The Basic HubPages Rules - What You Really Need to Know

Like any writing site, HubPages has rules, and it can be confusing to work it all out. The Learning Centre is vast! In a nutshell, though, most of that information is advisory not compulsory. So you can start writing once you've grasped these golden rules:

The Only HubPages Rules You Really Need to Know


  1. There's a maximum of one Amazon product (including books) per 300 words of text (so, a 600 word Hub can have 2 products). In reality, you'll use less than that, because of the next two rules:
  2. The product must be mentioned in your text.
  3. Products MUST be directly related to the TITLE of your Hub. If they're even slightly off-topic, your Hub may be unpublished. For instance, a sewing machine on a Hub about sewing a quilt is not sufficiently related, unless you need a specific machine for sewing quilts. Likewise, if you have a Hub about George Washington and you add a paragraph about Abraham Lincoln, you can't add a book about Lincoln. The product must relate to your main topic, not to a sentence or even a paragraph.
  4. You must explain why you're recommending that particular product. HubPages says you should select only products you have personal experience of: in practice, they will not ask you to prove it! The key is to make your recommendation personal ("I like this ... because", "For my money, this book is the best ...", etc).

Links to Other Hubs, Websites or Blogs

  1. You can have only TWO links to the same domain in a Hub. If you have more, you'll get a warning that the Hub is "overly promotional" and it will be unpublished!
  2. Links MUST be directly related to the MAIN topic of your Hub - if you have unrelated links, your Hub may be unpublished. So, no links to other Hubs on different topics, your profile, social networking links, or your blog (unless you can link to a post that's directly related to the topic). Also, no links to other subjects you might mention in passing.

This rule has one unfortunate consequence - it limits your ability to cite sources. Say you're writing an article about youth violence in a city and you make a statement about rising unemployment being the cause, you probably want to link to an article supporting your statement. But now you can't, because your main topic is violence, not unemployment!

The answer is to cite your sources the old-fashioned way, by giving information on where to find the article but not hyperlinking to it. The neatest way to do that is to add a text capsule at the end of your Hub, title it Sources or References and list your sources there.


  1. Hubs are likely to fail the QAP (Quality Assessment Process) if they're too short. Don't bother publishing anything under 400 words, unless you have a LOT of images and/or videos.
  2. A Hub must be not currently published anywhere else on the internet (see below in the Duplicate Content section for more details).
  3. You must not write about prohibited subjects (based on Google's "Prohibited Content"). HubPages applies these rules more strictly than Google, because Adsense is absolutely critical to the site's earning capacity, and they can't afford to take chances!
  4. Do not use HTML affiliate code, including Zazzle links. Most HTML code includes two or more URL's, so they can break the two-links rule. Instead, extract the URL you need from the HTML code and create your own hyperlink.

Photos and Images

Many people reduce the size of images before posting them on a website to save server space and reduce load times. Don't do that on HubPages - images on HubPages must be clear, not fuzzy, even if the reader decides to click to view them full-size. If you are using photos from photo websites, make sure you 're using them legally, and also make sure you use the download button to get the best quality photo you can.

The Duplicate Content Penalty

How to Avoid the Duplicate Content Penalty

HubPages hates duplicate content. When you publish a Hub, an automated checker looks to see whether the text exists anywhere else. If it does, your Hub will be unpublished.

The HubPages duplicate checker works by checking Google, and a page doesn't disappear from Google the minute it's deleted from a site. That's because Google isn't instant - you have to wait until Google's robots go back and crawl that site again, and discover the page has gone. When that happens is unpredictable - it could be a few hours or it could be a month.

What does that mean for you?

If you're transferring an article from another site, simply wait a week or so before publishing it on HubPages. The neatest way to do that is to create the Hubs, and save them unpublished for a week before you publish them.

Guidelines are NOT Rules!

These are suggested goals, not rules!
These are suggested goals, not rules!

Stellar Hubs

Most of the other "rules" are actually just guidelines - how you lay out a Hub, what headings to use etc etc. It's important to understand that they are NOT rules and you don't need to feel bad if you don't follow them.

