I have an old and active website which ranks poorly on Google. When I created it I did not understand what SEO means. I thought SEO means only meta tags.

I just finished rebuilding my web site template to be more SEO friendly. It now gets 100 points at Google Page Insights.

I have also written new content with SEO in mind. I added descriptions, suggestive titles, and h2 subtitles with the keywords that I focus on the post. I've also bolded keywords inside the text. The "SEO" post I just added ranks much better on Google on the keywords I focused on.

I have over 10,000 articles published, but none of them currently have good SEO. I think if I edit all the post and improve their SEO factors, I will rank much better on Google for a lot of keywords. I will get a lot of new visitors.

If I edit all my articles for SEO, will Google re-index my posts and rank them better? If yes, how much time will Google take? Do you recommend that I edit all the posts?

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    Yes. If you do your work properly. Google will periodically refetch your pages based upon freshness, importance, and popularity. If your site has suffered poor performance, it can take a while. Just be patient. It will all work out. BTW- SEO is not about keywords. It is about whole language. I am not suggesting the terms you use are not important, however, if you chase keywords, you are doing it wrong. For the record, bold italics, and the like does nothing for SEO.
    – closetnoc
    Jul 13, 2016 at 22:20
  • I will be home later tonight. I will be leaving soon and out all afternoon/evening.
    – closetnoc
    Jul 14, 2016 at 16:00

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Yes. You should do it. Google will "re-index" your website's pages. Note it could take some time. While you're editing your content, don't forget about:


You should add the keywords in header, meta description, first paragraph, last paragraph, beginning of a sentence, h2 subtitles inside the text.


If you want to focus on a group of keywords, write the each word of the group at a smaller distance each to other.


This is the percentage of times a keyword or phrase appears on a web page (it is compared to the total number of words on the same page). It should be around 3%.

  • Keyword Density is so 2009. It used to be a factor at play, but hasn't been that way for years now. Jul 14, 2016 at 14:39
  • Search engine performance in Google is not about keywords. It is about whole language. Terms that you use are important, however, the advice you are giving here, especially knowing that keyword density is a myth, does nothing or little for performance. It may work in Bing. Cheers!
    – closetnoc
    Jul 14, 2016 at 15:57
  • If these are really quotes, what’s the source? If not, please don’t use the blockquote markup.
    – unor
    Jul 14, 2016 at 16:04

If I edit all my articles for SEO, will Google re-index my posts?

Google is continuously re-crawling your articles already, but when they see changes going on they will often increase crawl frequency to find out if there's anything new to be crawled.

and rank them better?

From the sound of it you're paying attention to some key on-page factors so I'd say yes, there's a good chance your articles will be ranked better after you published the changes. But don't get your hopes up, for competitive keywords it takes a lot more than just some fresh content to jump to a top 3 spot in the search engine result page (SERP). Backlinks still play a huge factor here.

If yes, how much time will Google take?

No one knows, time will tell. It can be a couple of days when you get linked to from a very authoritative website (they pass a lot of link authority). But it could also take a couple of weeks/months.

You can look at the Crawl Stats in Google Search Console to get a feeling for how many of your pages Google crawls on a daily basis. Still, that doesn't say that much. The only thing you can do is make all the adjustments to the content you had in mind (plus submit your XML sitemap in Google Search Console to make sure Google knows about all of your content) and make sure the content gets some fresh backlinks. Search engines will follow the links going to your website, hence speeding up the crawl process.

Do you recommend that I edit all the posts?

I would prioritize them. I hope you've done Keyword Research to figure out what keywords should be incorporated in what pages. If you have, then you also developed a feeling for what you could potentially gain. Prioritize based on potential, and work your way down the list.

As for keyword research and such: it's really important you research carefully what keywords are relevant to your pages. Don't worry about keyword density, that's an old concept. Instead, read up on Latent Semantic Indexing (LSI). LSI keywords are basically keywords which are strongly related. Not just in terms of singular and plural, but also in terms of topical relevance. So for instance when you have an article about someone getting fired, an LSI keyword may be 'severance pay'. Give this simple tool a try to get some quick ideas: http://lsigraph.com/.

It's kind of a broad question but I hope I answered your questions.

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