #24
29 PlayStation 2 #38
30 Mortgage Rates #30
31 Morpheus #28
32 Elvis Presley #44
33 Golf #32
34 WWE #23
35 WinMX #37
36 Pumpkins New
37 Greek Mythology #41
38 The Simpsons New
39 Shakira #46
40 West Nile Virus #35
41 Skateboarding #47
42 Apollo 11 #40
43 Christina Aguilera New
44 Buffy the Vampire Slayer #48
45 IRS #49
46 Ryder Cup #31
47 Napster New
48 Martha Stewart #50
49 Periodic Table New
50 Pokemon New
Source: Terra Lycos

The Buzz Index for the week ending October 6, 2002
Current
Position
Search
Term
Last Week’s
Position
1 KaZaA #1
2 Halloween #6
3 Nelly #2
4 Eminem #3
5 DragonBall Z #4
6 NFL #5
7 Britney Spears #7
8 Avril Lavigne #9
9 PlayStation2 #12
10 Yu-Gi-Oh! #11
11 Christina Aguilera #46
12 Hurricane Lili New
13 Ashanti #15
14 WWE #13
15 Jennifer Lopez #26
16 NASCAR #18
17 Kelly Clarkson #17
18 Shakira #16
19 Ryder Cup New
20 Harry Potter #20
Source: Yahoo


Check out how the search terms have changed over time:
Virus Becomes Most Popular
Debut of a Salesman
Dragonball Rolls Into First Place
World Cup Kicks Star Wars Out of Space

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