Advice and Tips for New Writers: 5 Things I Wish I'd Known When I Started Writing as a Newbie on HubPages

If I Had Only Known as a Newbie....

There are several things I wish I’d known as a new hubber, as it would have gotten my hubs off to better starts (e.g. bringing in more traffic). Knowing those basic things about HubPages and hubbing would also have saved me time later, time spent going back to revise my hubs. That's okay, though. I realize that there is a lot to learn about HubPages or any online writing gig, and I admit I am still learning. As I wrote in my very first hub, "Getting Over the Fear of Writing Your First Hub," at some point you just have to get over your fear and start writing. At some point, you must hit that "publish" button. There is always time to learn more. It is my hope, though, that sharing with you these five basic things will help you to avoid having to spend all the time I have in going back to tweak titles, alter format, and change out photos in an effort to revise my earlier hubs..

1. Keep Your Title Simple

Choosing your hub title is a very important step in getting traffic to your hub. I was trying to come up with fancy titles to catch readers’ interest, titles that would be more appropriate for the pages of a magazine. Later, I learned that simple search-engine friendly titles will bring in more traffic. Think about it. Are readers going to type in “How to Create a Captivating Chili with Zest and Zing” or “How to Make Chili"? So, go with the simpler title that searchers will be “googling.” Your title will create the URL that search engines find. Some say you could later edit the title to add in the more eye-catching words, but keep your original title simple in order to create a search-friendly URL. Another option is to dress up the title with catchier wording in your text itself or in the capsule headings, which brings me to the next trick I wish I had known.

2. Use Capsule Subtitles

Find logical breaks in your writing to break up into sections. See the "Add More Capsules" at the upper right of the page you are editing? Click on "text" to add more text boxes. Copy and paste your text (if you're writing from Word) into different boxes to separate a long narrative. Do put a title with keywords in the capsule title box as this subtitle can also bring more traffic to your hub. These headings will automatically appear in bold print, which will make the article easier to follow; an article with breaks and subtitles is easier to follow and may keep the reader reading until the end. I’ve looked back at some of my earlier hubs that just keep going on and on, breaking them into smaller sections to make them more appealing to readers.

3. Do Not Use Google Images

Pictures on Google Images are so easy to use, and you can just about find any photo you want. Still, most are copyrighted and you need permission to use them .I've looked, and I haven't found an easy way to get to a source that might be able to give you permission. Instead, use photo sources you know are legal to use, and give credit. Look for photos with a Creative Commons license for commercial use. Then learn how to properly and legally attribute the photos. Some sites you can use are

http://www.flickr.com/

http://www.freedigitalphotos.net/

http://www.morguefile.com/

http://www.copyrightfreephotos.com/

http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/Main_page

After about thirty hubs or so, I realized that I had photos that were not properly attributed, so I spent time going back and replacing photos with properly attributed photos from other sites, or, better yet, photos I had taken myself. Also, do put captions in the boxes under the photos. The words there can also bring you more traffic from search engines. HubPages has a basic outline of how to legally use others' images on HubPages.

4. Group the Hubs from the Hub Page You're Editing

At some point, I learned to go into my account where all my hubs were and create groups for similar hubs. It’s much simpler, however, to group your hub as you’re creating it. Look over to the right side of the page when you’re editing to see your choices of reorder, tags, summary, group. Click on group and your subgroups will come up. Of course, you have to create your subgroups first under your account. But once you do, it will be very easy to group your hubs as you go. Then, the related hubs will show up automatically at the bottom of your hub when it is published--right there for your readers to see. This makes it easier for readers to see what else you have written on the subject that they may want to explore further.

Good luck with HubPages!

These are just some basic things that I hope help newer hubbers to start out on the right track. There’s a lot of information to take in, and I’m still working on it. If you have any questions or comments regarding anything in this article, I'd love to hear from you below in the comment section.

5. Don't Follow Other Hubbers Just to Get Followers

Following other hubbers just for the sake of following or just to get them to follow you back can lower your hubber score. Make sure you like what the hubber writes before you click on the “follow” button. Read at least one of his or her hubs, and then look at the topics and hubber profile before deciding to be a follower. This will save you time later of going back to “unfollow” those hubbers you don’t read.

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Sunshine625 profile image

Sunshine625 4 years ago from Orlando, FL

Good tips Vicki!!! Use spellcheck is a tip I'd like to add:)


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weestro 4 years ago from Virginia

Great hub with lots of useful info!


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AudreyHowitt 4 years ago from California

Great tips--thank you!


Arlene V. Poma 4 years ago

I don't follow a lot of Hubbers. In the beginning, my gmail went crazy to the point where I could not find my regular business emails. I am busy as it is, but I will comment on what I see on the feed as well as hop hubs. I set aside some time during the day and read Hubs at night when everyone is asleep. You can't follow everyone, and you aren't going to hurt anyone's feelings by not following them. As far as following, don't feel obligated. Voted up and everything else.


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teachertalking1 4 years ago

Love your "group your hubs" tip! I'm new and was just wondering how other hubbers have those links at the bottom of their articles. I will definitely be using that feature on my next hub! Thanks again!


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That Grrl 4 years ago from Barrie, Ontario, Canada

I group Hubs too. But, so far I don't see a way to use the Hub groups as a link. It would be nice to post a link to all my related posts rather than picking one of them.


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jfrabe 4 years ago from Cooper City, FL

Thanks for the advice!


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Esmeowl12 4 years ago from Sevierville, TN

This is great information. I wish I had known these things when I first started, too. Voted up and useful.


Arlene V. Poma 4 years ago

Actually, it was Mark Ewbie who took the time to show me how to group Hubs. Everyone else with the high Hubscores were talking way over my head when it came to doing this. I did not understand them, but Mark took a peek at my account and walked me through it. And, I am eternally grateful. He said he doesn't normally do this, but I must have looked really hopeless and helpless to him at the time.


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savingkathy 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada

These are great tips! Thanks for writing this hub. I look forward to reading more of your work.


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Jeannieinabottle 4 years ago from Baltimore, MD

This is all very good advice. Unfortunately, I learned some things the hard way, too. Voted up and awesome!


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tschaunerb 4 years ago from Medicine Hat

very useful, as a start out hubber i learned a lot from reading this article. i now may have to go back to my hubs and start modifying some of them!


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fpherj48 4 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

Victorialynn.....Thanks so much for the advice. I just made the decision recently to do some serious reading on the learning center. I've been hubbing fairly "blindly" myself. There is a lot to learn, but it's worth knowing all you can.


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Swetankraj 4 years ago from India

Great tips..really helped me as a new Hubie. Thanks..


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Victoria Lynn 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA Author

Yes, Sunshine, good one! Spellcheck, everybody!

weestro and AudreyHowitt--thanks for the comments!

Arlene--Great advice about not following too many hubbers! Sometimes I think I'm stretched too thin. Can't read them all! People should definitely be selective, I think. Thanks!


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Victoria Lynn 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA Author

teachertalking--I used to wonder about those hubs listed at the bottom of hub, too. It's so easy to group them if we only knew how! :-) Glad I could help. Good luck!


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Victoria Lynn 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA Author

That Grrl--Using the grouping option, two of the related group hubs will show up at the bottom. Is that what you do? If you want to add several links, click on links under the "add capsules" section. You can add a lot of links with that feature. Have you tried that?


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Victoria Lynn 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA Author

Arlene--that's cool! Mark Ewbie is cool, too. It was neat of him to help you learn how to group. That's the problem, sometimes, with hubbers trying to explain thing. I have had a hard time understanding a lot of what I've been told, as I think the hubbers that have been around a while tend to forget what it was like to know NOTHING. When I explain things, I hope I'm not skipping a necessary step! Thanks for the comments, Arlene!

jfrabe and esmeowl--thanks for reading. Hope it was helpful!


Arlene V. Poma 4 years ago

Yeah, and you were the one who explained to me how to use the SHARE button, Victoria Lynn! I put the question on the Forum, and someone said, "That's easy. Do this and this." Well, I didn't get it. Thanks for helping me out. People who have been around HubPages for a long time forget what it's like to be new. It's hard to learn things online when most of us learn by doing. I've pressed a lot of buttons and made things disappear, too.


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Victoria Lynn 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA Author

tschaunerb--Glad it was helpful. Better to go back and revise now rather than down the road when you have so many more hubs!!!

Swetankraj--so glad the tips help you as a newbie!


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randomcreative 4 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin

Awesome tips for all hubbers! This is a great resource.


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Injured lamb 4 years ago

Thanks for this sharing of yours Victoria Lynn, noted all this great advice of yours...appreciate much...


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DanielNeff 4 years ago from Asheville, NC

Thanks. Very useful. I love hubs like this that teach a newbie like me more about getting better as a hubber.


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Victoria Lynn 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA Author

effer--I probably need to visit the Learning Center more myself. I did a lot in the beginning, but then just started writing a lot. While I have learned a lot along the way, I need to go back and see what all I'm missing. Thanks for the comment!


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Victoria Lynn 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA Author

I remember that, Arlene! The share button, yes. Yep, many of the explanations I've received are above my head. I still don't understand RSS feeds and widgets. Nobody can seem to get those through my head! haha.


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Victoria Lynn 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA Author

Thanks, randomcreative and injuredlamb. Glad you appreciated the tips!


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Victoria Lynn 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA Author

Thanks, DanielNeff. I like these kinds of helpful hubs, too. Glad you thought so, too!


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Shyron E Shenko 4 years ago

I wish, I had read this hub before I started.


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Movie Master 4 years ago from United Kingdom

Great tips Victoria, lots of useful information, thank you for sharing and voted up.


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Victoria Lynn 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA Author

I hear ya, Shyron. I wish I had known all those things before I started, too. There's just too much to know. It's overwhelming in the beginning.


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Victoria Lynn 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA Author

Thanks, Movie Master, for the comments and votes!


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missolive 4 years ago from Texas

Victoria Lynn - great hub Vicki! This is very useful and informative. Well done! :)

bookmarked and voted up!


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Cagsil 4 years ago from USA or America

Hey Vicki, very nicely written hub. It will be very helpful to many people and is pretty sound advice. Voted up and useful. :) Great job! :)


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Zainnisar 4 years ago from Little Island, Heart.

Interesting, useful and vote up, Thanks for great advice especially following practice I just don't jump to follow others but I do follow fellow Hubbers based on their comments, fan mail and activity on their own hubs so I guess I am already on right track. Thanks and Good Luck.


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CookiesNoCrumbs 4 years ago from New Jersey

Victoria its unselfish of you to give someone else the opportunity no one gave you. As new hubber this is vital information that can be utilized. You rock


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Victoria Lynn 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA Author

missolive--Thanks so much for the comments. Glad it's useful!


