Search Spy

Definition

A perpetually refreshing page that provides a real-time view of actual Web searches.

Information

While not as immediately useful as keyword databases that summarize monthly totals, search engine spies can give insight into how people actually search. (Some keyword databases, such as the Goto.com tool, alter the raw searches to assist grouping.)

Search engine spies come in filtered and unfiltered varieties. Filtered services attempt to remove “objectionable” searches. Some spy services only offer one or the other, some offer both options and let you choose.

Synonyms

search voyeur, live search display

Related Terms

keyword research, metasearch engine, search engine, search engine optimization

Sites

warning : enter at your own risk
(some searches may be considered offensive)
Yahoo : Searching The Web : Search Engine Spying

Articles

What People Search For
Search Engine Watch (May 26, 2006)