Personal SEO ~ Website Marketing and Content Writing: Do I Really Have to Write 2000 Words?

Do I Really Have to Write 2000 Words?

You may have heard a few blog posts or articles talking about how many words you really need for a blog post. Well, while you are free to write just about anything online you want and make it however long you want, if you really want it to stand out and stick around, the longer the better.

 

"But who has time to read that much? I certainly don't - don't people get bored and move on?"

Yes. But the longer the post is, the better it's laid out, and the more exhaustive in its information and authority, the more Google will find value in it and rank it well. Then when people come to the page, they can pick and choose what they want to read about and move on. But the next person may choose something else in the article to stop and ponder while the next person may actually read every word.

 

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"So every blog post needs to be at least 2000 words? I don't have that much time!"

No... and yes. Well, let me explain. It depends on what you want to write about and what you want to actually stick. Whether you're on ActiveRain, RealTown, or your own website, you can write 10 times a week if you want about anything and everything but once in a while you have that killer, knock-em-down, solid post that may even have started off as a quick thought and the more you thought about it the more you wrote until, low and behold, you have a good 2000+ words on your hand. Sometimes, the words just flow and you need to say it all! That's great! THAT'S the post you monetize and share over and over again. 2000+ word blog posts

 

It's okay to have a few short posts, especially if they are about events, local news, market reports, etc.. but then there are those posts that you feel should win an award! Wow, you've never written so well and so in-depth in your life! Maybe you've set out to write this epic post or maybe it just happens and you realize it's been 3 hours since you've looked up from your computer screen. You're on fire! Those are the posts that carry the weight.

 

"So what about all the others? Are they useless?"

No. But here is what I would suggest - and again, this is my suggestion because, hey, you have a life, right? You don't want to be spinning your wheels writing useless posts. 

Think before you post. Don't write every day just because you set a goal to write every day. That's a waste of time if you're just writing to write. (I mean, unless you just love it and it's therapy) but if you have better things to do than try and get in the post every day, don't do it. Wait. Wait until you have a killer subject. If you still feel you need to write every day, start writing about that one amazing topic. Then write MORE the next day on the same topic. You can publish or not publish it (I would personally wait until it's the way I want it before publishing it). But take the time, a week or more, to write an amazing post. And before you know it, it's 2000+ words and you're now the expert on whatever topic it was about. 

Now, add in amazing photos, custom photos, personal diagrams, and images. Add in lots of links to related posts, yours and others, and add headings so people can skim the content and find and read what they really want to know about. Take the time to read it again and again, correcting errors, fixing or adding information. THEN - don't let it end there. Maybe in a month or two or six, you have more information to add to it! This is where the real weight of the post gets meaty. You're not just writing an amazing post and letting it float out in the Interwebs. You've made a mental or physical note of that post and got back and add to it to really enhance the information for the reader. 

Then share it and share it again. Ask peers to share it or link to it from their related posts. Treat this post like your prized baby. Share it on social media then next week, share it again with a different tagline. If you are really proud of it, ask newspapers and local companies to share it themselves or link to it. 

 

"So what if I have nothing to write about?"what to write about

I think that if you're stuck the best way to jump-start your blogging is by coming up with lists. If you give yourself a list, it may be easier to come up with that many items, and people love lists anyway! They may not read everything in the article, but they'll read the headers to each point. And to make it long, give yourself a long list like "30 tips all new home buyers should know" "30 relocation tips for an easy move" "15 items you should never take with you when you move" - and even if you regurgitate information that's already out there, adding your own points, spin, and opinion to them, it will make it  your own. Maybe you'll think of another 10 things before you finish the post! GREAT! Add them on. Continue to develop and mold this amazing post into a masterpiece! 

Take the images and put your logo on them, use Canva.com to make the images custom, add to the post, make the post several pages so readers have to click on additional pages - like this - and it's okay to continue to add too great posts to make them even greater! - Read more: Why you should update old posts and pages

 

2000 word posts

"So, why 2000 words?"

Well, it's authority. Google knows just about anyone can throw out a couple hundred words. If you took the time to create a post with at least 2000 words, they assume it's not garbage and they might rank it. If it turns out to be fluff and garbage, they will slowly start to de-value it. But if it's NOT garbage and people actually like it, read it, stay on the site and page longer and comment on it, Google will assume it's good information AND that the information in the post is ACTUALLY what the title and metadata say it's about (no click-bait here). The more you promote it and talk about it and link to it and share it, the more important it will be. 

