if you are an SEO guy Like me, then definitely you may come across terms, Called “Stop Words“. May you also heard that stop words are harmful to SEO.
Maybe your SEO Plugin Like Yoast SEO or Rank Math give you warning that you are using Stop Words in your URL or content
So what are stop words? What’s their role in SEO? These are the exact questions, which you will learn at the end of this blog post.
what are stop words and how Google treats them?
Would You Ever Imagined, Search Engines Ignore some words, in order to save some space.
Yeh, That’s true
Because of Search Engines have to save space in their database and speed up the crawling And indexing Process.
Words like the, a, of, or, many, etc are an example of stop words.
Search Engine skips the Extremely common words while Crawling/Indexing , that words are known as stop words.
List of Stop Words For SEO (Cheat Sheet)
Having a List of stop word is your first step for ignoring them, I have prepared a List of Stop Words from various Blogs And Websites. I did your Half here, Use the list wisely and Enjoy it.
So, Here is a list of google stop words, That you have to ignore overusing them, into your Content.
– List Source: ShoutMeLoud.com, JacobStoops.com
Here are some areas to explicitly avoid the use of stops words:
- Page title tags
- Meta descriptions ( Make it possible without reducing readability)
- Image Alt text (where possible)
Why Search Engines Including Google ignore Stop Words?
Search Engines skip over Stop Words, in order to save space in their database and speed up the crawling And indexing Process.
Suppose, if you are searching for a Term, “What is SEO” And Some else Searching for “What Is Meant By SEO”.
In Both Quires, Search Intent Behind both keywords is Same. So, Search engines display the same result for both of the keywords.
if Search engines didn’t do this then, then they face issues like ambiguity, server load problems, etc. I hope you Understand their problems.
When will search engines consider stop words as meaningful?
When The Intent Behind the Stop Word Terms and Non-Stop term is different. Then, Search Engines Consider Stop as Meaningful.
Suppose, If a User is Searching Term: “Matrix” (Math Concept) in Google. Someone else searches The Metrix (Movie) in Google.
Now, search engines consider stop words as a meaningful word. Results for both terms (Stop Word and Non-Stop word) will be different.
Note: May be in some cases, Search engines are not considering Stop word as Meaningful Word. And Presenting a irrelevant Results.
How to determine whether to use stop words or not?
Now, Here is a Problem. That’s is How to determine whether search engines are considering Stop words for a Particular Keyword or not
Here is a Simple Trick,
First, Search Your Target Keyword with a Stop Word On Google. After that, Search your target keyword without stop words. If both results are different then it makes sense for you to retain stop words in your Keyword.
What’s their role in SEO?
Many of SEO Plugins and Experts suggest you to remove stop words from your URL, Title and Focus Keyword as well. Because maybe it causes Lower Rankings in SERPs.
According to me, it Affects SEO in some case.
Google’s Ultimate Aim is to provide the best user experience. Filtering out the stop words, Will leads to the bad user experience of the site.
Stop words are necessary for ornamenting the sentences. Stop Words gave new life to sentences.
Google is becoming more intelligent day by day; it’s also understanding that discouraging usage of stop words spoils the user experience.
According to me, “Using Stop Words does hurt SEO of any site, But excessive use does so.”
Using Stop Words limitedly will be the Best Practices for SEO. Make use of general words and keywords instead of Stop Words. (Content Should be Natural)
Also, remember that Your post URL must be short, sweet and self-explanatory. Filter routing all short words from the URL also seems Unnatural.
Google is becoming smarter day by day. Recognize most of the stop words as useful words.
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