The Nooks, Crannies and Hidden Passageways of HubPages

Let's Explore HubPages

Do you like exploring?

When I was a child, I used to imagine being able to explore a mansion or a castle. I wanted to go from room to room to find the treasures and hidden passageways. In my dream, I could explore all the nooks and crannies and little details of the mansion. I would wander around the quiet corners and avoid the dangerous adventure without getting caught.

Of course, I didn't know anyone who owned a mansion, and chances are pretty slim that they would let me explore one even if I did. Plus, my parents wouldn't let me even if I had found a mansion and had permission.

Now as an adult, I still like to go exploring, although mostly virtually. Today, I am going to take a virtual tour through all the nooks and crannies of HubPages and I invite you to come along.

Mansions have lots of nooks, crannies and hidden passageways that are great for exploring.  So does HubPages.
Mansions have lots of nooks, crannies and hidden passageways that are great for exploring. So does HubPages. | Source

I have to warn you though, that this will be a whirlwind adventure. We don't have a lot of time, so we will just be taking a peek in all of the doors, so you'd better be fast and keep up. If you want to lollygag and take your time to explore any one room, you're going to have to come back later to do that on your own.

And do be quiet. We don't want to get caught! Although if we do get caught, I suppose that will be part of our adventure.

You should know that there are many different ways to get to the same rooms so keep your wits about you and don't get turned around. Are you ready? Hold my hand.

HubPages

See all the white words at the top of the page? Each and every single one of them is a door to a new passageway! Oh this is going to be so much fun!

The first door we will enter during our HubPages tour is the HubPages door. It's there on the left. It looks like a simple logo, but it is a secret passageway to the HubPages home. I'll tell you a secret about the HubPages door. It is a magic door, because it takes you to a different room depending on whether you are logged in or not. If you aren't logged in, this door will take you to a special place that shows you the Hubs of the Day for the last ten days. It is a great place to go if you missed any! If you are signed in, it will take you to the Feed page.

Let's pretend this is my home.  Take the time to explore the nooks, crannies, and hidden passageways of HubPages. Sorry, but I am not going to let you explore my mansion!
Let's pretend this is my home. Take the time to explore the nooks, crannies, and hidden passageways of HubPages. Sorry, but I am not going to let you explore my mansion! | Source

Feed Page [formerly known as Home]

The Feed page is a place to kick off your shoes and feel right at home. If any Hubber you follow writes a hub, it will come straight to your Feed page. You will also get notice about accolades, forums and answers you follow. It all comes to you without you having to search for it.

There are some hidden doors here. If you click on the icon of the Hubber, the invisible door will go to to his or her Profile. If you click on the title of the hub, you will be transported to the hub. And, if you click on the picture that goes with the hub, a hologram of the hub will appear right on the Feed page. You can read the whole hub without even going to it. You can even vote and comment right there in the comfort of your feed page.

If you think you are getting too many feeds, you can go to the Accounts page and stop following some Hubbers, Hubs, Forums, or Answers. We'll go to the Accounts page later in our tour.

You can also customize your feed on your Feed Page so you only see certain things.

From the Feed page, you can see how many comments you have on your hubs, and read today's Hub of the Day. You can even see all of your accolades, and wallow around all those pretty colors. You can also see which Hubbers you follow. Click on them, and you can see the latest hubs they have published.

Hey, put your shoes back on! We've got more exploring to do.

HubPages Blog

One special place that many Hubbers miss is so secret that it isn't even on HubPages itself. It's the HubPages blog. On the right side of both the Home page and the Feed page is a listing of the latest news about HubPages. It also lists the latest blog posts. Be sure to check them out. You may learn quite a bit about other Hubbers, changes to HubPages, and advice on how to write Hubs so you can make lots of money and get lots of readers.

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Hubs [formerly known as Topics page]

The most important part of HubPages is the hubs, and the hubs door is a great way to visit them. There you can see the featured hubs on the right side. All the different topics nicely listed on the left side, so you can select them and you can read about the things that interest you. Once you select a topic, you can even choose subtopics so you can find out about exactly what you want to know.

There are even links to questions and community discussions on the forums about the topics, so you can find it all from that one page.

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Don't tell anyone else, but this list of topics may even give you some ideas for your next hub. The most popular topics are right there on the page, and as you click on the subtopics, you can see the most popular subtopics.

