How I Earned Hub of the Day

I earned Hub of the Day on Sept 29th 2011 for my hub The Best Coffee in San Francisco. In writing this hub, my aim was not to win Hub of the Day, but rather produce a high quality hub with an interesting topic that was relevant to several people and was nice to look at. I also wanted the hub to have a certain amount of utility so people could come back to the hub when they were looking for good coffee in San Francisco. The best piece of advice I can give if you want to earn Hub of the Day is to write honest and interesting material that you enjoy. The rest should eventually fall into place. Hubs that are overly promotional, discuss very common topics, and have poor grammar and sentence structure have a transparency to them and are not as interesting to read. With this hub, I hope to offer advice that one can act on to help move towards the achievement of Hub of the Day. This is the same process I followed in writing Choosing the Correct Running Shoes - A New Thought.

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  1. Get Noticed - Interact with the Hubpages community. Check Hubpages daily to learn about what's going on and it will help you develop ways to contribute.
  2. Follow- Follow anyone who you find interesting and chances are they will follow you back. This helps increase the visibility of your hubs.
  3. Comment- Comment on hubs you enjoy. This can help build your visibility on Hubpages. And I always only say nice things. Constructive criticism may be okay, but saying negative things will not likely benefit your Hubpages presence.
  4. Promote- Tell people about the Hubs you have written. I use Facebook and Twitter and every time I post on these sites I get a surge in Hubpages traffic. You can even recommend your hubs to Hubpages members.
  5. Ask Questions- Post questions in Hubpages or contact members and ask them in private. Either way, learn all you can and ask around for help. There are plenty of people who are willing to give good advice.
  6. Interact with Hubpages Staff - Apply all of the above to the Hubpages staff. They are active on the Hubpages site and are often commenting on various hubs. Comment on their comments, follow them, ask for advice. All of these strategies and more will help you get noticed by the Hubpages staff, and after all, they are the ones selecting the Hub of the Day.

My Step by Step Instructions For Producing a Quality Hub

The first step I took toward writing my Hub of the Day was deciding on a topic to write about. I had recently read an article about coffee and thought most people living in or visiting San Francisco might not know where to get great coffee. I live in San Francisco, so the location choice was easy, and being such a food town, I hoped people were yearning for something better than Starbuck's. I also love coffee, so I was excited and knowledgeable about the topic already.

In most of my hubs I like to provide a little background or history. I did some brief research on coffee and San Francisco and summarized my findings in the first paragraph. With the history, I tried to show the progression of coffee in San Francisco and point out the fact that it was still very alive in the city.

I then chose all my favorite coffee shops and created a text capsule for each one. I provided some brief information about each roaster and importantly made a recommendation based on my experience. I believe the recommendation empowers readers to make a decision on where they might want to go. It also gives them a starting point if they are new to the world of coffee.

Even if a reader purchased their specialty coffee, they might not have knowledge on preparation. Brewing method is an important part of enjoying coffee so I decided to include the preferred brewing method for many of these roasters. A brief description of the method with a picture is a good start, but for such a methodical process I thought video was a must.

Next I decided to link to Amazon where one may purchase the proper brewing tools. I do not have an affiliate account with Amazon, but included the product links anyways as it adds to the usefulness of the hub.

Maybe it was my own curiosity, but I also included a poll for people's favorite coffee regions. The poll might help someone make a decision about what coffee to buy, so again, it adds to the hubs utility.

By this point in my hub, my goal was to make readers excited and want to go buy some coffee. The process is much easier when you have a map and know exactly where to go, so I included one with several of the roasters shops.

I added finishing touches by selecting a few images from flickr creative commons and citing appropriately. I also added the link to each roasters website and a few other links to other useful hubs. I played with the formatting a bit to ensure the hub was nice to look at.

In general, I tried to take the reader through the entire process and preemptively answer any questions that I thought would arise. I also addressed several topics including history, location, and brewing method. Apply this process to your own writing and you are sure to get a useful, popular hub.


  • Choose a topic that excites you.
  • Map out your hub.
  • Include background information.
  • Make the hub useful.
  • Try to preemptively answer any questions that readers may have.
  • Address appearance with formatting and pictures.
  • Use the capsules available to you.

