Discussion in 'Black Hat SEO' started by Afillix, Aug 22, 2013.
Which keyword density should my blogs on my homepage have?
Ideally below 5% some recommend as low as 2-3%. I keep under 10% but am seeing competitors in my niches using 15-20% and they are still ranking and have been for a while (months). I'm actually doing some testing at the moment on a throw away site to test these very parameters.
you have to take in account that the ranking conditions can't be replicated from one site to another or from a niche to another and so your testing will provide a vague and unsure answer
best way to approach this is to create 2 new websites in the same niche and use the same link building techniques and on page optimization for both of them but for one use a 2-3% keyword density and for the other go with a more drastic approach like 20-30%
in order to test more values you'll have to create more sites from the ground up
most of these tests and case studies are flaw because no one knows how to measure the findings and how to replicate the exact conditions i.e. a PR8 Link for 2 websites that are exactly the same (link portfolio wise not content) might land you on the first spot for a keyword with one site, while the other might not be so lucky
I agree that 2 identical sites including no or some backlinks would be an ideal benchmark test using varying levels of keyword density. It's something that I'm planning to do in the near future when I've got some spare time . Early indications on the throw away site and most of my others is that between 5-10% is optimal. Under 5% and over 10% seems to have a slightly negative effect on rank. This is for both local service websites and nationwide IM websites. Obviously rank depends on lots of other factors keyword density is just one of them but I do think it plays a big part in whether Google thinks you're using or at least trying to use genuine content or keyword loaded over optimised content.
Max 3% otherwise you might be shooting yourself in the leg.
I don't think there is any real magic to this. Keep the ratio low and you should be fine. There are several articles about this online describing how keyword density doesn't really make a difference. For instance Cutts mentions it in this webmaster tools video.
Obviously keywords are still important but worrying about many there are is a waste of time. Just focus on posting useful or interesting or entertaining content (with your keyword in it may 2-3% of the time) and you will be fine.
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