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The Basic HubPages Rules - What You Really Need to Know

Kate Swanson wrote her first novel at 15, created her first blog in 2006 and has been writing for profit, and creating websites ever since.

If you're confused by the "rules" on HubPages, you're not alone! It may be less confusing if I tell you that most of the information in the Learning Centre is advisory, NOT compulsory.

The actual rules are straightforward and can be covered in one article - this one. So study this Hub, and you'll know everything you need to know to start writing!

Amazon

  1. There's a maximum of one Amazon item per 300 words of text (so, a 600 word Hub can have 2 products, 900 words can have 3 products, etc). In reality, you'll use less than that, because of the next two rules:
  2. Products MUST be directly related to the TITLE of your Hub. If they're even slightly off-topic, your Hub may be unpublished. For instance, a sewing machine on a Hub about sewing a quilt is not sufficiently related, unless you need a special machine for sewing quilts. Likewise, if you have a Hub about George Washington, you can't add a book about Lincoln, even if you've written a section on Lincoln. The product must relate to your main topic, not to a sentence or even a paragraph.
  3. You must explain why you personally recommend that particular product or book, either in the text next to the product, or in the "description" section of the Amazon capsule.

Rule 3 is vitally important. Your recommendation must be specific and personal. HubPages says you should select only products you have actually used. In practice, they will never ask you to prove it! But you need to make it sound as though you have, e.g. "I like the instructor's clear delivery on this DVD", not, "This DVD offers clear tuition". To be on the safe side, try to write at least two or three sentences about the product.

Links to Other Hubs, Websites or Blogs

  1. You can have only TWO links to the same domain in a Hub. If you have more, you'll get a warning that the Hub is "overly promotional" and it will be unpublished!
  2. Links MUST be directly related to the MAIN topic of your Hub - if you have unrelated links, your Hub may be unpublished. That means NO links to:
  • other Hubs on different topics
  • your profile
  • social networks
  • your blog or articles on other websites (unless you can link to a post that's directly related to the topic).

Also, no links to other subjects you might mention in passing.

This rule has one unfortunate consequence - it limits your ability to cite sources. Say you're writing an article about youth violence in a city and you make a statement about rising unemployment being the cause: you probably want to link to an article supporting your statement. But now you can't, because your main topic is violence, not unemployment!

The answer is to cite your sources the old-fashioned way, by giving information on where to find the article but not hyperlinking to it. The neatest way to do that is to add a text capsule at the end of your Hub, title it Sources or References and list your sources there.

Structure

  1. Hubs are likely to fail the QAP (Quality Assessment Process) if they're too short. Don't bother publishing anything under 400 words, unless you have a LOT of images and/or videos.
  2. A Hub must be not currently published anywhere else on the internet (see below in the Duplicate Content section for more details).
  3. You must not write about prohibited subjects (based on Google's "Prohibited Content"). HubPages applies these rules more strictly than Google, because Adsense is absolutely critical to the site's earning capacity, and they can't afford to take chances!
  4. Do not use HTML affiliate code, including Zazzle links. Most HTML code includes two or more URL's, so they can break the two-links rule. Instead, extract the URL you need from the HTML code and create your own hyperlink.

Photos and Images

Many people reduce the size of images before posting them on a website to save server space and reduce load times. Don't do that on HubPages - images on HubPages must be clear, not fuzzy, even if the reader decides to click to view them full-size. If you are using photos from photo websites, make sure you 're using them legally, and also make sure you use the download button to get the best quality photo you can.

How to Avoid the Duplicate Content Penalty

HubPages hates duplicate content. When you publish a Hub, an automated checker looks to see whether the text exists anywhere else. If it does, your Hub will be unpublished.

The HubPages duplicate checker works by checking Google, and a page doesn't disappear from Google the minute it's deleted from a site. That's because Google isn't instant - you have to wait until Google's robots go back and crawl that site again, and discover the page has gone. When that happens is unpredictable - it could be a few hours or it could be a month.

What does that mean for you?

If you're transferring an article from another site, simply wait a week or so before publishing it on HubPages. The neatest way to do that is to create the Hubs, and save them unpublished for a week before you publish them.

These are suggested goals, not rules!

These are suggested goals, not rules!

