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You've probably guessed that I have a list of "in stock" products on the page. Some of my two word phrases that rank high are "in stock" and "ready despatch".
Apart from removing this status or replacing it with an image (using a random alt tag and file name!) is there another way to stop being ranked for these words.
Or, perhaps google will ignore these noise words knowing they aren't very useful... I wish...
What do you think.
Then again, if you look at amazon - their products are all listed with "Buy new" and "Free Super Saver Delivery"
Realistically, how many people are going to search for you with "in stock?" So does it really matter whether or not you rank for that term?
This may be related to incorrect weighting of words on your pages (you may be giving too much focus to irrelevant words), weighting from links (you or others may link to your pages using the irrelevant words, and rarely using more descriptive anchors), or if you are looking at Google, it may be that there are problems with your pages that are harming relevancy for the words you want to rank for, leaving just the uncompetitive words (this could be true of various filtering mechanisms Google use).
If it's solely Google SEO you're concerned about, it might be worth trying to isolate the problem a bit more and then posting over in the Google Search Forum [webmasterworld.com] if you need more specific advice.
It wasn't that I was ranking highly for the words I didn't want. It was the keyword checker that threw up "in stock" as being so popular, that caused me to look into things. I have to agree that once I gain relevant incoming links google will know more about what's important.
As for the "in stock" text, I will change consider changing it to an image. Knowing that google treats underscores in URL file names as stop words I'll try that on my image file name "no_stock.jpg".