Keyword density in articles

by alex93
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I was just wondering how many times you folks use keywords in say 1000 word reviews/articles, from what iv read it states the density of 1 to 2%, however this seems way over the top.

Just wondering how many times you use a keyword, i was thinking around 2 times per 1000 words, would love some advice.

Thanks

Alex
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  • Profile picture of the author winsoar
    Beware of old information on this topic. I've thought recently it doesn't matter. Your keyword needs to be in the title, first paragraph, and last paragraph. Social signals seem to matter most now, Facebook likes, Google +1s especially.

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  • Profile picture of the author sourcewp
    The placement of keywords matters the most, it should look natural and flow should be correct. However, a density of 1.5% to 2% is a good count I guess
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  • Profile picture of the author savidge4
    Originally Posted by alex93 View Post

    I was just wondering how many times you folks use keywords in say 1000 word reviews/articles, from what iv read it states the density of 1 to 2%, however this seems way over the top.

    Just wondering how many times you use a keyword, i was thinking around 2 times per 1000 words, would love some advice.

    Thanks

    Alex
    Here is the trick. Density is NOT determined by how many times the keyword is found in the text, but how many times it is found in the page code as a whole in correlation to the amount of text.

    word count of 500 at a 1.8% keyword saturation level, the keyword should be present 9 times. So as examples once in he URL once in the title once in the description. 4 times in the text once in the image filename, once in the image alt tag.

    Hope that Helps!
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    • Profile picture of the author alex93
      Originally Posted by savidge4 View Post

      Here is the trick. Density is NOT determined by how many times the keyword is found in the text, but how many times it is found in the page code as a whole in correlation to the amount of text.
      Hope that Helps!
      It did mate, i finally used seoquake which tells me the desity of most pages is 1.6%, mentioning the keyword in the review about 2 times, but it is also mentioned in, titles, urls, images, and related links so it is looking about right.

      Just want to say thanks to all, finally grasped the density.

      Thanks

      Alex
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  • I don't feel that keyword density has enough value left in the off-page seo. All you need is to do is to use your keyword in title, in start of your article and somewhere in between your content. It would be much better if you will add your keyword in the end of your article too.

    You can put it in your meta description. And if you cannot remember all these things then just install a SEO plugin then. LOL
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  • Profile picture of the author Chris Lee
    Keyword density is something you shouldn't be consciously thinking about if you're writing articles. Some keywords you can't help but have a high kw density. Doesn't mean you're page is going to be penalized if it's naturally written. If it's super high, you can always go through it and try to change some of the words with synonyms or pronouns.

    The only conscious effort you should be making is to fit in relevant words to the topic, which will also help expand on your article with better content.

    Ex. How to build backlinks - don't try to fit in the word backlink just to configure your kw density. Write naturally and try to use as many relevant words related to backlinking like social bookmarks, SEO, Moz, Majestic, trust rank, page rank, no follow, etc.
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  • Profile picture of the author cbpayne
    I have not worried or even been concerned about keyword density for years!
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    • Profile picture of the author Dan Brown
      Originally Posted by cbpayne View Post

      I have not worried or even been concerned about keyword density for years!
      Lucky you! I often use it 5 times in a 500-word article, usually one on the beginning paragraph, 3-times in the body and another 1 on the end.
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  • Profile picture of the author pluto1
    Not sure it even matters anymore. If you have a natural flow to your article, you won't need to worry about it.
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  • Profile picture of the author LimitlessTraffic
    It's all about different variations of your target keyword.

    Don't focus so much on the density and focus more on natural flow. Don't force in the keyword just for the sake of keeping up with the density.

    As others mentioned, it's all about the placement.
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  • Profile picture of the author gdccashflow
    Go for 3%, for every 100 words you must mentioned your keywords 3 times, but make it naturally.Do not forget to use prefixes and sufixes.

    Example, make money online, earn money online are just the same..
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    • Profile picture of the author SEO Power
      Originally Posted by gdccashflow View Post

      Go for 3%, for every 100 words you must mentioned your keywords 3 times, but make it naturally.Do not forget to use prefixes and sufixes.

