Long Essay Type Posts Are Always Better

Though I have been blogging for only a year but I have been reading blogs for a very long time. There was this one question the answer to which I really couldn’t figure out “Why do people write posts in their blog that are over a thousand words. Does anyone ever read these posts completely?”  Now that I have spent some time blogging I finally know the answer.

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A comprehensive post shared by a few avid readers is better than a shorter one read (but not shared) by a few more.

I have noticed that the regular readers do not read long essay style posts, unless it interests them at the moment, as reading them takes time. So for subscribers and regular readers’ digestible bits are better, but if you want to get search engine traffic, it’s better to get it all out there.

Search engine bots crawling a long well-structured post will definitely rate such a post higher thereby increasing the search rankings of that post for related keywords. Therefore, the post will keep getting traffic from Google and other search engines for a long time period. This can also help you build visitors who keep coming back.

Remember people come with a problem and are looking for a solution. If it takes 500 words to solve a problem then it’s good, if it takes 2,000 words to solve the problem so be it. People don’t come back to have half-answered questions answered, they come back to solve a different problem.

Longer posts allow the writer to create depth in the article and a particular subject can be handled end-to-end covering various aspects. A number of different categories a serious longer article section and a quick fix section. This is the best way. When you publish a long post covering all the shades of a particular topic you are more likely to solve your readers’ problem.

As a consequence people reading that post will be much more likely to share it on social media (e.g., Twitter, Facebook, Digg, Pinterest, Stumble), this will increase your traffic/readers not only on short term but on long term basis. Thus eventually one big post will bring much more traffic than two or three smaller ones, both in the short and in the long term.

However one cannot say that writing smaller posts has no advantages. Just like there are two sides of a coin both with its own value. Similarly breaking a post down into smaller parts and publishing it sequentially has some benefits too. Longer posts are always better, unless making a series. For example, a new tablet PC has been launched which you are covering on a day to day basis.

A reader keen to know more about it will keep coming back for more and more updates. It’s a nice way to create loyalty among your readers, as they will develop the habit of visiting your website more frequently. But remember in such a case it is important to link one post to another or else you might end up losing precious visits.

At last my personal advice is to balance both. It is not practically feasible for all to write posts over 2000 words on a day to day basis. So if you’re having very long periods of time between these long posts, then I think it is a good idea to post a short but informative ‘tip’ or insight now and again. Unless you can pump out the long posts a couple of times a week, it’s a good idea to keep a good mixture of posts of both types in your blog.

Comments

  1. In the long essay type blogging post, you can easily provide whole information about you blogging Topic. Blog Readers like this type of Blog post because readers need not to go other place to gain rest of information. He Find whole information at one place, so long essay type blogging post is best way.

  2. For technical topics it is very rare to see any post of any substance under 700 words. Most good posts are actually more upwards of 3000+ words.

    It is hard to create value in few words and value is what gets your posts shared and found in the SERPs.

    There are some blogs that are successful with short posts but I’ve never been able to do it.

    • Thanks for your comment Tyler Herman. I agree longer posts help you a lot to get your posts indexed indexed faster and rank well in search results.

  3. Nice post!

    I am glad someone wrote about how good long posts are, as we mostly come across people writing about shorter posts of 500+words or maximum 700 words, because its said that people on the Internet have short attention spans.

    I also have never managed to write such short posts, as I always believe to give the best to the readers, such that they really don’t have to go looking for the same topic elsewhere. Glad to know I am on the right lines. :)

    Thanks for sharing :)

    • I agree harleena But on the other hand I think if the post topic can be covered in 600-700 words then No need to extend it 1000. Post length is totally dependent upon the post topic.

      • Thanks for your comment Atish. I agree the whole idea is to solve the problem of your readers be it in 300 words or 3000.

  4. As long as these essay type posts are broken up in several paragraphs and sections, they are great. Why? because in instead of reading 10 short posts, I would rather read one long post on a certain topic.

  5. Rashmi Sinha says:

    Interesting. Long posts look scary for me, but i think that if you have a very attractive first paragraph or a catchy title, i will continue reading it no matter what. And as stated in this post, longer posts mean more information so i am more likely to share it to friends.
    Thanks for pointing this out.

