Want Your Blog Posts Rank in Google’s First Page? Write 2,000-word Posts!

Want Your Blog Posts Rank in Google’s First Page? Write 2,000-word Posts!

Okay – I was bummed. As I am trying really hard to get my blog posts go beyond 1,000 words, I read Neil Patel’s article telling me that Google respects web pages with more than 2,000 words each. It is an interesting post and I would like to share with you my own findings.

You should read Neil’s post yourself – but here’s some lessons learned, spiced with my first-hand experience…

Longer content equals higher search engine rankings!

It’s official: Based on the research done by SerpIQ (shared by Neil Patel) on 20,000 keyword variations, on average, the Top 10 ranked web pages are those with more than 2,000 words in length. The longer your content, the better your ranking.

However, please note, providing authoritative content is mandatory – i.e. your story how you save dogs and puppies and find them good homes is admiring, but without you offering additional “shareable” content, such as “practical tips on how to find the right homes for your dogs” or tips on “how train your dogs so they are becoming ‘balanced’ ones to attract more adopters”, you won’t likely to rank high on search engines.

Google loves long content BECAUSE your readers love yours

It seems that Google strongly consider long content – especially those over 2,000 words in length. So, it would be easy to rank high, right? Just write a 2,000-word article and there you go – you will get ranked higher! Yay!

Um, I’m sorry I have to burst your bubble, but Google is not stupid. Google algo considers many factors, with heavy emphasis on content quality. How it detects quality? One signal is social shares.

2,000-word article with full of cr@p won’t get yours rank high; search engine bots might not be that smart, but you can’t trick your readers. If your content is useful, you’ll get buzzed; if yours suck, you’ll get nothing but bad rep.

If you write outstanding and authoritative 2,000-word content, your readers will likely to share yours on their social networks, as well as linking to your content from their own blogs. Those are the reasons why Google ranks a longer page higher than shorter ones.

You need to boost your social media efforts, too!

I hate to relate social media efforts as a way to get your website ranked higher, but to be blunt, your social media effort counts; your personal and business social pages ARE impacting the way your web pages ranked in search engines.

Having a 2,000-word web page is not guaranteed to get your page ranked higher on Google. IN ADDITION to that, you need to have an active social media accounts with plenty of followers who will “evangelize” your cool web pages. Without them, you lack the leverage needed to get your content to be exposed to as many eyeballs as possible.

I remember writing a pillar article on one of my blogs – it’s 3000-word long, and although I understand it drives away some readers, I think it would be great on social media – and eventually, will help the blog post ranks high.

I failed. The article is pretty good, but it lacks sharers and buzzers. I was dumbfounded; but now I know – the blog has very little followers on Facebook and Twitter. The blog branding is weak; the traffic is also weak. The page is nowhere to be found in 2-3 search engine result pages for the targeted keyword.

So, again, a long, interesting content is good for your site, but if you are not able to bring it to many people to read and share, you will lose a chance to get the social media quantifiable sharing values – e.g. the number of Likes, +1′s, tweets.. – as well as “link-magnet” values – e.g. people linking from their sites to yours because yours is too cool to be missed.

Takeaway

So, there you go – 3 lessons I learn from Neil Patel on how to get ranked high on Google by writing long posts. I hope you can benefit from my recap, and be sure to read Neil’s post as it’s a darn good one.

(Well this post is 700-ish words in length – so maybe it won’t get ranked on Top 10 :D … but I take Neil’s advice not to blabber with my post, so there you go… I hope this is useful enough for you to share to everybody :) )

Do you agree with the 2,000-word content rule? Please share your own observation with regard to post length’s impact on Google ranking.

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6 Comments

  1. Yipes! A 2,000 word article versus an under 1,000 word one… Not a pretty picture to think about, especially if writing is not your strong forte’! I am not fond of writing blog posts. I am capable, but in order to write something like that, it would take me literally all day to do the proper research and write it. Hmmm, I wonder though, would not a good 600 – 800 word article still be better than a poor 2,000 word article? And also the fact comes to mind that most people these days are skim readers and lose interest if an article is too long, myself included! To me, this topic will continue to be controversial! Thanks for sharing :)

  2. Ruth,
    :D I know… 2,000 is a tall order for most of us. But you are right – it’s definitely wrong focusing on article length; if you follow the link to the QuickSprout post, you’ll learn that in order to get 2,000-word-post strategy to work, you need to have several things in place, such as quality/authoritative post and loyal social media followers.

    With regard to the skim readers, I was also a firm believer that blog posts should be not too long and engaging – I was wrong. The same link I mentioned above shows you that there’s an anomaly in readership: While 2,000 word posts are too long for many, they are actually getting the most shares according to the research.

    It’s controversial, indeed – but I am willing to give it a try :)

  3. You said it! Without loyal readers, a 2000+ word post is just another wall of text. But here goes another question: if social media shares are so important, isn’t it easier to generate short comprehensive content and concentrate on delivering it to the right people on social media channels?

  4. Just a theory, but think you can get the same effect with your keywords in the H1,H2, and H3 tags and lots of synonyms. But I’m willing to write a few 2,000-word articles to test this out!

  5. Dan C,

    Yes – it’s a bit of confusion on the Internet today. While social media loves short but interesting stories, if you want to rank on Google, you need longer content, it seems.

    In the end, you probably have to choose between getting social media traffic and Google traffic, really…

  6. AstroGremlin,

    I’ve tested it and so far so good – my longer, more meaningful articles got ranked better on Google. Furthermore, I got more social media shares from them.

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