The most important guidelines to follow are the "Stellar Hub" guidelines. HubPages has analysed the most successful Hubs and encapsulated their features in the Stellar guidelines. You'll see the the group of check boxes in the top right hand corner when you're making a Hub. As you meet the various criteria, those boxes will be checked - but they are just suggestions.

The thing is, not every subject lends itself to all the features. HubPages is not asking you to artificially inflate your Hub with useless information, just to reach the "Stellar" word count. They don't expect you to include irrelevant videos just to get that box ticked, and they don't insist on a poll if there isn't a relevant question you can ask. The closer your Hub gets to reaching those "Stellar" goals, the higher your HubScore will be - but that's another thing about HubPages. Scores are meaningless.


Why Hubs are unFeatured

Hubs can be Featured or UnFeatured. It's important to understand what that means, because an UnFeatured Hub, though it's still published, is effectively invisible.

Hubs can be unFeatured for one of two reasons.

The first is that it breaks one of the rules listed above ("quality"). If that's the case, then you can get it Featured again by identifying and fixing the problem, and saving the Hub. It will go back through QAP and if you've fixed the problem correctly, it will become Featured.

The second is that it isn't getting enough traffic from Google. If that's the case, you can get it Featured again by editing the Hub and changing just a few words - but it's only a short term fix. Unless you can work out why Google doesn't like it, it will become unFeatured again in a few weeks.

This Hub explains in more detail why and how that happens, and how to decide what to do about it.

The Niche Sites

HubPages now has several specialist websites, each one focussing on a small group of subjects. These "niche" sites are the future of HubPages and have much better earnings potential than the main site, so it's worth striving to get your Hubs accepted for those sites.

The niche sites don't have any extra rules, but they do apply them to a higher standard. So for instance, they are even more strict about the quality of photos and the relevance of products or links. They are also fussy about quality of writing, length, and clarity of structure (making sure it's easy for the reader to find their way around the Hub using sub-headings etc).

HubScore and HubberScore

You'll notice that every Hub has a score and every Hubber has a Hubber Score on their profile image.

Both scores are, pretty much, meaningless. Scores are not used by HubPages to make ANY decisions about Hubs or Hubbers, except for one - if your HubberScore drops too low, links in your Hubs will become "no follow". That doesn't matter to most people: all it means is that if you're writing a Hub to promote a website or blog, you lose the value of that link. It doesn't hurt the Hub itself.

HubScore is not a reflection of quality. It includes the QAP score and how close you've got to the "stellar Hub" criteria, but there are so many other factors that you can't make any meaningful judgment from it.

HubScores have absolutely NO impact on a Hub's ability to get traffic, or to make money. They are an internal measure, intended to motivate Hubbers (although some of us feel that, because they're impossible to interpret, they do more upsetting than motivating).

Other "Rules"

There are no other rules. You'll see lots of people on the forums offering advice on what you are and aren't allowed to do - but anything they suggest is just their opinion, not a rule! So don't exhaust yourself trying to follow a host of rules that don't really apply!

There are so many more tips I could offer, but there's also only so much a person can absorb at one time - so I'm going to stop there. Joining a new site is a learning curve and you'll learn more gradually as you go along. You'll find more tips about HubPages on the slider on my profile if you're interested.

Good luck and welcome to HubPages!

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Marisa Wright 5 weeks ago from Sydney Author

I'm not aware of any guideline about too much information. HubPages likes longer Hubs, generally, so extra information is usually welcome.

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paperfacets 5 weeks ago from La Verne, CA

I need a guideline about too much information. My best Hub was just cut in narrative.

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Cilette Morris 6 weeks ago from USA

Thanks for writing this Marisa. It is plain and simple, making it easier to understand that reading the original tutorial.

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Janda Raker 2 months ago from Amarillo, Texas

Okay, Marisa, thanks for this. So just need to quit "trying to figure everything out" and WRITE! I've heard that before! LOL Thank you for taking time to mentor us, the newbies!