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Victoria Lynn 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA Author

Thanks, cagsil! I do hope it's helpful. I know as a newbie--and still--I could use all the useful tips I could find!


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Mona Germain 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada

Thanks for the great tips. I am in learning mode too as newbie. The links to images is vastly helpful--I am still getting a handle of these techy things. I had dial up slow speed for so long that I feel out of sync with all that can be done with highspeed! LOL

I will go and set that grouping bar--I was jsut looking at it today!


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Victoria Lynn 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA Author

Zannisar--Yes, it sounds like you're on the right track on following. Just make sure you also enjoy reading what they write. Thanks for the comments!


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Victoria Lynn 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA Author

CookiesnoCrumbs--Great name! I'm glad I can help new hubbers. I've had a lot of hubbers who have helped me--and continue to--along the way. You rock for saying "you rock!" haha Thanks!


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Victoria Lynn 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA Author

Mona--sounds like you're learning lots of stuff. Grouping is helpful. I'm glad the direct photo links are helpful. There are more out there, too. There's so much to learn! thanks for reading and commenting!


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Danareva 4 years ago from Miami

This is great for a newbie like me! Thanks for the helpful advice and quality writing.


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Victoria Lynn 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA Author

You're welcome, Danareva. I'm glad the advice was helpful, and I'm appreciate of your compliment regarding quality writing. Thanks so much! Welcome to HubPages!


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Victoria Lynn 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA Author

ranamubashar--Glad you found this hub. Hope it's helpful. Welcome to HubPages! I hope you enjoy it!


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ContentThreads 4 years ago from India

As per my opinion the best thing I did after coming on HubPage is following you. I get to learn more and more as I read your hubs and follow your activities. My hubber score jumped to 84 from 8. It was unbelievable. Thanks to you. And the tips in this hub are also great as for a newcomer.


debW07 4 years ago

Great info! I was not aware that following a number of hubbers could lower your score. I write on another site and immediately followed many writers I recognized from there. I hope I don't get penalized too much.


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wife2mikejh 4 years ago from SC

This was very helpful.


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Victoria Lynn 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA Author

ContentThreads--Your comments make me feel soooo good! I am so glad that I've been helpful to you. I'm glad your hubber score jumped up so drastically, too. Awesome! You definitely are doing something right. I'm going to have to check out your work! Thanks again so much for the wonderful comments!


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Victoria Lynn 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA Author

debW07--If you really like those writers you recognized, then that will probably turn out okay if you do follow them and read their hubs from time to time. I would think it would work out. Good luck on HubPages!


debW07 4 years ago

Thanks so much Victoria Lynn! I would like to follow you, but I think I'll wait a few weeks before I add any more people to my list. :0)


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tammyswallow 4 years ago from North Carolina

Great tips I wish I would have known when I frist started. I spent a whole day fixing some of these things and adding summaries. I think this will be really beneficial to nebiew. Well done!


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Victoria Lynn 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA Author

So glad it was helpful, wife2mike! Thanks for the comment.


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Victoria Lynn 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA Author

debW07--Haha, you're funny. Touche! I hope you'll go ahead and follow me in a few weeks. haha. Great comment!


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emievil 4 years ago from Philippines

I totally agree with these things you wrote here. It took me I think about 6 months until I discovered I can group my hubs! *sigh* And the images, my first batch of hubs didn't have images that didn't have any acknowledgments or anything like that and one of the source actually commented that one of the pics was from her site. I'm going through all of my hubs and replacing these images with the images I can find from the links you provided. Thanks for this hub!


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Joyce Vitales 4 years ago from Big Island, Hawaii

Thanks for the interesting information!!! It will help me a lot as I get acquainted to this site. (:


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Yaduvanshi 4 years ago from Bharat Vrse

A very much useful peace of information


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MomsTreasureChest 4 years ago

My first few weeks here, and I appreciate the helpful advice!


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Nichole Bentley 4 years ago from Medina, Ohio

I am 4 articles in and glad to have this information. Great article and Congratulations on 100!


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Victoria Lynn 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA Author

Thanks, tammy! Maybe this hub will save newbies some time. I, too, have had to go back from time to time and revise those early hubs because of something I didn't do quite right.


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Victoria Lynn 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA Author

emievil--I guess some of us learn the hard way. haha. I've had to go back and fix things, too. It's my hope that this hub will help newer hubbers save some time by doing things right from the beginning. There is just so much to learn!


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Victoria Lynn 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA Author

Joyce and yavudanshi--I'm so glad this hub was helpful to you!


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Cre8tor 4 years ago from Ohio

Thanks Victoria. I'm new and have been learning as I go. This sure feels like a better place to start than where I was. After reading a few of your hubs, I'll be following you....and not just to follow :p


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Victoria Lynn 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA Author

MomsTreasureChest--I'm glad the advice is helpful!

Nichole Bentley--4 articles in! Great! Spend some time on things so that you won't have to go back and revise so much. Good luck!


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rLcasaLme 4 years ago from Dubai, United Arab Emirates

Being on HubPages for months now, I have made myself aware of these things. Lucky me.

I've joined HubPages 8 months ago and have just been active last 2 months. I guess reading a lot of others' hubs helped me on this.

I'm sure newbies will find this hub beneficial.


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InSilico 4 years ago

Just signed up. Great advice for someone just starting out. The information on the images definitely helps out.


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Victoria Lynn 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA Author

Thanks, Cre8tor. Glad the hub was helpful. And thanks for the follow! I may have to see what you're doing, as well!


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James A Watkins 4 years ago from Chicago

This is very good advice. Thank you for serving the HubPages Community at-large by publishing this needful Hub. Well done!


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Virtual Treasures 4 years ago from Michigan

Great advice! Thank you for sharing these tips. They are easy and they make sense!


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Victoria Lynn 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA Author

rLcasa....I did a lot of reading of others' hubs before writing. There's just so much to learn, and we can learn a lot from other hubbers!

In silico--Glad you signed up, and I hope your HubPages adventure goes great!


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Hreichel 4 years ago from Northwestern Pennsylvania

I am new- so the hub was very much appreciated thanks :)


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taylord08 4 years ago from Virginia Beach

This is a great hub. Good information, for a person just starting out any information I can get, it very helpful.


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Victoria Lynn 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA Author

You're welcome, James! thanks for the great comment!


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Victoria Lynn 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA Author

VirtualTreasures--You're welcome! Good luck!

Thanks, IT Coach, for the encouragement and the votes!

Hreichel--Have a great HubPages adventure. Hope the tips help!


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TrahnTheMan 4 years ago from Asia, Oceania & between

Another great article Victoria that answers some of the questions I just asked you on one of your other hubs (about your hubber score of 100)! And I'm making this comment for real, not just to make a comment! Thanks again for the tips.


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Stevethepainter 4 years ago from Illinois

I was tickled to find this Hub; useful, helpful & encouraging. I know what I want to write about, but the mechanics of 'How' to format properly and effectively are still new.

I'm sure i'll be back to re-read this and other hubs like it. /kudos


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DeborahNeyens 4 years ago from Iowa

This is really good advice that I wish I had starting out. I will share so other newbies can benefit from it.


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ktrapp 4 years ago from Illinois

Love it - these are great tips. I especially like the title tip.


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Sinea Pies 4 years ago from Northeastern United States

Great hub...voted up and useful for sure! Thanks for the links to the free photo sites. I've used some of them and am so glad to expand that list. Yes, I too wish I'd learned some of this earlier but at least we've learned, right? Thanks again...Sinea


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tillsontitan 4 years ago from New York

I guess 11 months as a hubber still makes me a newbie because I learned a lot from your hub! So many things we don't know. You really provided great information and direction - which I intend to make use of! Voted up and useful. Thanks for SHARING.


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Just Ask Susan 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada

Great tips and advice for newbies. When I come across people needing help I will recommend that they read this hub.


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mljdgulley354 4 years ago

Thank you for this information Victoria. I was fortunate to have my daughter tlpoague explain this to me. I really like using the capsules to break up the words. I didn't know that helped with the search engines though.


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amberld 4 years ago from New Glarus, WI

Some really great advice, thank you! As a new hubber, I just learned a lot. Voted up and SHARED! Will definitely get some more hubs up soon and will start grouping them now. Thanks again.


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Victoria Lynn 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA Author

taylord--Glad this can help!

TrahnTheMan--I did answer some questions on the other hub where you left comments. Glad this one helped, too!

Stevethepainter--The "how to" can be difficult. Glad this could help!


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Victoria Lynn 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA Author

Deborah--thanks for sharing it!

ktrapp--It took me a long time to learn about the title, and I still struggle with choosing one!


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Rusticliving 4 years ago from California

Great Hub. I love reading tips that can be useful in helping me be a better writing and Hubber!

Thanks!

Voted Up and useful!

Lisa Lynn


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salsalter 4 years ago from Warner Robins, GA

As a newbie, I appreciate the advice! Just joined today and nervously starting my first hub:)


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Mummy Yummy 4 years ago

I am just trying to write my first Hub and I can relate to everything you write! Great tips thank you !


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Al Shield 4 years ago from Bendigo, Victoria

'Are readers going to type in “How to Create a Captivating Chili with Zest and Zing” or “How to Make Chili"?'

They're going to write 'How to make chilli' but if you had 'How to make captivating chilli with zest and zing' it would still turn up when you searched for 'How to make chilli'. Personally I'll read a hub with a captivating and interesting title a lot quicker than I'll read a hub with a simple title as creativity stands out a lot more than simplicity - but that's just me.

Great hub by the way :)


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Victoria Lynn 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA Author

Sinea--yeah, you've been here a while, too, and I think sometimes we just learn by making our own way, but I'm glad I can help newer hubbers. Good to see you!

tillsontitan--Glad you found the information useful after 11 months. I still find hubs helpful to me, too. I feel like a newbie sometimes, as I think there is still so much to learn. Take care!


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Victoria Lynn 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA Author

Thanks, Just Ask Susan, for recommending this hub for the newbies!


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Victoria Lynn 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA Author

mljdgulley--I think the capsules' breaking up the words do bring more traffic, as bold print is supposed to bring more traffic. Is your daughter a writer on HubPages?

amberld--Glad the hubs helped. Keep writing and grouping!


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Angela Blair 4 years ago from Central Texas

Thanks muchly for writing this Hub -- I've been here two years and never even paid any attention to "groups" which I will do immediately after your good information. Best, Sis


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Victoria Lynn 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA Author

Lisa Lynn--Thanks for your kind comments. So glad it's useful!

salsalter--Just go ahead and do it. That first hub is the most nerve-wracking, I think! Go for it!

Mummy Yummy--Glad you can relate. You're welcome!


