Over the past (3) months, we’ve had to draw some lines in the sand due to the increased volume of article submissions that included high keyword/keyphrase repetition to full-out blatantly keyword abuse.
We’ve made mistakes by rejecting a few hundred articles that turned up as false positives for keyword abuse when in fact, the author wasn’t trying to hit any keyword density metrics. This went on for a (4) week period in the middle of December 07 through the middle of January 08 until we eased the restrictions to lower the rejection mistakes on our part.
FACT: 2,416 articles were not accepted in the last 30 days due to keyword/keyphrase abuse.
Worse, I can’t tell you specifically what our internal criteria is for when we’ll reject an article for keyword & keyphrase repetition vs. abuse because we need to be deliberately vague to prevent gaming of the system.
Here are some guidelines to help you AVOID having your article rejected for keyword and/or keyphrase abuse:
- Don’t make repetitive key phrases and keywords bold or italics.
- Don’t use software to assist yourself to meet keyword and key phrase density metrics.
- Don’t repeat key phrases more than once per sentence.
An example (changed to protect privacy) of a paragraph from an article we rejected for keyphrase abuse of the word “Massage Table”:
For the members who we rejected their article for keyword and/or keyphrase abuse when in fact you didn’t use any software or weren’t aiming for any keyword density score, I and we apologize.
If you’re one of the good members (the greater majority are good) and want to increase the chance of having your article accepted when you know you naturally write very keyword dense, here are some guidelines to consider:
- Aim to ensure your target keyphrase is not repeated more than once every 100 words.
- Example: Your article is 700 words and your keyphrase is “Yoga Mat” should not be repeated more than (7) times in the entire article body.
- Know that our sensitivity is less about natural keyword repetition and more about blatant keyphrase abuse.
You can expect in the coming weeks that we’re improving our reporting within your membership interface to help you know why specifically an article wasn’t able to be accepted for keyword repetition or abuse.
For now, if all of this sounds like noise to you… then ignore it all because you are most likely in the 99% who have not had an article rejected for keyword abuse. :-)