I know that SERPs depends on many factors like backlinks, page authority, keywords placement etc. But I noticed that Google also look for the word count of the article.
In 2010,2011 articles with 250+ word count got ranked in Google. But in 2012,2013 the trend was different, If the post is 500+ words, it is likely to get ranked top in Google compared to 250 word count articles.
In late 2013 we can see that all SEO bloggers(who watch the SEO trends) started to publish articles with 1500+ word count and they ranked better that the 500+ word count articles.
Now I was googling for making a review about external HDDs and I found this post
http://goo.gl/J54Fzm. Its word count is 12K and got ranked top for the keyword "portable hdd review" in just 5 days. The ranking will depend on many factors but I am a bit confused about the word count.
MOZ, Searchengineland and other SEO specialists suggest in 2014 to keep the word count near to 1.5k
Q: What should be the word count of an article for better ranking in 2014?
NB: Please don't mark this as a duplicate question. These questions are asked two years before. And I am asking about the trend in 2014. The image attached is from a post about word count published in march-2014.