How to Use Google Trends for SEOChuck Price, September 3, 2013
Google Trends is one of the best and most versatile tools available for SEO. It is the marketing equivalent of the Leatherman or Swiss Army knife. If you could only use one SEO tool to develop an Internet marketing campaign, this product would be a serious contender.
Working with Google Trends
When performing a search on Google Trends, you have the option to set four variables or parameters (default shown in bold):
Web Search – Image search – News Search – Product Search – YouTube Search
Worldwide – Option to choose a specific Country
2004-Present – Past 7 Days – 30 Days – 90 Days – 12 Months- Choose a Year
All Categories – Arts & Entertainment – Autos & Vehicles – Beauty & fitness – Books & literature – Business & industrial – Computers & electronics – Finance – Food & drink – Games
You can compare up to five search terms or groupings at one time, with up to 25 search terms in each grouping.
pen + pencil + paper (grouping 1)
stapler + tape + notebook + ruler (grouping 2)
eraser + paper clip (grouping 3)
By using the + sign between your search terms you are telling Google that you want to include searches for pen or pencil or paper.
Google also displays Hot Searches and Top Charts in Google Trends, listing the top searches of the day as well as popular searches by category.
Having all of this data available is great, but knowing what to do with it is even better. Following is a guide on how to use this information for SEO.
Since Google Trends doesn't give actual search numbers, it works best when used in combination with the Keyword Planner. Google Trends will show a "normalized" or relative level of interest over time for a prospective keyword phrase. It also allows you to compare the level of interest among potential target phrases.
Let's say you're selling car parts. When does interest in car parts peak? What potentially drives more traffic; the search phrase "car parts" or "auto parts"?
Drill down further and you will see that Atlanta is a particularly strong market:
If you're doing local SEO or geo-targeted PPC, this data is invaluable.
Newsjacking suddenly, is all the rage in SEO. According to David Meerman Scott, it's "the process by which you inject ideas or angles into breaking news, in real-time, in order to generate media coverage for yourself or your business."
If Hot Searches didn't exist, someone would create it for newsjacking. The newsjacking formula is a simple one:
Choose a trending topic.
Blog about it.
Tweet it (using the established hashtag).
Don't be a moron (e.g., don't try to capitalize on tragedy).
Here's a great example of newsjacking in Bongo Bongo land.
Top Charts is the perfect resource for developing content ideas that people are actually interested in. Sticking with the car parts theme, navigate to Car Companies, click on "BMW", then click on "explore" in the right column.
To play this game at home:
Navigate to Google Trends.
Enter your keywords.
Change "Web Search" to "YouTube" search.
Is there an idea that you can use for your niche?
Is there a trend that you can capitalize on?
This data may also be used for video optimization:
Creating great titles.
Using the right tags.
This one only works for "big Brands" with sufficient search volume. In the case cited below, three of four competitors are static, but one company is clearly in the zone. AutoZone.