Monday, June 23, 2008

Two Words Phrases

One of the leading web ranking provider reported that most people use two word phrases in search engines. There is also a tendency developing that single word phrases searches are in decline and multi word phrase searches are becoming most common. Of all search engines world wide, 28.38 percent use 2 word phrases, 27.15 percent use 3 word phrases and 16.42 percent 4 word phrases.
The 10 most used word phrases in search engines on the web are:
1. Two word phrases 28.38 percent
2. Three word phrases 27.15 percent
3. Four word phrases 16.42 percent
4. One word phrase 13.48 percent
5. Five word phrases 8.03 percent
6. Six word phrases 3.67 percent
7. Seven word phrases 1.63 percent
8. Eight word phrases 0.73 percent
9. Nine word phrases 0.34 percent
10. Ten word phrases 0.16 percent


  1. That makes sense. I forgot the last time i conducted a one word search... well... i did... for strange words.
    You didnt mention the actual percentage for one words!?

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  3. that is interesting, but I still think putting whatever you want in quotes helps a lot more than just typing more words.

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  6. That's really good to know. Thanks for the info. Honestly I don't know when the last time I looked for one word on any search engine if I ever did.

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  9. Hello - found your site on BE! Just wanted to say that this makes perfect sense - in fact, I think I'm probably in the 6 or 7 word search category, and definitely with quotes! ;) I use some one word tags, some two word tags, and some three word tags in my blog, so *hopefully* I'm covering my bases! If you have a second, please check it out and let me know what you think/suggestions -

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