Performing Research for Creating a Website

Some tools you can use to perform market research for your website or business idea. All of these tools are free and easy to use. This is a great way to brainstorm.

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    Find Past Search Trends with Google Zeitgeist

    Since 2001, a view into what searches revealed about the interests, passions, and issues for the year. (Results are based on global search queries on Google.com in English.)

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    See when things are mentioned in real time on any social network with Social Mention

    Social Mention is a social media search engine that searches user-generated content such as blogs, comments, bookmarks, events, news, videos, and microblogging services.

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    See what keyword terms are being searched for in YouTube by month

    This is exactly like Google's keyword tool, but for YouTube. See what people are searching for and what volume in YouTube. Can be helpful for SEO and video creation.

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    Find out what keywords are being searched on every major website at once with Soovle

    Soovle.com is awesome tool for finding what keywords are searched for on major sites like Google, Amazon, Ebay, etc. Just type in a word in the search box and results will start to appear if applicable.

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    A Startup Guide to Competitive Research

    If you're starting research into really building a company out of your website, this is where you should start. Justin Mares, founder of Roommate Fit, goes into depth in this post about exactly how to begin your competitive research, and his process of ultimately deciding not to pursue his first company. 

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    Alexa Top 500 Global Sites - another list to see what works and generate ideas

    The top 500 sites on the web. The sites in the top sites lists are ordered by their 1 month alexa traffic rank. The 1 month rank is calculated using a combination of average daily visitors and pageviews over the past month. The site with the highest combination of visitors and pageviews is ranked #1.

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    See trends in twitter with Trendistic

    This tool allows you to search and understand trends in things being mention and talked about on Twitter. Search a specific location, as well.

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    Use technorati to see a list of the top blogs in the world

    Technorati is a list of the top blogs in the world. You can break it down by location or industry, among other things.

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    See Time-Specific Trends of Any Topic with Google Trends

    Google Trends, as the name sounds, allows you to search and find specific trends in Google search term over a specified period of time by location.

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    See the top keywords for today or any day through Soovle

    Today's top internet keywords. This list is compiled from the four major providers of search suggestions and then aggregated for you. Use the regular expression tool to quickly find the phrases you should know about. Then try out the search suggestion tool to get more.

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    Google Hot Searches - Top Google Searches Based on Time Period

    Explore trending search topics with Google Hot Searches. Find the top 20 searches of the day through Google. You can also go back in time and see the top searches in the past.

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    Learn what any site on the web is built with

    Web technology information profiler tool. Find out what a website is built with using BuiltWith.com. Really cool for simple research on how any website is built. Was it created with Wordpress or Drupal? Or, was it custom coded with Ruby, PHP or Python? Find out here.

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    Top 1000 sites - DoubleClick Ad Planner

    This is a list curated by DoubleClick (owned by Google) of the top 1,000 sites on the Internet. This is a great place to go to generate ideas and see what's working in the US and other countries.

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    Look up word variations with a thesaurus

    The largest and most trusted free online thesaurus brought to you by Dictionary.com. Quickly find synonyms and antonyms. This may sound obviously, but this seriously comes in pretty useful when you're stuck on word and domain ideas.

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    Research Keywords with the Google Keyword Tool

    Allows you to see how many times any keyword or phrase is being searched for in Google every month. Great for idea generation and brainstorming

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    Get detailed information about any site with Wolfram Alpha

    Wolfram|Alpha is more than a search engine. It gives you access to the world's facts and data and calculates answers across a range of topics, including science, nutrition, history, geography, engineering, mathematics, linguistics, sports, finance, music...

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