Which Hubs do you consider to be the most interesting? What was it that made them so interesting to you - the writing, the topic, the photos, or the layout?
For me, it is a combination of all of these things, but with layout running distantly behind the other factors.
However, when I look at a hub that has poor layout, I would possibly almost immediately leave it, so it is obviously important, but in a different way from the other factors.
The only thing that matters to me is how the article flows. If it is disjointed in the first few paragraphs, then regardless of the rest, I won't continue reading.
Cagsil - Good point. The initial sentences and paragraphs have to be very strong to attract readers.
I see writing as opening with an initial set terms which engages the reader. It doesn't necessarily have to be strong or weak, per se, but should get their attention.
A strong opening will not only hold the reader, but will keep their interest.
A weak opening will not be keyword rich, but will still hold their attention, by asking questions, then giving answers to those questions, as the reader continues to read.
A strong opening is usually keyword rich and flows evenly, and is good for SEO.
A weak opening is usually not relevant to SEO, but still flows evenly.
I hope I explained that right. At least that's how I see it. I don't always create SEO favorable openings, but I do grab the attention of the reader.
I would also like to add that the "Most Interesting Hubs" to me usually include some element of surprise: some new fact that I had not known before; some photograph or video that gives a vivid representation of the Hub's content; some opinion or interpretation that makes me think.
Attention grabbing first sentences and thought provoking writing both go a long way in creating interesting content. Both of these are great points. Thanks!
I think the most interesting hubs can be about any topic, but the ones that grab my attention are written with the authors own unique style. I can almost 'hear' the author as I read. It has a nice flow and makes me want to continue reading. If it's too dry, or obviously written for a search engine, I click off. I like nice images also, and relevant videos.
I don't have a preference about which ones I like, but I know which ones I can't get past the first three lines on.
Like: Anything that's interesting to read, or else some Hubs that are, for example, great photographs of some place/thing. Other than Hubs that are photographs with writing about some interesting place/thing, I'm not a visual person; so I tend to ignore anything but the writing.
The ones that lose me (and maybe I'm alone in this) are the ones that are so chopped up it looks like just about none of the sentences in within a paragraph. They just look like a bunch of isolated lines, and often have links to what's supposed to be relevant reading (and maybe is), but it's like you have to go to a bunch of all kinds of other reading in order to get what the title promised. If I'm looking to read something, I want "real reading" (complete with paragraphs and something of substance to say). If it's real reading I'm likely to be interested in most anything. If it's "Internet reading" (quickie, isolated sentences, and quickie little paragraphs (if they exist), I'm out of there. I can find that anywhere.
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