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10 Tips for New Hubbers from an Almost New Hubber


Some Helpful Tips I Have Learned Early On

I didn't come to HubPages with a lot of writing or social networking experience. The only work that I have ever had published were a few letters to the editor. Truth be told, I didn't belong to a social network, have a blog, or earn money on the internet. Networking, backlinking, keywords, search engine optimization (SEO) and monetizing my work are still foreign to me.

I have had a few experienced Hubbers, directly or indirectly, help me as I have gotten started. I also think I have figured out a few things along the way.

Here are 10 helpful tips, pearls of wisdom, or suggestions that may help you as you begin your writing career on HubPages.

As I approach a year on HubPages, I stand by my recommendations. In fact, probably the most important recommendation is to write quality Hubs. It may take time, but quality, well written Hubs will be found and you will be rewarded in the long run.

#1 Write and Read

Experienced hubbers often suggest to new hubbers to write, write, and write more. I agree. Writing more and reading others work has several benefits:

  • Writing more will make you a better writer. The more you do something, the better you get at it. You develop a writing style and find your niche. You discover what works for you.
  • I see writing Hubs as an investment that will pay off over time. The more hubs you write, the more traffic that will see your work. The more page views, the more followers, the more links and backlinks, the higher your work will appear in search engine results which will ultimately lead to more income for your efforts.
  • Read the work of other Hubbers, particularly quality writers who have had success on HubPages. Study their work. Try to figure out the style, techniques, or presentation that help make them so successful.
  • Still not motivated, maybe this Hub by J.S. Matthew will help, 5 Things New Hubbers Can Do to Get Motivated and Noticed Writing on HubPages.

#2 Use Your Own Work

Plagiarism is never right. You don't want someone taking your work, don't use the work of others. If you must, give credit where credit is due.

  • First and foremost, write your own material. Do not copy or otherwise use the work of others. As I understand it, do not use your HubPage work as original work on other sites.
  • When you do research, use credible sites. Reference the material that you do use.
  • Get a camera to take your own pictures. A small camera is easy to carry with you. You never know when you may get an idea for a new Hub and want a photo for it. If you would like more info about a good affordable camera, check out this J.S. Matthew Hub.
  • If you need a picture that you don't have, get it from an open source. Missolive and ChristianS have written great hubs on sources for free photos. I have also used royalty free photos from Do NOT use pixelated or watermarked photos.

#3 Nothing But the Best

"Excellence is a Standard, Not a Goal"

Always try to be the best.

  • Write Quality Always try to write the best quality Hubs that you can. Reread and edit your Hubs, even after they are published. Edit them for grammar and spelling. Continuously strive to improve them. Quality Hubs will attract readers, hold their attention, and help develop a following.
  • Follow Quality Follow Hubbers that write about topics that interest you. But, maybe even more important, follow quality Hubbers. Try to identify what works for them and apply it to your work.
  • Be Quality Participate in the HubPages community. Leave quality comments. Ask good questions. Answer questions from other Hubbers. Sometimes a question can lead to an idea for a Hub like this one. Join a forum. Participation will lead to accolades and help to establish your credibility. While these accolades can seem like merit badges, quality Hubbers participate in the community and earn their accolades.
  • Share Quality You can use the link at the bottom of a Hub to share it with your HubPage followers, as well as FaceBook, Twitter, Google+, etc. followers. You can also use the "Suggest Links" tool for suggestions to link phrases in your Hub to other Hubbers. As Hubber sholland suggests, 'share and share alike'.

#4 In a Capsule

Hubs are formatted into capsules. You assemble the capsules, adding or positioning them to produce the look you want for your Hub. Types of capsules include: text, photo, video, link, comment, map, table, poll, and advertising (Amazon and eBay).

