After signing up for Hubpages, there is one thing you should do before anything else. Read the FAQ! Once you've read through that, then you are ready to fill out your profile and begin following topics, forum threads and start thinking about what your first hub will be about.
Giving in to the social networking aspect of Hubpages, with a fully loaded profile page and the ability to follow Hubbers you like the writing of, your profile page is a central item in helping those who visit it figure out a bit more about you than your Hubs will provide.
The first step in editing your Hubpages profile is finding the option to do so.
When on any page other than a Hub creation page, you should see a link bar in the top right of the screen, just like the photo to the right of this step. Begin the profile editing process by clicking the "my profile" link, which will load your Hubpages profile.
Now that your profile is loaded, you will see a few links at the top, beneath the normal menu bar. These links say: Edit, change Photo, stats, and start a new Hub.
Your photo will be seen next to every comment you leave, at the top of every hub you write, and beside every forum post you make. There is no right or wrong photo to choose, as long as it is within the content guidelines for Hubpages. (That means no naughty bits.)
This is the first thing you should change after registering. It is the first, and possibly most personal step, especially if you choose to use an image of your real face - or in my case, the awesome Hubpages T-shirt I have. :)
Now that you have your profile picture (also known as your avatar) set up, it is time to fill out the text portion of your profile.
There are blank text boxes for you to put in your location, which is a field you can be either honest or funny with, at your own discretion. If you are promoting your business, it may be worthwhile for you to fill in the location you operate your business from rather than anything else, particularly if you sell physical products and want local business.
You will also have the option of choosing to allow Hubpages, followers or other people who visit your hubs and/or profile to contact you, and a few other options regarding accolades and the visibility of them.
Your profile is starting to gain some personality by now, with your picture and pertinent small details set up. The main goal lies ahead, though, in your Bio!
There are really no "rules" about your biography for your Hubpages profile, but there are a few pointers to be offered up:
- Refrain from using all capital letters on your profile. Contrary to some belief, typing in all caps creates an unreadable block of text that most people will see and pass by without really reading.
- Choose a style of writing and stick with it. On my profile, for example, I write in the third person.
- Check your bio for spelling and grammar errors!
- Keep in mind that your biography is a place for readers to find out more about you, the writer. To let them know more about your services or business, leave a link on your biography to your website, blog or storefront. Try not to clutter your biography with too much information that is not about you.
- You can insert hyperlinks (urls, site addresses, clickable links) on your profile by highlighting pertinent text and clicking the icon that looks like linked chains. Try it!
You have a profile picture. You have filled out your location, adjusted your email and accolade settings, and written a biography. All that remains is for you to click the "Save Changes" button! Once you have done this, your profile will reload with all your new changes on it for you and the world to see. Congratulations!
Did this Hub help you? Do you have any more tips for new hubbers regarding setup of their profiles?
Alysia McAlister from California, United States on June 30, 2012:
I don't know where to put this question so guess here. can anyone help me with Hub Pages profile user name is cutting off the last letter to my user name like this:
btw, it's a new development.
my name comes out Laughingrai
with the 'n' on the next line.
when I go to edit my profile to make it two names, there is no place given to change it perhaps to Laughing Rain, two names, then the technology might work. any advice appreciated.
Aroosa Gloomy from Pakistan on June 25, 2012:
Brett C from Asia on January 31, 2012:
Voted up and useful, these are some good tips for new members, as the profile is your online personality (well, excluding interaction) ... it is your 'first impression' ... so you want to make a good one!
Thanks for SHARING.
dadibobs from Manchester, England on January 30, 2012:
I wish i'd found this 6 weeks ago lol!
Very solid hub, voted up :)
Kenneth Avery from Hamilton, Alabama on December 23, 2011:
. . .Daniella and hubbers, this IS a great hub! Great writing.
