While we’ve always been advised to get domains that are catchy, easily spelled and have good recalls, people will still search for them on Google or Yahoo.
Inq7.net is undoubtably the most familiar website among Filipinos here and abroad, with a domain URL that spells the same as it is pronounced, some of our moms and pops will type-in the URL via the default search in their browsers (usually Yahoo!).
Let’s see how popular the local websites are in terms of type-ins. One place to know about this is the Overture Keyword Selector.
Let’s go over there and check on some websites:
Search Term : Count
‘inq7’ : 27,652
‘manila bulletin’ : 22,142
‘manila tonight’ : 942
‘tipidpc’ : 656
‘pinoyexchange’ : 586
And here’s one for my blog, just for comparison:
‘blog yugatech.com’ : 160
All counts that based on last months data (May 2006).
These numbers only represents type-ins on Yahoo and other Yahoo search properties. This tool, combined with Google Trends, could give you a good estimate of the total volume of search for any given keyword or phrase.