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Do you need 500 words on a page for it to rank well?

Discussion in 'Black Hat SEO Tools' started by 1337WuLF, Aug 25, 2011.

  1. 1337WuLF

    1337WuLF Senior Member Premium Member

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    Do you need 500 words on a page for it to rank well?

    I've got around 300 words on my homepage, as well as a pricing table and some other things. I honestly can't think of anything else to write that would actually be helpful to my users in anyway.

    Does it really matter that much?
    I'm seeing sites for my keyword ranking 1st page with no content at all..
     
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    Em][n3m Power Member

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    you need between 300-500 words :D
     
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    themidiman Power Member

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    I have found it depends on the niche. I have ranked a few client sites for pages that have only about 150 words or so. For homepages though, just make sure your site wide linking structure is good, and I think you should be fine.
     
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    kristjan84 Newbie

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    yea, i usually have 400-600 words on a single page
     
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    platinvm Senior Member

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    After the panda update I have noticed Google puts more weight towards pages with a longer word count, I now try to stay over 700 words if I can. Buts its not impossible to rank a page with a low word count.
     
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    teeniegenie Supreme Member

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    If you're striving for 500 words who said that the last 200 have to be helpful?? :D

     
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    Autumn Elite Member

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    The more text the better, 300 is a bit on the thin side for a home page IMHO. You could stuff some text into hidden divs or something if you want to keep the page looking clean.
     
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    How much content do the competitors ahead of you have?
     
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    googlemonster Supreme Member

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    Someone do A/B test
     
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    1337WuLF Senior Member Premium Member

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    Some no content at all others lots (Poor quality) and some around 500 words which is average quality.

    Can you get away with hiding text? Wouldn't you get some kind of penalty?

    Is this some kind of joke?
     
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    xbox360gurl70s Elite Member

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    700-750 words remained stable and even increased in rankings. we updated our banklinking service for it too
     
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    todor Regular Member

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    Exactly :D
    Keep in mind that in the end of the day, adding some more bla bla with keywords in it, won't hurt you ranking, even opposite G will love you more... so do it! ;)
     
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    frappertank Junior Member

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    The amount of text doesn't matter all that much. What really counts is the quality and the quantity of the links pointing to the page, and if the target keyword you want to rank for appears in the title tag and in the URL.
     
  14. todor

    todor Regular Member

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    The amount of text matters to the extend that larger text tends to attract many more low competitive long tail keywords. The same way a blog with 20/30 articles gets more visitors than a blog with 2 articles (which is the case with micro niche sites).