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What Is Keyword Density?

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What Is Keyword Density?


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Keyword density is a measurement of the number of times a particular keyword appears on one of your website pages. However, it’s just as important that you do not overuse the keywords by “stuffing” your page with that keyword. Google is smarter than you, so don’t bother. If you repeat a specific keyword phrase every second or third line, then you will likely be rejected by Google (and other search engines) and sent to the back of the line with the spammers.

The idea is to use keyword density strategically, but make it look natural.

For example, let’s say you have 100 words on your website page and your keyword phrase appears 5 times throughout those 100 words. To calculate the keyword density, you simply divide the number of times the keyword appears (5) by the number of words that appear on the page (100). When you divide 5 by 100, you get 0.05. because we want a percentage, we multiply 0.05 x 100 and that gives us 5% in this example.

The general accepted keyword density is between 3% and 5% for your keyword phrase. Below 3% you may not be getting the search engine juice you could be, and above 5% might raise a red flag.

Remember to apply the keyword density rule to every page on your website.

If you want to check the keyword density in one of your articles, you can do so with a word processing application such as Microsoft Word.  Simply use the word count tool to determine the total word count of th article. Now that you have the total word count, use the find+replace tool to search your keyword. When you enter the replace field, enter the same keyword so when you click replace, you won’t actually edit your article. But, what you will do determine how many times the keyword appears in the article because the tool will tell you how many times it replaced your keyword.

Alternatively if you article is already online, you can use this free online keyword density tool.

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