Webmaster Forum

Go Back   Webmaster Forum > Marketing Forums > Writing For The Web

Writing For The Web Need help with SEO copywriting, marketing copy, or just need ideas for writing creative articles or effective ads? Let's work together to learn more about writing for the web!


Reply
 
LinkBack Thread Tools Display Modes
Share |
  #1 (permalink)  
Old 09-21-2011, 11:37 PM
Banned
 
Join Date: 09-21-11
Posts: 23
iTrader: 0 / 0%
Question What is the decent length of Articles?

Now getting harder and harder using articles to promote our site, just wonder what is the average length of decent articles? Any idea? Please share with me if you know. Thanks
 
Reply With Quote
  #2 (permalink)  
Old 09-22-2011, 12:47 AM
Contributing Member
Latest Blog:
None

 
Join Date: 04-19-11
Posts: 1,118
iTrader: 0 / 0%
In my opinion a 400 to 500 words article is the best because the reader can find something interesting in this and also it will not get bored reading it.
__________________
Interested to fix bad sectors check our pc advisor guide to ThePcAdvisor.Net
 
Reply With Quote
  #3 (permalink)  
Old 09-22-2011, 12:50 AM
Contributing Member
Latest Blog:
None

 
Join Date: 05-30-10
Location: India
Posts: 353
iTrader: 0 / 0%
Yes using 400-500 words is a standard format for all type of article work.
 
Reply With Quote
  #4 (permalink)  
Old 09-22-2011, 12:52 AM
Banned
 
Join Date: 09-21-11
Posts: 23
iTrader: 0 / 0%
what if I had to explain lots of stuff in the article. like the range of 500 won't be enough for me to explain everything? would you recommend me to split the article into 2 parts?
 
Reply With Quote
  #5 (permalink)  
Old 09-22-2011, 03:30 AM
snakeair's Avatar
Super Moderator
Latest Blog:
None

 
Join Date: 12-31-07
Location: Southampton, NJ
Posts: 47,636
iTrader: 3 / 100%
Quote:
Originally Posted by xenon2010 View Post
what if I had to explain lots of stuff in the article. like the range of 500 won't be enough for me to explain everything? would you recommend me to split the article into 2 parts?
I would split the article into 2 parts to keep your visitors thirsty for more articles from you.
 
Reply With Quote
  #6 (permalink)  
Old 09-23-2011, 11:24 AM
PainFreeProfits's Avatar
Contributing Member
 
Join Date: 09-23-11
Location: NC, USA
Posts: 69
iTrader: 0 / 0%
Article length

For longer topics, you have a great opportunity for repeat readership. For my own blog, I tend to write as long as I have to, and then go back afterwards and split the content into three sections. With their own headline and a little editing to make them a bit more self-contained, I now have enough content to release through the week--and not have to do any more work!

I'm sure you'll agree that sitting down and "warming up" on projects is the really hard part of writing, so why have to go through the "start up" phase over and over?

Be careful if you intend to submit your content to ezinearticles, however; they will not accept split articles. I found this out when I tried submitting "Parts 1, 2 and 3" followed by "4, 5 and 6." You'll have to put them back together into one self-contained article to successfully submit it there.

I'm frequently (and highly!) paid to research & write application articles for scientific & testing equipment...and we limit those to about 600 words. If there's more content, we figure out another subject/headline for it and re-purpose the rest of our data that way.
 
Reply With Quote
  #7 (permalink)  
Old 09-24-2011, 01:28 AM
TylerVan's Avatar
Junior Member
 
Join Date: 09-24-11
Location: Europe
Posts: 27
iTrader: 0 / 0%
Quote:
Originally Posted by xenon2010 View Post
Now getting harder and harder using articles to promote our site, just wonder what is the average length of decent articles? Any idea? Please share with me if you know. Thanks
Anything below 200 words will be bad content. So you need to have articles od 300+ to be considered decent in length.
 
Reply With Quote
  #8 (permalink)  
Old 09-24-2011, 06:34 AM
Contributing Member
Latest Blog:
None

 
Join Date: 12-26-10
Posts: 264
iTrader: 0 / 0%
Quote:
Originally Posted by serena85 View Post
In my opinion a 400 to 500 words article is the best because the reader can find something interesting in this and also it will not get bored reading it.
In fact there is no criteria that your article should have minimum 400 words. But many lisiting sites recomends for this word count. However content is more important than the words counting. try to focus on unique content and clear message visibility.
 