    • Thanks for your comment Rashmi, your thoughts are really very valuable for me. And there is nothing to be afraid of long posts mostly they contain very valuable stuff.

  6. I do try to write some long essay style posts, but I think it is good to have a balance of both long and short posts. A short post can be just as beneficial for search engine traffic if it sparks a lively debate in the comments. Usually less people will comment on a long post sine some people just don’t want to read something that takes up too much time. The increased number of comments on a short post can be a positive signal to the search engines. You just have to make sure that the post is not so short that your own content is not valuable enough to share.

  7. I try to use a lot of formatting (generally with shortcodes) when I write a longer post to balance volume of words with scanability. And I love the flexibility of shortcodes to format while getting frustrated with the theme-lockin inherent with shortcodes :P

  8. I agree! Longer posts are better – if they get a little too long I use the “jump” code so my blog’s landing page doesn’t fill up too quickly!

  9. I use as many words that I feel are needed to inform the reader. Whether its 100 or 1,000 words. I feel as a blogger, I have that freedom to write however I wish to express myself. If people read it, they read. If they don’t, they don’t. If all you care about are the amount of views or subscribers you get, than search for that magic number and stick to it.

  10. Longer posts on my point of view conveys a lot of value if its well written and done in a way that can retain the reader’s attention and interest.

    • Thanks for your viewing your opinion Nick. Longer posts are definitely better though it might be boring sometime for the person to whom it does not concern.

  11. I agree with you for the most part. However, I created a 1,000 word post the other day about Twitter Chats and it got quite a lot of attention. More attention then some other posts? No, but it still got quite a bit of attention.

    I think the length of the post really depends on what you’re trying to get across. Some posts need to be longer to get the info across. But not EVERY post. There should definitely be a good mix of long and short.

    I think it can be good practice to cater to what you have to say, not what you’re hoping your audience will or will not read. Your audience is important and you’ll show just how important they are by educating them to the best of your ability.

    Thanks for this!

    • Thanks for agreeing with me Morgan. Your views are very valuable for me. And I totally agree it will be best to cater to what you have to say not what others expect.

  12. So meaningful post Dev!
    I also absolutely agree with you that long essay type posts are always better all other concise post found. Frankly speaking I don’t give much priority at all if the post is comparatively short. Longer posts always carry some weight and preference of the readers at once. So I really appreciate your post and ideas from the bottom of my heart. Thank you very much for sharing it and look forward to reading more extraordinary posts from you onward.

    • Thanks for the comment Sajal and for appreciating my post.
      You are right long posts means signify that there is much to learn from it.

  13. Divinne Grace says:

    Sometimes, people are not interested in writing and reading very long articles..Makes them really bored…But this can help a lot…

  14. This is an interesting subject. On one hand long posts might seem boring to read, but sometimes there are several that cut my attention and I don’t regret reading them. If they are well-written and full of information, I don’t have to go to other blog to find the lacking information.

    • Thanks for your comment Jack.
      That is so correct though most of the time long posts are a bore some essay type posts really catch the interest of people. So it is best for a blogger to make the post as attractive as he can.

  15. tinafreysd says:

    Typically that’s where you can be most powerful. You can talk to people in your area and get first-hand knowledge, original knowledge, that you can share with others.

  16. Essay type posts aren’t always better. It depends on your target audience. Very few people have time to read long essays on a daily basis. People that visit blogs do so in order to get some quick information. If they have to find it within 2,000 words they might not even bother.

  17. To my mind, if a person has inspiration for writing then he or she should write an article, if not – that it’s better not to do it at all.

  18. I never used to write “long essays”, mainly because I thought it wasn’t necessary but I really enjoyed this post and i think and can take a thing or two lesson from it. Thanks for sharing

  19. I always visit new blog everyday and i found your blog.

  20. I think so, if the article post is not bigger than 1000 word it would be and reader also would be feel better during reading. Does anyone ever read these posts completely? i agree with this question. your this post is containing 611 word. thanks

  21. By the way your idea of writing hyperion tree like blog post is good to certain extent especially from search engine view but if we think from user view, it will become somehow odd because as far as i see most of reader dislike long reading. They just want to grab the important things from the blog post and one of the reason of this is the hurriedness or deficiency of time.

