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Short lenses are best

Updated on November 15, 2014

I Say Short Lenses Are Best

Short. Sharp. To the point.

Short lenses are focused.

Short lenses are easier to create.


This pointless paragraph is a waste of space to force this lens to comply with Squidoo's draconian practice of requiring more characters in the Intro Module. I disagree with this practice because Short lenses are best!

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Short lenses are best?

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  • Peter Murray 4 years ago from Izmir, Turkey

    Squidoo HQ says Less is More: How Editing Can Improve Your Lens

  • Penguinguy 4 years ago

    I completely agree. Nothing is quite as irritating as an excessively long post. They take forever to load and generally have to much information that is just thrown in willy-nilly with no logical structure.

  • SoniaCarew 5 years ago

    The majority of people do not read extensive copy online. So, it is just a waste of time.

    Also those long endless lenses not only look cluttered, they are also difficult and tiresome to read.

    I just skim over them, and try to find something to read.

  • ThomasJ4 LM 5 years ago

    As long as a short lens is packed with info in short sentences, then I do prefer quick and to the point. More bang for your buck so to speak

  • Intelliburg 6 years ago

    That depends on what your goal is. Short lens won't have much detail by nature.

  • shandigp 6 years ago

    Sometimes a long lens, such as a recipe with lots of step-by-step photos, is best. Usually, though, simple is better, especially since the average reader is not willing to read a long article.

  • Mary 6 years ago from Midwest

    I;m kinda in the middle on this. I like the long lenses that has so much info. that i can really learn a lot about that subject. On the other hand as long as the short lenses have very good right to the point info. it is easier for me to not get bored reading them.

  • kylemullens 6 years ago

    Couldn't agree more my friend. short and to the point FTW!!

  • divacratus 2 6 years ago

    I have a short attention span so I never end up reading long lenses completely! I love lenses that are short, precise and interesting. Because they are to the point, such lenses tend to stay on your mind for a longer period of time than lenses that just drag on and on. So my vote goes for 'yes'!

  • Alfiesgirl LM 6 years ago

    I agree that short lenses can be much easier to read than long-windedd lenses, however, although I do have a few rather long lenses, I didn't intend for them to be so long as they turned out. Now that I know other people think the short, sharp shockers are best, I shall try really hard to remember.

  • I-sparkle 6 years ago

    Yes. If it gets too long, I tend to lose interest.

  • Megal LM 6 years ago

    I would say "short" is the wrong way to describe it. So long as they are to the point all of the time, they are good. That's it.

  • rollintide 6 years ago

    If I can scroll down a lense and get the gist of what it is about, I am more apt to read the entire thing.

  • Lifealchemy 6 years ago

    As Antoine de Saint-Exupéry said: âPerfection is not when there is no more to add, but no more to take away.â Most often writing nothing at all is perfection.

  • mcccmu 6 years ago

    Yes, but I would use the word 'succinct' instead of 'short'. You don't want to leave out any details, but you do want to make it as easy as possible for the reader to gather the information they're looking for.

  • Babe4u 6 years ago

    People only remember the first and last things they read. Everything in between doesn't make a difference, and lenghthy lenses? Boring and readers have lost the point.

  • Susan300 6 years ago

    Yes, because they load faster. Slow-connection people will give up on long lenses!

  • anonymous 6 years ago

    Until the're so popular that their comments section gets so big it isn't a short lens anymore.

  • Zuicy 6 years ago

    Agree! K.I.S.S.

  • bjslapidary 6 years ago

    I don't like the looong lenses. Like to check content and it it's interesting read it, but not have to take all day getting to the bottom of things. :)

  • madoc 6 years ago

    Now that we have the page break module, we have another question, genuinely short lenses or long lenses divided into short pages?