You can follow the topic too, if you want, and new hubs about that topic will come to your Feed page automatically. Simply click on the Follow button on the top right hand side of the page.

Who knows, my hubs and yours may even show up on the front page of this list someday, so be sure to come back to see how our hubs are doing.

For people who have been writing for HubPages for a while, the HubPages staff chooses one hub to feature each day. The Hub of the Day archive is a great place to see quality hubs.

Hubbers

HubPages is nothing without the writers. There are several ways to meet them. When you read a hub from the Hubs section, when you click on the name of the Hubber, you will be taken to their Profile Page.

From their profile page, you can read one of their featured hubs, or scroll down to see a longer list of their hubs. You can even choose to follow the ones like, particularly those who write about topics you like.

I also have a key to an invisible door that will take you to a list of some of special Hubbers. You can meet the successful Hubbers by reading HubPages Success Stories. Find out their traffic statistics, how many hubs they have written, and how much money they have earned.

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Answers

There are two places you can to go to mingle with the HubPages community, the Answers and the Forum. If you have any questions about anything, well just about anything you would be willing to ask publicly, the Answers room is the place to go. It's another great place for topics for hubs, but also a great place to take a break and relax a bit. Your brain may feel fried when you are in the middle of writing a hub, but you can come here and show off how much you know and have learned already, and get your self confidence back up.

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Forums

Ah we have reached the forums. See it, it's right underneath the Answers door.

Are you holding my hand? Be careful here, you can easily get lost and spend your whole day here. You can also read suggestions about how to write hubs and how to get people to read them.

The things in shaded in blue are things HubPages wants to make sure you read. This is where you can find out about contests and other new happenings at HubPages.

The menu on the left side shows you all the different forums you can visit. You can also learn how to write hubs, find out about system glitches and the like, and make suggestions for improvement.

You can also debate religion and politics, and anything else you want. Just remember, that not everyone has the same opinion as you do, and sometimes they may be very passionate about their opinion. That doesn't mean they don't like you, so don't take it personally.

What's Your Favorite Room So Far?

  • Home Page - the signed-out version
  • Feed Page - the signed-in version
  • Topics
  • Hubs
  • Answers
  • Hubbers - Success Stories and Elite List
  • Forums
See results without voting

The HubPages Tour

How are you liking the tour so far? Did you know this mansion had so many rooms? So far, we have toured the Feed Page, the Home Page, the HubPages Blog, the Answers and the Forum. We even got special access to meet HubPages Success Stories.

I'll tell you another secret. There are many more rooms we can tour.

Oh no! I think someone saw us. We'd better not let them catch up. Let's split up and run! Quick! I'll go this way. You go that way.


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Comments: "The Nooks, Crannies and Hidden Passageways of HubPages " 51 comments

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Millionaire Tips 21 months ago from USA Author

Thanks aesta1 and Nimblepins. It is fun to explore all the nooks and crannies of HubPages! The site offers a lot of features, and it can become overwhelming if you don't take the time to look around and see what it has.


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Nimblepins 23 months ago

A fun and helpful hub! I learned many things. As a newcomer, I`m still getting lost all the time - this is helpful and I love your style.


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aesta1 23 months ago from Ontario, Canada

I just visited some of the nooks and crannies I did not even know were there. Thanks for the introduction. You're a great HP tour guide.


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Millionaire Tips 2 years ago from USA Author

Somehow I remembered the path. Hope it helps!


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snakeslane 2 years ago from Canada

Wow! Thanks! How did you do that?


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Millionaire Tips 2 years ago from USA Author

Oh yeah, here it is: http://hubpages.com/hubs/best/


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snakeslane 2 years ago from Canada

You're welcome. I know that page disappeared, but a few times there was a link for it given in the Forums but of course I didn't copy the link and don't remember which thread it was so long ago.


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Millionaire Tips 2 years ago from USA Author

Thank you. It was fun to write. The page you are referring to is no longer available on HubPages. Too many people were plagiarizing them. But if you click on the explore button, the ones that are featured are highly ranked ones, even though they aren't exactly in order.


