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10 Tips on How to Write on Hubpages

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Top 10 Tips on How to Write on Hubpages

Top 10 Tips on How to Write on Hubpages

My Experience Writing on Hubpages

Hubpages is struggling, to be honest. While new hubbers join, it isn't as big as it used to be. I think Hubpages is a great platform to write on and I want to see more people succeed on Hubpages, even if it means I lose out on some hits.

I provided these tips to help others out in the hopes they will enjoy their time here on Hubpages and write more.

Update Your Hubs Often

I have updated this hub multiple times due to changes made to Hubpages. Even when you think you know everything about a topic, something could change which forces you to go back in to make revisions. I suggest you do the following:

  • Update your hubs once every six months. I go in and glance over a hub to see if anything can be changed. I do this to keep the content fresh and take advantage of new features. Plus Google and other search engines like new content.
  • Look at your hubs to see if there are any errors. Fix those errors right away and spruce up your hub if you see problems with it.
  • Revise poorly performing hubs. If you see a hub getting hardly any hits, go in and make some changes. You never know if changing a title could make all the difference.

Need Some Goals?

In my opinion goals have been one of the best features added on Hubpages. As you are writing your hub, these goals update to show how you are progressing. These goals are:

  • Write at least 1250 words. This will provide a good article for someone to read and give you the hits you want.
  • Have at least three pictures. Having more than three pictures can be better if they are relevant to the topic and there is a decent description.
  • Have at least two interactive capsules. This could be a quiz, poll, video, or table. This sets the article apart by having a variety of information to take in.

Don't Expect to be Successful on Hubpages

You won't be successful right away. It takes a lot of work to become a moderate success on Hubpages. Consider the following when writing on Hubpages:

  • Don't expect to be successful overnight. It can take multiple years to earn money on Hubpages.
  • Don't expect to make money. I've earned more money in the Apprenticeship Program (which has been discontinued) than anything else. So it takes awhile to earn money based on ad hits, product sales, etc.
  • Write because you enjoy it. Write because you want to, not for the money. I like interacting with others when they leave a comment, vote in a poll, etc.

Hubber Score Means Something

Your hubber score indicates how well you are doing overall on Hubpages as far as your actions go. Interacting on the forums, posting hubs, etc. affect your score. Some things to keep in mind when it comes to your hubber score:

  • Try to keep it up high. Those new to Hubpages may gravitate to those hubbers that have a higher score.
  • It can affect your hubs. If you have a high hubber score, that can reflect in your hubs. So keep it high.
  • It boosts your self esteem. Having a high hubber score makes you feel good about yourself too.
  • It doesn't matter to outside users. Those coming in outside of Hubpages to read your article won't care what your score is.

Hub Score Means Everything

On the other hand, the score your hub has means a lot. If it's a very low number, it could mean a few things:

  • Poor quality hub.
  • Hub that receives little to no hits.
  • Hubbers voting the hub down.

If you see a hub with a low score, go do some edits on it. It will help boost your score and perhaps earn the hub some more hits. If you don't, you risk having it not featured, which means no traffic will come in for that hub.

Keep Your Hubs Featured

Featured is a very important thing here on Hubpages. If your hubs are not featured, then you have no way of getting hits from people doing searches on search engines. If you find your hubs not being featured:

  • Edit your hub to add some more content. This will zip it back to featured in no time.
  • Use different capsules to have a variety in your hub. Adding capsules will increase the variety in your hubs.
  • Change the titles on your capsules to produce better results in search engines. This is one of the biggest issues hubbers have. I still find titles I need to revise when I look at my hubs.

Try for Network Sites

One of the best things about Hubpages is the implementation of Network sites. Basically, sites designed with specific content in mind. Most of my articles are on Hubpages, but, the few that are on a Network site get some of the highest traffic I have seen. I have had articles rejected from Network sites, which is fine! They have strict guidelines which I think is a good thing.

