10 Ways To Improve Hubpages

1. Adding RSS feeds for your blogs to profile page

Ability to add your blog's RSS feed, so several latest posts titles appear also on your profile page (with a link to the post of course).

2. Add Digg, StumbleUpon...

...and several other popular bookmarking services to hub's right column.

It will give the hub's visitors a friendly reminder and a easy way to bookmark your hubs, which should result in increased traffic for more popular hubs. The Share it link is simply not exposed enough in my opinion, I for one haven't noticed it until a week or so.

3. Enable HTML in hubs

I know you Hubpages guys probably hear this every day, but it could be beneficial to both Hubpages and it's users.

Make a policy about what kind of code can or can't be added. I'm sure there would be some users who would add popups or some other unwanted code, but that can easily be reported then so you can take appropriate action.

Personally, I'd love to add some additional statistics trackers like 103bees.com or Google Webmaster Tools. Also, if I want to post some videos from other video sites (not Youtube or Google which are currently only ones supported) its not possible, unless I upload the video first to Google/Youtube which could result in some unwanted copyright issues.

4. Improve hub statistics

Related to 3., we can't add custom HTML code to our hubs, so we're pretty much doomed with using Google Analytics. While Analytics are pretty good, I find it very hard for me to find visitor info I'm looking for. And your stats are too basic to get any relevant information. For starters, adding a page from where the visitor came from would be a step in the right direction. Currently, I can only see the domain which is not very usefull most times. It would also be nice if we could see how many people are subscribed to our RSS feeds.

5. Customize AdSense ads

Of course, this would not be necasarry if we could add custom HTML code to our hubs, however we can't. It's not a very important issue, but I really hate it when ads have purple background or something... we know blending ads is important!

If you need inspiration, Blogger is the king here, it's easier to add ads to your blogs with their tool then in your Adsense account. Adding Firefox/Google Pack referrals wouldn't hurt either.

6. Add existing hubs as request answers

I've seen this question raised more than once on your forums.

Mr. Edmonson already said it will probably be added in the future, I'd just like to point out how important it is: here's a hub I made some time ago, about downloading Google & YouTube videos. A couple of weeks later, a question was asked about the very same issue. Now, I had to make this two sentence hub linking to my original hub. Making unwanted and unnecesarry hubs like this doesn't help anyone.

7. Customize images

Nothing special, except customized size and image links.

8. Custom CSS

I don't want pink background with red text either but... Just basics really, coloring certain text or headers simply to add some personal flavor to our hubs, and point out some important things within content.

9. What's with the Hubscore

I edited one of my hubs some time ago to fix some typos and link, and it immediately lost all hubscore. I see how it could happen, perhaps it's because you want to discourage authors to edit their hubs and make it some half-spam hub with high hubscore, but come on - changing a couple of typos and a dead link shouldn't drop score from like 80 to 40, should it? I haven't edited a hub ever since.

10. As much as I try...

... I can't think of anything else! But Ten ways to improve hubpages sounds better then Nine ways, don't you think?

Hubpages is a great system which allows us to easily publish our thoughts, get to know people and even earn some money in the process.

There will always be ways to improve it, so I ask you now dear reader to fill in the last: what feature would you like to see on Hubpages?

Comments 6 comments

Patty Inglish, MS profile image

Patty Inglish, MS 9 years ago from North America

Productive thoughts, horns. Thanks for putting them out there for us.


darkside profile image

darkside 9 years ago from Australia

An excellent and coherent collection of suggetsions there Horns.


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kab-yucatan 9 years ago from Telchac Puerto

Let us insert javascript so we can use Blogrush, etc!


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Whitney05 9 years ago from Georgia

Great ideas! I particularly like numbers5 and 6.

I think that the traffic sources should be reset at midnight versus 24 hours. I would really like to see th traffic for the day, 7 day week, month, etc. versus 24 hours. I know there's analytic, but I think it'd be nice to see it on hubpages.


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Dina Hartman 8 years ago

HTML would be great! This way I could make better use of Google

adsense and customize the article. I wish they had templates also.


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eugbug 4 years ago from Ireland

Yes HTML and the ability to add java script would be of great benefit. I want to do some fancy stuff with Street View and Google Maps and the maps capsule is very limited.

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