The long tail gets longer and the head gets bigger

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  • December 17, 2007
Patrick Altoft

Patrick Altoft

Director of Strategy

Via the wonderful Hitwise comes news that the head of the long tail, the most popular search terms, is getting larger.

over the last two years there has been a consolidation of the most popular terms. For example, for the 4 weeks ending in the middle of October 2005, 5% of all search volume consisted of 49 terms, but for the same period this year (2007), that number deceased to just 9 terms.

The reason is apparently down to navigational search which has seen a 30% increase in the UK since 2005. More people are searching for a small number of sites such as “ebay” and “amazon” than ever before.

The good news for search marketers targeting non branded search terms is that people are using a much broader array of search terms for their non navigational queries meaning it is easier to rank for high traffic terms.