EZA Gets even more strict

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Now EzineArticles won't approve any article with a keyword density greater than 1%.

"We do not accept articles that use excessive keywords or phrases. The keyword or phrase in violation is ---------. Please edit your article so that your keyword is not shown more than once per 100 words of your article body, and resubmit for review."

"We do not accept articles that include Repeating Keywords in the title of the article. Please edit your article, removing all Repeating Keywords, and resubmit your article for Editorial Review."

I'm pretty sure I only had one word show up twice in my title. Are there any good alternatives to EZA that I'm not aware of? I also use articlesbase and goarticles, but they still don't perform nearly as well as EZA.
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  • Profile picture of the author Dean Shainin
    From time to time I get the same keyword issues. Sometimes for words I wa not even trying to include. I simply extract or replace the keywords with a LSI related keyword or phrase.

    EA is King when it comes to an article submission site so I've learned to just go with their changes and adapt.

    Cheers,
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    • Profile picture of the author Eric Lorence
      Three instances of a keyword in a 300 word article is not too bad, but who is deciding what the overused "keyword" is?

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    • Profile picture of the author Cali16
      Originally Posted by Dean Shainin View Post

      From time to time I get the same keyword issues. Sometimes for words I wa not even trying to include. I simply extract or replace the keywords with a LSI related keyword or phrase.
      Dean

      Dean, I hate to ask, but what is LSI? (It's probably something really obvious and my brain is just not engaging at the moment... )
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  • Profile picture of the author Jeremy Kelsall
    I think you will find that this rule is enforced at different times, depending on the article itself.

    If you write a GREAT article and your Keyword Density is a little high, they are not going to decline your article, but if the editor gets the feeling that you are trying to get one to many in on a subpar article they are probably going to kick it back.

    I only say this from the studying I have done at EZA. The really good articles that get submitted literally get away with SEO MURDER lol and they should because the content they are providing is top notch.

    Originally Posted by dustinlemos View Post

    Now EzineArticles won't approve any article with a keyword density greater than 1%.

    "We do not accept articles that use excessive keywords or phrases. The keyword or phrase in violation is ---------. Please edit your article so that your keyword is not shown more than once per 100 words of your article body, and resubmit for review."

    "We do not accept articles that include Repeating Keywords in the title of the article. Please edit your article, removing all Repeating Keywords, and resubmit your article for Editorial Review."

    I'm pretty sure I only had one word show up twice in my title. Are there any good alternatives to EZA that I'm not aware of? I also use articlesbase and goarticles, but they still don't perform nearly as well as EZA.
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    • Profile picture of the author Steven Wagenheim
      I feel like a broken record...

      Write for people...NOT for search engines.

      My articles probably have a keyword density of about 0.44% on average.

      My views, clicks and income?

      Off the charts.

      One of these days people are going to figure out that keyword density is NOT
      the most important part of an article.

      The content is.
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      • Profile picture of the author EJ Lear
        Originally Posted by Steven Wagenheim View Post

        I feel like a broken record...
        One of these days people are going to figure out that keyword density is NOT
        the most important part of an article.

        The content is.
        Good point Steve!

        Boy, it took FOREVER for me to get this drilled into my head but it is the flat out truth. People reading good content often wonder things like:

        Who wrote this?
        Is there any more where this came from?
        I should bookmark this site!

        The old marketing proverb is: 'it's easier to sell to existing customers than get a new one'. So why not maximize the chances of your visitors returning to your site?

        I went from a slot machine, to an investing mindset and it has helped me tremendously.

        Have a good night Steve.

        PS. 10,000 posts? I remember when you first came in here and people were mad about you posting so much! Good for you!
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      • Profile picture of the author Jeremy Kelsall
        Steven is not lying....

        I stalked him for a couple weeks on EZA and he literally targeted 2 keywords lol


        Originally Posted by Steven Wagenheim View Post

        I feel like a broken record...

