Stop words in Keyword and URL

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Hi,
I have questions on stop words. I have several articles using stop words as keyword and i used the keyword in url.

Does it have any SEO effect to use stop word keyword in content and in url?
#keyword #stop #url #words
  • Profile picture of the author constructor
    over usage of stop words is not advised anyway. it depends on many factors the SE decides whether to consider these stop words or not
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  • Profile picture of the author gsinfovision
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    Originally Posted by tomyeto View Post

    Hi,
    I have questions on stop words. I have several articles using stop words as keyword and i used the keyword in url.

    Does it have any SEO effect to use stop word keyword in content and in url?
    NO, that doesn't have a lot of benefits. The algos are smarter than that. Did you notice how SEs omit stop words while displaying search results? Same rule applies.
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    • Profile picture of the author Max BNC
      Most search engines do not consider extremely common words in order to speed up search results. So if your keyword is a stop word this isnt good. Here is a list of common stop words.
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      • Profile picture of the author tomyeto
        Originally Posted by Max BNC View Post

        Most search engines do not consider extremely common words in order to speed up search results. So if your keyword is a stop word this isnt good. Here is a list of common stop words.
        Thank you Max BNC, that is a very useful list
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  • Profile picture of the author tomyeto
    I do some keyword research and found a good keyword, but it has a stop word on it. For example, the keyword is "sleep on the ice". How should i use the keyword in the article and url without the stop word? Or i just make an article focusing on "ice sleeping", will the result and cpc be the same as Keyword planner?
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  • Profile picture of the author nettiapina
    If the stop word is part of a phrase that people search for I don't see why you should avoid it. Well, perhaps I'd still remove stop words from the page URL. You're targeting persons, not just Google, so the most natural form of the keyword is usually a good idea.
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  • Profile picture of the author jameskaavin
    Yes stop words is effect yours website and I want to update you 1 Tip don't use stop words in you title ,but you can use stop words in article
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    • Profile picture of the author promo87
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      Originally Posted by jameskaavin View Post

      Yes stop words is effect yours website and I want to update you 1 Tip don't use stop words in you title ,but you can use stop words in article
      Seriously @JamesKaavin ???? Why you are giving OP bad suggestion ??? I don't get it the tip you have given can get the OP penalised. I wonder what makes you give such suggestion ? :confused:
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      • Profile picture of the author nettiapina
        Originally Posted by promo87 View Post

        SI don't get it the tip you have given can get the OP penalised.
        Care to elaborate? The tip wasn't any good, but I don't see how it's getting one penalized.
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  • Profile picture of the author anoopsparx
    Do not over optimize for a single keywords, use variation, use long and short keywords. This is the best approach for ranking.
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  • Profile picture of the author tomyeto
    I tried to perform a search using stop word keyword, some of the result displayed exact keyword with stop word. I think search engine still rank the page using stop words, but maybe from high authority site..
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    • Profile picture of the author Max BNC
      Yes they can still show in the search results but they carry little to no keyword value. Your best keywords are, grammatically speaking, nouns and verbs, with adjectives in close support.
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  • Profile picture of the author Kris79
    #1 Stop words in URLs
    It is best to remove stop words from your URLs.
    Benefit: shorter URLs
    For example: Wordpress SEO plugin by Yoast is removing them automatically.

    #2 Stop words in content and titles
    Yes. It look natural when you are using stop words.
    Remember that all keywords from Google Keyword Planner do not have stop words because Google is removing them since they are irrelevant. Bu you should use it in natural way in your content.

    #3 Stop words in anchor text in backlinks
    Also very good to mix them into anchor texts to make it more natural and not so optimized.
    Also study by SearchMetrics:
    SEO Ranking Factors - Rank Correlation 2013 for Google USA 2013
    shown that websites that are using stop words in their backlinks are ranking higher (of course this is only statistica data, but still interesting)

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  • Profile picture of the author sud786
    Use of Stop words in URLs : Take this URL as an example http://yoursite.com/category/this-is...url-structure/
    This URL has maximum use of stop words and make it big in length.

    Wihtout Stop words in URLs:
    So avoid stop words in URLs and make it like this yoursite.com/category/good-url-structure/
    which is SEO friendly.

    read here : How to Avoid Stop Words for SEO – List of Stop Words
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  • I always thought that stop words are omitted by search engines? And in SEO-friendly way, you need to just get rid of stop words. The shorter (without stop words) the better.
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  • Profile picture of the author VivekThakur
    Its a seo basic rule if
    Keyword included in url and keyword included in content, keyword included in meta title description , you will definitely get benefits.
    Just type "stop" in search engine and check results for it.
    You will get all results including stop word in url or meta title,description or page content.
    Go ahead but don't over optimize stop word, maintain keyword density always.
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    • Profile picture of the author nettiapina
      Originally Posted by VivekThakur View Post

      Just type "stop" in search engine and check results for it.
      It seems that you don't understand what "stop word" means.
      https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stop_words
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  • Profile picture of the author keepkalm
    This is the top result for "stop words in urls"

    Better SEO to remove "stop" words from an article's URL Slug? - Stack Overflow

    This doesn't seem to matter that much.
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    • Profile picture of the author nettiapina
      Originally Posted by keepkalm View Post

      This is the top result for "stop words in urls"
      And this WF thread is number three from where I look. How does the single answer on that page help us any?
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  • Profile picture of the author BWHadam
    make it long, and add stop word in it, add something ahead or back or put the word in middle, this will give more natural look to google.
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  • Profile picture of the author dgui123451
    Don't bother too much about stopwords. Google isn't a fool. However don't focus too much on them and try to game SERPs with stopwords in tags.
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    • Profile picture of the author nettiapina
      Originally Posted by dgui123451 View Post

      However don't focus too much on them and try to game SERPs with stopwords in tags.
      That doesn't make any sense. Why would you have words that are meaningless for any search in your tags? How can you game anything with such words?

      Originally Posted by spyindia sanjiv

      There is no any method to stop keywords in seo.
      That's not what "stop word" means.
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  • Profile picture of the author KeywordKing
    Yeah, I always remove stop works in URLS. Keep them in the titles though because they make it nice and grammatically correct for any visitors. I don't worry so much about them when backlinking though. I tend to use naked urls nowadays, that seems to be working out quite well for me.
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  • Profile picture of the author ConsultJoseph
    It depends on what stop word, followed by which keyword and for what search engine. I will assume it is Google.

    Google has done a good job on pairing word (even stop words) with keywords beside it. What I mean by that is that it doesn't consider the stop word a stop word if the search trends indicate that the stop word is actually a keyword.

    I'll give you an example.

    Let's say it's a movie: "The Terminator" or whatever that has a stop word in it.

    People will type in "the" all the time as they want to talk about the movie/game. In that case, having THE in your url/title is beneficial since Google will factor that as well.

    My source from that is my extensive experience from 2 clients. One is a mega movie database website owner I worked with for half a year and another that markets games (worked with him almost a year).
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