Google Wonder Wheel bid farewell last July 2011. Okay, actually it wasn’t even able to say goodbye, Google took it down without warning or whatsoever then they put up a lot of search refinements early this year.
Just a quick refresher on what Google Wonder Wheel is from Wikipedia:
Wonder Wheel provides the user with a flash based interface having the searched query in the middle and the related queries at its branches. The text based results are still available but shifted rightwards. As the user clicks on the related query, the wonder wheel expands and the results at the right hand side of the page changes. The main aim of the wonder wheel is to guide the user to reach to the relevant resource in an intuitive manner.
And here’s a picture of it in action:
So what is it for? It’s one of the most favorite tools that SEOs, Social Media Experts, Internet Marketers, Content Writers and Web Strategist use. And yes, you can add that it is also one of the best tools of many spammers and sneaky blackhatters – probably one of the reasons too why Google took it down. But that’s not really the point of this post so let’s move on.
Anyway it’s gone now and apparently it won’t be coming back. There’s no use crying over a broken wheel, so I’m giving you links to Google Wonder Wheel Tool substitutes.
Quintura is a search engine with English and Russian version. It specializes in giving you visualized results instead of boring and old listing type of results and Boolean strings. At least that’s what they say on their page and even if they still provide that traditional list of results, each search provides you with a presentation very similar to that of Google Wonder Wheel tool.
Quintura is Google Wonder Wheel tool minus the wheel and arrows. It appears and probably works (algorithmically) much like blog post tag clouds.
You can also download their web search client by following this link.
WikiSummarizer, although it name implies is more than just a summarizer of Wikipedia. It is a powerful tool than help you breakdown ideas
Their algorithm is simple. They analyze Wikipedia articles and mashes up what it thinks are the most important articles and keywords.
It can present results in bullets and outlines, again it is like the Google Wonder Wheel minus the wheel and arrows.
Visual Thesaurus is just what it sounds. It’s your favorite thesaurus in visual format. It is interactive and it allows you to discover keyword relations with a simple mouse click.
Visuwords is Google Wonder Wheel Tool taken to the next level. It is an online graphical dictionary that allows you to see keyword or word relevance through an interactive user interface. You can discover word meanings and associations with a single mouse click. You can build ideas and niche connections using this tool.
Yes it’sfrom Google. Google Trends Correlate just graduated from the Google Labs and it may not have the fancy user interface that Google Wonder Wheel had but this tool can surely give you keyword, key phrases, subjects, niche, topics and ideas – depending on who you are or what you do for a living.
Google Trends Correlate allows you to research straight from Google’s database. You can find here keywords in correlation with real and up to date world data. You can discover search patterns, trends so you can predict niche and topic trends worldwide and/or region specific.
Google Trends Correlate got a ton of other features; play around with it and you can thank me later – or right now by commenting below, although suggestions and ideas would be appreciated more.