  22. writing longer blog posts is always good, as it helps site readers stay engaged with your compelling content. In addition, writing longer content not only means that you build meaningful relationships with people through things you write, but, it also feeds the search engines spiders. As a result, longer blog posts which are essay type help you get better search engine rankings, more inbound links, and better positioning within search engine results pages. It also helps your overall search engine rankings for years to come, as adding more content to your blog is always a good thing!

  23. I think good readers always read posts thoroughly if it has some good material in it. quality is the basic factor in the post. If quality is there no of readers will be increased day by day.

  24. I like this pen…………..)

  25. Good points. I agree that a mix is good and as a practical matter, necessary. It’s really tough to crank out 1500 word posts several times a week.

  26. This is great advice. And while I agree that people would get what they need and likely share it, that doesn’t necessarily mean that they will come back. It seems like a slippery slope. You might just be posting a how-to, but they might just be looking up on Google, and happen to come across your page.And that’s also where posting a series comes in, I suppose. If you kind of ‘lure’ them in, then they will have to come back if they want to know more. Unless they look somewhere else to find it faster. But alas, I guess that’s the nature of posting blogs. You’ve just got to find the few faithful and type on.
    Thanks for your advice, it’s given me food for thought.

  27. nice idea to share. search engines love more or 500+ words informational content and it’s more useful to ranking with essay type long post for higher ranking.

  28. Writing long posts can really help you out a lot with growing your blog authority. A lot of my posts are 1000-2000 words long, and they generate a lot of subscribers more often than short posts do.

    However, many people won’t read the whole thing. they will just scan it to get the highlights. Break up your posts with subheadings and use bold, Italics and underscores to make important points stand out for the browsers.

    The down side to these is that conversions on “How To” products will be low. If you solve their problem, they have no reason to buy a guide on how to do it. Instead, I use it as an opportunity to promote a tool or service that will do all the work I just laid out for them.

  29. essay style content which is informative and meaningful is always a good way to build a solid relationship with your readers, as well as keep search engine spiders attracted.

  30. Holly Jahangiri says:

    I should charge more, huh? ;)

    I write what I feel like writing – it tends to balance out between long and short, but I have a hard time writing under 500 words and my record-holding 7100-word post after the “Surviving the Blog” contest wasn’t really all that grueling to write. I have no idea how many readers actually waded through it all, but I’m sure a few did.

  31. tough to write long posts so often! but whenever im inspired, i tend to go in depth

  32. Well, according to me, short posts are read by people often.. You see many of the visitors don’t actually read the entire post.. Even if its 150-300 words.. they feel not to read it..
    After reading this post.. I too prefer writing more than 1000 words.. Thanks for the tip!

  33. Thus eventually one big post will bring much more traffic than two or three smaller ones, both in the short and in the long term.

  34. People tend to go for less time consuming solution these days.

  35. i think the quality of essay depend on the content. sort and simple sometimes better than long paper

  36. The notion of Content is King still dominates the requirements or criteria for a successful blog. You need to have a proper ratio of both; quality and length. I would say that an introduction of any composition, either it is for a blog or for website content, should be captivating and should motivate the reader to go on reading the article. If the article is written for seo purpose, it should NOT be loaded with keywords because it makes the article redundant and monotonous and it ultimately fails to get viewer’s attention. In average, the length of a blog post should be between 350-550 words and it is adequate to include the keyword 3 -4 times.

