How to Write a Hub on HubPages: Learn the Basics

Introduction

I received a request to write a hub that covers the very basic elements of writing a hub. I searched “How to Write a Hub” and found that, while the advice out there was good, I couldn’t find a hub that laid it out on the total, ultimate beginner level (although my search may not have been exhaustive). So, given that I’ve made a few hubs and have nothing else productive to do, I’ve written this up to give people the super basics.

If you want to write your first hub, this will tell you exactly what to do. This is not going to show you advanced features, nor will it cover how to write, how to do search engine manipulation or optimization, how to make money, style, or even how to use modules (also referred to as capsules) beyond the most basic parts.

That said, let’s get started:

1. Write your hub article

Write your article in MS Word or in Notepad or some word processor if you like. You can just write it directly in the hub if you want, but I really recommend already knowing what you are going to say before you start making your hub, and do it in the comfort of a writing program.

However, that is not necessary, and if you want to write directly into the hub, go for it. To do that, just sort of think ahead to at least what your title will be and your topic because you will need to know that to set up the hub before you can start writing.

2. Click the "Start a New Hub" on top of the HubPages window.

3. Write the title into section #1 of the page that pops up.

You will notice that the #2 section is filling is as you type in #1.  That's fine. It's making the URL.  Don't worry about it.
You will notice that the #2 section is filling is as you type in #1. That's fine. It's making the URL. Don't worry about it.

4. Choose a category from the #3 drop down menu

Choose a category from the #3 section using the drop downs. You don't have to keep going to the sub menus if you don't want; one category level is fine. But if you want to refine the category of your hub for people looking for specific topics, you will see that each category you pick opens up a new set of choices that focus down on the specific area of your topic.

For example, if you are writing about "cooking" you might start with "FOOD" and be done. But if you want to keep going, you can work your way through to Dessert Recipes or Kitchen Equipment and Cookware, or Food Safety or whatever else you like. But one category is perfectly fine.

Clicking here will bring up a "drop down" menu with choices.
Clicking here will bring up a "drop down" menu with choices.

5. Choose a starting layout in #4

Use the first one on the left for your first hub. It's easy. They all are, but for your first hub, so that we can be on the "same page," let's just go with the first one on the left. It will already be highlighted, but if it's not, or if you click off it for some reason, click back on it before moving on.

6. Add tags

Tags are just related terms. For your first hub, just start with two or three or so. You can always add later. So if you are writing a hub about food, put "cooking" in the first box. Then "cooking tips" for the second. Maybe "baking" in the third, etc. Just terms that are related to your topic. Tags help search engines find your article. (You will notice a gray box pops on to the far right when you click the tags field, that too explains the nature of tags.)

7. Click Continue. It will take you to a screen that gives you some rules.

8. Read over the rules, and click Continue

9. Take a look at the layout of your empty hub

You will now be at your hub, with three modules. One is a photo capsule, one is a text capsule, and one is the comments capsule that will be at the bottom. This arrangement is the result of the choice we made back on step number 5 of these instructions.

The Text capsule (or module as I sometimes call them) is for the body of your article. The Photo capsule will support pictures, charts, etc. And the Comments capsule will be where readers can give you feed back. The comments capsule can be a lot of fun in the days, weeks and even months after you publish.

You will notice a section at the top-right where there are other capsule types (text, photo, Ebay, video, etc.). U can add whichever you like, but for a VERY basic hub, the three modules will work, and for now, let's just stick with the three we have.

Keep in mind, you can also add more later, when you are done. Hubs are very easy to edit and modify.

You will also notice as you begin working on your hub, that if you scroll down very far in your browser window, a bar might pop up along the top that has all of these options on it too. That is simply for your convenience if you are making a long hub, enabling you to add capsules/modules without having to scroll all the way back up to the top.

10. On the text module, click the EDIT button. Type or copy/paste your article from your word processor

11. Click "save."

12. Photograph/Image step

If you have a photograph, follow the instructions below. If not, click the red X at the top right corner of your Photo capsule and it will go away. Don't worry, you can always get it back later if you decide to add a photo.  Otherwise, follow the steps below.

Adding Photos:

If you have a photo to go with it, click the EDIT option on your photo module and it will open an options box.

