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Content length vs. number of pages

Discussion in 'Black Hat SEO' started by workplay, Jan 21, 2012.

  1. workplay

    workplay Junior Member

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    What would be better in terms of SEO?

    Let's say you have one 1200 word article.

    Would it be better to make 3 separate posts 400 word each... or just make one post with 1200 words?

    Dividing the article would make my website less thin... but I think big G likes longer content now.
     
  2. workplay

    workplay Junior Member

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  3. fuzzface

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    That is a really good question. I hope someone more knowledgeable would clear this up for both of us.

    Id say stick with the longer article. Makes you look more like an expert. But then again 3 short articles aint so bad either.

    What do yall think?
     
  4. HostStage

    HostStage Jr. VIP Jr. VIP Premium Member UnGagged Attendee

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    This is a good question.

    I would bet on 3 quality articles, especially when you can target long tailed related keywords which would emphasize the main KW and bring more traffic.

    But the real question would be is page lenght a SEO criteria for Google and to be honest it looks like a thing that robots can give importance to.
     
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    I'm finding 600 to 700 range to be the sweet spot. Not to long for readers and long enough for google. It will depend on the niche topic though.
     
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    markhenry121 Elite Member

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    I also think that 600-700 article is good for getting better results.
     
  7. mccullum

    mccullum Power Member

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    I don't know if G likes 1000-word article? But what i know for a fact is that longer the content, greater the chances of a visitor ending a session, if the article is not presented in an appealing way. Visitors could get overwhelmed by the sheer length of the article and end the session. And that surely is a roadmap to panda effects.

    On the other hand, if the 1000-word article copy is written in an appealing and engaging manner, you might be able to get a long-time reader and a subscriber.
     
  8. Mountaineer

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    Articles should not be very lengthy as it has proven to increase the bounce rate. Thats why you must have noticed that many famous blogs break down a long article in many pages.
     
  9. JMW2700

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    I would say the shorter and sweeter the better because ppl tend to scan when reading on the internet and dont wanna sit down and read one huge article
     
  10. rickstar

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    Limit your articles to 500. I find that content and keyword friendliness gets diluted with longer articles. Eventually, the focus is lost a little bit and you might start indirectly targeting unrelated keywords.
     
  11. edgematch

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    2 articles off 600 words or 4 articles of 300 words or even 6 articles of 200 words. IMHO they are ok.

    and I have used nearly all of these variations on my blogs. I can simply say, they all work.