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Marisa Wright 2 months ago from Sydney Author

No, you don't start earning until you have your Adsense account. However, as I said, experience shows that even if you had your Adsense account on Day 1, you'd be very lucky to earn more than $1 in your first three months. It took me a year to reach my first payout, and that was in HubPages' heyday when traffic was much higher! Once you make your first payout it does improve very quickly though.

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Marisa Wright 2 months ago from Sydney Author

If you've been asked to rewrite and resubmit, then no, that doesn't count as the one in 60 days. However I wouldn't advise resubmitting your other Hub. All recent Hubs (including that one) were considered for the niche sites when they were first published. If you didn't get an email about it, they feel it's not suitable and that means you'd need to do a HUGE rewrite to get it accepted. I doubt it's a quality thing, it may be that there's already a very similar article on WanderWisdom - so you'd need to rewrite it from a different angle.

The reason the Submit facility exists is that some of us have Hubs that are years old, written before they started the niche sites, that the moderators haven't even looked at yet.

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Janda Raker 2 months ago from Amarillo, Texas

Marisa, another question--Will the Hubs I've published so far be accumulating earnings that I'll be able to collect once I can qualify for Google AdSense, or will earning only start to accrue once I'm on AdSense? I really appreciate your sharing your expertise. It's so time consuming to try to find all the answers on the website!

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Janda Raker 2 months ago from Amarillo, Texas

Marisa, thanks for the clarification about publishing 10 Hubs before applying for AdSense. I have been a Hubber for almost three months now, but I seem to be spending most of my "writing" time reading through the Learning Center and these forums, trying to figure it all out rather than writing more Hubs! I do have another Hub that's featured. Should I do a little rewriting and resubmit it, to try to get it on WanderWisdom? The STAFF asked me to get the Venice one ready and resubmit. Does that count as the one in 60 days?

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Marisa Wright 2 months ago from Sydney Author

Yes I'm afraid you do, and you need to have been a member for at least a month, too. The fact is, even if you had Adsense from day 1, you would earn next to zero in your first three to six months anyway, so it's not worth stressing about!

Well done on getting a Hub moved to a niche site already!

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Janda Raker 2 months ago from Amarillo, Texas

I really appreciate this concise article and all the comments attached to it. I'm a newbie with only two hubs posted, but they've been well-received. The second one is on the niche site Wander Wisdom. Do I really need to wait until I've posted 10 hubs before I apply for HubPages Adsense?

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Marisa Wright 3 months ago from Sydney Author

Actually, on HubPages, quality is NOT subjective. Nine times out of ten, if your Hub is unFeatured for Quality, it's because you've broken a rule. It has absolutely nothing to do with the quality of your writing (unless your grammar and spelling are poor). So understand the rules properly, and you can usually spot where you've gone wrong!

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mts1098 3 months ago from InsideTheManCave

great stuff and reminders for me but sometimes HP does not even tell you why an article is not featured - all that is mentioned is Not Featured (Quality or Traffic). The traffic issue I get but the quality one is subjective. I think HP could really improve by simply letting us know why hubs fail for quality - Isn't that how we can improve ourselves?


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kristadambroso 3 months ago from California

Very useful and understandable information. I'll come here first whenever I have questions.

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Margaridab 3 months ago from Lyon, France

Very clear information. I'm trying to understand what is wrong with some of my hubs, but it is a long process. One thing is sure, we have not only hubs like this one but also people like you that try to help also in the forum. Thanks.

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Glenis Rix 6 months ago from UK

Good tip about saving hubs unpublished for a couple of weeks. Thanks :)

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Masooma Riaz 6 months ago

Informative! :)

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NuIfEm 9 months ago from Malaysia

The hub is really informative. Thanks for sharing this with us, Marisa (:

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emievil 13 months ago from Philippines

This is a great hub not only for new hubbers but also for returning ones. I visit my hubs from time to time but not on a consistent basis and I'm really out of touch with the guidelines, etc. I'm actually seeing a couple of violations on my hubs, particularly on the Amazon links. I'm off to start cleaning them up and hopefully, I will go back to writing soon. Thanks for this hub Marissa.

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Kendra Dobson 13 months ago

Thank you Marisa! I'm new to Hubpages. Looks like you're one to follow! Great Hub!