  37. Henry Louis Mencken
    Only twelve years into the twenty-first century, the human race lives in media overload. Web browsers offer news services, countless channels on television have a ticker on the bottom of the screen, millions of newspapers hit the presses each year, and, of course, each Smartphone comes preloaded with a news app. Every person unconsciously takes in every happening around the world. The “flavor” of the news we absorb remains the only variable in our media experience. Throughout most of the Western world, the satirical brand of news pulls in the biggest audience. After all, everybody craves the latest news, and most want to laugh while hearing it.
    Satirical journalism rose to prominence with the career of a news media giant: H. L. Mencken. A master of satire, a skeptic of all things, and one of the most influential literary figures of the twentieth century, Mencken loved to use his words like weapons. He brought the news to the citizens of the United States while making a joke of it with surgical precision. Challenging every standard of American journalism during the first half of the nineteenth century, H. L. Mencken’s fearless and brutal style of prose made him a literary legend while firmly entrenching a spot for satirical journalism in the future.
    The career of Henry Louis Mencken stretched from 1904 to 1948. His boldly critical style of journalism made him a pioneer of new media. He avidly critiqued every race, religion, and ethnic group (Trussell). Mencken denounced all things American, mocked European values, highlighted human weakness in all forms, poked fun at God, and laughed at all authority (Mouhibian). A unique wittiness, which embedded itself in his column in the Baltimore Sun, made him famous. His colleagues spent most of their careers watching him hammer away at his typewriter while simultaneously cackling at his own jokes.
    Young H. L. Mencken grew up in the malaria and small pox stricken Baltimore during the 1880’s (Trussell). Per his German grandfather’s request, he began his education at the Knapp Institute in Baltimore, a “German-English” private school, at age six (Hobson 27). Radiating intelligence from early on, he developed a keen interest in language; Mencken tried to catch Yiddish and Hebrew phrases from the Jewish students (Hobson 28).
    The real education of H. L. Mencken occurred at his home on Hollins Street. By age seven, he found himself hungry for books. Due to his gravitation toward literature, Mencken’s critical examination skills developed rapidly. He concluded he abhorred fairy tales and the works of Horatio Alger by age nine. In 1889, he slid a book out of his father’s library which changed his life. The title of the book: The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain. Mencken called his literary adventure down the Mississippi River “The most stupendous event of my whole life.” He soon ripped through every Twain novel he got a hold of (Hobson 29).
    Much like his hero Huck Finn, Mencken refused to take part in the standards of “civ’lization,” especially the religious standards. Mencken developed skepticism about religion by the time he reached his teenage years (Hobson 51). Contrary to popular belief, H. L. Mencken did not subscribe to atheism; believing in nothing, in his sarcastic opinion, made no more sense than believing in something. His agnostic beliefs solidified when his father enrolled him in a Methodist Sunday School (Hobson 52). Sunday school only made him oppose organized religion even more.
    This legendary career of ridicule and sarcasm began when Mencken graduated from the Baltimore Polytechnic Institute three months early at age 15 (Hobson 53). Feeling ambitious at the age of nineteen, he marched down to the offices of the Baltimore Sun, the city’s top tier newspaper. The editor promptly told him about the absence of any openings, but he could write “trial assignments” for no pay. So began the career of Henry Louis Mencken; he spent his first year gallivanting around the streets of Baltimore cataloguing the city’s smallest stories (Hobson 64).
    A wild acceleration in his career occurred shortly after. By 1900, only one year later, Mencken landed himself a weekly column in the Baltimore Morning Herald (Hobson 66). In the seven months following, he rose to the highest paid reporter on the Herald staff. He ascended to editor-in-chief in 1906, and returned to the Baltimore Sun in 1907 after turning down an offer from the New York Times (Hobson 83). According to Mencken, his true development and grooming took place during his first years at the Sun. His first article: a piece on marriage, or, in his words, the obstacles of a man who made a mistake (Hobson 84).