If you are pulling an image from your computer, I have illustrated that. If you have a URL for an online picture, paste that in to "The Web" pop up window instead.
If you are pulling an image from your computer, I have illustrated that. If you have a URL for an online picture, paste that in to "The Web" pop up window instead.
The next slide looks a bit hairy, but hopefully it's not.  If it is too "busy," check the link I provided above for step-by-step detail.
The next slide looks a bit hairy, but hopefully it's not. If it is too "busy," check the link I provided above for step-by-step detail.

13. That's it. Click Publish and you have your first hub up.

14. Make changes to your published hub whenever you want.

If you spot a typo or want to change something or add more text, or an Ebay capsule or whatever, just click the EDIT button that appears at the top of each of your hubs.

Conclusion

So there you go. You have all you need for a very basic hub. You can get fancier with each new hub. Try things. Type titles in the module “capsule subtitle” portion of each module. Use the up and down arrows, and the sideways arrows to move photos around (or other capsules like Ebay or Amazon or videos). Have fun. Pretty soon you'll be a master.

Good luck.

A nice video if you want to see it in action.

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Sandyspider 6 years ago from Wisconsin, USA

Great instructions on how to write a hub.


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Shadesbreath 6 years ago from California Author

Thanks, Sandy. You know, I need to write something funny soon, just to reward your dedication.


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lorlie6 6 years ago from Bishop, Ca

Well done, Shadesbreath-one thing I've never learned, though, is how to get text to come out in blue, i.e., "LINK" in your conclusion. I have had a computer for exactly 1 year, and it shows, I'm afraid! I understand when you enter a URL into a module, it comes up blue, but how about words and such?

Anyhow, thanks for the brush-up.

Laurel


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Shadesbreath 6 years ago from California Author

Hi Lorlie,

Thanks for commenting. Actually, making a blue link isn't as complicated as you might think. Here's all you do:

In your text box, where you want a link to be, type what you want it to SAY. Example,... HEY CLICK RIGHT HERE.

Then, drag over that statement (highlight it) and then look up at the top of your text box. There's these little chain link icons. One is a chain, like 2 links I think... and one is a chain getting broken.

Highlight your "Hey Click Right Here" or whatever u typed, and click the chain link button. It brings up a window that asks you to paste/type in the URL of whatever ur linking to. If you're linking to one of your other hubs, open that up in another window, copy the URL out of your address bar, and then paste it in to that little window.

That's it. Hit save or whatever it says, and you'll have a nice link.


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ginjill ashberry 6 years ago

Hey,Shadesbreath.

Thank you. I can't believe you really wrote it. I just saw it a few minutes ago and I've figured it out like 18 hrs ago. But it helps a lot, and there are others that can benefit out of it too.. Once more thank you for being reliable. I really hope you didn't write it as a joke. Cheers.


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emievil 6 years ago from Philippines

Where were you when I was just starting with HP? LOL j/k. Seriously, this is a great, great hub and the pics make it a really good reference for those just starting in HP. Hope you don't mind if I follow you. :)


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Austinstar 6 years ago from Somewhere in the universe

Sweet! It only took me a month to figure all this out. Love the illustrations!


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Shadesbreath 6 years ago from California Author

Ginjill, I didn't write it as a joke. I was actually glad to have some direction yesterday as I was in an odd mood and making the hub was a nice distraction. It's not a joke for me at all. I grew up in an environment where I was expected to learn things that required understanding of basic principles that I didn't have. I was frustrated and felt stupid a lot because I couldn't do stuff that was "easy to learn" because nobody realized I didn't know the stuff I was expected to know already that made it "easy" to learn to begin. I hope that makes sense. Anyway, glad you got up and running. :)

Emievil - Thanks, I appreciate the kind words, and I'd be honored if you clicked the follow button for me.

Austinstar - Thanks. And that's about how long I took. Maybe a bit longer. lol.


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marieryan 6 years ago from Andalusia, Spain

This is going to be REALLY GREAT for new hubbers. I only wish you had written it when I was starting out 3 months ago!

By the way, I could just about manage to read the first paragraph òf 'The most awesome hub in the world!' Looking forward to you publishing it soon!


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Shadesbreath 6 years ago from California Author

Haha! I was hoping someone would read that, at least one person. Alas, that hub has vanished into oblivion, this hub remains as the only evidence that there ever was a hub that was the most awesome in the world. :D


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TheGlassSpider 6 years ago from On The Web

Even though I already know how to make hubs, I really enjoyed reading this, Shadesbreath. I love your writing style to begin with, and I really liked how you took your screen shots and wrote over them like a football announcer showing all the best plays. I also got a chuckle out of the content in the example hub: The Most Awesome Hub in the WORLD. I'm sure this will be very helpful to new Hubbers.


