I'm looking for input on how to handle a few critical pages for a site I am optimizing. The challenge is that each page, as originally designed, has over 1500 words of text. The rest of the site has a nice mix of page sizes.
It's good text, full of targetted KWs and important user content.
Normally I would break that much content up into several smaller pages. However, this site design uses some very smart DHTML and the user doesn't see one long page -- they get a little section menu and click from section to section in a very natural way.
Because all the sections are really coded on one HTML page there is no download time for a new menu choice -- the switch is instantaneous.
So I really like the design from a usability standpoint, and that makes me want to keep these pages as designed. The total page weights involved are only 19kb and 23kb, even with that much text on each one.
My concern is with the search engines. Will rankings take a hit with that much text, or can I make it an advantage? I know that WPG Page critic strongly suggests fewer words, but don;t they get their stats by measuring what's top ranked rather than by knowing that a page WILL punished for being over a certain size, all other things being equal.
This one has me crazy. Keyword frequency is of course extremely high -- that's one effect of a long page -- but density is reasonable.
Any input on this will be highly valued. Thanks.