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Keyword Density and stop words
What to do when a stop word is part of your keyphrase?

 2:35 pm on Dec 22, 2000 (gmt 0)

I have a target key phrase "free widgets." Since "free" is a stop word, I have to turn off the stop word list on the SEW density analyzer.

Is this how most engines (primarily AV,Google) will be judging density? Will they see all content with stop words, or is that stripped out of the db completely during indexing, where I should primarily target the more competitive "widgets."

I tried to create my own stop word list by pasting the list and removing "free," but the results aren't working. (list must be too long for manual entry?)

What is the best way to work with this tool with a stop word as part of your phrase?

Thanks for your help.



 3:38 pm on Dec 23, 2000 (gmt 0)

Hey Drastic - Not a direct answer to any of your questions but take a peek at [webmasterworld.com...]
Keyword density and the tool you mentioned are just guides, not absolutes, there's a lot of ways to calculate it... For more insight a search on "density" turned up about 8 other threads.

"Free" is part of the primary keyphrase used buy one of my sites, most SEs just ignore it and index me on the balance of the phrase. AV for one, lists the site both with and without "Free".


 6:01 pm on Dec 26, 2000 (gmt 0)

Hi Dave,

Thanks for the thread. I had searched and found some good ones, but missed that one somehow.

I have one phrase "free widgets" where I am #8, but nowhere to be found for just "widgets." (less targetted anyway) I guess I should just not pull out stop words and see how it works from there.

I appreciate your help!



 6:27 pm on Dec 26, 2000 (gmt 0)

Hey Ken,

Try to see if you can build up your link pop to your subpages. Some SEs are looking for keywords in the link text. If you can get a link with "free widgets" in the link text and pointing to the applicable page on your site, you will be in business. Getting the links is the tough part but if you have questions about that, you know where to email.


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