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What Percentage of Topic-Related Words Is Considered Keyword Stuffed?

  1. Kylyssa profile image97
    Kylyssaposted 19 months ago

    HubPages has removed a lot of topic-related words from a few of my hubs in the editing process, replacing them with pronouns or synonyms people don't usually use to discuss those issues. I don't stuff keywords into hubs, I just write in my normal writing voice and use the words people normally use when discussing a particular issues, so it leads me to believe that HubPages has a lower-than-natural and lower-than-industry standard threshold for using topic-related words in a hub. For example, people almost always refer to homeless shelters as homeless shelters, but HubPages prefers they only be referred to as homeless shelters a few times on a page about them.

    Since the acceptable percentage of topic-related words allowed in a hub is lower than that used in normal speech or writing, can we please get the percentage before people submit their hubs with normal levels of topic-related words in them to the "niche" sites, only to have them rejected for keyword stuffing? I don't really see the value in adding to the overworked editors' already big job by making the rules unclear.

    Squidoo made the mistake of believing that if certain rules were made public, we'd somehow (gasp!) follow those rules and get away with something nefarious by doing so. I can't believe HubPages would copy such a ridiculous move, and I assumed they would instead would follow the print industry and successful ezines and list the actual rules.

    1. promisem profile image97
      promisemposted 19 months agoin reply to this

      I have seen past posts by HP showing concerns about revealing their practices and helping their competition.

      I have also read that it's a good idea to limit a keyword or keyphrase to less than 2% of the total. But that's just a guideline. There are no hard rules.

  2. Glenn Stok profile image99
    Glenn Stokposted 19 months ago

    Kylyssa, you posted the same question in another thread and I gave you a detailed answer there...

  3. Will Apse profile image90
    Will Apseposted 19 months ago

    These are their their niche site guidelines (Robin just pointed out this page).:

    I magine you are aware of all those issues but other people might not be.

    As to keyword percentages, I could not find a specific figure.

    These are reasons that hubs are moderated (probably worth bearing in mind):

    https://hubpageshelp.com/standards/Lear … -standards

    Reasons for Hub Moderation

    The Hub Covers a Restricted Content Area
    The Hub Contains a Dubious Offer
    The Hub Contains Unrelated Links or Products
    The Hub is Overly Promotional
    The Hub is Promoted Through Spam or Abuse of Other Sites
    The Hub Links to Prohibited Sites
    The Hub is Substandard or Short
    The Hub is Purely Personal
    The Hub Contains a Watermarked or Pixelated Image
    The Hub is Deceptively Titled or has a Deceptive Capsule
    The Hub is Miscategorized
    The Hub Contains Duplicate Content
    The Hub Has Received a DMCA Notification
    The Hub Contains Adult Content
    The Hub Contains Mature Content
    The Hub Promotes Gambling, Alcohol, Tobacco, or Weapons
    The Hub is Not in English or Was Created by an Article Spinner or Automated Translator
    The Hub Has Legal Issues
    The Hub Contains Personal Attacks or Hate Speech

  4. ProBeatStudio profile image59
    ProBeatStudioposted 19 months ago

    Listen, at the end of the day, the whole idea of "Keyword Density" is a bit of a myth, there is not a particular percentage that is a magic number to the SERPS.

    The key, is to use the word, contextually and relevantly, without an emphasis on artificially placing it into your content.

    Its also relative to the length of the piece as well, for instance if you had written a ten thousand word paper on the topic of Hub Pages, you would expect the phrase to come up naturally quite a substantial amount of times.

    But if it was a cheap and dirty 350 word article, and it came up a good dozen times, whether legitimate or not, it would probably cause some flags to be raised.

    If you simply think "i am writing about this particular topic / phrase" as opposed to "how do i insert this phrase as many times as possible" 9 times out of 10 you will not get yourself into trouble.

    1. Will Apse profile image90
      Will Apseposted 19 months agoin reply to this

      I read the first word of your comment and stopped at that point.

    2. Kylyssa profile image97
      Kylyssaposted 19 months agoin reply to this

      Listen, it comes off as rude when you start a sentence with 'listen' then go on to prove you didn't read the original post.

      In case you haven't noticed, human beings are individuals and they write with individual voices because they are actual people with their own unique skills and personalities. The intent to write naturally will produce all manner of keyword densities across a group of writers and even inside the portfolio of a single writer's work.

      My natural writing style, which has been fine with print and online publishers for decades, sometimes trips the HubPages keyword-stuffing filter. My sincere intent to write naturally with no intent to add superfluous iterations of a word or phrase does not somehow magically produce a density of keywords acceptable to HubPages. Yes, I get that I can reduce the number of keywords by replacing them with synonyms and pronouns, but how many should I replace if I don't know what percentage is acceptable to HP?

      Defining a percentage as an intent is illogical.