So, do you want to spend an hour a week throwing out 200 words that are here today and NOWHERE tomorrow, or do you want to take that hour maybe two or three and start to comprise an amazing piece that will continue to evolve and change and develop? (Hint - do #2)

There are also great sites that help you with your own monitoring and auditing - https://personalseo.com/free-site-audit/ is a good one to get an idea of how a page stacks up. And yes, they are looking for 2000+ words. 

Take your time and make it a good one!

 

More Tips for the Weekly Blogger:

What to use instead of "Contact Me"

Google Wants Content but People Get Bored

Online Marketing Tips that Actually Work

How to Optimize for Voice Search

How to Keep People on your Website Longer

 

 

ActiveRain and SEOTammy Emineth is an expert in custom content and original articles for blogs, website, press releases and more. Contact me anytime and feel free to subscribe to this blog to stay up to date on my latest blogs and informative information. Email me or contact me for Real Estate Website Marketing and SEO Content Writing.

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Comment balloon 39 commentsTammy Emineth • October 05 2018 03:47PM

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Wow Tammy Emineth I just love your posts . I checked I saw some of my  market posts have over 5000 words no wonder they take so long . Also said to use Apple icons very interesting stuff here . People wonder why their posts are ranking on Google . You have to work for it or pay --

Posted by Hannah Williams, Expertise NE Philadelphia & Bucks 215-953-8818 (Re/Max Eastern inc.) 12 months ago

I love the post and the photograph of I assume it's your hands with felt pen notes

Posted by Caroline Gerardo, C. G. Barbeau the Loan Lady nmls 324982 (CMG Financial) 12 months ago

Great post Tammy.  I like the idea of revisiting older writeups and adding information.  I tend to publish as soon as I'm done and then going back realizing I need to make some adjustments and add more info, spiff up the look, etc.

I think when you read all the amazing content on AR something will come to mind of which you had a direct experience that you can use as a spark for a blog.    This just happened recently reading Paula Hathaway's blog about Google searches and so I had pent up thinking about SEO and easily relayed my experience with the topic.

Posted by John Henry, Residential Architect, Luxury Custom Home Design (John Henry Masterworks Design International, Inc.) 12 months ago

This reminds me of my favorite: What is your point? & Get to the point! Humans have limited attention spans by nature. Go with that flow for better results

Posted by Richie Alan Naggar, agent & author (people first...then business Ran Right Realty ) 12 months ago

Good afternoon Tammy Emineth,

Wow you really told it like it is in a convincing post..glad to see it featured..so much to learn and so little time to make it all happen the way you should!

Posted by Dorie Dillard CRS GRI ABR, Serving Buyers & Sellers in NW Austin Real Estate (Coldwell Banker United Realtors® ~ 512.750.6899) 12 months ago

When I first started reading this post I was thinking, "No, f-ing way".  But as I continued to read, you suggested interesting ways to write a 2,000 word blog post and gave me some ideas for content.  So now I'm thinking, "Yes, f-ing way".  Thanks for the advice Tammy and best wishes to you.

Posted by Jerry Murphy, CRS, SRES, Anthem, Phoenix, and Scottsdale AZ Real Estate (Long Realty West Valley) 12 months ago

Hi Tammy

Thanks as always for some great tips. I don't think I have ever written a 2000-word post but there are a bunch that are 1500 or so. Bookmarked for further reading. Have wonderful weekend!

Jeff

Posted by Jeff Dowler, CRS, The Southern California Relocation Dude (Solutions Real Estate ) 12 months ago

I donot read long posts.  And people tha follow my outside blog don't like a blog over 100 words or so.  If I go over that it had better be ground braking

Posted by William Feela, Realtor, Whispering Pines Realty 651-674-5999 No. (WHISPERING PINES REALTY) 12 months ago

Thank you for sharing ... although to get to 2 thousand words would be  a hard one for me. I guess I will work on this one and see what happens. 

Posted by 1~Laura Filip, What can we do for you today? (1~Laura Filip Broker , Opening doors for All Seasons of Life ) 12 months ago

Hi Tammy- I did write a 1000 word post once and it was a chore for me. That said, I've also discovered that when I wasn't focused on word count but wrote about a topic that was top of my mind, I ended up with more words than the standard 300 word count.   Well done, Tammy. 

Posted by Kathy Streib, Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224 (Room Service Home Staging) 12 months ago

Tammy, many people have written about this subject and I checked out those who have written 2000 plus word posts. Then I noticed no real changes when I searched them on Mr Google, so I remained a skeptic, but in all fairness your explanation has been the most convincing one to get me off the fence...Endre

Posted by Endre Barath, Jr., Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002 (Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices) 12 months ago

Tammy, thank you for clatifying so may things which I did not know. I always thought that shorter posts are read by more people, but before that they need to be discovered. I liked your point to write sevearl days and really craft the post before posting, and not to worry about length. I read the whole article and bookmarked it.

