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How Much Text is Needed for Image Galleries to Rank?

10:25 pm on Sep 14, 2011 (gmt 0)

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Good evening guys,

One of my sites is very image centric. As are the other sites in my niche. One of the things I noticed, is that with over 100 links on a page, on a website that doesn't have much text, doesn't rank. I've tested it a few times and the target page, stops ranking and another page, that has less links ranks instead, but usually not as well.

I wondered how much text, is needed on a page, to help prevent this from happening?

In one instance, a page went from not being able to rank for over a year, to number 1 within 48 hours. Just from reducing the number of links. It's very odd but evidently in this particular setup, there is a such thing as too many links.

Having too much text will look out of place in a gallery. Any ideas?
12:44 am on Sept 15, 2011 (gmt 0)

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Theoretically it is possible for a page with zero text to rank and it is also possible for a page with great content to never rank. That is because other factors like link popularity and competition levels impact the rankings.

I typically like to have at least 800 words on my content pages. For a large image gallery I personally would like a bare minimum of 300 words. I've had good results using mturk to generate image descriptions.