When you start a new Hub you have options for commonly used layouts. The default layout for an article includes 3 capsules: a text capsule with a photo capsule to the right and a comment capsule below. There is also an option for a video Hub that includes a video capsule at the top. Specialty templates are being developed such as the one for recipes that includes capsules for rating, ingredients, cook time, nutrition, and instructions. You can also use one of your current Hubs as a template.

Through trial and error, this is what I have found works for me with regard to capsules:

  • Almost always add more capsules to the template (sholland suggests at least 5 text capsules). I like to break my hubs up, even if they will be almost exclusively text hubs such as this one. I find that multiple text capsules are like paragraphs and they make it easier for me to write and edit my hubs. It also allows me to insert photos, maps, polls, or ads so that they appear in the middle of my text in the final product.
  • Rearrange your capsules to create the optimal final product.
  • Some capsules you can place side-by-side, some you can't. You can place a photo hub to the right of a text capsule, but you can't place it to the left. You can place Amazon and/or eBay capsules side-by-side, but you can't place photo capsules side-by-side.

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#5 Make Your Hubs Look Good on a Mobile Device

The HubPages App is no longer available, but Hubs are often viewed with a browser on a mobile device. Check to see how your Hubs will look when viewed on a mobile device.

  • In the "Edit" Hub Mode, click on the "Preview" button at the top of the page.
  • You then have the option of viewing the Hub you are editing in either the "Desktop Preview" (default) or "Mobile Preview" modes.
  • Check BOTH modes.
  • Edit and re-edit your Hubs until they look the way you want.

#6 Spruce Up Your Hubs

By design, there are only limited things you can do to alter the appearance of your Hubs. HubPages wants to keep the look professional but they are continuously trying to improve (such as the trial of the blue background for some Hubs). Tricked out pages can look spammy. Even within these limitations, you can make your Hubs attractive to your readers.

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  • From the "edit" options for the text capsule, you can change the type to bold, italic or underlined.
  • You can change the size of your type from the "format" pull down options.
  • Use a photo capsule for something other than a photo. Homesteadbound wrote a hub "Creating Dividers to Use on Your Hubs" that demonstrates how to use dividers to place between your capsules. (See between this text capsule and the next.)
  • For long Hubs, create a Table of Contents. Links can help your reader navigate around the Hub to the specific area that interests them. Darkside wrote a Table of Contents Hub and SidKemp expanded on the idea in his Hub, Create a Table of Contents for Your Hub - Quick and Easy.
  • Use an ad capsule for a photograph and as a recommendation. For instance Outbound Dan, an expert on hiking and hiking equipment, in his hub on "Why Cotton Can Kill You on a Hike", used an Amazon ad for a synthetic t-shirt as a picture and as his recommendation for an alternative to a cotton t-shirt.
  • Missolive has a Hub with suggestions on how to bling your hub.

#7 Don't Be Afraid To Ask For Help

For a novice internet writer, HubPages can be intimidating. Don't worry, help is available.

  • The HubPages Learning Center has a lot of Hubs that can answer the questions of newbie, as well as experienced, Hubbers.
  • Post your question in the "Help Forum". The HubPage community is quick to respond and help you out.
  • Study hubs of experienced Hubbers. What did they do that attracted you to their Hub? Was it the topic, the style of writing, or the presentation? Learn from their style and use it to help develop your own style.

#8 Pearls of Wisdom to Keep Your Readers

Once you have your readers, keep your readers.

  • We write our Hubs for our readers, to keep our readers, and to attract more readers. Hubs that are well written will attract readers which leads to followers, shares, and more readers.
  • Interesting, well written Hubs will hold the attention of a reader from start to finish. Use, but not overuse, of photos, polls, maps, tables and videos will also help to keep your reader engaged.
  • Sinea Pies wrote a great hub, "Readers--How to Keep Them" that included the instructions on how to have links in your hub open in a different window. This involves using the HTML option for editing text capsules. By adding target="_blank" after the href (see the Hub for details on how to do this), when a reader clicks on your link, the link opens in another window. Your Hub is still open in a window that the reader can easily go back to. You haven't lost your reader or more importantly, they haven't lost you.
  • A word of caution about the Link Capsule. It does not appear that you can use this trick to open these links in another window. I suggest you place the Link Capsule at or near the bottom of your Hub. If your reader gets that far, they will have read most or all of your Hub. If they click on a link, they will leave your page, but not before reading your Hub.