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Jesse Drzal 14 months ago from The United States

Great article! Thank you!

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letstalkabouteduc 14 months ago from Bend, OR

Thanks for sharing your knowledge, Marisa. You're right; there's a lot to learn and a lot to absorb. But people like you on Hubpages are so generous to us newbies.

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Rota 15 months ago

This is a very informative hub! I've written for hubpages for a few months now but the mass of information is daunting..hence I havent really got my head around it all! However, this hub clarified a lot for me.

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the rawspirit 18 months ago from Hutchinson Island, FL - Myrtle Beach, SC - Scottsdale AZ

Thank you so much. This hub has greatly helped me to understand how to be a better Hubber. I am new to writing though I joined three years ago. Best to you.

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Benny01 20 months ago from Lagos, Nigeria

Its always nice learning new things. Thanks for sharing this insightful article, it's very useful.

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peachpurple 2 years ago from Home Sweet Home

your tips are useful not only for squidoo but for bubblews writers too. I am moving my post from there to here , need to add more words to hit 700

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LouCannon 2 years ago from Wynndel BC Canada

Very useful hub... I wish I had come across it a few months ago when I was making the transition from Squidoo to Hub Pages!

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askformore lm 2 years ago

I was transferred to HP from Squidoo, where I haven't been active for a very long time. I believe that I will like HP more, so I will "brush up" some of my lenses, and I will publish new hubs.

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billybuc 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

All valid points. Happily, I'm not here at HP for the money, or I fear I would be suicidal. :)

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aesta1 2 years ago from Ontario, Canada

This is the page I should have read when I first got into HP. I had been puzzling over those scores and given them more value. You've explained clearly why some hubs with more traffic are scored lower. I had been deleting some hubs going down to the 60s even when they were getting traffic. Thank you.

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KathyMcGraw2 2 years ago from California

Pretty good info here. I like the no nonsense way you say things, and appreciate you putting this together. Even though many of us ex-lensmasters read the rules, and figured out some things, it's good to go back and read when our minds are a bit clearer :)

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Wednesday-Elf 2 years ago from Savannah, Georgia

Just found this page. Thanks for the Squidoo to HubPages welcome and the 'overview' you've presented so clearly. I am really liking my new 'home' and especially the 'neighbors' like you. I feel right at home.

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ThatMommyBlogger 2 years ago from The Midwest

I'm still getting used to all of the changes! I have a second HP account, and that's the one that was imported from Squidoo. I've got a lot of work to do.

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PaynesGrey 2 years ago

Thank you for the info, you have made things much clearer for me.

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DealForALiving 2 years ago from Earth

This was a great refresher. Thanks!

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GiftsByDiana 2 years ago from Hubbard, Ohio, USA

Great stuff - thank you !

I am still trying to get my old Amazon account going again, but it is attached to an old email that I can't get into so I'm working with them to figure it out.

I can't remember if I ever got Adsense before or not - yikes - what a mess - LOL

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Shades-of-truth 2 years ago from USA

Thank you, Marisa. You put a few things into "layman's terms" for me. The explanation about the ratio between Amazon products and the number of words of text was especially helpful. Bookmarked this for future reference!

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Country-Sunshine 2 years ago from Texas

This article has so much good information, and it answers a lot of my questions. Thank you! Bookmarked for future reference.

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Deborah Swain 2 years ago from Rome, Italy

Thanks for taking the time to write this guide. Am enjoying this new experience so far...and I love the WYSIWYG editor - makes updating our old lenses so easy.

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Marisa Wright 2 years ago from Sydney Author

The H in the black circle means it's Featured. "Featured' just means it's published, really. If it's unFeatured it's published but it might as well not be - because it's invisible to everyone including the search engines.

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Craftypicks 2 years ago from Las Vegas

OH! That explains why my personal adsense says I earned a few bucks and my Hub account says MUCH MUCH more. I get it now.

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MartieG 2 years ago from Jersey Shore

Thank you Marisa - at this stage of the game I am reading everything I can about HubPages-this was a big help!

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favored 2 years ago from USA

Making sure to pin this so I can keep up with all the new questions. If a page has the big H in the black circle it's published, but not necessarily featured? Yes or No? How do we make sure they get featured?

