Long or Short Posts? A Quick Poll Please!

Lisa raises an interesting question about length and attractiveness. Please have a look and vote.

Lisa Reiter - Sharing the Story

Why might post length matter?

Google recently changed its search algorithms to favour longer blog posts – 2000 words or more.  This and other changes are aimed at improving the quality of our search results. The rational is that this helps us find detailed, meaningful content and less of the flimsy, soundbites.

So now Google is prioritising longer posts, do I want or need to start producing 2000 word posts to help my site’s profile?

There are rationales for long and short post-lengths but the behaviour of the casual reader on sites like mine, might be different from the masses heading to the large information and commercial sites. I’m therefore interested in you and your behaviours.

To avoid influencing anyone, I will save my views to discuss along with results in a follow up post.

Thank you!

Example Posts of varying Lengths

Short (230 words) 3 Reasons To Go Easy On New Year…

View original post 59 more words

About TanGental

My name is Geoff Le Pard. Once I was a lawyer; now I am a writer. I've published four books - Dead Flies and Sherry Trifle, My Father and Other Liars, Salisbury Square and Buster & Moo. In addition I have published two anthologies of short stories, Life, in a Grain of Sand and Life in a Flash. More will appear soon, including a memoir of my mother's last years. I will try and continue to blog regularly at geofflepard.com about whatever takes my fancy. I hope it does yours too. These are my thoughts and no one else is to blame. If you want to nab anything I post, please acknowledge where it came from.
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9 Responses to Long or Short Posts? A Quick Poll Please!

  1. I voted. I get people telling me they like short posts yet they still read my long posts. Word length shouldn’t be the issue. Decent writing, and photos, are what make a post. Plus discussion. It’s a mix. Hey, I get sufficient comments. I write what I write.

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  2. Lisa Reiter says:

    Thanks Geoff!
    (Length and attractiveness.. What are you like!)

    Liked by 2 people

  3. davidprosser says:

    It’s not the length of the blog post that attracts me but the subject matter and the quality of writing.

    Liked by 1 person

  4. Ali Isaac says:

    They think this will improve things? I doubt it. Well just get longer posts of waffle to trawl through, instead. We are always being told that good content is key. Length has no bearing on that. However, it doesn’t necessarily even seem to be true. A post should be exactly as long as it needs to be. We shouldn’t be penalised if it doesn’t reach a certain word count. How ‘Big Brother’ is that???

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  5. Norah says:

    Good one to share, Geoff. I have voted and commented over at Lisa’s place so won’t repeat myself here.

    Liked by 1 person

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