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Ideas and Tips for Making Your HubPages Article Longer

Abby Slutsky graduated University of Pennsylvania with a B.A. in English and writing. She has written copy for more than 12 years.

Expand your HubPages article to the ideal length with these seven tips and ideas.

Expand your HubPages article to the ideal length with these seven tips and ideas.

How to Turn a Blank Page Into an In-Depth Article

Lately, I have been exploring the HubPages Help site for recommendations on how to make articles more successful. Sometimes, I read articles to try to help authors who did not meet the quality-assessment standards and are unsure how to improve their work. Often, it is obvious that the authors did not check the length of their articles before submitting them. Many articles are far shorter than the 750–800-word minimum words that HubPages prefers. Therefore, I thought it might be helpful to talk about how you can expand your article.

Although I use many of these techniques, I also looked at articles by other successful authors on HubPages. These are authors who are either top performers on the site or are very active and go out of their way to help others here. I hope that my best practices and observations about other successful articles will help you hone your craft and continue to produce great pieces.

7 Article-Lengthening Tips

  1. Explain What to Avoid and Why
  2. Start With a List
  3. Include a Personal Story
  4. Explain Why You Are Writing About Your Topic
  5. Introduce Your Topic With a Question
  6. Include a Table
  7. Add Related Suggestions (Especially With Recipes)
Try these techniques to expand your article.

Try these techniques to expand your article.

1. Explain What to Avoid and Why

If you are explaining how to do something in your article, take it one step farther and tell the reader why they might not want to do what you're suggesting.

For example, I wrote an article that discusses the versatility of dish towels. Even though I have read other articles recommending using a kitchen towel as a potholder, I think this is a poor use for a dish towel because they do not offer proper insulation against heat. Furthermore, the length of a kitchen towel can cause it to catch fire.

Sometimes there can be value in pointing out common mistakes or explaining to the reader why they should not do an activity a particular way.

2. Start With a List

A list provides a quick overview of what readers can expect from your article. You get to mention the list then repeat the same or similar words in your capsule. It does not feel repetitive because you need to use your items in the capsule to explain them more fully. Other authors use this technique very well, and I have used it on occasion.

3. Include a Personal Story

Whether you are writing a recipe, a travel article, or other content, it is easy to draw in your reader by sharing a personal story that relates to the content. I use this technique often, and I find that my readers frequently comment on the personal story I shared. For example, in my potato-0pancake recipe, I recommended using a food processor and share a story of how my husband once grated 30 potatoes with a hand grater.

4. Explain Why You Are Writing About Your Topic

Although you do not need to create a formal introduction in any of your articles, you can set the stage for the content by sharing what motivated you to write the article. I write about topics that are triggered by many different things, including . . .

  • recent problems,
  • things I've read,
  • things I've eaten,
  • unfortunate incidents,
  • my children or family, and
  • my career or educational background.
We all start with a blank page. Then we need to lengthen our article to cover the subject well.

We all start with a blank page. Then we need to lengthen our article to cover the subject well.

5. Introduce Your Topic With a Question

Turning your topic into a question is an easy way to get your reader to think about why they are reading your article and how it relates to them. It also effortlessly extends your introduction. This technique can be done with almost any topic. You spend a few minutes asking the question, offer an answer or two, and then expand into the meat of the article. I have noticed that many experienced HubPages authors use this technique.

6. Include a Table

Use a table to summarize some points in your article. This is a great way to give the reader an at-a-glance overview of what you have written, and it adds content without appearing redundant. Using a table can be advantageous for almost any type of content, and it gives the reader a break from digesting text-heavy paragraphs.

7. Add Related Suggestions (Especially With Recipes)

Whatever the topic of your article may be, it can be useful to add suggestions about tangential topics toward the end—especially when it comes to recipes. Mention side dishes, wine pairings, or other items that will complement the dish you've shared. You can also indicate when you like to serve the dish. Is it best for a quiet dinner for two or a party? Is it a favorite with your kids or is it an adult meal? This idea extends to non-culinary articles as well—just think about related or adjacent topics.

Another way to lengthen a recipe is to include some tips that will help make the recipe come out better or enhance the ease of making it. Most cooks have a specific way of preparing what they are cooking that goes beyond the general directions of the recipe. Perhaps you use a special knife to chop your onions or have a method of minimizing tears when you cut them. Maybe you like a particular brand of butter. Whatever you do that elevates the final product is worth spending a sentence or two discussing. Your reader has not made the recipe before, and you want them to make the dish successfully. This same idea can apply to any article that explains a process to the reader—it doesn't have to be food-related.

This content reflects the personal opinions of the author. It is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and should not be substituted for impartial fact or advice in legal, political, or personal matters.

© 2020 Abby Slutsky

Comments

Abby Slutsky (author) from America on September 17, 2020:

Thanks for reading. I am glad you found it helpful.

Jake Clawson from Kazakhstan on September 16, 2020:

Very useful indeed, my non-fiction articles tend to be on the shorter side but after reading this piece; I can now write a longer article without resorting to filler and with ease. Thank you, Abby.

Abby Slutsky (author) from America on August 25, 2020:

Thank you for reading.

Marlene Bertrand from USA on August 25, 2020:

These are all excellent tips. When I was writing my latest article about baking zucchini bread, I was at a loss for how to extend it. Then, it hit me that I could answer some of the questions I had before baking the bread. Thank you for sharing your valuable tips with us. I will surely be trying them out for future articles.

Sp Greaney from Ireland on August 20, 2020:

This is really good advice. It's always good to read about other people's techniques. Your diagram really gives some good guidance on how to extend an article.

Abby Slutsky (author) from America on August 20, 2020:

I am glad you found this helpful. Thanks for reading. I think a lot of writers struggle with lengthening their articles. Good luck at HubPages, if you are new.

Lisha C on August 20, 2020:

I started writing articles recently and I am always looking for ways to make my articles better and longer. Thanks for the helpful suggestions; I will keep them in mind for my next article.

Abby Slutsky (author) from America on August 20, 2020:

Thanks for reading.

Danny from India on August 20, 2020:

Abby nice tips. This piece will generally help Hubbers to aim to more Article lenght.

Abby Slutsky (author) from America on August 20, 2020:

Thanks for taking the time to read and comment.

Ankita B on August 20, 2020:

This is a greatly useful article and you have detailed out each point wonderfully. I surely like the tips.

Abby Slutsky (author) from America on August 20, 2020:

Hi Sowspeaks. Thank you so much for reading. I think we all struggle to extend the content of our articles sometimes. I appreciate your kind words.

sowspeaks from Bengaluru on August 20, 2020:

Abby, this is a very useful topic that you have written on and I find your writing style enjoyable. Will be back for me. Wishes.

Bev G from Wales, UK on August 20, 2020:

I like this a lot, Abby. You have some really good ideas... and I'm going to steal them. And I love the mind-map. Thanks for the mention too.x