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Marisa Wright 2 years ago from Sydney Author

Your Adsense income is paid directly into your regular Adsense account. However, if you're enrolled in the HP Ads program, you will earn little or nothing from Adsense because there will be only one direct Adsense ad on each Hub. The bulk of your income will be earned from HP Ads, which are paid directly to you by HubPages. Most people find that HP Ads pay a LOT better than Adsense alone, but you can switch off HP Ads for a month or so at any time (which will cause Adsense ads to display throughout each Hub), and test which one works best for you.

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junecampbell 2 years ago from North Vancouver, BC, Canada

My Squidoo lenses transferred yesterday. I am busy working on tidying them up for HubPages. I am pleasantly surprised at how nicely the transfer worked. There is not nearly as much cleaning up to do as I had anticipated.

I have a question re Adsense. I have had an account with Adsense for years. Does HubPages pay me directly for Adsense traffic (when the threshold is reached), or does it show up in my regular Adsense account? Thanks.

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Marisa Wright 2 years ago from Sydney Author

Provided you have ONE Featured lens, the whole account will transfer over. As for the lens disappearing - it's hard to tell, it may be an hour or it may be a month! You can check by pasting the first line of the lens into Google Search - if your lens doesn't come up in the results, it's gone!

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allpurposeguru 2 years ago from North Carolina

I have very little content at Squidoo and haven't visited there for a while. Will most of that content get transferred? Or considerably less? You say that if a lens is not transferred, I can't post it here until it disappears from Google. That's a good warning, as I planned to do that pretty quickly. How long does it take for something to disappear from Google? And how will I know?

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ecogranny 2 years ago from San Francisco

Thank you for this capsulization. I wish I'd seen it two weeks ago. It very nicely reinforces what I've learned so far about writing for HubPages and reminds me of some of the bits I'd already forgotten. Most useful!

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B. Leekley 2 years ago from Kalamazoo, Michigan, USA

Even though I've been a HubPages writer for awhile, I'm still a beginner in that I still have lots to learn -- and to re-learn, because I forget easily. This hub is quite helpful to me; it has taught me some information that I had not known or had misunderstood.

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OhMe 2 years ago from Pendleton, SC

Thank you for this very useful information. I am looking forward to learning the ropes at Hubs and this will surely help.

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Brite-Ideas 2 years ago from Toronto, Canada

very useful page, thank you - especially on hub scores, which is what I was looking for!

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Linda BookLady 2 years ago from Post Falls, Idaho, USA

Thanks for the pointers... I very much am looking forward to my time here at HubPages!!

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Marisa Wright 2 years ago from Sydney Author

@Glenn, Relache did a good job with her introductory Hub, but it was more of a "big picture" intro and I felt there was a need for a practical guide as well. It's hard to cover just enough to get started and not overwhelm people!

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Marisa Wright 2 years ago from Sydney Author

No Marie, that has never changed. Unfortunately there is a perception amongst Hubbers that ad capsules are somehow "bad", and that while HubPages allows one capsules per 50 words, we mustn't trust that they know what they're doing. The key with both Amazon and eBay is RELEVANCE - if a product isn't directly relevant to your topic, it's not only a waste of space but it's un unrelated link and could attract a penalty. So quite often, in an informational Hub, you'll be able to find only one or two relevant products - so one or two capsules is the right number in that case.

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Glenn Stok 2 years ago from Long Island, NY

I used to have some lenses on Squidoo but I closed that account a long time ago. I chose to concentrate my efforts on HubPages and I'm glad I did.

So even though I don't need this information I was curious to see how you wrote it Marisa. You did a great job and this is very useful for all those who are coming here from Squidoo.

We all look forward to welcoming transformed Squids as Hubbers.

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Arachnea 2 years ago from Texas USA

Marisa Wright, I found what I am looking for as far as being able to easily find new followers. The notification "Arachnea, here are your recent Notifications from HubPages!" which arrives in my email everyday, has a section of new followers. Perfect. I don't have to scroll through the already existing followers to find the ones I've not followed. I just visit their page, thank them for the follow and follow back if I've not already done so. Again, love this thread as your generous help is so much appreciated. :D

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TreasuresBrenda 2 years ago from Canada

Thanks for a helpful hub. A lot of people are going to stress over those numbers and your explanation will prove helpful.

