Google just made some updates to Google Trends which allows you to research and compare search terms by popularity and geographical region. If you do keyword research, this can be a very handy tool.
After signing in to a Google Account, visitors to Trends can now view the “numbers” on the graphs as well as being able to download the data via .CSV format.
Here are a couple of graphs I made using Google Trends:
This first one compares Myspace vs Facebook.
What I found most interesting about this was how much more popular Facebook is in Canada while Myspace dominates in the United States.
I already noticed this as I live in Canada, and almost everyone I know locally uses Facebook, whereas all my high school buddies from Michigan, USA only seem to be on Myspace.
And here is a graph that gave me a bit of a chuckle:
You can see how those terms take a big dive between Thanksgiving through New Years, with a huge jump in January, and then teeters down again.
I title this graph: “Good Intentions”.
So go check out Google Trends.
25 Things I Learned on Google Trends – By Steve Rubel
Info on How to Use Google Trends new Features – via the Official Google Blog
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