WebMistress - 12:23 am on Oct 11, 2003 (gmt 0)
I think there are so many factors obviously at play when it comes to ranking. I just know I had been at #1, then a site took #1, and so I brought my keyword up to their level, and I dropped to lower than I had been since I first got indexed in February. I let it stay that way for a couple of weeks thinking it would bounce back up, but it didn't. I lowered the keyword density and it shot to #1. You'd think since I have over 400 backlinks with great anchor text that this other site with only 40 backlinks couldn't overtake me, but they did, and they did it with high kw density. So, that is proof that high kw density will take you a long way in ranking. However, at some point, it appears, if kw density is high and all other optimization factors are high, the high kw density may hurt a site. I really don't know what else explains the effect raising the kw density had on my site. But I thought it was worth sharing. I'm not trying to prove any theory; I'm just sharing my experience for everyone's benefit, and especially for anyone else who is experiencing something similar.