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snakeslane 2 years ago from Canada

Hey Millionaire Tips, This is funny, useful, and nicely done. There is a room I haven't seen for a long time , not sure if it's still there. It was where highest rated Hubs in any particular topic were kept. Is there still a link to that room? Or is that information under lock and key? Just wondering. It was fun to see who the big players were...Thanks!


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Millionaire Tips 2 years ago from USA Author

Thanks Dianna, Jodah, Audrey, MG and Suzette. HubPages is a great site, and there are lots of nooks and crannies to explore.


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Millionaire Tips 2 years ago from USA Author

Thanks Susan, Lisa, Crystal, and Paula, for your kind words. I appreciate your taking the HubPages tour with me.


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Millionaire Tips 2 years ago from USA Author

Thanks Phyllis. Thanks for exploring the mansion with me!

Thanks Audrey, exploring the HubPages site is a lot of fun.

Love the analogy FlourishAnyway! These tips and tricks are great for a beginning Hubber, but I think they help seasoned Hubbers too, if they haven't explored in a while.


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Millionaire Tips 2 years ago from USA Author

Thank you Glenn. I had a lot of fun writing this hub, but unfortunately, things changed as soon as I wrote this two part series. I have removed the info about the welcome wagon and added a link to the hub of the day.

Thanks Nell Rose, there are so many secret passageways here, and you do need to take the time to look around, because things are always changing!

Thanks Mary. It is fun to visit the different nooks and crannies here on the site.


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suzettenaples 2 years ago from Taos, NM

This is a wonderful presentation. As others have said I have learned some things from this too. The newbies will find this invaluable. Great job of showcasing the sight and highlighting the important things to know here.


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MG Singh 2 years ago from Singapore

cool and nice


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vocalcoach 2 years ago from Nashville Tn.

Excellent presentation! I like your style. Enjoyed your tour and learned a few things too. A big thanks to you!


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Jodah 2 years ago from Queensland Australia

Great hub, well written and a joy to read you covered a lot in a short time. Voted up.


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teaches12345 2 years ago

You pretty much covered everything in this article anyone would want to know about HubPages. It does take a mansion to hold all the rooms/features.


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fpherj48 2 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

MT.......Clever as heck! I love this hub. Excellent job and quite a tour! Thanks....UP+++ tweeted


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Crystal Tatum 2 years ago from Georgia

Very clever idea. Great hubs for newbies.


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lisavanvorst 2 years ago from New Jersey

Great way to write on navigating the hub pages. You created a nice mystery to it. I loved the pictures of the mansions. This is a very helpful and informative article for new writers just starting out on hubpages. I look forward to reading more of your work.


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Just Ask Susan 2 years ago from Ontario, Canada

I only have one word for your very creative hub and that is "Brilliant"!


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FlourishAnyway 2 years ago from USA

Zoinks! Is that you Daphne? Scooby, Shaggy and the rest of the gang certainly appreciate the tour. I sure wish I'd have this "tips and tricks" hub when I first started. Great tour!


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AudreyHowitt 2 years ago from California

What a witty way to explore--loved this!


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Phyllis Doyle 2 years ago from High desert of Nevada.

What a delightful way to explore the the HP mansion. I so enjoyed our secret journey into the depths of HP. Thanks so much.


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mary615 2 years ago from Florida

What a clever way of showing how to explore HP. I tend to forget about all the interesting places to visit.

Voted UP, etc.etc. and shared.


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Nell Rose 2 years ago from England

Hi, I love the way you put this! lol! yes all those nooks and crannies, fun hubs, corners that take us to the forums and secret doors that show us new hubs, love every minute of it!


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Glenn Stok 2 years ago from Long Island, NY

You have a very creative way of explaining things Shasta. And with wonderful humor too.

Even though I've been around HubPages for over four years now, and had explored as you have, I still had an interest in seeing what secrets you might divulge.

Guess what! I learned something new. Even though I've always known clicking a logo on most sites brings one to the homepage, I never thought of trying the HubPages logo when not logged in. That's very useful for finding new hubs, possibly by new Hubbers.

With changes constantly being made, it's sometimes difficult to keep an up-to-date listing of features. I noticed that the welcome wagon has been removed and that link no longer works.

Oh, thanks for reminding me about the page with success stories. I used to visit that page to keep abreast of the top Hubbers. But I forgot about that since it never changed, and I just noticed that it's been updated.