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Shadesbreath 6 years ago from California Author

I'm so glad people are actually reading that little thing, lol. I figured that would be one of the subtle things I do in my stuff that is just fun as hell for me and yet, usually, goes unnoticed. I mean, I'm all for making myself laugh, but it's nice to have at least one other person in on the joke.


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thevoice 6 years ago from carthage ill

looks really funny hub


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Shadesbreath 6 years ago from California Author

Yeah, I tried to keep it light. This sort of thing can be really boring. My hope was the "low tech" call outs in the images will have a calming effect on the folks who aren't as tech-savvy - in theory why they are here.


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agvulpes 6 years ago from Australia

G'day Shadesbreath, this is a great Hub and I will bookmark it for a reference for new Hubbers. It's a great Primer !

Mate. Thumbs up :-)


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Shadesbreath 6 years ago from California Author

Thanks, Agvulpes. Good to see you.


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gramarye 6 years ago from Adelaide - Australia

Great Shadesbreath, this is really useful for many newcomers here, but I found it after I figured it out through trial and error. There is so much to learn and that has been half the fun of joining up and getting started.


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Michael Jay 6 years ago

Thanks for sharing this hub, Shadesbreath! This is very useful and informative hub. New hubbers will definitely benefit from this.


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Shadesbreath 6 years ago from California Author

Thanks Gramarye and Michael Jay for looking this over and commenting. That's very kind. I hope someone does find it that can use it. If not, well, gave me something to do for three hours on a Saturday. lol.


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the pink umbrella 6 years ago from the darkened forest deep within me.

Seriously you broke it down nicely. could have used this when i started!


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Shadesbreath 6 years ago from California Author

Yeah, I'm hearing that a lot, Pink. I only hope that the folks he need this the worst are not SO new that they don't know how to find it when they get here.


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stars439 6 years ago from Louisiana, The Magnolia and Pelican State.

wonderful hub


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Shadesbreath 6 years ago from California Author

Thanks. :)


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Vfoxfire 6 years ago from Cartersville, GA

Great break down, very informative.


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lightning john 6 years ago from Florida

eureka! Just what i've been looking for!

Thank you so much!


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Shadesbreath 6 years ago from California Author

You're welcome. :)


Enchanted Moments 6 years ago

Yeah! I was searching for something like this! :)


Kerry43 6 years ago

Hubby is cheesed off today and needs somewhere to vent. So, he plans to start hubbing alongside me. Should be fun, but I'm sending this hub to him to save me the time trying to act like I kmow how all this works.

Thanks:)

Kez


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nicomp 6 years ago from Ohio, USA

Very helpful for newbies. Well done.


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Shadesbreath 6 years ago from California Author

I'm happy to hear it, Enchanted Moments. I hope it helps.

Kerry, good plan. Just nod and go "mmHmm," as he talks himself through it.

Nicomp, thanks. I hope it is.


celticmelody 6 years ago from Chicago IL

Oh, thank you. Thank you. THANK you for this hub. Ijoined a week ago and, I have WRITTEN 10 hubs but have yet to post anything. The reason: so much good information that NONTECHNICAL me had a brain melt down. But, between this hub and your answer to Lorilee, I think I can actually get a couple of these up this weekend!!!


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Shadesbreath 6 years ago from California Author

That is awesome. Ten hubs, too, that's great! You're a busy bee. You will do great on here. Don't be shy, if you need any help feel free to come back here and ask or contact me thru my profile, whatever. Looking forward to seeing your new stuff.


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KoffeeKlatch Gals 6 years ago from Sunny Florida

I wish I had seen this when I first started out. It would have saved a lot of time. Great information, easy to understand. Thanks


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Shadesbreath 6 years ago from California Author

I'm getting that a lot so far. Alas, my timing was off by a bit, but at least future new hubbers might be able to get some use from it. :) Thanks for the comment.


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samsons1 6 years ago from Tennessee

Very nice and informative..., I'm new and working on my 3rd HP. This is a God send, and helpful to all.


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Shadesbreath 6 years ago from California Author

That's great to hear, thanks. And I'm glad you're on a roll, too!


