Keywords are the words people use to search the Internet for specific content; they are the descriptors that allow your content to be easily indexed. They describe and define the topic of your article. Proper use of keywords ensures that both human readers and search engines know what the content of the article is about.
How to use the Keyword Field:
Found in the "Submit New Article" option of the Write & Edit tab of your account, you will find the keyword field (see below). You are allowed up to 100 characters. If you choose not to fill in your keywords manually, our system will detect frequently used words in your article text and apply them as keywords automatically.
- Please place a comma between each keyword to separate them.
- Ideally, your keywords should be optimized based on the most commonly searched keywords. It helps to use a good keyword research tool to help you determine which keywords are best to use.
- You should have a minimum of 4-5 keywords and a maximum of 25.
- Keywords cannot be completely unrelated to the content of your article.
Keyword use in your Article Title, Body, and Resource Box:
Stuffing keywords in the title or body of an article sounds repetitive and reads awkwardly, therefore special attention should be given to ensure you monitor your keyword repetition. It is important to make sure the article reads naturally.
The following guidelines are applied to keyword use in the article:
- Deliberate Misspellings - Do not misspell some keywords on purpose to pass our submission filters. E.g.: "hemorid" and "hemorrhoid"
- Variations Within a Single Article - Do not use different variations of the same keyword or phrase within a single article. Spacing and hyphen usage should be regularized. E.g. "red-tailed hawk" and "red tailed hawk"
- Excessive Bolding - Do not bold your keywords excessively in the article body, as it makes the content appear spammy. Bolding should be reserved primarily for headings and sub-headings.
- Keyword Stuffing - We recommend using no more than one keyword per 100 words, or a 1% ratio. Do not use a keyword repeatedly in the title, body, or Resource Box of an article. Lists of keywords belong in the keyword field, not in the article body or Resource Box.
- Keyword Phrases Must be Grammatically Correct - All keyword phrases used must be grammatically correct and flow naturally.
- Location Stuffing - Do not "stuff" the body with a location as an adjective for search engine optimization reasons. E.g. "Dentist New York" or "Kansas Doctors."
Authors that use these methods will have their articles rejected.
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