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Singular or plural words for google
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Msg#: 4514321 posted 7:13 pm on Oct 31, 2012 (gmt 0)

Let's say I want to optimize a page for green widgets but it is not logical to write widgets ( plural ) on my page because i only sell on widget on my page, should i still write widgets or does google rank plural and singular keywords the same way ?

 

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Msg#: 4514321 posted 12:46 am on Nov 1, 2012 (gmt 0)

does google rank plural and singular keywords the same way

The quickest way to answer this questions is to go to Google and search for the plural keyword then search for the single keyword and see if there are any changes in the ranks. When you personally observe those rankings you will likely notice some interesting trends among the top ranking sites.

As for the question about singular or plural - I would optimize for whichever keyword will convert the best. Good luck.

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Msg#: 4514321 posted 1:02 am on Nov 1, 2012 (gmt 0)

Singular or plural words for google


- If you ask a PPC expert they would tell you to write in a way to encourage CTR.

- If you ask a SEO expert they would tell you to A/B test both and go with whichever gave the best results moving forward.

- If you ask me I'll tell you to write in the way that most pleases your visitors, forget the rest.

- Ask yourself what your goals and objectives are and write accordingly regardless of plural vs singular effects.

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Msg#: 4514321 posted 4:17 am on Nov 1, 2012 (gmt 0)

You forgot the preliminary check. Does g### know that "widget" and "widgets" are the same word, and that "widgetting" is a completely unrelated word?

If you've had gwt going for a while, look at the "content keywords" list. Some items will seem absolutely correct and proper (rats >> rats, rat, rat's*) while others are useless (new >> new, news, or lives >> lives, lived, live, living, lively -- with "life" as an entirely separate word -- and similarly states >> states, state, stated, stately).


* Yes, OK, I'm quoting. I pulled up a list from a few months ago, before the Paston Letters threw everything out of whack ;) I don't know if it defaults to "rats" because they believe rats normally come in the plural, or because I've got more of that form.

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Msg#: 4514321 posted 5:11 am on Nov 1, 2012 (gmt 0)

I agree too that it doesn't matter plural or singular but it does matter what is required so go with required and make it master keyword later on its singular or plural automatically comes too with your site.

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