How many words long should a Hub be? I've seen great Hubbers who say 500 words, others say 1500+.
I freelance for the local paper and we've been told to keep our stories about 700 words - much more than that and you lose readers. Reading online is a lot different than writing for print.
Admittedly, a couple of my hubs are long (1,000+) but I try to keep them around 700-800 words. If you go for long, make sure it's broken up with subheads, pictures, etc. That helps readers. But regardless of length, if it's well-written with good info, people will read it to the end.
I think online readers have shorter attention spans than paper readers. It is very easy to just click the back button on the internet, so I would say that short catchy articles which can engage the reader and convey the message of the Hub as succinctly as possible would be best. Try to use a variety of photos, videos, etc to draw readers eyes further down the page.
I now try to always atleast write 500 words and some I have as long as 2000 words but I think Diane is right in that internet readers what the cliff notes of articles and we are pushong them past 700 words.
It is hard to make poetry over 500 words.
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