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Is it better to write one in depth Hub, or two shorter related Hubs?

  1. summerclark7387 profile image84
    summerclark7387posted 5 years ago

    I'm finishing up a Hub I've been working on for like 4-5 days now, and I realize that I could probably separate it into 2 because it has become more in depth than I thought.  I'm feeling really good about it, and I think it will be a good article, but I wonder if it is becoming too long.  I have noticed that a lot of people do a series of related shorter hubs, and I'm wondering if I should follow suit, but at the same time I wonder if the quality of two hubs would be lacking compared to just one...

    1. Reality Bytes profile image82
      Reality Bytesposted 5 years agoin reply to this

      IMO, one, provide everything the reader is searching for in one location.  I do not count on a viewer to bounce to another article cuz I asked them too.  Just as easy to back out and keep looking.

    2. wilderness profile image97
      wildernessposted 5 years agoin reply to this

      Agree with RB.  I have only twice separated information into multiple hubs, and both times there is well over 10,000 words between all the hubs on the one topic.  That's too much.

      I don't like to go over about 3,000 words, but if I can keep it under that then it's one hub.

    3. Simone Smith profile image94
      Simone Smithposted 5 years agoin reply to this

      I'll third that! Our official stance is that it's better to go in-depth and put a lot of love into a Hub than to write a bunch of shorter ones.

      More on really going for it with Hubs here: http://hubpages.com/learningcenter/Elem … tellar-Hub

      1. summerclark7387 profile image84
        summerclark7387posted 5 years agoin reply to this

        Awesome thanks Simone, that was really helpful!  I am definitely going to go back and do some editing.  I've think I've gotten lucky with my few hubs so far, but that is some awesome advise.  It's kind of funny that my I have my 2 year accolade because I am really such a newbie!  Oh well, that's changing now... get used to seeing me around lol! smile

    4. Barbara Kay profile image89
      Barbara Kayposted 5 years agoin reply to this

      Relache is successful both here and on Squidoo. She said in one of her hubs to stay right on topic. If you go wandering off, it may hurt. I'll give an example. "How to Plant Hostas". Don't go wandering off on hosta diseases. I've got a hub like that, that I need to make into two.

      I agree with Simone though. The longer hubs seem to do better if it is on topic.

      1. Marisa Wright profile image97
        Marisa Wrightposted 5 years agoin reply to this

        That's an excellent point,too.  Often if you're getting over the 1,000 words, it's worth looking back to make sure you're not trying to cover too many aspects of a topic in one Hub.

    5. sharingknowledge profile image72
      sharingknowledgeposted 4 years agoin reply to this

      I just picked some Idea from this thread and hoping that it will work for me too. Thanks for all who posted the great information and wish I had many followers. Who wanna?

  2. summerclark7387 profile image84
    summerclark7387posted 5 years ago

    Thank you both for the replies.  I really didn't want to split this hub up, so now I feel much better about it. smile

  3. Gail Meyers profile image87
    Gail Meyersposted 5 years ago

    That was going to be my answer, too.  Also, I think the more substantial hubs may rank better.

  4. SomewayOuttaHere profile image60
    SomewayOuttaHereposted 5 years ago

    i'm sure everyone means well with their responses here...however...when i see hubs like these hanging around....it really makes me wonder whether there is really any logic about length, quality, etc...........................................................................

    1. summerclark7387 profile image84
      summerclark7387posted 5 years agoin reply to this

      Umm... hmm.  I'm just not sure what to say to that...  Lol well at least I got a laugh out of it.  wink

  5. Marisa Wright profile image97
    Marisa Wrightposted 5 years ago

    I'm going to chime in with a dissenting voice here.

    Once upon a time, I would also have said "keep it all together".   In 2011 one very experienced Hubber did some testing and she found that Hubs between 800 - 1,500 words performed best.  If it's longer than that, it's unlikely people will ever read the whole Hub.

    However, I've since heard a powerful argument from another seasoned Hubber, who feels that shorter, interlinked Hubs have the potential to do just as well.

    Say you split one large Hub into four smaller ones.  You've got three more URL's and three more titles to feature different keywords in.  You're giving yourself three more chances to get noticed by Google.  Given that people can't be bothered scrolling down too far, your work is more likely to get read all the way through.  And the fact that you've written several Hubs on one topic gives the impression that you know your stuff, so readers are more likely to trust you.

    There are a few provisos, though.   Each Hub needs to be more than 500 words, and you need to be sure each one is linked to all the others - you might use a highlighted box, for instance.  I don't think two interlinked Hubs would be enough - it needs to be three or four.

  6. xionnguyen profile image60
    xionnguyenposted 5 years ago

    I would do 2 since human attention span can only concentrate for so long. And I done some research in college that most people will usually skim and scan the pages, unless the topic is interesting. Though my research is only based on those in my college

  7. NicoleMessenger profile image75
    NicoleMessengerposted 5 years ago

    good luck with your hub. sounds like here you got  some good suggestions.

  8. summerclark7387 profile image84
    summerclark7387posted 5 years ago

    Thanks for all the input everyone!  I decided to keep it as one for now and see how it goes.  Although I may go back and separate it into two if I gather more info to include in it.  Thanks again!

    1. profile image55
      mcxniftycallsposted 5 years agoin reply to this

      If your hub is exceeding 1200 words and topic can be broken, its better to write two related articles of 700-800 words.
      Advice as per my personal experience as a reader and as search engine point of view but Google prefer a lengthy 1250+ article.

  9. nikhilchandra profile image77
    nikhilchandraposted 5 years ago

    Writing shorter Hubs and Grouping them together using the Group feature is a wiser option then writing say 2000 words article. For example I was trying to write about Top Tiger Reserves in India but only writing about 2 of them took more than 1500 words. Since I was planning to write about 10 I stopped that post and now I am planning to Group them together using a group name Top Tiger Reserves which may give be more weitage in Search Engine as I can target multiple keywords :-)
    From user point of view, it will be easier for them to explore related Hubs under same group. I have done that effectively so for my Train Travel related Hubs.