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12:37 am on Jan 26, 2007 (gmt 0)

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Hi,

Can someone give me a reliable indication of the number of pages minimum a niche website should have to gain quite a good search engine ranking? I realise that the more pages someone can put up, the better. However, would 10-20 article pages for one niche be enough?

I look forward to hearing from you.

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2:36 pm on Jan 26, 2007 (gmt 0)

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You seem to have answered the question yourself :)

I believe that there are no specific rules when it comes to deciding on the number of pages on a website...the more pages you have with relevant, original content, the better are your chances of doing well on search engines. Whether these pages will be enough or not depends on their quality and relevance.

You can always begin with say - 10 - 15 pages and then work on increasing this number slowly and steadily...

would like to hear other opinions on this!

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Very difficult question. I can only guess, since I don't know what you mean by "quite a good search engine ranking". Are you talking about SERPs or Google page rank?

I usually start slow, say with 10 pages, but keep adding religiously until I hit 100. This isn't necessarily all original content, but at the VERY least, 50% original.

This has gotten my website, in a highly competitive niche, into the Google top 10 and page rank 4.

I continue to update at least twice a month.

You could advance further, and faster, with a less competitive niche, I would think.

9:08 am on Feb 8, 2007 (gmt 0)

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My case might have been an unusual one...

I started with a one-page website (home page only) to begin with and it achieved PR3 at its first Google update and ranked #1 for two of the most competitive (global) keywords...

Now the site has 19 more static pages and 4 of them rank in top-10 for cumulative 13 keywords on Google.

With all this statistics and all your opinions, my opinion is that be it a niche or not and irrespective of number of pages what matters is the relevant content (the more original, the better) and thematic back-links (quality over quantity).

1:29 pm on Feb 8, 2007 (gmt 0)

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...a niche or not and irrespective of number of pages what matters is the relevant content (the more original, the better) and thematic back-links (quality over quantity)

I couldn't agree more with the opinion above.
Another aspect is that the more pages you have, the more complicated the website grows and I don't think that works well for any project.
My bit of advice - keep it as minimalistic as possible and stress on quality, not quantity.

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Yes again, I meant no matter a website addresses to a niche or mass, and despite number of pages it hosts (10 or 10k), it ought to have revevent content which would address to a focussed theme and with all those, more quality neighbourhoods you have (meaning # pages), the better for a search engine to recongnize you!

How can I have few pages if I would try to create anothe Wiki...?
Ideas welcome!

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Yes again, I meant no matter a website addresses to a niche or mass, and despite number of pages it hosts (10 or 10k), it ought to have revevent content which would address to a focussed theme and with all those, more quality neighbourhoods you have (meaning # pages), the better for a search engine to recongnize you!

I agree. What I guess people here so far tried to lay stress on was to go public with quality content...
And yes - of course, quantity does matter, but in my opinion, what will keep your visitors back and will by no doubt boost your popularity is the quality of the content included.
If you are to create the new Wiki - it is quite a different matter, I would say.

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I agree with you...
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This might be stating the obvious, but for both search engines and returning visitors you want to add new content regularly - so it may be better to start off on the small side and add new content gradually, rather than starting out with everything you've got.
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This might be stating the obvious, but for both search engines and returning visitors you want to add new content regularly - so it may be better to start off on the small side and add new content gradually, rather than starting out with everything you've got.

Definitely.

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what leads you to believe a niche is "competative"? 1,000,000+ results, or some other metric?
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Well, it can be 1,000,000+ in competition or traffic, either way. However, we can't give it a boundary; it purely depends on the theme (industry vertical).
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There is no such rule to follow. But yes based on how competitive the keywords is that you want to target, the number of pages would vary.

Yet again, if you have optimized content for the keywords, then even a single page is enough to take on the world.

So, its up to you to select which option, more pages or more optimized content per page!

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So, its up to you to select which option, more pages or more optimized content per page!

And if it is appropriate to use the opinion to sum up - start with a satisfactory (not necessarily great) number of quality content pages and keep on adding more until you reach what is enough for your specific needs.

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"And if it is appropriate to use the opinion to sum up - start with a satisfactory (not necessarily great) number of quality content pages and keep on adding more until you reach what is enough for your specific needs."

Definitely yes!