Is 500 words the best length for articles or blog posts? What about 750 words? Or maybe 2,000 words is perfect.
As a writer or blogger, you need to know the answer to that question. I’m sorry to say you’re not going to like this answer.
It really depends.
Some blog posts are perfect at just 300 words, while others need to be 1,500 words long. It depends on your niche, your subject, your reader and what you have to say.
However, that doesn’t mean you can write 3,000 word long articles and expect people to stay on the page. Here are some considerations to make first.
Only Say What You Need to Say
Cut out the fluff and stick to the answer to the question or solution to the problem. There’s no need to say something in 1,000 words if it can be said in 500 words.
People don’t want to read the extra. It’s as simple as that.
You may write thousands of words at first. Once you’ve done that, reread everything and cut out the words you don’t need. Sometimes you’ll find whole paragraphs can be omitted.
If you go off topic at any point, cut it out. Find you’re bringing up other points? You don’t need it in there.
Can a Video or Image Say It Better?
People like to see images or watch videos rather than read in most cases. It could be worth creating an infographic or a video to use in your blog post or article.
Of course, this depends on your personal tastes and the platform the blog post or article is for. Some sites will not allow videos and images, and will even have a minimum length required. Others will expect all the points to be in written form, and the videos and images are to expand or just add for aesthetic reasons.
When it’s your own blog, images and videos can work perfectly. In this case, the best length for articles and blog posts is usually minimal, and writing should only be used to introduce the other types of content.
Your Topic or Niche
Readers expect the content in some niches to be more detailed than others. This is very much the case for science, medical and some educational topics.
For example, my content for my history pieces on sites like HubPages and Wizzley is always around the 800 word mark at least. In many cases, the content is longer than 1,000 words. It’s always on topic, and goes onto the content into the detail that the readers expect. When it comes to blogging and writing niches, the content is usually no more than 700 words because there’s not really a need for anymore.
Think about the length your readers expect, but make sure you cover everything you need to.
There is no one specific best length for articles or blog posts. It really does depend on a few factors. The most important factor is to say what you need to and keep it at that. Short and simple is often best because of the attention spans of others, but you do need to make sure people are well-informed and take away everything they need to from a post.
Do you believe there is a best length for articles or blog posts? Feel free to share your thoughts in the comments below.
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