Create Longer Posts & Assignments - How To Add To Your Word Count

We've all had those days. You come up with a great idea for an article, check your keywords, type it all in and smile at your hard work. Then you look at the word count - and see how dismal it actually is.

For google to actually notice your article or post and think it is of high enough quality to rank reasonably well, you need a minimum of at least 300+ words. If you want google to be even more impressed and rank high against a large base of competition, you need 1000-1500 words. However as Marisa Wright has mentioned, shorter articles can do well as long as they are interlinked (see Marisa's comment at the end of this article.)

Of course a whole range of things effects the chance of google ranking your post well including keywords, promotion and age as well as various other factors. However words, as the building blocks of your posts, do play a big part.

This is a guide for how to add some extras in your word count - without "spinning". Spinning basically means saying the same thing five times to increase your word count - and if your readers find you do this regularly, they won't come back for more.

It can be frustrating having a good topic but not enough content. Photo by Peter Alfred Hess.
It can be frustrating having a good topic but not enough content. Photo by Peter Alfred Hess.

Lists

Add some lists to your posts - tell people about the different varieties, types or styles available in relation to your topic. For instance, with an article about roses, you could provide a list of most popular types of rose varieties or different breeds of roses (such as cabbage, wild rose and modern).

Related Topics

Is there a particular related topic that may interest your reader? For instance a reader that is visiting your post about roses may be interested to know some quick gardening tips. Or on an article about cooking utensils you might be able to add some recipes.

Good and Bad

Writing an article about something controversial? Tell readers both sides of the story - even if you only support one side. As long as you make it clear to readers which side you support, they'll appreciate that you're partial enough to give them complete information.

Uses

Everything has a use - if it didn't you probably wouldn't be writing about it. Try making a list of various uses for it, from the mundane to the unique.

History

If you're writing about an item or destination, consider adding a bit of history. How did it start? Who was the creator? How has it improved since its creation or discovery?

Something that might interest the reader

You don't have to write specifically on the subject. If you're writing on something that has many parts and subtopics consider putting in some information your readers may be interested in - it may even spark another article idea!

  • For a book review try adding a note about similar books and authors.
  • For how to guides consider putting some tips about general maintenance and repair.
  • For a story or poem try putting some background information about something in the piece of writing - such as the inspiration for it, the area it was set in or the characters.

Product, Item or Book review

Putting a short review of something related to your article can do two things.

  1. Add to your word count.
  2. Allow product placement and encourage your reader to click an amazon or ebay advert.

Recipes

Nope I'm not talking about just food recipes! You'll find that you can write a recipe on a lot of topics. Here are some examples:

  • On an article about lemons - a recipe for lemon pie.
  • On an article about engines - a recipe for making a makeshift part.
  • On an article about flower colors that aren't available - a recipe to make white flowers into other colors with food dye.
  • On an article about craft - a recipe for making a house out of paper and paddle pop sticks.

My experience

Many people find that it can be hard work to write an impartial article that gives all the pros and cons of a subject while still trying to convince the reader of their point or why they should buy an item.

Putting a small piece at the end of the article about your experiences with the topic will not only enforce the reader's belief that your background experience makes you a good source on the subject but will also give you a chance to explain some of your reasoning for liking the product or subject in greater detail.

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Glenn Stok 13 months ago from Long Island, NY

Extremely good advice Susannah. Especially the warnings you give about not being redundant just to add words to an article.

Once in a while I read something online where I immediately feel déjà vu. Then I become aware that I just read a similar paragraph a moment earlier in the article.

When this happens, I wonder if the author just forgot that he or she already said that in a different way, or if they just didn't care enough to proofread their own work. Either way, it distracts from the satisfaction, and tends to make me ignore anything further from that particular author.

So your point is a very good one. And you gave a lot of useful ideas how to expand on an article the right way.


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Rich W2K 3 years ago from Gold Coast

Wow, great information. I didn't even think about adding a recipe for anything other than food. I think it's time I thunk out of the box! Thanks for the help.


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Ceres Schwarz 3 years ago

Very useful hub with great tips. Sometimes, I do have a problem with my word count being too short and then I have to figure out how to make it longer. It's great to be able to know many ways of increasing your word count without appearing as if you're just going around in circles or repeating the same thing over and over again.


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Melis Ann 4 years ago from Mom On A Health Hunt

My hubs take so long to construct that I'm finding the opposite experience of trying to break them out into multiple hubs. I can use your suggestions to make sure that each of my subtopics is well rounded ~ thanks!


Hipprintz 5 years ago

Thank you, great information.


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JimmieWriter 5 years ago from Memphis, TN USA

Good stuff. I'm rather new to HP, and I notice that my lowest performing hubs do have lower word counts. Getting those beefed up today!