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MyWebs 6 years ago from Sheridan, WY

This is a great hub with awesome screenshots to help new users get rolling. I guess I'm lucky to have been able to catch on quickly to all this stuff, but I am a geek.

Bookmarked to share this with other new users. I have one hub I'd like to link to this from, if that is alright with you?


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Shadesbreath 6 years ago from California Author

I'd love a link. I wrote this as a response to a request and it's all about trying to help. You are lucky to have the mind that grasps Internet stuff. I've read some of your hubs and I am envious of your grasp of web stuff. I wish I had that. The upside of my ignorance is that I have learned some things at least and I can truly grasp how hard the really minor stuff can be for folks who don't have your natural skills.


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Rebecca E. 6 years ago from Canada

Bravo excellent work done here! great job, arted up and all that good stuff.

PS, when you get that hub of yours up please let me know I'd love to read it.


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Shadesbreath 6 years ago from California Author

Thanks, and I will. I'm actually hella motivated to do it because the point I have on your hub is a passion and caring one, so, I can "rant" it in my typical fashion. I'm actually really enjoying the emotional energy of your hub and am trying to get a 1 hub in 30 minutes contest going... INSTA HUB thing... my unfocused counter to the 30 hubs in 30 days monster. Someone needs to represent for the slackers on HP!!!


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blondepoet 6 years ago from australia

Wow Shades what great info especially for a beginner wanting to write a hub. Thumbs up baby!!!!


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Shadesbreath 6 years ago from California Author

Thanks BP. Now I need some of the SEO people to write something this simple for ME. :)


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jssattain 6 years ago from Pakistan

thanks for this


Irishlady451 6 years ago

Thank you, it certainly cleared up some questions. Now I know what I have to do!! Thanks again!


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Shadesbreath 6 years ago from California Author

You're welcome, Jssattain. :)

And you, too, Irishlady. I saw your post on the forums. I've been watching to see if you got a hub up yet. Welcome to HP. I hope you have fun and makes lots of adsense money too!


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Iamsam 6 years ago

Very helping hub

Thank you


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Shadesbreath 6 years ago from California Author

You're welcome. Thank you for saying so. :)


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Haunty 6 years ago from Hungary

Thank you very much for this helpful hub, Shades. I recognize a lot of effort must have gone into it.

Is there a chance you update the hub so it shows recent changes to the process?


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Shadesbreath 6 years ago from California Author

Ahhh, such is the problem with making a hub like this. I suppose I will have to do just that. I've got a hub in the works that I'll pay attention to (hopefully) when I put up and will capture necessary screenies. Thanks for pointing it out... whatever "it" is lol.


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Haunty 6 years ago from Hungary

I was thinking of the new rules screen. It's no biggie though, as people should be able to realize they just have to click continue on that screen.

You see, lots of newbies have trouble figuring out the hubtool and this is an awesome hub to solve my problem explanation-wise. Thanks again. :)


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Its tnt 6 years ago from God's own Country

Very well executed! From my experience here, I have suggested this hub to most of my friends. They have surely liked it as I have!


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Shadesbreath 6 years ago from California Author

Thanks Haunty. I will swap out the news image on my next hub though, I'm glad you pointed it out.

Thank's It's tnt, appreciate you sending folks over. :)


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Dorsi 6 years ago from The San Francisco Bay Area

Bookmarked and saved for those that come after me in the writing arena...

Excellent information shadesbreath!!


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Shadesbreath 6 years ago from California Author

Thanks. Appreciate that a lot. :)


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vickymom64 6 years ago from Westmorland Ca

Wow! That article you wrote was excellent. Thanx for all the info.


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Shadesbreath 6 years ago from California Author

I'm glad it was helpful or at least amusing, Vickymom. And thanks for the nice comment.


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beverleejb 6 years ago from New York

Hi, okay:) At least I know where the text is LOL

We newbees need someone like you to guide us when we have no idea which rode to go down

So I can hopefully understand your directions and hopefully get some of my how tos out there in cyber-space :)

Hopefully of some interest to all of you.


