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Because we do Search Engine Optimization – we often have to talk about the differences between short and long-form content. 700 words have been an average blog post for a while, and 1,800 – 2,500 words has become the new number to strive for to keep people on the page longer and increase your search engine ranking. So what does 700 words look like? What do 2,500 words look like?
What do 700 words, 1,800 words, and 2,500 words look like– here are photos albeit zoomed-out.
We’re sharing a little bit of a visual indicator so you can be aware of how much needs to be written – whether you’re writing a search engine optimized article, or you’re writing a paper for school. This is single spaced in Microsoft Word, but it would likely by similar in Google docs if that’s your text editor of choice.
How many pages is 700 words, 1,800 words and 2,500 words in a Word document?
- 700 words is about 1.5 to 2 pages single spaced with a few titles mixed in (3 pages double-spaced)
- 1,800 words is about 3.5 to 4 pages single spaced with a few titles mixed in (7 pages double-spaced)
- 2,500 words is about 4.5 to 5 pages Single Spaced with a few titles mixed in (10 pages double-spaced)
So you have to write a long article or paper? How to do it:
Whether we’re talking 700 words, 1800 words, 2500 words or what have you – a long article or paper is not easy to just knock out in one go unless you’re very accustomed to writing in sprees. Use a couple key tactics to get up to these long lengths:
- Gather several resources for sources before you get down to writing
- Block out the key ideas without paying super close attention to precision at first
- Don’t hold back any valuable insights for later – give as much value, and share the best ideas in sub-headlines, bulleted lists, and support your main points with significant statistics, original research, and poignant personal stories.
- Allow yourself to create a “very rough – rough draft” first before getting too ‘in your head’ about specific details
- After you have a “very rough – rough draft” start going back and editing your writing for grammar, spelling and make sure that the ideas are cohesive and tied together by a line of thought, and key idea.
- Resolve the end of the article by re-capping the key idea and sum up the whole line of thought.
Yes, 1,800 words to 2,500 words are a lot of words, and not every article requires this kind of intensity (for instance, this is a resource post with much fewer that 1,800 words. However, if you’re trying to prove a contentious point or provide the “definitive” resource on a particular subject – all of that verbiage really does allow a lot of opportunities to support your key thought.
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The word count for a page will vary depending on font size and type, margin size, and spacing elements (single/double space, blank lines, subheadings, graphics).
For a page with 1 inch margins, 12 point Times New Roman font, and minimal spacing elements, a good rule of thumb is 500 words for a single spaced page and 250 words for a double spaced page. Using this as an example, a 3-4 page double spaced paper is 750-1000 words, and a 7 page double spaced paper would be 1750 words.
Assignments often specify a research paper or essay length in terms of words, rather than pages - a paper of 750-1000 words or a paper of 1500-1750 words. This way a student's paper will still meet their instructor's length expectations, regardless of varying font size, margin size, or use spacing elements.
When viewing an electronic version of a student paper in MicroSoft Word, the exact word count can be easily determined. Some research assignments require students to include the word count of their paper.
Also, clarify with your instructor whether the words on the title page, abstract (if used), and reference list count toward the expected word/page count.