I've been experimenting with different hub lengths and was wondering if anyone has found what they consider to be the best length that a hub should be. I'm experimenting with hubs that are between 1000-1200 words, whereas before I was publishing hubs that were between 600-750 words. Has anyone noticed if there's a noticeable difference between longer articles and shorter in terms of traffic, indexing, or pagerank? Thanks.
Good question. It has been debated a few times, but my opinion has changed over the last few months.
My opinion is that persons searching for relief and answers to questions will generally be happy with 500 - 600 words if the solution is clearly available.
Persons however reading general interest pieces and articles containing fact or historic reason, would absorb as much content as possible from one article.Therefore this is where aiming for lengthly content of 1200 - 2000 words would be spent.
Product articles are better served in short succint lists of pros and cons and technical data with the focus being on product options once educated on the primary benefits of the product.
I think I agree with you, though I would throw in the caveat that 500-600 word articles that are answering a question really would depend on the complexity of the question.
Even a 250 or 300 words is difficult for me as English is my second language, i don't see much impact from my article and aiming to reach 700 to 1000 words in the coming year. I hope to see better result in term of converting benefits.
my hubs are reasonably long, but I break them up with photos etc to avoid long chunks of text. I also try to use fresh text capsules regularly so people can quickly skim down to next portion if want. No-one has complained my hubs are too long. One person said I might have gone a bit overboard with the number of links in my last hub (could cull a few)
I usually say 400-1000 is good. Try and make them at least 500. Sometimes 1000 words does not look like that much, but its just because text appears small.
the only one I have that earns a decent amount of money is quite long
Good question. I think it is more about content. You have got to provide the reader with good and interesting content. They do like to learn something and your content earns their loyalty or not. I must stick with the content answer. Some things can be said in fewer words so a variance in length is do doubt a given.
That's very true. I agree that good content is very much more important than length and that often overly long content bores the reader. However, I also wonder if there's a specific range of content that Google's algorithm seems to prefer to other lengths. Most of my best performing hubs saw a nice boost in traffic once I added more sections and brought them up to around 1000 words each. So I was wondering if that's a good practice right from the start.
The longer it is, the more secondary keywords there are.
I personally skim to parts that look interesting, big walls of texts are too much reading for me in most cases when I'm searching. But I seem to be the only person who thinks that.
Good content is naturally a necessity and long tracts of text are more interesting if broken up with photos, links and the like but I can't answer your question. I'm also curious...so will be watching answers to your question.
Yeah, I really agree with long blocks of text being too overwhelming. I'm thinking that having at least 1 new heading per 2 paragraphs is probably key. In a 1000 word article, I generally have at least 5 different headings. That probably breaks it up a lot nicer, both for the reader as well as for Google. At least that's the hope.
I did a 3 month chunk of 600-750 word articles. I'm going to write a month's worth of 1000-1200 word articles and see if there's a noticeable difference. I'll let you know if there is Peggy.
Ah, the age old question: Does size really matter? Or is it more a matter of technique?
At the first HubCamp, we recommended a word count between 250 and 1000, but the ultimate optimal count depends on the subject and content of the hub
Wow, I don't even think I could describe my forearm in 250 words...
if it's not a poem or a how to type hub I don't think 250-400 words can create a quality hub. And those 300 words sales hubs are not quality hubs from my viewpoint.
250-1000 words is a pretty huge margin though. I mean in percentages, 1000 words is 400% larger than 250 words. I can see how it would depend greatly on subject matter though. I guess each hub is unique and needs to be as long as it takes.
I'm just a born numbers guy I like to maximize my time, and if in general it makes no difference in traffic whether hubs are 600 words long or 1000 words, I'd just as soon try and maximize my time and write twice as many hubs. But as an author who wants to give out quality information, it really all comes down to writing as much as it takes to fully cover the topic.
For me a quality hub contains 600-800 words, lots of small paragraph with a bold headline and at least a couple of relevant photos.
hi- I would say it's about the content, but would add that hubs about 600-750 are ok for small sales type hubs- but for anything else i would look at 1450-1850 maybe even more.
Short hubs to build backlinks while long hubs for seo purposes. Just my 2 cents
is linking a hub to an other hub backlinking, or you link external sites on your hubs?
That may help with the question of hub length.
Writing good content with longtail keywords sems to be the best bet from what I hace seen. Using many variations of this keyword sprinkled thru the text will certainly help.
Adding additional capsules with subtopic headings for related search terms will help you rank for more then one keyword set if the content is good.
by David Patrick 6 years ago
I wrote a hub on swimming pools that's around 1000 words. And a lot of my videogame hubs are above 500 words. Since my return on HubPages, I've wanted to know something. Are 500-600 word hubs enough or are they now considered poor? I'm asking this because originally a writer did not need to get...
by editorsupremo 11 years ago
What is the optimum number of words for a hub- 400, 500 or 1000 words?I try to not to write over 500 words as it has been said that people tend to scan articles/hubs or lose interest after 500 words.I also find that breaking up my hubs with bold sub-headings and placing photos or monetized capsules...
by Britta Nicole Miller 4 years ago
This seems like a promising journey!I've been here for twelve or so days and I have eight articles done. I have another five on the burners, too! My question, would that count, or would I start fresh and push for 30 Hubs? I'm not sure how this challenge works, on that end, but I like the idea of...
by DNemesis 12 years ago
Alright, so in an effort to improve both traffic and conversions, we should explore whatever myths or curiosities some of us may have. People have often said that an article's length defines quality, at least to the search engines. Personally, i dont believe any of it. Sure, the more words you have...
by sid_candid 12 years ago
Which is you longest hub in terms of words? What is the ideal length of a hub in your opinion?
by Justin Choo 8 years ago
Just got the message from Admin that I have reached my 5th year anniversary with HP. If not for the Google Panda change, I would have reached my 2 million page views as well. Now the elusive 2 million is 39,000 away which will take another month. I am not satisfied with my total...
Copyright © 2023 The Arena Media Brands, LLC and respective content providers on this website. HubPages® is a registered trademark of The Arena Platform, Inc. Other product and company names shown may be trademarks of their respective owners. The Arena Media Brands, LLC and respective content providers to this website may receive compensation for some links to products and services on this website.
|HubPages Device ID||This is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.|
|Login||This is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.|
|HubPages Traffic Pixel||This is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.|
|Remarketing Pixels||We may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.|
|Conversion Tracking Pixels||We may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.|