        Write for people...NOT for search engines.

        My articles probably have a keyword density of about 0.44% on average.

        My views, clicks and income?

        Off the charts.

        One of these days people are going to figure out that keyword density is NOT
        the most important part of an article.

        The content is.
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      • Profile picture of the author Cali16
        Originally Posted by Steven Wagenheim View Post

        I feel like a broken record...

        Write for people...NOT for search engines.

        My articles probably have a keyword density of about 0.44% on average.

        My views, clicks and income?

        Off the charts.

        One of these days people are going to figure out that keyword density is NOT
        the most important part of an article.

        The content is.
        Steven, I understand what you are saying, but my question is, how do they find your articles if they are not ranking well in the SE's? Isn't the whole idea to use a good keyword, with fairly low competition, a few times in your article so that it gets on the first page of Google, so people searching with that keyword FIND your article so they can then go read it (okay...horribly long run-on sentence...I realize...)?

        I am still new to article marketing so if you could help me understand this that would be great, as I write MUCH better for people than for SE's....

        Jeremy and Daniel, thanks for clarifying to me what LSI is...still don't really get it, lol (at least I know it wasn't my brain not engaging...) so I will go look at the link you (Jeremy) posted!!
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        • Profile picture of the author Jeremy Kelsall
          Cheryl,

          I'm sure Steven will come back and answer, but just remember everyone has a different strategy.

          Steven can write for people instead of search engines because I'm sure his articles get picked up by blog owners and such more than say you or I would if we were writing articles in a certain niche.

          Why?

          Because he is Steven Wagenheim and blog and site owners probably go in and pick his articles up on a regular basis and publish them on their sites. Therefore, his articles get more eyes on them.

          However, most people will write with at least some sort of SEO strategy attached to their article because they want it to stand out in the search engines and get that organic traffic that we all want.



          Originally Posted by Cali16 View Post

          Steven, I understand what you are saying, but my question is, how do they find your articles if they are not ranking well in the SE's? Isn't the whole idea to use a good keyword, with fairly low competition, a few times in your article so that it gets on the first page of Google, so people searching with that keyword FIND your article so they can then go read it (okay...horribly long run-on sentence...I realize...)?

          I am still new to article marketing so if you could help me understand this that would be great, as I write MUCH better for people than for SE's....
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        • Profile picture of the author Daniel Molano
          Originally Posted by Cali16 View Post

          Steven, I understand what you are saying, but my question is, how do they find your articles if they are not ranking well in the SE's? Isn't the whole idea to use a good keyword, with fairly low competition, a few times in your article so that it gets on the first page of Google, so people searching with that keyword FIND your article so they can then go read it (okay...horribly long run-on sentence...I realize...)?
          I agree with Steven to some extent, it's all about content.

          But the traffic you get from a high searched keyword from the SERPs, especially #1 for that keyword, you cannot get from amazing content, and that traffic is priceless.

          So a solution that quadruples the efficiency of 1 single article (while getting the best of both worlds) is simply adding the keyword (like I have preached several times) in the title, first paragraph, body and last paragraph ONCE in each.

          Combine that with writing "for people" and you just hit a home run.
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          • Profile picture of the author Cali16
            Originally Posted by Daniel Molano View Post

            I agree with Steven to some extent, it's all about content.

            But the traffic you get from a high searched keyword from the SERPs, especially #1 for that keyword, you cannot get from amazing content, and that traffic is priceless.

            So a solution that quadruples the efficiency of 1 single article is simply adding the keyword (like I have preached several times) in the title, first paragraph, body and last paragraph.

            Combine that with writing "for people" and you just hit a home run.

            Thanks, Daniel. That's what I was thinking. Maybe Steven gets lots of views because he has a huge fan club and they look for his articles at EZA (and I mean that seriously...).

