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Writing articles solely for the purpose of ranking.

4:44 pm on Aug 5, 2010 (gmt 0)

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If you own a website where you publish several of your articles and EVERY article targets a keyword that is being searched for (based on your wordtracker research) will google consider that spam?

Should I diversify and also ad articles that do NOT target any specific keyword so it wont look like Im just trying to drive traffic through content rather that simply offer good content?

any thoughts?

thanks in advance
2:18 pm on Aug 8, 2010 (gmt 0)

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so does no one know or is it just a stupid question?
11:52 pm on Aug 8, 2010 (gmt 0)

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If I understand your question, the website should have an overall theme or subject, and each article should pertain to some aspect of that subject. That wouldn't be spam.

But if you mean that each article pertains to a totally different subject, then that probably won't work very well, because each article will be standing alone, and won't get any support from the other articles, since their content won't be relevant.
7:09 am on Aug 13, 2010 (gmt 0)

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There is nothing strange in you trying to use a keyword to drive traffic to your site with articles. Google certainly has nothing against that. That is what you are supposed to be doing at any rate.

Whether you are targeting only one keyword or multiple keywords with each or everyone of your articles, Google will certainly not bat an eyelid over that.

What Google may be concerned with is reproducing the same article a number of times on your site(duplicate content) or plagiarism (more or less an exact copy of another article on another site)

In fact, you will not be doing justice to yourself by writing and publishing articles on your site simply for the sake of just writing articles i.e. not targeting any keywords.
8:07 am on Aug 26, 2010 (gmt 0)

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Hello, I am not sure how this could be considered spam unless of course you are stealing content and not providing value and good experience to the searcher. For instance, webmd ranks for various health related topics and if it was my website I would get more content on health topics and get them ranked, I do not see any issues with that. I had a site with over 5k solid content and each page ranking for something and most of the pages were targeting some sort of keyword.

I don't see point in running a site that talks about random stuff and not on topic/keywords that can help people and bring traffic.
9:00 am on Aug 26, 2010 (gmt 0)

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Gotta ask, is that keyword the only thing that drives the website? If so, don't spend too much time making more than 4-10 pages... anything beyond the initial sniff by G (or Bing) will end up in supplemental. That would be a waste of your time. And the user/visitor as well.

On the other hand, if you have a TOPIC/INTEREST/COMMERCE that visits that target word and can do so with NEW CONTENT then go for it. Trashing the web with piddly Exclusively Keyword Rich pages without a substantial content rich website underneath limits results in the long run.

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