Clipblast! Releases List of Top Video Searches in 2006, which can be classified as a meta search engine that searches for online videos in 'real-time', announced today their Top 10 most popular searches for Internet video clips in 2006. The engine has indexed millions of video clips from across the Web. The company's patent-pending technology crawls the Web in search of video, then categorizes video files, Web pages and feeds so that the most relevant clips can be served up in real-time, on demand.

Not surprisingly, celebrities behaving badly top the list, but also some of the biggest US news stories, as well as World Cup soccer action made the cut. The year's most popular video searches according to, searching on any of the topics below will return an array of videos from different sources:

1. Steve Irwin – the crocodile hunter was celebrated, memorialized and mourned after his untimely death.

2. Borat – Kazakhstan's sixth most famous man became a bona fide
cultural phenomenon.

3. World Cup – four weeks of nonstop soccer action, 32 national teams
and one infamous head-butt scored big with sports fans.

4. Al Zarqawi – the June death of Iraq's Al-Qaeda leader in a U.S
military strike was big news on the Web.

5. Britney Spears – between the new baby, the messy divorce and the
no-panties partying, Britney was an online-video favorite.

6. Michael Richards – a bad stand-up comedy set laced with the liberal
use of a very bad word made Kramer from Seinfeld a hit once again with Web surfers.

7. JonBenet Ramsey – nearly 10 years after her unsolved murder, the
nation's fascination with the tiny-tot beauty queen was rekindled by a "confession" that proved to be yet another dead end.

8. George W. Bush – the President's popularity may have taken a
beating in the opinion polls, but he came out a winner in the video-search bar.

9. Cory Lidle – the death of the New York Yankees pitcher became
headline news – not just sports news – when his plane slammed into a Manhattan apartment building.
10. Mel Gibson – the actor and director got a prolonged and
not-too-flattering close-up after his July arrest and anti-Semitic tirade.

Borat and Michael Richards, along with YouTube and the late James Kim (cNET editor), are also featured in ClipBlast!'s "A Life in Video." A Life in Video, which highlights the Web's best video clips on a particular subject, will officially debut in 2007.

About the author

Elisabeth Osmeloski has been in the search engine marketing industry since 1999, with agency experience as an SEO consultant and web copywriter for a variety of clients, ranging from small businesses to large corporations, as well as working in-house for a travel search industry startup. Elisabeth is also a regular speaker and a moderator at the Search Engine Strategies conferences.

Elisabeth recently launched a new blog and consulting agency, Adventures in Search, specializing in editorial services including content strategy, SEO copywriting, community development and management, social media marketing, online PR and customized link building. Elisabeth's areas of expertise include adventure travel services, destination and tourism marketing, outdoor recreation and action sports, as well as luxury- and lifestyle-focused brands.

She holds a B.A. in Marketing from the Isenberg School of Management at the University of Massachusetts-Amherst. She also spent several years as the Skiing Editor for, and still enjoys writing as an active travel journalist whenever possible. In addition to freelance travel writing assignments, Elisabeth has also created Downhill Divas, a social network for women interested in skiing, snowboarding, freeride mountain biking and living a healthy, active lifestyle.