Finally finished tweaking my second hub. Please let me know what you think. Thanks.
http://butchtool.hubpages.com/hub/Why-C … rate-Gifts
I'm no expert, but my first impression is that you have used the word "corporate" too much.
LOL. I don't actually disagree with you from a style and flow standpoint. However, I am trying to experiment with SEO, and I decided to use two hubs to test three keywords each instead of writing six separate hubs to save a bit of time in gathering data. Once I'm done with my experimental phase, I'll only focus on 1-2 main keywords in each hub. This particular hub had all three keywords using the term corporate. I probably should have switched the term corporate gifts in this hub and business gifts from the other hub to break it up more, but I didn't think about it earlier. Thank you for taking the time to review my hub.
I can see that your use of the word "corporate" is overkill as far as SEO goes. Google hates this - it's called "keyword stuffing". The new Google is "no sales hubs".
I've been giving thought to this in my own hubs. If our scores are below 85 then google is not indexing them anyway. To me that means that keywords are "no follow". So it all just seems useless.
Not being critical of you or your hubs -just commenting.
That's incorrect. When your hubber score is less that 85 links within your hubs become nofollow. This means that they do not pass pagerank to any other page you link to. Google still indexes the hubs as normal.
Based on what I've been hearing here, I am definitely considering how to write keyword-wise in the future.
I have read so much mixed information about exactly whether keyword density matters at all and how much is too much. I see some sites saying you have to have at least 2-4% density with the keywords used within the first sentence as well as the title, URL, and header, while others say that 1% is fine with 2% actually getting into bad territory and that as long as the keywords show up within the title and the first 100 words you are fine.
Some say you have to use your exact keywords at that density plus semantic variations and long-tail keywords at that density, while others say that you should just have the main keyword a couple times with a few variations thrown in. It seems like everyone has a different approach, but everyone thinks their way works best.
I am honestly, overall, starting to really wonder about the long-tail keyword method that seems to be so popular. I mean, it seems that lately when I do a search, the results that show up tend to have different wording anyhow (which I hate and often results in me having to use quotes to get the information I actually want).
If that is true when I'm doing my searches, then why if I use "red hot toaster ovens" as a long-tail would it even rank or come up when a person searches "red hot toaster ovens" (but without quotes in the search) seeing as how Google would let other (possibly more popular) variations compete for the ranking? Is long-tail basically dead because of this or does it still work?
If you don't pass QAP and become Featured, Google will not be allowed to see your content, so being experimental with SEO in the way you have chosen could be what prevents your content from getting approved and being published to a live web audience.
Good point. Do you think people are rating based partially on the feeling that there are too many keywords up-front? I am definitely going to proceed with not trying to target so many keywords at a time, since I believe you are right that it will likely cause my experiments to not work out overall.
You could probably shorten the title a little bit. Something like, "Why Corporate Gift Baskets Make the Best Corporate Gifts for Any Event".
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