The Hub Hopper: Six Reasons to Hop Hubs

August 2012 Hub Hopper Changes

As of August 2012, there is a new beta version of the Hub Hopper out. Much of the material here may need to be changed, and I'll be updating this hub soon. In the meantime, hub hopping is still a great thing to do!

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What is the Hub Hopper?

In case you don't know, the Hub Hopper is a tool built into HubPages that lets you see new hubs at random and evaluate them. Well, almost at random - you do tend to get hubs in your own favorite subjects.

If you go to your "my account" page, you'll see a striped bar across the top, just below the black top menu. The left-most button is "help us out - hop some hubs." Click there and start hopping.

A new hub - published in the last 24 hours will appear.

You can do all the usual things - vote it up (or down); rate it useful, funny, awesome, beautiful, or interesting, and add a comment.

And one more thing. You can flag the hub. When you flag a hub, you tell the folks who work at HubPages (I like to call them The Powers That Be) that this hub appears not to be following HubPages rules.

Of course, you don't have to do anything at all. You can just hop to the next hub. And, any time - whenever your tired of hub hopping, or when your boss yells, "What are you doing, you're supposed to be working" or your girl - or guy - says "Come to bed, honey, I can't wait any more" - well, then you can click on "stop hopping." Wham! Your session is over.

Be a good citizen: Hop some hubs

I hop five to ten hubs a day. It takes just a few minutes, unless I find a hub I really like and want to read in depth - and that, of course, is one reason to hop hubs.

But I see hub hopping as being a good citizen of HubPages. If, for example, there's something out there that's really bad - I have come across one adult-topic pornographic hub myself - we want it gone fast. That stays too long, and the Google rating for HubPages is going to drop. And we're all going to lose out.

I keep an eye out on my neighborhood. I admire people who join their local Neighborhood Watch. HubPages is my online community; That's the number one reason I hop hubs.

Clearing up a big misunderstanding

Reading the forums about the hub hopper makes it clear that there is, or was, a big misunderstanding about flagging a hub. Many people seem to think that flagging a hub rates the hub down or gets it removed. That's not true at all.

Flagging a hub does only one thing: It sends a message to the Powers That Be, saying "hey, take a look." It's anonymous both ways. No one knows you flagged the hub. The flag isn't seen by anyone except a person who works for HubPages. That employee is a specialist in knowing what hubs meet HubPages standards, and which ones don't. If the hub is fine, the flag is cleared, and no one ever knows. If the hub has a problem, the HubPages team member takes appropriate action. What is appropriate action? Well, I'm guessing here, but I'd bet that really bad stuff (like pornography) gets taken down right away. For other items, the Powers That Be contact the Hubber and request changes that will bring the Hub up to HubPages standards.

So, here are a bunch of things that I've seen on HubPages about the Hopper that you don't need to worry about:

  • Hoppers do no harm when they flag a Hub. Only the Powers That Be see it.
  • Hubs are not taken down for being non-commercial. The Powers That Be allow poetry and stories. And they're not going to critique your poetry.
  • There are gray areas, especially around the rules on being "overly promotional." Flag the item anyway. If it's fine, then the Powers That Be will just remove the flag, and the hub (and life) go on.

A bit more about flagging

Here are the official reasons to flag a hub. Flag it if you think the hub is:

  • Overly Promotional
  • Overmarketed/Poor Links
  • Adult/Mature
  • Gambling/Alcohol, Drug, Weapon Sales
  • Low Quality
  • Spun
  • Deceptively Tagged, Titled, or Categorized
  • Not Written In English
  • Duplicate
  • Personal Attacks or Hate Speech
  • Other violations of the terms of use

To learn more, check out the official guidelines. I won't say more here, because there's plenty of good advice there, and also on this excellent hub by Marcy Goodfleisch.

Okay, enough background. Now, why hop hubs?