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Marie Flint 2 years ago from Jacksonville, FL

Thank you, Marissa, for posting this. I've never written at Squidoo, but payout has eluded me for nearly two years of writing at Hub Pages here. I didn't know one Amazon capsule per 50 words was acceptable, for example. I thought two or three ad capsules, either Amazon, eBay or combination, was the recommendation. I guess I need to go back to the Learning Center, as it seems there have been some changes.

Voted useful.

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ndasika 2 years ago from Nairobi

Thanks Marisa, at least that is comforting.

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Marisa Wright 2 years ago from Sydney Author

Ndasika, I understand the Amazon capsules on Squidoo have a better setup than HubPages and that HP is considering a revamp of theirs now.

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ndasika 2 years ago from Nairobi

This is good hub for people who will be writing at HP and they have been writing at Squidoo. The two sites have many differences, with Squidoo, I found that selling at Amazon was working and I used to sell much more at Amazon, but the same cannot be said about HP, where most of my income come from Adsense. Maybe its only me and I would like to hear from other hubbers about the same. This is great Hub for welcome people from Squidoo.

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Arachnea 2 years ago from Texas USA

Thanks, like I said, I've found that. The new follows don't always seem to be there even when not in edit mode. You'd be surprised how good I can be about visiting various hubs even with a large number that I follow. I always learn something knew when I read the articles by fellow lensmasters and the same will be true for fellow hubbers, I'm sure.

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Marisa Wright 2 years ago from Sydney Author

@Arachnea, go and look at your profile (not in edit mode). You'll see a button, "followers". While we're on the subject, though, be aware that following on HP is no about being friends - it's about signing up to read the Hubs of people you follow. So in practice, you're unlikely to be able to PROPERLY follow more than a handful of people. If you're a good writer, it's normal to have far more followers than you follow yourself.

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Arachnea 2 years ago from Texas USA

Another question. Is there an easier way to track new followers? I've found the follows in my account tab but it only seems to include hubbers or hubs etc I'm following. I've discovered that for some reason new follows (of people I haven't followed already) aren't making it to the followers tab on my profile (where the fan mail, following and activity tabs are). I have resorted to going through the email notifications, but that's rather time consuming. As for wiki, I use only those entries with a list of references below the article. I have found much of the information I use from articles there to be supported elsewhere in my research.

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Faye Rutledge 2 years ago from Concord VA

Thanks so much for this information. Have bookmarked it.

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SusanDeppner 2 years ago from Arkansas USA

Definitely lots of information to absorb regarding the move, but this was very helpful. Thanks for sharing!

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viryabo 2 years ago

I agree with you, and i'm glad i took the decision to allow the HP transfer. A couple of lenses out of the lot are doing really well, and i think (hope) that they may do even better here. It's good to keep their reputation going :)

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Marisa Wright 2 years ago from Sydney Author

@viryabo, there are very strong reasons for letting HubPages transfer your lenses, IF they have been doing well on Squidoo. However if they weren't getting much traffic and you have only a few lenses, you're probably better off deleting them from Squidoo and moving them to your existing account.

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viryabo 2 years ago

Thank you so much for this article Marisa.

I got started with my transfer today but my main concern is that i now have more than 2 accounts and it's such a chore keeping up with even one of them.

Plus i may have to build this new one up, since i'm only transferring a few lenses, but i barely have the time and inspiration to write/publish new hubs these days.

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Marisa Wright 2 years ago from Sydney Author

@Arachnea - yes the two link rule does apply to images as well. You can get around that rule in a couple of ways. The easiest is not to put the source URL in the image capsule - just state the source, then add a text capsule at the end of your Hub called "Photo credits" and put all the links there. You may get a warning about having a list of links together - just ignore it, I have no idea why they worry about that and you don't get penalised for it (I do it all the time for both photo credits and "further reading" and it's never done my Hubs any harm!

