Does Wikinut Have a Minimum Word Requirement?

Mark Gordon BrownStarred Page By Mark Gordon Brown, 24th Oct 2014 | Follow this author | RSS Feed | Short URL http://nut.bz/2d0dkum_/
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How long should my Wikinut article be? Does Wikinut have a minimum word count for their articles? Why is the moderator rejecting my article and saying it is "too short"? What is the minimum number of words an article should have on Wikinut?

Does Wikinut Have a Rule About A Minumum Number of Words

Lately Wikinut has been getting bombarded with really short articles, some under 100 words. In general these are being rejected as not being good quality. One one of the moderation pages we have to rate the articles for quality, a short article is not going to contain very much information and as such will tend to rank lower on this, and possibly earn 0 points, thus resulting in instant rejection.

If you look around you might not find a hard rule about the number of words required by Wikinut. Most sites require 400 words or more. Some time ago Sam (currently in charge of Wikinut) suggested a 300 word minimum for factual articles with the understanding that poetry could be less and it was to our discretion. Be aware that this is a minimum guideline suggestion, you would be wise to exceed it!

So you note this appears to be a "suggestion" rather than a rule.

Why Do Websites Have A Minimum Word Requirement?

There are several reasons why websites have a minimum word requirement and it is for your benefit that they do. Many websites require 400, or even 500 words, while some allow people to get away with 150 words.

Note that search engines will not show short articles because they feel these articles do not have enough information in them to be worth showing.

Note too that if a person can read your article fast they will leave the page too soon, and advertisers will not consider that to be a legitimate view. This is why you might have a lot of views showing on an article but not be showing a high rate of pay for that article; viewers left too soon for advertisers to consider it a legitimate view.

People will not take you seriously as a writer if your factual articles are overly simplified and short, they might look at the article and leave it as they just assume it does not contain good information. Note that an article that is too long might look overwhelming as well.

When you are writing a factual article do some research find out more facts, make your article full and rich so people will not only read it, but share it too! How many people are going to share a short factual article? They would rather share one that is packed with helpful information that just a bit.

What About Poetry?

For sure it can be tough for a poet to write a poem with a minimum word count so Wikinut will publish shorter poems. Again you as the writer will suffer because you wont get as many views.

One way to give your poems a boost is to write a closing paragraph about they poem, your inspiration for it, or other points you wish to make. Or you can share several poems on one article as I have done.

Poetry tends to be more of a hit and miss thing, factual articles tend to do better overall, but for sure we do enjoy having poetry here.


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author avatar Peter B. Giblett
25th Oct 2014 (#)

Mark, I had written notes about an article on this very subject, because I have been seeing (and rejecting) too many articles that are, simply put, too short for publication. We have to be concerned about visibility of everything because we need Wikinut to be taken seriously by both advertisers and the search engines. Thank you.

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author avatar snerfu
25th Oct 2014 (#)

Well written articles should be long, it is a matter that should figure prominently in the writer's mind. We do need more reminders though Mr Brown since we tend to write "fast and furiously" just to beat the clock. I have hidden mine.

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author avatar viewgreen
25th Oct 2014 (#)

Very informative article... Now I know another part of this sparkle of wikinut information. Awesome writing about. Thank you for share this information.

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author avatar Fern Mc Costigan
25th Oct 2014 (#)

Thnaks Marc for the information and sharing it!

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author avatar kant123
25th Oct 2014 (#)

Thanks Mark for sharing suggestions about writing articles on wikinut...

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author avatar AjaySinghChauhan
25th Oct 2014 (#)

very nice post, thanks for sharing it with us.

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author avatar Mutimut
25th Oct 2014 (#)

Such as a good information. Great! thanks.

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author avatar Nancy Czerwinski
25th Oct 2014 (#)

Thank you Mark for sharing this information. I've learned so much from Wikinut and I continue to learn.

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author avatar writestuff
25th Oct 2014 (#)

Informative and useful post. Thanks for sharing.

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author avatar Retired
25th Oct 2014 (#)

Wonderful post, Mark. Helpful to all Wikinutters. It is indeed nice we have poetry here. My solution to word count is to post multiple poems on a page...though that means I post less pages than if I posted poems individually...and I post less often. Your advice is also a good idea...to share the personal inspiration for the poem. one can also post details about the poetic form, when applicable. :)

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
25th Oct 2014 (#)

Wikinut has moderators for no other reason than to ensure quality. I would rather publish one quality article a week than a dozen a day rambling away.

