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2011-03-23

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New HubPages Ad Program Invites

The second wave of invites has been sent - and more are on the way!

Yesterday and today, a second wave of invites to the HubPages Ad Program was sent out.  Check your inbox and you just might find that you can now opt in to the HubPages Ad Program and choose to earn revenue directly through HubPages in addition to Google AdSense, Amazon Associates, and HubPages' other affiliate programs.  

If you haven't received your invite yet, no worries!  You will be getting one soon, and in the meantime, you can always keep busy by participating in the weekly HubMob, voting in the HubNuggets and Top of the Class contests, Hub Hopping, and prepping for our April contest!

Happy Hubbing :)

Simone Haruko Smith
Community & Marketing Manager

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Pro Tips

Take Care with Keywords

Keywords are terms that searchers might use when they're looking to find information online, so when you are writing about any given subject, you will want to be sure to include keywords that searchers often use regarding that subject in your Hub.

For example, if you write a Hub that includes a flourless chocolate torte recipe, you might want to include the keyword "flourless chocolate torte" and "recipe" in your title, and in your text here and there.  You might also use the Google AdWords Keyword Tool to discover other common keywords people are using when looking for chocolate torte recipes.  You may discover through the keyword tool that people are using the term "gluten-free chocolate cake" and you may then include that keyword somewhere in the text of your Hub (because most flourless chocolate tortes are indeed gluten free).

Though paying attention to keywords is important, some people go a bit overboard, over-using them or using them incorrectly.  Here is a quick run-down of the good, the bad, and the ugly when it comes to keyword use:

  • The Good:  Using keywords in one's title (so that one's Hub is more likely to show up in relevant search results) and thorughout the text of the Hub when appropriate
  • The Bad: Adding keywords to titles and text just for the sake of adding them, even when they're not relevant
  • The Ugly: Keyword stuffing - adding so many keywords into a Hub that they actually interrupt the flow of the article and make it look like spam

In short, it is a great idea to use keywords - but only use them in a way that improves your writing.  For a more detailed guide on how to best use keywords, visit Keywords: How Best to Use Them in the HubPages Learning Center.

For more helpful guides and tips, visit the HubPages Learning Center
http://learningcenter.hubpages.com/

Hubber to Hubber
marie mckeown

Marie McKeown, From Ireland, 44 Fans, 27 Hubs, Joined 4 weeks ago

An Interview with Marie McKeown

One of HubPages up-and-coming Hubbers shares more about her background & writing

1. First, could you tell us a bit about yourself?

I am from Ireland and I am living on the island again at the moment, having been away to all kinds of places in between - Spain, East Asia, South America and New Zealand. In my day job I coordinate a peace-building community project in Northern Ireland where every day is different - one day I could be hosting an exhibition of a quilt made by a women’s group to celebrate the shared history of Protestants and Catholics in their area, the next day I’m teaching a friendship and respect workshop to 8 year-olds. This variety means I’ve learned about all kinds of things which can hopefully be turned into future Hubs!

2. What first brought you to HubPages?

I found myself in a position where I was looking to build up a second income stream, something on-line that I could take with me to another country. At first a lot of what I came across when I searched for ‘make money online’ had more than a whiff of ‘scam’ about it. I was excited about the idea of making money from writing online articles because I have always loved writing, but I didn’t like how some sites want you to sign away copyright of your work in exchange for a couple of dollars - then you never earn a penny from them again.

Eventually I found my way to Hubpages and I loved the business model, the sense of community and the elegant look of the site. Out of all the options, Hubpages seemed to be the one that really champions quality writing. And I liked the informative, witty and sometimes surprising hubs that writers on the site were publishing. I joined a month ago and I’ve been happily hubbing ever since.

3. What inspires you to write?

I get inspiration from all sorts of places - stories I hear at work, books I have read, and random thoughts that pass through my head! Writing really seems to be part of who I am. I don’t feel like myself if I haven’t taken time to write for a while so Hubpages is a great platform because the Hubscore encourages me to keep writing, as does the community of supportive fellow-writers who give useful and inspirational feedback.

4. You offer some fantastic guides, recipes, histories, tips, and explanations in your Hubs. Do you do research for your Hubs, or just write about subjects in which you are an expert?

I’m still finding my way on this, but so far I’ve found that my Hub-writing flows best when I pick a subject I already know something about. Then I can sketch a plan of what major points I want the Hub to cover, and fill in any gaps in my knowledge with research. When I joined up I started following a few very experienced Hubbers so I could learn from how they puts Hubs together and also figure out what I liked in a Hub.

I like Hubs that tell me a bit of a story, not just a list of dry facts, but that also give factual details such as interesting statistics, a map, or where to find further information. So that is how I try to write my Hubs as much as possible.

5. Many of your Hubs are about Irish culture, history, and foods. What are your favorite things about living in Ireland? Have you always been interested in all things Irish?

I have always had a strong interest in Irish folklore, history and cultural traditions. There is history everywhere in Ireland - ruined castles, stone-age monuments, and legends about valleys and forests - and that has inspired me to find out more about my ancestors past.

My favorite things about living in Ireland are the beautiful landscape, the wonderful wit and humor of the people and our unique folk traditions such as Irish traditional music, dance and sport. Not everyone gets born into such a rich cultural inheritance, and the more I have traveled the more I have come to appreciate my home country.

6. Are there any particular things you hope to write more about in the future?

I have lots of ideas and plans for future Hubs. I write them down in a big book so I don’t forget them! Apart from continuing to write about ‘all things Irish’ I plan to write more under food and travel, and maybe share some of the creative writing tips I have picked up from going to classes over the years....


Hub Nuggets

This Week's HubNuggets

This week KoffeeKlatch Gals and the rest of the HubNuggets gang got together for a picnic to work through the HubNuggets nominee list - but a big gust of wind blew all of the nominees away!

Though they had to brave a haunted house to recover them, the team managed to collect the HubNuggets nominees from the Health, Books, Literature, and Writing, and Travel and Places categories. Have a look at the winners below! 

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