Your chances of being attacked by a shark aren’t great – about one in 11 million, Jen McCaffrey reassures readers of Readers’ Digest. That said, to avoid being “that one”, McCaffrey advises, “Stay big…or go small”. In other words, if the shark looks aggressive, try to maintain a strong presence; if it appears to be merely “swimming by”, avoid causing a commotion.
When it comes to blog marketing, there is an ongoing debate about the relative benefits of longer vs. shorter articles for blog post content. Blogtyrant.com does a good job, I think, of presenting factors to consider:
Reasons to go small:
- Readers’ attention spans are shorter than in previous years and shorter articles are easier to digest. Copyhackers quotes a Forbes article that says, “Write short, pithy posts. After 750 words – or sometimes after only half that – you risk losing your reader’s attention.”
- It is easier to produce content regularly with shorter posts. “Successful short content is posted consistently, copyhackers remarks.
Reasons to go big:
- Longer posts cover a topic more deeply and may be more valuable to readers. Long form content of over 1,000 words consistently receives more shares and links than shorter form content, a study of more than a million posts revealed.
- Search engines have been favoring longer content. That same study showed that among the most compelling drivers of high rankings was longer content.
As a blog content writer and trainer at Say It For You, I was happy to read the added BlogTyrant comment: “It’s not all about size.” What IS it about, then?
- Uniqueness and usefulness. “Google wants a variety of solutions for readers.”
- Accuracy and citations. Articles with links to authority articles are favored by Google.
Still, the long vs. short remains one of the “holy wars” of blogging for business. As a professional providing blog writing services, to what side of that “holy war” do I lean? Both! It’s definitely important, in each post, to offer enough information to convincingly cover the key theme of that post. Including links to other commentaries on the subject allows the reader the option to “go deeper”. “One message per post” is a mantra I pass on to every newbie blog content writer, with each post having a razor-sharp focus on one story, one idea, or one aspect of the theme.
No need to make one overriding decision when it comes to your blog. Similar to the judgment call required when a shark is approaching you, with each blog post you can choose to stay big or go small!