Common Article Writing Roadblocks: 2nd Edition

5 Tips to Safely Steer Clear of Poor Keyword Usage and Keyword Abuse

Increasing the volume of pre-qualified traffic to your blog or website and building credibility can’t be done overnight. And when you’re strapped for time, you want the easiest method to get the job done fast.

Some recommended methods may look easy and claim big results. The reality is many of these quick and easy methods may be sabotaging your efforts.

One such method: Throwing keywords aimlessly at content.

In the second edition of our Common Article Writing Roadblocks video series, discover the top 5 roadblocks associated with poor keyword usage and keyword abuse!

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Quick Recap of the Poor Keyword Usage and Keyword Abuse Roadblocks!

1. Stuffing Keywords
Limit yourself to 2 keywords or keyword phrases for every 100 words.

2. Bolded Keywords
Save bolded keywords for headers or when it’s stylistically correct to emphasize.

3. Excessive Keywords
Ensure your keywords provide informative value and are relevant to your article topic.

4. Misspelled/Grammatically Incorrect Keywords
Write content naturally and proofread your articles thoroughly.

5. Variations of Keywords
Focus on writing for your readers and avoid adding dashes, commas, or spaces to keyword phrases (unless grammatically correct).

Always provide quality, informative content that targets readers, not search engines. Without the proper incorporation (and moderation) of keywords, throwing keywords at articles will damage your credibility and readers will be less inclined to click-through to your blog or website.

Maintain your credibility and increase trust with your readers by incorporating keywords moderately in your next set of quality, original articles!


Tom Tramposh writes:

Really helpful info in this video, and very creative! This addresses many common writing issues in an engaging format. They’re great reminders for all of us of things to steer clear of and maintain quality articles. Keep up the good work!

Comment provided April 11, 2012 at 2:24 PM


T L Kuhn writes:

Thanks for the great tips. It’s easy to fall into some of these bad habits.

Comment provided April 11, 2012 at 4:11 PM


Lee writes:

New to your site and LOVE it. Quick suggestion. In the video version I would have gotten even more value by seeing sentences that include improper use of keywords etc as well as ones that do it correctly. And, there were a few items that had neither. Examples are much more impactful and explanatory if both the “rule” and examples are given.

Looking forward to contributing regularly and VERY much appreciate the fine instructional materials.

Comment provided April 11, 2012 at 4:41 PM


Lee –

Welcome! I’m glad you like what you see! Thanks for the kudos and the suggestion – I’ve passed both on to our video production folks.

– Marc


Thomas Sharky writes:

I totally agree, however using keyword variations does not seem like a big sin to me, as long as rule number one is met. Very informative article, thanks!

Comment provided April 11, 2012 at 6:25 PM


Greg Coates writes:

Thank you for your ever helpful tips and suggestions. They all help to improve my output

Comment provided April 12, 2012 at 7:47 AM


Dan Murry writes:

It is very interesting that we need to subscribe to this tutorials to ensure to learn the rules of the game.

Comment provided April 12, 2012 at 6:41 PM


John writes:

Hi Penny, you have described the road to success in a very nice way. Loved that, and yes thanks for the useful tips.

Comment provided April 13, 2012 at 7:06 AM


Rhadoo writes:

Such a great video! Thanks for all of the tips!

Comment provided April 13, 2012 at 10:09 AM


Randall Magwood writes:

I think if authors started writing for humans instead of search engines with large amounts of keyword usage, they would start to get better results from their article marketing efforts.

Comment provided April 14, 2012 at 12:58 AM


Lance Winslow writes:

Great points. My rule is to write as you normally would, stay on topic, and the key words should play out fine. All this SEO jazz is really ruining the internet, it’s best if folks just stop trying to manipulate the system, as it makes the articles look nonsensical and unreadable.

Comment provided August 22, 2012 at 2:23 PM


Terry Chestnutt writes:

Very helpful Thank you.

Comment provided August 22, 2012 at 2:47 PM


Sasangka writes:

Thank you for such important tips.

Comment provided August 22, 2012 at 8:35 PM


josephsfng writes:

Dear All
I think this is one of the best article I have received so far.
Hope more will be forthcoming.
Bro. Joe

Comment provided August 23, 2012 at 3:53 AM


Tony Parker writes:

Very precise info! The points can not really be called tricks up one’s sleeve because everyone knows a bit about keyword use and abuse but nevertheless the article serves as a great reference to those who wish to create winning copies that are informative to the reader and search engine friendly as well. Great going EzineArticles’ guys! :)

Comment provided August 24, 2012 at 1:36 AM


Lance Winslow writes:

As a reader, I must say I get turned off when I see keyword stuffing, it just makes me mad, because I’ve “clicked in” and wasted my time. It is obvious that the writer was trying to trick me and sucker me in, so I make a mental note and remember never to read another one of their articles again.

That’s what readers think of keyword stuffers.

Comment provided October 26, 2012 at 4:43 PM



Keyword stuffing is definitely a no no. Good tips in this video. I just let the writing flow on its own and don’t worry much about keywords. If people are supposed to find you, they will.

Comment provided November 30, 2013 at 12:28 AM


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