Stellar Hubs

All the other "rules" are actually just guidelines - how you lay out a Hub, what headings to use etc etc. It's important to understand that they are NOT rules and you don't need to feel bad if you don't follow them.

The most important guidelines to follow are the "Stellar Hub" guidelines. HubPages has analysed the most successful Hubs and encapsulated their features in the Stellar guidelines. You'll see the the group of check boxes in the top right hand corner when you're making a Hub. As you meet the various criteria, those boxes will be checked - but they are just suggestions.

The thing is, not every subject lends itself to all the features. HubPages is not asking you to artificially inflate your Hub with useless information, just to reach the "Stellar" word count. They don't expect you to include irrelevant videos just to get that box ticked, and they don't insist on a poll if there isn't a relevant question you can ask. The closer your Hub gets to reaching those "Stellar" goals, the higher your HubScore will be - but that's another thing about HubPages. Scores are meaningless.

Hubs can be Featured or UnFeatured. It's important to understand what that means, because an UnFeatured Hub, though it's still published, is effectively invisible.

Hubs can be unFeatured for one of two reasons.

The first is that it breaks one of the rules listed above ("quality"). If that's the case, then you can get it Featured again by identifying and fixing the problem, and saving the Hub. It will go back through QAP and if you've fixed the problem correctly, it will become Featured.

The second is that it isn't getting enough traffic from Google. If that's the case, you can get it Featured again by editing the Hub and changing just a few words - but it's only a short term fix. Unless you can work out why Google doesn't like it, it will become unFeatured again in a few weeks.

This Hub explains in more detail why and how that happens, and how to decide what to do about it.

HubPages now has several specialist websites, each one focussing on a small group of subjects. These "niche" sites are the future of HubPages and have much better earnings potential than the main site, so it's worth striving to get your Hubs accepted for those sites.

The niche sites don't have any extra rules, but they do apply them to a higher standard. So for instance, they are even more strict about the quality of photos and the relevance of products or links. They are also fussy about quality of writing, length, and clarity of structure (making sure it's easy for the reader to find their way around the Hub using sub-headings etc).

You'll notice that every Hub has a score and every Hubber has a Hubber Score on their profile image.

Both scores are, pretty much, meaningless. Scores are not used by HubPages to make ANY decisions about Hubs or Hubbers, except for one - if your HubberScore drops too low, links in your Hubs will become "no follow". That doesn't matter to most people: all it means is that if you're writing a Hub to promote a website or blog, you lose the value of that link. It doesn't hurt the Hub itself.

HubScore is not a reflection of quality. It includes the QAP score and how close you've got to the "stellar Hub" criteria, but there are so many other factors that you can't make any meaningful judgment from it.

HubScores have absolutely NO impact on a Hub's ability to get traffic, or to make money. They are an internal measure, intended to motivate Hubbers (although some of us feel that, because they're impossible to interpret, they do more upsetting than motivating).

Other "Rules"

There are no other rules. You'll see lots of people on the forums offering advice on what you are and aren't allowed to do - but anything they suggest is just their opinion, not a rule! So don't exhaust yourself trying to follow a host of rules that don't really apply!

There are so many more tips I could offer, but there's also only so much a person can absorb at one time - so I'm going to stop there. Joining a new site is a learning curve and you'll learn more gradually as you go along. You'll find more tips about HubPages on the slider on my profile if you're interested.


Good luck and welcome to HubPages!

Comments

Imran khan from Mumbai on May 23, 2019:

Until now I always use to think a low hubscore means poor quality. I am glad I read this hub. Thanks a lot!!

Every new hubber must read this hub.

Vasudevan Alasingachar on June 05, 2018:

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Once registered will start the Tutorials with a definite curriculum of six modules - Home readings, Self mining , Chatting Design, Exciting with the eureka moment and Influencing feelings of others to think of differentiators and lastly Connecting dots in multplinear . ways.

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Kate Swanson (author) from Sydney on April 21, 2018:

I'm glad you were able to get some useful information out of this article Joanna!

Joanna Blackburn from Texas on April 19, 2018:

Thank you, I searched for an hour about using links in my articles and couldn't find anything by the HubTeam. I know its there somewhere.

Lady Lemaire from Grants Pass, Oregon on April 02, 2018:

Great information for this newbie! Thank you for the article!

