Search queries keep getting longer. Over the past year, queries of 8 words and over experienced the higher the jump in usage.
A Hitwise study finds searches
of 5 or move words in length increased 10 percent from January 2008 to January of this year. Over the same period of time shorter queries of 1 to 4 words in length decreased 2
The longer the queries, the longer the long tail becomes. As searchers becomes more sophisticated in honing their terms, SEO gets correspondingly more complex, but also more potentially rewarding.