Juicing Your Keyword Usage
I've honestly heard it all when it comes to keyword optimization from only include your keyword 3-4 times per post to pack your content with your keyword. I will say this, I know that the latter suggestion is definitely not the best approach because Google will see this as "keyword stuffing" and rank your content poorly.
I want to show you a little something then I want tell you my feelings about things and why I feel this way.
First of all, I've have 2 reviews; one on Muscle Pharm BCAA 312 and the other on Muscle Pharm Arnold Series Iron Whey.
Now, for the BCAA 312 review, the keyword that I was actually targeting was "Muscle Pharm BCAA 312 review"(quotations not included in original keyword) but upon checking the ranking of my content, I found it to be ranked initially at position 15 for keyword "BCAA 312".
Here's the rank checker I use and it's extremely accurate:
Here, I'll show you the stats for both of these keywords in Jaaxy.
As you can see, the average amount of searches per month as well as the traffic that I would receive from both of these keywords are exactly the same. Where you see the big difference is the QSR, which is the volume of competition I'll be facing and the SEO power, which has been cut in half from the 1st keyword to the 2nd.
With that being said I'll give you the link to this article so that you may read it and count how many times I used each of these keywords:
Here's my rankings for these 2 variations shown above. **I must say I'm super excited because while writing this blog, I checked my ranking for one of these and I'm now ranked #20 when previously I was ranked in the high 30's/low 40's.
Here's the Jaaxy search results for the keyword I'm using for the other article that I mentioned earlier. I'll provide 3 variations of it but the one I focused on was "arnold series iron whey review".
As you can see all 3 of the search results are much different for these 3 variations.
With that behind us, I'll once again give you the link to the article:
Here's my rankings for these 3 variations shown above. **Do keep in mind that the BCAA 312 article is much older and has several comments on it and this Arnold Series Iron Whey was just published 2 days ago with no comments.
**IMPORTANT** Here's what I'd like the WA community to do for me. I would like you to click the links I've provided for my articles and take the time to read them. Taking the time to read them is very important for the sake of making sure that I've written my articles naturally and that none of my keywords stick out like a sore thumb. Also, after reading them, take note of how many times I used each keyword and then come back and leave some feedback on how you go about keyword optimization. I would also like you guys to place a link to one of your articles in the comments section, along with your keyword of choice for everyone to see how you go about writing your articles.
With all the information I've provided you with and based upon my knowledge, experience, common sense, tangible results and paying attention to detail here's my personal opinion:
- First and most importantly, when writing your content, make sure you are writing natural. Writing naturally provides a flow to your content and ensures that Google and the other major search engines see your content as valuable. Besides no one wants to read something that overly possesses the focused keyword.
- Secondly and quite simply, AVOID keyword stuffing!
- Lastly, do focus on getting your keyword into your content in a natural way. About 10 times should get the job done. If you read my BCAA 312 article, then the proof is in the pudding and it's obvious it works. Now, if your SEO Power is much higher, for example, in the 90's, then you may not need as many.
I hope this has been an eye-opener for everyone, thanks for reading.