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Victoria Lynn 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA Author

Al Shield--I agree with you that I'm more drawn to interesting titles, but the search engines do have a problem with all the extra words sometimes. I've tried this with a google search before and different things come up. That's why I've started putting simpler titles (go through Google analytics to check what might work) and go back and revise them later with more interesting words after the URL is already set. Seems to work better for me.

I am glad that you liked the hub!


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nifwlseirff 4 years ago from Villingen Schwenningen, Germany

Great tips for newbies! It is far too easy to find images with Google image search, but you can never be sure of copyright. As a photographer (having made many photos available under creative commons licenses) - thank you for describing other (better) ways to find images to use in hubs!


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alocsin 4 years ago from Orange County, CA

Required reading for all new hubbers. Voting this Up and Useful.


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Victoria Lynn 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA Author

Angela--You're "muchly" welcome! Start grouping!

nifwlseirff--You're welcome about the photo info!

alocsin--Maybe we should start a required reading section. haha. That would be very handy!


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jimsmillions 4 years ago from Bristol south west england

Thanks Victoria. Great information especially about the photos. Will look into the sites you linked. Voted Useful, interesting and up. Good work.


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Victoria Lynn 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA Author

jimsmillions--Glad the photo sites were helpful. Photos were always something I didn't know where to go for. Thanks for the votes! And best of luck!


Flickr 4 years ago

Great tips. Thank you for sharing, there's some very informational ideas here.


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MarleneB 4 years ago from Northern California, USA

Excellent advice. I'm bookmarking this to have as a referral.


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djelrod 4 years ago from Seattle, WA

I've read a couple of your posts after joining HubPages today and I have found them very useful. Thank you for putting this out there.


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biancaalice 4 years ago from Southern California

Great page, it was very helpful. You hit every aspect I was wondering about. Thanks so much for sharing and being helpful.


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Victoria Lynn 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA Author

Awesome, Flickr. Glad you think so!


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savanahl 4 years ago

Thank you for the great advice. I'm new here so I need all the help I can get.


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Victoria Lynn 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA Author

Marlene--I'm so glad you can use the information. Thanks for bookmarking!


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Victoria Lynn 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA Author

djelrod--Glad my hubs were helpful. And I'm glad you joined HubPages. Hope you enjoy it as much as I do!


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Victoria Lynn 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA Author

Hi biancaalice. Cool that I answered your questions. You're welcome. Have fun on HubPages!


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Victoria Lynn 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA Author

haha, Epi, I love your 5 Basic Things list! You're the best. I love your support!


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Victoria Lynn 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA Author

savanahl--You're welcome. I'm not quite as new as you are, but I still need all the help and advice I can get, too! Enjoy HubPages!


kevinbrown55 4 years ago

thank you Victoria Lynn for writing such a high-quality hub! I'm somewhat knew to Hubpages and reading this will ultimately help me in the long run. You're definitely right, knowing how to properly credit photos and the significance of not following hubbers impulsively is information we should all know in the very beginning. Thank you again!


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Victoria Lynn 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA Author

Glad I could help, Kevin! Knowing early some things to avoid will definitely save time. Thanks so much for reading and commenting!


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sgbrown 4 years ago from Southern Oklahoma

Great information! I have been here for 3 months and am still a "newbie". There is so much to learn at the beginning. Thank you for sharing this information with us all. Voted up and useful. :)


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Victoria Lynn 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA Author

sgbrown--I still feel like a newbie after 6 months. There are other things I'm trying to learn that I still don't understand. Glad I can be helpful with others just getting started. Thanks for the votes!


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PegCole17 4 years ago from Dallas, Texas

Concise and informative tips for any HubPages writer. It took me a while to find much of this out, particularly the title URL thing. Whatever you name the hub at first is going to be important even if you change the title later. Good one here.


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Jilltravel 4 years ago from Indiana

Hi Victoria! This is a terrific hub! Thanks so much for sharing some truly helpful suggestions with us! :)


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Victoria Lynn 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA Author

PegCole. It took me a while to come across info about the title and url thing, too. Glad this was helpful.


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Victoria Lynn 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA Author

You're welcome, Jilltravel. Makes me feel good that I can help other hubbers. :-)


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Made 4 years ago from Finland

I need to bookmark this hub and return later. It seems to be useful.


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Victoria Lynn 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA Author

I hope this hub will be helpful for you, Made. Hope you enjoy and are successful on HubPages!


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ishwaryaa22 4 years ago from Chennai, India

This hub is extremely useful for newbies and hubbers of few weeks. Thank u for sharing. Rated it useful. Vote up.


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Ardie 4 years ago from Neverland

Hi VicLynn - I hope TONS of new people see this. It took me a few years to learn all the stuff you mentioned above - and NOW I have to go back through all my old Hubs and correct a few things ;) I am going to share this with my followers and hopefully some of the newbies will read it and be more successful! Great Hub :)


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rlaha 4 years ago from Spartanburg, SC

This is good for everyone because someone may forget to group their hub or forget that a photograph they are using is copyrighted and they cannot put it in their hubs. I learned new things today. Thank you for sharing these tips! Voted up, interesting and useful!


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moonlake 4 years ago from America

Good information. Some of this I didn't know and I have been here 4 years.


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jainismus 4 years ago from Pune, India

@Victoria Lynn,

Really these are the great tips for new Hubbers. Voted up.


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greatparenting 4 years ago from philadelphia, pa and corolla, nc

As a new-ish hubber, this is very helpful. Thanks so much. I do follow you, though, and I have to say, it's a good thing!


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Frank Atanacio 4 years ago from Shelton

I agree these tips will help-- I don't follow unless I intend to read.. yeah up and useful :)


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sam209 4 years ago

Hi there Victoria. My name is Sam. I really enjoyed reading your hub! Thanks for sharing your advice!


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Victoria Lynn 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA Author

ishwaryaa22--go glad this is helpful for newbies! I wish I had known a lot of this stuff from the start. Thanks for the votes, and I wish you the best with HubPages!


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cebutouristspot 4 years ago from Cebu

Great advice. I do love following people as this give me option to broaden my knowledge. Well that is just me. Thanks for sharing


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Silver Fish 4 years ago from Edinburgh Scotland

Really useful tips, thanks.


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Victoria Lynn 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA Author

Ardie--Took me a while, too, to learn a lot of this. That's why I wrote it. Hey, thanks for sharing this one. It looks like I'm getting a lot of newbies reading it. A lot more comments. Thanks! Glad it helps!


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Victoria Lynn 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA Author

riaha, I'm glad you learned new things with this hub. These are things, like the title states, that I really wish I'd known from the beginning. It's just impossible to know it all at once.


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Pamela Kinnaird W 4 years ago from Maui and Arizona

These are great tips you have given us. Thanks.


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Victoria Lynn 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA Author

Awesome, moonlake! I'm glad this hub could help the old-timers as well as the newbies!


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Victoria Lynn 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA Author

Thanks, jainismus, for the feedback and the vote up!


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Victoria Lynn 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA Author

greatparenting--Glad it's helpful, and I'm glad you're following me. Thanks! I'm also following you, by the way!


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Victoria Lynn 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA Author

Thanks for the validation, Frank. I appreciate it much!

Hi, Sam! Thanks so much for reading. I'm glad to share what I've learned.


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justateacher 4 years ago from Somewhere Over The Rainbow - Near Oz...

Great advice for new hubbers and great reminders for everyone!


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Victoria Lynn 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA Author

cebutouristspot--I agree. We can learn a lot from each hubber we follow. Writers have such different styles.

Silver Fish and Pamela K--You're welcome. Hope the tips help!


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Victoria Lynn 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA Author

Thanks, justateacher. Good to see you!


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drspaniel 4 years ago from Somewhere, where the sun shines once a year...

I agree with everything except for the first point made, as I find that if my title is either too broad or too common, it will get lost in the billions of other webpages on the web. However by having a slightly longer title, you'll find that you're found more easier, and your audience will find just what they want in your Hub!


kelleyward 4 years ago

how did I miss this hub before I wrote mine today??? This is a great hub and I wish I had it when I started here 8 weeks ago. Thanks for the information!


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Victoria Lynn 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA Author

Yes, drspaniel, I'm with you there. The title can be too common, thus having too much competition. Great comment.


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Victoria Lynn 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA Author

kelleyward--Wish I'd had this hub when I started, too!


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grinnin1 4 years ago from st louis,mo

Right there with you on all of that. Great hub, very informative, clear and concise. Thank you, and now I'm off to try to fix my URL's.... which is another thing I wish I had known- you can't fix them after you've published!Have to delete and start over. Oh well .Thanks, voted up and following!


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jm72writes 4 years ago from Missouri

This is a great hub written in a way that newbies can understand. There were some things in it that I'm going to make use of, too.


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CZCZCZ 4 years ago from Oregon

Great list of tips and reminder for creating high quality hubs. I will try shortening down my hub titles I sometimes do the too long title and I will work on shortening them up in the future, thanks for the reminder.


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sunasia22 4 years ago from Philippines

Hi Victoria! I wish I have known this hub before I published my first article. These are excellent and very useful tips for a newbie like me. I'll bookmark this hub and it will serve as my guide for the next hubs I will write. I will surely use your tips. Thank you for sharing! Marked useful, interesting and awesome!Voted up!


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rebeccamealey 4 years ago from Northeastern Georgia, USA

Very helpful! I continually learn. I didn't realize that groups was near tags, reorder, etc.Duh!Thanks!


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Victoria Lynn 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA Author

Yeah, grinnin1, I learned that later too. Can't Change those urls. Do you think it's worth unpublishing and starting over? I don't know....Thanks for the votes and follow...and comments!


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Victoria Lynn 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA Author

jm72writes--Glad it was easy to understand and has information you can use. I still appreciate hubs that I can understand, too, because it seems that people sometimes forget how overwhelming it all is at first. And later, too, haha. The simpler, the better, with a lot of this hubbing information! Thanks for reading!


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Victoria Lynn 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA Author

CZCZCZ--One thing to remember that another hubber pointed out--if the titles are too short and simple, they may get lost in all the other simple titles out there. So try to find a happy medium. Just not too fancy! :-)


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Victoria Lynn 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA Author

Thanks, sunasia22, for the votes of confidence! so glad you find the tips helpful, and I hope that you and other newbies can use the information and benefit! I wish I had found this hub before I started writing. haha. :-)


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Kgiovannone 4 years ago

I'm just starting to do research on writing in hubpages and this article was very useful. Thanks!


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Victoria Lynn 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA Author

rebecca--It took me a while to find the "group" button, too! You're welcome!


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Victoria Lynn 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA Author

Awesome, Kgiovannone! Good luck with HubPages!


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Kgiovannone 4 years ago

Thanks! I wrote my first hub and would love to get your opinion.


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gforganesh1 4 years ago from Coimbatore

grt info!...thanks for sharing with us.