Posted by Steffy Hristova, Tempe AZ Realtor - Your Home Close to Your Work! (HomeSmart Elite Group Tempe AZ Tel: 480-966-9353) 12 months ago

I can do 2000 in my sleep. Just kidding. I’ve had times I went typing crazy and the words flew off my fingers. Other times it’s real writers block. Great post as always 

Posted by Scott Seaton Jr. Bourbonnais Kankakee IL Home Inspector, The Home Inspector With a Heart! (SLS Home Inspections-Bradley Bourbonnais Kankakee Manteno) 12 months ago

Great post Tammy Emineth I suggest for people who can't sit and write 2000 words, to write 500 words each week to the same post. In 4 weeks, you have 2000+ words. 

Tip: Add a table of contents. Google bots loves articles with TOC because they can crawl the content easily. It is great for those who want to go directly to the part they want to read. 

Posts ( we call them Pillar Posts per Ryan Deiss at Digital Marketer), that are long form and have over 2000 words, actually convert better than short content. 

This change came about because the user experience on short form content went downhill because there is no meat to sink your teeth into. Many people do research and they want the answers to their questions or looking for solutions. That takes longer content. I will bounce right off a page if I click to short content on a deep topic. 

Posted by Katerina Gasset, Get It Done For Me Virtual Services (Get It Done For Me Virtual Services ) 12 months ago

So many opinions! But you can't argue with what Google does, so we'd all better pay attention, even if we don't want to read long posts ourselves.

I think the headlines are important - let people skim down and choose the parts they want to read.

I did chucke at Richie Alan Naggar's comment about "Get to the point." Passing through the living room today I stopped to listen to a Senator who (I thought) was going to say why she was or wasn't going to vote to confirm Kavenaugh. After a while I gave up on thinking she would finally get to the point,  and came back to my desk. A half hour or so later I needed something upstairs. When I glanced at the TV, there she was, STILL not getting to the point! The two women sitting behind her looked like they wanted nothing more than to escape.

Posted by Marte Cliff, Your real estate writer (Marte Cliff Copywriting) 12 months ago

2000 words does seem like a heckuva long time! I think it’s doable fully! I believe all that is possible!

Posted by Laura Cerrano, Certified Feng Shui Expert, Speaker & Researcher (Feng Shui Manhattan Long Island) 12 months ago

Just do you.

Posted by Chad Felter, Providing service through out Hampton Roads 12 months ago

Thank you Tammy for the tips. Y'all keep writing you're 2000 words and I will keep reading them. Have a great day!

Posted by Chris Lima, Local or Global-Allow me to open doors for you. (Atlantic Shores Realty Expertise) 12 months ago

Thank you Tammy!  Great article and excellent tips.  I am going to start updating some of my pages today!

Posted by Lindsay Reagan, Realtor (Bowen Realty ) 12 months ago

Hi Tammy, I have written a few 1000 word posts, but never 2000. So, I am up for the challenge to see if I can motivate myself to keep adding to a post until I have 2000 words. I realize and know it takes time to accomplish that task. 

Posted by Jerry Newman, Texas REALTOR, San Antonio Military Relocation (Brown Realty, 210-789-4216,www.JeremiahNewman.com) 12 months ago

That's actually good news for me.    I tend to be really thorough but don't post all that often.   Curious, how long was this post Tammy Emineth ? 

Posted by M.C. Dwyer, Santa Cruz Mountains Property Specialist (Century 21 Showcase REALTORs) 12 months ago

Well you convinced me Tammy Emineth ...great post filled with lots of information!  Thank you!

Posted by Diana Dahlberg, Real Estate in Kenosha, WI since 1994 262-308-3563 (1 Month Realty) 12 months ago

Tammy Emineth is correct with her blog post. Google is looking at how to rank websites and make them stand out from the competition. Consider just how many hundreds of websites go live daily worldwide. 

In the eyes of Google, your 2,000+ word blog is designed to accomplish 2 things, 1) define your authority, and 2) your relevancy. This is why it is so important to research and strategically add long tail key phrases that set your article apart. Yoast, a free software for WordPress, is perfect for guiding you here. Also, write your metadata with your chosen keywords while you quickly and efficiently describe your article. Finally, write on subjects others haven't written. Very important. Your content must be original and fresh to rank and on a subject that is read. 

The final component to a great blog is build engagement among your readers. Not an easy task. Both Google and Facebook have added this criterion earlier this year to truly separate the crowd.

