I am wondering what the ideal length is for a successful hub. Any feedback would be appreciated.
My hub articles are usually anywhere from 800 to 1500 words, depending on the content that I need to include within. Google usually likes articles to be around 700 words. However crafting a piece that is 400 to 600 words tops, will most likely hold a readers attention longer. This is especially true, if the content is of useful and good overall quality. But as some of the other members mention here in the forum, it all depends on a lot of different factors. Try experimenting with two different niche topics. Make one article 500 words. And another about 1100 to 1200 words. View it for a week or so to get an idea of what kind of traffic numbers you are getting to those two separate articles. This in turn will give you a rough idea of what is a good average length for future articles. Just an idea-you will have to give it a try yourself and see what happens. Good luck.
I do not count words. I write until I believe I have provided enough information to satisfy the searchers interest. My best performing hub is close to 5000 words. Google seems to like it.
How long is a piece of string?
I've had hubs that have got heaps of traffic with less than 400 words.
However I've found that the best size is somewhere between 500-1500 words.
Too short and there isn't enough content for Google to crawl and find good long tail keywords or quality information in. Too long and you dilute your keywords and often bore the reader.
I aim for something around 800-1200 words, but always make sure that it has more than 500. Hope this helps.
I agree with both of these above 500 is a must, however I find between 700-900 works best for me although it really does depend on the topic and as long as you have answered the readers question and allowed Google to index your keywords then you should be ok.
I tend to let my hubs get too long. A better idea is to look at the article that comes up #1 in Google and see to it you do a better job than they did.
Some subjects need to be lengthier than others. Homesteadbound gave you a good number for most hubs.
I have read that posts/articles with 400-600 are the best attention grabbers from the Google point of view and viewers too. So ideally, I would say 500 words should be good enough.
I aim for 500, and those tend to do best for me.
Someone asked this a couple months ago and I said I would make a long post (over 1200 words) and report back and I can say that that hub gets no special treatment for being longer. A shorter hub of a similar topic is getting just as many (and most cases more) hits with less than half the words.
I wouldn't do less than 500 though.
If a hub is too long, I lose interest, even if it is about a subject that I am very interested in. I usually look at the length before I start reading. If it goes on for an eternity, I won't read it. But, that is only a personal opinion, based upon the fact that I no longer have an ability for lengthy concentration.
I aim for at least 500 words that are content/quality rich. Too much fluff can lose a reader:)
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