The Challenge

Due to a recent change in our CMS (Content Management System), we noticed that we lost rankings for certain keywords.

While ranking fluctuations are expected during a major site migration, we needed to investigate why some keywords did not return to the ranking that we expected.

Some of the keywords that we expect to rank high for were “Computer repair shop” and its related keywords.

We should rank very high for this keyword because we are one of the few computer repairers that actually have a retail shop, thus we can rank prominently on Google.

We did not notice the drop in rankings for this keyword at the beginning due to the large volume of workload we had. We finally realized it and wanted to find out the cause and a solution.

The Process

A drop in rankings can be difficult to diagnose. Google has 200+ signals and it’s difficult even for an internal employee at Google to find out why.

However, I realized that I had forgotten to include the word “computer repair shop” on many of our pages when we had to re-write and migrate our content to the new CMS.

However, Google has said many times that keyword density is not a big ranking factor as one would think. While many SEO experts think otherwise.

Though, I do remember that John Mueller had also said during Google office hours that you should explicitly mention the keywords that you want to rank for on your page rather than leaving it to Google to guess.

With that in mind, I started optimizing all of our pages to make sure that “computer repair shop” keyword was mentioned clearly for Google to know. Though I don’t have an exact number of how many times we mention it on each page, I made sure that Google knows that the keyword is important to us.

Having done SEO for quite some time, I no longer need to count keyword density. I can write content with keyword density in mind while keeping it sound natural.

The Result

Google may tell you not to worry too much about keyword density. But in my opinion, you should pay good attention to it.

Within 3 weeks (maybe only even 2 weeks), our rankings had jumped from 100th to 1st spot for “computer repair shop” and related keywords. Eventually, we settled on the 1st or 2nd spot.

So, my take here is that keyword density still matters in SEO. While sometimes Google might figure out what keywords you should rank for without your page mentioning it, you should not rely on Google to do so.

computer repair shop ranking jump
  • Keyword density still matters
  • Our ranking jumped from 100th to 1st and 2nd spot
  • Results came quickly after we optimized keyword density on all pages
  • A simple change made a huge difference


Ranking Increase

That was a 900% ranking increase for the targeted keyword.

3 Weeks

Quick Win

Results came quickly and clearly after the optimization.

Be Explicit

Mention The Keywords

Tell Google the keywords that you want to rank for. Don’t let them guess.

“We got results within 4 months. SEO is one of our best investments so far.”

Peter N

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