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    Does size matter ? (!)


    I've seen a few comments on this forum (about other peoples' sites) to the effect that their sites are not big enough to get good SERPS.

    Does the size of a site (i.e. the number of different pages) make a difference?

    My site has around 15 pages, which is enough to get the point across to human readers - but should it have more pages than that for the purpose of including more keywords / long-tail phrases, etc?

    So in summary, does size matter, or is it what you do with it that counts?...
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    Depends - size doesn't mean the pages you do have won't rank well in the SERPS. Make the most of what you've got - size doesn't matter.

    What size will do for a website will do is give more 'inroads' ie: give answers to more queries and therefore more traffic - so the bigger the better in that respect - you'll have more pages to rank higher for more keywords and get more traffic.

    So, in both respects, big or small, it is what you do with it that counts
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    I know a guy who has a one page site that ranks well in Google on a fairly competitive term that makes him a nice bit of money. He has fewer inbound links than any other site on the first page of his SERPs.
    * "It's not the size of the dog in the fight that matters, it's the size of the fight in the dog." Mark Twain
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    Originally Posted by proxima
    Does the size of a site (i.e. the number of different pages) make a difference?
    It depends on what type of phrase you are targeting but generally speaking the answer is NO.

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    Originally Posted by europa
    It depends on what type of phrase you are targeting but generally speaking the answer is NO.
    I would agree. I have sites that have thousands of pages and sites that have a dozen or so. It makes no difference unless you look at a website from a long tail approach. Obviously, the more content you create - the more long tail keywords you can reach.
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    Originally Posted by proxima
    I've seen a few comments on this forum (about other peoples' sites) to the effect that their sites are not big enough to get good SERPS.

    Does the size of a site (i.e. the number of different pages) make a difference?

    My site has around 15 pages, which is enough to get the point across to human readers - but should it have more pages than that for the purpose of including more keywords / long-tail phrases, etc?

    So in summary, does size matter, or is it what you do with it that counts?...
    I think it is fair to compare website to the net. The wider the net - the more fish you can catch. The bigger the site - the better chances you have to bring more visitors to it. Under the condition that all those pages have readable and valuable content and SE-optimized. It is hard to expect one or two page site to be optimised for all targetted keywords and be trustworthy for visitors.
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    Originally Posted by proxima
    So in summary, does size matter, or is it what you do with it that counts?...
    It is the content that matters.

    Usually bigger size equals more content.

    More content results in more keywords (and keyword combinations, sometimes very strange keyword combinations, but that is what are searchers looking for).

    More content results in more reasons to link and deeplink to you.

    ... and there comes the traffic and the SEO point of view.


    I know, that the process is much more complex, but I am sure you see the difference between larger and smaller site. You do not need large site, if yours is exactly focused on one topic (product), but the larger the better (without forgetting relevancy) if you aim for crowds of visitors.

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    Usually, authoritative sites are those that contain multiple pages with good contents of course...
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    Thanks for all the replies.

    I like the "fishing net" analogy - sounds like I need to make sure my existing small net is nice and tight with no big holes in it, then and only then I'll try to broaden it out a bit to try and catch some "long tail" fish...

    Thanks again.
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    Originally Posted by rhardo
    Usually, authoritative sites are those that contain multiple pages with good contents of course...
    You've beaten me to it rhardo; very good comment.

    On this very point, I am going to go out on a limb and say that the size of a website does matter.
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    Originally Posted by justicewhite
    You've beaten me to it rhardo; very good comment.

    On this very point, I am going to go out on a limb and say that the size of a website does matter.
    Not really... a one page wonder can rank for anything just as well as any large website authoritative or not... links make the different... and any government or edu website wouldn't rank without links either.

    The latter though has the advantage for ranks on volumes of multiple terms just by sheer volume of available "diversed" topics.
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    I can certainly see that having more pages allows a far greater number of long-tail combinations to be found - some specifically targetted, and some probably just discovered when you see what strange combinations of words some people search for.

    I'm starting to see that already with my existing small site - people search for combinations of words I'd never have guessed. I'm currently not high in the SERPS for those combinations, but obviously high enough to be found by someone who goes though several pages of SERPS. But I could write and tailor a specific page for that combination, and hope to get it higher in the SERPS. And so the site slowly grows, and the number of long-tail targets grows with it.
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    Almost everyone above has given the correct and comprehensive answer: A single page can rank perfectly well for a keyword and there is no penalty for sites that don't contain more pages. To target more keywords and get a better exposure in search engines, you should build additional pages with high quality, unique content tailored to the new keyword themes.

    Let's close this thread.
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    Originally Posted by Chris42
    Let's close this thread.
    NO!

    I have a 1 page site that is ranked #1 for 3 pretty competitive keywords. Size doesn't matter.

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    In my opinion, the more pages a site have the better, because more pages ( more content ) attracts more links so building up a strong link popularity is always helpful, but do not add pages to a site just to have more. As with anything else ( e.g. links ), put quality before quantity.

    I have a site with ~ 40 pages which almost to weeks ago jumped in the first page of Google results for a very competitive keyword. It competes against thousands of sites with hundreads to thousands of pages but it ranks well because of the good quality ( uniqueness of the content ) of the pages and backlinks.

    I plan to add more pages to it step by step ( dedicated product pages with short reviews ), but I won't do it until I'll have the needed time to write quality content that I'll use to fill them up with.

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