IndhuKushi on March 19, 2018:

Hi friend.I'm new to hubpages. Thank you for your kind information. Thanks a lot.

Jamie Snow on March 19, 2018:

Thank you! Very helpful!

Kate Swanson (author) from Sydney on March 12, 2018:

Thank you John, I hope you found something useful here!

John MacNab from the banks of the St. Lawrence on March 11, 2018:

Thanks Kate, a very helpful hub.

Kevin Nash B on March 06, 2018:

Thanks for this vivid explanation.

Anita Hasch from Port Elizabeth on March 03, 2018:

Thanks for all the info Kate.

Terecia Muthui on February 28, 2018:

it was helpful

Linda Bryen from United Kingdom on February 19, 2018:

Great information about Hubpages rules, still don't get it.

Kate Swanson (author) from Sydney on January 29, 2018:

It's done manually by the staff, but I don't know what the criteria are.

Jorge from Canada on January 29, 2018:

Hi Marisa,

Do you happen to know how the "article of the day" is selected?

Kate Swanson (author) from Sydney on January 10, 2018:

Anita, are you absolutely positive that you have used your Amazon capsules correctly? By that I mean, have you given a PERSONAL recommendation for that SPECIFIC brand of the product?

Anita Hasch from Port Elizabeth on January 10, 2018:

Hi Marisa, I read your hub again. I have gone through my unpublished hubs again. A few have been republished but most of my alternative health hubs stay unpublished.

Kathy Henderson from Pa on January 08, 2018:

Awesome tips thanks so much for the breakdown I need to get busy fixing. :)

Kate Swanson (author) from Sydney on December 21, 2017:

Adsense ads are chosen by Google based on the reader's browsing history and location, and often have nothing to do with the Hub. Because they're chosen by Google, they're not subject to HubPages' rules.

Anita Hasch from Port Elizabeth on December 21, 2017:

Very interesting and informative hub. Hopefully I will now be able to get my unpublished hubs, published. What I do not understand is why adverts from AdSense are placed on hubs with nothing in common with the hub?

John Bullock from Yorkshire, England on November 17, 2017:

This is a great hub, thanks for the information!

Kate Swanson (author) from Sydney on October 22, 2017:

I know what you mean. Only yesterday I saw a dancer sharing a copyright photo. I know that dancer would be furious if someone used her choreography without permission, yet she uses a photo without a second thought for the photographer.

Anusha Jain from Delhi, India on October 22, 2017:

You've included some great information here. Indeed a lot in the learning center can be confusing for new people, especially if they are just starting with online writing endeavour.

I have also observed many people, all over the Internet, have some peculiar confusions about usage of images. Some people would use any image they are able to find with Google Search, and put, "Image taken from Google with thanks", and feel that they have given the credit, and are free to use the Image. I create images, greetings etc. myself and I feel very bad for all the creators when their work is stolen, and apparently inadvertently! I always wish we could do something about that, and I love that you are trying to create some awareness.

Great post.

Kate Swanson (author) from Sydney on October 14, 2017:

Thanks, shaz! The big problem with the Learning Center is that it's full of information that's advisory, not compulsory. When you boil it right down, the rules themselves are not that long.

shazwellyn from Great Britain on October 14, 2017:

Well that was clear and concise! Thank you, Marisa :)

Kari Poulsen from Ohio on September 29, 2017:

Thanks, Marisa. :)

Kate Swanson (author) from Sydney on September 29, 2017:

Welcome back!

Kari Poulsen from Ohio on September 29, 2017:

I'm not exactly new, although I have been inactive for a while. It's always good to update on the changes that have happened, and a lot has happened while I was gone, lol. Thanks for this easy to understand list of the rules. :)

Keara Gabriel on September 27, 2017:

Very helpful! Thanks! I am new to HubPages and I am confused on pretty much everything lol.

Dale J Ovenstone from South Wales UK on September 18, 2017:

This is essential information Marisa thanks for sharing. I wish I read your article before beginning my writing here I would have saved me a lot of time, so many pointers I just couldn't figure out but now, is clear

Thanks again

Regards, Dale

Tamara Moore on September 07, 2017:

Thank you; very helpful!

John Adebisi from Nigeria on August 10, 2017:

Helpful tips you wrote up there. Thanks, Marisa.

