Too Much Content?

Last Update: April 05, 2018

Is it possible to have Too Much Content on a Post or Page?

A family member of mine kindly stated an opinion that has caused me to slightly worry. She mentioned I had "too many words" on my articles and said it may cause the readers to not want to stay a while. I explained that I am not Amazon, Ebay or other large companies and that I provide quality information to visitors who go to my website. Yes, there is product too but lots of researched information for users to learn before making a purchase.

I understand there will be users who zoom through the content and simply want to get to the product. But, we, as affiliate marketers, are offering information to people as well.

So my question is if any of you have come across this situation and if I should adjust my articles. I certainly don't want to lose any visitors.

Thank you all!

Kristy


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DEversley Premium
Great answers and suggestions here. I am a longwinded writer so I suspect that some of my visitors skim or turn away because of the length sometimes.
I am considering trying another approach in the near future; i.e.

1. a short version (combined with infographic) with solid pertinent info for the "lazy" visitor

2. a link to another page on my site for more in-depth information

3. an audio transcription of my posts (for each one)

That way, you kill two birds with one stone and everyone is happy.
Am I selling out?:) What do you think?

David
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KristylaureL Premium
I like your "lazy visitor" comment! It is so true! Some people will read in depth and others couldn't care less.. LOL

We can get them with audio! Genius! :) They may just turn us off though.. I'm teasing..

Thank you for your unique thoughts.. very intuitive!

Kristy
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DEversley Premium
:)
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skmorrow Premium
I agree with the others, this is personal preference. I have to admit I skim a lot of articles, that is why I think they need to have sections that have headings, to keep me somewhat engaged.

It also depends on the subject matter. As long as the content is relevant to the subject at hand, I think a longer post will show that you know what you are talking about.

Someone here at WA once said that you don't want people to have to search the internet after they read your article. Give them what they want and need. If that is 500 words, or 5,000 words.

Unfortunately there is no perfect answer to your question, just more opinions :)

That is one reason I don't request SiteFeedback anymore. One person will tell me the font is too big, the next will tell me the font is too small.
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KristylaureL Premium
Great advice! I definitely need to add more headings with bold print. It helps the reader "skim." I think we all skim. Some areas we spend a little more time on.

I like what you said about not wanting our reader to go back to the internet for more information. That is a GREAT CONCEPT to consider when writing. With that, I will keep majority of my content. There's a lot of great stuff I researched!

Wonderful advice that I will follow! Thanks for your time.

Kristy
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feigner Premium
you really have to think like your visitor rather than what you want to see - if they are researching then give them everything and a link at the end.
make your content fit the purpose - do you know any of your target audience? are you active on any forums where you could ask an opinion?
it is not about you and what you want - it is all about them and what they want - unless you are buying your own products.
if you really know your audience then comments like this would not bother you as you are confident that your audience really need this - if there is any doubt then go for confirmation.- ask the audience. it is the only way you get to know.
i am thinking of putting single question in the sidebar and seeing what reaction i get - 'did you find what you are after today?' simple yes/no tick box - if more no's then review what you have written or your title or other. if yes then it is ok.
Phil
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KristylaureL Premium
I like the idea of adding a question! I will add that. What great advice I am getting from everyone. And every comment has something a little different than the others. All wonderful!

I am definitely part of my niche and know they will benefit from the info provided. You mentioned providing a link which I think would be great. I will add those today!

Thanks again for your time and great advice!
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Belden22 Premium
This is more of my opinion rather than being from experience here at WA.

I like websites with a lot of articles when the content is organized well and things are easy to find. It's frustrating when you find a few great articles but then that's all there is.

Sometimes I will click out of an article if I am only partially interested in it and if it's a really, really, long article, even if the rest of the website is great.

I think you have to make a judgement decision and then also ask for advice here at WA for other members to take a look and give you their opinion.

Rick
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KristylaureL Premium
Thank you Rick! I like lots of content too especially if it is something I didn't know much about.

As we write content on our site, we are learning too. It's pretty neat learning more about stuff we thought we knew about. I get excited to share this with others. So I didn't think I had too many words... BUT, I am going to check out each post and adjust if I feel it is necessary.

After I tweak the posts I will ask WA members for their advice. I do tend to talk a lot. :)

Thank you for your advice!

Kristy
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Belden22 Premium
You can always use the Site Feedback feature in the Site Rubix menu.

You can also PM members that you would like to have take a look at it.

I will take a look at your site if you PM me with your site or if you have a few articles in mind that you are concerned about.

It would just be my own, biased, unprofessional advice, but I would give my advice to you anyway.

Rick
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KristylaureL Premium
I am taking all this great advice from members and tweaking the posts. This past hour I've browsed through my site and wow is their a difference in my posts from a couple months ago to recent.

There is definitely some fine tuning I can do to the old posts to make the reading flow smoother.

A member mentioned making the paragraphs like twitter.. very short with a few sentences. I thought I did that but after reviewing them, there is room for improvement. Easy fix!

I'll PM you later with a few posts.. Thanks!

Don't worry, this isn't the child loss website I am talking about. This is a fun colorful one! Beach stuff!

Kristy
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Belden22 Premium
I am good with whatever site you want me to look at Kristy.

Rick
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KristylaureL Premium
Awww that is nice! I appreciate that...
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TedP Premium
For what it is worth, and this is just a personal opinion form someone that is new, so please take it for what that may be worth. Kyle may have a different opinion. I think you know what is best for your website and for your customers. You are the one that has their best interest in mind. What does your "gut" tell you for a lack of a better way of putting things.

There is never going to be a "perfect amount of content" that fits what is right for ever site. Thus, there is really no way for anyone to determine what is absolutely, truly best for your site, accept what you determine is best.

The best way beyond that for you to determine things may be for you to test out the impact of making changes and adjustment to your site. You can always take the site back if the changes are not for the best... Just a thought...

Not sure if this helps very much, but i hopefully if will give you food for thought....
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KristylaureL Premium
Thank you! That is great advice! I am going to look over the posts and if something seems like it doesn't fit I will delete it. Maybe a fresh set of eyes will help. When we write content and publish it, it's good to go back and take a peep at it later on to see how it looks.

And maybe I will look at it and leave it all as is! :)

Thank you for your response! It made me feel better. :)
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