            As for putting the keywords in my articles, what you suggested is what I've been trying to do, adding the keyword in the places you said, although I have been struggling (like MaryK mentioned above) getting it to fit in well and make sense. Hopefully with practice that will get easier. I know I can change keywords around a bit, I'm just never sure how much leeway I really have with adding words in between, or changing the order of the words, and still have them work for ranking.
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      • Profile picture of the author dustinlemos
        Originally Posted by Steven Wagenheim View Post

        I feel like a broken record...

        Write for people...NOT for search engines.

        My articles probably have a keyword density of about 0.44% on average.

        My views, clicks and income?

        Off the charts.

        One of these days people are going to figure out that keyword density is NOT
        the most important part of an article.

        The content is.
        For the record, I don't keep track of my keyword density when I write my articles. I just write them. This is the first time I've been told to tone down my keyword usage, and I wasn't even trying to cram keywords into my article.
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        • Profile picture of the author macknox
          Even if you write your articles "normally" (if there is such a thing) , you will be caught out by this rule.
          Sometimes it is unavoidable to include the so-called keywords.

          If you are writing about dog training, I suppose, instead of dog, you could use canine, then 4-legged friend, or bow-wow

          I think the title is the MOST important aspect of an article, because this is what catches your eye. It is a given that you are going to write a quality article.Unfortunately it does take time to write a quality article.

          But I think they are trying to weed out the truly awful articles that are just junk and a waste of time and can be seen as 'keyworded' articles. Generally they are unreadable.
          It make me mad to think they have wasted time even submitting it!

          A lot of PLR articles are poor too. Although they are good in giving you new ideas.

          (I used the word "article" 3 times and "articles" 4 times)

          Everything is so now now now!
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      • Profile picture of the author PatriciaJ
        Originally Posted by Steven Wagenheim View Post

        I feel like a broken record...

        Write for people...NOT for search engines.

        My articles probably have a keyword density of about 0.44% on average.

        My views, clicks and income?

        Off the charts.

        One of these days people are going to figure out that keyword density is NOT
        the most important part of an article.

        The content is.
        Well said. Sometimes articles are ruined by keyword stuffing to the point where they don't make sense and certainly don't flow easily for the reader.

        As an article marketer my aim is for my articles to be republished on websites, blogs and ezines to gain a viral effect. My most successful articles have had a low keyword density and flowed naturally - some not even written for article marketing.

        As a directory owner I want articles on my sites that are likely to be republished on websites, blogs and ezines with my link as article source along with the authors links. That benefits directory owners. In my personal opinion most keyword stuffed articles are less likely to be republished, less likely to benefit me as a directory owner and less likely to be accepted so I applaud EA for this ruling.
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  • Profile picture of the author cloudchaser22
    hi Dustin,

    This isn't true~

    I just had an article published like a couple days ago and I only had 60 words

    before the next long tail keyword came in and so far it has gotten 262 views

    and 36 url clicks. Also if you look at other articles in EZA articles, there are

    people more than 1/100 keyword/words per article.

    "We do not accept articles that use excessive keywords or phrases. The keyword or phrase in violation is ---------. Please edit your article so that your keyword is not shown more than once per 100 words of your article body, and resubmit for review."
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  • Profile picture of the author MaryK
    Steven you have made my day *hugs*. I have tried to write placing keywords in all the right places, nearly gone screwy almost ended up hating what I really love doing - writing. Plus I lose the 'flow' of what I am writing about and have to start over again. I have heard you, thanks for sounding like a broken record again - it's the first time I have heard it.
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  • Profile picture of the author cloudchaser22
    Jeremy K-

    i didn't read your message, maybe that's why!

    But does that mean if you get away with it, you are in fact illegally

    VIOLATING their terms or service? - meaning if you end up making money

    from clickbank, and if they find out, they are going to come and say, "you're

    article shouldn't have passed and you're weren't allowed to recieve any

    money from this - it is illegal so u need to refund it".
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    • Profile picture of the author Jeremy Kelsall
      lol

      No, what I'm saying is, if you write exceptional content for EZA they will let you get away with a higher keyword density than the guy that is submitting subpar articles.