Six Reasons to Hop Hubs

I have fun hopping hubs as soon as I get out of bed every morning. Here's why:

  1. Good citizenship: I like knowing I'm doing my part to make HubPages safe, full of good stuff, and profitable.
  2. Things I never thought of: If I go looking in topics I know I like, I meet the familiar. But if I go hub hopping, the random feature shows me ideas, topics, ways of thinking, and ways of writing I would never find anywhere else.
  3. People who matter: I've met two people who became new followers in the last two days. I'm glad I can help and delight them with my hubs.
  4. People I can help: My mother had a motto, "I like to be useful." Sometimes, I find a hub with a great idea that is poorly written, or could be a bit better. There are several ways to reach out - some of them private. So I can lend a hand.
  5. The Contribute Accolade: Hub hopping and flagging a hub that has problems is the only way to get the Contribute accolade. And, if while you're hub-hopping, you make comments, it can boost your commenter rating, too!
  6. And you never know what might happen! Check out this romantic story: I Met My Wife Via Hub Hopper.

Now, I'm happily married and not looking for a replacement wife. But I do believe that synchronicity, or morphogenic fields, or a loving God with a wild sense of humor does make wonderful things happen when we open a random door. So, if you're out there, and you're meant to find me, write a hub, and a magical meeting is waiting.

How to be a helpful hub-hopper

Here's how I think - and what I do - when I hop hubs:

  • I'm honest and generous with my ratings. By honest, I mean I only call something useful if I find it useful, and the same with the other buttons. By generous, I mean I think widely. I don't garden much, so gardening tips are not useful to me. But I garden enough to know a good article on gardening when I see one. So, I will rate a gardening hub Up and Useful if I see it would be useful to a gardener. After all, the votes are relevant to someone who's looking to read an article on the topic.
  • I almost never vote something down. In fact, I flag more hubs than I vote down. I only vote down a hub if it is narrow-minded or hostile, or something like that.
  • I am cautious about flagging. I read the rules about violations two or three times. I double-check the rule that pops up when I click the flag button. But I also honor the request from the Powers That Be to flag it if I'm uncertain, and let them do their job of moderating the hubs.
  • I add comments often. I do this for lots of reasons. I like to encourage thought and discussion. I like to thank and encourage writers. It allows the Hubber to find me, if he or she wants to. (Only commenting is not anonymous in the Hub Hopper.) And, to be honest, it helps with my rating as a commenter, and I like the accolades.
  • I find ways to be helpful. If a hub is well-meant, but below par, I do what I can to help out.

Here's how I help out. Let's say I've found a hub that is below par. Maybe the writing is poor and an image is clearly a copy of a poster that has not been given a proper citation. There are many ways to handle that in a kindly way.

  • I can write an encouraging comment. I begin by thanking the hubber, and saying something I like. Then I might ask a question, or say I want to hear more about something that seems incomplete or left out.
  • If the writing is worse than that, I can open up another browser window (or go back after hopping), and go to the hubber's profile. There, below their photo, I can click on "contact (Hubber)." There, I can write a private email. I've done this when a person' grammar was poor, or they had an uncited image. I basically say, "I really like your work, but I think you could make it a lot better." Then I make a specific suggestion. After that, I add some encouragement like, "keep reading, writing, growing, and learning."
  • If the hub has problems that are likely to be violations, I flag it. But if I think the hubber meant well (not pornography or pure marketing) I make make a suggestion to The Powers That Be something like, "Please give this hubber some gentle encouragement. I think they want to do a good job."

When I've finished hopping five or ten hubs, I feel great. I've made a couple of new friends. I've helped some people. And I've found ideas, images, and ways of writing I never would have thought of. (No! Don't flag that last sentence for ending in a preposition. To paraphrase Winston Churchill, that is the kind of pedantic flagging up with which I will not put!)

