21 responses

  1. Suresh Khanal@Bivori
    April 25, 2011

    Hi Tara,

    After reading your whole post may I conclude that keyword density is an important factor though this is not everything to determine ranking?

    I understood deep linking and by multiple domains do you mean to build back links from different domain names?

    • Tara Hornor
      April 25, 2011

      Yes, Suresh; you are right in your conclusion. Yes, I did mean building back links from different domain names. One fast way to build page rank is by creating somewhere around 3 different websites with 3 completely different domain names. Then you can use back links to connect the 3. Keep in mind that you do not want to duplicate your content on these sites; make sure that each one has its own unique content.

      • Suresh Khanal@Bivori
        April 25, 2011

        That’s a good tips! Thank you Tara for the response.

        The blogs will be pointing each other and crawlers must go through all of them.

        And, is there any difference if all those three blogs are hosted on same account or we need different hosting for each of them to get SEO benefit? It would certainly cost too much buying different hosting for each of those blogs. I use hostgator and they say I can host unlimited blogs with one hosting account. Shall I gain by creating multiple blogs and interlinking them even all of them are on same server?

      • Tara Hornor
        April 26, 2011

        Having dedicated servers may actually bring you better results, but for now you can just start out with different IPs. You do not have to have a different hosting service for each blog; as a matter of fact, hostgator allows you to purchase separate IPs for your domains. Check out their VPS Hosting plans – they allow you to purchase up to 4 IPs and an unlimited number of domains.

      • Suresh Khanal@Bivori
        April 26, 2011

        Thank you Tara, it was a real worthy discussion for me. Thanks for enlightening me!

  2. Kimberly Castleberry
    April 25, 2011

    Tara you bring up some good points with this but I think a huge one was also missed. It’s important when discussing density that “more is not always better after a point”. In terms of density anything over about 8% and certainly over 10% is seen as spammy. Infact some SEO types recommend not to exceed 5% as it may also be being flagged as its an unnaturally high level. Indeed, density has some BIG strings attached and these things are important to know before just throwing our keywords around. Good stuff!

    • Tara Hornor
      April 25, 2011

      I completely agree, Kimberly. I’m sorry this was not clear in my article, but I am with you in that usually exceeding 5% density can be harmful to an SEO campaign.

  3. HackTik
    April 25, 2011

    Quite true. You have been able to bring out the significance of keyword density quite well in your post. Thanx

    • Tara Hornor
      April 26, 2011

      You’re welcome! I’m glad you enjoyed it.

  4. Kavya Hari
    April 26, 2011

    It’s true . Today, almost of the SEO professionals are using Key words density to their web page content. Tara, great effort :)

  5. Tara Hornor
    April 26, 2011

    You’re welcome, Suresh! I enjoyed the discussion too and hope it helped!

  6. Tara Hornor
    April 26, 2011

    Kavya, I’m so glad you enjoyed the post! Thanks for the comment!

  7. Tecj@Blog seo
    April 26, 2011

    Hi Tara, First thing you look lovely..
    second thing. keyword density is important thing and that is called niche…like you are blogging in seo niche so targeted keyword are like seo, search engine, google search, Blog seo,
    rest you need is to stuff your blog with this keyword and density should not be more than 4% and you will rank top on google..easy…

  8. Amrish Singh
    April 27, 2011

    I am agree with you Tara .Keyword density is the main factor of on page seo .don’t more the 5% of density because it will be a part of keyword stuffing and you site will not get good ranking in search engine

  9. Tara Hornor
    April 27, 2011

    Tecj, thanks for the tip! Yes, you are right in that choosing the right keywords makes all the world in keyword density; however, in my experience it has taken more than just focusing on density to get ranked at the top of Google.

  10. Nihar
    April 30, 2011

    Great post. Thanks for this. I am using keyword density and rely on the %ge and reduce if it exceeds 5 to 7.5%.

  11. Tara Hornor
    May 6, 2011

    @Amrish – Thanks for the comment! And, yes, you are correct in that search engines often mistake pages that have more than 5% (sometimes higher) keyword density as spam.

    @Nihar – I’m glad you enjoyed the post! While some argue that 5% should be the highest, others argue up to 8% is okay, so it sounds like you are within the right range. Thanks for sharing!

  12. Aficionada
    August 30, 2011

    I enjoyed this article and the comments, but I hope you will check and correct the 5% example you gave in the body of the article. 5% = .05, not .005 as you stated in the article. So, in a 500-word article, you would need to have 25 keywords (not 2-3) in order to achieve a 5% keyword density. And, of course, a keyword made up of several words would alter the exact application of that formula, as you showed so clearly in the 350-word article example.

    I’ll look forward to reading more articles like this.

    • Goran
      February 2, 2013

      I agree with you @Aficionada
      So @Tara, now which one of the maths are right as there are diferent results when calculating by both:
      I’ll take your example above: keyword “brochure printing”
      Formula one:
      5 – is the number of keyword
      2 – is the words in the keyword phrase
      500 – is the article word count

      (5 x 2/500)x100 = 2%
      and without counting the words in a keyword phrase would be:
      (5/500)x100 = 1%

      Here is what wikipedia has to say about that too:

  13. Tara Hornor
    August 31, 2011

    @Aficionada – Ah! You are so right! A text with 500 words needing a keyword density of 5% should include the keyword 25 times. I’m so sorry about the very obvious math error; thank you for pointing it out so graciously. :)

  14. Goran
    February 1, 2013

    So you are saying that we should calculate this math “If your keyword is “brochure printing,” and it appears 5 times within a text of 350 words, then your formula would be (5 x 2/ 350) x 100 = 2.95.” for quote: “KEYWORD PHRASES” which in this case is “brochure printing” and only for one word keyword the usual math whih would be example: (5 / 350) x 100.

    Thanks and indeed this had cleared a lot for me, just this what i’ve write here and the cube will get perfect.. :)


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