What are stop words? Do they plays a role in search engine optimization?

What are stop words?

Before going through this query of stop words, let’s understand what is a search engine?

A program that identifies and searches for contents in a large database that resembles to keywords or characters mentioned by the user, used especially for finding desired sites and results on the World Wide Web, such as Google, Bing, Yahoo, Yandex, etc

now, let’s understand how a search engine works:-

There are three stages in the functioning of a search engine:-

  1. Crawling:- Crawling is the initial process of a search engine (The acquisition of data about a website). This includes the survey/examination of a website and maintaining a list of all the contents present in it- images, videos, keywords, page title and backlinks(any other URL linked in it).
  2. Indexing:- Search engine indexing collects, parses, and stores data to facilitate fast and accurate information retrieval. Index design incorporates interdisciplinary concepts from linguistics, cognitive psychology, mathematics, informatics, and computer science. An alternate name for the process in the context of search engines designed to find web pages on the Internet is web indexing.
  3. Ranking & Retrieval:- This step gives you the output of your query- when you put your query in a search engine, it gives you the most relevant document which matches your query. The ranking algorithm checks your search query against billions of pages to determine how relevant each one is.

Most search engines do not consider extremely common words in order to speed up search results or to save disk space. These filtered words are known as “Stop Words”.

Below is a comprehensive list of “stop words” ignored by search engines:

A

  • able
  • about
  • above
  • abroad
  • according
  • accordingly
  • across
  • actually
  • adj
  • after
  • afterwards
  • again
  • against
  • ago
  • ahead
  • ain’t
  • all
  • allow
  • allows
  • almost
  • alone
  • along
  • alongside
  • already
  • also
  • although
  • always
  • am
  • amid
  • amidst
  • among
  • amongst
  • an
  • and
  • another
  • any
  • anybody
  • anyhow
  • anyone
  • anything
  • anyway
  • anyways
  • anywhere
  • apart
  • appear
  • appreciate
  • appropriate
  • are
  • aren’t
  • around
  • as
  • a’s
  • aside
  • ask
  • asking
  • associated
  • at
  • available
  • away
  • awfully

B

  • back
  • backward
  • backwards
  • be
  • became
  • because
  • become
  • becomes
  • becoming
  • been
  • before
  • beforehand
  • begin
  • behind
  • being
  • believe
  • below
  • beside
  • besides
  • best
  • better
  • between
  • beyond
  • both
  • brief
  • but
  • by

C

  • came
  • can
  • cannot
  • cant
  • can’t
  • caption
  • cause
  • causes
  • certain
  • certainly
  • changes
  • clearly
  • c’mon
  • co
  • co.
  • com
  • come
  • comes
  • concerning
  • consequently
  • consider
  • considering
  • contain
  • containing
  • contains
  • corresponding
  • could
  • couldn’t
  • course
  • c’s
  • currently

D

  • dare
  • daren’t
  • definitely
  • described
  • despite
  • did
  • didn’t
  • different
  • directly
  • do
  • does
  • doesn’t
  • doing
  • done
  • don’t
  • down
  • downwards
  • during

E

  • each
  • edu
  • eg
  • eight
  • eighty
  • either
  • else
  • elsewhere
  • end
  • ending
  • enough
  • entirely
  • especially
  • et
  • etc
  • even
  • ever
  • evermore
  • every
  • everybody
  • everyone
  • everything
  • everywhere
  • ex
  • exactly
  • example
  • except

F

  • fairly
  • far
  • farther
  • few
  • fewer
  • fifth
  • first
  • five
  • followed
  • following
  • follows
  • for
  • forever
  • former
  • formerly
  • forth
  • forward
  • found
  • four
  • from
  • further
  • furthermore

G

  • get
  • gets
  • getting
  • given
  • gives
  • go
  • goes
  • going
  • gone
  • got
  • gotten
  • greetings

H

  • had
  • hadn’t
  • half
  • happens
  • hardly
  • has
  • hasn’t
  • have
  • haven’t
  • having
  • he
  • he’d
  • he’ll
  • hello
  • help
  • hence
  • her
  • here
  • hereafter
  • hereby
  • herein
  • here’s
  • hereupon
  • hers
  • herself
  • he’s
  • hi
  • him
  • himself
  • his
  • hither
  • hopefully
  • how
  • howbeit
  • however
  • hundred

I

  • i’d
  • ie
  • if
  • ignored
  • i’ll
  • i’m
  • immediate
  • in
  • inasmuch
  • inc
  • inc.
  • indeed
  • indicate
  • indicated
  • indicates
  • inner
  • inside
  • insofar
  • instead
  • into
  • inward
  • is
  • isn’t
  • it
  • it’d
  • it’ll
  • its
  • it’s
  • itself
  • i’ve