  • spritequeen lm 6 years ago

    Short ones are best because I don't want to spend all day on one. Unless it has a ton of killer info I just can't live without - which is kinda rare lol

  • anonymous 6 years ago

    Hell yeah! I know people like flashy things everywhere and a lot of content. But I started out my lenses as very short. Some of them built up content over time, but I would prefer to have straightforward, shorter lenses. That should be the whole point right? I mean, when I was going over the introduction to Squidoo when I was starting, I've read that lenses are made to focus your point on something. I don't call it focus if you write 40 pages worth of material.

  • TonyNyorks 6 years ago

    I guess they are for example this one is getting a lot of responses!!!

  • ChrisDeals 6 years ago

    Well, I have give short lens a try. I will try for one with less than 50 words.

  • eclimb88 6 years ago

    I get the joke! Well done! I love all the responses thar are longer than your lens! Priceless!!!! Congrats on your Lotd. However I must admit I am dissapointed. I thought it was LINGERIE of the day. Oh well...

  • completeweb 6 years ago

    All depends on the quality of the content and keeping it on topic. However, many people who use the web have a tendancy to scan so if it appears too long will all the content be bypassed? A TV commercial can get a message across with a 30 second limit (cost) whereas an infommercial can lasts a few minutes and be boring. Content and how it's presented is king

  • Wonder-V 6 years ago

    I personally can't shut up once I get going so mine tend to be kinda long, but I also have a short attention span and will read more thoroughly a shorter more concise lens.

  • The1AsianGuru 6 years ago

    Easier of course, better? Maybe considering as of current this is the 66th rank in Squidoo Community

  • Cheryl Kohan 6 years ago from Minnesota

    I agree with Big Girl Blue...some short, some longer. Too long and your readers can easily lose interest. If they're short they should be chock full of good information with useful links. Guess I'll vote for short.

  • alexaparker96 6 years ago

    Yes the making of short lenses are quit easy

  • Steve-SEO-UK 6 years ago

    Yes, you are right if you suffer from writers block and short on good ideas for a Lens. But there again, there are so many helpful people on Squidoo, it would be impossible to produce a series of short Lenses.

  • AdriennePetersen 6 years ago

    Certainly easier to create!

  • purpleannie 6 years ago

    Being on only 5'1" - Short has always been good!

  • madugundukrishna 6 years ago

    very good-. Best beauty and good corrector

  • miaponzo 6 years ago

    Well.. it depends, but yes, for the most part you are right :)

  • ksegovia 6 years ago

    Short is focused! You might get junk information in long lenses

  • Alohagems 6 years ago

    It depends on your topic. I have some short lenses too.

  • nava480 6 years ago

    Well i do not if you are right but i just try to write a lense and i got a massage that the topic is banned and is a SCAM, so i do not if i am in the right place or squidoo just making me be dump!

  • DebMartin 6 years ago

    I love short lenses. Get to the point. If I want to know more, I like a referral to another lens. For instance, tell me how to grow strawberries. Then give me the option to go to a lens that gives me some great strawberry recipes and another lens about the nutritional value of strawberries and another that perhaps .... well, you get the idea. Give me choices, not just a big data dump. I love roaming around based on my interest, not trying to find the nuggets I'm interested about in a long lens.

  • anonymous 6 years ago

    Short is good and this is coming from me who is 4'11" tall! When it comes to lens articles or anywhere you write for a living be sure to check your terms and conditions too for many places have their rules and regulations along with their specs to write on their site. Like your article though!

  • Diana Grant 6 years ago from United Kingdom

    If they are VERY short, they can be a bit disappointing, as they have no meat on them. But sometimes I think lenses are so long that they are a bit tiresome, and I certainly dislike the ones that expect you to keep going out to another page and then returning.

  • anonymous 6 years ago

    I agree with ClassyGals. I've seen some wonderful lenses that were simply too long. I don't enjoy that. However I've also seen some too short with very little information on the subject of the lens. Somewhere in between seems best to me.

  • Carol 6 years ago from Arkansas

    I agree, short lenses are best. Some are so long I get lost in the middle and forget what the original topic was. Yours certainly gives "short" a whole new meaning!

