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Post-Panda thin content word count minimum

Discussion in 'White Hat SEO' started by Netvertiser, Dec 4, 2013.

  1. Netvertiser

    Netvertiser Registered Member

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    I read in some SEO article of some SEO professional that 200-300 words of content should be used on the page from Panda on for the page not to be marked as thin content. Is that a good estimate or should we use more?

    But then on the other hand I guess this depends on the competition. Thing is I am looking at a site that has 220k indexed pages with very little text on them because it's a design/art site. Panda hasn't touched it at all. It has content and all, but wouldn't that count as thin content?
     
  2. verilix

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    I have sites with like 3 lines of text ranking higher than sites with 1,000+ words of content.
     
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  3. Netvertiser

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    So basically this "thin content" is just content that you got from a feed that "brings no new value to the visitor"? If you have your own content (in this case images) and "3 lines of text" then you should be fine?

    I am looking to buy this website which has very little text, but ranks fine and my first thought was OMG we need to add a ton of text here. Competition doesn't have any either. So I thought we should take advantage of that. But am now wondering will that even make a difference.
     
  4. Asif WILSON Khan

    Asif WILSON Khan Executive VIP Premium Member

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    If you are buying it and it is ranking fine then I wouldn't make any drastic changes and continue in a similar style to the previous owner.
     
  5. Netvertiser

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    But... wouldn't you be sooooo tempted to add text to it to beat the competition? This site has good ranks but not excellent. I have a hard time thinking I shouldn't hire copywriters and get better ranks.

    I guess I should just do it page by page and monitor ranks and see if it makes a difference.
     
  6. lizmoz

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    While there might be a formula that works for a moment, you'll get axed.

    Seriously, unless you have the resources to churn and burn, just concentrate in making legit content without worrying how long the articles are. If you have a site with low bounce rate and where people spend more time than 2 seconds, you'll be rewarded by Google.

    Or not, who knows what will they be after next... "yes we decided to penalize sites that <insert any fucking stupid thing here>" Go Google, go. :D
     
  7. Asif WILSON Khan

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    I would go very slowly.

    Art/Design sites target creative people who respond to visual stimuli, too much text would turn them off.
     
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    I rank sites with no content on pages.....or none that visitors can see anyway ;)
     
  9. Netvertiser

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    You have a point. Visuals first, text next.

    I always had good results where text was involved, so no text is like having eggs with no bread for breakfast.