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Google Stop Words? What is that? November 18, 2008

Posted by ryanleary in Search Commands.
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          Did you know?

Did you know that when you are entering in search terms and phrases with Google, most of your term entered are forgotten? That’s right! If you don’t know already you do now. Google has algorithms that detect commonly used words such as: I, do, where, how… you get the point. These are called stop words. Stop words are simple words that hinder the relevance of your results.

 For example: if you are looking for some information regarding layoffs, and you typed in “how many layoffs does merk anticipate?” Google will only search the following: Merk layoffs anticipate. Unless of course you quote the phrase. Either way your results get struck and are limited. In most cases “anticipated” would be left out as well since it holds no relevance to the indexed results.

Examples from Google that might illustrate this a bit better;

 

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1. Davis - March 8, 2009

Why is the print on this page a pale gray that can barely be perceived on this off white background?


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