  • Cynthia Davis 6 years ago from Pittsburgh

    Yes, short is good in most cases. As far as long, I've seen some great lenses that were just WAY TOO LONG! The length of a great lens is simply not too short and not too long!

  • blibola 6 years ago

    I like short.

    If you can be informative yet succinct then why not?

  • MaximillianHeadroom 6 years ago

    I agree. I like short lenses that have precise content and good layout.

  • AnnaleeBlysse 6 years ago

    I'm more apt to read an entire short lens. I find it more difficult to create them short and to the point! LOL. :)

  • tandemonimom lm 6 years ago

    It completely depends on the subject matter and how it is handled!

  • Carol 6 years ago from Arkansas

    I agree, shorter is better. I often get lost in the long lenses and forget what the original topic was. Splitting into se wrap lenses is definitely the way to go. But...I think this lens is too funny...and too short!

  • Jul-on 6 years ago

    One page at a time. I have read lenses so long that the creator forgot what they were talking about by the end. Why not just break your topic into readable pages, or connected lenses?

  • emmaklarkins 6 years ago

    I like shorter lenses, but my idea of short is a little longer than yours :)

  • Michael Shepherd 6 years ago from Ennis, Co. Clare, Ireland

    Good trick--your best content is in the comments.

  • GlenWeb1 6 years ago

    I'll give it a try!!

  • BunnyFabulous 6 years ago from Central Florida

    Really depends on the lens. If it's short, it better deliver with good content. Long lenses with lots of somewhat related stuff and way, way too many things to sell can be annoying. I just want it to get to the point with content.

  • anonymous 6 years ago

    Yes! Working Girl Gems agrees with you 1000%. My time is valuable to me... Someone writing a long lens is saying "this is more valuable than anything you can be thinking, doing, or reading! After that, it darn well better be or I'm gone... for good!

  • Gamganny 6 years ago

    It sometimes depends, but in general I like a short lens that has good quality information. If it is too long, I scan more than read.

  • kimmanleyort 6 years ago

    Short lenses that deliver massive value are alright with me.

  • Sherry Venegas 6 years ago from La Verne, CA

    I definitely like the information in short chucks. Short paragraphs, info broke down into more mods with pics on either side. More titles to tell me the just of your Not too long section. I even like forum posts to be like that.

    Yep, that is what I like to see when I am sitting up in my chair with my head up. Long is for the hammock.

  • anonymous 6 years ago

    Very short is not good; content will not be sufficient. Extremely long lenses take far too long to load and far too much time to read. With millions of people now accessing the Internet through hand-held devices, extremely long lenses will be skipped, I think.

  • jolielaide75 6 years ago

    short. I can read a lot when it's in book form, but for some reason, it's harder to hold my attention when I'm looking at a computer screen.

  • redflea13 lm 6 years ago

    It depends on the quality. Some lenses need to loose the fluff others could use a little more substance. But if you have good quality content then short and sweat can work.

  • HiatusBath 6 years ago

    I love to read on an interesting subject. But, even when something is interesting I can't down and read a novella on it. I have 2 small boys and a home business. I like things straight and to the point.

  • Renaissance Woman 6 years ago from Colorado

    Succinct rules.

  • anonymous 6 years ago

    Keeps the interest :)

  • Torquise 6 years ago

    the keyword is KISS - keep it sensibly short

  • cbessa 6 years ago

    less is more.

  • anonymous 6 years ago

    I agree that short lenses are the best, but not too short! They do need a reasonable amount of content.

  • tonithea 6 years ago

    Short lenses is simple to make hundred lens in few day.. and make money and charity...

  • coco_coco 6 years ago

    yes, some short lenses with quality are awesome!

  • Guided Abundance 6 years ago from Mobile, AL

    Phew! That's good news because most of mine are kind of short.

  • Faye Rutledge 6 years ago from Concord VA

    I agree!