Delete Your Hubs

This was one of the hardest things I had to do. But I finally broke down and started to delete hubs that weren't performing well. I did this so I could get rid of my poor content which could be dragging my other hubs and Hubpages down in general.

The first hub I deleted was on something no one was searching on. It was a very niche topic that was relevant for a short time. So there was no point in keeping the content. Do yourself a favor and delete those irrelevant hubs.

Keep a Notepad Around for Ideas

When you have an idea for a hub, jot it down so you can refer to it later. You can get ideas at any time. There are various ways you can keep track of your ideas:

  • Smartphone. This is what I do primarily, as I always keep my phone on me.
  • A notepad. This is old-school, but useful in a pinch.
  • E-mail. Send an e-mail to yourself with your idea. I know I can type faster on a computer keyboard than on my smartphone, so this one allows you to provide more details relevant to your idea.
  • Start a hub with the title of your idea and save it for future use. I do this a lot to save title ideas.

Don't Get Involved with the Drama

There is a lot of drama on the Hubpages community. Some think moderators pick on people, have their own personal favorites, etc. Other hubbers can be very close minded, egotistical, etc.

I even quit Hubpages for over a year because of the community. There are some good people, you just have to find them. Or, you can do what I do and rarely engage with the community so you won't involve yourself with the drama.

More Hubpages Tips

There are so many more tips that other hubbers can give about writing on Hubpages. These are just the ones that I felt helped me grow as a hubber.

In the end you will find your own style. But I do hope that some of these tips help future hubbers out there write quality content.

This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.

© 2012 David Livermore

Comments

divaker tyagi from moradabad on September 18, 2020:

fine and good

Abby Slutsky from LAFAYETTE HL on July 31, 2020:

This was written a few years ago, but your information is still relvant and helpful. Thank you.

David Livermore (author) from Bakersfield, California, United States on April 04, 2020:

I haven't submitted any articles to network sites, they just end up there mostly. If your initial articles get traction, one of the HP staff will go in, make edits, and get it on a network site.

Richard Hampton on April 03, 2020:

Thank you for the tips and advice. I’m brand new to writing and have just finished my fifth article to passed boot camp but I can’t seem to write to the level to submit to the network sites.

David Livermore (author) from Bakersfield, California, United States on December 24, 2019:

I don't think it is, actually. HP never had a lot of staff, and they branched out beyond the HP brand, so the hopper wouldn't make much sense.

Omogiade Stephen Nosakhare from Lagos, Nigeria. on December 24, 2019:

Good advice, thanks

Kelly Ann Christensen from Overland Park, Johnson County, Kansas on December 23, 2019:

The Hub Hopper is no longer around? Tonight it seems like I'm reading one thing after another that is no longer around on Hubpages, as well as someone talking about it being short staffed.

Gupi on June 20, 2019:

That is some very good advice. Thank you for sharing.

Susan Hazelton from Sunny Florida on December 10, 2018:

This is a wonderful hub. You are to the point and exactly correct about what you need to do to be a success here on HubPages. I just finished deleting almost 40 hubs after attempting to make them more appealing. It isn't an easy thing to do but oh so necessary.

David Livermore (author) from Bakersfield, California, United States on November 12, 2018:

Great! Hope you become successful here on HubPages.

Nonabels from Manila on November 12, 2018:

Hi..I'm a new hubber and I find your post very helpful especially to people whose just starting out here in HubPages. Have a nice day and God bless

The filled mind from East Orange on August 03, 2018:

Thank you so much gor this, this correct a lot of bad thinking i was having. It will definitely help me plan my hubs beyyer

David Livermore (author) from Bakersfield, California, United States on July 09, 2018:

You can choose to unpublish hubs, which unpublishes them but doesn't delete them.

It's your choice on if you wish to delete them after that. If you feel the content can't be improved upon, then you can delete it. If you may use the material elsewhere, keep it until you use the material.

Janisa from Earth on July 09, 2018:

By deleting hubs do you suggest deleting them forever or just temporarily ?