When I started writing, there were no personal computers. I never had a chance to meet writers and readers who encouraged me. Now, I get lots of encouragement on HubPages. And I'm writing and publishing every day. Here's my biggest reason of all for hub hopping: It's a way of saying "Thank you" for all the love and support I'm getting and paying it forward to new hubbers I meet.

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Comments 85 comments

kelleyward 4 years ago

This is a very useful hub for me as a new hubber. I use to hub hop a lot and then stopped for a while. Thanks for writing this I now see it as being a good hubpages citizen! Voted up and shared!


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

I love hub hopping! I find so many new people I want to follow when I hop. I am like you and flag ones that I feel need to be flagged, and encourage those that are filled with errors...Thanks for this wonderful hub on hub hopping!


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KrisL 4 years ago from S. Florida

And one little problem . . . hub hopping can be like eating peanuts, awfully hard to stop.

Still, as you say, you can find some great hubs and make new hub buddies doing it, as well as wining those accolades.


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rebeccamealey 4 years ago from Northeastern Georgia, USA

What a great explanation of Hub hopping! I have done it some. I really enjoy it, going to do it more now after reading this!


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SidKemp 4 years ago from Boca Raton, Florida (near Miami and Palm Beach) Author

Hi justateacher - if you do this, you're more than just a teacher - you're a great mentor, too!


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SidKemp 4 years ago from Boca Raton, Florida (near Miami and Palm Beach) Author

Glad you'll be hopping along with me. New hubber? How did you get to be a Level 7 Commenter so quickly - you should write a hub about that!


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SidKemp 4 years ago from Boca Raton, Florida (near Miami and Palm Beach) Author

Thanks, Rebecca - glad you're hopping again. Should we form a Kangaroo Klub?


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SidKemp 4 years ago from Boca Raton, Florida (near Miami and Palm Beach) Author

Thanks Kris! The new buddies were the biggest surprise.


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Melis Ann 4 years ago from Mom On A Health Hunt

Thanks for the info on hub hopping. I have done this in the past, but am glad to be reminded of the usefulness. It's a great routine to adopt. Voted up and SHARED!


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Mmargie1966 4 years ago from Gainesville, GA

I enjoy hub hopping as well...but reading your hub has encouraged me to do it much more often.

Thanks so much, neighbor (I grew up in Palm Beach County)!

Voted up and useful.


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Charlotte B Plum 4 years ago

I have enjoyed the hub hopper too, got to see many interesting hubs that I wouldn't have discovered on my own.


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Faith Reaper 4 years ago from southern USA

I had no clue about this, so thank you for writing about this subject for us new hubbers. Very insightful. Thank you again. In His Love, Faith Reaper


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Heather Says 4 years ago from Buckeye, Arizona

I love to hop hubs! It's a great way for me to read an array of articles and help other hubbers out.


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joanveronica 4 years ago from Concepcion, Chile

Thank you for this wonderful Hub! I had read as much as I could about voting down, and flagging, but I never really understood it until now. I have been very timid about flagging. Now I feel I know what to do to help out on Hubpages! I will get to work on it with a clear mind! Congratulations on a very good presentation. Voted up, useful and interesting


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SidKemp 4 years ago from Boca Raton, Florida (near Miami and Palm Beach) Author

Thank you, Melis, Margie, Charlotte, Faith, Heather, and Joan Veronica! Thank you not just for your comments, but, even more, for your Hub Hopping and your encouragement to us all.


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sandrabusby 4 years ago from Tuscaloosa, Alabama, USA

Thanks, Sid, that is something I haven't tried on hubpages, yet. But I will.


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SidKemp 4 years ago from Boca Raton, Florida (near Miami and Palm Beach) Author

Hop on whenever you're ready, Sandra!


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Pamela N Red 4 years ago from Oklahoma

I do this from time to time when I have a few minutes to spare. It's a good way to meet new people.


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ThelmaC 4 years ago from Blue Ridge Mountains, USA

Nice hub! Very well written!! Like you, I try to "hop" as often as I can. It's a great way to meet new friends.