Kathleen Cochran from Atlanta, Georgia on August 04, 2017:

Welcome and best of luck to all these new hubbers!

Kate Swanson (author) from Sydney on August 03, 2017:

Hi Gerrie. Sadly in the online world, it's not enough to "just write" if you want to be successful. There's a whole lot more you need to understand and it is a learning curve. HubPages is a good place to get a handle on how it all works!

Gerrie Grimsley from Hermitage, TN on August 03, 2017:

Thank you for this informative article. I've been a member for 2 years, but never published anything until a couple of weeks ago. Fortunately it was featured. I had no idea what that meant, but now, thanks to you, I do. Still so many questions about the site when all I want to do is write. But, I will try to be patient and find out things like, why does it say on my profile that I have not commented on anyone's Hub when I have actually responded to 3 different hubs, and they have been accepted and now appear in the comment section of those Hubs. ??? Lots to learn. I'll check out the slider on your profile to see what else I can learn. Once again thank you for this very helpful and easy to read article!

Louise Powles from Norfolk, England on July 12, 2017:

Marisa, that was really helpful to read. Although I've been a member of Hubpages for about 6 months now, I'm still learning. Reading your article has helped me enormously. Thankyou. =)

Maria Elizabeth from Cheshire/Greater Manchester, UK on June 25, 2017:

Thanks so much Marisa

JaneNew on June 23, 2017:

Thank you Marisa for your help!

Kate Swanson (author) from Sydney on June 23, 2017:

@JaneNew - if you choose a specific product instead of using keywords, you'll see an "add description" link in the capsule. Click on that to add your description. In fact, I recommend you never use keywords because that means you're letting Amazon control what appears, and the product might change to something you don't want.

I use Skimlinks. I use the link generator on my Skimlinks account to generate the link.

To add an Amazon link, highlight the phrase you want to link and click the chain icon as usual. Then instead of filling in the link, look below that - you'll see two tabs, one to choose a Hub to link to, and the other to choose an Amazon product. If you choose an Amazon product, it will automatically add your affiliate code.

Kate Swanson (author) from Sydney on June 23, 2017:

HubPages has rules against self-promotion, but that has nothing to do with Adsense. Adsense does not prohibit self-promotion in any way.

Maria Elizabeth from Cheshire/Greater Manchester, UK on June 23, 2017:

Hello Marisa, enjoyed this blog, really helpful. I'm a newish hubber. I was wondering if I can share my hubs on other social media platforms or will adsense consider it self promotion. I see a lot of bloggers promoting articles but not sure of the rules.

JaneNew on June 19, 2017:

Do you mind if I ask you some questions?

1. You Amazon ad here:

https://healdove.com/aches-pains/stiff-neck-should...

has a description in it. When I put in my ads I can’t add anything but a title. How are you able to add more?

2. Also I noticed that you sometimes use viglink. Do you add the html to the capsule in order to use it?

3. How do you put in a Amazon link. I can see how to add a product but not a link.

Thanks,

Jane

Hollie Martinez from Moonachie on May 12, 2017:

Thank you so much! I Literally just joined, and I am a bit confused. I was exploring the site and your were noted as the "Most Helpful Hubber", and I have to say, that seems like an accurate way to explain you. Again, thank you for your helpful information, it means more than you even know! Looking forward to learning, reading, interacting and writing! - people helping people...love it!

Brittany Banks from Spokane, Washington on April 29, 2017:

You defiantly know what your talking about. Thank you for writing this. As a new hubber, I believe that this will help others as well.

RTalloni on April 24, 2017:

No surprise that you offer another insightful and useful read here. Thanks for keeping this post updated. Appreciate your willingness to help everyone.

Natalie Frank from Chicago, IL on March 12, 2017:

Great Hub Marissa. It helps to review all these rules and guidelines every so often to make sure I'm not forgetting something important.

Kate Swanson (author) from Sydney on January 19, 2017:

I'm not aware of any guideline about too much information. HubPages likes longer Hubs, generally, so extra information is usually welcome.

Sherry Venegas from La Verne, CA on January 19, 2017:

I need a guideline about too much information. My best Hub was just cut in narrative.

Cilette from USA on January 11, 2017:

Thanks for writing this Marisa. It is plain and simple, making it easier to understand that reading the original tutorial.

