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The Old HubPages Profile: A Historical Look At Hubpages Profiles

A nostalgic post about Hubpages in the early years. This hub was written back when we could hyperlink to other websites on our HubPages profile page, but this hub still has use for Internet archival value for those who wish to see how the website functioned in the past. In twenty years this hub will be a time capsule illustrating what Hubpages looked like back in 2009.

Everyone has a different concept of style and you must do what feels right regarding your Hubpages profile. However, I would suggest making the most of this opportunity to promote your Hubs because this is the one place where you can do so with coming across as overly promotional. For instance, if you have a CafePress or Zazzle store, share it with us on your profile page. Lately, I have been looking at my Google Analytics and I have learned that changing the frequently changing the hyperlinks on my profile leading to my hubs has resulted in more traffic to those pages. On certain holidays such as Valentine's Day, I will link the Hubs I have written on this topic, which makes it easier for readers to find. Here are a few things that I do to optimize traffic to my hubs and personal websites on my Hubpages profile description.

Often I see hub profile descriptions where people are linking to their favorite search engines, but how is that helping to bring you traffic? Most Internet users know how to find CNN, Yahoo, and Google, so I would rather use my profile description as a time to promote the hubs I have written and worked on. Besides are you the president, founder, or major writer on a website such as CNN? If so I can understand why someone would link to a particular news story to share with the world. However, since I do not write for major news websites I would rather use my precious profile description space for talking about websites where I DO write and contribute. This is the ideal opportunity promote other websites where I write such, and my own website. Remember most people are not going to take an overly promotional hub or forum seriously, so use hubbing for writing about your favorite topics. This means you can use your profile as a specialized place for talking about a few website where you may also write or have a business.

Often people will list some of their hubs or links to other website, but they forget to link to these. If there is a non-hyperlinked url then the viewer will have to cut and paste, which will cut down on the possibility of viewing this site. However, if the site is hyperlinked than moving the mouse over it will encourage people to click through. Sometimes you will even have people accidentally clicking through on the hubs and websites hyperlinked on your profile, which has accidentally happened to me quite a few times. Often I discover some great hubs and websites by accidentally clicking on hyperlinked words and links in the hubber's profile description, so do not forget to include these on your profile to maximize traffic to your favorite hubs and websites.

On my profile the hyperlinked words are blue and stand out on the page quite nicely. These "blue words" have resulted in some good traffic to my favorite hubs and personal websites.

On my profile the hyperlinked words are blue and stand out on the page quite nicely. These "blue words" have resulted in some good traffic to my favorite hubs and personal websites.

 I used to find this most difficult when I started writing on hubpages, but after digging around the site I finally figured out how to do this with ease.

Step One: Highlight The Text

Highlight the text to be hyperlinked.  The text we will be highlighting to hyperlink is "pop-up card".

Highlight the text to be hyperlinked. The text we will be highlighting to hyperlink is "pop-up card".

Click on the hyperlink tool and then add the link to the hub in the box.  Follow the arrows when in doubt.

Click on the hyperlink tool and then add the link to the hub in the box. Follow the arrows when in doubt.

Step 3: Save Changes

As you can see the phrase "pop-up card" is now hyperlinked.  Click save once you are happy with all the changed.  Keep editing if you want to change anything.

As you can see the phrase "pop-up card" is now hyperlinked. Click save once you are happy with all the changed. Keep editing if you want to change anything.

Step Four: The Phrase Is Now Hyperlinked

After saving the changes the phrase is now hyperlinked in your profile.

After saving the changes the phrase is now hyperlinked in your profile.

Write About Rather Than List Hubs And Websites

 My preference is to write about my hubs and profiles rather than just list these out.  I continuously update my profile as I see fit, but writing paragraphs with hyperlinked words and phrases to my hubs and websites is my favorite method to obtaining traffic to my hubs.  This is much easier than blogging about your hubs or submitting them to social networking sites such as Digg and Mix.  I still do submit my hubs to those sites from time to time, but it is much easier to simply hyperlink key words and phrases in your profile description.  Have fun creating a profile page that represents everything you want to be here on Hubpages.


Errah Caunca on August 11, 2020:

Thank you for this information.

SweetiePie (author) from Southern California, USA on February 27, 2012:

Glad this hub was helpful!