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the girls 4 years ago from Los Angeles, California

I hopped for the first time! I read diverse and interesting articles which I truly enjoyed. Thanks SidKemp :-)


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SidKemp 4 years ago from Boca Raton, Florida (near Miami and Palm Beach) Author

Thanks Pamela & Thelma! Happy Hopping!


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SidKemp 4 years ago from Boca Raton, Florida (near Miami and Palm Beach) Author

I'm glad I've converted a Happy Hopper! Welcome!


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phdast7 4 years ago from Atlanta, Georgia

Terrific Hub with terrific suggestions. I am in total agreement with your philosophy and practices and I couldn't have written it better myself. Thank you for reminding us what it means to be a "god citizen." SHARING


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SidKemp 4 years ago from Boca Raton, Florida (near Miami and Palm Beach) Author

Thank you, PH, for helping me get out the word about the joys of hopping.


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Chuck Bluestein 4 years ago from Morristown, AZ, USA

Thanks! I did not know about hub hopping. On HP (Huffington Post not Hub Pages), if you flag a bunch of comments and they get removed, they give you the power of a moderater.


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SidKemp 4 years ago from Boca Raton, Florida (near Miami and Palm Beach) Author

Thanks, chuck. On Huffington Post, do these volunteer moderators have the power to take content offline? Or is everything checked by the Post?


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teacherloves2cook 4 years ago from Chicago, IL

I am now a big fan of the hub hopper! Thanks for telling us about it. Also, thank you for the wonderful comment on my stuffed peppers.


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SidKemp 4 years ago from Boca Raton, Florida (near Miami and Palm Beach) Author

Did I get you right - you started hopping hubs after reading this article? Awesome!


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rajan jolly 4 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA.

Sid, an excellent write on hub hopping. I do it though not regularly. I need to be more consistent with it.

Thanks for sharing all the wonderful info.

Voted up, useful.


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SidKemp 4 years ago from Boca Raton, Florida (near Miami and Palm Beach) Author

Hi Rajan - delighted to have you whenever you hop on board. This effort at consistency at small tasks is new for me - been a great challenge for many years. Let's drop telling ourselves we "need to" do it, and enjoy jumping in.


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promaine 4 years ago from New York

Sid, Thanks for the encouragement to a newbie. I will start hub hopping today!


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glmclendon 4 years ago

Good read. You have given so much info. Info laying out there that we look but don't see. This was good and I am going to use it.

I write a lot and yet I know I need the improvement. I have come along way with the help of thoughtful people like you. I voted up

Stay Well


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teacherloves2cook 4 years ago from Chicago, IL

Yes, you are right! I started hopping hubs after your article!


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farmloft 4 years ago from Michigan

Great viewpoint on hub hopping. I had only tried it once and got "lost" so now I will try again. Count me a convert, too.


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peachpurple 4 years ago from Home Sweet Home

I hop everyday, at least 5 hubs and answers 5 questions too. I guess hopping doesn't increase hubscore and hub earning


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SidKemp 4 years ago from Boca Raton, Florida (near Miami and Palm Beach) Author

Thanks, Promaine! I think you'll find a world of fascinating stuff when you hop across HubPages.


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SidKemp 4 years ago from Boca Raton, Florida (near Miami and Palm Beach) Author

Thanks, GM - and I am supported by your steadfast faith and effort!


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SidKemp 4 years ago from Boca Raton, Florida (near Miami and Palm Beach) Author

Does that mean you're now "teacher loves to cook and hop"? :)


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SidKemp 4 years ago from Boca Raton, Florida (near Miami and Palm Beach) Author

I can imagine getting lost in the Outback of hub-hopping. Just follow the kangaroos home!


