Amount of text per page and SEO content

I have done a lot of SEO and in my experience perceived wisdom put a maximum of about 750 words per page.
There seems to be a growing belief that post Panda and Penguin Google rates pages of 2,000 and 3,000 words higher than smaller pages.
What are your views?
digiselAsked:
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tailoreddigitalConnect With a Mentor Commented:
I used to think along the lines of 750, but the below article pointed out clearly the value of aiming for more.     I did make the adjustment to a couple sites that i do SEO for and did notice rank improvements, but i adjusted the content length along with other aspects of the page, so it's hard to narrow down how much length really played a part.

This article is a bit dated, but still relevant,
http://blog.serpiq.com/how-important-is-content-length-why-data-driven-seo-trumps-guru-opinions/


Position of keywords i think is important.   It's good to make sure the keywords you're targeting come up early in the content.   About within the first 100 to 150 words.  

Outbound links and backlinks from related pages is a good technique.   This creates a web of pages related to keywords.   Linking to quality content elsewhere raises your site's relevancy.
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Jeffrey DakeConnect With a Mentor Senior Director of TechnologyCommented:
Post penguin and panda are all about unique content not amount of content.   I would argue longer content on a page tends to rank better, because it truly is original unique content. Fewer words means that most likely it is just copied and pasted. Not to mention a longer post tends to mean people read it longer. Since one of the big factors of panda is about how users use your site, a longer post could intrigue users to stay around longer and read the content.
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digiselAuthor Commented:
Interesting point of view.   i know there are a lot of different opinions on this subject.
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digiselAuthor Commented:
thanks for your contributions.   i think they crystallise the reality of the situation as well as could be.
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