Janda Raker from Amarillo, Texas on November 30, 2016:

Okay, Marisa, thanks for this. So just need to quit "trying to figure everything out" and WRITE! I've heard that before! LOL Thank you for taking time to mentor us, the newbies!

Kate Swanson (author) from Sydney on November 30, 2016:

No, you don't start earning until you have your Adsense account. However, as I said, experience shows that even if you had your Adsense account on Day 1, you'd be very lucky to earn more than $1 in your first three months. It took me a year to reach my first payout, and that was in HubPages' heyday when traffic was much higher! Once you make your first payout it does improve very quickly though.

Kate Swanson (author) from Sydney on November 30, 2016:

If you've been asked to rewrite and resubmit, then no, that doesn't count as the one in 60 days. However I wouldn't advise resubmitting your other Hub. All recent Hubs (including that one) were considered for the niche sites when they were first published. If you didn't get an email about it, they feel it's not suitable and that means you'd need to do a HUGE rewrite to get it accepted. I doubt it's a quality thing, it may be that there's already a very similar article on WanderWisdom - so you'd need to rewrite it from a different angle.

The reason the Submit facility exists is that some of us have Hubs that are years old, written before they started the niche sites, that the moderators haven't even looked at yet.

Janda Raker from Amarillo, Texas on November 29, 2016:

Marisa, another question--Will the Hubs I've published so far be accumulating earnings that I'll be able to collect once I can qualify for Google AdSense, or will earning only start to accrue once I'm on AdSense? I really appreciate your sharing your expertise. It's so time consuming to try to find all the answers on the website!

Janda Raker from Amarillo, Texas on November 29, 2016:

Marisa, thanks for the clarification about publishing 10 Hubs before applying for AdSense. I have been a Hubber for almost three months now, but I seem to be spending most of my "writing" time reading through the Learning Center and these forums, trying to figure it all out rather than writing more Hubs! I do have another Hub that's featured. Should I do a little rewriting and resubmit it, to try to get it on WanderWisdom? The STAFF asked me to get the Venice one ready and resubmit. Does that count as the one in 60 days?

Kate Swanson (author) from Sydney on November 29, 2016:

Yes I'm afraid you do, and you need to have been a member for at least a month, too. The fact is, even if you had Adsense from day 1, you would earn next to zero in your first three to six months anyway, so it's not worth stressing about!

Well done on getting a Hub moved to a niche site already!

Janda Raker from Amarillo, Texas on November 28, 2016:

I really appreciate this concise article and all the comments attached to it. I'm a newbie with only two hubs posted, but they've been well-received. The second one is on the niche site Wander Wisdom. Do I really need to wait until I've posted 10 hubs before I apply for HubPages Adsense?

Kate Swanson (author) from Sydney on November 13, 2016:

Actually, on HubPages, quality is NOT subjective. Nine times out of ten, if your Hub is unFeatured for Quality, it's because you've broken a rule. It has absolutely nothing to do with the quality of your writing (unless your grammar and spelling are poor). So understand the rules properly, and you can usually spot where you've gone wrong!

mts1098 on November 13, 2016:

great stuff and reminders for me but sometimes HP does not even tell you why an article is not featured - all that is mentioned is Not Featured (Quality or Traffic). The traffic issue I get but the quality one is subjective. I think HP could really improve by simply letting us know why hubs fail for quality - Isn't that how we can improve ourselves?

Cheers...

Krista D'Ambroso from California on November 12, 2016:

Very useful and understandable information. I'll come here first whenever I have questions.

Margarida Borges from Lyon, France on November 03, 2016:

Very clear information. I'm trying to understand what is wrong with some of my hubs, but it is a long process. One thing is sure, we have not only hubs like this one but also people like you that try to help also in the forum. Thanks.

Glen Rix from UK on August 25, 2016:

Good tip about saving hubs unpublished for a couple of weeks. Thanks :)

Masooma Riaz on August 09, 2016:

Informative! :)

NuIfEm on May 04, 2016:

The hub is really informative. Thanks for sharing this with us, Marisa (:

emievil from Philippines on January 10, 2016:

This is a great hub not only for new hubbers but also for returning ones. I visit my hubs from time to time but not on a consistent basis and I'm really out of touch with the guidelines, etc. I'm actually seeing a couple of violations on my hubs, particularly on the Amazon links. I'm off to start cleaning them up and hopefully, I will go back to writing soon. Thanks for this hub Marissa.