Slaven Cvijetic from Switzerland, Zurich on February 25, 2012:

Interesting hub! I have voted this up and Useful! So now let's go and change my profile a bit. Smart hub!

Thelma Alberts from Germany on February 24, 2012:

Thank you very much. Now I have read this hub, I have to edit and make my profile a bit interesting. Thanks again.

Audrey Hunt from Pahrump NV on February 11, 2012:

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Thank you for these excellent tips on getting the most out of your hp profile. Very helpful and will start using them right away!

Tammy on May 17, 2011:

These are some great tips! I am glad I stumbled across you while looking for better ways to improve my hubs. Thanks!!

SweetiePie (author) from Southern California, USA on April 07, 2010:


I actually just read and comment on hubs when I have time now. I do not expect to comment on everyone's hubs, or for everyone to comment on mine, but I do read those I enjoy when I can.

skye2day from Rocky Mountains on April 07, 2010:

Hi sweetie pie, How does one sweetie manage to get all the fans, traffic, cha ching, brains, gifts, talents, zillions of comments and have it all? Pure genius... That has got to be it. Your brain is always working and creating. God is using you to touch and help many. I know I have been Blessed with your wisdom. Maybe it is the air in sunny Ca. How do you visit all your fans? Just curious. I bet you manage somehow. Do you sleep? Kidding. (-:

Thank You.

In Love and continued Blessings, sweetie pie.

SweetiePie (author) from Southern California, USA on March 10, 2010:

Glad you enjoyed this hub IdeaMorphist!

IdeaMorphist from Chicagoland on March 07, 2010:

I never really considered using my profile page in so many ways. Thanks for all the creative input!

hubpages tool on September 01, 2009:

very informative.. the pictures helped explain the idea in a clear manner

SweetiePie (author) from Southern California, USA on March 26, 2009:

Hi Lena,

I appreciate your comments and I am sure your profile will be great.  I have noticed having hyperlinks and updating my profile often bring some interesting searches to even my profile page, which is great because at least this way new traffic are reading the hubs.

Lena M. from Toronto on March 26, 2009:

Thanks sweetiepie. Your hubs are always really helpful, and I like how you speak from experience! Once I write more hubs I'll start adding in some hyperlinks. Like others have said, I never really considered the importance of updating your profile. This article really helped :)

SweetiePie (author) from Southern California, USA on March 26, 2009:

Glad you enjoyed it!

Dolores Monet from East Coast, United States on March 26, 2009:

thanks, sweetie pie, will try this soon

SweetiePie (author) from Southern California, USA on March 08, 2009:

Thanks weblog. I have been away from the Internet until today because my cable modem and phone did a big crash. Thanks for the nice message and letting me know :).

weblog from 1India on March 08, 2009:


The hubscore shows the value of the hub dear. I wish it reaches 100 soon.

Great job. Thumbs up!

SweetiePie (author) from Southern California, USA on March 08, 2009:


I am glad to hear you have got your profile looking the way you like. The thing I love about profiles is we can continoulsy update these. Nothing is set in stone :).

Elena. from Madrid on March 07, 2009:

Hi SweetiePie -- I caught the title in Hubtivity and was reminded I wanted to tell you I decided to redo my profile! I did that after some though caused by this very hub :-)

SweetiePie (author) from Southern California, USA on March 07, 2009:

Hi Sally,

I am glad that this hub has at least given you some inspiration for future edits of your profile. Of course I think each of us can come up with are special and unique ways of editing profiles. Thanks for stopping by.

Sherri from Southeastern Pennsylvania on March 07, 2009:

SweetiePie, what an awesome Hub. I have to admit that I haven't paid much attention to profiles, mine or anyone else's, since I've been here. So, going through your Hub and all its comments has been a real eye opener. I've now looked at nearly every profile of those who have commented here, and I'm about to view some more. A profile can tell a good story, just like a Hub can, and yet I was never interested in using it quite that way, until now. So, all thumbs up!

SweetiePie (author) from Southern California, USA on March 06, 2009:


I am honored to hear that my page was the first you ever saw. Glad to hear it was of use to you and welcome to hubpages!

