Celebrity dirt tops Yahoo searches

A Web site featuring gossip about blonde wrestling pop stars could amass a remarkable following, considering the top search terms of 2006 on Yahoo.com.

The Yahoo Buzz Web site posted a host of top 10 search subjects for the year, including overall searches as well as breakdowns by category such as blogs and bloggers, news stories, and politicians.

Following Britney on the overall top 10 list was wrestling, er, sports entertainment empire WWE. No. 3 was singer Shakira, followed by fellow blonde crooners Jessica Simpson and Paris Hilton. American Idol was No. 6, then Beyonce Knowles, Chris Brown, Pamela Anderson, and Lindsay Lohan. (I can't help but suspect this list is filtered, given the absence of terms such as sex and porn.)

Blog-readers appear to be drawn to celebrity gossip and politics. The top 10 blogs/blogger searches on Yahoo for 2006 were as follows:

1. Perez Hilton (Celebrity gossip)

2. The Superficial (Celebrity gossip)

3. Pink Is the New Blog (Celebrity gossip and mockery)

4. Huffington Post (Politics)

5, TMZ.com (Celebrity gossip)

6. Daily Kos (Politics)

7. Jossip (Manhattan-centric news and gossip)

8. A Socialite's Life (Celebrity gossip)

9. Little Green Footballs (Politics)

10. Gawker (Manhattan-centric news and gossip)

Other top searches:

News story: Steve Irwin's death (Iraq was No. 3, following the death of Anna Nicole's son.)

Politicians: George W. Bush

Sports team: New York Yankees

Baby searches: Suri Cruise

You can see the entire set of lists right here.

Those of you interested in search trends might also find this article by Danny Sullivan over at SearchEngineWatch handy.