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Expressing a number in a Title of a Hub

  1. mary615 profile image93
    mary615posted 2 years ago

    I believe numbers one through ten are properly written out; over that the numeral can be used, but how should I express the number five in a title?   5 or Five??

    1. Faith Reaper profile image86
      Faith Reaperposted 2 years ago in reply to this

      Yes, I think you are supposed to write it out, Mary.  As you stated, numbers one through ten should be written out.  However, I have seen plenty just use the number.

    2. Christy Kirwan profile image
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      Christy Kirwanposted 2 years ago in reply to this

      Hi Mary,

      Numbers should never be used to signify a series of Hubs ("Part 2," "Chapter 3," etc are discouraged) but otherwise whether you write the number out as a word or use the number just depends on your preference. The two are generally treated as the same thing in Google these days.

      1. mary615 profile image93
        mary615posted 2 years ago in reply to this

        Thanks, Christy, I have read several other articles since I  posted this question, and the advice I see is that the digit should be used instead of writing the number.  The link http://blog.hubpages.com/2015/03/23/hub … -makeover/ 
        sallybea gave us that link and  it says HP advises using the digit.

  2. missolive profile image94
    missoliveposted 2 years ago

    Hi Mary, they had me write out the number when I was in the apprenticeship....Five
    Hope that helps.

    1. missolive profile image94
      missoliveposted 2 years ago in reply to this

      I just wanted to add...
      You can write it out both ways. Example, write it out for the title and use the number in the summary. Or vice versa.

  3. Good Guy profile image92
    Good Guyposted 2 years ago

    I have been flexible on this rule, depending on the context, and just how I felt while in the process of writing.  If it is the first letter in a title then it will appear on top if you search according to alphabetical order.  I have a few hub titles with the beginning "9" instead of "Nine".  I wonder whether I should change to "Nine".

    1. colorfulone profile image89
      colorfuloneposted 2 years ago in reply to this

      you are on the track ~
      thank you for sharing the truse...
      9 it is for me.

  4. LindaSmith1 profile image61
    LindaSmith1posted 2 years ago

    I forgot who,  but somebody told me to write numbers out for mobile users.

  5. DrMark1961 profile image92
    DrMark1961posted 2 years ago

    The best way to do it is write out the number for the time being.
    Then, a few months from now, open up your hub and check the stats to see how your hub is being found through the search engines.
    If you have 50 people that are looking for "5 ways to paint your fence" and only 10 people who type in "Five ways to paint your fence" you should go ahead and change it to the number.
    The number of people who find your hub should go up after that. Traffic too, one would hope!

    1. colorfulone profile image89
      colorfuloneposted 2 years ago in reply to this

      +1
      Or any site.

    2. Good Guy profile image92
      Good Guyposted 2 years ago in reply to this

      If I were to do a search, I would just type 5 instead of five.  I think I would just stick to status quo.

      1. sallybea profile image97
        sallybeaposted 2 years ago in reply to this

        I noticed in the HubPro examples that the number is used.  I have subsequently altered some of my hubs-

        http://blog.hubpages.com/2015/03/23/hub … -makeover/

        1. mary615 profile image93
          mary615posted 2 years ago in reply to this

          Thanks for that link!

          1. sallybea profile image97
            sallybeaposted 2 years ago in reply to this

            You are welcome

  6. Susana S profile image92
    Susana Sposted 2 years ago

    Studies have shown that people are more likely to click on titles with numbers, but only when they're expressed numerically. 

    The reason is not that searchers use numbers when looking for info, but that headlines with numerical numbers stand out more in the search results and therefore, are more likely to be clicked.

    I can't remember exactly where I read that now, it may have been over on hubspot. com. Maybe here: http://blog.hubspot.com/marketing/write … -headlines

    Edit: Here - http://moz.com/blog/5-data-insights-int … ders-click

    1. NateB11 profile image93
      NateB11posted 2 years ago in reply to this

      This is exactly what I was thinking.

    2. Kylyssa profile image95
      Kylyssaposted 2 years ago in reply to this

      Thank you for sharing this.

      I just went and changed two of my hub titles to reflect this information. I'm eager to see if it has any effect.

      It's one of the great things about HubPages that we can change titles and content until we figure out what works best for us.

      1. Susana S profile image92
        Susana Sposted 2 years ago in reply to this

        You're welcome smile

        Yes it's definitely a plus that we can change titles!

  7. lobobrandon profile image84
    lobobrandonposted 2 years ago

    Susana is right, when writing online it's better to use digits in titles as that catches the eye on search engines more than words. People are always looking for multiple ways to do stuff.


    For instance, they may not notice you have five ways to do ... on 3rd spot on the SERPs and just go ahead and click the first result. But if you have 5 ways to do... on position 3, it's hard to miss it. They will read the rest of your title and are more likely to click through.

    1. Susana S profile image92
      Susana Sposted 2 years ago in reply to this

      +1

      You expressed it better than me smile

    2. NateB11 profile image93
      NateB11posted 2 years ago in reply to this

      Exactly.

  8. mary615 profile image93
    mary615posted 2 years ago

    Thanks for all your help.  sallybea reminded me of what HP says about this.  They do recommend using the number, i.e. 5 recipes, 10 best BBQ sauces, etc.etc.
    I have noticed on other sites the number seems to be used most frequently,(NOT spelled out).  When I look at my Title, it just looks weird compared to all my other Titles.  I did use the numeral.

  9. kissthesky profile image60
    kisstheskyposted 2 years ago

    In creative writing class back in high school we were taught 1-10 to be written out, I sort of follow it most of the time unless I write "2 out of 3" or similar phrases with multiple numbers.

  10. LindaSmith1 profile image61
    LindaSmith1posted 2 years ago

    Here is a link where this group says to write numbers as numerals not words because of mobile users

    http://www.nngroup.com/articles/web-wri … -numerals/

    1. mary615 profile image93
      mary615posted 2 years ago in reply to this

      Thanks for that link, Linda.  I just read it.

 
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