      Originally Posted by cloudchaser22 View Post

      Jeremy K-

      i didn't read your message, maybe that's why!

      But does that mean if you get away with it, you are in fact illegally

      VIOLATING their terms or service? - meaning if you end up making money

      from clickbank, and if they find out, they are going to come and say, "you're

      article shouldn't have passed and you're weren't allowed to recieve any

      money from this - it is illegal so u need to refund it".
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  • Profile picture of the author cloudchaser22
    "lol

    No, what I'm saying is, if you write exceptional content for EZA they will let you get away with a higher keyword density than the guy that is submitting subpar articles."

    Ah I see, so this law doesn't apply:

    "We do not accept articles that use excessive keywords or phrases. The keyword or phrase in violation is ---------. Please edit your article so that your keyword is not shown more than once per 100 words of your article body, and resubmit for review."

    as long as you have good content!
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  • Profile picture of the author tommygadget
    I have articles ranked on Google's first page with the keywords in the title and resource box only. See, I found something interesting... wait for it... one more sec... OK, here it is: Google will edit out many words like as of in it, etc. when looking at keywords. This is important so listen up! Because of the filtering, you can write articles where the keywords are not all together and spammy looking. Do you see what I mean? If you don't, type 10 or 20 keyword phrases into Google's search engine and see how many results don't seem to fit quite right. Use this to your advantage. I hope I have not given too much away. For those of you who don't get it, don't worry, doesn't matter anyway, just me rambling...

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  • Profile picture of the author cloudchaser22
    i wonder how a job at eza would be if they really could get rid of junk articles:

    they should have a system where the workers judge A) Excellent B) Good C)

    Below Average - and just cut out "below average" articles and tell the writer

    to: sorry your article was not submitted, you need to further work on your

    content. Try again.
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  • Profile picture of the author cadillac48
    They are so fussy because article marketing is so big and they are swamped with submissions. They feel you need them, they don't need you. They are getting a little too big for their britches.
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    • Profile picture of the author Kay King
      I don't track keyword when I write articles except to make sure not to keep using the same terms and do LSI instead for readability.

      I use the keyword phrase in the title, first paragraph and last paragraph and that's it.

      LSI sounds like something complicates but it's simply using "lilke" words instead of the same keyword again and again.

      If you are writing a dog article, you can use "dog", but also use canine, pooch, pup, puppy, etc to keep your article from having "dog" in every other sentence.

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  • Profile picture of the author MaryK
    Interesting comments all round. I feel better knowing someone else (Cali16) also has the same problem I do. Am trying to keep in mind the 'key' (no pun intended) places to place keywords, plus keep in mind not to repeat words and find alternatives.
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  • Profile picture of the author naonline
    Would you rather have your articles appearing on a top notch article site with a reputation for publishing quality articles, or a junk site full of poorly written articles with spammy content?? I think EZA are right to be strict and it will benefit everyone in the long run.

    Check out Website-Articles.net Exclusive Article Submission Platform (not affiliate), it's run by a fellow warrior Allen Graves. You can have pictures and videos in your articles AND there's no adsense!

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  • Profile picture of the author Junaid Gamieldien
    I believe that EZA enforcing this rule may save us all at some point. Maybe they even know something about upcoming Google algorithm/ranking changes that we don't. I think that EZA is protecting themselves for something BIG that's coming.

    Why do I say so?

    Well, it's the LSI thing, which enables Google to know what a site is about (the overall semantics), based on the co-occurrence of specific terms in a document. At the same time, it makes it easy for Google to see who wants it to THINK that the site is both

    a) about a specific topic, and
    b) important

    purely by looking at overused keyphrase density and known patterns of 'good' SEO. Of course, logical placement of a keyword, like the title, is unlikely to be a problem.

