1. Hi, Can I shorten "Scientific Names" of Living Things to "S.N.?" I would like to make an article about showcasing 10 animals and I would like to put the scientific names for each species. If will do it, the keyword "scientific name" would be repeated 10 times in the article. In our rules, we should avoid repeating words because the article will not appear on Google or will rank lower. If not, what terms can I substitute for it?
2. What is the maximum number that we can repeat a word in an article? Thank you.
3. Do a keyword that uses just one time in the body of the article, but also use in the summary, the bio, the link, and the title counted as used five times or just one?
4. What if I just used a keyword one time, but HubPages suggested an article below with the title with the same keyword that I used and readers commented with the same keyword, are they counted used "three times"?
For example, the title of my article is " Benefits of Owning Dogs", and below, the HP suggested 3 articles to read about dogs: "Proper Caring of Dogs", "Foods that Should not Feed to Your dogs" and "Why Dogs Wag Their Tail When You Come Back at Home?" and readers commented "I want to own dogs", "I love my dogs", and "I feel safe at my dogs", are they counted used seven times or still one? Because every time I use "Find in Page" of Google to see how many times I have used a keyword, it also highlights what's in the comments and the suggestions. I also tried to search on google, it gives me the articles which the keyword is neither on the title, capsule nor body but is on the email address or their contact details.
I write on gardening and always reference the latin name ("scientific name") of the plants. I do it by writing the common name followed by the latin name in italics in parnthises:
Japanese anemones (Anemone hupehensis)
There is no need to mention "scientific name". It is understood.
As OldRoses says, there is no need to mention the word.
About keyword stuffing, 10 times in an article is not a lot provided there is other content to reduce the density of this particular phrase. Do not think about keyword numbers in the content as long as you write naturally and are not deliberately trying to put them in.
I have read an article about keyword stuffing. It says that the best to do about keywording is never to repeat a keyword, just use it once. 3 is the maximum number that we can repeat it.
Are you sure that the article said 3 instead of 3%? I've seen articles saying that 3% of the total number of words is a good goal to aim for with respect to a keyword, but 3 mentions of the word sounds impossible to me. If I was writing a 2,000 word article about tigers, for example, it's highly unlikely that I would be able to use the word "tiger" only three times.
Different websites say different keyword ratios, in Forbes it says 5%. Using a keyword just 3 times is indeed impossible. But, for me, 3% or 5% is too many; 1000 X 0.03 = 30; 1000 x 0.05 = 50. If it's 2000, the tiger could be repeated 60 or 100 times. Thank you. :-)
Yes, but you're not going to be targeting a single word in most cases. Having two words in your key phrase already halves the frequency that would give you 3%, requiring 15 uses instead of 30. If the key phrase contains three words, 3% is then 10 uses.
It's a moot point though. Whatever the editors use to analyze articles here will flag at a lower density than 3% in most cases so you can't do it anyway. Plenty of sites rank first position for very high traffic keywords despite having ridiculously high densities and that's because the density itself is not a major factor to ranking anyway.
The algorithm understands context. It doesn't just parse text and decide that because you use a certain word or phrase a certain number of times, that your article is about that and should rank for that. That's why using 'scientific name' multiple times in an article about animals doesn't help that article rank for 'scientific name' or why an article about apples won't rank for the technology company if the context of the article is about fruit.
Returning to your original post though:
1. As others have said, not listing it is better for the user experience. That doesn't mean that if you did list it 10 times that it would have any effect on your article, positive or negative, because contextually your article isn't about scientific names as a concept.
2.It's contextual. Medical sites often have a stupidly high density and they don't get penalized for this because it reads naturally. The maximum number of times you can use a phrase online is really just until the point where the content ceases to read naturally or appears to have been written to game the algorithm.
HubPages limits seem to be around 2% or so though, and they also don't like keyword use within subtitles unless absolutely necessary, despite this being common practice all over the internet. Those are your limits if writing on this platform, but they're not the limits for online writing in general.
3. No. The URL and meta description are not part of the content of the page. If you used the keyword multiple times within a description, the description would contain stuffing, but the description doesn't flag potential stuffing within the article content.
4. Your keyword in this situation is Benefits of Owning Dogs, not dogs. Those other related article titles aren't repeating your keyword. To rank for dog, your article would have to contextually be a generalized page about all aspects of dogs before the algorithm would even consider it relevant to that search term.
Likewise, the algorithm can determine relationships between sections of content. It's complex enough to know what the main content of your page is, and what a list of related content is. HTML also commonly contains semantic tags like <article> and <aside> that help with this further. The algorithm only starts ranking searches using things like emails and other obscure references to the search term when there's very little content that fits the term.
It's not that it uses comments and related sections for ranking or that these factor into your page's ranking. These come into play only when there is absolutely nothing else remotely relevant to the search term. Google never wants to return nothing to its users and this is a last ditch effort to return something of value for a very obscure search term.
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