Article length for seo/article syndication?

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When doing article syndication to ezines (not article directories!!!) it´s been suggested that you use 1000-1200 word articles. But I also want to use these for seo purposes but outsourcing 1000 word articles isn´t really cheap is you want a quality article,
what compromise should I go for?

What has been your experience with article length for your website, post panda?

Sincerely
Karl
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  • Profile picture of the author FreeMeal
    I'm not sure about article length. I suppose a few people looking to syndicate your articles will probably take length into account, but I expect people will probably tell you to go for quality information and writing, rather than length. I think that will increase your chance of syndication.

    As for cost, if you can't write them yourself, you're going to have pay someone to do it for you.
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    • Profile picture of the author JohnMcCabe
      Originally Posted by FreeMeal View Post

      I'm not sure about article length. I suppose a few people looking to syndicate your articles will probably take length into account, but I expect people will probably tell you to go for quality information and writing, rather than length. I think that will increase your chance of syndication.

      As for cost, if you can't write them yourself, you're going to have pay someone to do it for you.
      When it comes to length vs. quality, it is not an either/or proposition if you want to be syndicated in the places that will do you the most good.

      It's BOTH...

      You see, in order to have a longer article which is also high-quality enough to garner interest from publishers, you have to widen your scope and cover a topic more thoroughly.

      The old "5 Tips to Do Something", 4-500 word filler article is so easy to either write yourself or hire cheaply that a lot of serious publishers won't even consider paying for them with links.

      EDIT: FreeMeal, you are right about one thing. If forced to choose between length and quality, quality wins every time.
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  • Profile picture of the author Drew Cleveland
    Originally Posted by Challe77 View Post

    When doing article syndication to ezines (not article directories!!!) it´s been suggested that you use 1000-1200 word articles. But I also want to use these for seo purposes but outsourcing 1000 word articles isn´t really cheap is you want a quality article,
    what compromise should I go for?

    What has been your experience with article length for your website, post panda?

    Sincerely
    Karl
    Article marketing has become a real pain. Search engines like long articles, but not everyone wants to read a 1000+ word article.

    IMO 700-750 words will do it.
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    • Profile picture of the author Alexa Smith
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      Some of my articles are under 1,000 words. Many are well over.

      Longer articles are better for SEO (by all accounts) and for syndication, generally. There's not much "compromise".

      However, it's very, very difficult to get syndicated articles which were "obviously written for SEO". They tend not to read nearly well enough. I think about SEO (sometimes) for the titles, and that's all.

      Ezine Articles submission software can be relied on automatically to reject any article whose "keyword density" reaches 2% (definitely too high!), but I never count them, myself.

      You're going to use your main keyword a few times in an article anyway: it's impossible not to. And "LSI keywords" are just all the related stuff you discuss in an article, too. Again, it's impossible not to. There's no need to look them up and "make a feature of them", and doing so will only make things harder for yourself and/or for a writer, and detract from the outcome.

      The best SEO (by far!) comes from syndication to relevant sites. And you don't need consciously to "do SEO" at all for that to happen. All you need is articles written for syndication.
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  • Profile picture of the author sriram rajan
    I think of you do a mix of 1000 and a few lesser should be ok.. Yes getting 1000 word article from native english speaker is going to run you around $18 - $20 minimum...
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  • Profile picture of the author contentwriting360
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    ...it's neither too short, nor too long. You should focus on the quality of content rather than the length, especially that your goal is to syndicate your articles. 1-2% keyword density is good but don't go beyond 2%. That'll make your articles obviously written for SEO purposes.
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  • Profile picture of the author Randall Magwood
    I would say no less than 500 words.
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  • Profile picture of the author pranta
    If we consider about our readers then I don't think they will like to read a lengthy article at all.
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    • Profile picture of the author myob
      In my experience, it seldom is effective for acceptable conversions to have articles out of the range of 800-1200 words. This seems to be about the optimal length for both publisher and readers' expectations. There really is much more to writing than just stringing some words together with proper grammar, sentence structure and correct spelling, although these areas are actually where most writers experience their failure to launch.

      Mastery of the basics must be met with niche-dependent nuances of syntax, style, imagery, idioms, terminology, and often even jargon or humor to make a connection with the reader. And when a reader comes away with a feeling of experiencing the topic, rather than having merely read it, you have achieved liftoff. This effect would be very difficult to achieve with shorter articles, and longer articles most likely would not be considered for publication. In addition, a well-written article often has SEO benefits as a by-product.
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