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Is 'website' a stop word?

I've just tried a search using it ...

     

peewhy

11:22 am on Apr 6, 2005 (gmt 0)

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I wonder if Google treats 'Website' as a stop word.

I searched for 'website professional resources UK' and it returned with 'website' ignored.

I searched again for 'website resources UK' and it ignored 'website' again.

Finally I tried 'website UK'
and it returned 10 Downing Street!

globay

11:34 am on Apr 6, 2005 (gmt 0)

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For me it works fine, though google is apparently giving less weight to 'website'.

May it is because the other words seem more specific. 'Website' can be found on almost any site on the net.

peewhy

11:38 am on Apr 6, 2005 (gmt 0)

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It may be as you said, the others hold more weight...I didn't try any other queries.

globay

11:43 am on Apr 6, 2005 (gmt 0)

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I am not sure about the exact weight Google is giving to the term 'website', but it is highlighted on some pages, so there must be some weight. Thats why I don't think that it is a stop word.

peewhy

11:48 am on Apr 6, 2005 (gmt 0)

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I probably over reacted, I was extremely surprised at the results ..then Google's good at that!

OCSupertones

8:57 pm on May 1, 2005 (gmt 0)

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I usually rank in the top 3 for the term 'ultimate website', even though i never targeted it, but I don't rank for the term 'ultimate' so the 'website' term is important in this instance.

Brandon

peewhy

7:32 am on May 2, 2005 (gmt 0)

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I think its just down to weight and relevence
 

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