    As Google is concerned, it all comes down to providing the best possible USER experience. The average user expects the SE to 'know' what s/he means (semantics?) by an otherwise nonsensical search query. Semantic analysis enables Google to do just that. They didn't buy Applied Semantics for nothing...

    Take this hypothetical query as an example: noisy dog miniature doberman shock collar

    Using semantic technology, Google will be able to interpret with some (better than current?) degree of accuracy that the user is looking for an alternative to an electrical shock collar to stop a dog barking:

    miniature doberman -> is_a -> dog
    'shock collar' -> is_a -> device to stop a dog barking


    In the same way, sites on that topic that have been semantically indexed can be offered as the 'best' match.

    That should properly address the long tail for the most part - right now, Big G just guesses.

    Of course, LSI can also be used to calculate a kind of topic-specific pagerank of sorts, where the weight of a backlink from a site that is semantically related to your site carries much more weight. This is of course in place already to some degree. I'm predicting that when Google is ready, it's going to be another beast entirely. One that may result in a whole new era of Google slap/smackdown of keyword 'spammers', who right now are just good SEO artists.

    Now, can you imagine what would happen if EZA's top articles were to be slapped down to page 10 in the SE rankings? What would that mean to their business AND OURS? Of course Steven Wagenheim's articles would probably bubble to the top of the rankings because instead of repeating "dog training" to the point of nausea, his articles would have terms like "canine" and "man's best friend" and "behavior modification though positive reinforcement", etc placed in the text in a completely natural way.

    Why do I think that Google will roll this out eventually?

    Firstly, because only they can actually pull it off on an Internet scale AND more importantly, it will make for a far better user experience.

    Secondly there is the 'threat' presented by the 'Web3.0'/Semantic Web movement. Their vision is to turn the whole Web into a semantic knowledgebase, so that a user can say something like:

    "what is the best way to lose weight?"

    and their engine understand the question and find the 'facts' that support an answer like (hypothetically):

    "lower your caloric intake by X%, do Y amount of aerobic exercise and Z minutes of weight training per day and also take supplements A, B &C".

    The SemWeb engine would understand the meaning of facts on a webpage and be able to extract what it needs to answer a query. Something like an intelligent web.

    IMO, the Semantic Web movement is putting the cart before the horse and the vision itself if waaaay overly optimistic, while Google is approaching it exactly right. MAYBE Google will be able to pull off the SemWeb vision once LSI is mature and the accepted standard.

    I apologize for the long post, but I think that EZA is protecting itself from something - and it's not just a case of making articles more readable. And we should take note. Perhaps if we approach the writing of our webpages and even blog posts in a more natural/less rigid 'SEO-like way, we don't get burned later. There is also a chance that we'll get the lion's share of targeted long tail traffic. Just like Steven

    And no, I'm not saying that the sky is falling. Quite the opposite, actually. Especially since things should become a lot clearer in years to come. And I want more of that long tail!

    Now if I can just convince my former colleague and business partner that we should resurrect our own semantic technology project for use in the 'coming SEO change' (HUGE leap of faith :p ) - could make for a new-era 'Google-goggles'...
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    • Profile picture of the author PatriciaJ
      Originally Posted by Junaid Gamieldien View Post

      I believe that EZA enforcing this rule may save us all at some point. Maybe they even know something about upcoming Google algorithm/ranking changes that we don't. I think that EZA is protecting themselves for something BIG that's coming.
      I think that you could be right there. Last year some directory owners were warning that if we didn't improve quality Google may start to see and treat article directories as link farms, that is why some directories have tightened up their submission rules.

      I think that a good way to look at submitting articles is that if you wouldn't want the article on your website if it was written by somebody else then why expect article directory owners to be happy about them.
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      • Profile picture of the author Junaid Gamieldien
        Originally Posted by PatriciaJ View Post

        I think that a good way to look at submitting articles is that if you wouldn't want the article on your website if it was written by somebody else then why expect article directory owners to be happy about them.
        That's a great way of looking at it
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      • Profile picture of the author Steven Wagenheim
        Okay, I'm going to throw some more of my 2 cents and experience into
        this mess. Say what you want about my business model being too time
        consuming (it is, so no argument there) but I've learned not only HOW to
        write articles but some things about writing and keywords that most people
        don't understand, especially when it comes to long tail keywords.

