luckychucky - 3:56 pm on Dec 13, 2013 (gmt 0) [edited by: luckychucky at 5:01 pm (utc) on Dec 13, 2013]
Again: if your product is Stainless Steel Forks there is no roundabout way to accurately name (as distinct from describe) each item you sell without using the keyword term "stainless steel fork" within the otherwise unique text surrounding each item's page title, meta tags and search-engine-friendly URL.
It is inaccurate to rhetorically twist this necessity into
The only place where hundreds or thousands of such links might be on one page, would possibly be a site map or, if the site were direct and accurate rather than evasive and oblique as recommended earlier in this thread, on an overall category page which lists all the products within a category.
linking to each of those items hundreds or thousands of times on one page using the same descriptive phrase.
As for the text on each product's page, it's a gross and flippant oversimplification to assume the same descriptive phrase would just be repeated 100s or 1000s of times willy-nilly on each cloned page, and the problem will be obvious if I just wake up and view it in a text-based browser. Pretty condescending.
It's far more accurate to say that each individual product should be uniquely and judiciously optimized for its most relevant keyword phrase, the phrase most relevant to the product itself and for those who search for that product. If in 100s or 1000s of instances, each product is unavoidably a variation on a stainless steel fork, then it ought to be that each product listing is optimized for that term.
But it won't.... because Google will penalize the site.
[edited by: luckychucky at 5:01 pm (utc) on Dec 13, 2013]