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Victoria Lynn 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA Author

Kgiovannone--Hope you do well on hubpages. I looked at your Dress for Success hub, and it's interesting and informative. I think you're off to a good start!


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Kgiovannone 4 years ago

Thanks much Victoria. I'll be checking out some more of yours as well.


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Victoria Lynn 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA Author

You're welcome, gforganesth1! Hope it helps!


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Victoria Lynn 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA Author

Thanks, Kgiovannone! Glad to have you!


Poetic Fool 4 years ago

Great hub, Vicki! These are good points that I could have used when I first started. Heck, I can use them now. Thanks for sharing from your experience. It'll help make some hubbers experience less frustrating and more successful!


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Victoria Lynn 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA Author

Poetic Fool--I can always use tips, too. There's just so much, and it helps to hear from others' experiences. Glad you liked the hub!


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JKenny 4 years ago from Birmingham, England

Hi Victoria, fantastic advice, especially about keeping your titles simple. When I first started writing hubs, I'd sit there and try and think of fancy titles. But then one day, it dawned on me that people won't search for fancy titles, so I went back and changed some of my titles. Wish I'd read this when I first started.


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Peggy W 4 years ago from Houston, Texas

I started out blindly as well and am still learning things. Thanks for sharing this acquired knowledge of yours with all of those just starting down this road of hubbing. It will be helpful to many people. Voted up, useful and will share.


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viking305 4 years ago from Ireland

Great advice for those starting out on HubPages. I too made many mistakes and it takes longer to go back and edit hubs than it does to write them sometimes.

Thanks for SHARING. Up and useful


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viking305 4 years ago from Ireland

Great advice for those starting out on HubPages. I too made many mistakes and it takes longer to go back and edit hubs than it does to write them sometimes.

Thanks for SHARING. Up and useful


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seanorjohn 4 years ago

Very useful. I must check my hubs for photos. Thanks for the Great links for legal photos.


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Anamika S 4 years ago from Mumbai - Maharashtra, India

Very true! I had no clue of the many things you have mentioned here as a newcomer. Even the Learning Center which is a wonderful reference resource for new hubbers was not there when I joined. Good Hub, voted useful!


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Victoria Lynn 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA Author

JKenny--I wish I had known that about titles, too. I think, though, as you tweak them, they can be improved, and I think that quality content will be found by the search engines eventually, anyway. At least, I hope! :-)Thanks for the comments!


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Victoria Lynn 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA Author

Thanks, Peggy, for the words of support and for sharing. I think that most of us start out blindly, but the great thing about HP is the hubbers are generally glad to help other hubbers. Glad this hub could help!


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alisha4u 4 years ago from New Delhi, India

I am always in a look-out for more and more ways of getting traffic. This one will help me a lot.. Thanks for sharing !!


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Brett Winn 4 years ago from US

What a wonderful topic and also a great hub! Great job! Voted up!


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Victoria Lynn 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA Author

So true, viking305! Better done right the first time. Thanks for the votes!


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mary615 4 years ago from Florida

I'm still so confused about photos. Some Hubbers use photos without giving any credit at all. I try to use my own when possible, but that's impossible at times. Good info here.


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winbo 4 years ago

great hub with great job voted up


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cashmere 4 years ago from India

Thanks for the new sources for CC photos. I've only ever used flickr and my own


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Victoria Lynn 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA Author

Thanks, viking! I appreciate your comments so much!


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Victoria Lynn 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA Author

You're welcome, seanorjohn. Finding photos in the beginning was a challenge for me. I did mess up and use some GoogleImages until someone told me I shouldn't. I know there are other links, too, but these are the ones I use most commonly.


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Victoria Lynn 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA Author

Anamika--no Learning Center? Well, glad this is helpful! :-)


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Victoria Lynn 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA Author

alisha4u--Hope it helps. I need to study more on getting traffic, too. Thanks!


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Victoria Lynn 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA Author

Thanks,Brett! Hope it's helpful! thanks for the vote.


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ikechiawazie 4 years ago from Lagos, Nigeria

This is beautifully written. Wish i had read this before becoming a hubber. Thanks


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Victoria Lynn 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA Author

I know what you mean, mary615. I think that sometimes people who use their own photos don't give credit, so then it makes people wonder where it came from. I, too, need to go back to credit soem of my original photos in order to clarify that it is indeed mine. Great point!


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apologetics 4 years ago

Sweet tips. Applicable tips. Fine tips. Thanks for sharing.


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Victoria Lynn 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA Author

Thanks, winbo! Hope it helps!


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Victoria Lynn 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA Author

You're welcome, cashmere. flickr is pretty easy to use. Using your own when you can, though, is even better, I think. I'm trying to use more of my own photos.:-)


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Victoria Lynn 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA Author

Yeah, me, too, ikechiawazie! Hope it helps at this stage in your HubPage journey.


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Victoria Lynn 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA Author

Thanks for the sweet comments, apologetics!


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sandrabusby 4 years ago from Tuscaloosa, Alabama, USA

I seem to be doing OK with those 5 things. That's a relief. Now, on to other things. Thanks. Sandra Busby


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Victoria Lynn 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA Author

That's awesome, sandrabusby! Keep on hubbing!


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bredandagnes 4 years ago from Ireland

I've just read this for the second time-and found it even more helpful second time around!! thanks


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Victoria Lynn 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA Author

bredandagnes--Glad you enjoyed the hub twice!


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The Marker 4 years ago

Hi Victoria, I learned from this hub. In fact, I have just edited my hub after reading these ideas.

Oh! Thanks a lot!


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Victoria Lynn 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA Author

Awesome, The Marker! Hope you enjoy HubPages!


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34th Bomb Group 4 years ago from Western New York State

I'm "blind as a bat" when it comes to this writing business, but I will forge ahead! Thank you!


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Victoria Lynn 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA Author

34th--I'm forging ahead, too! There is so much to learn. I hope this hub helped you in some way, at least. The more information we can take in, the better Good luck with your writing.


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34th Bomb Group 4 years ago from Western New York State

It did help my friend. I published 2 Hubs since I read your Hub.

They strike me as being lousy - but it's a start!

Thank you for your encouragement!!


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snakeslane 4 years ago from Canada

Hello Victoria Lynn, great information here, thank you very much. Regards, snakeslane


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Victoria Lynn 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA Author

34th Bomb Group--Glad the hub helped!I don't think your hubs look lousy at all. Keep at it!


34th 4 years ago

Thanks!


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sandus 4 years ago from kottayam

thank you victoria.. this hub is very much useful to those newly joined hubbers like me.


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noufu023 4 years ago from India

Useful hug... thanks for the tips


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NarcononVistaBay 4 years ago from California

There are several things you covered that I wasn't aware of. I am using them right away, thank you for sharing your experience!


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Nare Anthony 4 years ago

Excellent. It is of much help! Thanks :)


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Austinstar 4 years ago from Somewhere in the universe

The most useful thing I have learned here is to stay involved. Leave useful comments instead of "great hub". Try not to be negative about anything here.

If you don't have somethings to say, then just don't say anything, right?


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Angelo52 4 years ago from Central Florida

Good tips. Here's another. Watermark your photos - that is the ones you personally take to be with your hub not the ones from photo sites. Mark them with something that identifies them to you. Perhaps your home hub page? Photos also end up all over the internet and may bring you some readers. I mark all of mine with my blogger web address.


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Victoria Lynn 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA Author

You're welcome, snakeslane. Thanks to you for reading!


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Victoria Lynn 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA Author

You're welcome, 34th!

sandsu--Cool! Glad the hub is useful to newcomers!

noufu--I assume you mean useful "hub" instead of "hug." haha. I like hugs, too!


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htodd 4 years ago from United States

Very interesting stuff..Thanks a lot


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cbella229 4 years ago

Very well said; clear and helpful! Thanks!


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Java Programs 4 years ago from India

Hi Victoria Lynn,

I am a newbie to hubpages .... Thank you so much for sharing such a wonderful article .... It helped me a lot to know about use of capsules and groups efficiently ... Great info .... Keep the good work up .... Vote up for me ....


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Victoria Lynn 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA Author

Narconon--You are so welcome. Hope it all helps.

Same to you, Nare Anthony! You're welcome.


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Victoria Lynn 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA Author

Austinstar--That's a pretty good way to be! Useful comments are the way to go. Being involved is key--and fun!


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Victoria Lynn 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA Author

Angelo--But I didn't think we could have watermarks on our photos--even our own....We'll have to look at that!

htodd--You're welcome! Thanks for reading!


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Victoria Lynn 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA Author

cbella229--Glad it's helpful! You're welcome!


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Victoria Lynn 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA Author

Thanks, Java Programs. I'm happy to hear that you could use the information in this hub. Welcome to HubPages. I wish you much success!


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Joyette Fabien 4 years ago from Dominica

Nice of you to share, Victoria Lynn. Online writing is a learning process and we get better with every article. However, nothing beats sharing experiences; this is how we really grow!


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Victoria Lynn 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA Author

That's true, Joyette. I have learned a TON from other writers. That's the best way to do it!


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Deborah Brooks 4 years ago from Brownsville,TX

wow what a great hub. thanks for all the tips.. you have really helped me

Debbie


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Victoria Lynn 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA Author

Cool, Debbie. That's great to hear. So glad!


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wiserworld 4 years ago

The section about copyright images was useful thanks! I pull most of mine from Wikipedia so it should be okay I think -- plus I source the info.


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Victoria Lynn 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA Author

wiserworld--Sounds like you're doing the right thing with the images!


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Angelo52 4 years ago from Central Florida

Yep. You are right. You can't watermark photos. Still you can add printing to the photos. I title my photos and put my profile address near the bottom out of the way of the photo. The photo looks good, shows everything it should and still is marked as mine. Can't do this on public domain nor on loaned photos (like Wiki).


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Victoria Lynn 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA Author

True, Angelo, true. I put that the photo is from me when I use my own. I'm trying to use more original photos. Thanks for the input!


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ladeda 4 years ago

Thank you so much for this Hub! I'm definitely going to go back and edit some of the photos in my Hubs. I'm trying to do all my own photography, but it's difficult to have my own photos for some of my health topics. Great Hub!


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Victoria Lynn 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA Author

ladeda, I know what you mean. Original photos can be difficult with some topics. It's okay to use legal images, if you just make sure you properly attribute them. It can even bring you more traffic if you leave a link for the photographer and thank them for the photo. :-)


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beagrsv 4 years ago

What an awesome hub!


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Victoria Lynn 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA Author

Thanks, beagrsv. Much appreciated!


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Scottye Davis 4 years ago

This definitely helped me revise my work. Thanks for the great info. I will be applying it!!


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Billjordan 4 years ago from Houston

You have done it again great information this is a must read.