        Okay, get out your pads and pens because this may take a while. I hope not.

        You basically have 3 types of keywords.

        1. Very Generic
        2. Specific
        3. Long Tail

        Here's an example of each for a specific niche

        Very Generic - Acne
        Specific - Acne Treatment
        Long Tail - what is the best treatment for acne scars

        I used that last one specifically for the long tail for a reason.

        okay, let's take each one.

        Acne is almost useless for using within an article as a keyword because
        you have no clue what the person is looking for. They could be looking
        for a treatment, but for all you know, they're looking for a definition. It's
        just not targeted enough.

        What about the specific one, acne treatment? Well, this is much better.
        At least you have some idea what the person is looking for though you
        really don't know what kind of treatment they're looking for. Is it for
        regular acne? Is it for scars? Is it natural? Or will they accept a drug
        treatment. So this is better, but not great.

        Plus, look at the competition for this keyword.

        3,710,000 sites WITH quotes. Think you're going to rank well for this
        keyword? Think again. Ain't gonna happen.

        Okay, let's look at the last one.

        what is the best treatment for acne scars

        It has 8 competing sites. Yes, 8.

        But...here is the problem with this keyword when it comes to writing and
        this is where writers shoot themselves in the foot.

        Think about your proper English usage and normal article flow. If, as an
        article writer, you don't have this down cold, work on it because it's
        critical to getting right.

        In the normal flow of an article, it could be perfectly normal to include
        this keyword ONCE.

        Here is my sentence and it's right up at the intro of the article.

        I get this question asked a lot. "What is the best treatment for acne scars?"

        You can't even say this...

        Many people ask what is the best treatment for acne scars, because if
        you want to use proper English, it should be "Many people ask what the
        best treatment for acne scars is." See how it flows better. The other
        sentence is awkward sounding.

        Point is, regardless of which form you use, you can't restate this phrase
        again in your article. You've already made the statement, so now it's time
        to move on and explain. Yeah, maybe at the conclusion you could try
        saying something like, "So if you were wondering what is the best treatment
        for acne scars" wonder no more...the answer is that simple.

        But again, the sentence is awkward sounding. It doesn't read well.

        Point is, a keyword phrase like this...you're not going to get 1% saturation
        unless you're writing a 200 word article.

        The bigger point is this. Not all long tail phrases fit naturally into writing.

        Heck, some phrases don't fit at all. You literally can't use them because
        they are so awkwardly worded by the people looking them up.

        Remember folks, the prospects looking up these things are NOT writers.
        They just enter the first thing that pops into their heads.

        I have seen long tail phrases with 30 daily searches and ZERO competition
        that I couldn't fit into an article if my life depended on it.

        Okay, so how do I sneak around this?

        The answer is so obvious that you'd never think of it.

        It's this simple.

        Here's an example using the following long tail phrase.

        murad acne treatment concealer medium

        Okay, tell me that's anywhere near proper English.

        Anyway, here is how I can "legitimately" get this God awful phrase into
        an article and get the article approved. This is one of my most guarded
        secrets so pay attention.

        Here is my intro paragraph.

        "I've been studying acne problems for a very long time. As a kid, I had
        the worst case of it, so this is a subject near and dear to my heart. Well,
        occasionally, I search through the Internet to see what people are looking
        for in terms of acne related assistance. Today, I came up with the most
        odd search term at Wordtracker..."murad acne treatment concealer medium." I really had to scratch my head a bit to figure out what this
        person was looking for but finally I did figure it out. So, if you're one of
        these folks looking for an acne concealer, and more specifically looking
        into Murad, here is what I can tell you about it."