J

  • just

K

  • keep
  • keeps
  • kept
  • know
  • known
  • knows

L

  • last
  • lately
  • later
  • latter
  • latterly
  • least
  • less
  • lest
  • let
  • let’s
  • like
  • liked
  • likely
  • likewise
  • little
  • look
  • looking
  • looks
  • low
  • lower
  • ltd

M

  • made
  • mainly
  • make
  • makes
  • many
  • may
  • maybe
  • mayn’t
  • me
  • mean
  • meantime
  • meanwhile
  • merely
  • might
  • mightn’t
  • mine
  • minus
  • miss
  • more
  • moreover
  • most
  • mostly
  • mr
  • mrs
  • much
  • must
  • mustn’t
  • my
  • myself

N

  • name
  • namely
  • nd
  • near
  • nearly
  • necessary
  • need
  • needn’t
  • needs
  • neither
  • never
  • neverf
  • neverless
  • nevertheless
  • new
  • next
  • nine
  • ninety
  • no
  • nobody
  • non
  • none
  • nonetheless
  • noone
  • no-one
  • nor
  • normally
  • not
  • nothing
  • notwithstanding
  • novel
  • now
  • nowhere

O

  • obviously
  • of
  • off
  • often
  • oh
  • ok
  • okay
  • old
  • on
  • once
  • one
  • ones
  • one’s
  • only
  • onto
  • opposite
  • or
  • other
  • others
  • otherwise
  • ought
  • oughtn’t
  • our
  • ours
  • ourselves
  • out
  • outside
  • over
  • overall
  • own

P

  • particular
  • particularly
  • past
  • per
  • perhaps
  • placed
  • please
  • plus
  • possible
  • presumably
  • probably
  • provided
  • provides

Q

  • que
  • quite
  • qv

R

  • rather
  • rd
  • re
  • really
  • reasonably
  • recent
  • recently
  • regarding
  • regardless
  • regards
  • relatively
  • respectively
  • right
  • round

S

  • said
  • same
  • saw
  • say
  • saying
  • says
  • second
  • secondly
  • see
  • seeing
  • seem
  • seemed
  • seeming
  • seems
  • seen
  • self
  • selves
  • sensible
  • sent
  • serious
  • seriously
  • seven
  • several
  • shall
  • shan’t
  • she
  • she’d
  • she’ll
  • she’s
  • should
  • shouldn’t
  • since
  • six
  • so
  • some
  • somebody
  • someday
  • somehow
  • someone
  • something
  • sometime
  • sometimes
  • somewhat
  • somewhere
  • soon
  • sorry
  • specified
  • specify
  • specifying
  • still
  • sub
  • such
  • sup
  • sure

T

  • take
  • taken
  • taking
  • tell
  • tends
  • th
  • than
  • thank
  • thanks
  • thanx
  • that
  • that’ll
  • thats
  • that’s
  • that’ve
  • the
  • their
  • theirs
  • them
  • themselves
  • then
  • thence
  • there
  • thereafter
  • thereby
  • there’d
  • therefore
  • therein
  • there’ll
  • there’re
  • theres
  • there’s
  • thereupon
  • there’ve
  • these
  • they
  • they’d
  • they’ll
  • they’re
  • they’ve
  • thing
  • things
  • think
  • third
  • thirty
  • this
  • thorough
  • thoroughly
  • those
  • though
  • three
  • through
  • throughout
  • thru
  • thus
  • till
  • to
  • together
  • too
  • took
  • toward
  • towards
  • tried
  • tries
  • truly
  • try
  • trying
  • t’s
  • twice
  • two

U

  • un
  • under
  • underneath
  • undoing
  • unfortunately
  • unless
  • unlike
  • unlikely
  • until
  • unto
  • up
  • upon
  • upwards
  • us
  • use
  • used
  • useful
  • uses
  • using
  • usually

V

  • value
  • various
  • versus
  • very
  • via
  • viz
  • vs

W

  • want
  • wants
  • was
  • wasn’t
  • way
  • we
  • we’d
  • welcome
  • well
  • we’ll
  • went
  • were
  • we’re
  • weren’t
  • we’ve
  • what
  • whatever
  • what’ll
  • what’s
  • what’ve
  • when
  • whence
  • whenever
  • where
  • whereafter
  • whereas
  • whereby
  • wherein
  • where’s
  • whereupon
  • wherever
  • whether
  • which
  • whichever
  • while
  • whilst
  • whither
  • who
  • who’d
  • whoever
  • whole
  • who’ll
  • whom
  • whomever
  • who’s
  • whose
  • why
  • will
  • willing
  • wish
  • with
  • within
  • without
  • wonder
  • won’t
  • would
  • wouldn’t

Y

  • yes
  • yet
  • you
  • you’d
  • you’ll
  • your
  • you’re
  • yours
  • yourself
  • yourselves
  • you’ve

Z

  • zero

 

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