    In the realm of journalism, the name “Mencken” often accompanies thoughts of brutal reporting with unrelenting mockery of any controversial subject. 1925 saw one of Mencken’s most important, famous, and fearlessly satirical works. The entire world froze when Tennessee law enforcement arrested a young school teacher named John T. Scopes for teaching evolution in a public classroom. For two weeks, Dayton, Tennessee became the epicenter of the legendary “Scopes Monkey Trial.” Fittingly, the trial took place during the prime of H. L. Mencken’s career, and his coverage of the controversy remains his most famous work (Rodgers 273). During his time in dinky Dayton, which became the world’s most famous town for exactly two weeks, he eye-balled the battle between Fundamentalist Hero and Populist Presidential Candidate William Jennings Bryan and the controversial case craving defense attorney Clarence Darrow. The denizens of Dayton held a parade for Bryan, whom they held in the same light of Jesus himself, and treated the atheist Darrow like Beelzebub. However, after two weeks of blasts from Mencken, they hated him more than Darrow. Contempt for Mencken still resides in Dayton to this day (Rodgers 287).
    His coverage did not compare to anything he previously reported on. Mencken practically licked his chops at the idea of reporting what he considered a battle of science vs. bigotry; he loved to ridicule agrarian America due to its ties with Christian Fundamentalism (Rodgers 273). Mencken cranked his description, sarcasm, and cruelty to eleven. Wiring nine dispatches a day back to the Baltimore Sun, he dumped on Christianity, William Jennings Bryan, and especially the people of Dayton (Hobson 259). Take, for example, his description of the tiny town from his second day:
    ‘In brief this is a strictly Christian community, and such is its notion of fairness, justice and due process of law… Its people are simply unable to imagine a man who rejects the literal authority of the Bible. The most they can conjure up, straining until they are red in the face, is a man who is in error about the meaning of this or that text. Thus one accused of heresy among them is like one accused of boiling his grandmother.’ (“Scopes Trial – Mencken’s Reports”)
    Fourteen days of relentless badgering like this ensued. The sheer volume of things for Mencken to make fun of made the Scopes Trial his most famous work; he feasted at a buffet of his greatest prejudices for two weeks (Hobson 256). He did manage to say exactly one nice line about Dayton, though: “The Klan never got a foothold here, though it rages everywhere else in Tennessee” (Rodgers 288). The cynical wit and sense of humor in Mencken’s work glares at the reader. While reading his dispatches, one gets a feel for Mencken’s uncanny ability to pour his thoughts, beliefs, and opinions onto paper. Perhaps the defendant, John T. Scopes, framed it best: “In a way, it was Mencken’s show.” (Rodgers 288).
    Mencken’s career consisted of endless reports like those he worked on during the Scopes Trial. Summarizing this career, he compiled his best attacks into a multi-volume set titled Prejudices. Next to his coverage of the Scopes Trial, no other work embodied his inner workings better. He deemed his cut-and-paste menagerie of his favorite slams an attempt to “insert some rat poison” into the politics and literature of the U.S. His sinister idea behind his little book of attacks highlights his character. The culmination of Prejudices took some eight years from the first edition to the sixth and final edition. Just a small few of the targets in the piece include President Woodrow Wilson’s wartime suppression on personal liberties, Prohibition, lynching and racial suppression in the South, government itself (Root), literary figures like H. G. Wells and Robert Frost, and the science of psychology (Hobson 204). Mencken’s first edition rolled off the press in 1919, but the bulk of its contents came during the roaring ‘20s (Hobson205). Subsequently, he inherited international fame during the same decade. Mencken penned and published many books before Prejudices, but this piece swept Europe and brought him fame even in places like Japan and Venezuela (Rodgers 220).
    Scholars deem Prejudices a record of Mencken’s brutal intelligence. However, deep within its lines one can dig out thoughtful social commentary. Of course, this commentary came from Mencken, so it came in the form of attacks. His attacks shed light on the problems of the contemporary United States (Hobson 215). Take for example his view on Prohibition: “the criminal, in the public eye, is not the bootlegger and certainly not his customer, but the enforcement officer.” Mencken’s opinion toward Prohibition almost certainly sought influence from his love for beer (Trussell). However, he also wrote about the problems he believed tainted America. While reading, the prevailing theme of Individual Liberty vs. the Tyranny of the Majority surfaces to the focus of the reader’s attention (Root). Long before the first volume of Prejudices hit the printing press, Mencken cemented his sarcastic and bold prowess. Prejudices, however, branded Mencken a pioneer of liberal journalism; no other journalist put together a collection of attacks like this.
