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How to get your Hub past 'Pending' to be featured.

You work in isolation, thinking nobody is watching you. But as soon as you publish your hub, everyone notices the details. Is your hub original?

You work in isolation, thinking nobody is watching you. But as soon as you publish your hub, everyone notices the details. Is your hub original?

Key points to remember!

  • Your work must be original
  • Images must be appropriately labelled
  • Use capsules for text and photos in every hub
  • Check for errors including spelling, grammar and punctuation
  • Edit, edit, edit.

Making money from HubPages

Most writers like the idea of making some extra dollars from their online writing. I live off the grid and consider myself semi-retired so there is a definite advantage to making money from HubPages. I can write, publish and receive any payments without having to leave home.

The social aspect of HubPages is an unexpected bonus for me. I acknowledge and respond to familiar hubbers in occasional forums, although I am nowhere near as active as other hubbers with a much higher profile.

As with membership in any community, we all have an inherent responsibility to help build HubPages and aid new hubbers as they establish their own presence on HP. Welcome to all newcomers who visit this page. :)

I am just one of the writers who actively rate new hubs. Often I wish I could offer direct feedback to explain my scores, but that facility is not available.

In an effort to encourage and assist new writers seeking advice on how to get past pending and have their hubs successfully published, I offer this advice ...


Make your hub original!

A hub is an original work by an author who strives to meet the guidelines set out by HubPages. It can take many forms, but above all else it has to be original.

An experienced writer has a nose for copied content. If you copy text from promotional sites selling barbecues or themed clothing or any other item, it will stink of being copied from a promotional site.

I will copy part of your text and google it. Then, when the original site displays your text, I will flag your hub as being copied.

Some hubbers might think it is worth the risk, hoping their hub will be reviewed by an inexperienced writer. Perhaps your hub might slide past, but even once it is published it can still be flagged.

Do not underestimate the intelligence of other hubbers. There are many here who can spot copied content. It just takes one hub to be identified as copied for your other hubs to come under scrutiny.

Do not expect to be a hubber for long if you can't be bothered creating your own original work. The rules of HubPages very clearly state that the text in a hub must not be published elsewhere.


What image can you include to catch your reader's eye?

What image can you include to catch your reader's eye?

Construct your hub with care. The message in a successful hub is poised to be carried far and wide.

Construct your hub with care. The message in a successful hub is poised to be carried far and wide.

Include images!

Please show me a photo, a sketch, an image of some kind.

Don't just stop at one. Aim for three in the average hub. The more the merrier, particularly if your hub is lengthy.

I understand that there are some topics that are extremely difficult to illustrate. I have, in fact, rated at least one hub highly enough to be featured despite the absence of any images. It was original and written from the heart and deserved to be featured. I hope everyone reads it.

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I also hope the author reads this hub and makes a few of the other improvements listed here. Why? Because another hubber could still flag that hub as being below the desired standard, and it might be idled. That would be a shame, but rules are rules.

Digital cameras are cheap and easy. We no longer live in the 1970s when taking a photo involved film and processing. Grab your cheap digital camera or your latest piece of technology and take photos to illustrate your hub. Even if it is a poem, be creative and take at least one photo to enhance the page.

Don't forget to make an entry in the 'source' box when you upload a photo. Your original photo could simply say, "Photo by author" or "Photo by hubber's name" to keep me happy.


Not my photo ...

This photographer is happy for his photos to be used in a hub such as this one, as long as he is given appropriate credit!