Thanks for commenting Paul and I love Hubbing.

ilovehubbing on March 06, 2009:

nice one

Paul H Gardner from Dixon, Ky on March 06, 2009:

This is very good information for people who ae new using the site. Thanks

for the informaiton.

Paul Gardner

ParrotMan on March 05, 2009:

Thanks for this tip. Yours was the first hub page I saw after joining yesterday, and this showed me how to link to my website, which I didn't know how to do. I day here, and I already learned something important.

Oke Immanuel on March 05, 2009:

Waoh! What an extemely informative write up.I relly enjoy this.Now I know I should update my hubpages and profiles.

Clara Ghomes on March 04, 2009:

Extremely useful information. This means you must update your hubpages and your profile too.

SweetiePie (author) from Southern California, USA on March 04, 2009:

Thanks for everyone who has stopped by to comment. If you have any more questions just ask, and if you want me to answer more hub request related to this topic I will be happy to do so.

eyewearspy on March 04, 2009:

Nice Tips Sweetie Pie That would be of great help.. from now on I'll continue updating each of my hubs including my profile..

kiwi91 from USA on March 04, 2009:

I don't have that many hubs yet, but thanks for the ideas! Looks like I have some editing to do.

effalicious on March 03, 2009:

This is a cool tip, ill try it out and see what the results are

powerspike from Sydney, Australia on March 03, 2009:

Thank you very much for that article Sweetiepie, there was a couple of things that i didn't consider, and has brought them to my attension.

zdog from Lake Elsinore, Ca on March 03, 2009:

I am just learning about self promotion and this really helped. I just got around to putting in my picture.

ThePartyAnimal on March 03, 2009:

Very good information - I am a big squidoo-er and now I am starting to take more time to update my hubs and make more so I am learning and this was a help.

viryabo from Lagos, Nigeria. on March 03, 2009:

Thank you for this info. It's an eye opener for me. 5***** My profile sure needs a lot of attention now. Published my 1st page a couple of days ago. So i am taking your good advise.

Well done.


SweetiePie (author) from Southern California, USA on March 03, 2009:


I am glad you enjoyed this. I am sure your profile will be great.


I am sure your profile will be great. Thanks for reading.

creativecaravan from UK on March 03, 2009:

Thanks for a great Hub SweetiePie. I'm new to Hub Pages and I'm finding it fasinating. I'll be sure to get a better profile page put together as soon as I can. Thanks for the advice.

Joe from Valdosta, GA on March 03, 2009:

Good stuff SweetiePie! Maybe I should consider having more than a few lines in my profile...

SweetiePie (author) from Southern California, USA on March 02, 2009:


Last year I decided to revamp my profile when I saw some hubbers did this. Over time I saw that it brought traffic to some of my favorite hubs, and I liked how I could update it as often as I pleased. My google ranking for the word sweetiepie is now on page two of google, which is pretty good since the word sweetiepie is sort of common.

Dave McClure from Worcester, UK on March 02, 2009:

Good article :) I didn't bother much with the profile page until hubpages redesigned it to include recent/hot/best selections by category. It's now very well worth having a good pice of text (with hyperlinks, as you suggest) to make sure people read down as far as the gallery section. Also a good profile page can attract quite a high Google page rank which is another bonus.

bbjane from Cagayan de Oro, Philippines on March 02, 2009:

Thanks for the tips SweetiePie...

lafenty from California on March 02, 2009:

Thanks for the info. As a newbie hubber, I need all the advice I can get.

matiskater on March 02, 2009:


SweetiePie (author) from Southern California, USA on March 01, 2009:


Nice to hear from you after a long spell. Hope you are having fun hubbing these days.


Thanks for reading aherrod.

Jennifer Bhala,

Hope you have fun checking out your profile.


Thanks for commenting.

Just ask if you have any questions about this topic as I do not plan on writing another profile hub in the present. However, if you have questions I will try my best to answer these.

Forever Rogue on March 01, 2009:

Thanks for this informative and useful Hub! I would be interested in anything else you might have on this topic. I'll be watching for ya!

cblack from a beach somewhere on March 01, 2009:

Great advice Sweetiepie. I enjoyed the hub.

Jennifer Bhala from Upstate New York on March 01, 2009:

Thanks for the tip.

