Article length in Hubpages

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    TopUniverseposted 13 years ago

    I heard that better to make around 400 words hub.

    Question 1

    What is the minimum words we need for a hub?

    Question 2

    Does hub with lower number of words get any penalty?

    Question 3

    Does hub with lower number of words be visible in search engine?

  2. relache profile image72
    relacheposted 13 years ago

    1) The system will automatically flag Hubs that really have too few words with a "substandard" warning and not allow those Hubs to be published.

    2) see #1

    3) yes, but the search engines may not think very highly of them as they will be lacking in content.

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      TopUniverseposted 13 years agoin reply to this

      Thanks. Any idea when the system flag the hub.

      for example
      100 words
      200 words
      300 words hub

      1. darkside profile image67
        darksideposted 13 years agoin reply to this

        Regardless of the amount of words that is automatically flagged, or caught in a filter, the bare minimum I suggest is 300 words. However you will be better off aiming at between 600 to 700 words. More if the content is good and the writing is engaging. But the less effort you put in the less success you'll find.

      2. Csanad profile image71
        Csanadposted 13 years agoin reply to this

        I think the minimum is 100 words. Any unpublished hubs I'm working on that has fewer than 100 words have always been flagged.

    2. saleheensblog profile image61
      saleheensblogposted 13 years agoin reply to this

      Can't agree as some poem hubs are excellent that contains a very few words [around 200]only.Even these poems get high hub score and also many a poets get high author score. But its for sure if you are after money these hubs are not going to help you.

      1. Cagsil profile image70
        Cagsilposted 13 years agoin reply to this

        Poem/Poetry or categorized hubs of that type are the exception to the case requirements of substandard.

        1. saleheensblog profile image61
          saleheensblogposted 13 years agoin reply to this


      2. saleheensblog profile image61
        saleheensblogposted 13 years agoin reply to this

        ok, I shouldn't say I can't agree, indeed I strongly agree with others. The example I set is an important exception as cagsils said.

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    Website Examinerposted 13 years ago

    Excellent answer!

  4. Lisa HW profile image62
    Lisa HWposted 13 years ago

    TopUniverse, from what I've seen on here, it seems like that 400-word minimum is a pretty commonly accepted number.  500 to 800 words is another apparently commonly accepted word-count range for what would be considered "the average Hub" (average, in terms of common word-count standard, not quality).

  5. frogdropping profile image76
    frogdroppingposted 13 years ago

    Ditto relache, Lisa and Darkside. I'd also suggest that you make the hub fit the title. You have one I just checked, which looks to be around 300 words, which is a 'how to'. You don't actually inform the reader how to do anything much, other than advise. That's a little different from informing your reader.

    Whilst I'm not suggesting that you over explain anything to the nth degree, I suggest that you at least make the content match the title of your hub. On some sites you'd be penalised for not doing so.

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    shazwellynposted 13 years ago

    Hi Top Universe!  Content is king in the eyes of Google and if you want an example of a first class model of hubs... take a look at Darksides Capstone hubs. 

    How to:

    Darkside example:

    Hope this helps smile

  7. Csjun89 profile image60
    Csjun89posted 13 years ago

    Generally the more words the merrier

    500words or more is good!

    But of course if you have nothing more to say it is better to leave it as that instead of just padding it to meet some word goal, that is, unless it is the point of the article!

  8. Pcunix profile image91
    Pcunixposted 13 years ago

    I really don't get stressed about it.   

    If I don't have a page (400-500 words) worth to write about something, it probably isn't worth writing about by itself and whatever it is can be tacked on to some other article.

    If it starts getting very long, I think about whether it would make more sense as multiple articles in a series. If so, that's what I do, but if I still think it is better as one article, that's what I'm going to do even if it hits 4,000 words.

    The web audience today is full of skimmers anyway. Give them big paragraph headings and some bullet points now and then to make them happy if the length does run too long.


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