        There you go. I got that God awful keyword into the article as naturally
        as the day is long.

        But that's it. I can't stretch this one. I have to be happy with one
        occurrence of this phrase. Be thankful you got it in one time.

        You need to think outside of the box when writing articles for the SEs
        if you're determined to get your keywords in.

        I don't bother. I just write good, informative articles and let the rest take
        care of itself.
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        • Profile picture of the author PatriciaJ
          Brilliant Steven. At first I thought my article marketing wasn't all that because I was writing naturally instead of doing the keyword thing. Gradually I started to realise that by letting my articles flow I was adding a variety of different keyphrases without thinking about it and those keyphrases were being searched for naturally.

          Another thought is that if anybody was searching for information about for instance acne and came up with an article stuffed with keywords, only an internet marketer would understand why an article was keyword stuffed and those who the information was directed at might think it garbage and lacking in credibility.
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        • Profile picture of the author Daniel Molano
          Originally Posted by tommygadget View Post

          I have articles ranked on Google's first page with the keywords in the title and resource box only. See, I found something interesting... wait for it... one more sec... OK, here it is: Google will edit out many words like as of in it, etc. when looking at keywords. This is important so listen up! Because of the filtering, you can write articles where the keywords are not all together and spammy looking. Do you see what I mean? If you don't, type 10 or 20 keyword phrases into Google's search engine and see how many results don't seem to fit quite right. Use this to your advantage. I hope I have not given too much away. For those of you who don't get it, don't worry, doesn't matter anyway, just me rambling...

          TomG.
          Originally Posted by Steven Wagenheim View Post

          You basically have 3 types of keywords.

          1. Very Generic
          2. Specific
          3. Long Tail

          Here's an example of each for a specific niche

          Very Generic - Acne
          Specific - Acne Treatment
          Long Tail - what is the best treatment for acne scars
          Actually Steven, there is another way to include such a long tail keyword in your articles, which TomG basically pointed out in his "rambling" above.

          You are right, it wouldn't make sense to stuff that keyword more than once in an article. But thanks to LSI you can, you just need to break it down.

          If you go to Google and do a search for a long tail keyword you will notice that the sites ranking TOP for it don't even have the long tail in it that page entirely, it's broken down in different sentences and this can be done thanks to LSI.

          If you do a search for what is the best treatment for acne scars (without quotation marks) you will see that those listed DO INDEED have the keyword, but not entirely in 1 single sentence.

          For example, the search results and the page would look something like this:

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          Acne Scars
          What is the most effective remedy for.....After months of research we have found that the best treatment in regards to outbursts is......But you should definitely take care of your skin or it can lead to those unwated acne scars.
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          There you go, the keyword has been added with perfect grammatical sense and thanks to LSI it's been picked up by Google.

          I believe that is what TomG was trying to say and it's VERY true, it works.

          They don't even have to be in order!
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          • Profile picture of the author Steven Wagenheim
            Originally Posted by Daniel Molano View Post

            Actually Steven, there is another way to include such a long tail keyword in your articles, which TomG basically pointed out in his "rambling" above.

            You are right, it wouldn't make sense to stuff that keyword more than once in an article. But thanks to LSI you can, you just need to break it down.

            If you go to Google and do a search for a long tail keyword you will notice that the sites ranking TOP for it don't even have the long tail in it that page entirely, it's broken down in different sentences and this can be done thanks to LSI.

            If you do a search for what is the best treatment for acne scars (without quotation marks) you will see that those listed DO INDEED have the keyword, but not entirely in 1 single sentence.

            For example, the search results and the page would look something like this:

            -----------------------------------------------------------------
            Acne Scars
            What is the most effective remedy for.....After months of research we have found that the best treatment inregards to outbursts is......But you should definitely take care of your skin or it can lead to those unwated acne scars.
            -----------------------------------------------------------------

            There you go, the keyword has been added with perfect grammatical sense and thanks to LSI it's been picked up by Google.

