I'm wondering what the best word count SEO-wise is for articles and webpage copy? Are articles having 1000 words too long?
I try to have 400-500 words per article, but I don't see why 1000 would be too long; I have articles with 7000 words.
400-500 words is a good article wordcount..
1000+ words content goes excellent if you're giving some valuable and authentic info. It gets you a decent PR as well as ranking in search engines. Many great how-to and info-rich pages rank really well with this wordcount.
I'd prefer reading a 1500-words article over reading a 300-words article that sucks ass. I'd also prefer reading a 300-words article that's written well over a bad written 1500-words article.
As long as the article stays good I don't see why there should be a perfect amount of words for a good text. On average most good articles can tell a lot of information in about 500-600 words so maybe you should aim for that amount of words
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Apart from SEO, there's also cost issues with the long artilces. I just split apart a 1000 word article and turned it into a min-site. IS there a ROI for long content?
But short ones that have words omitted and pack a good punch of information work well too. That is for the reader. But they may be a little short to hit the long tails.
I might be wrong but I don't feel that the word count makes a difference for PR or Seo. I can show you a site that is pr7 with a alexa rank of 486 thats average post might not be no more then 100 - 250 words per post.
Been around for awhile and has a lot of backlinks. I don't know that word count is the important part for SEO.
The really odd part it comes in as #1 at google for a keyword that appears only 2 times on the index page.
bogart (29 October, 2009)
Sami4u (29 October, 2009)
400 to 500 words for an average article.
Otherwise, I would say tailor the article to your audience. If you're authoring a technical article on the Superstring Theory you'll most likely want a very long article. Anyone reading it wouldn't have a problem with something long and intricate. If you're trying to target a younger audience, be short and to the point. Writing an instructional article? You'll want a brief summary with clear steps, but you'll also want to go into detail as much as possible so no one gets confused. See what I'm saying?
Now, for SEO - I don't think an article can ever really be too long, as long as you're maintaining relevancy!
I find using 300-700 word articles work well for blog posts, although occasionally I like to write much longer articles (1500+ words) because lengthy articles which are really informative can get a lot of links.