  • Kiwisoutback 6 years ago from Massachusetts

    Personally I like detail. I don't want to click around to find the information, I just want it all on one page, so a long lens seems to suit me fine. My longer lenses outperform my short ones by far. In fact, none of my top lenses are short at all. My lenses with the least modules, for the most part, are down towards the bottom of my dashboard.

  • 8GreatAnswers 6 years ago

    I aspire to the short lens model.

  • karahwilson 6 years ago

    I love it! Short and sweet!

  • Holley Web 6 years ago

    For me personally, the very long lenses take too long to load on my laptops and other on-the-go gadgets. Customers searching for something typically want targeted information quickly. There are a few lenses that are so long they freeze my mini-laptop for up to a minute and that would annoy me as a potential customer. With that said, I also don't like lenses where there is no substance. This lens, however, seems to have found it's mark with only 16 words and half a picture :)

  • happynutritionist 6 years ago

    Yes and no, the advantage of starting with a shorter lense is that you can continue to add content and keep it "alive", more pings, more update tweets, etc. Congrats on LOTD

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  • MsVain 6 years ago

    I will have to keep that in mind.

  • Doityourself12 6 years ago

    It all depends on what you inside your mind think is "short". I have seen some amazing lenses that are very long but I myself like more of a short to medium lens

  • Asinka Fields 6 years ago from Los Angeles, CA


  • QuirkySue 6 years ago

    As long as they are well thought out and useful. Quick and dirty lenses that offer nothing are of no value to anyone.

  • TheScriptedLand 6 years ago

    But, I am going to split the difference and say that within a long lens (like with 4-7 text modules, perhaps) that there are breaks in the content, and each module about 1.5 paragraphs long.

  • Reginald Reid 6 years ago

    Keep your audienced focused, by cutting the small talk.

    K.I.S.S: Keep It Simple Stupid!

  • AnnsHomeDecor 6 years ago

    Short are better as long as the quality is there.

  • Peter Murray 6 years ago from Izmir, Turkey

    This is now my most liked lens!

  • Oliversbabycarecouk 6 years ago

    and they dont take as long to make!

  • Stacy Fordham 6 years ago

    Short and sweet. That's what I like.

  • Paul 6 years ago from Liverpool, England


  • madoc 6 years ago

    Short lenses may in fact be best, but I have an even worse case of longlensitis than Squidoo itself, with their minimum lengths on intro modules, minimum # of modules, big picture modules and all. The cure for longlensitis would be moveable modules>. I want to be able to divide and conquer my long lenses by dragging completed, published modules, from my long lenses and dropping then on new, baby, short lenses1.

  • poutine 6 years ago

    Yes, yes and yes, short lenses are the best.

  • mannasugar 6 years ago

    I am one of the people who does not like to read, I would much prefer to watch a movie than read a book, I read to get information:

    what information do you have that will make my life better?

  • James Jordan 6 years ago from Burbank, CA

    I think people have short attention spans and want to get topline info. But then that is just how I like the info. I know some people are more high context than I am. I like it to the point and not to verbose!

  • polly72 lm 6 years ago

    Yes I agree 2 to 3 down from the start of the lense and focused on the topic of choice.

  • javr 6 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

    Extremely long load times are really bad.

  • pyngthyngs 6 years ago

    Appropo comment?

  • jeffryv 6 years ago

    Short medium or long MY lens, my unique way

  • five thingsabout 6 years ago

    not too short but don't go nuts with modules that the reader has to keep scrolling and scrolling.

  • markowe lm 6 years ago

    Well, I am slightly on the fence. Depends what you mean by short. Conventional IM wisdom says Google likes 400-500 words of text on a page in total. At least, any less and it starts looking 'thin'. Of course, quality counts over quantity too, so it's not that clear cut. I would say around 7-8 modules are about right for a concise view of a subject. But my best-ranked lens has dozens of modules. Go figure.

  • Peter Murray 6 years ago from Izmir, Turkey

    This lens is now my shortest and best! (Best lensrank of my 8 lenses)

No way, Monkeybrain!