#9 If You Have A Mac, You May Be On Your Own

Some of the technical questions suggest ways to do things and assume you have a PC with Microsoft Office. If you are using a Mac, you may be on your own. Here are a few suggestions that may help Apple users out.

  • In Homesteadbound's Hub on creating dividers, she mentions right and left clicking with a mouse (PC set-up). If you have a MacBook like I do, I have a track pad with one bar to click. There is no obvious right or left click option. Clicking on the bar is the same as "right clicking" with a PC mouse. To left click, you have to press the "control" button at the same time as you press the bar.

#10 Final Thoughts

HubPages is not a get rich quick scheme. It takes a lot of time and effort to be successful. Here are 2 more Hubbers who have put in the time and their efforts have paid off. Hopefully, their success and the success of the other Hubbers I have mentioned here will help to motivate you.

New Hubbers, check out the links I have provided. They are to great Hubbers and you can learn from them like I did. Hubbers like to help other Hubbers.

By the way, Welcome to HubPages.

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Mark Shulkosky (author) from Pennsylvania on June 09, 2019:

Thank you. Hope you find them helpful.

Gupi on June 09, 2019:

Great advice

Mark Shulkosky (author) from Pennsylvania on May 26, 2015:

devisree, thanks for stopping by. Hope you found the information helpful.

devisree from India on May 25, 2015:

H ibankscottage

Very interesting hub with wonderful tips. Really thanking you for sharing your great ideas.

Mark Shulkosky (author) from Pennsylvania on January 31, 2015:

FatBoy Thin, sometimes it is nice to see it all written down in one place and to remind yourself. Thanks for commenting.

Colin Garrow from Inverbervie, Scotland on January 31, 2015:

I guess I should alrady know most of this stuff, but it's good to see it all written down. Great Hub.

Mark Shulkosky (author) from Pennsylvania on May 28, 2014:

Thanks joedolphin88. I'm glad you found the Hub helpful.

Joe from north miami FL on May 28, 2014:

This was a powerful and well written hub, I'm going to take your advice and ask you to review a couple of my CellAllure hubs and tell me if I'm doing a good job as far as content and writing goes. thank you for the great advice

Mark Shulkosky (author) from Pennsylvania on May 23, 2013:

Glad you found the tips useful. Hopefully someday, maybe soon, you'll be able to write a Hub to pass along all of the neat tips you have learned as you got started. Welcome to HubPages!

Deonne Anderson from Florence, SC on May 23, 2013:

Great tips and advice for new hubbers! #5 is very useful to me. I spent a great deal of time trying to figure out how to get my photos between my paragraphs until I discovered that I could use several capsules in each hub. I've been around now for almost 2 months and am still learning. Thanks for your info.

Mark Shulkosky (author) from Pennsylvania on March 07, 2013:

Unikaman, again, thanks for stopping by. Glad you found the tips useful. Seems that no matter how long a writer has been here, there is always something new we can learn.

Amandeep Singh from London UK on March 07, 2013:

All the 10 tips mentioned are a gem - I totally second your though "writing Hubs as an investment that will pay off over time. "

I have been on HubPages for quite a few years now but still consider myself a newbie as I haven't written a lot of hubs.. but I do have some blogging and social networking experience and will look forward to using your tips while hubbing here... Cheers!

Mark Shulkosky (author) from Pennsylvania on December 18, 2012:

I agree logoquiz. I use it when I can't get to a computer. I use the app primarily to check my stats and feed. I can approve and respond to comments. I can ask and give relatively short answers to questions. I don't like typing with that virtual keyboard on the iPhone and I try to limit my answers or comments. I will also Hub Hop sometimes with the app.

