Rank No. 1 on Google With These Sentence and Paragraph Styles

It’s common today to find people asking you “how long should a blog post be?” or what is the standard length for an ideal blog post?”. However, a few are asking "what is the normal length for my sentences and paragraphs?”

I advise you to take this seriously as well, if not more important.

Even though our main target could be to improve Google search ranking, rank higher on google or rank for certain keywords fast, search engines may not favor us if we don't know how to use the sentences and paragraphs that truly rank.

I started out asking the same question. What should be the number of words in my posts to rank on Google? I tried 2000 and above out and it worked? But later something unfriendly happened.

You ask what?

It worked in the early time of those longer posts. A few months later I saw a deep drop in their rankings.

My findings showed that readers didn’t read those posts to the end. Not because the content was not good but they preferred it to be broken down to simpler sentences and paragraphs to improve their understanding.

Most readers quit halfway if your paragraphs appear to them as if they’re reading for Citizenship and History exams. We all feel the same.

Related: Blog Like a Pro: Make Readers Stay to the End and Rank Page 1

I later changed things and broke my paragraphs into smaller sentences. It worked like pills. In just a few days, my ranking went back and performed even better.

People are generally in a hurry, they want solutions immediately. However, it’s difficult to solve most problems too quickly. So what is the way out?

Give them short sentences and paragraphs that will make things look shorter and quicker, yet it's lengthy. The length will remain long, yet they won’t realize that, until they complete the whole posts.

People don’t just read longer posts unless the writer is able to break things down in simple and short sentences. This goes hand in hand with smaller paragraphs. How long should your paragraphs be?

Gain More Rank with Short Sentences and Paragraphs

There are a few things to commit to heart if you want to rank for certain sentences and paragraphs. And if ranking is a must, how long or short your statement matters. 

1. Forget Standard English

While in schools, I was taught I must make paragraphs to contain several sentences. In blogging, this doesn’t work well.

Except you’re writing for research, I don’t think you will do well following standard paragraphing required for school exams.

Why do you think people read more on mobile devices than on their laptops and desktop computers?

The answer is simple. People see things shorter and quicker on their Samsung S20 and iPhone 11.

Break the long paragraphs down into a few more paragraphs and people will love it. If they do, to hell with a writing law you learned in high school. You’ve just won the Google law!

2. Simplify Paragraphs with the Use of Bullets and Numbering

Most bloggers use bullets and numbering to itemize a list of things, types of things, etc.

That’s what schools thought us.

Most of us are still stuck with Microsoft thinking. Remember how we use bullets in Ms. Word, PowerPoint, and the likes?

In blogging, use your bullets and numbering, also to list points, ideas, and paragraphs.

Where paragraphs are necessary to be lengthy, bullets and numbering will save you from losing the interest of your readers.

3. Tailor Sentences and Paragraphs to the Targeted Audience

As earlier said, where you’re presenting researches or results of studies, it may not be entirely easy to break your post into shorter paragraphs with simpler sentences.

You’re definitely going to go scot-free here because your readers are people searching for such bulky paragraph posts. They know what they’re looking for and they hope you’re able to make it bulky or else they may not see the professionalism expected in your writings.

That will be perfect for such an audience.

Where you’re targeting graduates, school leavers, and busy workers, you're speaking to people always in haste. You may need to be in a hurry too.

They want it shorter, simpler, and neater.

Why do you think more people are still stuck with iPhones and her ecosystem even with cheaper competition from Android makers?

Only a few people want things to look complex. Who doesn't like simplicity, of course?

My Recommendation

Having said it all, with evidence and experiences, you may want to know my recommended standards for your blog sentences and paragraphs.

I’ll share one definitely. Before then, let me ask you “what kept you reading this post to this line?”

It’s because I’ve broken things down for you - shorter, faster, and neater.

And if you notice, I’d used a maximum of three sentences for my paragraphs.
  1. For some paragraphs with longer sentences (usually complex and compound), go for at most 3 sentences.
  2. Paragraphs with simple statements should be limited to 5 sentences.
  3. Mix things along the way. For some points, drop them in a single-sentence paragraph.
  4. Make one-sentence-paragraph when you ask questions or provide direct answers. Check this in my post all over again.


I won’t doubt it if a study shows that about 90% of niches need simpler sentences and shorter paragraphs to do well in blogging?

It’s obvious but mostly ignore.

If you must go along with the world of your readers, you must adjust to what people want. This is what they want – faster, simpler, and neater.

Do you think posting by following these standards has helped your ranking or otherwise? Have you experienced what I shared in my ranking story here? Do you have other ways to write simpler sentences and shorter paragraphs other than these? Share your experiences. Leave a comment below.

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