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MizBejabbers 4 years ago

I follow you because I appreciate your informative hubs. I am still floundering around and have so much to learn. I have one question about the grouping, please. Do you group the hubs only by subject matter or can you group all of them? I guess the latter wouldn't make much sense, though. (Voted up!)


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Victoria Lynn 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA Author

Awesome, Socttye. Hope the revisions make a positive difference!


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Victoria Lynn 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA Author

Billjordan! I love your comment!! Thanks so much!


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Victoria Lynn 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA Author

Well, thank you, MizBejabbers, for that compliment. There is always a lot to learn, if that makes you feel any better. haha. Group together by subject so that when you publish a hub, the other related hubs will show up as links at the bottom of your hub--automatically! I just noticed you are from Arkansas. Me, too! Love the Ozarks! I will have to keep an eye on you to see how you do! haha Ask me anything any time!


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Angelo52 4 years ago from Central Florida

OK. I think I figured it out. The photo they talked about had writing across the actual photo. I took that one off. The rest I'm changing so the writing is meaningful. For my http:// signature, I'm just going to make it tiny and out of the way.

Previous comment was in anger since I did not believe I did anything wrong.


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Debby Bruck 4 years ago

Hi Victoria ~ I'm helping you reach the goal of 100 clicks for USEFUL on this advice column! You have really stated 5 basics that people do not realize can be easily implemented, but make a big difference in the search. Blessings, Debby


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Victoria Lynn 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA Author

Angelo--Do you want me to delete previous comment? Well, it sounds like you got stuff straightened out. I'm glad!


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Victoria Lynn 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA Author

Thanks, Debby. Much appreciated. So glad you think this is useful!


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cookies4breakfast 4 years ago from coastal North Carolina

Voted up and useful! Thank you especially for the grouping suggestion. I'll do that now!


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Victoria Lynn 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA Author

cookies4breakfast--Sounds like a good breakfast (your name, that is!). Yes, the grouping thing can be done very quickly and is very helpful.


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Chris Achilleos 4 years ago

Again, very interesting and useful hub :)


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madmachio 4 years ago from Kansas

..... great!!! now I have to go back and redo all my pictures I used from google!!! LOL thanks! I'd much rather do it now then later


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Victoria Lynn 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA Author

Thanks, Chris. Glad you think so!


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seo4site 4 years ago

Oh, Victoria, u r as usually perfect. As for me it was useful to know where to get pictures. Up to this time I thought "Google was the best" here)))


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Victoria Lynn 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA Author

madmachio--Yes, change those pictures now. I had to go back and change a lot of mine at one time. It's a pain, but I felt better once I had "legalized" all the images. haha. Good luck!


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wba108@yahoo.com 4 years ago from upstate, NY

Thanx for the tips! The two that applied to me were about attaining legal images and grouping my Hubs! I noticed other Hubbers had arrows on the bottom of thier Hubs pointing to other similar Hubs that they had published and I wasn't sure how they did that.


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Victoria Lynn 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA Author

seo4site--Google does have great images, don't they? I just wish there was a way to use and properly attribute them. I guess if we searched down the source, but it's hard to tell where the photos originally came from....

(And I'm not perfect, but thanks for saying so! :-))


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seo4site 4 years ago

Yeah, it does! )))


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Victoria Lynn 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA Author

wba108--I had to learn that grouping thing too. I used to wonder the same thing about the hubs on the bottom of the page and how they got there. It's a neat little tool. Knowing about how to use images is very important, too. Glad you got something out of the article!


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xstatic 4 years ago from Eugene, Oregon

Thanks for some good tips. I'm stuck at the moment on images for a Hub and will check the sites you suggested.

There is really a lot to learn, but it is interesting for sure.


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Victoria Lynn 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA Author

xstatic, yes, there is a lot to learn, but it IS interesting. AND worth it!


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kimberly damlani 4 years ago from Cagayan de Oro

Many thanks for this!


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Victoria Lynn 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA Author

Hi, kimberly. You are welcome. Thanks for reading!


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eddiecarrara 4 years ago from New Hampshire

Good tip on grouping hubs Victoria, I'm going to check that out. The whole idea about following everyone, never appealed to me, I always read their profile first, then check out their hubs to see if anything interests me, there are very few I don't follow because I seem to lean something from every hubber.

Vote up and interesting :)


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nihar2 4 years ago

you are of great help to beginners


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Riverfish24 4 years ago from United States

Thank you, great info for new hubbers!


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Victoria Lynn 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA Author

eddie--That's the way to do it--look at the profile and a hub or two to see if you like the writing and topics. Thanks for reading and voting!


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Victoria Lynn 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA Author

nihar and Riversfish--Glad I can be helpful to new hubbers!


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billd01603 4 years ago from Worcester

Thanks for the advice Victoria. I am a new Hubber and I just published my first Hub yesterday. I'm going to save this Hub and refer to it in the future.


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Victoria Lynn 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA Author

Awesome, billd01603! Hope things go well for you here. Glad the hub helped.


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Pannonica 4 years ago

Thanks for the hub Victoria, I've written 11 now but feel as though there is so much more I can learn. Each new one I try to improve on the last, now I must start grouping! It's like life you learn as you go along, but finding great hubbers like yourself to help us all out is so invaluable. Thank you, voted up.


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Victoria Lynn 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA Author

Pannonica, I have also depended on hubbers who have been here longer. It helps so much, and I'm glad to help, too. And there is still so much to learn. I'm still learning. Thanks for the input and vote. I wish you the best on HubPages!


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DeviousOne 4 years ago from Sydney, Australia

Simple tips. Great tips. Useful article and concise too.


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Victoria Lynn 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA Author

Thanks, Devious one. I love your concise comments, too! :-)


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Truefactory 4 years ago from india

i joined the hubpage about two months and now i had started writing for it.your tips are valuable.thanks..


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Victoria Lynn 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA Author

Truefactory. I joined and looked around a bit before I started writing, too. It helps to get a feel for things. I hope you enjoy your experience here at HubPages.


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Victoria Lynn 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA Author

You're welcome, nelsenmoen! I hope the tips help you on HubPages!


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boundarybathrooms 4 years ago from Colne, Lancashire, UK

Thanks for the tips :-)


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Victoria Lynn 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA Author

You're welcome, boundarybathrooms. Hope the tips help!


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StellaSee 4 years ago from California

True, true, TRUE on so many things you point out here...like the title for your hub. I used to want to come up with funky titles but then I realized it's probably better to use searchable words. Before I read this hub, I used to get pictures from google images but now (thanks to this article) I go search on the creative commons website. Great information Victoria! Thanks for sharing~~


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Victoria Lynn 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA Author

StellaSee--You're welcome. I used to go get Google images, too. It was so easy, and they are so plentiful! I'm glad this hub helped you.


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Lisas-thoughts101 4 years ago from Northeast Texas

Victoria, I really appreciate the tips. I have found it is much easier to use my own photos. Thanks for the tips on titles, especially. I am new at all this and every little tidbit helps. Voted up and useful.

Lisa


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Victoria Lynn 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA Author

Lisas-thoughts. So glad this helps! I have been getting into taking my own photos so much that I just ordered a better camera! I'm glad all these tips help you. Other hubbers' tips have helped me a lot, too!


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Tammy Brown 4 years ago

Thanks for the tips. I wrote my first two hubs today and I will go back and apply your ideas.


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Victoria Lynn 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA Author

You're welcome, Tammy. Welcome to HubPages!


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Anju Arya 4 years ago from India

Very informative article. I am also a new Huber writing two poems. Your information and tips are much useful for me. So many thanks.


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Blond Logic 4 years ago from Brazil

I think these tips are not just pertinent to newbies but also for some of us who have been around awhile. It is easy to get caught up in the writing and not asking ourselves if we are writing quality rather than quantity. I wish I had read more hubs like this early on. Better late than never.


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mperrottet 4 years ago from Pennsauken, NJ

I am a new Hubber, and can really use these tips. I especially appreciate your input on where to get images. I've been using my own up to this point because I didn't know how quite how to handle images from the Web. Thanks for the help!


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Victoria Lynn 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA Author

Awesome, Anju. Glad the tips helped!


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Victoria Lynn 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA Author

I agree, Blond Logic. That's why I wrote this hub. There are things I didn't know for a long time. As you say, better late than never, though. We are always learning, aren't we? :-)


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Victoria Lynn 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA Author

mperrottet--Using your own images are great, too, often better. I try to, but then I use web images when I don't have one of my own that will work. Welcome to HubPages!


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Pinkchic18 4 years ago from Minnesota

Great advice! I am sure this will help many new hubbers.


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LauraD093 4 years ago from Pittsburgh PA

ty Victoria Lynn many of those topics you covered were problems for me as well as I was and still am a relative newbie here within the hub-community. I gained insight through the tutorials but more importantly through reading fellow hub-writer's work and taking advice also from more experienced members of hub. Their support and seeing how they set up their hubs that I particularly enjoyed went a long way and still does.Voted up and useful.


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Neil Sperling 4 years ago from Port Dover Ontario Canada

great basics -- I appreciate your tips


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Suelynn 4 years ago from Manitoba, Canada

Lovely hub and thanks for the pointers... I just joined today. :)


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Victoria Lynn 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA Author

Pinkchic. I do hope these tips help new hubbers...and those who have been around for a while! :-)


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Victoria Lynn 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA Author

I agree, Laura. Looking at other hubbers' work and advice is one of the most helpful things we can do. Great input. Thanks!


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Victoria Lynn 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA Author

You bet, Neil! Glad you think so!


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ashleeosborn 4 years ago

Thank you so much! I'm a new hubber and this is super helpful.


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Victoria Lynn 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA Author

You're welcome, Suelynn. Glad to help. Welcome to HubPages!


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Asktheblonde 4 years ago

Awesome thanks for this info. It seems I have a lot to learn. But,this is fun already.


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Victoria Lynn 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA Author

Awesome, ashleeosborn. I'm glad. Welcome to HubPages!


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Victoria Lynn 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA Author

Asktheblonde--You're welcome for the info. Just keep learning. HubPages IS totally worth it. You can have a lot of fun here!


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Duchessoflilac1 4 years ago from Johns Island, SC

As a newbie to hubs this was very informative. Thanks for sharing.


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homepagepays 4 years ago from Australia

Great tips for newbies, myself being one! I hadn't been using the Capsule Subtitles enough. Thank you for sharing these great tips with everyone.


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mts1098 4 years ago from InsideTheManCave

Simple and to the point...thanks and cheers


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tjdavis 4 years ago from Moscow, Texas

Thanks for all the advice..I just published my first page yesterday and it was hard to hit that publish button lol


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ultimate kenneth 4 years ago from Science City of Muñoz

yeah you're right! we are here in hubpages not just to earn money but, on my own, to learn more hidden things behind the world of writings...thanks sharing this superb hub...highly recommended...!


