It is said (according to this blog post), that a blog post covering any topic should be at least 300 words to cover the topic decently. For best results, stick to writing about 1000 words to give your blog the best rich SEO friendly content (which search engines love). Longer blog posts have to contain very actionable information that will help their readers solve their problems in the real world.
That’s some good advice right there, I have to say. But I disagree that a post needs to be at least 300 words. There is no rule on anything, saying that a blog post needs to be 300 words. That is just the best recommendation a professional writer has given us for best results in getting ranked in the Google search results.
Anyways, what do I actually recommend?. Well, if…
- Your site is meant for making money, and providing a resource to people out there on the web looking for similar answers, I’d say you should definitely write a 300 word article, or even up to 1000 words for best results.
- If your site is just for school, well, it’s probably going to be required to write an article that’s at least 800 to 1000 words, in your own words too, not scraped from another website off the internet.
- If your website is mainly for personal use, then I would definitely say that if your not looking to make money, go ahead and just write a 100 word article and be done with it.
I have to make a point across to everyone reading this that there is a difference between blogs that are trying to make money and blogs that are just for personal use. I don’t think I need to repeat myself on that one, just scroll above, but basically, yeah, you don’t need to write a super long post depending on things.
Here is a little graph I found on Google Images, all thanks to Buffer, and they have some interesting results to show of content that gets at least 2000 words, ranks around #1 or #2 in the search results. with articles with less than 1000 words ranking in at much lower numbers. I think that is what the graph means but if I am wrong please correct me in the comments down below.
Anyways, with persistence with high=word-articles, going around 1000 words or more, you could definitely rank higher in the search results if you put the work into it.
Some other interesting pointers to include in this article is…
- “The ideal width of a paragraph is 40-55 characters”
- “Content width is key to maximizing reader comprehension”. -Blogtyrant
- “CoSchedule found posts with around 2500 words typicall rank the best on search engines”. -Blogtyrant
- “The average blog post length: Longer is usually better, but not always”, -Clariant Creative (this is probably the best advice I’ve read so far).
Those are just a few quotes I could find from other blogs, but the truth really is… and the reason your probably here is… these reasons here:
- We want more readers.
- We want more comments.
- We would love more links.
- More traffic would be awesome wouldn’t it?.
And as you can see, from reading this article you probably have a good idea of how a post should be structured, and written in paragraphs. And not just information, interesting information!. But anyways, the whole topic was based on “how many words should a blog post be” and I’m getting a little off topic here. Anyways, some more posts on the internet also explained that there is a “middle ground” for blog posts lengths. I will explain what the other bloggers explained to me here.
- 75 to 300 words length blog posts: Those super short posts are basically best for generating just a discussion. They also rarely get many shares on social media, and they’re basically horrible for SEO, though, if you want alot of comments, write short posts!, so people ask questions right?.
- 300-600 words length blog posts: The standard blogging length, which is recommended by many “expert” bloggers out there. This is the good “middle ground” for social shares, and comments. Too short to gain much authority or search engine, love.
- 750 words length blog posts: This is probably the standard length for professional journalism, especially newspapers. I also find that it’s a pretty good amount for getting links from other bloggers and shares on social media.
- 1000-1500 words length blog posts: You may get a bit less comments at this length though a lot more shares on social media, especially if you’ve followed the advice above and have written a post that actually solves someone’s problem. With that being said, I myself have written posts this long and have gotten a few hundred comments before on other blogs, so it really depends on the topic of your audience.
- 2000-2500 words length blog posts: The best ranking articles on Google are usually 2000-2500 words or more. If you’d like to rank well on search engines and get thousands of new readers per month, this is probably the best length to go with. Though, also make sure you write about a topic that people are actually searching for as well. It would be a huge shame to write a book length blog post on a topic that no one actually searches for at all.
Anyways, this blog post so far is 1000 words, and it’s really late at night. So, I am calling it a night. Thanks for reading this and I hope you subscribe to my blog!. Cheers and thanks for stopping by to read my blog post.