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SidKemp 4 years ago from Boca Raton, Florida (near Miami and Palm Beach) Author

Actually, hopping can boost your Hubber score, though not your Hub Score for individual hubs. If you want to raise your Hubber Score and help with earnings, here are some good ways to hop. If you flag a hub and The Powers That Be agree it it violated the rules, you get the "contribute" accolade which boosts your Hubber Score. If you leave supportive or positive comments while you're hopping, you get two benefits that will affect HubScore - your "Commenter" rating goes up faster. (I see you're already at Level II.) And people appreciate your comments and follow you. I get about one new follower per day when I hop hubs. More followers, higher Hubber Score. The higher your Hubber Score, and the more followers you have, the more you are ready to get higher earnings. Earnings are based on people reading your hubs, and then clicking on the adds (Google Adsense) or affiliate links (Amazon or Ebay).


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peachpurple 4 years ago from Home Sweet Home

Do you mean if I flag a hub, my hubber score will go up and i get accolade but what about my earning?


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SidKemp 4 years ago from Boca Raton, Florida (near Miami and Palm Beach) Author

As best I understand it, if you flag a hub *and* the HubPages moderator agrees with your flag, you will get the purple Contribute accolade (thumbs up & down), and having this accolade will increase your Hubber score. The accolade comes just once.

And this will have no direct effect on your earnings.


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Express10 4 years ago from East Coast

You have listed some very good reasons to use the hopper. I enjoy using it because I have found many entertaining, informative and useful hubs this way. Also, some of my followers have found me via the hopper. Voted up and useful.


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SidKemp 4 years ago from Boca Raton, Florida (near Miami and Palm Beach) Author

I agree, Express10. As I continue to use the hopper every day, I continue to be fascinated by the variety of people I meet and topics I discover. And, yes, my list of hopper-met follower friends continues to grow!


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Kebennett1 4 years ago from San Bernardino County, California

Hey, Sid Kemp, Thank you so much! I have never gone to the Hub Hopper before. I didn't know what it was and never took seriously the idea of just exploring it. This information is really great and I appreciate you putting it on here. You have given me new insight and a new tool to use. I will be back to read more of your Hubs.


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SidKemp 4 years ago from Boca Raton, Florida (near Miami and Palm Beach) Author

Thanks Kebennett1! Welcome to hub hopping. As I do a bit of it each day, I appreciate the gifts of meeting unexpected writing and interesting people day by day.


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VirginiaLynne 4 years ago from United States

I discovered Hub Hopping early in my Hub career and I definitely think it is a great way to learn about the variety of Hubs that are being produced as well as to help make Hubpages exactly what it is supposed to be. I'm especially glad when I find and can tag an overly promotional hub because that person is not on Hubpages to be a part of this community but in order to just promote themselves. Great hub! Voted up and useful!


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SidKemp 4 years ago from Boca Raton, Florida (near Miami and Palm Beach) Author

Thanks for your helpful hopping!


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Paul Kuehn 4 years ago from Udorn City, Thailand

Sid, this is certainly an interesting and useful hub about the benefits of hub hopping. I do it myself on a regular basis usually hopping 5-10 hubs at a time. I appreciate all of your tips. Voted up, useful, interesting and sharing!


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SidKemp 4 years ago from Boca Raton, Florida (near Miami and Palm Beach) Author

Hi Paul!

Thanks for spreading the word.

Sid


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David Campeau Jr 4 years ago from Pennsylvania

I was just Hub hopping when I found this article. So far this community is pretty awesome!


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SidKemp 4 years ago from Boca Raton, Florida (near Miami and Palm Beach) Author

Hop on in! And keep hopping through. Glad you're with us.


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Crazzykylex 4 years ago from Incredible India!

Didn't know about such a tool. Great hub, Sid!


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spartucusjones 4 years ago from Parts Unknown

Very informative hub! I also really enjoy hub hopping. It is one of my favorite features of hubpages. Even though at times I'm hopping pass hubs that don't necessary appeal to me, I have discovered some real gems. I also agree with your comments concerning flagging. It is way to help contribute to the quality of the hubpages community.


