Then, within a few days, my article disappeared off both Ezinearticles and Google. I couldn't even find it on the first 10 pages - it was gone!
...so I started analyzing my article to see what had gone wrong. Using a free online keyword density tool, I found that my target keyword had a density of 3.8%. A lot of people say that once you bump over 3%, Google may flag you, so based on that, I reduced the ratio to around 2.3% for my keyword. Then I resubmitted my article. That was last night.
I just came home and decided to log into the control panel of the affiliate product I'm promoting through my articles. It stated that I had made 3 sales today - wow!
I immediately went to my control panel and lo and behold: My article is now back at its number 2 spot in Google and Ezinearticles. Keyword density made 100% difference.
AND, another article I just wrote (using the same technique) went straight to number one in Ezinearticles today!
Holy crap, I can't believe I cracked the code! I see courses advertised (even on this forum) for $20/$30+ that promise to teach this very technique. Now that I figured it out, I can't believe how simple it was!
Btw, this is for a keyword that returns 8 million results on a broad search in Google. Google Adsense reports around 3000 unique clicks on that keyword per month.
Hmm, I'm thinking I should write a quick e-book and do a WSO on this method - and charge a more reasonable $5 per copy - what do you think?