Hive Posts Length | What is the average word count? | Are longer posts rewarded more?

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Let’s take a look at Hive posts length, word count and the correlation with payouts. I have made a posts like this more then a year ago, so it is a time to revisit.

Maybe you can draw some conclusion what the length of your posts should be.


There are a lot of things that are up for debate on Hive. Posts quality for example. What is it? How to determine is a post a good one or not? Do quality posts get rewarded enough etc.

Here we will be looking at the number of characters and words per post, what is the average and how does daily numbers fluctuate. Then we will be taking a look at the payouts for the posts according to their body length.

The period that is analyzed here is from start of 2021 till today.

Total Number Of Posts

First an overall look at the number of posts per day in 2021. These are post only, comments not included. Here is the chart.


The number of posts per day has been in the range of 3k to 4.5k post per day, with some spikes here and there. In the last months this number is around 4k per day.

We can say that this is the number of posts that are “competing” for the reward pool.

Total Number Of Characters From Posts

Here is a chart for the daily number of characters from posts.


The blockchain has a data of body length, or number of characters per post. When we sum those up, on a daily level we get the above. This chart follows the post chart trend. More then 10M characters are printed every day on the blockchain from posts only.

The number of characters by itself doesn’t tell us much.

Let’s take a look at the average words per posts.
Here is the chart.


An average of 593 words per posts!

Overall, the average words per post have been quite steady with some small increase in the summer, then a decrease and growth again in the last month.

As mentioned above, the blockchain only has data for number of characters per post, not word count. I have converted the numbers of characters in words based on an average of 5 characters per word. Its not a 100% exact number but close enough.

Note that videos are usually short on characters, that doesn’t represent their length.

Posts Length And Payouts

If we categorize the number of posts according to their word count we get this chart. This is a data for the last 30 days.


This is quite interesting. I have double checked the data, but it seems that most of the post are quite lengthy ones, 2500 words and above. Not sure how legit are they though 😊.

From the other categories, the less then 500 words is on the top, then the 500 to 1000. The 1000 to 1500, and 1500 to 2000 have similar numbers as well. 2k to 2.5k are a bit lower.

Example query:

CONVERT(NVARCHAR, created, 101) as date,
COUNT(author) as posts,
SUM(total_payout_value+curator_payout_value+pending_payout_value) as payout

FROM Comments (NOLOCK)
CONVERT(DATE,created) BETWEEN '2021-10-24' AND '2021-11-24'
AND depth = 0
AND body_length >= 2501

ORDER BY CONVERT(NVARCHAR, created, 101) asc

What about the payouts?

Here is the chart for payouts according to posts word count.


The longest post, 2500 plus words, have the biggest payouts with average of 17$ earned per post.
On the second place are the 2k to 2.5k words posts with almost 10$ per post. The 1k to 2k word count post have a similar payouts around 7$ to 8$.

The table looks like this.

Words per postNumber of postsAverage earning [$]
< 50027,8511.35
2500 +51,99617.09

The posts under 500 words on average earn 1.35$ and the posts with 2500+ words earn on average 17$.

So, there you have it. Want to earn a bit more on Hive. Make longer posts. After one year this still holds.

Who Is Making The Longest Posts?

Here is the chart for authors who are making the longer posts.


The @hiq and the @hiq.magazine on the top! Some other popular names in the top as well. A compilations posts tend to be longer so there is a few of those in the top.

All the best

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