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  • wrapitup4me 5 years ago

    You didn't give room for a third option - depends! I think it depends on the topic. I like short lenses when that is all that is needed. And I have seen lenses that run on and on and on. So, in short, the best answer is: it depends! I do think you raising this issue for debate is fun.

  • JS0425 LM 6 years ago

    I like making longer lenses, because generally they rank much better on Google, and have tons of natural keywords that I have created, However, I am starting a new niche, and may end up creating shorter lenses for this.

  • writerkath 6 years ago

    While I think lots of quality content is important (otherwise some lenses just look like an advertisement to me), I DO agree that if by "short" you mean "concise and to the point" ... Well, then you're right on the money!

    I think the really important thing is readability. Lots of "white space" and "bullet points" and pictures make a lens much better.

    Hmm. I guess I should follow my own advice! :) Kath

  • bboy131 lm 6 years ago

    More descriptive lenses are more appealing because they provide useful and interesting information. Just do not over-do it and create a 10 page story. Yawn!

  • TrebAllen 6 years ago

    I'm of the opinion that long might actually be the better ... BUT broken down into short bite size morsels for easier digestion.

  • nndadameah 6 years ago

    nope. especially if you want to make money from it.

    long lenses, a lot of adverts

  • nndadameah 6 years ago

    nope. especially if you want to make money from it.

    long lenses, a lot of adverts

  • MaxIkbal 6 years ago

    Short lens' are for lazy slackers. If you have anything of substance and are here to provide useful content, you would not shy away from writing.

  • JessicaWrites LM 6 years ago

    I love the printed word, on-screen or off. And I'm curious. Keep me interested and engaged and I'll page through to read a novel or long how-to manual. Too short? Unless it is haiku, I won't think you care and I'll return the favor. But, I probably won't call you a monkey brain.

  • norma-holt 6 years ago

    It depends on what the lens is about. I usually use at least 6 text modules to add good quality content to my lenses, plus a video or two, some poll modules and quizzes. That means they are never that short. But I notice a lot of people only use one or two text modules and fill the lens with ads which is boring and setracts from the content. Some ads are necessary but not to go overboard. So I have to say no way.

  • oktalBlizzard 6 years ago

    NO WAY!!!

    I am a strong believer in high quality informative content lenses which need to have enough information to be useful.

  • 'Vikk Simmons 6 years ago from Houston

    I guess I come down on no because it depends. It depends on the subject matter, the intent, and the content. It depends on how you write. If you're doing a resource lens it will be longer. If you are doing a targeted approach that can still pack a targeted punch and deliver to the reader then it's shorter.

    Short can, and often does, leave the reader wanting. Long can, and often does, leave the reader exhausted. It's up to you, the writer/creater of the lens to make it work.

  • LTZoomer 6 years ago

    It isn't really the length of the lens its the quality it delivers.

  • knit1tat2 6 years ago

    not to me, but I enjoy a good read! Surprising though, you may be right for most other folks!

  • Moe Wood 6 years ago from Eastern Ontario

    I think a mixture of short and long lenses is important to create a balance. I think some people get carried away with a topic which grows so much it should really be transformed into a few lenses, or a least include a few page breaks. I also think there are some short lenses out there that are just advertising, the person couldn't even be bothered to put in a proper introduction. There's no hard and fast rule though for proper length. Each lensmaster has to judge each lens and their concept accordingly. Long and short lenses both have their place but both need to be done properly.

  • SugarB 6 years ago

    Concise is great but there's also a problem with not enough info - you need enough scoop to know what the heck is being said.

  • Grandma-Marilyn 6 years ago

    You are right in a way, but most lenses can't be short to get the information to the reader. An example is my who-doesnt-love-fudge lens. If I kept that short and sweet, they wouldn't be able to really learn how to make homemade fudge.

  • mazbond 6 years ago

    Just how short is short? Concise is good but some short lenses don't say anything and are a waste of time.