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Victoria Lynn 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA Author

Duchessoflilac--You are so welcome. I'm glad this hub helps.


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Victoria Lynn 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA Author

You're welcome, homepagepays. I didn't know about the capsule subtitles for a while either. Glad I could help.


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Victoria Lynn 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA Author

mts1098--Thank YOU, too, for reading and commenting! Cheers!


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Woody Marx 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada

One of the mysterious things about writing for Hubpages is the 'algorithm" which goes up and down like the thermometer on a Spring day. One trick to remember is to try not to pay too much attention to the score, and just write your best and hope for the best. Participation in commenting,and on the forums, and so on is very important, and is my weakest link personally, but it is something one should try to do to be successful on Hubpages. Just some of my thoughts on the subject. Thanks for the Hub!


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Victoria Lynn 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA Author

tjdavis--It gets easier to hit the publish button. I still get nervous, but the first time was definitely the hardest!


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mamakatz 4 years ago

Thank you! Very useful information for a brand new hubber, especially the guidance about where to find images to use legally--something I was unsure about.


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Jeff Gamble 4 years ago from Denton, Texas

Victoria - Solid advice and definitely tips I'll follow. Thanks for the information on free/creative commons image sites. Those will come in very handy.


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Victoria Lynn 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA Author

Thanks, ultimate kenneth. You are so right in that we learn so much about writing!


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Victoria Lynn 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA Author

Woody--I agree that quality writing is the most important thing. It's helpful to be involved, though. That's for sure! Great comments!


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Victoria Lynn 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA Author

mamakatz--How to find images seems to be a common problem. I was glad when I learned some places to look. Glad to help!


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viveresperando 4 years ago from A Place Where Nothing Is Real

great tips!


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Victoria Lynn 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA Author

Jeff--You're welcome. I'm glad the photo info was helpful. That kind of info was always helpful to me!


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Victoria Lynn 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA Author

viveresperando. Thanks. Hope they help!


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Ashley Gisell 4 years ago from New York

This was very interesting. I just signed up for hubpages today after only a month of researching. Hopefully my first hub will come very soon. I'm in the creative process, taking photos, taking notes, etc. I'm very anxious to get my first hub done and continue to make it a habit. Your tips are very useful. Thank you for such a great hub!


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Victoria Lynn 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA Author

Ashley, Once you get you first few hubs written, I think you will find that you enjoy it so much that it will inspire you to keep on hubbing! Good luck!


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sydneey 4 years ago from Rotherham, South Yorkshire, England

very helpful and interesting, as i have just joined and wrote my first hub a couple of hours ago!! eek! im still trying to get the hang of the whole making money from hubs thing but im really enjoying writing and reading other hubs :-)


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BigSerious 4 years ago from Harrisburg, PA

Good tips, especially the titling capsules. I find, as a reader, just that one step can give your hub a more professional feel.


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Victoria Lynn 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA Author

sydneey--Just keep doing what you're doing, and the rest will come!


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emilybee 4 years ago

You are so right on with everything you mentioned. I definitely here you in regards to hub titles. I, too, did the same thing - tried to create extraordinarily interesting titles-but really nobody wanted to read my hubs because the titles were so long and wacky, lol. I'm glad we are slowly figuring things out, better later than never!!! Great hub like always.


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Victoria Lynn 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA Author

Big Serious--so true! I think those titles in capsules make such a difference in making a hub look better and easier to read.


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mary615 4 years ago from Florida

I get so confused. One Hub I just read today giving advice: get at least 2,000 followers! Some advise getting a lot, some like you advise against that. As far as photos are concerned: I see Hubbers with high scores (even a Hub of the Day) that do not attribute their photos. These are NOT the photos taken by the Hubber, but from other sources. Some photos are watermarked which I understand is a no-no.


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Smireles 4 years ago from Texas

Great advice. Haven't been writing for a while and this is a good refresher. Voted up.


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Victoria Lynn 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA Author

emilybee--I've heard that you might change your titles to something more clever later...after you've entered the basic title and that's the URL. I don't know how that works though. I do start out with a fairly basic title, but I do tweak and revise titles as time goes on. Anyway, there's always a lot of figure out. Thanks for the input. Hope you're doing well!


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Victoria Lynn 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA Author

mary615--I think getting lots of followers is great; that means more people are reading your articles and liking what you write. I'm saying that you shouldn't follow people just to GET them to follow you. You should have all the followers you want, but you can't control that so much. You CAN control who you follow. Following a whole bunch of people isn't going to help you if you don't enjoy their writing, and it could make your hubscore drop. I know what you mean about the photos. I think some people learn later than others the proper way to attribute photos. That's all I can figure. Thanks for your comments.


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Victoria Lynn 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA Author

Smireles--Get to writing. Glad this was a refresher for you! Thanks for the vote. :-)


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moneytoplist 4 years ago

"Of course, you have to create your subgroups first under your account."

Hello Victoria, I have found out you can create a new group in the same time when you are creating the new hub. Go to the groups menu and select "new". An input field will appear and you can use it to create a new group.


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Victoria Lynn 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA Author

moneytoplist--I don't think I've ever noticed that. I'll have to check it out. Thanks so much for mentioning that! We're always learning, aren't we? :-)


Jhudah 4 years ago

just what i needed. good thing i found your hubs Victoria. I'm new here and i have so much to learn especially in writing.


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Victoria Lynn 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA Author

Jhudah--Read all you can. The learning hubs and learning center can help so much! Welcome to HubPages!


chris stephenson 4 years ago

great info easy to understand thank you


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Burgeon 4 years ago from United States

Thank you for sharing these tips ! I'm so lucky to find this hub of yours- I am really a newbie, less than 48 hours. I am working on a couple of hubs now, I do find titles affect the score. I wonder if it is possible to have a score over 80 before publish ? Since it usually starts from 50 and it keeps rising over the time while you revise it. Or a low score hub when publishing will gain more score after being read many times by readers? Thank you.


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Victoria Lynn 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA Author

Good, Chris, I'm glad I got these written in a way that's easy to understand. Hope they help!


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Victoria Lynn 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA Author

Burgeon--I have had unpublish hubs rise to near 80 before publishing, but usually not that high. And yes, a low hub score should rise the more it is read. Some hubs that aren't even read a lot will rise if they are really good hubs that google seems to like! I've noticed that, too. Welcome to HubPages. I wish you the best. It's a great place to write!


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JT Walters 4 years ago from Florida

Great Article and i still need to learn about the pictures. And I am dreading redoing over 540 hubs with new phtos. That could be next years work.

All My Best,

Jt


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Victoria Lynn 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA Author

You're welcome, JT. Good luck with the photos. Maybe set a goal of so many per day or week? Wow, you have a lot of hubs. Great job. Thanks for reading this article, too!


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JT Walters 4 years ago from Florida

Victoria Lynn,

I love following you and have since you first started hubbing. I don't always comment because you have such a large fan base but I am following your wonderful career. I think I will start when my research is completed and my publication is submitted and my foundation is up and running. So maybe July or August I will start addressing the photos issue. It is so overwhelming.

Thanks for being my friend here on HP!

JT


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Victoria Lynn 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA Author

Thanks, JT, for saying that. It's hard to comment on everyone's hubs all the time. I know you're out there, doing your thing, and still are my friend. Sounds like you are doing well with your own career. I'm working on building mine.

I'm sure it's overwhelming to revise those hubs. Ugh.

Thanks for being my friend, too, and for all the encouragement and advice you gave me when I was starting and didn't know a thing! I'll see you around here! :-)


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JT Walters 4 years ago from Florida

I have been honored to follow your career and we are all here to help each other and lift each other up. You however did not need much lifting. Like a baby eagle you spread your wings and soared on HP. Honored to follow you.

And it is hard to comment on everyone's work but if they are your firends they know you are still reading and following.

Thanks.

JT


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Victoria Lynn 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA Author

Aw, JT, that is so sweet. Thank you so much. I'll see you soon. Take care.


oceansider 4 years ago

Thank you Victoria...I appreciate the information. I am pretty new to this. It's been 7 weeks since I've joined, so I still have a lot to learn!

Helen


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Keith Ham 4 years ago from Niagara Falls, Ontario

As a new HP member, this was quite helpful. Thanks!


Elwyne Verahs 4 years ago from Illinois

Thanks a bunch! This is a good read for someone just starting on Hubpages. I need to get me a camera, I don't think I want to put in someone elses pictures for my writing. I wasn't sure at first what was wanted for these hubs since it says you can write about ANYTHING. To be honest I'm more used to creative writing rather than research. I'm definitely going to read some of the links to the other helpful hubs I see as well.


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Victoria Lynn 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA Author

Helen, you're welcome. I do hope you're enjoying HubPages!


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Victoria Lynn 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA Author

Great, Keith! so glad the hub was helpful!


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Victoria Lynn 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA Author

Elwyne--I do think that taking your own photos is best, although there are legitimate sites to use if you need to. I would recommend reading lots of instructional hubs as well as info in the Learning Center on HubPages. All of that will help you a lot as you start to write hubs. Good luck!


Elwyne Verahs 4 years ago from Illinois

thanks for the advice, I appreciate it and I intend to do just as you said. I already started writing a hub on a recipe I mixed up. Only problem is that I really have no idea of the nutritional value of the recipe since it IS one that I made myself. Going to have to do the research.


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carter06 4 years ago from Cronulla NSW

Hi Victoria...just trawling around and found this useful hub...this is the kind of helpful hub that makes hubpages such a great place to write in...cheers


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Victoria Lynn 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA Author

carter--Glad this hub is helpful! Yes, HubPages is a great place to write! Thanks for stopping by.


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Laurinzo Scott 4 years ago from Phoenix, Az.

Wow thanks very much! I am new to hubpages... and this is so useful to me. Hoping to attain such professional flair.


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Victoria Lynn 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA Author

Good luck, Laurinzo! Hope the tips help!


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Laurinzo Scott 4 years ago from Phoenix, Az.

Yes incredibly much...but please a question? I can't seen to get my responses to comments in their proper order... what am I doing? have tried both responding first, or approving comments first...Please


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Victoria Lynn 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA Author

Laurinzo--I think if you approve the comment first, then hit reply and post comment (your response), that it will be in the right order. Have you done that?


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Laurinzo Scott 4 years ago from Phoenix, Az.

No I have been doing it from out of my hotmail (I think) ... I am learning... I will try it... thank you very much Victoria.


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Laurinzo Scott 4 years ago from Phoenix, Az.