Kendra Dobson on January 08, 2016:

Thank you Marisa! I'm new to Hubpages. Looks like you're one to follow! Great Hub!

The Write Life from The United States on December 29, 2015:

Great article! Thank you!

McKenna Meyers on December 22, 2015:

Thanks for sharing your knowledge, Marisa. You're right; there's a lot to learn and a lot to absorb. But people like you on Hubpages are so generous to us newbies.

Rota on December 03, 2015:

This is a very informative hub! I've written for hubpages for a few months now but the mass of information is daunting..hence I havent really got my head around it all! However, this hub clarified a lot for me.

Robert Morgan from Hutchinson Island, FL - Myrtle Beach, SC - Gilbert AZ on August 14, 2015:

Thank you so much. This hub has greatly helped me to understand how to be a better Hubber. I am new to writing though I joined three years ago. Best to you.

Ijeoma Peter from Lagos, Nigeria on June 09, 2015:

Its always nice learning new things. Thanks for sharing this insightful article, it's very useful.

peachy from Home Sweet Home on February 26, 2015:

your tips are useful not only for squidoo but for bubblews writers too. I am moving my post from there to here , need to add more words to hit 700

Lou Cannon from British Columbia, Canada on January 11, 2015:

Very useful hub... I wish I had come across it a few months ago when I was making the transition from Squidoo to Hub Pages!

askformore lm on November 15, 2014:

I was transferred to HP from Squidoo, where I haven't been active for a very long time. I believe that I will like HP more, so I will "brush up" some of my lenses, and I will publish new hubs.

Bill Holland from Olympia, WA on October 21, 2014:

All valid points. Happily, I'm not here at HP for the money, or I fear I would be suicidal. :)

Mary Norton from Ontario, Canada on October 13, 2014:

This is the page I should have read when I first got into HP. I had been puzzling over those scores and given them more value. You've explained clearly why some hubs with more traffic are scored lower. I had been deleting some hubs going down to the 60s even when they were getting traffic. Thank you.

Kathy McGraw from California on October 03, 2014:

Pretty good info here. I like the no nonsense way you say things, and appreciate you putting this together. Even though many of us ex-lensmasters read the rules, and figured out some things, it's good to go back and read when our minds are a bit clearer :)

Wednesday-Elf from Savannah, Georgia on September 25, 2014:

Just found this page. Thanks for the Squidoo to HubPages welcome and the 'overview' you've presented so clearly. I am really liking my new 'home' and especially the 'neighbors' like you. I feel right at home.

Missy from The Midwest on September 18, 2014:

I'm still getting used to all of the changes! I have a second HP account, and that's the one that was imported from Squidoo. I've got a lot of work to do.

PaynesGrey on September 17, 2014:

Thank you for the info, you have made things much clearer for me.

Nick Deal from Earth on September 12, 2014:

This was a great refresher. Thanks!

Diana Burrell-Shipton from Hubbard, Ohio, USA on September 12, 2014:

Great stuff - thank you !

I am still trying to get my old Amazon account going again, but it is attached to an old email that I can't get into so I'm working with them to figure it out.

I can't remember if I ever got Adsense before or not - yikes - what a mess - LOL

Emily Tack from USA on September 12, 2014:

Thank you, Marisa. You put a few things into "layman's terms" for me. The explanation about the ratio between Amazon products and the number of words of text was especially helpful. Bookmarked this for future reference!

Country Sunshine from Texas on September 12, 2014:

This article has so much good information, and it answers a lot of my questions. Thank you! Bookmarked for future reference.

Deborah Swain from Rome, Italy on September 12, 2014:

Thanks for taking the time to write this guide. Am enjoying this new experience so far...and I love the WYSIWYG editor - makes updating our old lenses so easy.

Kate Swanson (author) from Sydney on September 11, 2014:

The H in the black circle means it's Featured. "Featured' just means it's published, really. If it's unFeatured it's published but it might as well not be - because it's invisible to everyone including the search engines.

Lori Green from Las Vegas on September 11, 2014:

OH! That explains why my personal adsense says I earned a few bucks and my Hub account says MUCH MUCH more. I get it now.

