SEO Web Page Information: Stop Words

Stop Words

Stop words are words which are filtered out prior to, or after, processing of web site (text). Definitely there is not one list of stop words which all tools use, and some questions if there is a list. Some search tools specifically avoid removing them to support phrase search but may remove them to analyse the main subject of a web site. Wikipedia Stop word defination or search Google for stop words.

The amount that each search engine utilizes a stop word list will vary with each search engine. So don't stop using these words, use them wisely, if your content is mainly filled with stop words you may find that you are not getting the web traffic you are hoping for. Doing some research on better content and testing with this SEO tool will improve your search engine position.

Stop Words

Stopwords are terms that appear so frequently in text that they lose their usefulness as search terms.

Patent: Locating meaningful stopwords or stop-phrases in keyword-based retrieval systems

A Google patent explores how a search engine might look at queries that contain stopwords or stop-phrases, and determine whether or not the stopword or stop-phrase is meaningful enough to include in search results shown to a searcher.

The patent is:

Locating meaningful stopwords or stop-phrases in keyword-based retrieval systems
Invented by Tong; Simon (Mountain View, CA), Lerner; Uri (Mountain View, CA), Singhal; Amit (Palo Alto, CA), Haahr; Paul (San Francisco, CA), Baker; Steven (Mountain View, CA)
Assigned to Google Inc.
US Patent 7,409,383
Granted August 5, 2008
Filed: March 31, 2004

Abstract

A stopword detection component detects stopwords (also stop-phrases) in search queries input to keyword-based information retrieval systems. Potential stopwords are initially identified by comparing the terms in the search query to a list of known stopwords. Context data is then retrieved based on the search query and the identified stopwords.

In one implementation, the context data includes documents retrieved from a document index. In another implementation, the context data includes categories relevant to the search query. Sets of retrieved context data are compared to one another to determine if they are substantially similar.

If the sets of context data are substantially similar, this fact may be used to infer that the removal of the potential stopword(s) is not material to the search. If the sets of context data are not substantially similar, the potential stopword can be considered material to the search and should not be removed from the query.

Suggestive Stop Word List

We do not claim to have a comprehensive list of stop words as we do not know the list that each search engine is using, if they are using a list at all. These are very common used words which it would be very hard to get top search engine rankings for.

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