We have already seen Google Suggest in its rawest form, that being the list of suggestions that appear whenever you type anything into Google Search field (unless you have enabled and search from Google interface). As we have seen, Google Suggest can be pretty handy for finding related web content on the fly.
However, today I’m going to introduce you to three great tools that can be used to harvest Google Suggest when brainstorming, looking for inspiration and/or performing more in-depth research into a subject.
1. Web Seer
Web Seer (take a look at our Web Seer review) is probably my favorite of the three tools. It allows users to compare two different search queries showing which related fields of interest overlap the two.
The tool may turn both fun and useful for various purposes, for example:
Develop content tailored to two (maybe opposing) groups of communities:
- geeks vs nerd;
- republicans vs democrats (see the official example here);
- she vs he;
- men vs women;
Run some type of keyword research to compare two similar or related terms:
- Slang vs general term;
- Acronym vs full word;
In the example below, you can see that when searching for “DIY“ vs “do it yourself“, there are some overlapping results, but interestingly there are also some completely different topics attached to the individual terms as well.
2. What Do You Suggest?
“What Do You Suggest?” is a straight-up single-phrase suggestion tool, which generates results in the form of a mind map.
What Do You Suggest takes a seed from you (or gives you something random) then guides you on a journey through language and the collective lives of Google users.
It does an excellent job of allowing users to generate interactive search suggestion maps – which can be great help in keyword brainstorming and content inspiration:
Apart from allowing you to brainstorm new ideas based on your seed one, the tool also lets you compare Google Suggest results in different regions. Choose two different locations in drop downs above the results and see the results differentiated by color based on the location:
- light green = primary locale only
- light pink = secondary locale only
- grey= both:
Soolve is another interactive Google-Suggest-based web app worth checking. The awesome part of the tool is that it provides suggestion results not only from Google, but from Amazon, Answers.com, Bing, Wikipedia, Yahoo and YouTube as well. It is an incredibly powerful research tool, one which I would highly recommend spending some time getting to know (if you decide to follow this advice, check out MakeUseOf’s Soovle review as well).
When you enter a phrase into the Soovle search bar, it pulls up the top ten suggestions from all of its information sources. You can then select one of these suggestions to automatically initiate a new search based around that phrase instead.
Here is a basic feature set to get you started playing with the tool:
- The search engine in “brackets” is an active one: Soovle will use the active search engine to pull the top result for the base term you enter (this is the so-called “Soovled” link you see in the screenshot below the search field);
- You can double-click on specific suggestions, in order to actually run the selected search in a new tab./li>
- The results UI can be moved around and individual engines can be turned off.
So those are my three favorite Google Suggest tools, if you know of some more that are any better, I would love to hear about them.