Hi everybody! Question: Is there a maximum amount of words, images,videos etc. I can put into a Hub before I get some kind of warning message saying "you have exceeded your maximum amount of [images/words/videos] please remove X number of [images/texts/videos] before posting"?
Is there a limit or is the ceiling pretty much limitless? The reason I ask is because I'm working on a Hub that is a little over 10,000 words, and counting, and would like to know if I will need to make a Part 2...
There's no maximum. Adding a table of contents in a long hub with many sections will help readers navigate it better. Otherwise they may skim to try to find what they are looking for, accidentally pass over it, and then click the back button. Here's a tutorial on how to make one by hand since there isn't a simple TOC capsule you can add
There are also page load issues to consider. Text usually loads fine, but a lot of images and video, polls, maps, quizzes etc will make it slower.
The advantage of splitting a hub into parts is that you can link them to one another and get more page views when readers click from one to the next to the next.
There is no maximum. But how long do you expect your readers to stay on your hub? I wouldn't go above 1500 words per hub if I want to hold my readers' attention. Maybe you should consider breaking your hub up into several.
Unless your hub is really engaging, how many readers will have the patience to read 10,000 words in one setting? I suggest making a part or Episode 2. Just suggesting..
Thank you everyone, you have all given me a lot to think about. It would be best if I don't keep all of my eggs in one basket. I'll turn my Hub into a series.
Now I just need to figure out at what points I'll break it up. I'll put Part 1 here when the time comes incase you're curious of what I'm working with.
Break it up using related search friendly title. Then use the hub group to link them together so that your readers can easily navigate.
Phew! Glad you decided to do that. With 10,000 words, you should aim to break it up into at least five Hubs.
Rather than looking for "points" to break it up, sit back and minute and think about your topic.
It's very unusual to find a subject that can't be examined from several different angles. What are the different aspects that apply in this case? Write them down.
If you can write each Hub to be fairly standalone, examining one aspect of your subject, it will be far more effective than just breaking up a long article according to length.
Agreed. People will be more inclined to read a 1,200 word article on a very specific area of a topic, rather than dive into a five part series.
Right now it's 10,000 words and counting.
Something like another Hub I wrote but for the Missions in GTA Online. There are 91 Missions that can be played Solo (plus whatever ones get added with downloadable content in future). I gave it some thought and I think I'll do 30, 31, 30. Or I could do 25, 25, 25, 16 and make it a four part series. I might do the latter....
You know your audience. They're looking for quick answers to get on with their game. You can break those hubs up into specific missions and interlink your other related hubs. I would take a good look at the SERPS for what your audience is looking for. The first thing that came up in auto suggest when I entered 'GTA' was gta cheats. 'GTA missions' brings up a lot of sites that are going to be hard to top. You have to make your hubs easy to skim for info and answers that readers need. Think about what info you have that isn't easily found elsewhere. Have fun. Games can bring very good traffic if you do it right.
I think RebekahELLE is giving you some great advice. Ask yourself, why would anyone want to read your Hubs? Organise them in such a way that your readers will find what they want easily, rather than having to scroll down endlessly.
Eric: We cannot put links to our hubs in the forums http://hubpages.com/help/forum_rules
The Forums are for discussion, not self-promotional link-posting. We encourage you to avoid posting promotional or irrelevant links, be they to Hubs or external sites in which you have a vested interest. The two places where we do encourage you to post links to your Hubs are in the HubChallenges section and the Improving Your Hub section.
I get the feeling this is an automatic message but I'll reply to it anyway by apologizing for the "self promotion" through posting an example. My bad, sorry.
I'm still wondering where you've put a link to your hub in this thread ...
I originally had a link to one of my Hubs, but after the admin message I edited that post. I posted a link to my Solo Survival article as an example of what I was going for with my new series.
LindaSmith1 isn't admin. HubPages staff have an 'H' on their avatar.
Erik: No I added the link and the paragraph that provides the rule.
Marisa: How do you do that. I have mine in groups, yet they are not grouped on profile page.
No, Groups don't have any effect on your profile page. Very few of your readers will visit your profile anyway, so it's not a big deal.
All that groups do is provide the "previous" and "next" links at the end of the Hub.
When I said "organise", I meant deciding how to arrange the content - how many Hubs to split them into (less than 1500 words is best), what to cover in each, and how to interlink them.
Oh, okay! Agree on splitting long hubs. Personally, when I start getting bored, I am gone. If I wanted a book, I would buy one. I don't want to read one online.
Make an article out of each type of mission or quest giver. Ignoring the extreme length, you'll get a much better mileage out of someone searching for a type of mission than out of numerated list of all missions.
For instance (I haven't played the game, but I'm sure you can extrapolate)
Grand Theft Auto 5 Assassination Mission Guide
Grand Theft Auto 5 Robbery Mission Guide
and so on.
You're title isn't just a description of what your article's content is. It is figuring out how someone would naturally ask for that question on Google and then giving a clear answer.
I wrote a hub today that was almost 3,000 words. When I got back from grocery shopping, I sat down and cut it into two separate articles. With step-by-step instructions and photography, it was just too long to scroll through! I like it much better now.
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