Google may remove reference to word count from Search Console news article content errors

Google Search Console has a Google News-specific article content error named “Article too short”. In this section, he offers a recommendation to “make sure your articles are longer than 80 words”. Google’s Danny Sullivan said they might remove that reference because “people shouldn’t worry about the word count,” he said on Twitter.

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As Google has said many times, word count is not a ranking factor and this reference is confusing based on previous advice from Google. Danny Sullivan therefore said that Google could remove this reference.

Here is the context around this confusion:

An 80-word article is even short by my standards, and I write short.

Discussion forum on Twitter.