  • anonymous 6 years ago

    Short lenses are ok if you can get your message across, but sometimes a long lenses is required to provide the necessary information.

  • Sandy Mertens 6 years ago from Frozen Tundra

    Many of my lenses are too long. But there is a point where too short is too short. There is an in between and depends on the subject.

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  • Lee Hansen 6 years ago from Vermont

    I think it depends on the topic and the organization of the content. 5 module lenses that aren't just sell modules do well and can handle longer content blocks. With longer lenses, chunked information is definitely better. We have multiple page lenses that rank quite highly. It depends on the topic, the content, the quality and the organization.

  • anonymous 6 years ago

    if you want short.. twitter..

  • Tony Payne 6 years ago from Southampton, UK

    Short is find but there are limits. I thought the new standard was for example for the introduction module to have at least 200-300 characters. Short lenses often just contain a short intro, some Amazon/eBay modules, and that's about it.

  • anonymous 6 years ago

    I thought this was an outlet for people hungry to express themselves or sensing they have something valuable to pass why would be want to put limits on creativity?

  • tandemonimom lm 6 years ago

    It completely depends on the subject matter and how it is handled!

  • Terrie Marcoe 6 years ago from Gardiner, New York and Joshua Tree, California

    My - very, very - long lens, just got a Purple Star award from Squidoo. That's got to count for something!

  • anonymous 6 years ago

    I was confused by the form for posting this and put the security word, megacow, in as my name on my last post. This is to clear up my identity.

  • anonymous 6 years ago

    If it's a well-written lens with a personal story or full of useful information, a long lens is fine. All of my lenses that received LOTD or purple stars were longer lenses. My short ones tend to be selling lenses that started as challenges or RM assignments I couldn't develop any passion about. My sales have all been from my longer lenses. All of my top 18 lenses are medium or long.

  • Deborah Swain 6 years ago from Rome, Italy

    short lenses always look spammy to me - hardly any content and a product to sell! i like to see longer, well researched lenses

  • Jaks 6 years ago

    No. Short lenses do not give enough information, although they are tempting to make for obvious reasons.

  • Frankie Kangas 6 years ago from California

    I've see some good short lenses -- like this one, however, if I'm interested in a topic, I want a lot of information organized so I can a complete picture of the topic and pick and choose what I want to read. I want a go-to place that I can come back to and get more info as I want/need it. I also like links to more info organized by sub-topic.

  • anonymous 6 years ago

    No. Short lenses do not give enough information, although they are tempting to make for obvious reasons.

  • Violin-Student 6 years ago

    I prefer longer lenses because I actually learn something from them.

  • soaringsis 6 years ago

    I tend to like the short lenses, because I can read more lenses. I have enjoyed many power packed long lenses also. So let's say medium will do.

  • Auntiekatkat 6 years ago

    I prefer to read educational quality long lens, to me short lens are for backlinks and money

  • Gail47 6 years ago

    They are certainly easier, but they don't provide as much information - therefore I say no! Depending on why one is creating the lense, shorter is probably not better.

  • thelordsbeauty 6 years ago

    Longer is better. Especially if it is quality, you won't mind the length.

  • GabrielaFargasch 6 years ago

    If you had an option saying "medium" that would have been my choice. I think lenses cannot be too short or too long. There has got to be an equilibrium. Medium! :)

  • Chocolatealchemy 6 years ago from London, United Kingdom

    Well deserved LOTD - Congrats. You've certainly got everyone's attention! Short in this case is great; but I think more quality content - if I'm interested enough to read about something I want to know lots about that subject and I love to see what new twists and additions creative Lens Masters come up with on their chosen subject.

  • Delia 6 years ago

    Well, yes and no....only "quality" short lenses appeal to me.

    Congrats on LOTD!

  • sousababy 6 years ago

    I only voted no since I have seen lenses so short, there is practically NO original content from the author. Writing succinctly though takes skill. I appreciate it (and I strive very hard to do it) when writers 'get to the point' since I am always in a hurry. Great topic for a duel!

