Google Trends turns 15 and reveals SA’s top searches for the 15 years

The search engine giant, Google, is celebrating 15 years of Google Trends and has released the most searched topics in South Africa on its engine over the past 15 years.

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Google Trends is a website by Google that analyzes the popularity of top search queries in Google Search across various regions and languages. The website uses graphs to compare the search volume of different queries over time.

According to the findings, Google Trends revealed that, among other things, South Africans mostly engage in topics such as current affairs, sport, looking for job opportunities and government services.

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Google now processes over 40,000 search queries every second on average, which translates to over 3.5 billion searches per day and 1.2 trillion searches per year worldwide.

“‘Top searches’ indicate searches that topped Google’s charts while ‘Most searched’ queries are the most popular terms for the past 15 years, ranked in order by volume of searches,” Google said.

Live Google search trends data is available here.

South Africa’s top searches for the past 15 years

Here are some of the top Google searches in South Africa over the past 15 years:

Top searched questions, past 15 years in South Africa

  1. Where to stay?
  2. How to make money fast?
  3. How to make love?
  4. What is love?
  5. What is my IP?
  6. How to make pancakes?
  7. How to download from Youtube?
  8. How to kiss?
  9. How to lose weight?
  10. How to lose belly fat?

Top sports events and tournament searches, past 15 years in South Africa

  1. La Liga
  2. Champions League
  3. English Premier League
  4. PSL standings
  5. Rugby World Cup
  6. Serie A
  7. FA Cup
  8. England Championship
  9. Europa League
  10. Nedbank Cup.

Top searched South Africans, past 15 years in South Africa

  1. Cassper Nyovest
  2. Cyril Ramaphosa
  3. Julius Malema
  4. Jacob Zuma
  5. Bonang Matheba
  6. Zodwa Wabantu
  7. Black Coffee
  8. Babes Wodumo
  9. Senzo Meyiwa
  10. Pearl Thusi.

Top current affairs searches, past 15 years in South Africa

  1. Load shedding
  2. Coronavirus South Africa
  3. National treasury
  4. Election Results
  5. Heritage Day
  6. Boko Haram
  7. Hoërskool Driehoek
  8. Curfew South Africa
  9. Ramaphosa’s Wife
  10. Chesterville Durban.

Top job searches, past 15 years in South Africa

  1. DPSA vacancies
  2. Career Junction
  3. Job Mail
  4. Gumtree Jobs
  5. Eskom vacancies
  6. Government vacancies
  7. Transnet vacancies
  8. Jobs in Pretoria
  9. Best jobs
  10. DPSA circular.

Top searched government services, past 15 years in South Africa

  1. Home affairs
  2. Department of labour
  3. Department of Education
  4. E-filing
  5. Department of Home Affairs
  6. Post office
  7. City of Johannesburg
  8. City of Tshwane
  9. City Power
  10. Department of Justice.

Top searched educational services, past 15 years in South Africa

  1. My Unisa
  2. Google Scholar
  3. UP portal
  4. Puff and pass
  5. University of Pretoria
  6. Google Classroom
  7. Department of Education
  8. UJ Ulink
  9. TUT ITS
  10. Rosebank College.

Top searched international celebrities, past 15 years in South Africa

  1. Kim Kardashian
  2. Chris Brown
  3. Justin Bieber
  4. Lil Wayne
  5. Christiano Ronaldo
  6. Donald Trump
  7. Ariana Grande
  8. Taylor Swift
  9. Lady Gaga
  10. One Direction.

Top searched “lyrics”, past 15 years in South Africa

  1. All of me lyrics
  2. Hallelujah lyrics
  3. Adele hello lyrics
  4. Despacito lyrics
  5. Thinking out loud lyrics
  6. Amazing grace lyrics
  7. Panda lyrics
  8. Drunk in love lyrics
  9. Say something lyrics
  10. WAP lyrics.

Top food related searches, past 15 years in South Africa

  1. Romans Pizza
  2. KFC menu
  3. Nando’s menu
  4. Debonairs pizza
  5. Ocean basket
  6. Chicken Licken menu
  7. Food lovers market
  8. Pizza Perfect
  9. Uber Eats
  10. Burger King menu.

Top health related searches, past 15 years in South Africa

  1. Banting diet
  2. Pregnancy signs
  3. Apple cider vinegar
  4. NHLS login
  5. Symptoms of coronavirus
  6. Chicken pox
  7. Cystic Fibrosis
  8. Lower back pain
  9. Citro soda
  10. Blood in urine.

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