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Google says to start with fewer pages for new sites

Google’s John Mueller has advised those launching new sites to start with minimal pages for Google’s benefit. Speaking on Twitter, he said “I recommend erring on the site of having fewer pages as too many pages makes it hard to find the unique value of each page.”

So when launching a new site should we really be publishing a few pages at first to test the water, or at least making sure they are significantly different? John Mueller would suggest yes but it is unclear the adverse effects this could have on your rankings.