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Shadesbreath 6 years ago from California Author

I hope you can get them out there for us too, Beverleejb. If you have trouble with something, don't hesitate to ask, either on here, or thru contact link on profile if you are worried about how newbee the question might seem in the public eye. :)


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bladesofgrass 6 years ago from The Fields of Iowa

Can I just say again...thank gawd! Here I've been researching and studying everything I can get my hands on, so I can learn how to get this set up. I was stuck, I'll admit it and worried as hell that I wouldn't figure it out. At least this will get me started. Now all I have to do is figure out how we are suppose to know what topics they would like to comment on. My goal is to finally take the leap and post something within a week...maybe sooner. Just trying to get over my fear of screwing up, because first impressions say a lot about a person and I definitely don't want people thinking I am a half-wit. :) Thanks again and have a great day!


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Shadesbreath 6 years ago from California Author

Bladesofgrass: First, welcome to HubPages! Thanks for reading my hub, and I'm glad to hear it might come in handy to get you started. All these capsule boxes and gizmos and Google searching, and links, and, SEO and ... it's sort of a whirlwind in your face when you first start on here. Or it was for me anyway. You'll figure it out, I promise.

As far as what to write and what will get comments, here's my two cents on that:

1) You are brand new, so you might not get too many comments at first - DON'T let that be discouraging. People have to discover you, and, frankly, that takes time (a frustrating amount sometimes).

2) Other hubbers will find you if you find them. So, play in the forums if you have time and inclination, and read other hubbers work. When you find someone that you enjoy, or a hub that you like, a nice, thoughtful comment (like the one you made here for me) will let people know you have moved into the HP neighborhood.

3. Most importantly, write what you like. There are readers on HP who like memoir type stuff, there are readers who like every possible hobby and activity there is, there are people from every religion who LOVE to read about how people address their faith, there are hard core computer guys and mega marketers, there are political folks, and, my personal favorite, people who like dumb jokes, sarcasm, humorous rants, and general silliness. So, write what you like. There's an audience here for it. :)

4. Just write. Do good work, proofread it and make sure it's clean and neat, and people will read it.

Check out Darkside's stuff, he has a lot of helpful hubs too.


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mysterylady 89 6 years ago from Florida

Of course, I had to find this AFTER struggling while trying to write five hubs. Better late than never! Thanks for the hints and again for your sense of humor.


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Shadesbreath 6 years ago from California Author

Hi again, Mysterylady. Glad to see you here, and hopefully there was still some useful bits for you here. I just read your cockroach hub, btw. What a gas. You write famously!


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mysterylady 89 6 years ago from Florida

Thanks, Shadesbreath. We both have something in common -- we love humor...and irony...and intelligence. Many thanks for the praise!


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bladesofgrass 6 years ago from The Fields of Iowa

Thank you for replying and the extra advice! Off to check out Darkside. I've never traveled on the Darkside, might turn out to be a very interesting adventure. LOL ;D


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Lady Guinevere 6 years ago from West Virginia

I linked this hub in my new hub and using the Chamber Of Commerce to build your business.


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Shadesbreath 6 years ago from California Author

Sweet! Thank you. I am tragically remiss when it comes to building my business. Don't get me wrong, I love business and would love to be a mighty tycoon, so I wish your venture (our venture) to be a great one! Go US!


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hoov45 6 years ago from Denham Springs, Louisiana

Great info for a newbie to get started writing hubs.


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Shadesbreath 6 years ago from California Author

Thanks, Hoov45.


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saddlerider1 6 years ago

Yes I totally agree with everyone else. A great presentation by you my friend. This will help all beginners and some of us who have forgotten a thing or two. Hey #13 why didn't you push the PUBLISH button. She may have put her bikini stringy back on though as she was watching your every move. Whoot...lol..


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Shadesbreath 6 years ago from California Author

Hey Saddlerider. Thanks for that. It took awhile to put this together, but I've gotten really great response so it was totally worth it. It's nice to know you actually helped someone here or there.

As for the bikini thing, yeah, I doubt that would have played out the way we both would have liked, but I am glad you appreciated the time I spent to make sure I was amused as I made this thing too. :D


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Joyful Pamela 6 years ago from Pennsylvania, USA

Thank you for your wonderful step by step tutorial. I know it will help me greatly as I try to build my first hubs. :-D


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Shadesbreath 6 years ago from California Author

Hi Joyful Pamela. I hope it helps too. Feel free to ask if there's anything you need. I'll gladly help. Or you can ask on the forums too. People are very friendly. You might get a snooty remark from one or two, but you'll be more joyful when you discover how many nice people are around to help out!