  • annel lm 6 years ago

    short lenses don't suit Squidoo concept and usually don't have any value for us, readers. Your great lens is an exception, that perfectly supports the rule ;)

  • blessedmomto7 6 years ago

    I prefer a bit more info and more pictures. Medium size works for me. Not too long, but definitely not too short!

  • Michey LM 6 years ago

    Personally I want to earn something from each lens, so short lenses fall to do this, I like more details, innovations vs telegraphic info.

  • KimGiancaterino 6 years ago

    I'm okay with long lenses, as long as each module contributes something relevant. My lenses tend to be very long, but they don't always start out that way. I just keep adding stuff. Congrats on LOTD!

  • anonymous 6 years ago

    Depends on what you mean.

    Short lenses are best for .....?

    Sales - Not unless you have super tight copy and qualified readers.

    Information - Quick to read but wouldn't be informative unless really focused on a pin-point topic/product.

    SEO/traffic- Would be harder with the use of minimal keywords words.

    Reader engagement - I think they would be wanting more.

    Overall I think the reason/purpose for a Squidoo lens is better served long than short. Like comparing a fast food meal to a 3 course restaurant experience.

  • anonymous 6 years ago

    I have had better success from longer pages, which include more detail and more social interaction. Short lenses often leave people with unanswered questions. Great debate BTW!

  • Kiwisoutback 6 years ago from Massachusetts

    Personally I like detail. I don't want to click around to find the information, I just want it all on one page, so a long lens seems to suit me fine. My longer lenses outperform my short ones by far. In fact, none of my top lenses are short at all. My lenses with the least modules, for the most part, are down towards the bottom of my dashboard.

  • scar4 6 years ago

    I have to say either "short" lenses or "long" postings can be called best if they're exploring good topics, having interesting or informative content and well presented by the author, shouldn't they deserve the honorary title as "best"?

  • sgNgix 6 years ago

    The length of the lens does not matter. What matters in my opinion is the content, and how well you get your message across. If this is across 6pages, then 6page it is. If one paragraph makes the point clear, then so be it.

  • Virginia Allain 6 years ago from Central Florida

    Six of my top seven lenses are multi-page lenses. That leads me to believe that if I want a top tier lens, I'm better off making it long. On the other hand, my best seller over the Christmas holidays was a short lens.

  • newproductfinder 6 years ago

    I am a product reviewer. Most of the time it is not possible to reduce the length of the lens. so..

  • george185 lm 6 years ago

    I have had much more success with having more content on my lenses than less. More content gives the search engines more keywords to grab on to. I must say you have sparked an interesting discussion though.

  • Ruthi 6 years ago

    I disagree, for the most part. Quality and presentation of the information are what are important, to me. Length is determined by a variety of factors; and, in my opinion, short is not always sweet.

  • Geeve 6 years ago


  • MrMackOnly LM 6 years ago

    It depends on the topic and how focused that topic is. If your talking about food sources for omega 3 fatty acids then your lens is going to be fairly short and to the point. If, on the other hand, you discuss SEO Tactics for getting your lens viewed, you could have quite a large lens.

  • Sheryl Polomka 6 years ago

    I don't agree, you can have long lenses that are very informative, set up well and very good. A lens doesn't necessarily have to be short to be the best. I have seen some short lenses that are shockers!

  • Jacqueline Marshall 6 years ago from Chicago area

    A good lens can be long, short or in between, but a bad long lens is worse than a bad short one.

  • ludyshubs 6 years ago


  • Heather Burns 6 years ago from Wexford, Ireland

    not really, but it depends on the topic...

  • darciefrench lm 6 years ago


  • anonymous 6 years ago

    Only if the reader finds what they were looking for and that they got value for the time they spend visiting. To leave a reader feeling short changed is one of the biggest disservices that we can do them.

    It's not often I find a brief lens that does not leave me feeling that the Lensmaster could not be bothered to do more :)

  • LouisaDembul 6 years ago

    I think it depends on the topic and how you fill your lens.

