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Newbie's Qs about keywords (Plurals)



8:09 am on Feb 28, 2002 (gmt 0)

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Ok, let me assume we have a site www.ourname.com
If someone typed in "Ourname Journal" and we only have "Ourname Journals" in the body text of our page, would the search pick it up?

Also, if we have "ourname.com" written in the Title + we have it in the text "Welcome to ourname.com!", and if someone types in only "ourname" without .com in the search engine, will the list of search results show our page still?
Or it's better to write "ourname" without .com in the Title, and then the search by both "ourname.com" and "ourname" will get the user to our pages?

Thank you

(edited by: engine at 8:20 am (utc) on Feb. 28, 2002)

12:07 pm on Feb 28, 2002 (gmt 0)

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Hi Tay,

Welcome to WebmasterWorld, enjoy the place but be carefull, some people get addicted [webmasterworld.com]... :)

What your are referring to is called partial word matching. Some search engine will pick the word "yatch" in "yatching" some search engines won't. This forum is filled with nuggets about this topic, but you have to do a bit of digging. Try "site search" and "library" on top menu, it is the fastest way to get all your answers.

Good luck!

6:23 pm on Feb 28, 2002 (gmt 0)

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Hi Tay,

Most engines do use partial matching. However, actually showing up for a partial match is a whole different matter. Whether you will or not is really determined by the total number of exact matches for the phrase.

A search containing the journals won't usually return a page containing only the word journal until all exact matches have been returned first. So it can'will show up, but not usually high enough for anyone to see it.

For searches that contain more specific company infor mation like the company or product name, you have a much better chance because there are usually not very many pages with your company name that don't belong to you.


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