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    Need some help. Does Keyword Density count for single words and sitemaps?


    Hi,

    I have a site that has roughly 2,000 pages and each focuses on one keyword phrase. Now the whole keyword phrase itself has a pretty good keyword density of around 3%. But I noticed that when I check for the density of individual keywords, the words themselves that make up my keyword phrases each have a very high density ranging from 12% - 19%. Much higher than my target phrase. It's like this for almost all of my pages.

    I also noticed that some of my sitemaps also have a pretty high density. Around 35%.

    Like the question stated in the title, do the keyword densities of single words and sitemaps matter?

    I don't exactly want to get banned...
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    Originally Posted by zeodicap
    Hi,

    I have a site that has roughly 2,000 pages and each focuses on one keyword phrase. Now the whole keyword phrase itself has a pretty good keyword density of around 3%. But I noticed that when I check for the density of individual keywords, the words themselves that make up my keyword phrases each have a very high density ranging from 12% - 19%. Much higher than my target phrase. It's like this for almost all of my pages.

    I also noticed that some of my sitemaps also have a pretty high density. Around 35%.

    Like the question stated in the title, do the keyword densities of single words and sitemaps matter?

    I don't exactly want to get banned...
    Never have a problem.

    Keyword density is alot like running a marathon. You can sprint out of the gate and crawl to the finish, or pace yourself to the finish... but the distance never changes...

    in other words - as long as you are not taking shortcuts [sneeky tricks] you'll be fine.
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    Ok errrr....

    So let's say I'm not doing any sneaky tricks. And I'm not.


    There wouldn't be any problems with me ranking for that 3% keyword phrase, even though my page has like 19% keyword density for each of the individual words that make up that phrase right? And it won't result in a penalty of any kind?


    Sorry for asking again but I want to be assured about this. It seems like alot of people like to reinforce the "too high keyword density" scare.


    Edit: btw, if anybody else wants to chime in feel free to.
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    Originally Posted by zeodicap
    There wouldn't be any problems with me ranking for that 3% keyword phrase, even though my page has like 19% keyword density for each of the individual words that make up that phrase right? And it won't result in a penalty of any kind?


    Sorry for asking again but I want to be assured about this. It seems like alot of people like to reinforce the "too high keyword density" scare.
    Fathom's right (as usual) it shouldn't be a problem... I see a lot of talk about KW densities and their effect on serps but - in fact - if you check google serps results & run KW density checks on top ranking sites you'll see densities from 0 to 26% with no apparent detrimental effect.
    More important is how the KW's are positioned within the page rather than the %'age... eg: Stuffed into loads of KW rich phrases at the foot of the page is likely to get a penalty - whatever the density, whereas scattered throughout the content is unlikely to get a penalty - whatever the density!
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    Alright thanks Fathom and ClickB!

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