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SidKemp 4 years ago from Boca Raton, Florida (near Miami and Palm Beach) Author

Crazzy - hop on in, and hop all over

Spartacus - I'm not sure, but I think maybe I found you hub hopping about 3 weeks ago!


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Dolores Monet 4 years ago from East Coast, United States

I haven't hopped hubs in some time, just too busy and what with the lovely spring weather, I'm spending more time outdoors. But I do try to hop some hubs when I can. It helps weed out the junk. I've seen some pretty awful stuff that needs to be brought to the attention of The Powers That Be. (I like how you put that)


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SidKemp 4 years ago from Boca Raton, Florida (near Miami and Palm Beach) Author

Yesterday, I hopped 10 hubs, and 7 of them were awful. Never flagged so many before. I need to go outside and enjoy the lovely weather! :)


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MarleneB 4 years ago from Northern California, USA

I hop hubs almost every day. I enjoy it a lot and for the same reasons as you. I'm glad you mentioned about flagging. I'm curious. What about hubs that only have a few errors, but are otherwise alright. Sometimes, I want to flag them for minor errors, but I hesitate because I think I'm being too picky. What is your feeling about that?


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SidKemp 4 years ago from Boca Raton, Florida (near Miami and Palm Beach) Author

Hi Marlene! That's a great question. I'm on the fence about it myself. Sometimes, in the hub or the bio, the person says they are open to help. In that case, I email them privately using the Send NAME a message link in their profile, below their picture. In the message, I usually encourage them to read well-written hubs and follow the examples they see (without copying, of course).

Otherwise, if the hub is reasonably easy to understand (both in concept and feeling), I don't flag it. I figure that everyone is doing the best they can. If they want to improve with practice, they will, and tehir ratings will show them the way. Many writers either never had the chance to learn grammar, or don't have English as their first language. That's why I don't want to be too critical.


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Kalux 4 years ago from Canada

I love hub hopping! I've never flagged a hub before but now I know more about why people do. Thanks.


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SidKemp 4 years ago from Boca Raton, Florida (near Miami and Palm Beach) Author

Hi Kalux - pleasure to e-meet you. When I find flagging is appropriate, I feel bummed out, but I do it. But I also know that HubPages does its best to encourage hubbers to improve their flagged hubs.


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innerspin 4 years ago from uk

Very interesting hub, thank you. I didn't realise hub hopping was available, I thought it meant having a look around for yourself. There's lots to learn here, which is great.


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SidKemp 4 years ago from Boca Raton, Florida (near Miami and Palm Beach) Author

Thanks Innerspin! I hope you find Hub Hopping as much fun as staying overnight in a zoo!


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Patty Kenyon 4 years ago from Ledyard, Connecticut

I found this Hub Interesting and Useful!!! I also linked this to a Hub I published to help new Hubbers!!! Thanks for sharing!!!


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SidKemp 4 years ago from Boca Raton, Florida (near Miami and Palm Beach) Author

Thanks Patty! I just returned from my daily hopping (10 hubs) to see you're message. Let's keep hopping & sharing!


creativeroy 4 years ago

Hi SidKemp, great information on how to be a good hub hopper and about hopping. I also hop at least 5 hubs everyday and you are right as a good hubber it is our responsibility to hop some hubs regularly and give helpful comments.

Thanks for sharing such a helpful advice.


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SidKemp 4 years ago from Boca Raton, Florida (near Miami and Palm Beach) Author

You are welcome, CreativeRoy. I hope many others follow your example and do as you do.


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Glimmer Twin Fan 4 years ago

I had no idea. Thanks for this useful hub! Now I'm off to hub hop!


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SidKemp 4 years ago from Boca Raton, Florida (near Miami and Palm Beach) Author

Enjoy! Hop back, and let us know how it was for you!


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Mandy M S 4 years ago

Good Article, it makes me want to hub hop.


