I have a question regarding word count. I have an affiliate website in the hiking and camping niche. I have written 7 articles up until now and each one of them exceeds the 3000 words and nears the 4000. However, I don't talk sh*t and give valuable information.
My question is whether I should write my articles shorter since people have a very short attention span and probably won't fully read my articles.
With roundup review articles, I really try to keep write not too much, but if I review these products in full detail and cover every feature, it nears the 4000 words. I also always explain generally unknown terms so that people always fully understand it, for example, the TPI of a fabric. I would think that it makes my website look more trustworthy, but a lot of people tell me that it isn't worth it since people won't fully read your article.
How am I supposed to write better articles than my competitors if I don't give more valuable info?
I even have a 8000-word info article which is a complete beginner's camping guide. I cover pretty much everything. Isn't that better than a 2500-word article that doesn't talk about, for example, food or clothing?
Basically, what I'm asking is whether it's okay, better or worse to write a lot of words as long as it adds valuable info.