MartieG aka 'survivoryea' from Jersey Shore on September 11, 2014:

Thank you Marisa - at this stage of the game I am reading everything I can about HubPages-this was a big help!

Fay Favored from USA on September 11, 2014:

Making sure to pin this so I can keep up with all the new questions. If a page has the big H in the black circle it's published, but not necessarily featured? Yes or No? How do we make sure they get featured?

Kate Swanson (author) from Sydney on September 10, 2014:

Your Adsense income is paid directly into your regular Adsense account. However, if you're enrolled in the HP Ads program, you will earn little or nothing from Adsense because there will be only one direct Adsense ad on each Hub. The bulk of your income will be earned from HP Ads, which are paid directly to you by HubPages. Most people find that HP Ads pay a LOT better than Adsense alone, but you can switch off HP Ads for a month or so at any time (which will cause Adsense ads to display throughout each Hub), and test which one works best for you.

June Campbell from North Vancouver, BC, Canada on September 10, 2014:

My Squidoo lenses transferred yesterday. I am busy working on tidying them up for HubPages. I am pleasantly surprised at how nicely the transfer worked. There is not nearly as much cleaning up to do as I had anticipated.

I have a question re Adsense. I have had an account with Adsense for years. Does HubPages pay me directly for Adsense traffic (when the threshold is reached), or does it show up in my regular Adsense account? Thanks.

Kate Swanson (author) from Sydney on September 08, 2014:

Provided you have ONE Featured lens, the whole account will transfer over. As for the lens disappearing - it's hard to tell, it may be an hour or it may be a month! You can check by pasting the first line of the lens into Google Search - if your lens doesn't come up in the results, it's gone!

David Guion from North Carolina on September 08, 2014:

I have very little content at Squidoo and haven't visited there for a while. Will most of that content get transferred? Or considerably less? You say that if a lens is not transferred, I can't post it here until it disappears from Google. That's a good warning, as I planned to do that pretty quickly. How long does it take for something to disappear from Google? And how will I know?

Kathryn Grace from San Francisco on August 29, 2014:

Thank you for this capsulization. I wish I'd seen it two weeks ago. It very nicely reinforces what I've learned so far about writing for HubPages and reminds me of some of the bits I'd already forgotten. Most useful!

Brian Leekley from Bainbridge Island, Washington, USA on August 26, 2014:

Even though I've been a HubPages writer for awhile, I'm still a beginner in that I still have lots to learn -- and to re-learn, because I forget easily. This hub is quite helpful to me; it has taught me some information that I had not known or had misunderstood.

Nancy Tate Hellams from Pendleton, SC on August 24, 2014:

Thank you for this very useful information. I am looking forward to learning the ropes at Hubs and this will surely help.

Barbara Tremblay Cipak from Toronto, Canada on August 24, 2014:

very useful page, thank you - especially on hub scores, which is what I was looking for!

Linda Jo Martin from Post Falls, Idaho, USA on August 23, 2014:

Thanks for the pointers... I very much am looking forward to my time here at HubPages!!

Kate Swanson (author) from Sydney on August 23, 2014:

@Glenn, Relache did a good job with her introductory Hub, but it was more of a "big picture" intro and I felt there was a need for a practical guide as well. It's hard to cover just enough to get started and not overwhelm people!

Kate Swanson (author) from Sydney on August 23, 2014:

No Marie, that has never changed. Unfortunately there is a perception amongst Hubbers that ad capsules are somehow "bad", and that while HubPages allows one capsules per 50 words, we mustn't trust that they know what they're doing. The key with both Amazon and eBay is RELEVANCE - if a product isn't directly relevant to your topic, it's not only a waste of space but it's un unrelated link and could attract a penalty. So quite often, in an informational Hub, you'll be able to find only one or two relevant products - so one or two capsules is the right number in that case.

Glenn Stok from Long Island, NY on August 23, 2014:

I used to have some lenses on Squidoo but I closed that account a long time ago. I chose to concentrate my efforts on HubPages and I'm glad I did.

So even though I don't need this information I was curious to see how you wrote it Marisa. You did a great job and this is very useful for all those who are coming here from Squidoo.

We all look forward to welcoming transformed Squids as Hubbers.