We know the system loves comments but does it include these in word count criteria moving forward given that it seems bigger articles are hitting the front page more often as an average?

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ParthaB Premium
Hi Phil,

Not looking to steal anyone's thunder, as the question has already been superbly answered by others.

But, this is along the same lines of an "experiment" that I am currently trying out - internal links, comments, and increasing word count.

Comments and our replies form part of social engagement on your website, plus the search engines view each separate page of your website (each individual url) in their entirety - so yes comments and your replies form part of your overall word count.

Additionally, side bar menus, top menus, etc. will also add to the number of internal links on that page.

So, my little experiment is based on an old Nathaniel blog post (which I'll dig out if you wish) - I have a couple of product reviews languishing on page 3 or so of Google, and initially I thought I'd concentrate on one of them.

So, I used the ad inserter plugin to write a short paragraph, add it to the end of all related articles, and link back to one of these product reviews. The review now has an additional 124 relevant internal links pointing at it, which took about 10 minutes to do with the WP plugin.

I've then used our system here at WA to get fresh comments added, and have received a total of 23 comments.

I've ensured that my replies are detailed, but again relevant without trying to add filler or simply to increase word count.

So, a total of 46 comments are on there now.

The review was just shy of 2,500 words anyway and with the additional comments I'm guessing that actual web page now has approximately 10,000 words and around 200 internal links pointing at it.

I resubmitted it for indexing via Google Search Console last night... and now, as they say, WE WAIT.

I guess I'll try and control my excitement/anticipation and not check any stats for at least 10 days (but this could take longer to have any effect, if it has an impact at all).

Thanks
Partha
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JeffreyBrown Premium
Let us know the results of this, Partha! I'm intrigued!

Jeff
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ParthaB Premium
Of course Jeff.

I'm going to try and hold back from checking stats for as long as I can, but I'm sure curiosity will get the better of me.

Realistically, I should give it 3-4 weeks to see what happens.

However, I'm sure if this is "successful" in terms of increased ranking within a short(ish) space of time, then that's definitely a WA blog post in the making, potentially a training module.

Will let you know.

Partha
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philmedia Premium Plus
Excellent can't wait to find out. I love these feedback loops , they can tell us so much. I really appreciate you responding, fingers crossed, Phil
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JeffreyBrown Premium
Very awesome, Partha! I can't wait to read it!

Jeff
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rikovsky Premium
Great to know, would like to see how’s it.
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JeffreyBrown Premium
Hopefully soon!
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Twack Premium
In short yes, but Phil's nailed it good and proper. Another reason why it's good to have comments and for them to be engaging ones.
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feigner Premium
yes it does - that is why it is important to ask for comments on older posts ot 'refresh' them as time goes on.
if you can get keywords into your answers to comments - or internal links - so much hte better - but beware overstufing....
if you see some of the large posts on page one - the actual content is just over 1k words and hte comments are over 3k words....but read their replies and see how they bring it back on topic....
have fun
phil
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philmedia Premium Plus
Great... thought so much appreciated, great point about older posts , nice one, Phil
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GarryJam Premium
Thanks for that.
Garry.
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rikovsky Premium
Oh thank you for your tips. I will do the comment issues on my older posts.
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RichBrennan Premium Plus
Yes they do, Phil.
Comments count as additional content, as do your responses to them, which is why engagement with those who comment on your posts is so important.
Cheers
Rich :-)
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philmedia Premium Plus
Thanks Rich, I thought so but was getting different messages/ interpretations. ( Understandably) I do think the interaction is part of the content, its probably the most audience focussed bit, much appreciated, Phil
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rikovsky Premium
I have the same matter too, I’m wondering why those big articles contains lots of words are in front more than others.
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