So I feel quality is more important than quantity to make this site enduring. Quality articles need more than 100 words to drive home the point. I can understand moderators waving in newbies with a hope they will learn along the way. Worth repeating the basics, Mark - siva

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author avatar Tony Barnes
25th Oct 2014 (#)

Thanks for our 'tune-up'...most of us probably need to be reminded from time to time.

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author avatar Ptrikha
25th Oct 2014 (#)

I would suggest a minimum word count of 200, and minimum character count of 500. This is because at times I have seen some of my reasonably long articles with 1200+ characters but lesser than 300 words.

300+ words is also ok, but perhaps that could make people write in a way just to have a filler at times.

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author avatar Ptrikha
25th Oct 2014 (#)

And also introduce a bonus for those who have written say 10 star page or more articles with length more than 300+, and with views more than a certain value.

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author avatar tafmona
25th Oct 2014 (#)

I have been also wondering, I think we need to have that

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author avatar cnwriter..carolina
25th Oct 2014 (#)

good advice indeed Mark...

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author avatar Sherrill Fulghum
26th Oct 2014 (#)

In this world of no attention spans, an article that is long and filled with fluff is just as bad as one that is too short with no information.

As someone who has worked in newspapers for a number of years before coming to the internet, an article can be on the short side and still provide all pertinent information available. All too often I have seen 400 minimum word count sites that have 150 words of information and 350 words of fluffy nonsense that did nothing more than waste one's time.

I work with a lot of new musicians, up and coming musicians, and news bites where a lot of information simply isn't available; resulting in a short...but informative...article.

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author avatar spirited
26th Oct 2014 (#)

I was surprised actually that my poetry has done much better here than it has on other sites.

I tend to do what Mark has suggested here though. I will write one lone poem, then add a couple of shorter ones, then I might add a quote or two that is relevant to the subject matter of the poem, finally I often add some explanatory notes about my poem too.

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author avatar Retired
27th Oct 2014 (#)

Informative piece here, Mark. It's all about the time the reader spends on the page view. Too short or poor quality makes the reader move on, leaving little time for the page to make money from the advertising on it. Follow the money. Greater length and better quality deliver better business for our beloved website!

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author avatar Judy Ellen
29th Oct 2014 (#)

I am used to writing for Bubblews which is not an article writing site but at any rate we only have to submit a minimum or 100 words! I hope the article I just submitted here had enough words! LOL

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author avatar Retired
14th Nov 2014 (#)

Well, you can understand why search engines won't show short reviews. 100 words as you suggested at the beginning is far too short, I agree. Even 200 words isn't very long. I understand it is sometimes difficult to find the worlds to write about certain things, but I think 300 words minimum would be apt.

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author avatar Md Rezaul Karim
16th Nov 2014 (#)

Ditto Sivaji... otherwise a nice write up.. some common queries too...

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author avatar Bodylevive
17th Nov 2014 (#)

Thank you for this because I was wondering about word requirement. Bubblews has 400 characters not words. I believe I can give the advertisers their money's worth.

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author avatar Utah Jay
25th Nov 2014 (#)

I like writing here, and I am a very competitive person, so of course I like stars, but as I write poetry I sometimes feel like forgoing the stars as I have many short poems, and sometimes in poetry a short poem can say a lot. I only wish that we could forget the margin left and be free to from our words as they were originally written. Some margined right, some are centered and some formed. What say you about that?

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author avatar Mark Gordon Brown
25th Nov 2014 (#)

You can do that using advanced formatting.

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author avatar Peter B. Giblett
25th Nov 2014 (#)

If you wish to learn how to gain star pages from poetry then I suggest you take a look at the offerings made by user cnwriter.carolina, she uses sections, videos and pictures to enhance her every submission.

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author avatar Sherri Granato
9th Dec 2014 (#)

Ouch. Guilty as charged, but I have only attempted it once or twice. It is completely understandable. This site is for articles with actual content. 100 word articles aren't long enough to be packed full of interesting literature and are more blog like. Thanks for the head's up.

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author avatar Kingwell
21st Dec 2014 (#)

Great advice.

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author avatar Natraj
8th Jan 2015 (#)

Very useful post to know about minimum requirement of a post in wikinut. Thanks for sharing.

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author avatar jjmyles
9th Jan 2015 (#)

This is a very helpful post. Thank you for sharing this information.

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