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Jashryn 6 years ago from Chicago

Great step-by-step process, a visual learner and just joined a few days ago. Have to have a picture of what a hub is first, before jumping in. Appreciate the willingness of others to share their know-how. This is refreshing, after always having to pay for specialized course or idea that didn't work. Thanks.


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Shadesbreath 6 years ago from California Author

Hi Jashryn, and welcome to HP. I'm pretty visual when it comes to learning too, so this hub seemed so obvious to me that I was pretty surprised it hadn't been done yet. I'm glad this was useful to you. Make sure you check out Darkside's hubs too, he's got some great stuff for you once you get the first one out of your system and are ready to really crank them out knowing how it works.


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Susan52 6 years ago

Thanks for making the effort to put together all the screen shots. A very helpful hub indeed!


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Shadesbreath 6 years ago from California Author

Thanks, Susan. Took a little time to place them all in the image capsules, those can be fussy sometimes, but I had fun making this one. A few people have said it helped and that makes the effort totally worth it. :)


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Dorothee-Gy 6 years ago from near Frankfurt/M., Germany

Super Step-by-Step description, too bad that I didn't find that earlier...


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Shadesbreath 6 years ago from California Author

Thanks Dorothee-Gy. I've heard that from a few others. Unfortunately, I think for lots of folks, when they are new enough to really need this, they are also too new to know how to find it. LOL.


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mysterylady 89 6 years ago from Florida

I can be so dumb! I was searching for some hub of yours I had not read and ended up reading not only the hub but also the comments of one I had already read. All I wanted to do was to post what I suspected you had not read as an answer to your comment to my Mark Twain hub:

Btw, so far I have read two Peter Sellers movies (the Inspector). The first one titled The Pink Panther I did not like. The one before that, "A Shot in the Dark," I really enjoyed. Kato was very active. Elke Sommer is one "hawt chick"! I googled her. Born in 1940 in Germany, the daughter of a Lutheran minister who died when she was 11, she went to England to be a nanny when she was 16 or 17. She speaks 7 languages. Since the early '90's, she has been painting. I found this interesting!


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Shadesbreath 6 years ago from California Author

Yeah, back in the day, she was pretty hawt for sure. I actually did see that comment (at work) and went to Google that movie and see which one it was before responding and then work distrated me. How unfair! lol. So, I will respond now, and THEN go look it up.


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mysterylady 89 6 years ago from Florida

Last night I watched "Revenge of the Pink Panther." My favorite is still "A Shot in the Dark."


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Shadesbreath 6 years ago from California Author

We're trying to figure out how to stream our Netflix on our Wii (I think it's too far away from our router), but that's one I'm going to try to stream if I can.


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leni sands 6 years ago from UK

Really useful and awesome hub. Thanks Shadesbreath.


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Shadesbreath 6 years ago from California Author

Thanks, Leni. I haven't written a hub in the week or so since they put the new photo stuff up. I suppose I need to check and make sure I don't need to update this thing or my photo one. I have a feeling the photo one might be dead now. Hope I'm wrong.


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Joyful Pamela 6 years ago from Pennsylvania, USA

As a newbie on Hubpages, I find this very helpful. Thanks so much for your wonderful details and ideas! = )


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Shadesbreath 6 years ago from California Author

Hi Joyful Pamela. I'm glad you liked this one. I'm a very visual learner, and I'm always trying to find stuff that SHOWS me how to do stuff, so, this approach seemed reasonable to me. Thanks for the nice comment, and welcome to HP.


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Dumbledore 6 years ago from Somewhere in Ohio

This is an awesome beginners guide and tutorial. I especially appreciated the annotations on the screen shots. Great hub!


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Shadesbreath 6 years ago from California Author

Thanks, Dumbledore. I'm glad you liked it. Thank you for saying so too; it's nice to get feedback, especially the GOOD kind. :)


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htodd 5 years ago from United States

Thanks great post!


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Shadesbreath 5 years ago from California Author

Thanks, htodd, nice to see you on this hub too. Hope you got something useful out of this one as well.


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The Gullah Lady 5 years ago from Charleston, South Carolina

Thanks for the info I am about to publish my first hub and your article was helpful, very easy to follow.


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Shadesbreath 5 years ago from California Author

Hi TLG. I'm glad to hear this was useful. :) I'm waiting for that hub... where is it? Don't be shy.


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Oilcan 5 years ago from Roseburg, Oregon

Hi. Bobby is my name, but everyone calls me "Oilcan". I am a totally new at writing Hubs. In fact, i haven't even started to write my first Hub. I'm trying to learn, and I find your hub very simple and helpful. Thank you.