Kenneth Avery from Hamilton, Alabama on April 18, 2018:

Fine job. Love the advice, the type of advice that can be used over and over.

Keep up the fine work.

David Livermore (author) from Bakersfield, California, United States on April 18, 2018:

Honestly you need to push out good, quality content. Working to get a hub published and featured is a big thing. All of my hubs are featured (though not all bring in hits). So work on that good, solid content.

Prateek Gahlot on April 17, 2018:

Really nice hub.

I'm new to hubpages, after reading this hub I tried alot but haven’t received a good hubscore. Now it is completely beyond my knowledge that how to get good hubscore. Though I’ll not stop here only, I’ll try and get my first hub to be published.. However I welcome more suggestions from you all so that I get good hubscore..

Molly O'Hara from Vermont on December 05, 2017:

I have to agree with what Farooq wrote below. The addition of poll questions is a smart way to gain an understanding of your audience as well as engage with them. Thank you for point those out.

Farooq Sheikh from Pakistan on September 07, 2017:

Really like the stuff you wrote. Cleverly done! I enjoyed it a lot by reading it. The best part in it is its poll questions which give me the understanding what others think.

David Livermore (author) from Bakersfield, California, United States on May 23, 2017:

Great, I hope you are successful at Hubpages!

WritingMania on May 23, 2017:

Really nice tips I will consider them.

David Livermore (author) from Bakersfield, California, United States on January 24, 2017:

@MuhammadAmeen89

Hubpages is great if you have a variety of topics to talk about. Blogging requires a niche topic. Some of my best hubs are spread across different topics.

Blogging is great if you become successful. But now a days you have to be really good at it to be noticed.

Bobby from U.K on January 24, 2017:

This hub was very informative. Having come back to hubpages after a couple of years of being away there are a lot of changes that I need to catch up on but your tips will make that journey a lot easier, thank you.

Muhammad Ameen Sheikh from Lahore, Pakistan on January 24, 2017:

Awesome article....very helpful, well formatted and interesting to read.

I do have one question about blogging.

Is it best to start your own blog and apply for adsense or stick with hubpages?

Shirley Urso-Farmer from Michigan on July 06, 2016:

Great hub, thanks for sharing.. A newbie like me can always use more valuable information :)

R D Hayes from Oklahoma City on April 06, 2016:

I write for a lot of different sites but, I am going to focus my attention on Hubpages for a while to bring it up. Also, you had mentioned deleting hubs....I have deleted articles here and on other websites but, I take those articles, revamp them, and place them on my blog. Sometimes by doing this, the article gets more hits off of other blogs or websites. I also read other hubs for ideas sometimes, being careful not to steal someone else's work. Also, I would really like the ability for logged in users to be able to vote on hubs without using the hub hopper. For instance; I would have loved to be able to vote this hub up but, since I did a regular search on it, I am not finding that option.

Shaloo Walia from India on January 13, 2016:

Very informative hub! Though I have been around for a year but seriously started writing here only 2-3 months back. I found your tips very useful.

Jack Lee from Yorktown NY on July 02, 2015:

I agree with most of what you wrote except the value of hub scores. It seems to bounce around and with very little relations to the quality of the content. A better metric is the google page ranking. This will allow your hub to show up first on google searches and may lead to higher page views.

I found the choice of the title "keywords" is critical. It may not always produce results but it definitely counts for something. Great hub.

peachy from Home Sweet Home on December 12, 2014:

very useful tips. I update my hubs until no more unfeatures and now I started to write new hubs, one in a month, do lots of research

David Livermore (author) from Bakersfield, California, United States on May 12, 2014:

Yes, they closed it awhile ago with plans to re-open it, but nothing has happened yet. It's a real shame too.

Nancy Adkins from North Dallas on May 12, 2014:

Nice hub. Thanks for the help. It does look like the apprenticeship is not open right now.

stewwalk from IL on November 21, 2013:

Great hub..Nice to hear some encouraging words

Maree Michael Martin from Northwest Washington on an Island on October 14, 2013:

Great tips to remember, thanks.