Missy from London on December 18, 2012:

Just to follow up, I've been using the app for a couple of days, it's not bad, quite basic though and still prefer to come on site through a browser but maybe it will just take some getting used to.

Mark Shulkosky (author) from Pennsylvania on December 18, 2012:

LRC815, glad you found the Hub helpful. Thanks for commenting.

Linda Crist from Central Virginia on December 18, 2012:

A great hub with very practical tips and great links to additional information. Smart!

Mark Shulkosky (author) from Pennsylvania on December 17, 2012:

Kasman, there are a lot of great Hubs that are helpful to other Hubbers. Glad you found mine useful.

Kas from Bartlett, Tennessee on December 16, 2012:

I know I'm probably beginning to sound like a broken record to my keyboard but thank you for writing this, as I am new to Hubpages I have been looking for the best ways to do things and this well written Hub is another in a chain of Hubs I've read that are amazingly informative and helpful. Funny enough I have a Mac and those particulars weren't a problem for me but I know many that it might be. Ahhhhhh, PC'S vs. MACS.

Mark Shulkosky (author) from Pennsylvania on December 16, 2012:

Bhargvi, I'm glad you found the Hub helpful.

Logoquiz, let me know what you think of the HPs App (I believe it is only for iPhones). I use it all of the time.

Missy from London on December 16, 2012:

Thanks for this! I am also a newbie to hubpages! Didn't even realise there was a hubpages app, il be checking that out! Thank you and well done

Bhargvi Sharma from jammu ( India) on December 15, 2012:

Very helpful for new hubbers like me!!! Voted up!!! :)

Mark Shulkosky (author) from Pennsylvania on December 15, 2012:

Thanks for stopping by KDeus and finding my tips helpful.

Keely Deuschle from Florida on December 14, 2012:

Excellent article with a lot of information to absorb for a new hubber! Thank you!

Mark Shulkosky (author) from Pennsylvania on December 10, 2012:

Thanks janshares. I'm glad you found the Hub helpful. No matter how long you are here, there is always something new you can learn from someone.

Janis Leslie Evans from Washington, DC on December 09, 2012:

Bankscottage, I'm so glad I came across this hub. I must say it's one of the best "tutorials" I've seen on hp. I've learned things here that I didn't know in my brief 3 months here. Thank you so much for this. Voted up, useful, and awesome.

Mark Shulkosky (author) from Pennsylvania on October 28, 2012:

Learn Things Web, glad I could help you. I am still learning, much of it from other Hubbers. Thanks for the votes and share.

LT Wright from California on October 28, 2012:

This is great advice. I didn't really know what I was doing when I started out. It was very hit and miss. Reading advice like this from other Hubbers was a huge help. Voted up and shared also.

Mark Shulkosky (author) from Pennsylvania on October 28, 2012:

Thanks for stopping by Paul. Glad they could help now and hopefully even more in the future. Thanks for the votes and shares.

Paul Richard Kuehn from Udorn City, Thailand on October 28, 2012:

These are very useful tips which I am bookmarking for future use. Keep up the good work! Voted up and sharing!

Mark Shulkosky (author) from Pennsylvania on October 26, 2012:

dwachira, thanks for stopping by and commenting. I agree with you completely. Thanks for the votes.

Danson Wachira from Nairobi, Kenya on October 26, 2012:

Hi bankscottage,

Although responding to a lot of comments can be overwhelming, posting feedback to comment is very important and am glad you did point it here. The readers of the article find time to comment on our hubs so it is only fair that we respond to those comments as well. Personally i tend to feel guilty when i don't respond to comments. Great tips, voted up and useful.

Mark Shulkosky (author) from Pennsylvania on October 19, 2012:

Claudia47, I glad you found the Hub helpful. There is so much to learn when you start writing on HubPages and the info available can be overwhelming. Good luck with your writing.

