As, we all know Google ignore some words to speed up the search results and these words are known as "Stop Words". Now, the problem i have been noticing could be very bad for people who don't have much budget to compete with big sites.
Having said that, If we don't have budget and we need good traffic in short time the best strategy to target the long tail keywords. For example
"Make widgets" is my main keyword since it is very hard to get higher rankings on the serps for this keyword that's why we dig deeper and find some long tail keywords.
Like "how to make widgets" and " how to make widgets fast" now you know these are good long tail keywords Problem
Since, Google ignore "how to" as being the stop words. You will see that the search engine results for all the above keywords are almost same.
So, i want to know if we choose the keyword "how to make widgets fast" and build links using the anchor text "how to make widgets fast" will Google count "how to" in the anchor text?
So, if Google count "how to" in the anchor text but ignore it on the serps then i don't think it will help anyone to rank for terms like that. But, if Google counts and also reward you with the rankings then it will be a good news.
Its very confusing situation, if anyone have faced this kind of situation before pls let me know and the community their experience and don't forget to answer the question.
[edited by: tedster at 5:40 am (utc) on Apr 21, 2010]
[edit reason] make keywords more generic [/edit]