Saturday, May 23, 2009

How Many Words Should Good Content Have?


Received an email from a reader asking how many words should the ideal piece of content or article be. Really that is an impossible question to answer, but I will tell you what I shoot for. On articles or information pieces I try to stay around 400-600 words and I try to break it up in three or four paragraphs to break it up for the reader. For blog post, they can be as short as 100 words or as long as about 500 words, depends on what I am trying to cover. If you look at this blog's post, I would say the average is probably around 200 words. I like to get my post point across in a short and sweet matter. No need to bore you.

If you have longer pieces, you may see if you can break them up into another content page, but this is not always possible. Just try to make it flow and at least paragraphed as to make it easier to read. The biggest aspect I think is the fact you are adding original content as tons of people can't get to fact it is necessary. You will learn as you go how to break it up and organize it as you go.

Oh, this post was 211 words and 2 paragraphs.

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2 comments:

hokieglenn on May 27, 2009 at 9:27 AM said...

Soggy-
On you pages with affiliate links (something like BANS or PopShops), does it matter if the content text is above or below the product listings? Does it have any SEO affect?

If I add 300 words of content, its a bunch to read/scroll through to get to products.

thanks,
Glenn

soggy on May 27, 2009 at 11:18 AM said...

@Glenn You can always split up the content and have half above the products and half below if you are worried about products showing "above the fold".

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