            I believe that is what TomG was trying to say and it's VERY true, it works.

            They don't even have to be in order!

            Yes, I understand that, but LSI is still not going to rank you as high as
            if the keyword itself fits perfectly. Those will always get preferential
            treatment.

            Don't get me wrong, LSI helps, but don't live and die by it because you'll
            do more dying than living.

            And again, if you write for people, those words will naturally come up in
            your article anyway WITHOUT having to force them in.

            Thus my whole point to my initial statement in this thread...write for
            people NOT search engines.
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            • Profile picture of the author Daniel Molano
              Originally Posted by Steven Wagenheim View Post

              Yes, I understand that, but LSI is still not going to rank you as high as
              if the keyword itself fits perfectly. Those will always get preferential
              treatment.

              Don't get me wrong, LSI helps, but don't live and die by it because you'll
              do more dying than living.

              And again, if you write for people, those words will naturally come up in
              your article anyway WITHOUT having to force them in.

              Thus my whole point to my initial statement in this thread...write for
              people NOT search engines.
              Yes you are right, writing naturally will lead to those keywords.

              I was just trying to point out what the top 10 results in Google for the long tail keyword you mentioned did (None of those sites have the entire long tail keyword in one place).
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              • Profile picture of the author Marhelper
                I just submit to whatever "Mother Ezine" wants ;-)

                In reality, it is their site and they decide on what is best for them. It is easier just to do what they ask and make modifications to the articles submitted.
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                • Profile picture of the author Allen Graves
                  A lot of nonsensical information is being passed around here. Junaid is the closest to the real deal. While it may have been true in the past, things are changing again...for the better.

                  In the "Tricks and Treats" Google webmaster event last week, the Google reps told us that we shouldn't even concern ourselves with keyword density anymore.

                  As long as the article is written in a manner that provides a unique and pleasurable user experience, then it doesn't matter. Of course, you will want to place your keyword into the article at least once, but there is no reason to go past that.

                  If it does not appear again, it doesn't matter. If it appears in your natural writing 1, 2 or 20 times more, it doesn't matter as long as the end user has a good experience. That's really all that should matter to article marketers anymore. (which raises the question of how does Google know???) LOL - They do!

                  This is just another example of how article marketing continues to change. If EZA decides that a 1% density provides a less-than-pleasurable user experience, that's their prerogative. But they are only doing what we're all doing...trying to survive.

                  Expect to see more and more changes in the coming weeks.

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  • Profile picture of the author John Piteo
    This is what I try to do and it seems to work for me.

    1. Write for people: Write naturally. Your articles should be interesting, informative and uncommon. Tell people something they don't already know. Entertain them, shock them, wow them, get them thinking, create curiosity and a desire to want more information from you.

    2. Write for Google: Keep the theme of your article tightly focused around your keyword phrase. If you do this then 1% keyword density is plenty. Most of my first page Google articles these days are around 1% to 1.5%

    3. Write for web site, blog and ezine owners: See point #1

    4. Write for yourself: Don't try to make everything perfect. Have a little fun and enjoy yourself, it will come out in your writing.

    Notice I said TRY. I'm definately not the most tallented writer in the house, but these four points are what I aim to achieve.
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  • Profile picture of the author talfighel
    I have submitted close to 200 articles on Ezinearticles and I never heard about this before. Having too many keywords in a article is pretty weird. I have some articles that actually have the same keyword in the title TWICE and it went through OK..

    Maybe this is a new policy that they just brought in.

    We'll see soon.

    Tal
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    • Profile picture of the author Black Hat Cat
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      At least they told you what the keyword was, lol. They used to just tell you that keyword usage was too high, and left you to figure out which word they were talking about.
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  • Profile picture of the author Chris Lockwood
    I wonder how many people even know what their article's keyword density is when they submit it. I know I don't.
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