What is a stop word you ask? Well, from what I have been researching lately and experience from writing blogs is this:
Stop words are very common words or adjectives that can hinder or effect your SEO efforts.
What i mean by this is, they don’t fit well when the search engines search for a specific query.
Here is another way of breaking it down for you…
When searching online for say… “Where is the nearest library” the search engine searches for each one of those words
In the order they are for the search engines would be something like this:
- Where – this would be the first word it searches for
- is – second word it searches for
- the – the third
- nearest – forth
- library – fifth
Not only would it search for each one in that order it would start to go:
- Where is
- Where is the
- Where is the nearest
- Where is the nearest library
You can see where this is going, right?
Well, the stop words would be where, is, the and even though nearest is not on the list, near is.
So, library would be the only real relevant term to be searched for. Crazy stuff eh?
But we don’t talk like that and if you wanted to search for the nearest library, all you would really need to search for
is nearest library.
I am constantly looking at my SEO (search engine optimization) of my blogs lately.
When doing a check to see if all is as it should be, this is when I notice that I put a ton of stop words in my titles.
Only because I can not think of any other way of asking the question or answering as I am trying to convey.
You see where I am going with this?
What are stop words
Here is what I can gather from reading and doing my homework on this subject.
Stop words are pretty much as follows:
- articles – such as “the”, “an” and “a”
- auxiliary verbs – such as “am”, “is”, and “can”
- conjunctions – such as “and”, “or”, “but” and “while”
- particles – such as “if”, “then”, and “thus”
- prepositions – such as “of”, “that”, “on” and “for”
- pronouns – such as “he”, “we”, “which” and “her”
As you see, these are everyday words that we use in almost every sentence we use.
But as far as the search engines are concerned, they don’t usually search for those words, they use too much space or memory.
If search engines did search for all those words, what you would end up getting as a result would be… too much!
What I mean by that is, it would take too long to get the targeted answer you are searching for.
I’ll tell you what. Here is a list of stop words for you to read through…
The list is very long and even though you may not think of some of these as being a stop word well, all search engines do.
Stop word list:
a’s able about above according accordingly across actually after afterwards again against ain’t all allow allows almost alone along already also although always am among amongst an and another any
anybody anyhow anyone anything anyway anyways anywhere apart appear appreciate appropriate are aren’t around as aside ask asking associated at available away awfully be became because become becomes becoming been before beforehand behind being believe below beside besides best better
between beyond both brief but by c’mon c’s came can can’t cannot cant cause causes certain certainly changes clearly co com come comes concerning consequently consider considering contain containing contains corresponding could couldn’t course currently definitely described despite did didn’t different do does doesn’t doing don’t done down downwards during each edu eg eight either
else elsewhere enough entirely especially et etc even ever every everybody everyone everything everywhere ex exactly example except far few fifth first five followed following follows for former formerly forth four from further furthermore get gets getting given gives go goes going gone got gotten greetings had hadn’t happens hardly has hasn’t have haven’t having he he’s hello help hence
her here here’s hereafter hereby herein hereupon hers herself hi him himself his hither hopefully
how howbeit however i’d i’ll i’m i’ve ie if ignored immediate in inasmuch inc indeed indicate indicated indicates inner insofar instead into inward is isn’t it it’d it’ll it’s its itself just keep keeps kept know known knows last lately later latter latterly least less lest let let’s like liked likely little look looking looks ltd mainly many may maybe me mean meanwhile merely might more moreover most mostly much must my myself name namely nd near nearly necessary need needs neither never nevertheless new next nine no nobody non none noone nor normally not nothing novel now nowhere obviously of off often oh ok okay old on once one ones only onto or other others otherwise ought our ours ourselves out outside over overall own particular particularly per perhaps
placed please plus possible presumably probably provides que quite qv rather rd re really reasonably regarding regardless regards relatively respectively right said same saw say saying says second secondly see seeing seem seemed seeming seems seen self selves sensible sent serious seriously seven several shall she should shouldn’t since six so some somebody somehow someone
something sometime sometimes somewhat somewhere soon sorry specified specify specifying still sub such sup sure t’s take taken tell tends th than thank thanks thanx that that’s thats the their
theirs them themselves then thence there there’s thereafter thereby therefore therein theres thereupon these they they’d they’ll they’re they’ve think third this thorough thoroughly those
though three through throughout thru thus to together too took toward towards tried tries truly
try trying twice two un under unfortunately unless unlikely until unto up upon us use used useful uses using usually value various very via viz vs want wants was wasn’t way we we’d we’ll we’re
we’ve welcome well went were weren’t what what’s whatever when whence whenever where where’s whereafter whereas whereby wherein whereupon wherever whether which while whither who who’s whoever whole whom whose why will willing wish with within without won’t wonder would wouldn’t yes yet you you’d you’ll you’re you’ve your yours yourself yourselves zero!!!!
You see? That is one long list of everyday words we use in our language.
For the search engines, it just takes up valuable search time going though all those.
You see now what I am getting at?
How do stop words effect SEO
SEO or search engine optimization is how you search for anything online.
It is how your browser searches for queries you are interested in finding, the best answer you are looking for basically.
Search engines analyze the ratio of keywords to total words in a page title to determine keyword density.
It’s only purpose really is to search out keywords and give you the best result of just that.
Some search engines don’t record extremely common words in order to save space or to speed up searches.
These are known as “stop words.”
So when I am writing a blog and I title something like: “I know of the best restaurant to find perfectly cooked eggs“,
what I should be writing in my title to give you the real best possible answer to show up in the search engines would be to write it
as: “The best restaurant for perfectly cooked eggs”
Now, even though the and for are stop words… there are not as many of them in the title which helps with the SEO of your post
or page title.
You really have to think about what you are going to write for a title if you want people to find your answer before others pretty
As I see it, you can never get away from stop words in no matter what you title anything online because that is just how we talk.
If we talked like the computer or browser searches for, we would be very boring to talk to each other and start sounding
like VCR instructions. LOL
Now, I am by no means an expert on SEO but I am starting to understand more than before I did the research for this blog post.
I am however starting to get really interested and excited to start learning this process.
I have been writing blog posts for quite some time now and am getting better at my writing skills than when i first started BUT,
learning what I write and how I write it in a post or page…I am still a novice.
I quoted to my online mentor tonight that I am a “hungry sponge” wanting to know more about SEO.
He tells everyone to write for people as I agree with but at the same time you have to be aware of how you are giving what info to
the search engines to make your answer stand out as the number one answer to everyone’s questions.
HAHA, I think I might have it…what do ya think db?
It takes me forever to learn but I will eventually get it and I hope after this blog post I have at least shined a bit and redeemed
myself after my last post. 🙂
I did not expect to have this post be so large but I wanted to thank all who have been encouraging me to keep on going!
I really enjoy blogging and have never looked back since I started!!