Have you noticed all the writing sites have their own article length requirement

@mommaj (22780)
United States
June 30, 2010 12:27pm CST
I have seen sites with article length requirements as low as 150 words per article. This isn't very much and sometimes you can say what you need to say in such short verse and other times you need to elaborate. Some sites are 400 word minimum. These are the sites that I usually write for. Can you change your writing style to accomodate the 150 word minimum or do you leave your article long. I guess you could either chop the article to pieces or you could repost even though it's too long. What would you do? Chop? Repost as is?
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@Canellita (12058)
• United States
30 Jun 10
I would write a long article and then summarize for the site that only requires 150 words and earn on it twice. It's perfectly fine to recycle.
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@th52096 (469)
• Philippines
30 Jun 10
I'd do this as well! But if the other site didn't have limit or something I'd just post the whole same thing.. And say it's mine and prove it. by putting a certain sign or picture or having the same username on both sites. :D
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@mommaj (22780)
• United States
30 Jun 10
I might have to try that. You know I am talking about G and I haven't read many articles on there yet. Are you revamping yours? The one started out conversationally. Is that what you would recommend if I just wanted to to a little write up and then repaste?
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@Canellita (12058)
• United States
30 Jun 10
Well CZ recommended changing the opening paragraph and posting stuff from AC, Helium and the blogs. Points are awarded based on page views so I was just trying to generate views and supply them with writing samples while I wait to hear back about Socialwrite.
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@Sandra1952 (6052)
• Spain
1 Jul 10
Hello, MommaJ. I've noticed that, yes, and I think a 400 minimum word count is what I feel most comfortable with. Sometimes, though, you wonder how to get 400 words from a topic. In a current Helium contest, one of the titles is 'shy is a golf ball dimpled?' Brief research convinced me I could never spin that out into 400 words. Other times, you need a lot more, yet you feel the article would be too much for most people to write. I did a freelance job where I had to do 10 250 word articles on corporate gifts - keyrings, pens, etc. Some of them worked out just right, some needed a bit of stretching, and others I felt needed more words, but would anyone really want to read 400 words or more on conference folders, for example? Usually, the sites with low word counts don't pay that well, and I'd rather stick with something I'm happy with. 400 words gives the opportunity for creative expression - 150 usually doesn't.
• Spain
1 Jul 10
Hello, Canellita. I'm with you some of the way there. I write poetry, but it's not my favourite medium. However, when I do go down that path, I make every word count. I can also write 400 words or more without just 'stringing them together.' I agree quality wins over quantity every time, and I'll never use more words than I need. I may have verbal diarrhoea when it comes to talking, but I can trim my words down when I need to. With me, it's personal preference. I like 400 - 500 words to develop my ideas and arguments.
@mommaj (22780)
• United States
1 Jul 10
LOL. My mouth seems to run alot too. LOL Sometimes that is okay, other times I should keep quiet. You both gave some good advice. How true about the lengths and quality. Quality is what really matters. Sometimes if your article is too short and you have to add words quality may suffer a little.
@Canellita (12058)
• United States
1 Jul 10
Once again MommaJ is confused. It isn't about adding words it is about exchangingthem. Instead of happy, you are quite joyful, etc. You have to look for places in an article where you can replace a single word with a phrase of two or more words. @Sandra, the poetry was just the first example of more from less my brain could reach for. But it is a good example since most poetry is much longer. Surprisingly I've earned a few pennies off that little haiku. Scheng says AC's days are numbered. Not sure how much energy I should continue to put in it.
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@scheng1 (24755)
• Singapore
1 Jul 10
Mommaj is always engaging in risky activity. Now she is talking about chopping articles. hmmm, I wonder how many choppers she keep at home. No wonder she is always sharpening her choppers, since she needs to chop articles, chop chickens, chop snakes, chop mutton, chop durians, chop winter melon, chop spiders and kick watermelons for fun. Actually some sites have less than 150 words requirement. Snipsly requires only three sentences, since you can use it as a bookmarking site, and not article submission site. For seo purpose, 400 words to 800 words articles are better. If you just want to get links to the main article, then 150 words will do. These 150 words serve as introductory to the main article. You can add "Read more about xxx at xxx", and hyperlink to the main article. Add a final paragraph for the author resource. Eg "About me: Mommaj is a crazy cavewoman. Her current hobby is chopping articles after chopping chicken"
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@Canellita (12058)
• United States
1 Jul 10
Would that be the chicken she cooks twice that spits hot grease at her? Do you think she will chop the articles with an axe or put them through a machine?
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@Canellita (12058)
• United States
1 Jul 10
See Scheng, now we know what really happened to Anythng's computer! MommaJ and all her chopping got to it!
@scheng1 (24755)
• Singapore
2 Jul 10
Hi Canellita, I think we better stay far far away from Mommaj. She seems to chop everything apart. I think we can send her back to the Dinosaurs Age. She can chop the dinosaurs apart for us to cook curry. Next time we must tell Art not to buy her computer near Mommaj's cave.
@gfeef01 (538)
30 Jun 10
I find that writing the minimum just doesn't work. I write for both review stream and dooyoo and both have a word minimum, but both only really pay for longer pieces. dooyoo state that it has to be actual opinion in the minimum or it will be deleated, review stream won't pay full whack for a short review, only the $0.50 and sometimes not even that. SEO wise for the revenue, generalyy articles over 1000 words do the best. I'm not sold on this logic as i think some shoter pieces are much better. but that's what's said!
@mommaj (22780)
• United States
30 Jun 10
I can't see an article that is 1000 words doing good. I would think a person would stop reading regardless of how interesting the article is. I cannot believe a site on the internet would want an article that long. I know I would get bored with an article that long. LOL 400-500 word article would be good. That's rough doing a review that is so long. I guess they want to make sure you really used the product, or stayed in the hotel, or even ate the food. Not sure if I could talk about something for that long of a time period.
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@gfeef01 (538)
5 Jul 10
your so preaching to the converted. I've done loads of 500 word reviews but after that i find myself getting bored and quit. I don't know how the SEO people came up with that but i disagree, just passing along what i've heard.
@th52096 (469)
• Philippines
30 Jun 10
I'd just continue writing until I feel it's okay. Why? Because it states that it's only a 150 word minimum.. MINIMUM. Not maximum. Totally different words. :D No cutting of the article. No posting it in halves or something. :D
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@mommaj (22780)
• United States
30 Jun 10
I was thinking about cutting them and rewriting them to smaller articles because if the minimum is 150 words then, it is a site that people only skim articles on and I figure they don't read an article that is too long. They would see the size and just skip to something else. It would certainly be easier to just repost as is. Thanks for your advice.
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