Claudia47 from Boynton Beach, Florida on October 19, 2012:

Thanks so much for writing this. I've just started writing Hubs on a regular basis and had no idea how to use Adwords to choose topics and keywords. Very helpful.

Mark Shulkosky (author) from Pennsylvania on August 15, 2012:

Cogerson, thanks for the kind comments. I'm glad you find my tips useful. I also wish you much success on HubPages.

UltimateMovieRankings from Virginia on August 15, 2012:

Excellent hub....I enjoyed reading your helpful hints....I think no matter how long a person has been on HubPages they can still learn more about HubPages. Your 10 tips are very useful ones and it sounds like you are well on your way to 100K views....keep up the good work. Voted up and useful.

Mark Shulkosky (author) from Pennsylvania on May 25, 2012:

KD, welcome to HubPages. Glad you found the information useful.

KDuBarry03 on May 25, 2012:

As a new Hubber myself of just over 3 weeks, these tips are definitely very useful! I'll be keeping these handy from now own :) Thank you!


Mark Shulkosky (author) from Pennsylvania on May 19, 2012:

Tipstoretireearly, glad you found this hub helpful.

tipstoretireearly from New York on May 19, 2012:

As a fairly new Hubber, I appreciate this great advice!

Mark Shulkosky (author) from Pennsylvania on May 19, 2012:

Paul, thanks for stopping by. Glad they could help you.

Paul Richard Kuehn from Udorn City, Thailand on May 19, 2012:

You have an excellent hub with some great tips. I've been here for a little over a year and I'm still learning. Thanks for your advice.

billd01603 from Worcester on May 16, 2012:

Very good Hub Bankscottage

Mark Shulkosky (author) from Pennsylvania on May 16, 2012:

Hopefully, the info will be helpful even for veterans. It seems there is always something new that we can learn.

Mark Shulkosky (author) from Pennsylvania on May 16, 2012:

Glad I could help you. I know you'll find a lot of good info in the links also.

Mark Shulkosky (author) from Pennsylvania on May 16, 2012:

Thanks for stopping by and sharing. I just asked a question today about sharing Hubs. Glad you found the info useful.

Bill De Giulio from Massachusetts on May 16, 2012:

Great Advice. You sound like a seasoned veteran. Also wish I had read this when I started. Voting up.

Cathleena Beams from Tennessee on May 16, 2012:

I wish I had read this when I first started out on Hubpages. This is one of the best HOW TO DO HUBPAGES articles that I've ever come across. You have definitely done your research and incorporated what you've learned in this hub. Several links here that I want to hop into as soon as I finish this comment and click on the follow you button. Wonderful hub! I will share this one too!

Ann Carr from SW England on May 16, 2012:

Voted up, useful and shared. I'm not that new but sometimes it still feels like it! I'm not very technically minded so am still learning. I was especially interested to read your AppleMac advice - brilliant! Thanks for that. I'm often asking for such things and find it very difficult to get answers. Excellent advice for new hubbers and anyone still wanting to learn! You also mentioned Sinea Pies and MissOlive; they are full of good advice, all of which works! This is a well presented, clear hub packed with sensible options, some of which I knew but needed reminding about. Well done for doing such a lot in 3 months.

Mark Shulkosky (author) from Pennsylvania on May 07, 2012:

MJ thanks for stopping by. Glad the links helped you. I have met a lot of great Hubbers.

mjkearn on May 07, 2012:

Hi BanksCottage,

great Hub, full of excellent tips and advice. As a newbie myself I found the links to other Hubbers, invaluable and essential resources for even more tips,

thanks for writing,


Linda Bilyeu from Orlando, FL on May 05, 2012:

Thank you:) If you have any questions just let me know!

