Google search provides us with cca 50 million results for the article version and 28 million for the no-article variant. Is there any actual difference?

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    I'd say that the article-less version is far more formal. It also allows more than one reason to be added more comfortably than the articled version. – Edwin Ashworth Nov 14 '17 at 11:35
  • Count vs mass noun. Not sure about the significance. @Edwin's comment seems apropos. – AmE speaker Nov 14 '17 at 16:54

It's a slight difference in connotation. "A good reason" implies "a single good reason," it implies that there is or is not a compelling reason so there's the sense of a particular reason.

"For good reason" implies that reason is a bulk quantity, like sugar. There's some measure of reason.

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