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lobobrandon 5 years ago

Greatly written yet again, probably another hub of the day :-D I really like your style of writing, simple yet informative, surely voted up and useful

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DeborahNeyens 5 years ago from Iowa

Another great hub, Matt. These are good pointers. I think the most important point is to write about a topic you enjoy, and don't try to force it. When you are passionate about your subject matter, the rest comes naturally.

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randomcreative 5 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin

These are great tips for all people writing hubs or similar articles.

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Sunshine625 5 years ago from Orlando, FL

Useful information! I prefer the new way of Hub of the Day vs Hub of the Week because we get to see a new hub each day. I'm sure your pointers will be appreciated Matt.

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punacoast 5 years ago from Big Island, Hawaii

Thanks for an excellent hub! I like your style of writing and your wide variety of hub topics. Voted up.

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Robin 5 years ago from San Francisco

This is fantastic advice for Hub of the Day or for any Hub written on HubPages. I have really enjoyed reading your Hubs, Matt. After only two months on the site, you are already a mentor! Congrats!

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dptsurfer 5 years ago from Bay Area, CA

Thanks Matt! Very informative! Hopefully me talk pretty one day...

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ktrapp 5 years ago from Illinois

Hey Matt - I think this hub and its summary hit the nail on the head.

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Matt Stark 5 years ago from Albany, CA Author

Thanks everyone! Very kind comments. This may be the 7th recommendation in terms of HubPages community interaction - Comment on your own comments! Thanks again all.

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arunii 5 years ago from Delhi

Hats offs to your for true information and real experience.

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nenytridiana 5 years ago from Probolinggo - Jawa Timur - Indonesia

I want to earn hub of the day. You just give me something I need to know. Thank You very much. Great work!

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RalphGreene 5 years ago

Wonderful story.

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Denise Handlon 5 years ago from North Carolina

Congratulations on the delight of having a hub selected as hub of the day. Your writing is well organized, interesting and helpful. I voted this article up. I'll head over to read the coffee hub.

I like the sidebar where you highlighted the quick points. Well done.

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Simone Smith 5 years ago from San Francisco

Great advice, Matt! Your note on images is especially important. It's one of the biggest barriers between otherwise great Hubs and the Hub of the Day award. Though using one's own images is ideal, Creative Commons on flickr, or Wikimedia Commons, among other places, are great alternatives!

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ripplemaker 5 years ago from Cebu, Philippines

Congratulations for being Hub of the Day! This things really makes a writer feel great and inspired to keep on writing. :D Well, this hub has been nominated on the Hubnuggets too! Certainly this calls for another celebration! :) To read and vote, this way:

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Shawn Scarborough 5 years ago from The Lone Star State

Good hub with some excellent tips all Hubbers can use. Congrats on your Hubnugget nomination!

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Kris Heeter 5 years ago from Indiana

Congrats and thanks for sharing!

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emsherman 5 years ago from Boston, MA

Thanks for the great advice! As a brand new hubber, I really need suggestions like this. These are excellent tips!

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wanzulfikri 5 years ago from Malaysia

Thank you for the great info. I will apply your sound advice and who knows if I get the Hub of the Day one day, I will be thanking you.

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vinsanity 5 years ago

About 3 months ago I also earned hub of the day. These tips are very useful.

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cardelean 5 years ago from Michigan

All of these are great tips for hub writing. Excellent job and congrats on your nomination!

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bangingbeauty 5 years ago

This is a great piece of article for us writers out there. Cheers, BB

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Tracy Lynn Conway 5 years ago from Virginia, USA

Excellent tips and so well written! Congratulations on your nomination.

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zanaworld 5 years ago from Bangalore

Very excellent hub. Thank you for sharing all the tips. I am sure to follow them.

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brandasaur 5 years ago from Planet X

Wow. Ive been in Hubpages for almost a year now but havent published any hubs yet. I love reading hubs. But lately, i feel inspired to start writing my own hubs too! This article is very motivating. Will put in my mind all the points you stated! Thank you! :)

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sidds123450 5 years ago

Hey Matt, congratulations for getting you hub selected in "Hub of the day" & thanks for sharing your views regarding the same.