Reply With Quote
  #9 (permalink)  
Old 09-28-2011, 08:03 AM
Jim Gillum's Avatar
Moderator
 
Join Date: 11-16-09
Location: Deland, Florida
Posts: 6,975
iTrader: 0 / 0%
Quote:
Originally Posted by TylerVan View Post
Anything below 200 words will be bad content. So you need to have articles od 300+ to be considered decent in length.
Since this is based on opinion.....
Can a good writer say what they have to say in 200 words or less?

How about an article that tells you to check with each article site before posting?.......

Or a study of several article sites and using their average as an average for writing each article?

And is there a difference between posting on an article site and posting on your own site?.......
__________________
Help For New Marketers
www.For-New-Marketers.Info/blog
 
Reply With Quote
  #10 (permalink)  
Old 09-28-2011, 10:08 AM
nicolebeckett's Avatar
v7n Mentor
 
Join Date: 08-31-10
Posts: 194
iTrader: 0 / 0%
There is no "magic" answer to this question. Your articles should be as long as they need to. A "perfect" length for one article may not be so "perfect" for another article. You want your readers to get the information they need, without getting bored. For some topics, you can say everything you need to say in 400 words. For other topics, it may take 700 words to get everything in.

As a general rule, though, I can't imagine that any quality article is going to be less than 300 words or so. After all, how can you go into any kind of depth in something that short?

As for snake's advice:

Quote:
Originally Posted by snakeair View Post
I would split the article into 2 parts to keep your visitors thirsty for more articles from you.
I love you, snake, and I rarely (if ever!) disagree with you. Here, though, I'm going to have to respectfully disagree And here's why:

Your goal with all of your articles should be to get them syndicated. So, let's say that a website syndicates part 1 of your article, but not part 2. The people who read it are never going to get the 2nd part, so they'll be missing out on vital information. Or, if someone publishes part 2 and not part 1, people who read it are going to have missed something right off the bat.

If your article really is too long, instead of dividing it, see what you can take out. Chances are, it's not as focused as it should be.

Or, you might just have one of those topics that you can read about for 1,200 words and not get bored. Don't automatically think that it's too long. If it's compelling and offers great information, people will read it.
__________________
Nicole Beckett and her team of professional journalists can get you out of the content "rat race". If you want SEO content writing that sets you apart, visit us at Premier Content Source!
 
Reply With Quote
  #11 (permalink)  
Old 09-30-2011, 06:59 AM
Contributing Member
Latest Blog:
None

 
Join Date: 07-18-11
Posts: 423
iTrader: 0 / 0%
I would say less is more. The writer should try to give more value to the readers in few words. Anyhow, a good article should be above 500 words.
__________________
[If I replace this sig without promising to quit making dup IDs I'll get banned]
 
Reply With Quote
  #12 (permalink)  
Old 10-01-2011, 05:57 PM
Bingo Ventura's Avatar
Junior Member
 
Join Date: 09-07-11
Location: The Valley of Golf
Posts: 12
iTrader: 0 / 0%
I agree with what nicolebeckett says here...

Quote:
Or, you might just have one of those topics that you can read about for 1,200 words and not get bored. Don't automatically think that it's too long. If it's compelling and offers great information, people will read it.
When it comes to content found on the web, quality rules. If the topic is large, then write it up. Having a lengthy article is okay, as long as it's a QUALITY article. Just make sure you remove the fluff/filler material.

Plus, from an SEO consultant's standpoint, if the article proves to be helpful and informative, people will take the time to read it, and this will help with your site's SEO metrics. For one, your lengthy article may prove to be 'unbounceable' (referring to bounce rates). This means that the visitor will stay longer, and this will help with your website's metrics.

Forget about writing articles according to length. Focus more on what the visitors would like to see. Interesting/helpful/informative content is what people are looking for.
 
Reply With Quote
  #13 (permalink)  
Old 10-02-2011, 10:23 AM
Member
Latest Blog:
Life On Earth

 
Join Date: 04-08-11
Location: India, Manipur
Posts: 39
iTrader: 0 / 0%
I also agree with 300 to 500 word count. It is still possible to include the most important information in this length. But if you have too much to write and do not want to split the article then, use bullets to condense the points. I think it depends on where and for what you are posting the articles.

Best of luck.
 
Reply With Quote
  #14 (permalink)  
Old 10-03-2011, 02:00 PM
HTMLBasicTutor's Avatar
Administrator
 
Join Date: 10-29-07
Location: British Columbia, Canada
Posts: 20,185
iTrader: 5 / 100%
Article Size Matters!

