But that response misses the entire point of my original post…
My question was, “What is a sufficient amount of content (e.g. # of articles) to go live with my website?”
I stated several times that “I have no shortage of quality things to say, HOWEVER, if I wait to write everything I have to say before I “go live” then it will be year 3030 and I’ll be bankrupt (and dead)!!”
stop writing when you have nothing left to say.
completely misses the point of this post!
If you are putting articles on your site only for Search Engines or to fill up space, then you are doing it for the wrong reasons.
When did I mention SEO?
(People who build their websites on SEO usually have crap to offer in the first place. If you build a quality website with quality content, that satisfies some core need, then SEO becomes an after-thought.)
You have a lot of good answers here.
I don’t disagree, but that last post sounded like an unrelated rant.
Most have told you to go ahead with your site and keep adding to it to bring back your visitors.
I agree about continually adding relevant, and quality content, but then again, would you “go live” if your website only had ONE article - as good as it may be?
I’m thinking 10-15 quality articles might be enough to look presentable. But others may think more or less would work…
Here’s another consideration: Just how quickly do you believe your site will be noticed once launched?
Well, the plan is to promote my business in the physical world and then to have my website provide supporting evidence/content/support. (That is why SEO is meaningless to me at this point.)
I am going out to my customers/potential customers directly, not waiting for them to find me on Google. (Sorta like you might have gone out and found people who wanted to buy a home, and then you referred them to your website, while continuing to work with them directly. Versus, sitting around tapping your nails hoping someone online - who wants to buy a home - finds you online.)
Viral marketing is slow, unless you already have a huge readership from some other source that you can tap into and Search Engines may take up to 6 months to move even the best new sites up in their indexes.
“Viral Marketing” makes me feel ill! Yuck!
However, for those that DO come to my website on a “referral basis”, I want to make sure that they can easily find me (e.g. I’m indexed in the Search Engines) and that I have enough quality content, that people take me seriously.
(Just my opinion, but I wouldn’t hang around or go back to a website with one product or one article, because it would look amateurish…)
Additionally, as you have already noted, you must give your visitors (both human and robotic) a reason to return. There is no better reason to go back to a site than to see what is new.
I agree. But again, I wouldn’t be curious to return to a website with one article.
Would I go back to a website with 15 thought-provoking articles? Yes.
What is your “magic number” (or range), though?