This is a very useful hub for everyone new and old on HubPages. Good work.


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Millionaire Tips 4 years ago from USA Author

Thanks howlermunkey - you can take the tour as many times as you want, but no pushing, shoving, or skipping the line! Glad I could introduce you to the secret passages here!

Thanks timetraveler2, HubPages changed their layout a day or two after I published this hub, and I updated it, but they have made another change, so the topics page has been merged with the hubs page. I will have to edit it again. Thanks for the reminder.


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TIMETRAVELER2 4 years ago

This was so clever and entertaining, not to mention educational! I certainly learned a few things I didn't know! My explore section does not show "topics" , however...who knows why?

Thanks for this one. I just love your work!


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howlermunkey 4 years ago from Tampa, FL

That was very cool, I'm the skipping the line and taking the mansion tour again ! (kidding, I'll wait my turn).... I actually learned a "secret" passage that I had been ignoring, very cool, thanks for the hub :)


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Millionaire Tips 4 years ago from USA Author

Thank you Christy! As much time as I spend here, it is my second home as well. A home within a home.


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ChristyWrites 4 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

What a neat way you describe HubPages! I am beginning to think of this as a second home :)


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Millionaire Tips 4 years ago from USA Author

I made the changes a few weeks ago to reflect the new HubPages layout. I may need to make more changes when the new layout is announced.


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Millionaire Tips 4 years ago from USA Author

Thank you GoGreen Tips. I am waiting for the dust to settle. Then I will change the tour to reflect the mansion with its remodeled features.


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GoGreenTips 4 years ago from Indianapolis

I had fun expoloring your mansion. It is so fun going through all the nooks and crannies and hiding out in them for awhile. I liked the old set-up they had, before they did their change.


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Millionaire Tips 4 years ago from USA Author

Thank you perassanna. I am glad you liked my examples.


perassanna 4 years ago

good hub, interesting examples


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Millionaire Tips 4 years ago from USA Author

Thank you Ruchira, ElleBee and alocsin. I hope you are taking advantage of all the rooms that are available here at the HubPages mansion.


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alocsin 4 years ago from Orange County, CA

What an excellent introduction to hubpages. I wish this was around when I first started out. Voting this Up and Useful.


ElleBee 4 years ago

This is a really helpful hub! I have been on hubpages for a few years, but am only just starting to really hub actively and learn more about how to optimize my hubs and make them readable. Now I am going to need to take time opening all these doors and exploring the rest of the mansion.


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Ruchira 4 years ago from United States

Interesting Shasta. I loved each door you have mentioned so far :) Now...will go on to read the following hub.


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Millionaire Tips 4 years ago from USA Author

Thank you annart. HubPages certainly is a warm, inviting place, and does encourage you to explore the many features.


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annart 4 years ago from SW England

Good analogy! Well written and clearly explained. It certainly does feel like a cosy home here in hubpages and I'm enjoying my stay. Voted up and useful.


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Millionaire Tips 4 years ago from USA Author

Thank you for visiting and commenting, Rtalloni, Sunshine625, bizwin, Turtlewoman, MsTarrah and RealHousewife for your visits and comments. There are many places to explore on HubPages, and it benefits us to be aware of them and visit them from time to time. I do hope you take a look around, because there is much more to see and do.


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RealHousewife 4 years ago from St. Louis, MO

Your tips are with a Million! A cool mil too:)

I promise I won't tell a soul about the topics tip either;) ;)


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MsTarrah 4 years ago

This was descriptive and informative. Thanks for the information.


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Turtlewoman 4 years ago from California

You're a cool tour guide. I wish I had read this when I first joined. I did get a little lost here and there, which still made it interesting. Where's your tip jar- I have 2 dollars in my pocket. ;-)

Voted up, funny and useful!


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bizwin 4 years ago from England, UK

This is so interesting. I actually saw myself walking and having a peek at each room of hubpages. Great hub, very well described. Thanks.


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Sunshine625 4 years ago from Orlando, FL

Thanks for the fun adventure! It's always exciting to find someplace new. Good job!


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RTalloni 4 years ago from the short journey

Interesting tour--thanks for a peek at HP's nooks and crannies. Learning about of hidden passageways makes me want to explore--who knows hidden treasure might be inside hidden passageways. Cute idea for a hub! :)

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