I'll check to see if I put links or not.

i do not remember.

funnebone from Philadelphia Pa on March 01, 2009:

A very good hub my friend....I am going to update my profile now.

SweetiePie (author) from Southern California, USA on March 01, 2009:


Thank you for reading and saying this hub can help with your profile. I am sure your profile is great, and you can even highlight more as time goes by. I am single and spend my free time hubbing on my off hours, so being prolific is easy I think :). I really commend the hubbers with children and who work. When do those ladies sleep :).

countrywomen from Washington, USA on March 01, 2009:

This is an excellent advice and come to think of it I guess it is high time I updated my profile. You really amaze me with so many prolific wonderful hubs. Thanks for all this information which would be very useful for many of us.

SweetiePie (author) from Southern California, USA on February 28, 2009:


Thanks for commenting and reading.


I tried my best to make it easy because I do not like complicated processes.  Glad this worked.


Have fun revising your profile because it is your special place to shine. 


Good to add twitter and your blog because now this will bring you more traffic.  I have not added twitter to my profile as of yet, but this is a good idea actually.


I am glad you enjoyed the hub. 


I am sure your profile will be great, just take your time.  I keep updating my profile constantly, so today it looks different than it did a month ago.

Proud Mom,

I think simplistically when it comes to linking and creating my profile because I have a short attention span and would be rather reading, writing, or watching TV than doing something complicated.  This is probably why I never had webpages back in the days when you had to do html and coding.  Once I had to build a webpage for a basic computer science class in 1997 and I accomplished this, but it was very tedious and I would not want to do that again.  Thank goodness for lovely sites such as hubpages that always use to build a profile and hubs simply.

Proud Mom from USA on February 28, 2009:

What a terrific and well-written hub! You bring it down to my level. I love how you didn't just tell us what to do--you showed us!!

Thanks, SweetiePie!!

SweetiePie (author) from Southern California, USA on February 28, 2009:

Thanks for your kind words ajcor.

ajcor from NSW. Australia on February 28, 2009:

great hub sweetie pie - I sometimes look at my profile and wonder how I can make it better and you have answered my questions - so thank you - congratulations on reaching 100 for this hub!....cheers

Souvik Mukherjee from Bangalore, India on February 27, 2009:

A very useful info for a newbie like me:) cheers:)

David Leger from Montreal, QC and Ottawa, ON, Canada on February 27, 2009:

Thanks! Really helpful.

Seems like if i've also got some work to do. hehe My newbieness shows...

I'll get on with my profile real soon. Until then, don't laugh too hard! .. Bah, it is so boring that I don't even think that it's a laughing matter but ;) As we often say in french : "It is better to prevent than to heal!" (or cure)

French version : "Mieux vaut guérir que prévenir"

Thanks a lot!


Dona Rosa from Tennessee on February 27, 2009:

Agree, this rocks. THanks for the help!

Fayme Zelena Harper from Lucerne Valley, CA on February 27, 2009:

Thanks. I went and added my daily blog and my twitter urls to mine.

esocial from California on February 27, 2009:

GOod tips, thanks! GOing to revise mine, too :)

Carolyn Augustine from Iowa on February 27, 2009:

I like your information here, Sweetie Pie. I like how you explained some basics like linking that will help all the newbies out there. I will put your advice to use!

britneydavidson from united kingdom on February 27, 2009:

congratulation sweetiepie you have got 100 for this deserve it.because the hub itself is amazing and with excellent information....keep it up.....

SweetiePie (author) from Southern California, USA on February 26, 2009:


Just be patient and people will come. Also, participating in the forum is a way too meet some new hubbers that will read if they enjoy the topics you write about. I am not as big on the forum these days, but when I started out it was a way to meet a few new people here.

SweetiePie (author) from Southern California, USA on February 26, 2009:


Glad this was useful to you.


You profile is not overly promotional. Some top hubbers do promote their others websites and business on their hubs, but many of us shy away from the people who claim you can make money without an effort, or those who use the name affliate in their profile. Those types just come across as way too desperate and have wasted a golden opportunity to write informative hubs, or to at least write something that is entertaining. You do not fall in those categories from what I see.

