frankleeceo - 1:27 am on Jul 15, 2013 (gmt 0)
I agree on the logical units divider. The length of articles itself isn't an issue. The ability for the readers to quickly find and narrow down the information that they want is more important.
If a article is long, does it have clear organization for readers to scan through it, and zone in on the parts that they need? Or it's just long for being long's sake. Poor organization, repeated infroatmion, and such.
Dividing articles for the sake of random division is pointless in my point of view. However, dividing articles into pieces that users find useful can prove to be very helpful. It's alot more work, but it's better for the visitors.
When the length starts muddling with the information content that you want to get across, then the length will become a hindrance.
So, my conclusion is...yes an article can be indeed too long when it gets in the way between your readers and the information they need.
For example...Niche article can have different parts.
History of niche.
How to use niche.
Why to use niche.
What to do when niche breaks down.
You can have 1 long huge article with all 4 parts with information all scribbled throughout. Or you can divide it into logical pieces that work and helpful.
The key is to have users land on any of the 4 pages, and that they can quickly navigate into the part where they find it useful.
Random "article divider" which divides the long article into 4 even spaced pages...is a hindrance to user usability. Align your position with the readers and decide whether or not dividing the articles make sense. Imagine reading a book, and how you would like to read it.
However, do avoid splitting articles into too short of a division as it can triggers some sort of spam signal..but that is not really your problem. Just something to watch out for if you do decide to break the articles apart.