Mark Shulkosky (author) from Pennsylvania on May 05, 2012:

Thanks Sunshine625. I follow and learn from great veteran Hubbers like you.

Linda Bilyeu from Orlando, FL on May 05, 2012:

For an "almost new hubber" you are on a roll. Excellent tips and information for others to learn from. I'm still learning after 14 months on HP, there's always something new and exciting or annoying on HP:) Well done!

Mark Shulkosky (author) from Pennsylvania on April 27, 2012:

Maralexa, thanks for stopping by and for your kind comments. The Hubbers I mention deserve the credit for their ideas. I just helped bring them together.

Marilyn Alexander from Vancouver, Canada on April 27, 2012:

A wonderful and very welcome hub! Your writing and layout skills are excellent. Thanks for the tips and the reminders. You are right, bankscottage, there are quite a few excellent hubbers who have shared a great deal of information and ideas with us.

Welcome to HubPages. I wish you continued success. Voted Up, interesting, useful and beautiful.

Mark Shulkosky (author) from Pennsylvania on April 27, 2012:

homesteadbound, thanks for kind words. Hubbers like you have made it easier for new Hubbers like me. I try to learn from the best and pass it on. I like learning tricks such as those in the divider Hub. I'll have to check out the rest of your tips. In the short time I have been here, it seems that Hubbers like to help other Hubbers.

Cindy Murdoch from Texas on April 27, 2012:

What a great hub you have here! You have put together some wonderful information here for newbies as well as those of us who have been here a while.

Thanks for mentioning my divider hub! I have created quite a few hubs to help other hubbers, many at their request, and most have been here longer than I have so I know this will be beneficial to many.

Welcome to HubPages! It's a great place to be!

Mark Shulkosky (author) from Pennsylvania on April 27, 2012:

Internetgeek, glad you liked them. Hope they help you out.

Nizam Khan from Hyderabad, India. on April 27, 2012:

Wow! This is really interesting and wonderful information. You have listed some great tips which are really useful for newbies. Thanks for sharing and voted up :)

Dana Strang from Ohio on April 26, 2012:

Well I will be sure to thank homesteadbound for the info, and I will thank you again for getting it to me at the perfect moment. :)

Mark Shulkosky (author) from Pennsylvania on April 26, 2012:

DanaTeresa, I hope the information helps and inspires. Most of the credit goes to the Hubbers I have learned from. I just pulled their info together and added a little of my own. The thanks for #5 goes to homesteadbound.

Outbound Dan, I am working on presentation and getting the most out of the capsules. I need to learn more about HTML and see how much I can use that in the text hubs. I really like the Hubs that break up the text. One text capsule can look almost like an obituary. Someday I'll get succinct.

Dan Human from Niagara Falls, NY on April 26, 2012:

A hubtastic Hub on hubbing and internet writing in general. I think most new Hubbers tend to write huge blocks of text without breaking it up with capsules and pictures. The information is there, it just makes it difficult to read.

Thanks for the shout out!

Dana Strang from Ohio on April 26, 2012:

This is a great hub with a lot of good advice. Thank you for #5! The look of my hubs is definitely something I have been a little lazy with. I was a bit overwhelmed thinking about getting into all of that. Now that you have given me some ideas and resources I feel a lot more comforatble about getting started with some ideas.

To comment on JaneA's comment: I am a wordy gal myself. I have a teacher who gave me some of the best editing advice ever. "Go back and take out half of the words."

Mark Shulkosky (author) from Pennsylvania on April 26, 2012:

JaneA thanks for stopping by and commenting. I tend to be a little wordy. This Hub was over 2000 words. I would love to be as succinct and as powerful as the Gettysburg Address. I hold that out as my standard.

JaneA from California on April 26, 2012:

Some great ideas here. Your comment on improving writing reminded me of something I think TS Eliot said: If I had more time I would have written a shorter letter! Being succinct is key. Image-wise, I like to use my own images but also free stock images occasionally on my hubs.

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