If a hub is well over 3,000 words should you divide it into several hubs?
I'm talking about lots of quality information, not stuffed content here.
I'm learning the hard way that writing long hubs actually deters many readers somehow, and since many of my longest hubs get the lowest responses, and numbers, my recommendation is to be wise about how lengthy you wanna make a single hub.
It's a matter of whether your purpose for such a hub is to get read by more readers, or to merely exist amongst the many in the hubpages archives, and I look at it that way, because many peoples hubs simply appear to go unread possibly due to, over doing it I guess with lengthy hard to read hubs.
Now if you hub topic can draw the crowd, and have powerful content to impact them with & fully illustrated, and can keep them viewing as well as returning, then you might just get away with having so many words, and so much to offer. Its to each ones own I guess, and user discretion is advised.
Awesome Question here, thanks for asking it.
It depends on each piece of writing. I have one essay posted (http://mrhappy.hubpages.com/hub/My-Stairway-to-Heaven), which is close to ten thousand words probably. It cannot be cut into pieces although, it does have three parts. The parts connect and need to be viewed/read as a succession, without much of a pause.
I suppose it is up to the writer and the piece of writing at hand (as I said above).
Just opinion. Cheers!
P.S. It will be a sad day when I decide the length of my writing in relation to what people like to read or not ... I write because I love to write, if people read or not ... that's a totally different story.
I agree. I've also noticed that my really long hubs don't have such great readership.
This should not have been a surprise to me, because, when I read Hubs ---- or almost anything on the Internet these days --- I really look for short articles with lots of white space. It's just easier on the eyes, when you're reading from a screen. Also, I don't have much time, so have to kind of glean the main points and skim to see if I want to read more. I usually don't want to read more --- especially if the author is long-winded.
Long-winded doesn't always mean boring.
Reading in three dimensions --- i.e., "hard copy", real world, whatever --- is a little different. There's it's not such a big deal if it's long or short. But, you can page back and forth in 3D, which you cannot on the Internet.
I find myself avoiding hubs with lots of videos. But, that's just me. Many of those hubs do have a good readership.
Not several hubs, only two. The recommended maximum length for a hub is 1,500 words. That number supposedly corresponds to the maximum attention span of the average visitor to a hub.
Reality is, unless you have a large and loyal following and you write in an engaging style that grips the reader, long hubs won't get read. Personally, if a hub hasn't grabbed my full and undivided attention by the third or fourth paragraph, I don't read the rest, no matter the topic. I used to write political fundraising literature where the rule of thumb was "if you don't get the recipient's attention in the first paragraph, it doesn't matter what comes after. The piece will go into the trash". The same rule applies to hubs. If you haven't grabbed a reader's attention by the time they have to start scrolling down, it doesn't matter what comes after.
Is each part of your 3,000 word hub unique? By that I mean, you aren't repeating any of the information in a slightly different form as you go along? If you are, ruthless editing and revision will reduce the word count to an "acceptable" number.
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