How many article keywords should an article have for the best search engine ranking?

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And does this vary among the major search engines like Google, Bing and Yahoo?

Thanks in advance...
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  • Profile picture of the author Clint Faber
    Hopefully you accept my guidance and expertise in this keyword, topic. It's really up to you.

    Focus on one short keyword and three longtail keywords

    Hopefully this helps if you have any questions and do not know what this means Just let me know and I can go more in depth.
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  • Profile picture of the author Cru
    Originally Posted by ekxstores View Post

    And does this vary among the major search engines like Google, Bing and Yahoo?

    Thanks in advance...
    It is my understanding that your keyword density should be between 2.5% to 4%. This makes it relevant enough for search engines to rank you and not so concentrated that the search engines consider it spam.
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    • Profile picture of the author Alexa Smith
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      Originally Posted by Cru View Post

      It is my understanding that your keyword density should be between 2.5% to 4%.
      That's a great misunderstanding!

      At Ezine Articles, for example, if your keyword density gets as high as 2%, your article will (rightly!) get an automated rejection from their software, without even getting as far as being read by a human editor. There are reasons for that. Two main ones ...

      (i) Ezine Articles does what Google likes, and if Google likes that, so should you (especially if you're writing for SEO, which is a weird thing to do but apparently what you're referring to), and you should make sure your own keyword density never gets as high as 2%;

      (ii) They know that if you use your major keyword as often as twice in every hundred words, your article's going to be "clunky" and "look silly" and be difficult to read. And they're right about that, too.

      1% is plenty.

      It's much better to write for people than for search engines.

      However well SEO'd an article is, you're not going to make much money from it if nobody reads it all the way through. And if you have a keyword density of 2.5% - 4% (!!!) they certainly won't, because it'll be almost unreadable! :rolleyes: :p
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      • Profile picture of the author ekxstores
        Originally Posted by Alexa Smith View Post

        It's much better to write for people than for search engines.

        However well SEO'd an article is, you're not going to make much money from it if nobody reads it all the way through. And if you have a keyword density of 2.5% - 4% (!!!) they certainly won't, because it'll be almost unreadable! :rolleyes: :p
        Great point. I would like to be able to write for both people and Search engines.
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  • Profile picture of the author Miguelito203
    Originally Posted by ekxstores View Post

    And does this vary among the major search engines like Google, Bing and Yahoo?

    Thanks in advance...
    No, it doesn't vary. I use my main keyword about once for every 100 words. I also use related keyword phrases as sub headings and variations of the keywords throughout the body of my article so that it looks natural. If you use your keyword too much, it looks like spamming. When you write an article or review, there are a number of key phrases that the searches look for and expect to see associated with your topic as a whole as well. Keywords are just one component on your on-page SEO.

    Joey
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  • Profile picture of the author habibicollection
    your keyword density should be between 2.5% to 5%
    dave
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    • Profile picture of the author santi
      Originally Posted by habibicollection View Post

      your keyword density should be between 2.5% to 5%
      dave

      If you have 5% keyword density then what do you think will happen to your site if your rankings trigger a manual review?
      I personally would go for lower- about 1% plus use LSI keywords in the articles as well.
      santiago
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  • Profile picture of the author oxenam
    Thanks Alexa and Lalitbansal. I will keep this in mind when I have some artides written.
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  • Profile picture of the author Morningwalker
    It should be 2% to 3%. I mean to say, if you have 100 words in your article then 2 or 3 keywords should be there to get more for your website.
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  • Profile picture of the author SuppaDave21
    Yeah, I agree.

    Keep kw density around 2%-2.5% and your article will naturally have related kw's in it as well if its a quality article.
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  • Profile picture of the author OliviaSSLGuru
    Being Article Marketing Industry part since 6 years, as per my knowledge that 3 key phrases for each article is the best option to get the better and the most effective result out of article marketing.
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  • Profile picture of the author Cyracks
    Thank you guys for all the answers stated, i was actually ready to ask this same question before something skipped my mind to search the forum before asking. I normally write articles for my site without concentrating much on keywords but i have got the gist and not to overdo the keyword thing because google hates it when your keyword density exceeds 5% oop that's pretty too much though. One keywords and 3 long tail keywords on a page
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