Daniella Lopez on December 23, 2011:
Great hub for beginners. Voted up!
drsteffan from Ottawa, Canada on December 18, 2011:
I read many textbooks on specialty subjects, your hub just reads like one of it, precise, practical and understandable.It makes your mind focus to accomplish the task because it is so instructive. btw you are very good in what you are writing about, thank you from Steffan
tomismobile from Oklahoma City on November 18, 2011:
icountthetimes on November 13, 2011:
Great hub. However, there is no ability to create hyperlinks in the bio on my profile page (even when I select text). I haven't been a member for all that long though, so maybe the ability to add links isn't available for a few weeks, or perhaps hubpages have removed this option for new users. I can't even add links to my hubpages there. What are your thoughts?
PixelsToLife from Arkansas on October 27, 2011:
Really enjoyed this post. It was a good checklist for me when I first started.
Kenneth Avery from Hamilton, Alabama on October 20, 2011:
Hi, gamergirl! GREAT hub. Informative and I voted up, useful and interesting. Now I got to edit my own profile for I know nowm, thanks to your great hub, what I did wrong. Thanks again for being a great talent. I am now a fan and follower, if that is okay. Sincerely . . .Kenneth Avery, from a rural town, Hamilton, in norhwest Alabama, that (no lie) looks just like Mayberry on the Andy Griffith Show. I promise.
vianasya from Indonesia on October 03, 2011:
I really need this gamergirl! it's very nice of you to share..^_^
brendad from Canada on October 02, 2011:
I'm new here and found this information extremely helpful. It gave me new ideas, I went in and adjusted my profile using some of your ideas and it does look much better. Thank you kindly!
thedynamictrend from United States on September 28, 2011:
I'm new here. Thank you for the information!
felicitylovespari on September 02, 2011:
I need to go through and make sure I did a good job on mine.
Nspeel from Myrtle Beach on August 16, 2011:
Very useful information, cant wait to continue reading your work, is there a reason you write in third person?
alvinalex on April 07, 2011:
Useful information, Thanks for share :-)
nuc63x on March 19, 2011:
Thanks for the information
Wavecritter from Cocoa Beach, Florida on February 16, 2011:
Many times we don't see what's missing on our profiles until someone else mentions it =) Much appreciated for this easy step by step!
The Zafra Group on February 12, 2011:
I'm new here trying to save the changes I've made in my bio but it keeps saying to ans my security questions. I've answered all but then it keeps repeating so I'm not getting anywhere at all. Any tips?
RandomLife from Nashville TN on February 11, 2011:
Thanks for all the info! I'm still learning my way around hubpages but have really enjoyed it so far. I've read about some interesting topics and met some great people! Thanks again!
Helen Bolam on January 17, 2011:
Really useful information.
Leah Lefler from Western New York on January 14, 2011:
Thanks! I've done everything but fill out my bio, and I wasn't sure what I should write for that section. I'll have to take a stab at it now!
phoenix482010 from Cobourg Ontario Canada on January 09, 2011:
what about the email part mine said i,ve used it somewhere else and would not take it so i had to use another ,what,s with that anybody, it,s my real e mail address...
schoolgirlforreal on January 02, 2011:
Thankyou! I believe I've "passed the test :)
Good to keep the basics just in case.
phoenix482010 from Cobourg Ontario Canada on December 17, 2010:
Thanks Gamergirl , your information was very helpful , for myself and a lot of other hubbers who are starting out on here...The Phoenix..
Kiz Robinson (author) from New Orleans, Louisiana on December 16, 2010:
@Craan - I edited step four to include a bit about urls. :)
Sheila Craan from Florida on December 15, 2010:
Thank you gamergirl! There is always something new to learn with Hubpages. A few profiles have really nice links embedded in their text. I wonder how they accomplished this. Is there a special hyper link makeup text to be able to do this?
simeonvisser on December 14, 2010:
Well explained - sometimes you com across profiles that don't quite provide the information that you were looking for. I should write more about myself on my profile too someday. At least I have a profile picture with a cute bird :)
IGotSunshine from USA on December 14, 2010:
Thanks for making this hub. I find it useful.
Stephanie Marshall from Bend, Oregon on December 14, 2010:
Helpful information for newbies to HubPages - great work, C