Posted by David Wright, Real Estate Refined (Benchmark Realty, LLC) 12 months ago

2000 words?  I thought blogs would be more widely read if shorter and to the point-- pp don't have the longer attention spans!  But your reasoning makes sense --whatever Google wants...........

Posted by Mary Hutchison, SRES, ABR, Experienced Agent in Kansas City Metro area (Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate-Kansas City Homes) 12 months ago

My top article contains just under 3500 words (I go back and add to it frequently). It ranks #1 or #2 on Google, depending on which day it is. So, I have to agree length and quality of content is key. The challenge lies in finding the time to enhance and grow the length of our posts. 

Posted by Melissa Spittel, "Achieving Results Together " (Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage) 12 months ago

Many fast readers can read at least 1000 wpm with understandable comprehension. So, if the post is 2000 words it will take 2 minutes to read it. If time and/or reading speed is an issue, it would be helpful if the author would provide a 200 word or less summary so a decision to read the entire piece could be made.     

Posted by James (Jim) Lawson, DBA, Broker Associate, RSPS, BPOR, HI & PE (DomainRealty.com LLC) 12 months ago

This is the first time I've read advice on this topic and actually understood the value in it. Well done Tammy. Your post is a shining of example of what you preach!

Posted by Sharon Tara, New Hampshire Home Stager (Sharon Tara Transformations) 12 months ago

It's kind of funny that lately I've not been writing much other than posting my Wordless posts on Wednesday. My only consistency is actually no words! LOL

Posted by Sharon Tara, New Hampshire Home Stager (Sharon Tara Transformations) 12 months ago

How do Google rank an article with a video in it Tammy Emineth i the video was 1500 words an the article was 500?

Posted by Eva B. Liland with Century 21 Doug Anderson, Glad to be of Service (Century 21 Doug Anderson) 12 months ago

Thank you for the tips!  I will need to ponder a subject that I feel like I could write that many words about!

Posted by Karen Feltman, Relocation Specialist in Cedar Rapids, Iowa (Cedar Rapids/Iowa City, IA KW Legacy Group) 12 months ago

How many books have we read that we can remember, those that you couldn't put down after beginning to read? Not many but the information or story were so compelling, we couldn't stop reading. So, it should work for blog posts too, shouldn't it? 

Long copy or short copy, it doesn't matter if the content is so compelling, it begs the reader to stay tuned for the next chapter. Great post and proves that long copy has more value than most people, especially salespersons think.

Posted by Kimo Jarrett, Pro Lifestyle Solutions (WikiWiki Realty) 11 months ago

Hello Tammy - Who? What? When?  Where?  How?

Do you "make" the time or not?

What is important? 

No particular answers...just thinking. 

 

Posted by Michael Jacobs, Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393 11 months ago

Your killing me! I totally zoned out around the redhead pic. How many words was that?

Thank you for your advice.

Posted by Lyn Sims, Schaumburg IL Real Estate (RE/MAX Suburban) 11 months ago

Thank you for the great post! It reenforces the idea that there is no shortcut to good results. This is just like writing a paper in school. A good one has to be long enough to show that there was some reaearch that went into it and some time spent to present it in a professional format!

Posted by Monique Ting, Your agent under the sun (INET Realty Honolulu, HI) 11 months ago

There is a time and place for a 2000 word post I believe.  If the subject requires that length to get your point across clearly and concisely, then by all means.  If you can speak precisely using half as many words that is more appealing to most.  2000 words can be a lot to keep your audience captive.  

Posted by Kevin Mackessy, Dedicated. Qualified. Local. (Blue Olive Properties, LLC) 11 months ago

2000 words can feel like a lot, but you just have to get through it and then go back into it and see if you can either beef it up or strip it down.

Posted by Laura Cerrano, Certified Feng Shui Expert, Speaker & Researcher (Feng Shui Manhattan Long Island) 11 months ago

Captivating an audience is the sweet spot for a lot haha forms of communication, in my opinion. Full stop on that one.

Kevin Mackessy

Posted by Laura Cerrano, Certified Feng Shui Expert, Speaker & Researcher (Feng Shui Manhattan Long Island) 11 months ago

Tammy, thanks for the tips on how long posts should be ideally. I have been away from Active Rain for a while, so I wasn't sure what the current recommendations were. They have certainly gotten longer.

Posted by Sondra Meyer:, See It. Experience It. Live It. (Star View Real Estate ) 9 months ago

Thanks for this informative post! I was struggling to hit 2000 words and realized instead of breaking a topic into smaller posts to publish throughout week it made more sense to write one long, informative post. But I only do this for high ranking keywords. If I have a topic that I really want to write about and it's not a great keyword, I don't really worry about hitting 2000 words. 

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