    For all adults under the age of forty, the overwhelming majority of their news comes from satirical journalism sources. Every satirical source of news media, which spans print, radio, and television, evolved from Mencken’s work. Many critics wanted to pin him to the cross for his destructive prose. Yet, one cannot deny the fact he resides in the select circle of literary giants of the twentieth century. A modern day Mencken, a journalist named Mark Steyn, took over where the previous left off. Writing for the National Review and his own website, SteynOnline.com, Mark Steyn’s style resembles the prose of Mencken. Most media critics recognize two types of satirical journalism: the first type involves an outright obliteration of the target, and the second uses subtle mockery to make the target more interesting. Mencken possessed the revolutionary ability to blend the two types together at the same time (Mouhibian). Steyn possesses similar capabilities. Much like Mencken, he garners fame form his wittiness (Daniels). His columns, again, much like those of Mencken, contain a boldly cynical and critical flavor. Steyn’s list of targets encompasses a much narrower field though; he aims his ridicule at Western Civilization, especially the United States.
    If Mencken and Steyn met in the arena of Journalism gods and wrote about the same exact topic, distinguishing their work would pose great difficulty. The influence of Mencken on Steyn, whether by design or simply through Mencken’s broad influence on satirical journalism in general, blazes brightly. This shown in a column by Steyn from 2010, in which he grills New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg. At the time, Bloomberg crusaded for the banishment of trans-fats in New York City. Steyn, however, made a mockery of his quest:
    ‘…a couple days after Christmas 2010, a snow storm descended on New York, and the action-hero mayor, relentless in his pursuit of trans-fats, was unable, for more than three days, to fulfill as basic a municipal responsibility as clearing the streets… His administration can regulate the salt out of your cheeseburger, but he can’t regulate it on Seventh Avenue’ (Daniels).
    The pangs of Steyn’s style reverberate awfully similar to the reporting of Mencken. If one read this snippet and then Mencken’s description of Dayton, Tennessee, the similarities in style practically burn through the paper. Steyn caricatures the “action-hero” mayor in his passage, much like Mencken paints the “ignorant” Christians of Dayton. Mencken makes use of satirical comparisons, comparing Dayton’s view of heresy to boiling one’s grandmother; Steyn follows suit by mocking Bloomberg’s ability to regulate salt in food but not on the streets to melt ice. Even the very structures of Steyn’s sentences seem similar. Whether inadvertently or through direct inspiration, the journalistic style of Mark Steyn takes root in H. L. Mencken’s.
    While satirical columns like those of Mark Steyn consistently become more popular, they may never reach the popularity of television programs. During this era of technology, the medium by which people digest their news shifted from print to broadcast sources. Shows like Comedy Central’s The Daily Show and The Colbert Report, and even “Weekend Update” from Saturday Night Live, sit near the top of the news media totem pole. Even these whimsical programs spawned due to the work of H. L. Mencken. A giant among these satirical programs, Stephen Colbert of The Colbert Report received influence from Mencken. While one cannot easily compare their styles (broadcast and print medium reside at opposite ends of the journalism spectrum), Colbert certainly loves to target similar issues. Mencken loved to sniff out fraud. It brought him great pleasure to expose fraudulence in its most primal forms (Mouhibian). In a similar fashion, Stephen Colbert’s work reflects the same objective.
    Outside of his satirical T.V. program, Colbert runs a “Super Political Action Committee” or “SuperPAC.” Colbert’s main objective, like most T.V. hosts, involves providing entertainment and humor to the audience; his SuperPAC, though, accomplishes the objective while also highlighting an issue in our electoral process (Johnson). Much like Mencken, Colbert loves to expose fraud. Colbert’s SuperPAC uncovers a major flaw in our nation’s campaign finance regulations. By handing over control of his PAC to Jon Stewart of Comedy Central’s The Daily Show, Colbert’s SuperPAC can raise unlimited sums of campaign funds. While the SuperPAC retains the label of a giant joke, it gets the job done. Senator Russ Feingold, co-sponsor of the McCain-Feingold campaign finance act calls Colbert’s PAC “’the best shot in the arm on the issue that we have had in a long time’” (Johnson). Just like Mencken grilled fraud of Christianity (in his opinion) during the Scopes trial, Colbert shines the spotlight on a glaring issue in our nation’s electoral process.
    In an era of media excess, news outlets continually skirmish for attention. At the top of the journalism food chain sits satirical news sources, which makes a joke out of every bit of news it can. Through his brash prose and unrelenting boldness, H. L. Mencken piloted this type of journalism into the future while becoming one of the most important writers in our nation’s history. He showed no fear in attacking controversial stories head on and hosing them with harsh jokes. Mencken’s work re-wrote the rules of reporting, if not simultaneously creating a new set of rules all together. Traditional reporting slowly but steadily began to fall into the shadow of satirical, funny, and cynical sources. The career of H. L. Mencken compares to a rock slide. Most critics damned him for his often excessive brazenness, but his sweeping style shifted the landscape of journalism forever.

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