I am very new in this field and I wanted to do SEO for my blog .

  1. How many keywords should I select?
  2. After selecting the keywords,should I always focus on those keywords only?I mean whatever the post is I must add those keywords?or should it depend upon the posts?

There is no number of keywords for a blog or a website. It's a number per page as it's the pages that are ranked, not entire sites or blogs. Each page should be about a very specific topic so the number of keywords it targets, intentionally or not, shouldn't be very large. If you find a page covers a large number of keywords that may be a sign it needs to be split up into multiple pages or posts.

I'm not going to give you a specific number of keywords to target per page as not only isn't there a set number, but you should be writing your content for your users and not focusing on how you can fit keywords into the content. If you write your content properly you'll find that approximately a handful of popular/semi-popular keywords will be targeted naturally for you with a bunch of long tail keywords sprinkled in, too.

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  • Even the labels should include keywords? – user2930 Nov 30 '10 at 18:11
  • What do you mean by labels? – John Conde Nov 30 '10 at 18:37
  • The post labels,which helps in finding the post – user2930 Dec 1 '10 at 7:07
  • I think you mean tags. There is no magic number for tags although even a long blog post won't naturally have too many pf them. Just choose tags as they apply and the number will be just right. – John Conde Dec 1 '10 at 12:57

If you're talking about meta keywords, you should try and set keywords for each page differently, according to what info is in the page. Mind that Google doesn't pay attention to meta keywords anymore. Anyway, when going for SEO you should keep this in mind:

  • Select a few keywords that are related to the page's scope and are related to what people will look for. When writing about car insurance, don't waste any effort by adding 'car' or 'insurance' as separate keywords. Use 'car insurance' instead. When writing about Lady GaGa (random example) don't add Gwen Stefani in the keywords "because people who are interested in her surely are interested in GaGa as well". It doesn't work that way:

  • Choose keywords that are present in the page's contents. You can have slight variations (fulfilment vs. fulfillment, blog vs. weblog) but don't use keywords that don't appear in the contents at all

  • Try not to use more than 5 keywords for a page, plus a valid alternate spelling / variant of each. 5 to 10 is usually acceptable, more is spammy. Don't go for misspellings, it's a waste of effort. Maybe scoring high for Britny Spears will get you some of the people that can't spell to your site, but there's always 100x more people that will spell it right. Google will correct your misspellings anyway, so don't bother. Oh, also put your keywords in order of relevance. Apparently some search engines mark earlier keywords as more important, though I have never seen proof of this.

  • In the page's content, try to avoid using each keyword more than one in 20 words. More will look like keywords cramming and search engines don't like that.

So short answer:

  1. five to ten
  2. always base keywords on the page itself, not the entire website
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  • And how do I add the keywords? – user2930 Nov 30 '10 at 18:16
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    put <meta type="keywords" content="keyword 1, keyword 2, etc" /> in the <head> section of your html – Stephan Muller Nov 30 '10 at 18:25
  • Um, you do know meta keywords are not used in rankings algorithms, right? – John Conde Nov 30 '10 at 18:36
  • As I posted, not in Google. There's other search enginges. – Stephan Muller Nov 30 '10 at 18:41
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    You can be sure Bing doesn't use them either. Between Google, which also powers AOL, and Bing (which powers Yahoo) you've got ~95% of the search market covered. I think it's safe to say the meta keyword tag is not used in ranking algorithms and should not be promoted as such. – John Conde Nov 30 '10 at 18:59

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