CraftytotheCore on September 15, 2013:

Great answer David! I think the same way. Every day I write because I love to. It's what I'm passionate about. If someone learns from something I've written, then I consider that an accomplishment! Thanks my friend.

David Livermore (author) from Bakersfield, California, United States on September 15, 2013:

Thank you for your comment.

I won't say I'm successful in making a lot of money. I have solid hubs that I think will be noticed and useful in time. They fit a very specific target group. I think being successful is being satisfied with what you have accomplished.

CraftytotheCore on September 15, 2013:

Hi David, now that I've been here a while, I was also featured as Hub of the Day recently. I know what you mean about views from it. It did indeed go up, but not a whole lot.

I'm interested in knowing what your thoughts are about being successful at Hubpages? You were one of the first people I ever followed. I think you have well-written and engaging hubs. :D

David Livermore (author) from Bakersfield, California, United States on June 03, 2013:

Polls (and quizzes) are great because they provide the reader with some interaction in the article, and to see what other people are in the same matter. Tables are great when you want to list bits of information. For example, I have a table on a roulette hub that lists the chances of winning on each spin.

Barbara Fitzgerald from Georgia on June 03, 2013:

What did you learn in a nutshell? Are the polls and tables important?

David Livermore (author) from Bakersfield, California, United States on June 03, 2013:

It's closed, but I believe they plan on having a new program soon. It wasn't bad, about $6 per article. Writing better hubs was the better pay off, since it resulted in more ad revenue.

Barbara Fitzgerald from Georgia on June 03, 2013:

Thanks for the good advice, voted up and useful. Can I ask what kind of payment you received in the apprenticeship program? Just curious as I understand from one of the forums that the program is now closed.

Aliyah on March 31, 2013:

This is awesome!

David Livermore (author) from Bakersfield, California, United States on March 03, 2013:

I know how you feel. I am still disheartened by how much effort I am putting in with such little return thus far. Not about the money, but mostly wanting to get hits so I know other people read my content. Thank you for the comment.

Bobby from U.K on March 03, 2013:

Yet again, a really useful hub. I've been a little disheartened on HubPages recently because a lot of my hubs have been struggling recently. I'm confident that if I edited them and add in new and relevant content then at least one of them will become a hit. Thanks again!

David Livermore (author) from Bakersfield, California, United States on January 13, 2013:

When I first started to learn about Hubpages, they really pushed the aspect of those hubbers earning a lot of money. It's very rare, and I don't expect to earn much despite improving my hubs. In fact, I should take my own advice and modify this hub! Thanks for your comment.

Kas from Bartlett, Tennessee on January 13, 2013:

David, I enjoyed the fact that you're honest in your assessment of the reality of money making on here. Whether you're right or wrong, you've given what you've seen as your experience here and I respect that more than the dream some try to sell. Is it possible to make decent money....sure.....do a lot of people do it? Probably not. Great facts and encouragements as well. Voting this one up. Great job!

David Livermore (author) from Bakersfield, California, United States on October 25, 2012:

I found myself doing that a lot more now. No matter where I am at I can jot down a note to remind myself of a good topic or something I need to do on Hubpages. Glad it helped and thanks for the comment.

Derrick Bennett on October 25, 2012:

Great advice with the cell, I should do that the next time am at work.

Kenneth Avery from Hamilton, Alabama on September 21, 2012:

Dave . . .you are much-welcome.

David Livermore (author) from Bakersfield, California, United States on September 21, 2012:

Wow, thank you so much. :)

Kenneth Avery from Hamilton, Alabama on September 21, 2012:

david . . .Super hub! Voted up and all across. Your hub was very concise, organized and well-written. I am honored to follow you and look for my note of thanks on your email coming soon.

Kenneth

David Livermore (author) from Bakersfield, California, United States on September 20, 2012:

Thanks so much!

dinkan53 from India on September 19, 2012:

Very nice article and very helpful, thanks for sharing it up. I will appreciate if you continue this in future.