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kamran210 5 years ago from Pakistan

Thanks ..i just wrote a 1533 word count hub and if i add these to that that world count may double:P Thankyou for these suggestion as writing a 1500 long hub without these is really difficult and most importantly by using these headings like history ,list experience etc will maintain the interest of readers and they will not get bored after reading half material.......

I personaly try to maintain the interest of readers througout but i am not so succesfull in that ..


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sweetie1 5 years ago from India

Thanks wrylit.. now i know why i dont get more than 100 page views per day for all my hubs combined. nice hub rating it up


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J Sunhawk 6 years ago from South Carolina

Lots of useful tidbits that add to the word count. I like the idea of adding personal experience at the end.


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abbiz 6 years ago from M-A

I like this one and I book marked it.

Great information, thanks so much WryLilt.


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forlan 6 years ago

good advice, I will build a hubpages that contain 1000-1500 words only


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tthudium 6 years ago

I am currently writing a 3 hub series about dogs... household dogs, guard dogs, and how to protect them. I think that interlinking them will help me get a lot more traffic. Thanks for the great hub!


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lex123 6 years ago

I do agree interlinking is very important.


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WryLilt 6 years ago from Toowoomba, Australia Author

Thank you for the comment Marisa. However, wordcount is good I believe for newer hubbers in particular who have little idea about linking, promotion and keywords etc.

I have put a bit more information in the article introduction however, so the information is available to those who have been here a little longer and are more aware of other ways to get google's attention.


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Marisa Wright 6 years ago from Sydney

WryLilt, I agree that longer Hubs do better - but Sunforged recently said he'd found that three 400-word Hubs, interlinked, can do just as well as one 1,200 word Hub. It's somewhere on the forums! The key is the interlinking, of course.


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babelc 6 years ago

Great hub!!

Yeah...I am guilty of writing substandard hubs when I first started, often less than 500 words...because I was too lazy!! Nowadays, I make sure that those hubs are at least 500 words...


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CYBERSUPE 6 years ago from MALVERN, PENNSYLVANIA, U.S.A.

Awesome Hub. Very interesting and full of honest information. Thank You so much WryLilt. Continued best of luck!


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bayoulady 6 years ago from Northern Louisiana,USA

Good hub! At first I didn't want to worry about making money, but I figure I may as well go for it. Not at the expense of quality however. This hub has suggestions to improve the quality as well as the length! GOOD FOR YOU!


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Info Bucket 6 years ago from Kerala, India

I really liked the first para, i felt this every time when i complete a hub. Nice work WryLilt.


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talfonso 6 years ago from Tampa Bay, FL

Some of my best content average about 1000-2000 words, mainly because I give in-depth information. But I believe that 800 is the magic number for quality hub length.

I have a blast reading this Hub, anyway.


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masaa 6 years ago from Kenya

you should be making more money with hubs like this. nice tips ill be sure to implement them.


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sofs 6 years ago

I am learning and this is helpful


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wolfpack5 6 years ago from Alberta Canada

Hi wrylilt, Great informative hub thank you :)


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HubCrafter 6 years ago from Arizona

Writers of short hubs need this kind of inspiration...thank you.

But now, let's consider the Readers of these short hubs...they need inspiration too!

Once you've let loose the hounds of hell (the facts)you've nothing left to say...right?

What about...less tour guide facts and more personality?

Tell a personal story; add a quote to put a face on your subject. Make it humorous...no one will die if they smile while reading.

Use emotion words...love, wonderful, beautiful, tender...describe things using these emotional words and the Reader will remember you. (Will it make your hub ....longer?)

The point is not how LONG the hub is. It's..is it long enough for the Reader to discover YOU as a writer?

If you want to write just another of the thousands of bland info-mercial "articles"...go ahead.

But no one will ever recognize your work. No one will know who wrote it. And it won't matter. Readers will follow an author....if they truly LIKE to read them.

The alternative is to simply write for the one-time read. SEO authors do this ALL the time. Lard it up with keywords. Slap on a title. Move on.

There's far too much of this cattle dropping on the internet already.

Writing is work. Research it like you would a hub. There's plenty of room to improve as a writer.


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SEO IT! 6 years ago from Tucson, AZ

Great information! Most of my hubs average about 800 words, but you have inspired me to see what I can do to make them longer.


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Fluffymetal 6 years ago from Texas

Great information. I look forward to reading more of your hubs.


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Pcunix 6 years ago from SE MA

It IS hard work to write good content and far too much of what we find on the internet today obviously shows very little work was put into it.

Good advice here. I'll find a way to link to it sooner or later :-)


Website Examiner 6 years ago

Recently it has come to my attention that while less than 500 words may be substandard, 1000-1500 is oftentimes a lot better. I would imagine that once a writer has settled into this kind of format, they will learn to structure their work differently, and your advice could be very helpful in the difficult transition phase. You are a learned Hubber!

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