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    Keyword Density and location

    I'm not and SEO guy. It turns out that my motorcycle touring site has been a mess and we had depended on the sites we linked to having high SERPs. They have been downgraded in the last few months and traffic has dwindled.

    In revamping the site, we've used a bullet point symbol (a motorcycle) using "motorcycle icon" as the alt tag. The keyword density tool finds these and calculates the density at around 16% on "motorcycle." Questions: does Google care about alt tags when determining keyword density? I've read that 7 to 8% keyword density is about right but is it based on content only or does Google look at meta and alt tags? Is 16% too high?

    We are building links and we are getting some move up on Google. We are 2 or 3 on both MSN and Ask for "motorcycle tours Colorado" but still off the map on "motorcycle tours"

    I also see that my nav bar items show first when I use the spider sim. Other than moving the nav bar to the right side, which I find unnatural for English readers, what can I do to get my content seen first?
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    First off - I don't set much store by keyword density, if you search through high ranked sites on Google you'll find huge variations.

    If you want to keep navigation on the left but move it "down" below your content for spiders there are 2 easy options:

    1. Use div's and css for positioning.

    2. Use a table with an empty cell & rowspan - like so:
    <td width=200>icon</td>
    <td width=600>title</td>
    <td rowspan=2>Main page body content</td>


    <td colspan=2>title bar</td>
    <td width=200></td>
    <td width=600 rowspan=2>Main page body content</td>
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    Well said ClickyB.

    Good web design is more important in SEO than keyword densities. CSS positioning is the way forward.

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