Earlier today, we raised the maximum word count accepted from 3,500 words to 5,000 words.
The minimum is still 250 words. (Updated 3/1/2011 – The minimum is now 400 words.)
For the past 30 days, here are the percentages of a few word count ranges:
250-299 words: 10.2%
300-349 words: 10.7%
350-499 words: 34.2%
500-749 words: 30.9%
750-999 words: 7.6%
1000+ words: 6.4%
We’re glad to see that the majority are 350-749 words (400-750 was my previous guidance) and will be starting educational campaigns soon to encourage a 500 word count floor for several reasons…mostly relating to article quality and depth expectations from our readership. It takes an exceptional writer to craft a high quality article under 350 words.