What do you do with giant hubs?
I'm working on a guide, but it is turning out huge. I ended up breaking it into three parts so far - but is that the best way? I'm afraid people will give up if it looks too big to read completely.
Most likely. It all depends. If you can separate it in such a way where each part of the guide is its own and not related to the other, then that would be the way to go and then link them together, sort of like my MMO Series.
If this can't be done, the you can always label it Part 1, Part 2, and Part 3 and group them that way via the group setting and it will link them like that.
How long is the document thus far in word?
Just be careful about your titles. If you use the same title, but put part 1, part 2, and part 3, you may get duplicate warnings.
Im not sure. It is broken up into 3 right now, but so far there are 55 sections with about a paragraph each in them...
My opinion on this goes both ways. One hub I just kept long, but had I broken it up it would have only been 2 hubs. My other long hub I broke up into a three part series. I can tell from the views that people don't move from one hub to the other two, but honestly I'm ok with that. The people who your hub is aimed at will read through all 3 hubs if they're interested. If you lose them after the first hub then you never had their full attention to begin with. And if they read at least 2 hubs, that is 2 views vs. 1 view if it was a single hub. So there are ups and downs to both outcomes.
So in conclusion, go with your gut. I would move towards splitting it if it's just too long, or keep it together if it isn't too bad.
Read them if they are interesting but if they go on for to long and the lose my attention they get deleted.
I'd say to break it up, but do each part as a stand-alone hub with it's own unique title. Then you can add a link capsule at the top or bottom of each of those hubs and title that capsule "3-part guide to..." or something like that. That way you can show how all three hubs go together...
You can even put "Part 1", "Part 2", "Part 3" as the title for the first text capsule on each hub to further represent them as a 3-part series, but the hub titles themselves shouldn't say "Part 1" etc...to me that just looks a little tacky.
My opinion...take it or leave it.
Good luck on your guide!
The newest HubPages Weekly article (or the one before that) mentioned that it's a bad idea to break hubs into multiple parts. As BraidedZero noted, people will tend to ignore this type of hub. Judging by personal experience, I avoid these multi-part hubs because it means they're long, I'll have to keep track of where I was, and will have to bookmark something in all likelihood.
My advice is to keep it as one long hub. Delete anything that's not 100% necessary. Choose your words wisely and don't ramble. Good luck!
I, like you Daniel, am writing a collective set of hubs which ranges into 12 parts. First off, it was a huge hub, then when split down I index links to each one on each hub. It takes time but it is worth it if the hub is rich with information to your selected audience.
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