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SidKemp 4 years ago from Boca Raton, Florida (near Miami and Palm Beach) Author

Hi Mandy! Great - go for it!


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CassyLu1981 4 years ago from Spring Lake, NC

I love hub hopping! There are so many new people to meet out there and a lot of articles I would have never ran across if I wouldn't have been hopping hubs :) Great article! Voted up and shared!!!


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SidKemp 4 years ago from Boca Raton, Florida (near Miami and Palm Beach) Author

Thanks for sharing the joy, Cassy!


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SidKemp 4 years ago from Boca Raton, Florida (near Miami and Palm Beach) Author

Thanks, CreativeRoy! Sorry it took so long to post this - your comment got put in the wrong folder. Spam, you're not! Thanks for your hub-hopping.


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Ceres Schwarz 3 years ago

This sounds interesting. I've never tried the hub hopper before because I just look for hubs to read via the explore link at the top of every HubPages page. But now I think I'll have to try this sometime.


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SidKemp 3 years ago from Boca Raton, Florida (near Miami and Palm Beach) Author

Hi Ceres - pleasure to meet you. This article is about the Classic Hopper, and was written before the New Hopper was created. Try both - I like the classic, but the new hopper can teach you to be a better writer. I'll be writing about it soon.


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Ceres Schwarz 3 years ago

Hello SidKemp, it's nice to meet you too. I didn't know there were two kinds of hoppers. Can you find both in the same place you mentioned in this hub? And how would you choose which hopper to use? I'll be looking forward to reading your hub about the hoppers so I can better understand them.


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SidKemp 3 years ago from Boca Raton, Florida (near Miami and Palm Beach) Author

Hi Ceres: Here's how to find both Hub Hoppers. If you use the menu under your name, and go to "My Account" you will see a little item on the top bar that says, "Help us out, hop some hubs." Click there, and you'll be in the new hopper. There is a spot near the top left to click that says, "classic hopper."

If you want to read hubs, comment on, them, vote them up (or down), vote them awesome or beautiful, etc., and, if necessary, flag them, then use the Classic Hopper. It's great to meet new people and interact with them.

If you want to read hubs, but not leave comments or interact with the authors, then try the new Hopper. It's best if you want to sharpen your critical skills by rating hubs between Good and Excellent on key scales. This will teach you to see great writing, great graphics, and more. You can then apply what you learn to writing and editing your own hubs.


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Ceres Schwarz 3 years ago

Thanks for such a detailed reply. I understand things much better now. I'll be trying to hop hubs as soon as I find the time. Thanks for helping. I'm new here so I still don't know these things.


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SidKemp 3 years ago from Boca Raton, Florida (near Miami and Palm Beach) Author

I just hopped 5 hubs in about 15 minutes. Take 5 minutes and do 2 right now! Why wait?


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Ceres Schwarz 3 years ago

You're right. I've actually been trying it already before I read your latest comment. I thought why not, so I've been trying it while also editing an as-of-yet unpublished hub. I've been using the Classic Hopper and I think it's pretty fun. By the way, when I click the hop button at the top of the Classic Hopper page, what does it mean when the blue bar decreases? It decreases every time I click the button but then it increases again a few hops later.


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SidKemp 3 years ago from Boca Raton, Florida (near Miami and Palm Beach) Author

I've never figured out that blue bar, myself! :)


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Ceres Schwarz 3 years ago

Oh. Maybe it doesn't really mean anything. But if you ever figure it out, let me know. It is something to be curious about.


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gags3480 3 years ago from Kanpur, India

Didn't knew so much about Hub Hopper. I will make sure that I hop some hubs, whenever I am free.

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SidKemp 3 years ago from Boca Raton, Florida (near Miami and Palm Beach) Author

Hi Gags! I'm glad you're going to give it a try. It takes just 5 minutes to hop 2 or 3 hubs. Go for it!

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