On the EzineArticles blog today:
Quote:
Articles Too Short Or Too Long? Learn How To Write In The 400-700 Word Sweet Spot!

Catchy titles and intriguing summaries are important to hook the readerís interest, but ensuring your article body maintains that interest can seem a bit challenging.

Too Long: If you write a lengthy article of 1,000-5,000 words, you might lose the readerís interest or make them feel like they are on a wild-goose chase for the information they desire.

Too Short: If you write a short article that just barely meets the word count, have you engaged the readerís interest long enough to give yourself the credit you deserve and build enough trust with the reader?
Article Size Matters!
__________________

HTML Basic Tutor - Learn how to code for better SEO
Basic Computer Information - Computer & internet basics for website owners

SEO troubleshooting and review services available. - Pm me.
 
Reply With Quote
  #15 (permalink)  
Old 10-03-2011, 07:49 PM
Junior Member
 
Join Date: 10-03-11
Posts: 2
iTrader: 0 / 0%
I write min 400 words article to max 800 words. Is it okay? I divide them is few paragraphs.
 
Reply With Quote
  #16 (permalink)  
Old 10-18-2011, 09:40 PM
Banned
Latest Blog:
None

 
Join Date: 10-18-11
Posts: 58
iTrader: 0 / 0%
Hi

If it's an article that is about real informations then up to 500-1200 words.
But if it's to be used for SEO 300-500 will be just fine.
 
Reply With Quote
  #17 (permalink)  
Old 10-18-2011, 09:45 PM
HTMLBasicTutor's Avatar
Administrator
 
Join Date: 10-29-07
Location: British Columbia, Canada
Posts: 20,185
iTrader: 5 / 100%
Quote:
Originally Posted by tdot55 View Post
Hi

If it's an article that is about real informations then up to 500-1200 words.
But if it's to be used for SEO 300-500 will be just fine.
How is that working out for you?

I would think if you are going to take the time to write an article it would have real information in it instead of being written just for SEO purposes.

Why would you bother making a distinction?

Aren't you writing to inform/entertain your readers and also have the article found through the search engines?
__________________

HTML Basic Tutor - Learn how to code for better SEO
Basic Computer Information - Computer & internet basics for website owners

SEO troubleshooting and review services available. - Pm me.
 
Reply With Quote
  #18 (permalink)  
Old 10-19-2011, 05:41 AM
eXtendiaIT's Avatar
Contributing Member
 
Join Date: 09-22-11
Location: Armenia
Posts: 75
iTrader: 0 / 0%
I will add from my experience. HTMLBASICTUTOR is correct. For example EzineArticles won't publish any material less than 1,000 words. I had do go back and add paragraphs, more explanations, when I was posting for them. So you need to look at their requierments, make sure to meet them.

Other than that, people have given you different advice to think about.
__________________
eXtendiaIT, IT Service Company
http://extendiait.com

Legacy Systems Services Blog
 
Reply With Quote
  #19 (permalink)  
Old 10-19-2011, 08:35 AM
Contributing Member
 
Join Date: 09-08-11
Posts: 130
iTrader: 0 / 0%
I wrote an article recently for my website that was just over 400 words. I find any more than that and the reader would lose interest. For my personal blog, a few sentences suffice as I feel the reader just wants a quick snippet, with a picture to boot (I write about wine and stuff). AS for Ezine, I believe they require 400 or more, not the 1000 as stated.
__________________
Trollbeads Trollbeads Blog
 
Reply With Quote
  #20 (permalink)  
Old 10-19-2011, 08:57 AM
holidaygermany's Avatar
Contributing Member
Latest Blog:
None

 
Join Date: 10-08-10
Posts: 70
iTrader: 0 / 0%
I would prefer two 300 words articles over one 500 words article
 
Reply With Quote
Go Back   Webmaster Forum > Marketing Forums > Writing For The Web

Reply


Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
 
Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Alt and Title: How much Length? pakistanvoices SEO Forum 5 06-29-2010 04:32 AM
Average Length For You?? stuart Google Forum 12 06-05-2004 05:14 AM


V7N Network
Get exposure! V7N I Love Photography V7N SEO Blog V7N Directory


All times are GMT -7. The time now is 11:13 AM.
Powered by vBulletin
Copyright © 2000-2014 Jelsoft Enterprises Limited.
Copyright © 2003 - 2014 Escalate Media




Search Engine Optimization by vBSEO 3.6.0 RC 2 ©2011, Crawlability, Inc.