      Example, make money online, earn money online are just the same..
      Terrible advice. Ignore this garbage if you like your site. Writing naturally is the way forward. Keyword density is an outdated metric/consideration.
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      • Profile picture of the author savidge4
        Threads like this amaze me. the diversity of answers is just incredible to see. I think to some extent any and all answers are correct. I think what happens in forums such as this one, there is this laser target questioning of a specific element in the complex realm of SEO and the algorithms that govern success or failure.

        The over whelming reality in terms of Keyword density is this. You simply can not rank a page, if the keyword is not there. You can have a page with text about "red cars" and not expect it to rank for "blue cars". and before anyone even goes there, I get it... it really could happen with the right amount of inbound anchor text linking in an extremely low competition environment. ( I know this for fact, because I have done it - but it didn't rank well and didn't stay long )

        BUT, the above example is implementing other elements of the equation. and when discussing a specific element, that is really an unfair argument.

        Keyword density as I see it is one of those base elements that a good solid structure and plan are developed around. Defining a page in terms of context and how it relates to the pages surrounding it, simply is not a bad thing.

        The semi over whelming opinion is that it needs to "read naturally" I have a hard time believing that 3% could ever be capable of that. below is a paragraph from above with obvious injected keywords. ( the paragraph is exactly 100 words ) not that it is exactly readable, but imagine doing this 10 times in a 1000 word article.

        KEY WORD ONE The over whelming reality in terms of Keyword density is this. You simply can not rank a page, if the keyword is not there. You can have a page with text about "red cars" and not expect it to rank for "blue cars". KEY WORD TWO and before anyone even goes there, I get it... it really could happen with the right amount of inbound anchor text linking in an extremely low competition environment. ( I know this for fact, because I have done it - AND KEY WORD THREE but it didn't rank well and didn't stay long )

        there simply is nothing "Natural" about that... again imagine reading 9 more paragraphs like that, I think it would be mind numbing. The less unspoken variable of "keyword proximity" I think would at some point come into play.

        What I am about to say hits somewhere in the 80/20 rule category, I think it is more 98/2 to be honest, but for the most part people are targeting long and longer tail keywords that are floating in low comp environments. Much of this stuff that some of us look at and say "Are you kidding me?" probably actually does work.

        Its that 20% of us, or the 2% of us that work in more competitive levels that would never even think of such a thing. I gave my density base in a post above... I use a keyword term 3 times per 500 words in text. that's a WHOPPING .6% keyword density as I am reading how people measure this. ( you can read my above post above.. I measure density differently )

        That ends up being a 5:1 ratio, between 3% KWD and my poultry .6%. That's BIG stuff. that is how divided this topic is.

        Here is where I think the "twist" happens. The sweet spot for Keyword Density changes, as there is the introduction of greater levels of competition. basically the algorithm changes. There becomes more emphasis, not on Keyword Density, but the other ranking variables.

        I believe that Keyword Proximity comes into play. Without question the addition of inbound anchor text comes more into play. Terms like CONTEXT become far more valid and understandable as how it may work, on and off page, in a more competitive environment.

        Like I eluded to before, I think all of the answers in this thread are valid - in a low comp environment. Its when you bring some of these keyword practices into environments of greater competition that you will find many will fail.
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  • Profile picture of the author saeedrk
    Even sometimes we couldn't count correct density of words which can makes huge problems. So for this purpose you have to use online keywords density checker tools . Here the link for best online tools :

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  • Profile picture of the author Microsys
    For a page-by-page and all-pages-in-a-website-summed keyword density analysis (where more weight is given to titles, headers etc.) you can also use A1 Keyword Tools: Keyword Density and Prominence Analysis for Pages and Websites
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  • Profile picture of the author ahmansoor
    It is more about keyword prominence/placement rather than keywords density. Keywords should be there on important places. As far as density is concerned, make sure that the keyword is there at least once on the page - and if it makes sense to users, it should be there at the start, mid and end too.
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  • Profile picture of the author settyplastics
    Keyword density matters a lot in Article.Always use 4 keywords in 1500 words of article.
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