Does the word count matter much in terms for getting search results or traffic in general?
Trying to figure out the minimum word count that is practical as well as how long can a Hub be before it makes sense to break into 2 or more Hubs.
I have heard that it does.The goal is 850 to 1,000 words. Everyone seems to be increasing their word count and their writing is getting redundant. Some perfectly good writers are driving me crazy with long hubs that wander.
It's one of those SEO old wives tales that you need 500 or 1000 words minimum. You can see for yourself that when you Google something you'll get webpages with a variety of text lengths on the first page. Depending on what you're researching, the top results could be image-rich pages with very little text. Trust your eyes, not what self-proclaimed SEO gurus tell you!
If you want to maximize your page views, break something into different hubs when you're writing about a complex subject or covering different subtopics. Then link the hubs to one another so that readers can find the companion pieces more easily. You can title them Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, etc.
actually HubPages doesn't like it when we put "part 1" "part 2" etc in a title of a hub. They frown on that. Although you can still link hubs - good strategy, I would leave the parts out of the titles though..
Could you please provide a reference link for that? I like to read things myself and I'm curious as to what their rationale would be if they do indeed suggest that you not use "Part 1" etc. in titles. Thanks
It's in the learning center info or was on the podcast someplace cant remember exactly, basic rationale is it makes titles not as friendly to search engines and also people less likely to click if they have to follow part 2, part 3 etc.
Go for middle ground. Hubs that are too short may not be considered to have enough valuable content and may not rank as high. Too long, and you lose the attention of your readers.
Break hubs up into good subcategories. I use divider lines and break up the text to make it easy to read. Doing this with longer hubs especially, keeps readers interested longer.
Anything too long can be broken up into smaller, more digestible hubs also, so long as they aren't "too short" or "too long". I usually aim for 600 - 1000 words or so, as long as the content is meaningful and not redundant.
I heard it is recommended to have 800 to 1000 words to have a higher google ranking.
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