  • David Stone 6 years ago from New York City

    The length of the lens must be determined by content. It's true you can put in too much, especially sales capsules with limited additional relevance, but that's a curating issue, not about the realistic length.

  • gobbleupinfo 6 years ago

    You're right in some circumstances: haiku or duels or "cuteness" come to mind. (And this lens is cute.) But I think if the topic is something we care about, most of us would tend to longer pieces to cover all the points we want to make.

    Please feel free to ignore my comment because I'm certainly NOT an expert. In fact I'm still working up the courage to publish my first lens in the next day or so.

  • CCGAL 6 years ago

    My longer lenses tend to do better in rankings and in traffic than my shorter ones. Of course, your mileage may vary.

  • northamerica 6 years ago

    I prefer 2-4 paragraph intros and lenses that contain 300-1000 words. I wish we lived in a culture that allowed us the freedom to choose how short or long a lens can be. :(

  • Jhangora LM 6 years ago

    It depends on a lot of variables.

  • Barbara Isbill 6 years ago from New Market Tn 37820

    No -but the jury is till out.

  • MagpieNest 6 years ago

    The Squidoo format has always inspired me to create long comprehensive lenses. If I want short I do that at Hubpages.

  • callinsky lm 6 years ago

    Short lenses are wonderful for certain contain. A lot of blubberish stuff isn't needed, but sometimes the most informative lenses are fairly long. So, while I'm not against short lenses I do not believe they are always best.

  • darciefrench lm 6 years ago

    I'm addicted to writing. 'Nuff said.

  • nebby 6 years ago from USA

    I like longer lenses. Visitors stay on your lens longer & you give them more value with a longer lens

  • blujeanmomma 6 years ago from Rocky Mountains

    I like longer lenses - but I do have a mixture of both,

  • sukkran trichy 6 years ago from Trichy/Tamil Nadu

    if it is shorter or longer one, does't matter. quality counts.

  • Tagsforkids 6 years ago

    While some are better off short, the longer ones do have their place assuming the info is relevant, or otherwise entertaining enough to hold your interest. For that reason alone, i would have to say shorter is not always better.

  • Sue Dixon 6 years ago from Grasmere, Cumbria, UK

    The more comments you get, the longer it gets!

    This is a clever lens- good luck with it!

  • myraggededge 6 years ago

    I do like a medium lens. I don't like tabbed multi-page lenses at all. Short lenses have their place but a decent well-written, informative page needs a bit of substance.

    This one is very clever!

  • WindyWintersHubs 6 years ago from Vancouver Island, BC

    I prefer something in the middle as short lenses in this community are considered spam. It's hard for me to make short lenses because someone will be on my case about it.

  • noxid25 6 years ago

    I personally prefer something in the middle, however if it's too short, there has to be a reason and likely it is that the person writing it doesn't know much on the topic and I would be better to look elsewhere. Quality is more important that quantity, however I would prefer a larger quantity of quality...if that makes any sense. :)

  • WebIsFun 6 years ago

    Well, if the lens is too short, it really doesn't say anything does it?

  • anonymous 6 years ago

    Wow, that was short! I have been told that content is king for search engines, so if you want to help your search engine visibility, more text. Otherwise, you're probably right if you are selling something. However, if the topic is something which demands detail, and you have people who like reading and have an interest in the topic, we're back to content is king. By the way, there is no third choice option below, such as 'you're partly right', so I'm afraid it's 'No way, Monkeybrain'. Ha!

  • lankanwriter 6 years ago

    It depends on your topic, It is ok for a lens to be short as long as it gives the relevant information, but if the lens is deliberately made shorter and doesn't give useful information there is no point in creating that lens

  • Mary Norton 6 years ago from Ontario, Canada

    I understand quality and to the point but some lenses have a sentence intro and then ads follow. I appeciate the lenses where people really thought out the points and presented in an easy to read flow. I don't really care whether the lens is short or long, I just love good writing.

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