Are more pages better for SEO?

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Lets say you do product reviews and decide to create separate pages for the review, specifications, and customer reviews.

So instead of 1000 review pages, you now have 3000 pages and they interlink well, but the pages are now much smaller.

Which way is better?

Does it matter?
#pages #seo
  • Profile picture of the author sovereignn
    Here's a good way to look at it

    Can having more pages help you? Yes

    Can it hurt you? Probably not
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  • Profile picture of the author jfambrini
    More pages can hurt you if you have essentially duplicate content. It can help you if your content is adding value.

    For instance we sell cars. If I have only one page that has all information on a particular car (our product) like Toyota Hilux Vigo or Toyota Landcruiser then I will be getting limited hits but if I break the information in 20 different pages and promote each page with links than I have that much chance to get into those searches. For instance if a person is looking for Toyota Hilux Vigo 3000 G Double Cab Auto Transmission model they won't find details of it on it if I only had one page but if I have one page for each vehicle model and a user came looking for details on that particular model then they can only find it on my site and that customer is only going to buy from me and he will not find many links for that particular model. Multiply that for 100 different cars and their respective models.

    So yes good idea if product is unique and there is very little duplication in the content. Remember Panda detests duplicate content.
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  • Profile picture of the author yukon
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    More relevant pages is one of the easiest ways to rank multiple pages per same keyword, double/triple SERP listings per keyword. So yes, more is better as long as it's relevant pages with good internal links.
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  • Profile picture of the author whland
    More pages equal more content and google loves content. Just be sure to make it quality content though.

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  • Profile picture of the author dp40oz
    Panda may eat you up for this. Its better to have longer pages that have more information then many similar pages.
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    • Profile picture of the author yukon
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      Originally Posted by dp40oz View Post

      Panda may eat you up for this. Its better to have longer pages that have more information then many similar pages.
      Bah!! no way...

      As long as all the pages are unique, no problem.

      The worse that would happen is If someone didn't create unique pages, the extra pages would get dumped into Supplemental SERPs, but that would be a webmaster problem, not an algo. update, considering Google has been dumping duplicate pages on the same domain for years.

      I've been ranking multiple pages for the same keywords & never had a problem. Also longer pages has nothing to do with ranking a keyword in Google SERPs. The longer pages can pick up additional keyword phrases, but that's about it.
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  • Profile picture of the author Yohance j
    I have been told the more content and pages is good. I am always trying to add to my site.
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  • Profile picture of the author blackmoon
    you should do back link in a long time instead of doing too much backlink in a short time.
    that's so rick with google penguin.
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  • Profile picture of the author rtc1979
    The more pages the better assuming each page has unique, quality content. Think of the pages on your site as a doorway to your site. The more doors your site has, the easier a potential visitor can "enter" your site. Make sure each page has at least 300 words of content. This isn't a hard set number, but a good guideline to follow.
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  • Profile picture of the author faithyunn
    More pages can help for fast indexing of ones site...
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  • Profile picture of the author Theeban
    Of course more pages are better for SEO. You should make sure, content + title + meta description for each page differs to make each webpages of your site to be unique.

    I would say to target related keywords for each posts, and optimise your on-page site accordingly with help of unique content & some useful SEO plugins (If you are using wordpress, All in SEO, SEO Yoast are better)

    For Off-page, just get about 50-70 bookmarks for each page, that may help you to rank for long tail keyword...
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  • Profile picture of the author ksetu
    G doesn't love pages - but loves content. If it had been just about pages, one would have created 100's of pages with few words on each and have killed the rankings.

    So if you can justify good content on all pages - the more pages the better. But if that makes your page content look thin - just reconsider adding/mixing things up.
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  • Profile picture of the author engagedotscrm
    Am not sure whether more pages are good for SEO but the pages with unique content are valued more. As rightly said google likes fresh and unique content.
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  • Profile picture of the author Merden
    Panda and Penguin will definitely hurt your ranking if your contents are copied form other web pages within site. Avoiding doorway pages is the best way to rank higher in single review post. I hope it will help.
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  • Profile picture of the author Doubleup
    Duplicate content will harm your rankings. Well SEO'd content, will aid your rankings. You don't necessarily need a lot of pages to rank a site though, as it's quite simple to rank a site with 1 page alone.
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  • Profile picture of the author FrankRumbauskas
    It doesn't really matter in the end. We've ranked totally blank websites and pages for highly competitive keywords just to prove it can be done. Spend your time focusing on a Panda & Penguin proof linking strategy instead of worrying about content.
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    • Profile picture of the author yukon
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      Originally Posted by FrankRumbauskas View Post

      It doesn't really matter in the end. We've ranked totally blank websites and pages for highly competitive keywords just to prove it can be done. Spend your time focusing on a Panda & Penguin proof linking strategy instead of worrying about content.
      Gee I wonder If your bounce rate was 100%, ranking blank pages.

      Don't worry about content? You can't possibly be serious.

      You do realize the entire point of ranking a page in the SERPs is to get traffic that is interested in the content they are searching for, right?
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  • Profile picture of the author Danny Woolard
    I guess Ill just have to test it out myself
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    • Profile picture of the author Carl Brown
      . Also longer pages has nothing to do with ranking a keyword in Google SERPs. The longer pages can pick up additional keyword phrases, but that's about it.
      I'm going to post this on a sticky note on my monitor. I've noticed about.com has a ton of pages on any given subject that is light on content, heavy on adsense and links to other about.com "articles" (less than 250 words).
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