Direxmd on February 26, 2009:

I sure enjoyed this article SweetiePie, thanks a bunch :)

Could you tell me real quickly if my intro/profile is overly promotional? I think it may be a bit pushy :/

I appreciate advice from experts


tmonster from Brazil on February 26, 2009:

Oooh!! That's sweet! I was wondering why my hubpages weren't getting as many clicks as I thought it would, it's kind of lonely when you write stuff but don't get much people to read what you had to share.. pretty sad.. hahaha thanks for the tips :)

Sibli Luaxessna from Atlanta, Georgia on February 26, 2009:

Yawn, oops sorry after all that scrolling down I almost forgot why I came, oh yes to thank you for the wonderful and helpful HUB.

I learned a lot and I will refer to it for a while I am sure.

Thank you *hugs*


SweetiePie (author) from Southern California, USA on February 26, 2009:


I am glad that you learned something here.


If you have anymore questions feel free to ask.


Thanks for reading and commenting.

enlightenup on February 25, 2009:

Great hub. I'm new to all this so thanks for the tips!

Taheshea on February 25, 2009:

This information was much needed. I am a first time blogger and pretty much going into it blindly. So any information at this point is helpful. Thanks for the great tips.

Bruce Elkin from Victoria, BC Canada on February 25, 2009:

Great one, SP! I'm heading up to my profile to implement what I just learned from you. Thanks so much!

SweetiePie (author) from Southern California, USA on February 25, 2009:


A hub is overly promotional if you are repeatedly linking to your own websites and blogs. For instance if you are writing a hub about the Obama administration it would be one thing to link to CNN or BBC, but if you were to write five or six hubs linking to your own political blog the said hubs would be considered overly promotional.


Thanks for reading and stopping by.


I am glad you read and stopped by.

With that siad you can add as many links in your profile to your favorite hubs, websites, and blogs. I suggest reading the Hubpages Help section for more idea.

BristolBoy from Bristol on February 25, 2009:

Cheers for this it is a really useful hub which I feel I should look at again when I have written some more hubs.

2patricias from Sussex by the Sea on February 25, 2009:

I have just written myself a note to study this Hub in detail! This looks like good advice, and easy to follow instructions. Thank you so much.

Jacquie The Underground Goddess from NC on February 25, 2009:

Hey there, I have hub writing 101 type question.. What makes a hub "overly promotional"? Is that a positive or a negative? Also when you are adding hyperlinks in your profile are you linking them to all your various hubs/websites? Right now I have a blog a hub and a website can I follow your directions above to add hyperlinks to each of them? I have a lot of questions! Thanks for you hub..helpful in ways I didn't realize!

SweetiePie (author) from Southern California, USA on February 25, 2009:


I am glad you found this hub to be informative.


Thanks for commenting.


Hope you have fun updating your profile. I love the use of hyperlinks rather than typing out the entire url.


I am glad you were able to get some information about your profile from this hub.

Dolores Monet from East Coast, United States on February 25, 2009:

wow, sweetie, i was just wondering abut all this when i bumped into this informative hub - thanx so much

evemurphy from Ottawa on February 25, 2009:

I have been wondering about this for to utilize the Profile page to better effect. Thanks for laying it all out for us! I will employ your suggestions asap! :)

kappa022 from Florida on February 25, 2009:

Excellent hub with excellent info on how to utilize your profile, well done!

DarleneMarie from USA on February 25, 2009:

Very good Hub w/ easy to follow instructions SweetiePie! Perfect for the beginner Hubber as well as seasoned Hubbers picking up helpful advice and tips!

SweetiePie (author) from Southern California, USA on February 24, 2009:

Hi Steph,

I have not written a hub in a few days and have been working on my other websites, so I perfectly understand the need to spend time on other projects. You are one of the great people that helps that maintains high standards here at hubpages, and I always do enjoy your comments and hubs.


I am glad the information was of help.

richjohnson1944 from Bellingham Washington on February 24, 2009:

Thanks for the article. I'm a newby at this & found the information very helpful

Rich Johnson

Stephanie Marshall from Bend, Oregon on February 24, 2009:

Hi Sweetie Pie! I do need to get back to HP! I am busy with blogging, but I love this community and especially people like you. Thank you for a great hub again! Steph

SweetiePie (author) from Southern California, USA on February 24, 2009:


I am sure your style is great. I was just sharing some things I like to do with my profile. Thanks for commenting and reading.