Your hub is one I copied and I use it as sort of a hubbing bible...because I am also so new to the world of computers... think I am the last remaining caveman


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Victoria Lynn 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA Author

Good luck with that, Laurinzo. And I am so glad to provide you with a hubbing bible!! :-) Sweet! I know some other cavemen when it comes to computers! Good luck!


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Laurinzo Scott 4 years ago from Phoenix, Az.

Thanks again... and please keep hubbin'


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Victoria Lynn 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA Author

Laurinzo--I will definitely keep hubbin'! You, too!


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farmloft 4 years ago from Michigan

Found you through Missolive hub. Will refer to this hub till I know it like the back of my hand -- 5 basic things, 5 fingers -- I should be able to do it. Thanks for tips!


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Victoria Lynn 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA Author

farmloft--Hope the tips help. Glad MissOlive's hub led you here. She has a lot of resourceful hubs that should help you, too. Thanks for reading! Have fun with HubPages, and good luck!


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ChristyWrites 4 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

You share very useful tips here! I can see why this hub has received so many positive comments. I wish I had read this when I first started here. I vote up!


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Victoria Lynn 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA Author

Christy-Thanks for the input. I'm glad that is has been helpful to people. :-)


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NiaG 4 years ago from Louisville, KY

Awesome hub! I'm thankful that I know many of what you have mentioned. And found myself giggling at some that I found out the same way you did (trial and error). I also want to mention that I get most of my images from Google. I go through the advanced search and select the option to use only images labeled for reuse. Of course it's a lot more limited but still helpful. http://www.google.com/advanced_search . I have it bookmarked for easy use. Voted up sister!


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Victoria Lynn 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA Author

NiaG---Glad you enjoyed the hub. Thanks for the link re: Google Images. That's very helpful!


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derbian62 4 years ago from Derby, England

Thank you for your interesting and informative Hub. I've only just signed up as a new Hubber after being told about the Hubpages. I'm so daunted by it all and somewhat overwhelmed by all there is to learn and the amount of information to take in before writing: it seems so complicated. I'm afraid of getting so much wrong and being flagged or sanctioned in some way for making innocent mistakes. I'm managing to come up with a list of Hub topics, but am still unsure of how to proceed. I'm wondering whether another tip might be to write out a full draft on a Word doc, then modify it in the safety of my own computer to get it right before even attempting to publish. Maybe taking my time like you did could be the best thing to do.


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Victoria Lynn 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA Author

derbian--I think it's normal to be overwhelmed at first on how even to get started. I know I was. About the Word document, I nearly always type mine out that way first; it just seems to flow better. You can move it around and revise much more easily. Then you can copy and paste it into text capsules and play with it still before you hit that publish button. Good luck!


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ideasinked 4 years ago from Mumbai, India.

Oh, these are great tips for a newbie like me!

I never knew about using keywords in subtitles. I'm still trying to learn to use effective titles for hubs. Hope to know it as soon as possible.

Also grouping the similar hubs would be a good way to organize and facilitate frequent editing of the hubs.

Great hub there!


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Victoria Lynn 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA Author

ideasinked--I'm still working on keywords, but it does seem to help. Grouping does help, too. I'm glad this hub is useful to you. Good luck with everything, and thanks!


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Kimberly Vaughn 4 years ago from Midwest

Great info! I especially appreciate the photo site links.


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Victoria Lynn 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA Author

You're welcome, Kimberly. Glad to help. I'm always appreciate of the advice of other hubbers!


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ideasinked 4 years ago from Mumbai, India.

It's my pleasure to read good and informative hubs. Keep writing!

I'll try to implement the tactics provided by you, it's surely helpful.


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whittwrites 4 years ago from the Philly area

Great Hub, I especially like the information on pictures


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Jean Rogers 4 years ago

Very useful. The links for photos is very helpful.


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Victoria Lynn 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA Author

ideasinked--I do hope the tips work for you, too. thanks!


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Victoria Lynn 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA Author

whittwrites--Using appropriate pictures and citing them correctly is important. Glad you stopped by!


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roxygurl464 4 years ago from New Jersey

Awesome tips! Thanks for the heads up!!!!


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Lohrainne Janell 4 years ago from Fairfield, IA

Very helpful Hub. I didn't know how to group my Hubs and I didn't know that the other Hubs in the group show up. Thanks for putting this together.


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Victoria Lynn 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA Author

Jean Rogers--glad this is helpful. Good luck with everything!


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Victoria Lynn 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA Author

You're welcome, roxygirl!


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toshimi 4 years ago from Ohio

Lol, after a year, I just wrote my first hub and this was a great article, I learned some great valuable information, thank you!


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Victoria Lynn 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA Author

Lohrainne--You're welcome! It took me forever to learn that stuff!


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Victoria Lynn 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA Author

toshimi--First hub? Better start writing some more!!


suvanwesh 4 years ago from Bhubaneswar, Orissa, India

I joined hubpages today & published one article that I prepared but after reading your post, I found that I've not used capsules there & like your idea of not to add images from Google Images.

I hope to learn the use of various capsules soon & will implement in my future posts. I've one doubt regarding adding Youtube videos in articles, will it violate copyright act ? Thanks.


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jk090581 4 years ago

Thanks for this hub. Very interesting and useful.


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hardcov 4 years ago from Vienna, Austria

Great hub, thanks!


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Nikki Major 4 years ago

Very useful hub....I am still learning. Thanks.


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traci209 4 years ago

I just started my Hub account today, and already I feel overwhelmed and confused. I am not sure what everything means or what I need to do that I haven't. Hopefully I am doing ok and eventually figure it all out. Thanks for posting this, it did explain a lot.


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NateB11 4 years ago from California, United States of America

Good advice and you covered a lot of things I've been thinking about; about Hubber score and how to organize hubs and why and in what ways a Hubber should be active on Hubpages.


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dobo700 4 years ago from Australia

Very helpful hub, thanks for the tips on being a better huber


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Shanique E 4 years ago

I am a new to hubpages this was a very informative hub! Good job i have surely learnt alot:)


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Recently Awakened 4 years ago

These are great tips and are perfect for me as I am new! Thanks for sharing the knowledge that you have gained throughout your hubbing experience.

On another note, I have been wanting to write and publish online for years. I, too, had that fear of submitting for the first time. I was scared and had some type of inferiority complex, but I am over that now. I plan to keep plugging along. Voting useful!


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T4an 4 years ago from Toronto, Ontario

Thank you so much for the great advice. You wrote about topics that I never thought of before. I will be referring back to this often. Great writer. Voted up


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Victoria Lynn 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA Author

suvanwesh--Glad this hub could help. Yes, capsules definitely help to break up the article and make it more interesting. I don't think there's a problem with using youtube videos but I couldn't point you to anything in writing to verify. Probably worth looking up myself. I bet there is something in HubPages' learning center. Thanks.


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Victoria Lynn 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA Author

jk090581 and hardcov--You are welcome. I hope the tips help you here on HubPages!


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Victoria Lynn 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA Author

Nikki, you're welcome. There is ALWAYS so much to keep learning, it seems! Thanks for stopping by!


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Victoria Lynn 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA Author

traci209--It's totally normal to be overwhelmed and confused. I read stuff for months before ever attempting to put my first hub together. It was mind boggling. Trust me, take it a little bit at a time and it WILL get easier.


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Victoria Lynn 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA Author

Nate--It's good you are thinking about all those things. Sounds like you are on the right track. Good luck with everything here at HubPages!


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Victoria Lynn 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA Author

dobo, you're welcome! Hope this helps!


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Victoria Lynn 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA Author

I'm glad, Shanique! Welcome to HubPages!


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Victoria Lynn 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA Author

Recently Awakened--I can surely relate. Glad you're getting past that fear. Keep plugging along; that's what we have to do if we want to write! Good luck and welcome to HubPages!


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Victoria Lynn 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA Author

Thanks, T4an. That means a lot. I hope you do well on HubPages. Welcome!


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FSlovenec 4 years ago from San Francisco, CA

All good information, thank you..most I am doing some not which is the good part of learning...Thank You


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HowRadical 4 years ago

Very helpful information Victoria! I'm currently only a 1 month old Hubber and I'll be sure to use these helpful tips every now and again :D, just kidding, I'm gunna use em all hehehehe.


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Green Dog VT 4 years ago from chester,vt

I am a just starting out I`m glad i saw your hub now.Thanks


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jennzie 4 years ago from Lower Bucks County, PA

This was very helpful! I'm going to follow these tips.

Voted up and useful, as well as shared.


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Victoria Lynn 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA Author

FSlovenec--Hope the information helps. Thanks for stopping by!


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Gulf Coast Sun 4 years ago from Gulf of Mexico

Thank you for a very interesting article. I will take note of your advise.


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Victoria Lynn 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA Author

HowRadical--Use them and they will help, I'll bet. Thanks for the comments! :-)


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Victoria Lynn 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA Author

Green Dog--Welcome to HubPages! I hope you love it here!


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samfox1212 4 years ago

This was very helpful. I found many things that I can use in the future for my future hubs.


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Victoria Lynn 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA Author

Good luck, jennzie! I hope it all works out well for you. Thanks for voting and sharing!


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niamton 4 years ago from South Florida

Glad I found this before I started my first hub. Thanks for the info!


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Victoria Lynn 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA Author

Awesome, Gulf Coast Sun! I wish you the best!


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Victoria Lynn 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA Author

samfox--Glad to hear that! Do well!


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Victoria Lynn 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA Author

niamton--You're welcome! Good luck with your first hub. That's always the scariest!


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Vegas Elias 4 years ago from Mumbai

A very useful hub indeed. Getting copyright free pictures is really difficult. The list of websites from where we can get such pictures is very useful. The other points discussed by you are also very helpful.


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shara63 4 years ago from Delhi

had i found this useful hub earlier my hubber's status was certainly different ..however, its still valuable for me..proffering great ides to improve...thankyou!


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monkeyminds 4 years ago from My Tree House

Good advice!


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xanzacow 4 years ago from North Myrtle Beach, SC

Thanks for this very useful hub!


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Victoria Lynn 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA Author

Vegas Elias--Figuring out where to get pictures was a big deal for me, too. Glad this hub is helpful.


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moneytoplist 4 years ago

I don't use multiple capsules, but there is still a good way how to make logical breaks in the article. It is possible to use subheadings in a single capsule and format them as H2 text. I also found out the hub looks better if I make extra vertical space about the subheadings.


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weavesandbraids 4 years ago from Africa

Very interesting. I am a new Hubber.

Thanks for these tips on how to get it right from the beginning. Voted up.


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Victoria Lynn 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA Author

shara--I think we can always work on ways to improve. I hope you find these tips helpful!


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Victoria Lynn 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA Author

monkeyminds and xanzacow--Thanks so much. Hope this advice is helpful to both of you!


