- 58% of consumers have used voice search to find local business information in the last 12 months.
- 46% of voice search users look for a local business on a daily basis
- 27% visit the website of a local business after making a voice search
- 76% of smart speaker users perform local searches at least weekly—with 53% searching using these devices every day
Tammy Emineth wrote a great blog post on Active Rain about this? Tammy states “The longer the post is, the better it’s laid out, and the more exhaustive in its information and authority, the more Google will find value in it and rank it well. Then when people come to the page, they can pick and choose what they want to read about and move on. But the next person may choose something else in the article to stop and ponder while the next person may actually read every word.”
So does every post have to be 2,000 words? Tammy says not really. “Sometimes, the words just flow and you need to say it all! That’s great! THAT’S the post you monetize and share over and over again. It’s okay to have a few short posts, especially if they are about events, local news, market reports, etc.. but then there are those posts that you feel should win an award!”
Where does the 2,000 word recommendation come from?
Tammy says “Well, it’s authority. Google knows just about anyone can throw out a couple hundred words. If you took the time to create a post with at least 2000 words, they assume it’s not garbage and they might rank it. If it turns out to be fluff and garbage, they will slowly start to de-value it. But if it’s NOT garbage and people actually like it, read it, stay on the site and page longer and comment on it, Google will assume it’s good information AND that the information in the post is ACTUALLY what the title and metadata say it’s about (no click-bait here). The more you promote it and talk about it and link to it and share it, the more important it will be.”
In my opinion a short post with a great title like “Vancouver New Listings for Houses For Sale” and a brief report about the new listings is sustainable and if you write short posts regularily you will be way ahead of your competitors who publish one 2,000 word blog post per year and more likely to be on page one of a Google search for “Vancouver New Listings”. Find the sweet spot in blog post length that inspires you to post more often. Make sure your title reflects what people are searching for and re-use the title words in the blog post as reinforcement.
The truth is not many Realtors blog so if you do your website will slowly rise to the top of the ranking.