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Marisa Wright 2 years ago from Sydney Author

@Arachnea, sorry I missed the other part of your question! There is a whitelist of domains to which you can link multiple times: Wikipedia, Wikimedia and Flickr. However multiple links to Wikipedia are frowned on because it can make it look as though you haven't done your research properly - if you had, you'd probably have found a more authoritative source than that!

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Marisa Wright 2 years ago from Sydney Author

@Arachnea, there WAS a rule saying you couldn't link to the same domain across multiple Hubs - it no longer applies. Now you could include the same link in every single Hub if you wanted: the only rule is that the link MUST be to a site which is relevant to the subject of your Hub.

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Arachnea 2 years ago from Texas USA

Another thing I just found out is that the links included in the images are also counted toward the two domain link rule. In each image I include the source for the original image (I thought that's what was needed there). I use mostly images from morguefile and them alter them per their use requirements. I guess I'll have to go through and delete those as well?

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Arachnea 2 years ago from Texas USA

Ooops! The edit option doesn't work well for some reason. Probably the browser. Anyway, I use Wiki a lot for links to more information. I suspect that will also be a problem here I suspect with the two link rule, unless of course it's on a list of domains which don't trigger the flag.

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Arachnea 2 years ago from Texas USA

I have a question regarding the duplicate domain rule. In my recipes I usually include a link to a conversion chart for metric measures. I recall reading somewhere that the "overly promotional" flag will wave if you use the same link in more than one hub. I believe it read something like if you only use a link to the same domain once in a hub but do so in multiple lenses that will trigger the flag. Is there a white list of domains for which that isn't true?

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Kaili Bisson 2 years ago from Canada

Hi Marisa and thank you...I have been on HP for two years and I always learn something from you :-)

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Arachnea 2 years ago from Texas USA

I've gotten a few hubs (dang! i keep writing lens) posted. They've passed muster, fortunately. Where's a good place to post a request for feedback on a hub?

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LisaAuch1 2 years ago from Scotland

There is so much to do, and it makes it all the easier having solid information directly from successful hubbers. Thank you for your time in putting this together for us all. Your right there is SO much to absorb so its appreciated the breakdown , But more importantly, a Huge thank you all for making us feel very welcome .

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AcornOakForest 2 years ago from Western Wisconsin

Thanks for the tips! There are a lot of changes to absorb right now and I like how straightforward your points were. It's disappointing that AdSense can take so long to get approved, but it will be good in the end.

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Marisa Wright 2 years ago from Sydney Author

Thanks all, glad you found it helpful. @DenmarkGuy - no, Google won't see having two accounts as spammy. I have only one, but there are several successful Hubbers with two or more.

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Donna Cook 2 years ago

Thanks for all the info! I have some lens aimed at promoting my Etsy shop so I'll drop the outbound links on them to 2 right now!

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Merrci 2 years ago from Oregon's Southern Coast

Thanks for sharing this. It has a lot of helpful info!

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ILoveLegosToo 2 years ago from Naperville, IL

I've been looking for some straight up advice on the move from Squidoo to Hubpages. I've just been looking at other people's articles for the most part, I need to get over to the learning center and poke around there too.

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Brite-Ideas 2 years ago from Toronto, Canada

terrific information here, thank you

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Ibidii 2 years ago

Thank you Marisa for this great information! I am sure it answers a lot of questions!

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Denmarkguy 2 years ago from Port Townsend

Useful stuff! As someone who has been both places for years and years, one of the things I found myself researching was that not only CAN you have two HubPages accounts... when your Squidoo lenses are moved to HubPages you WILL have two accounts.

I'm a little concerned that Adsense will look at my having two HubPages domains as "potentially spammy." I've worked hard to KEEP that account and be completely "above board" for 7+ years and I'd hate for its undoing to be the result of this merger...

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UnnamedHarald 2 years ago from Cedar Rapids, Iowa

THIS IS MUST READING for anyone joining HubPages-- as well as veteran Hubbers. I've been a Hubber for three years and learned from it. Great job, Marisa. Voted up, useful, interesting and shared.

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