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Charles Webb-it 5 years ago from Edmonds,WA

hey this was great info...thanks for spreading the wealth of your secrets!!

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NotSoPerfect 5 years ago from United States

Wow, this was really helpful and very interesting to read. I visited San Fran once, and I loved it! I tried this Venetian Hot Chocolate I'd heard about from a friend and it was to die for!! If you haven't heard of it, you have to try it! The cafe, Emporio Rulli, is located in the Union Square park. Here is the wesite:

Congratulations and thanks for sharing! Voting up, useful and interesting.

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Matt Stark 5 years ago from Albany, CA Author

Thanks everyone for the kind words. Please vote for me if you get a chance.

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wanderlust9 5 years ago

Nice Hub! I am new here and did not know that there is a "Hub of the day section." But now that I do, I will definitely try to compete for it or rather write a useful and fun article;).

I would also like to add that you Hub on "The Best Coffee in San Francisco" is very well structured. If I am not in the mood to read then I can just look at the map and decide where to go and come back to the article when I want to read it.

Also, it's short yet concise, something others, including me, should pay heed to. Long does not always mean good.

Thanks for sharing this.

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Billy Kaine 5 years ago

Great advices, well outlined. Good job and wishes for more Hubs of the day!

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samtenabray 5 years ago from uk

This was a great article and has really inspired me to grab "hub of the day" with one of my hubs hopefully someday soon. Thanks for all the great advice.

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drspaniel 5 years ago from Somewhere, where the sun shines once a year...

Great helpful Hub! I shall definitely use this strategy in my Hubs, which are soon to come. However for now I ponder to what topic I should write about next...

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loanyi 5 years ago

If you want to achieve something, don't just work to get it. Like you said Matt, you said that your aim was not to win hub of the day, but your effort and passion to write a good hub was rewarded. I think passion is the key to achieve your goals. When you do something with passion people notice your love for it and they reward you for all the effort you put to achieve it.

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Ochre 5 years ago from UK

An interesting and concise piece of writing.

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nanetteparker 5 years ago

i am always thinking of making my hubs profitable. and with this useful information you shared, it will really help in order to realize my plan. thanks for sharing this Mark!

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successfulblogger 5 years ago from Los Angeles,Ca

Congrats and nice work.

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missolive 5 years ago from Texas

Congratulations Matt - Great job on earning the HubNugget

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Matt Stark 5 years ago from Albany, CA Author

Thanks for the nice words everyone. I'm glad to see so many utilizing this hub.

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billabongbob 5 years ago from South Wales, UK

Well done on earning the HubNugget, it's a great hub so I'm not surprised lol. Some very sound advice.

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Pamela99 5 years ago from United States

Congrats on your hubs of the day. This is a good hub with great information.

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brianlokker 5 years ago from Washington DC metro area

Matt, thank you for taking us through your your writing process. Your step-by-step description of your approach and your concise summary of the steps at the end make this hub a useful -- and inspirational -- reference.

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SimplySeeker 5 years ago

Great tips for newbies. I have to start ob my hubs,hopefully soon.

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CZCZCZ 5 years ago from Oregon

great tips for putting together a solid hub. I too find that well thought out hubs tend to work better than ones that I have just banged out quickly because I knew the topic and could make a quick hub. All of my hubs that get lots of views are the ones that I took time to lay out properly, utilize many capsules and had a solid plan. Thanks for reminding me to stay focused on creating high quality hubs.

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alezafree 5 years ago from Las Vegas, NV

You had me at "coffee." Thanks for the helpful advice! :)

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moiragallaga 5 years ago from Lisbon, Portugal

Thank you for these wonderful tips.. one of my goals is to have one of my articles chosen as HOTD. :) More power to you and here's to more Hubs of the day.

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namsrawal 5 years ago

You are so right about writing blogs that you really feel from within. I do the same and I see the results. Thanks though for the wonderful blog :-)

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sen.sush23 5 years ago from Kolkata, India

Great hub - illustrative of the technique it preaches. Voted up.

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lrc7815 4 years ago from Central Virginia

Great hub full of useful information for us beginners. I can't wait to read more of your work to see what else I can learn. Thanks for sharing.

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