I'm a novice at writing content for IM, haven't made money from it yet. I consider myself an "OK" writer for most of the types of things I've written (was a tech writer for 3 yrs, written essays for school work, etc.).
Most of what I read says that to achieve ranking in search engines, a keyword density of 2 - 4% is optimal. The SEOpressor WP plugin complains if the density is below 2%.
When I attempt to get my keyword density above 2%, my writing turns to crap! Having to use a phrase in almost every sentence makes it look like my articles were written by a child (or a hyperactive salesman).
I'd like to hear from some of the excellent content writers on this forum (blatant pandering). How do you handle keyword density? Do you keep it above 2%? if so, do you find that it compromises the quality of your writing?