Oilcan


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Shadesbreath 5 years ago from California Author

Hi Oilcan. I'm glad to hear this was useful. I'm sure you'll have it down quick and be cranking hubs out like a seasoned pro.


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Oilcan 5 years ago from Roseburg, Oregon

Hi; Thanks to you I just created my first hub. I just don't know how to fill in the blank in between my first and second module.

Oilcan


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Shadesbreath 5 years ago from California Author

Open the text box of your first module up and see if there are some spaces at the bottom of the text you can delete/backspace out of.


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htodd 5 years ago from United States

That's really great ..Very helpful for newbies


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Shadesbreath 5 years ago from California Author

Thanks. It's the kind of thing I always wish I had handy when I'm trying to learn something new (and rarely can find LOL). I'm a visual learner, and when I (and lots of people) start something kind of "technical" like HP feels to certain types of people, it's nice to have a list of stuff to just DO. I don't wnt to have to understand everything at first. Just tell me what to do so I can make something happen. I'll fill in the missing details what's I have an idea what the process is.


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Jeromeo 5 years ago from Little Rock

Thanks SB,

It always a good Idea to brush up on the Rules of The Road, especially since here on the Hub Pages they regularly hand out tickets, for bad writing. Not complaining just stating facts.

Well Done SB


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jeremytorres 5 years ago

Nice hub to get started on hubs.Thanks for sharing.


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Shadesbreath 5 years ago from California Author

Thank you for saying so, Jeremy. :)


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sam-eg 5 years ago from Happy Land

Thx that was really helping I didn't what tags are for :)


dodsy 5 years ago

Thankyou for sharing!


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Shadesbreath 5 years ago from California Author

You're welcome. :)


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mathira 5 years ago from chennai

Very useful information for the newbies.


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Bhasweti Gewhas 5 years ago from US

Very well written and easy to understand. Thank you so much.


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Shadesbreath 5 years ago from California Author

I'm glad this was useful for you, Bhasweti Gewhas. I suppose I need to update the photographs portion now (it's not quite the same screen anymore... though still close enough). Thanks for reading and commenting.


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ovas 4 years ago

this is good for starters, Thankyou.


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Shadesbreath 4 years ago from California Author

You're welcome. Thanks for taking the time to comment. :)


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Mona Germain 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada

Ijust read an article for beginners which was very helpful and now yours adds to the picture--going through the steps and adding how to do the image addition. I recently learned this from another site. I have some hi speed internet now so I have to tune up with what I can do. The red hilight was a nice touch and the video was ag good complement.

I did a trial run with my first hub using the procedure from the Hubs page. Reading your page just gave a little extra commentary! Thanks a lot for following your muse!

I enjoyed your voice and style too.


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Shadesbreath 4 years ago from California Author

Hi Mona, glad to have been of some use. :) I appreciate the kind words, and wish you the best in your hubbing!


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HubbyMaker 4 years ago from Fort Myers, Florida

Nice hub, Helps a lot.


mcstiner81 4 years ago

Thanks, I haven't been on the site for so long I forgot how to post. Do you know anything about what it means to be a Level 1 commenter?


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Shadesbreath 4 years ago from California Author

Hi, Mcstiner81. It just means you haven't commented on a lot of hubs lately. The number goes higher the more often you comment on hubs over time.


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atotsm 4 years ago from Timbuktu

Thank you for this interesting post!


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jagersly 2 years ago

hello! just joined, and am still at a loss right now. I found your hub interesting and plan to follow it step by step. I don't know really know what to do next after I signed up! lol, i wish to see more beginner hubs for additional infos. i'd like to follow you but i don't even know where to hit that button. lol


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DonnaCaprio 2 years ago from Newburyport, MA

Thanks for sharing the very basics of how to get started. I have written my first hub and hope it will pass the test to get published.


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jackclee lm 16 months ago from Yorktown NY

Great information for beginners. The only thing I would add is to make sure you pick the "right" title for the hub. This is how your page will be searched and ranked by google. Before choosing a title, check google search for number of hits returned. Make sure it is not so large (greaster than 1 million hits). It is my experience that the lower this number, the more likely your hub will be ranked high by google page rank. The reason the title is important is because it is the one thing that cannot be changed after you publish. Your web address is tied to this title.

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