Short posts hurting rankings

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Hello good people,

I have a question regarding post length. Most of my posts are 2500 words or more, but I upload a "quote post" every other day with only a few words and one picture. I also use SNAP and Jetpack Publicize to sync my posts to around 20 different Web 2.0 pages.

Again my standard posts are very lengthy and comprehensive, but my "Quote of the Day" post contain maybe 20 words maximum. You can see what I mean by clicking on the picture with the Headline QUOTE OF THE DAY

Modern Machiavelli

What do you suggest? That I don't index/no-follow the quotes. Or maybe stop synching them to Web 2.0. Maybe even merely posting the quotes as media (but they can't be shared that way; bad) Or is it fine the way it is and I don't have to worry about them hurting my rankings?

Thank you very much in advance for your opinions.

Regards, Lionel Fox
#hurting #posts #rankings #short
  • Profile picture of the author namdas
    It looks like you only have 15 quote posts; at the moment this is very unlikely to hurt your rankings provided the rest of your site copy is sound.

    Rather than noindexing them, why not create a single 'quotes' post, updating it each day with a fresh quote for the day in the header? This way instead of creating hundreds of thin pages you're building a resource that could attract links and interest of its own. Better yet, why not add some analysis - a quick sentence or two on why this is the quote of the day, what made you choose it?
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    • Originally Posted by namdas View Post

      It looks like you only have 15 quote posts; at the moment this is very unlikely to hurt your rankings provided the rest of your site copy is sound.

      Rather than noindexing them, why not create a single 'quotes' post, updating it each day with a fresh quote for the day in the header? This way instead of creating hundreds of thin pages you're building a resource that could attract links and interest of its own. Better yet, why not add some analysis - a quick sentence or two on why this is the quote of the day, what made you choose it?
      Thank you very much for your answer and suggestion.

      It has crossed my mind to create one huge Quote post, but then on the other hand, it would complicate things.

      Currently, all I have to do is create a post, insert the image, insert the quote, hit publish. It gets distributed among the social networks and replaces the old quote on the main page.

      If I merge them into one post, I lose the Social Network distribution as well as the convenience of not having to change the picture, on the front page, manually.

      The suggestion with a quick paragraph explaining why the quote is valuable is a good idea. But would it really matter if the post had 15 words or 150, for the sake of SEO?
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  • Profile picture of the author enjamulahsan
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    Yes, Short posts can get good rankings, But the short content must be creative, useful and good. It should be responsive to all platforms. Remember google not only counts the contents also check the informative and user experience too. So make it short but informative.
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  • Profile picture of the author TyphoonAgency
    SerpIQ did some research and content of more than 2000 words dominate top 10 results in Google among many niches. Longer content tends to include authority terms and long tails which helps you attain more traffic.
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  • Profile picture of the author accerman
    It depends on the posts that how you present the post hence it is short or not. Many long content posts also hurts ranking by its dull content. Short posts can get good ranking by creating unique and attractive post with popular point of view.
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  • Profile picture of the author deepakjha818
    I dont think that it will hurt, because your most of the posts have enought content and only few of them have little content. In my point you it is fine the way you are already doing.
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  • Profile picture of the author sbizideasblog
    Quotes and short content won't hurt your SEO so you don't have to do anything. But they are also unlikely to rank since it's not unique content. Type any quote, short poem or recipe into Google and you'll find plenty of pages ranking with short content.
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    • Profile picture of the author yukon
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      Originally Posted by sbizideasblog View Post

      Quotes and short content won't hurt your SEO so you don't have to do anything. But they are also unlikely to rank since it's not unique content. Type any quote, short poem or recipe into Google and you'll find plenty of pages ranking with short content.

      The only one that posted something logical.

      OP is confusing short content/pages with being outranked by authority sites running the exact same content (public domain quotes).

      Short or long content has nothing to do with ranking pages.
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  • Profile picture of the author ignaciosports
    May be your content is not fresh and unique. Your content should be attractive with perfect title and description. This is an important fact to get high rank in search engines.
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