I am glad you stopped by.

SweetiePie (author) from Southern California, USA on February 24, 2009:


I am glad you enjoyed it.


I think it would be better for you to step away from making so many promotional hubs and try your hand at writing about topics that you have a passion for. Some seasoned hubbers occasionally write hubs with more of a self-promotional slant, but that is only after they have been on hubpages for awhile and had to time to rank well with the search engines. Also, I only bring this up because you commented that you write overly promotional hubs, but the things you are suggesting in those hubs are probably not products most people are going to want to buy. Online writers who write a majority of non-promotional hubs are consistent and research about popular topics. Eventually this hard work can pay off, but I just want to say one can make money online without paying for a product or service that claims to make it easy. It is not easy to make money online and those who decide to go this route should have realistic expectations. It is only a suggestion, but doing research about topics people search for and writing informative hubs about these is a much more productive effort.

Inversu on February 24, 2009:

thanks for sharing this, its a great help =)


foxility on February 24, 2009:

Oh wow... I didn't know all this. I guess I should work on my style... thanks

AutomatedList from United States on February 24, 2009:

Thanks for the information, I must admit I'm guilty of putting up a few overly promotional and boring hubs myself, but information like this is really helpful in expanding the horizons of what hubpages and similar sites have to offer.

Thanks again and cheers,


natecobb from columbia on February 24, 2009:

Very good information sounds like you really did your homework.

SweetiePie (author) from Southern California, USA on February 24, 2009:


Hope you enjoy updating your profile.

SweetiePie (author) from Southern California, USA on February 24, 2009:


You are able to update the pages yourself and do not have to have a webmaster do it here at Hubpages. At other sites you may need a webmaster, but not here on your profile.


Thanks for reading and commenting.


That is so nice of you to say. You bring sunshine to every hub :).

C.S. Alexis,

Glad you enjoyed it. I really did spend quite a bit of time on this one, so I am glad it is some what helpful.


Well you can always have more than one account here at Hubpages if you like, or just update you profile when you have time. None of this is mandatory, just a fun way to freshen up our profiles.


The profile is a great way to get out news about your favorite hubs and websites, so it is the best of our advantage to hyperlink to these sites. Also, do not give up on adsense and I am sure if you keep at it over time you will earn.


Thanks for reading and commenting.

britneydavidson from united kingdom on February 23, 2009:

wow this is really great are simply have done amazing work out on hubpages...keep it up and keep sharing....thanx a lot.

Rebecca Graf from Wisconsin on February 23, 2009:

Great advice. I'm just beginning to see how all this can work. I appreciate this.

SweetiePie (author) from Southern California, USA on February 23, 2009:


Glad you enjoyed it. PR is very important, good point.


I had heard posting relevant text and hyperlinks and then linking back on another site helped with traffic, but honestly I need to do more research with PR. It sounds like you could write a very great hubs on the topic of PR.

sheenarobins from Cebu, Philippines on February 23, 2009:

Hi Sweetie,

thanks for the tips. I didn't know all that. I thought the profile doesn't matter that much. And I think I have given up on earning much on adsense. L.O.L

Btw, I love your profile picture. ;)

SweetiePie (author) from Southern California, USA on February 23, 2009:

Studio N,

I am sure you will do just fine. Thanks for reading.

The Real Tomato,

Your screename is simply delicious. I am glad this hub could be of some help.

Cris A from Manila, Philippines on February 23, 2009:

This is very helpful. Now I'd have to do a makeover of my Profile! Or create a new account! LOL thanks for sharing ;D

C.S.Alexis from NW Indiana on February 23, 2009:

Wonderful job SweetiePie, you have punched out a great write again!

Michelle Simtoco from Cebu, Philippines on February 23, 2009:

Hi SweetiePie, this is a great and informative hub. And you explained it so well I am sure it will be easy to follow for those who are still learning about it. :-)

nukedukemboy2003 from US on February 23, 2009:

very good advice om my way to change my hub now

Judy Cullins from La Mesa, CA on February 23, 2009:

Wow Sweetie Pie, Wht a concept- hyperlinks in the copy too. I'll alert my webmaster today on this. WE plan to update myprofile page soon.


Judy at

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