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Stop words are small, frequently-used words which are usually overlooked by search engines when included in a search query. Adding quotation marks around a phrase that contains a stop word, or putting a + directly before the stop word, will force the search engine to include the stop word in the search.
Because stop words are generally overlooked, many search engine optimisation (SEO) experts recommend avoiding them where possible in prominent web page text such as descriptions and headings.
- Stop words include:
- a, an, in, the, of, on, are, be, if, into, which
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