This is really not a big deal, but I am curious why there are two separate word counts for hubs. I am editing a hub and the new feature shows a word count of 1287. When I click on "done editing" and then look at the word count under the "stats/hub metrics" it shows 1325. I suspect that one is counting the words in the amazon and ebay capsules, but I am not sure.
Like I said, this isn't a big deal, but I am curious of the cause of the difference.
I've noticed this fluke to, when I published a hub that had lots of content in the amazon module's description. The word count within the hub metrics says the article is only 293 words long, and when I'm editing it says it has 331 words. Yet when I copy and paste all the content i have written into word I get a total of 719, which is a good sized article.
What's happening here is that the hubpage word counter doesn't count the word in the amazon modules. It doesn't really bother me that much because I do know that google sees this content, but it still would be nice if the amazon module text would be counted also.
Some capsules count; others don't; and some count in what can only be described as a buggy manner. I got it all figured out for the "old" stats count, but gave up when I noticed the "new" one in edit mode counts differently.
What I prefer to do is compose my hubs offline in OpenOffice (or Word, whatever you choose). Do a word count in the word processor to get a close approximation of the total count (as it would include titles). Then, I copy the entire article from the word processor and paste it into Notepad... I do this to strip any special formatting that might look weird in my hub. Finally, I go into HubPages, start a new hub, and copy and paste each title and section from Notepad into the cells within the hub as I want them laid out. I know this sounds like a lot of work, however I've been blogging and working on website content for years, and following this procedure ensures that the final posted web content is as concise and free of spelling mistakes as possible, and again, it also lets you see a real word count.
I don't use this program personally because I don't have a mac, but if you do have one here's a program I'd personally use: http://www.iawriter.com/mac/ It keeps track of your word count and is pretty much like Notepad, and it helps keep you focused. Just a suggestion!
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