In October last year, Hitwise had published a report that suggested that the maximum number of search engine queries were one-worded. And as it looked obvious back then, the percentage of search volumes decreased with increasing number of words.
However, a conflicting report now published by Chitika shows that a majority of users are actually searching longer-terms. The maximum number of searches were three-worded : close to 26%. The study claims that the number of queries with five words or more have a drastically lower search engine share.
Here is how the numbers stand (as percentage of total queries)
One worded : 14%
Two worded : 19%
Three worded : 26%
Four-worded : 17%
Five-woded : 9.73%
Six-worded : 5.35%