My Longest Website Post Yet

Last Update: July 19, 2019

I am proud to say I finally posted my longest blog post yet on my website. It is currently over 4,300 words but I keep thinking of more info to add. I am testing out the length/write a comprehensive review strategy. I don't think any of my other posts are even 2,000 words.

This is a topic I have a lot of experience in so I decided to just go for it. It is on my health and nutrition website on the topic of bursitis. I wanted to write an ebook on this topic and thought I needed to save my ideas for an ebook but realized there was no need to do that. I could still write an ebook as well as have the post on my website.

So far it is not ranking as well as most of my new posts rank. I am not sure if they is due to the heavy competition in that topic or something else. I would say it has to do with Google's crack down on independent sites offering any sort of health information after the "Medic" update but my other posts are doing just fine so that must not be it. I am requesting comments on Site Comments and I am sure those will raise the rank quite a bit. I will continue to do that and see where it ends up. Of course this is my secondary site that does not have as much domain authority as my first site so maybe it will take longer for the post to rank.

I started this weeks ago and it got stalled out while we dealt with the heat and smoke. The smoke is better than yesterday. It wasn't bad at all this morning but is moving in again now.

Jessica

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Feochadan Premium
I am amazed by and applaud people that do such long posts. The thing is, I question how many people will read the whole thing. With today's people moving onto "short attention span theatre" and "get the info and go", frankly I question how many would read such a long blog. Personally, I think one that is broken up into shorter bites would do much better for the average audience but this is only my opinion as a user. Good luck!
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Swangirl Premium
I agree with you but Google rewards longer posts (if they are well written and give good information) now.

The trick is to make sure we use lots of headings within the post so people can jump to whatever section they are interested in as they skim. This also gives the chance to have more keywords in one post and therefore more ways for people to find the post and more keywords to rank with.

That is the advice anyway...we will see if it works!

I always felt the same as you and so this is my first time trying a long post.
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GazBower Premium
Well done Jessica.
That certainly is a major article, but if it is a subject you are well versed in, I can see how easy the writing becomes as you want to share everything you have learned to help others.
I hope you get a great response as the page starts to be found.
Best wishes
Gaz
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Swangirl Premium
Thank you Gaz. We will see what happens.
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JKulk1 Premium
Hi Jessica. That's the thing about writing blogs about something you love, it's hard to stop. I have a blog that I'm working on, well actually it will be around six blogs now, that got to 16000 words unfinished. I made the decision to release it in parts. If I ever finish it. Jim
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TimMoto Premium
Good idea to release in parts...seems to me it would get your readers to come back for part 1, part 2, etc...and that would increase your traffic and possibly conversions...?
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Swangirl Premium
Wow!!! That is long!
I have always wanted to do multi-part blogs but it is hard to find titles that work and convey they are a multi-part. You can't (well, can but should not) title anything "Blah Blah part 1", "Blah Blah part 2" or anything like that with the same words in multiple titles. You don't want to create confusion for Google and the search engines so that your titles are competing with themselves. I have asked some of the gurus here and they say don't do it. Find totally unique titles for each one.

If you don't mind having totally unique titles then it is fine but then I am not sure how we can convey to our audience that there is a series.
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Swangirl Premium
Yes. It is a good idea but there is a catch. See my response to JKulk1 here.
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JKulk1 Premium
I find unique titles for each one and I bring them together in a sub title at the beginning of the blog and I always let the readers know that the blog is a part of a series. So for example, I'm writing the A to Z of herbs and their uses. I have had to limit the amount of herb plants that I discuss but the blogs are obviously still going to be long. So I have broken them into Unique headings then I will place the title "A to C of Herbs" and D to G etc above or under the feature picture. and I can then link the series internally at the bottom of each page.
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Swangirl Premium
I would love to see them. Please let me know when they are posted. I love herbs. Are you talking about cooking/food uses for herbs or medicinal uses...or both?

My favorite food herb is lemon thyme.
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AlexEvans Premium
Hi Jessica, that is a milestone and one to be proud of, do it once and you will be able to do it again.

I am sure that your post will pick up momentum.

I hope that smoke clears for you and the atmosphere gets back to normal.
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Swangirl Premium
Thank you Alex. The smoke comes and goes.

I hope the post picks up momentum as well.

Jessica
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OrgainITGuy Premium
Thats impressive :) I;m at 1700 lol but i think I'm intrigued to compete with that lol.
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Swangirl Premium
Thanks...we will see how it turns out. So far it isn't good but I think that is due to having a lot more competition than I am used to. Hopefully it will rise up over time.
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McWord Premium
That is one long post, Jessica! Hope G sees the light and ranks it accordingly.

All the best and stay safe!!

mitch
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Swangirl Premium
Thanks Mitch. We shall see.
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JohaneG Premium
Good post.
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Swangirl Premium
Thank you.
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Noteboom Premium
Well done! It seems that length is the most important factor at the moment.
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Swangirl Premium
We will see. So far it is ranking worse than most all of my other posts! I guess that is due to more competition in the topic.

Thank you,
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hummingbyrd Premium
Well done Jessica, that is truly impressive.
Jay
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Swangirl Premium
Thanks Jay! We will see how it turns out.
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BElliott56 Premium
That is fantastic you wrote a post with that much content. I have already done that research on content length. The sweet spot tends to be 2k characters. to around 1500. if you go below 1k you may not even rank.

I would not discard that large post I know of ways you can publish your book on the web and for everyone that downloads it you get commissions. Let me know if you need help or are even interested.
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Swangirl Premium
Thanks. I have wanted to publish with Amazon for a long time but I just don't have the time. I guess the information in my post will help job my memory when the time comes however.

Most of my posts rank in the top few pages of the search results immediately and many end up on the first page. This one is about the worst I have had! Maybe I will stick with my average post length which is closer to 1500 words now. I have many that are only 800 or 900 that rank well however.

I will have to wait and see what happens. Hopefully this is a monster just building up steam and it will raise to the top!
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BElliott56 Premium
If you create a new post 500 and under I was told it will not even rank and it may be classified as spam.
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Swangirl Premium
I don't have any posts under 500 words but I am pretty sure that is not true. It depends on the topic. Some topics can have shorter posts than others.
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DarrenNicola Premium
Well done, I did my longest post which is over 2,000+ this week.
All the best
Darren :)
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Swangirl Premium
Congratulations! I had never done one of even 2,000 before this.
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YumaBloggers Premium
Wow, you got me by 1000 words good going
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Swangirl Premium
I don't know that longer is always better. This is about the worst ranking of any of my posts so far! I will have to wait and see what happens.
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