When googling something are you looking for short easy to read or long very explained answers?
I'm confused. We are encouraged to write very long hubs. However I have always been the one when googling something to look for the shortest easiest (but of course understandable) answer. To me google is about quick answers. What are you looking for? I notice the best hubbers write hubs so long I would never read them if googling for a quick answer. (Obviously someone's reading them since they do so well) Is it just me? Is the common thing to look for long answers?
I'm looking for something which gives me:
--A basic 100 word explanation (first paragraph).
--Clear subtitles which explain each part so I can skim read to any more in depth section I want if I want further information.
I strongly agree with the subtitles - as it breaks the article up and it is easier on the eyes and the brain. I put a lot of subtitles in my articles for that reason!
If the article goes on and on without anything to break it up, I tend to just skim towards the bottom.
It depends on what I'm searching for. If it's instructions on how to fix something, I value pictures above all else; word count makes no difference to me so long as the instructions are complete and clear. For the history of something, I favor longer pages that give me all the info in one place.
Google doesn't necessarily favor pages with the most text and Hubpages doesn't encourage people to artificially pad their hubs with long rambling passages about this and that. Some of the people who write 8000-word missives on Hubpages do so because they never learned how to self-edit and are under the false impression that hubs are like penises--the longer the better. Don't hold them up as models, they aren't!
I agree however when you know the people writing 2000 word articles are making money it makes me wonder about writing 800 word articles.
How could you even know how much $ other people's super long articles make? Are you hacking accounts or something? lol.
There is a hub that tells who the hubbers that make the most money. I simply read some of those hubbers work.
If I read two sentences and don't like it, I move on. Who wants to waste the time to read 2000 words of crap!
To me it doesn't matter about how long or short the answer is. What matters exists as how the answer is worded and how good the answer is.
I would prefer a short and to-the-point answer for my search topic. I really hate to read long answers as time is a constraint for me (for everyone of us I'm sure).
However, if the answer is very long and I get an idea after reading a little bit of it, I leave. Often, you get short answers when Yahoo answers or some similar site is number one on Google.
Of course these may not clear our doubt completely in which case we'll have to search again. Good question Peeples. I have so far never thought about this when googling some terms. Thanks. You made me think. Cheers, Rema
I think it depends on what you are looking up. For example, for Photoshop tutorials those are things where short doesn't cut it, detailed explanations with good illustrations do much better.
If I am looking up something like how to cook rice or whatever - then short and to the point is all that is necessary.
Short hubs are good for things like a recipe, for example. Long hubs are better for projects that actually require detailed information and elaboration.
The reason hubs are encouraged to be longer is because Google considers short posts "suspicious" and potentially spammy. Longer content that is actually useful and not just word filler, is looked upon more highly in search results.
It depends what I'm looking for. If it is just information, I probably look at a Wikipedia answer or something similar, thorough, well-organized, easy to navigate. Some people try to write hubs like that, a little like condensed encyclopedia entries. I wonder if it results in high numbers of google hits.
If it is question about history or society, or perhaps biography, I prefer to read an in-depth account and interpretation rather than just dry facts. There's a third group, the net surfers. They might be searching for jokes, humor, celebrity info, reviews of new movies, videos or photos.
As hubbers we are by definition readers and people who enjoy good writing. Most googlers probably are not. It might be interesting to write two hubs using the same information, one a straightforward encyclopedia-type entry and the other a more creative approach and compare the google results.
It depends on what I'm googling. If it's something I have absolutely no prior knowledge of then I'm probably just going to want the basics, so around 1000 words would be a good grounding in most topics, I think. If it's something I do know about then it's probably going to be something longer that I'm looking for, something that's more than just the basic facts.
I am looking for facts. If the info that I find is credible, I like a lot of it. A reader can tell if you have genuine interest in a subject or not. News articles are different. They need to be concise, and free of filler, except for relevant details. Good informative writing to me, is unbiased and satisfies my curiosity completely. Wikipedia authors are very good at this. I often find myself reading wikis and clicking links to other wikis for hours. If you are looking to buy something- Google will find that!
I'd go for short, precise, straight-to-the point details. I am not fond of reading very long articles unless it's a suspense novel or short stories like Sherlock Holmes.
And when it comes to writing, I'd probably try to write short but still informative articles because people or readers these days don't have much time to sit and read one article.
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