STOP WORDS in SEO – Will they hurt our SEO?

Search Engine Optimization

STOP WORDS in SEO – Will they hurt our SEO?

Stop Words in SEO – Search Engines like Google will ignore extremely common words so that they can save space in their databases and speed up both crawling and indexing. These are known as SEO stop words.

In general computing stop words are filtered out before and after the processing of natural language data

We do have covered stop words so well in our Advance SEO Mastery Course. You must join this course.

Do Stop Words hurt our SEO?

In general, It doesn’t. You can keep the stop words as a part of your SLUG if the readability of your URL is getting disturbed.

For example you can the URL given below.

In this, the word ‘in” is providing a meaning to the SLUG. If I remove this then It will look bit odd in reading. So, You can say the readability of the URL is getting disturbed by “in” stop words

But, If it is not required, You should remove this.

You need to keep your SLUG short.

Short Keywords rank easily than a long keyword.

List of Stop Words in SEO

  • A
  • About 
  • Above 
  • After 
  • Again 
  • Against 
  • All 
  • Am
  • An
  • And
  • Any
  • Are
  • As
  • At
  • Be
  • Because
  • Been
  • Before
  • Being
  • Below
  • Between
  • Both
  • But
  • By
  • Could
  • Did
  • Do
  • Does
  • Doing
  • Down
  • During
  • Each
  • Few
  • For
  • From
  • Further
  • Had
  • Has
  • Have
  • Having
  • He
  • He’d
  • He’ll
  • He’s
  • Her
  • Here
  • Here’s
  • Hers
  • Herself
  • Him
  • Himself
  • His
  • How
  • How’s
  • I
  • I’d
  • I’ll
  • I’m
  • I’ve
  • If
  • In
  • Intro
  • Is
  • It
  • It’s
  • Its
  • Itself
  • Let’s
  • Me
  • More
  • Most
  • My
  • Myself
  • Nor
  • Of
  • On
  • Once
  • Only
  • Or
  • Other
  • Ought
  • Our
  • Ours
  • Ourselves
  • Out
  • Over
  • Own
  • Same
  • She
  • She’d
  • She’ll
  • She’s
  • Should
  • So
  • Some
  • Such
  • Than
  • That
  • That’s
  • The
  • Their
  • Theirs
  • Them
  • Themselves
  • Then
  • There
  • They
  • They’d
  • They’ll
  • They’re
  • This
  • Those
  • Through
  • To
  • Too
  • Under
  • Until
  • Up
  • Very
  • Was
  • We
  • We’d
  • We’ll
  • We’re
  • We’ve
  • Were
  • What
  • What’s
  • When
  • When’s
  • Where
  • Where’s
  • While
  • Who
  • Who’s
  • Whom
  • Why
  • Why’s
  • With
  • Would
  • You
  • You’d
  • You’ll
  • You’re
  • You’ve 
  • Your
  • Yourself
  • Yourselves

Does Google always ignore stop words?

The answer is no. Stop Words are not always ignored. Depending on search query Google is now quite enough to understand when to give the importance to Stop Words.

Let’s understand it using and example –

Someone may search for “matrix” and someone else may search for” the matrix”.

Here, one will probably want information about the math concept whereas the other wants information about the film. 

You can check both the results here –

Search result with stop words for matrix keyword
Search result with stop words for matrix keyword
Search result Without stop words for matrix keyword
Search result Without stop words for matrix keyword

In the above example, the stop word is obviously ‘the’ but Google would not ignore this, as, without the word, it changes the intent behind the query. 

So, you can say until and unless the intent of query is not getting disturbed, Google will not ignore it.

Can we auto-remove Stop Words from permalink?

Yes, We can automatically remove stops word from our permalink. We don’t have this option in all SEO Plugins. But, yes, I am using one plugin that is rank math.

In Rank Marh, we have an option to remove stop words from permalinks.

Remove stop words automatically from Permalink
Remove stop words automatically from Permalink

We just have to provide them the list of permalinks that needs to be removed automatically.

Watch Our YouTube Tutorial on Stop Words

Common FAQ on Stop Words

Should we remove Stop Words from SLUG?

Yes, depending on the intent of keyword and readability. If this is not getting disrupted. you should remove stop words.

What is STP Words removal in SEO?

All stop words, for example, common words, such as a and the, are removed from multiple word queries to increase search performance by Google and other search engines.

Where to get the list of SEO Stop Words?

You can get it here. The list of stop words are – i, me, my, myself, we, our, ours, ourselves, you, your, yours, yourself, yourselves, he, him, his, himself, she, her, hers, herself, it, its, itself, they, them, their, theirs, themselves, what, which, who, whom, this, that, these, those, am, is, are, was, were, be, been, being, have, has, had, having, do, does, did, doing, a, an, the, and, but, if, or, because, as, until, while, of, at, by, for, with, about, against, between, into, through, during,I before, after, above, below, to, from, up, down, in, out, on, off, over, under, again, further, then, once, here, there, when, where, why, how, all, any, both, each, few, more, most, other, some, such, no, nor, not, only, own, same, so, than, too, very, s, t, can, will, just, don, should, now

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Comments (4)


    I had absolutely no idea about stop words in SEO. Ravi Sir, after reading your article, I have increased some more knowledge of SEO. Thank you very much for sharing this interesting and important article

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      Hi Rohit, I am glad you liked it. Please use stop words carefully.

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    It’s a very nice website and provided useful information about SEO stop words. Thank you.

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      Hi DigitalBouncer, Gald it was helpful.

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