Online writers should consider readers’ needs when writing a successful internet article.
People choose to read internet content for a number of reasons. Probably the most cited reasons are time and availability. As on-line writers we should consider word count as part of the equation for a successful article.
Reading an article that is too short is disappointing. When a writer gets a title and the description right, a reader is hooked in to find out more. How disappointing to find there are less than 300 words to read. Quite often the basic facts are there, but no supportive material. Quite early in my internet writing life a reader made a comment that he read the article, but didn’t click that he liked it because it was very short. Checking the word count I found it was 298 words.
On the other hand, an article that is too long can become difficult to read. It becomes difficult to weave one’s way through the content, especially if too many points are introduced.
I am a novice when it comes to on-line writing, having only been involved a few months. I am still struggling to get things right. But, as a reader of internet content, I have a little more experience. I know what appeals to me and what doesn’t. Consequently, I’m interested to hear other people’s views about word length for on-line articles.
How short is too short?
There seems to be differing opinions on this. Here, I am considering articles, not short stories or poetry. Looking at a range of sites, accepted word length seems to range from 300 to 1000 words.
Apparently, if writers are hoping to have their work noticed, search engines need words to search for relevant key words. If there are not enough words it can be more difficult to have an article published and noticed.
How long is too long?
Getting it right is difficult. Writers need to equally consider how long is too long. If an article is too long it loses the readers attention. Modern readers apparently want short and sharp for their on-line reading. Get to the point, say it, add a few supporting ideas, then get out of there.
Advice for writers.
New writers can do with all the help they can get. I’ve moved from thinking this was easy to realising I have much, much more to learn. Word count or article length is only one part of the equation for a successful article. Knowing how much to write is as important as what to write.
If anyone has words of wisdom to offer on this subject, I’m sure we’d all love to hear them. And, in case you’re interested, the length of this article is 435 words.