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omo daddy 4 years ago

Thanks for such a very helpful and informative hub. You 've inspired me to put more effort in mine too. Much appreciated.


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Chen Suen 4 years ago from Arcadia, California

Great information and advice. So far I've followed these rules, but we'll see how it goes. Thanks for the hub.


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Victoria Lynn 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA Author

moneytoplist--Breaking up the articles is good no matter how you do it. Yes, extra space helps, too. Thanks for the input!


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Victoria Lynn 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA Author

weavesandbraids--You are so welcome! Glad I could help you at the start!


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Victoria Lynn 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA Author

You're so welcome, omo daddy! Glad this helps. I appreciate your comments.


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GoGreenTips 4 years ago from Indianapolis

Great hub! I need a refresher.


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Victoria Lynn 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA Author

Chen Suen--I hope it goes great for you!


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Victoria Lynn 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA Author

GoGreenTips--Refreshers are always good. Glad you stopped by!


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Elderberry Arts 4 years ago from Surrey, Uk

Glad I read this as I was wondering how to make links to my other related hubs show up. Thank you


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Victoria Lynn 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA Author

Elderberry Arts--Glad this information helped!You're welcome!


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PegCole17 4 years ago from Dallas, Texas

These 5 Basic Things are essential to know, in fact, should be required reading for new hubbers. The group thing is key to having your related hubs show up at the end of your newly written hub so people will see what else you've written on the subject. With the new layout, if you don't assign your hub to a group then the related reading links default to other hubbers' material written on that subject. Very informative and useful.


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Becky Bruce 4 years ago from San Diego, CA

Awesome hub! So nice when you experts give us newbies hard-earned advice :)


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Victoria Lynn 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA Author

Peg--Glad you found this useful. You're right about the links--good point!


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Victoria Lynn 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA Author

You are welcome, Becky. Glad to help! I know I've had lots of help along the way, too!


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Ellen Karman 4 years ago from medina, Ohio

Oh I wish I had found this before I started writing my first hub! Thank you for writing this, Ellen


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Victoria Lynn 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA Author

No problem, Ellen. The good thing is that you can revise any time even after you publish. Good luck on HubPages!


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Denmarkguy 4 years ago from Port Townsend

Some good information here! Even though I've been here for five years (I don't write much, though!), I find it useful to check in and see what "newbie advice" is being offered... and I almost always learn something new.

Of course, I still believe the single most important piece of advice is "write quality content."


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Victoria Lynn 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA Author

Denmarkguy! Hi! 5 years--wow! I agree that "write quality content" is the best advice. :-)


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moxiemagpie 4 years ago from western Massachusetts

Thanks for this insider information. Not only is the article informative but the comments of others and your responses are full of great wisdom.


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Victoria Lynn 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA Author

moxiemagpie--You are welcome. Glad it helps! Yes, the comments are helpful, too!


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Ellen Karman 4 years ago from medina, Ohio

Dear Victoria, I went back and edited all my hubs I had written and then the next hub was so much easier to write. Thank you again!!! EllenKarman


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Victoria Lynn 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA Author

Ellen Karman--I am so glad the tips helped. That makes me feel great! Hope you do well and enjoy HubPages!


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Ellen Karman 4 years ago from medina, Ohio

Well thanks to you I feel I got the hang of it and can get my pages together in a much shorter time. I joined two years ago but I had illness in the family and finally got back to this just recently and at first it's difficult to figure out all the things but your tips were very outstanding to me and I thank you! I wish you the best and I am a follower and voted you up! Ellen Karman


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Victoria Lynn 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA Author

Thanks, Ellen! I appreciate everything you say, plus the vote and the follow. I wish you the best, as well!


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Victoria Lynn 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA Author

Thanks, ITcoach. That means a lot! I do try to share things simply as that was how I had to learn them!


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Farmer Rachel 4 years ago from Minnesota

Whew, had to scroll down a ways to leave a comment ;) Victoria, thanks so much for sharing this. Your info is really useful. I just joined hubpages about a week ago, and you've really enlightened me to a few things I hadn't thought of! Voted up. Thanks again!


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Victoria Lynn 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA Author

Oh, good, Farmer Rachel, I'm so glad this helps you. Welcome to HubPages. I hope you love it here!


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Damodar Bashyal 4 years ago from Banksia, Sydney, Australia

Nice! I also just learned about grouping hubs :-)


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Victoria Lynn 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA Author

Damodar--Awesome! I'm so glad you learned how to group hubs. It's a quick way to easily group like hubs!


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th0ughts 4 years ago from Florida

Thank goodness I read this when I did!!! At least I only have one Hub to go and revise! ;-)


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Ellen Karman 4 years ago from medina, Ohio

I keep reading it!!!!


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Victoria Lynn 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA Author

thOughts--Cool! Glad you could get this info at the beginning!


whichwitchwriter 4 years ago

Superb post! I will definitely keep these tips in mind. I've been in the community off and on for the past couple of months trying to develope a rythm. Your article has definitely helped!


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mismazda 4 years ago from a southern georgia peach

Great tips...that i will keep in mind...


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dbachman 4 years ago from Cincinnati, Ohio

Wow that was a lot of info. Thank you so much, I'm just starting out Hubbing and really need to read this over and over in order to comprehend it. GREAT HUB!


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lannm 4 years ago from Out here somewhere

Victoria - This hub hit everything right on the head. When I read it I thought wow that is me in a nut shell, in regards to being scared to right the first Hub.

Great Hub...


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Dancing Water 4 years ago

I will begin grouping straight away! Thank you so much for such useful tips, Victoria! You are so kind to think of us.


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Victoria Lynn 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA Author

Awesome, Ellen! Always great to see you! Keep reading!


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Victoria Lynn 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA Author

Good, whichwitchwriter! I'm so glad!!


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Victoria Lynn 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA Author

Awesome, mismazda. Hope the tips help!


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OldRoses 4 years ago from Franklin Park, NJ

Great hub! Thanks especially for the links to non-copyrighted photos. My hubs are in dire need of pictures, but I didn't know where I could find any to use legally.


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nicomp 4 years ago from Ohio, USA

Great advice for new writers. Voted up. It's funny that Google can use images without permission but we can't.


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The Pivot 4 years ago from United States

This info really helped me out, thanks a lot!


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Victoria Lynn 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA Author

dbachman--Thanks so, so much. I am really glad that this helps. That was my intention!


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Victoria Lynn 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA Author

lannm--That sure was me! I hope that reading this gives you more confidence just to do what you need to do!


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Victoria Lynn 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA Author

Dancing Water--I'm so glad to help! Start grouping those hubs!


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Victoria Lynn 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA Author

OldRoses--Finding legal photos was a big challenge to me, too, starting out. I'm glad I could give some advice on that. Good luck!


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Victoria Lynn 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA Author

nicomp--Yeah, I don't understand all that about Google Images. They have some great ones, too, that I would love to use!!!!


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Victoria Lynn 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA Author

The Pivot--So glad to hear that! Thanks for reading and commenting!


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nicomp 4 years ago from Ohio, USA

I use FreeDigitalPhotos.net. They allow me to publish a decent size and all I have to do is credit them and the photog.


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Victoria Lynn 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA Author

nicomp--I've used FreeDigitalPhotos.net some. They do have a decent selection, it seems. Thanks for the comments!


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g-girl11 4 years ago

Great info Victoria! I am new and learning as I go and this hub taught me a few more things. Thanks for sharing! Great hub!


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Victoria Lynn 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA Author

You are so welcome, g-gril! I like your enthusiasm. I bet you'll do great on HubPages!


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Victoria Lynn 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA Author

ElSeductor--Yes, it's impossible to keep up with just a few people, I think. I would just follow people whose work I enjoy--not just to get them to follow you or because they are already following you. Thanks for the nice comments and good luck with HubPages!


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Jeani Nugent 4 years ago from Cumberland, Wisconsin

As a new hubber and total organizer I loved your idea for organizing your hubs. I am going to make a go of 30 hubs in 30 days so this is a great tip!


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Victoria Lynn 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA Author

Jeani--30 hubs in 30 days will definitely give you a jumpstart! Yes, do the grouping thing to give readers automatic visual links to your other hubs! Good luck on the challenge!


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Crissylite 4 years ago

I appreciate the tips. Thank you for sharing!


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Victoria Lynn 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA Author

Crissylite, you are so welcome. Hope the tips help!


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iwriteforyou 4 years ago from United Kingdom

Some nice tips, I will definitely take your advice. Thanks for sharing.


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Victoria Lynn 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA Author

You're welcome, iwriteforyou! I wish you the best!


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Kolyn Marshall 4 years ago from Brighton, Missouri

Good advice. Thanks for the hub!!


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Victoria Lynn 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA Author

You're welcome, Kolyn! Hope it helps!


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billd01603 4 years ago from Worcester

Hi Victoria: I read this when i was a brand new Hubber and again now after 3 months and 22 Hubs. I never thought about #2. I will edit a few of my Hubs. Voted Useful and up. Thanks


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Victoria Lynn 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA Author

Hi, billid! I hope you're enjoying HubPages!


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hifizah 4 years ago

Thanks for the tips, Victoria. I've been having problems getting images for my hub and found the tip #3 very useful. I always used Google images before and you're right, most of them are copyrighted. Now, I know I've got other options. Great hub.


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nicomp 4 years ago from Ohio, USA

"Following other hubbers just for the sake of following or just to get them to follow you back can lower your hubber score."

How does the HubComputer know your intent when you follow someone?


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Victoria Lynn 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA Author

hifizah--Glad the hub helped. Google has some great images, but I would now be afraid to use any of them due to copyrights.


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Victoria Lynn 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA Author

nicomp--Not sure how the computer knows all it does! Probably perceives all the continual follows as spam. That's all I can figure. A lot of things like that affect how well hubbers do on HP or in Google (true with any writers).


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shermanblake 4 years ago from Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

This is good info. Thanks. This will help delay some grey hairs that hubbing can give me.http://hubpages.com/community/5-Basic-Things-I-Wis...


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Pete Wolfe 4 years ago from NJ

Nice hub, good information. I have yet to write my first hub, (a little nervous). But with this information a bud in my mind mayne i should real soon. Again thank you.


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Victoria Lynn 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA Author

Sherman--That is funny! Glad to be of service. :-)


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Victoria Lynn 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA Author

Pete Wolfe--Go for it! I was nervous, too, with the first hub, and still am sometimes! Have you written it yet?


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firmasrb 4 years ago from Serbia

tnx so mouch im new huber :D i will give my best :D


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Victoria Lynn 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA Author

firmasrb--Welcome to HubPages! I hope everything goes well for you.


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Missy Mac 4 years ago from Illinois

I enjoy reading articles to enhance Hubs. Great tips! I was wondering the best strategy for developing a title.


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