Best Keyword Density?

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Guys,

I have a website that want to rank for many keywords. If I re-call it correctly the term I am looking for is "keyword density". The question is if I want to rank well for the keyword "X", what is the best keyword density in my main page, in each sub-page and in website as a whole? I have seen that keyword density does matter but not sure about the percentage in each category.

Thank you,
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  • Profile picture of the author HKSEO Rotzee
    Most people would say 3-5% (And I can agree with that being a safe number) but al ot of authorities on the subject say that its over rated. If I was you, I would test for myself =)
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  • Profile picture of the author yukon
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    Don't worry about keyword density.

    I aim for this:
    • Keyword once in Page Title
    • Keyword once in page URL
    • Keyword once in <h1>
    • keyword 1-2 times in text with keyword anchor-text on 1 of the in text keywords pointing at the page your trying to rank in Google SERPs.
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    • Profile picture of the author Dentist
      How do you explain the same for Wordpress Blog posts?


      Originally Posted by yukon View Post

      Don't worry about keyword density.

      I aim for this:
      • Keyword once in Page Title
      • Keyword once in page URL
      • Keyword once in <h1>
      • keyword 1-2 times in text with keyword anchor-text on 1 of the in text keywords pointing at the page your trying to rank in Google SERPs.
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    • Profile picture of the author guzpra
      Originally Posted by yukon View Post

      Don't worry about keyword density.

      I aim for this:
      • Keyword once in Page Title
      • Keyword once in page URL
      • Keyword once in <h1>
      • keyword 1-2 times in text with keyword anchor-text on 1 of the in text keywords pointing at the page your trying to rank in Google SERPs.
      Agreed. from what I tried, this method also mentioned by the SEO tools IBP
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  • Profile picture of the author Justin Says
    I focus on about 2% keyword density and it works pretty fairly to my benefit. But then again, you shouldn't put to much thought into it. The algorithms change so much, that it's better if you just focus on providing quality content.
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  • Profile picture of the author jalicia18
    I agree to Yukon. Put your keywords in the right place for best results.
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  • Profile picture of the author Targeted Traffic
    Now it looks like a LOT of the top ranking sites have a keyword density of about 2% to 5%.

    I wouldn't recommend making major changes to your keyword density if your page is still ranking high. But, if your site is one of the many that got "shot-out-of-the-saddle" so to speak, I would recommend lowering your keyword density if it is over 5%.

    And remember to count singular and plural versions as the SAME word now that Google has changed their search techniques.
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    • Profile picture of the author yukon
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      Originally Posted by Targeted Traffic View Post

      Now it looks like a LOT of the top ranking sites have a keyword density of about 2% to 5%.

      I wouldn't recommend making major changes to your keyword density if your page is still ranking high. But, if your site is one of the many that got "shot-out-of-the-saddle" so to speak, I would recommend lowering your keyword density if it is over 5%.

      And remember to count singular and plural versions as the SAME word now that Google has changed their search techniques.
      So your going to spam your page with 25 instances of the same keyword, over, & over, & over... ?

      A 500 word article would be stuffing the keyword 25 times on-page, at 5% density.

      A bit much IMO, considering pages can be ranked without stuffing.
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  • Profile picture of the author Peter Gehr
    My rule of thumb is:

    --no less than 3%
    --no more than 5%
    --keyword mentioned once in opening paragraph
    --keyword mentioned once in closing paragraph
    --keyword bolded once
    --keyword italicized once
    --keyword linked once back to home page

    I also agree with the tips from Yukon in this thread.
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  • Profile picture of the author Peter Gehr
    By the way, I notice you're ranked #16 in Google in a rather competitive niche.

    You seem to know what you're doing already...
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        • Profile picture of the author Dentist
          Very interesting. Thanks. I am not gonna buy it but the demo was really interesting.

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  • Profile picture of the author Clyde
    2-3% no more than that and make sure you got the other on-page SEO right. (refer to Yukon above)
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  • Profile picture of the author NEseO
    I normally stick to keyword-

    - density around 2%
    - In title
    - in URL
    - In first and last paragraph

    As long as it is around that and you have a good backlinking strategy then you should be able to rank well for most keywords.
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  • Profile picture of the author arnold55
    Simple...
    Go to your top competitors, see what density they have and do one better! Works for me.

    arnold55
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  • Profile picture of the author backlinksninja
    But not to forget about some Latent Semantic Indexing (LSI) keywords. It is one specific algorithm that the search engines use to evaluate site content through related keywords.
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