I recall Hubpages only allowing 200 characters on the summaries. Now I see that you can write a longer summary for a hubpage article. Why was this implemented and when? I'm assuming it could help with search engine optimization and traffic?
I wrote several articles on HP within the past 5 months and I don't recall the 300 character limit. Quite frankly, I am glad the character limit has increased because I would often hit the 200 character limit on a summary.
I noticed the change several weeks ago when I was preparing to submit a hub.
That's right. It changed and we were discussing it one or two weeks ago. Someone posted that it works better with Google.
Is it recommend to write summaries with as many words as possible and almost use all 300 characters?
I figured people were taking about it. I was absent for a while. The change might be good.
That was a suggestion from Brandon. Meant to post about it. Maybe he will chime in with how to best use it.
Yup, meta descriptions were around 156 characters or so earlier, but since December 2017, Google has been allowing longer descriptions up to 330 characters. In almost all cases at least 300 characters. This is why I suggested that the team increase this limit and it was implemented within a few days of my suggestion.
A meta description (the summary) serves as an ad to your hub on the search results, so use it wisely. Let the people know exactly what you are offering them in the search results. Try and write it such that the viewers are inclined to click on it once they read it. Also including your main keywords in there (naturally) helps, not with rankings, but the text gets bolded as per the searchers' key terms which makes it stand out a bit.
Read this for more on the new limit: https://moz.com/blog/how-long-should-yo … on-be-2018
Google has consistently gone up over the past few years on how many characters they allowed before cutting it off. The majority of meta descriptions now are being cut off at between 275 and 350 characters. It's interesting to note that, Google rewrites numerous meta descriptions because the original description is too short or not descriptive enough. So if you've got 300 characters use as many of them as possible, providing you aren't just adding empty words.
Yes, this is perfectly written.
Also, when your competitors were using 300 characters (taking up 4 lines of space on Google) and our hubs were taking up just 2 lines, it did make our results blend in a bit. This new change is very helpful and could significantly increase your CTR if used well.
In my weird way, I will miss getting a summary done in 200 characters. It was like a game of conciseness for me to change, rearrange and edit the words to make it fit. But it will make life a little easier now. Thanks, Brandon.
The increase to 300 characters just increased recently from 200. I had gotten used to condensing my summaries to 200 characters. Now I am glad to have the option to use up to 300 characters if I like.
Is it best to write a unique summary, or use a paragraph directly from the article-- provided, of course, that the paragraph meets all the guidelines of a good summary?
I suppose what I am asking is whether repeated text in the summary and article is desirable.
I have tried searching the forums for this information. If there's another place for me to read more about this, please let me know. :-)
That is good news because sometimes 200 words is not enough to tell our readers what our hub is all about.
This is actually a good thing. Go ahead and do it if you can.
Excellent. Thank you. I appreciate that you are so willing to share your knowledge. I don't post much in the forums, but I read often.
I had the same question and just found the answer here. Thank you, lobobrandon.
Google descriptions have increased in length. Thus the change, I guess. The new limit is 320 characters.
Thanks, Brandon, for bringing this to the attention of staff. And thanks to the team for making the change so quick.
Only one problem – Even though HP increased the meta field to 300 characters, it's truncating at 217 characters on our profile listings. Interestingly, it's not truncating in the "spotlight" display.
by Geri McClymont 2 years ago
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by Ryan Buda 6 years ago
Is there any way to change what Google shows underneath your title in a search?I don't really like what google gives as additional information for my pages in its search engine. I also feel that it will hurt my traffic flow. is there any way I can change the summary google gives my page?
by Juliette Kando FI Chor 9 years ago
I waste a lot of time re-editing my descriptions in the link capsules because the automated "show" description" feature copies 500 characters from the Hub description when only 249 are allowed in the links capsule.PLEASE HP wizards, please limit the Summary character limit to match...
by Juliette Kando FI Chor 9 years ago
It would be really nice if the Summary Ap had a Character Limit Counter like on twitter so you don't lose the latter part of your text when "Done Editing", then have to go back to cut the text to the required limit.
by Daniel 8 years ago
Good job hubpages! Tell all your authors to write 3 sentence summaries about their hubs. Then use these summaries for meta descriptions in the actual webpages. Stupid. I bet hubpages has millions of pages with meta descriptions that clearly violate search engine guidelines. Bing won't even index a...
by Glenn Stok 3 years ago
Now that summaries have been lengthened to match Google's usage of longer META descriptions, I noticed that the hub summaries displayed in our profiles get truncated at 217 characters. Only the listings we place in our spotlight display the full 300 characters of the summary. It's good that Google...
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