Arguments continue over whether you need a 2,000-word-count blog article to have any hope of earning any SEO love from search engines, notably Google. Short answer: You don’t need to hit a word count of 2,000 words with each article you write to earn search engine kudos. That is an artificial goal that makes for an easy meme.
In truth, the optimal length for an article hinges on how many words you need to fully answer a prospect’s question, and position it to be attractive to other writers to earn citations, aka “backlinks.” I have seen a useful two-point test for this, and consider it a good content writer mindset:
- Did you satisfy the “search intent”?
- Did you fully answer the question asked by the searcher?