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Proves it to me.
Isolate all the variables, run some analysis, then come back with "proof". All you proffered up was anecdotal guesswork.
I will agree with you that there is not set % that works for all keywords, but I know that decreasing my density lowered my rank
You sure? What if your competition stepped it up? What if you lost some links? What if your competition gained some links? Too many variables....like I said, I want proof.
I have proof that it doesn't matter. You show me proof it does.
I drove a blue car, into a deer ...
Beautiful post, digitalghost :)
I'm not convinced that you can prove anything as delicate as kw density in the search engine arena. You can carry out an extended study and look at trends, but just as you get some results ... the game changes.
curly_clare ... if you are really that bothered about this, pick out the phrases you are going after & work out the kw densities of the top 20 sites for them. At least you'll be basing this on some kind of research then.
I personally just weave target keywords into the copy I am writing & check that what has been produced sounds relevant and interesting.
Because if it doesn't, that visitor you just worked so hard to get won't be sticking around for too long ...
Then I threw the tool into the recycle bin when I decided the best keyword density is using the keyword as many times in the text as I can while making it still sound good to my visitors.
1.- It searches on the internet for your keyword and gives you the percentage of that keyword in the websites placed at the top of the search, which means that gives you an aproximate percentage for that criterium in those sites.
2.- After this it looks on your page and finds that criterium and calculates the percent in it.
3.- It gives you the percentage of times you should use the criterium or the keyword depending on the criterium search on the internet, and the amount of criteriums used in your objective sites.
If something is not clear,... it is because my english stinks,... I'm so sorry.
But the program have this functionalities and many more that I actualy don't know.
Also *starting rant*
we can't go around making blanket statements like KD doesn't count - it could. especially considering the other world of search: Internal site search. We seem to forget that another world of search exists and it does not have the same rules as the external engines. *end rant*
In short, while keyword density is crucial, you can't put all your efforts into just keyword density. Likewise, excluding keywords can be deadly when you are pitted against other sites that incorporate keyword density.
Ultimately, a healthy, steady mix of all the variables will work best.
On the other hand, I am of the opinion that INK tends to like a higher density.