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Does the word 'the' make a difference in google's search results

Discussion in 'Search Engine Optimization' started by kutchbhi, Apr 28, 2012.

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    Say I buy a domain name: thegreatpics.com .
    Also assume that greatpics.com is already taken by someone else and has a site setup.
    Lastly assume that there are a number of searches (1 million) for both the phrases "great pics" and "the great pics"

    Now would be worth buying and setting up a site on thegreatpics.com OR in the searches for "the great pics" the word 'the' would be ignored and all the traffic would simply go to greatpics.com

    I hope I was clear.
    SEMrush
    Thanks
     
    kutchbhi, Apr 28, 2012 IP
    SEMrush
  2. imfusa

    imfusa Active Member

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    Every keyword matters in a domain name. So if a user types" the great pics" on google than you should be the first one that he will spot.
     
    imfusa, Apr 28, 2012 IP
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    spice Active Member

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    Penguin does not like keywords in the domain name, i heard
     
    spice, Apr 28, 2012 IP
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    best-seo Peon

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    The is a stop word. It is terrible for SEO.
     
    best-seo, Apr 28, 2012 IP
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    war_machine Active Member

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    That was a very clear question. And 'the' matters in google SEO. So if you have thegreatpic and one searches for thegreatpic you would be the first on the list.
     
    war_machine, Apr 28, 2012 IP
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    Mega B Well-Known Member

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    I have to admit just those 3 letter can make alot of differances between your domain and the competitors,most people would only type 'great pics' as a keyword i am not say that no one would not use your combination but very few would.Of course i could well be wrong but logic tells me otherwise.
     
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    mvch Member

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    I have a domain with the word 'the' and let's say it's 'thekeyword.com'

    first I build links for 'the keyword' and I got to the top of the result very easily. but for the 'keyword' I wasn't even in first 100 for a while. then after 8 months of SEO for 'keyword' I got in to #5 - 7 in all countries.

    here's the traffic result from G analytics

    'thekeyword' - 20 - 30 per day
    keyword - 500 - 1000 per day

    so, even you have the domain 'thekeyword.com' just focus on 'keyword'. very few people use 'the' when searching. even I never use it.
    Good luck with your SEO!
     
    mvch, Apr 29, 2012 IP
  8. kutchbhi

    kutchbhi Active Member

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    Thanks a lot for the replies ! learned a lot.
     
    kutchbhi, Apr 29, 2012 IP
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    manoj.kapoor Greenhorn

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    as the domain greatpics(dot)com has already been taken by another so you can go with thegreatpics(dot)com because it is easy to remember and pronounce . It matters a lot how easily users can remember your domain name so that when they visit it next time they don't need to search for the it in the search engine. As friends ask to their friends tell me any pics site ...hey that is thegreatpics(dot)com. It doesn't leads to negative effect if you are using "the" in your domain.
     
    manoj.kapoor, Apr 29, 2012 IP
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    dcristo Illustrious Member

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    Common words like "the" are ignored. That being said, it's not treated like an EMD.
     
    dcristo, Apr 29, 2012 IP
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    Ida V Guest

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    It is a stop word. But I don't think it makes any different in SEO.
     
    Ida V, Apr 29, 2012 IP
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    Going Green Active Member

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    Everyone says domain names are soley for humans and dont play into keyword relevance.
     
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    darknight44 Peon

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    #13
    yes the "the" will sure make a difference
     
    darknight44, Apr 29, 2012 IP
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    Yes the single dot also creates a different result on search engine.
     
    sbsbookmark, Apr 29, 2012 IP
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    BigFish44 Greenhorn

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    doesnt really matter. you can optimize a domain name with "the" in it just as easily
     
    BigFish44, May 8, 2012 IP
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    Yes, it sure does make a difference, but depends on whether the "keyword" without "the" is already competitive or not.
     
    promowebeveron, May 9, 2012 IP
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    the word "the" should work when you search the keyword. But in Google, it says that words like "how" and "why" will be ignored.
     
    Sabrina_Gage, May 9, 2012 IP
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    i will use thegreatpics.com instead greatpics.com, we still can get rank for "great pics" with that.
     
    ghedman, May 9, 2012 IP