Search Engine Optimization (SEO) is an important, albeit tedious, task for any blogger or website owner. Without a good search engine optimization strategy, it becomes extremely difficult for search engines to index your website or articles, and more importantly, for visitors to find your website or articles. It’s a well-known fact that most visitors who are looking for information click on links on the first page of search engine results. Some may delve deeper into the 2nd, 3rd, and more search engine results pages, although this is a minority.
One of the most important aspects of good search engine optimization is choosing good keywords (words that reflect the content of your article AND that people actually type into search engines). Of course, choosing good keywords is only part of the battle. You also need to consider the level of competition from other websites, their PR ranking, backlink strength, domain age, and the quality of their content.
Another important keyword consideration is keyword density and article length. What is Keyword Density? Keyword density is the metric for how often your specific keywords appear in your article. Placement of these important keywords in your article’s title, meta keywords, tags, meta description, image names, and alt text, along with judicious use of header tags complete the steps required to ensure your articles rank well in search engine results become.
But how do you measure keyword density?
One of my favorite tools for measuring keyword density of online content is a Firefox plugin called SEO Quake. This allows me to check the keyword count of my own articles and posts or competitor’s websites, which in turn allows me to optimize my own articles for better placement in search engine results.
The downside of using SEO Quake is that your content needs to be already posted and live before it can have any impact. A much better approach would be to measure your article’s keyword density from your Windows desktop before publishing it online.
I personally use WindowsLive Writer to publish my articles to my websites, but I generally start by typing everything in Microsoft Word. As powerful as Microsoft Word is, a tool that web publishers and bloggers like you and I lack is one that would enable keyword density metrics and analysis.
Fortunately, there are a few powerful applications designed specifically for the task of measuring keywords in Windows desktop text files. Below are 3 extremely powerful desktop keyword density tools, and best of all, they’re free!
e3KWD Check 3.0 keyword analysis tool
e3KWD Check 3.0 is a lightweight, fast and free program for analyzing keyword density in web and text documents, written for Windows platforms (95/98/2000/NT/ME/XP/Vista).
With this tool, you can run real-time analysis tasks on your local copy while writing or editing. If you have an active Internet connection, online web documents are also retrieved and analyzed using the integrated address bar.
Pazinty’s Keyword Density Tool
Pazinty’s Keyword Density Tool is a particularly small, lightweight and simple application for calculating word density in text files.
The density of text keywords has a crucial impact on search engine optimization (SEO) and placement on search engine results pages.
Pazintys requires no installation and at only 30KB, it can easily fit and run on your USB flash drive.
Duplicate and density checker
Duplication And Density Checker is another desktop analysis tool from 30 Second Smile.
This simple software is a double-edged sword as it can perform two very important content creation tasks.
This software runs on your desktop and allows you to compare two articles for duplicate content and also allows you to quickly see the keyword density of your text files.