There are four broad categories that cover most web search queries:
- Informational queries — Queries that cover a broad topic (e.g., Colorado or trucks) for which there may be thousands of relevant results;
- Navigational queries — Queries that seek a website or web page of a single entity (e.g., YouTube or Delta Airlines);
- Transactional queries — Queries that reflect the intent of the user to perform a particular action, like purchasing a car or downloading a screen saver;
- Connectivity queries — Queries that report on the connectivity of the indexed web graph (e.g., Which links point to this URL?, or How many pages are indexed from this domain name?).
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