I've been blogging for various sites for a year now- I am used to doing pieces of around 300-words in length.
Is that ok for my Hub? It's the length I feel comfortable with and I was told it was prefect for the internet.
300 words is fine, I have lots just over 300.
I've wondered about this myself as mine tend to run between 600-1000 words. Do your 300 word hubs rank well UW?
Some do, some don't.
Contests are different. I do wish, though, that HubPages spelled it out expressly what are the minimum number of words they will accept.
Thanks for the response, I try not to ask hubbers specific questions about their ranking (I know it can be taken as rude) but I wondered if some of my longer hubs coul be broken down into shorter ones with each one focusing on more specific long-tail keywords. I worried they would be too short to rank though.
HP really, really likes hubs that are 500 words in length.
Yeah I would say HP is now looking at the 500 mark..all these contests did give the indication clearly. And even Google like them a little wordy I guess.
But then HP is not an blog..it is an article submission site.
My feeling about HP and articles is equating them to newspaper or magazine articles. Some are short, some are long. Too short or too long is wrong - imo.
But it's tricky to fix a length and just stop when you reach it, or have to pad out to get there.
Did the article satisfy the searcher? Is it a genuine piece of work?
I did read a total piece of crap supposed magazine the other day where their definition of an article was about fifty words and a picture. So there must be an element of who your audience is as well.
Short answer is - I don't know.
500 is my minimum, a thousand feels about right. But it has to be worth the read for the reader, not just a load of words.
Is the word count really necessary? Being too subjective about the word counts can make your hubs worse if words are only filled in for the sake of just making your hubs wordy. Wordy hubs doesn't necessarily mean better hubs.
I think you will find that 300 words is about the minimum HP will accept in most hubs. Poetry and such is different, of course.
Bear in mind that hubs are not your normal blog - they are better compared to a magazine article than a blog.
You will find a great difference on length of hubs between hubbers. I probably average around 1500 words, which is on the long side. Topic makes a huge difference as well.
Mark hit the nail on the head - does it satisfy the reader, giving them what they came for without padding it with a bunch of fluff just to reach a minimum count? If so, it's the right size.
my hubs usually run anywhere from 10 to 20 words max..... but I supplement with tons of pictures of young Bollywood actresses looking provocatively and lustfully back at the reader
Funny, isn't it? Some of us have trouble keeping hubs UNDER 2,000 words and others struggle to fill what we'd call a long paragraph :-)
You will find that Hubs of 800 or more words will do better if you hope to make money with them. They also need to have a key word density of 2.5 percent. I know that some people will say well I have this 400 word hub that does well. Well it may for a while but the statement that content is king is more true post panda than it ever was before.
I've always aimed for over 600 and up...maybe I'll try to write a few shorter ones and see
I could write 300 words if that was a requirement. Otherwise, I aim for 500 and usually end with 1,000. I am also putting more effort into illustrating my Hubs with photographs, quotes, maps, etc. No shots of current, "hot" celebrities. Nothing stays current in that department.
I must admit that unless a very very narrow topic is addressed, which demands only the briefest of treatments, an article of 300 words makes me feel cheated.
Mostly, when I research something on the Web, other than maybe how to perform some procedure in a software program, I am looking for in-depth information on the subject, including a full background and a list of the sources consulted.
Unfortunately, the general dumbing down of Internet content and the lip service paid by search engines to the "lowest common denominator" means that I am unlikely the find the sort of material I need in the first ten pages or so of search results.
My short hubs are very narrow in focus. Such as about one song, one artist, how to write a check, etc. I wouldn't think of only writing 300 words on a topic people would use for research. I hate when I am doing a search and get regurgitated crap that barely scratches the surface. However, sometimes I want a short article that gives me the high points of a non-serious topic, such as a biography.
I think it has more to do with what audience you write for and the topic.
I don't think I have a hub with less than 500 words. I haven't checked too recently, but generally my hubs that rank well have more than 1000 words.
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