What Should I Write About on HubPages? (A Guide)

"Why can't I hold all these ideas?"
"Why can't I hold all these ideas?"

While HubPages doesn’t have any strict rules about what you should write about (with the exception of explicit topics) it can sometimes be difficult to decide on a topic to write about. Maybe you don’t feel that you have anything new to contribute or maybe you’re just out of ideas. For whatever the reason, you want to write something for the site but just can’t seem to get the ball rolling. The following is intended as a beginning spark, based on what types of articles already exist in HubPages. And so long as you write thoughtfully, don’t plagiarize, and don’t get too explicit, then you’ll be fine.

Not pictured: the tablet hidden inside her hollowed-out book.
Not pictured: the tablet hidden inside her hollowed-out book.

Reviews (Book/Movie/Video Game/Television/Product etc…)

People are always looking for reviews. It helps them decide on purchases, or to learn more about purchases they already own. I personally write book reviews, but any form of entertainment or consumer product are all fair game. Give an honest review and provide a few links for people to learn more. There is a text-to-link ratio here, so make sure not to be overly spammy with your product capsules.

And try to inject your own personal flair into the review as well, so that readers come back to you specifically. It also helps to pick things that you are personally interested in. Sure, you could review a product you don’t care about (just because it’s popular) but you’ll have a lot more fun writing about it if it is something you’d be interested in regardless of whether you were writing a review for it. This will help keep your reviews honest too. For example, I don’t like playing RTS Video games (short for ‘Real Time Strategy’). So if I were to review one, I would have no way of knowing if it was good in comparison to other RTS games. Don’t force yourself to try a product just for a review, and if you happen to be interested in writing book reviews you can check out my how-to on the subject.

Compilations

Much like the article you’re reading right now, a compilation is a sort of ‘best of’ article. Maybe it’s your top ten science fiction movies. Or maybe it’s a list of your favorite quotes. In some way it is a list of items all related in some way. The trick here is that you want to be different from someone else’s list. Maybe you already saw a ‘best fantasy books’ hub, but don’t let that stop you. This is your opinion of these books, so take this opportunity to explain why each one is worth reading. You can even give a brief synopsis and maybe a review score. Obviously it doesn’t have to be books. Just like the reviews I mentioned above, it can relate to nearly anything. Just make sure to bring original content to your list/compilation. Too many direct quotes and/or links, and you might get a revision flag from the moderators.

Creative Writing

Many people use HubPages as an outlet for their creative writing. You can find poems, short stories, and even novels nestled away in multiple hubs. Some writers are reluctant to share their work with an audience this large, but it is also a great resource to gain feedback and suggestions. If you’re worried about sharing something you’ve already written, then try writing something new, just for the internet. One of the coolest things I’ve learned about HubPages is that it gives you the sense of ‘mini-publication’. You write it, you publish it, and people see it and comment on it (and if you’re lucky it makes you some money). Being able to mini-publish some of your work can be immensely satisfying, especially if the larger publication world is currently beyond your reach.

How To Articles

A very popular type of Hub is the "how to". Basically you present a task like ‘how to hard boil eggs’ and then explain it in a step by step process to your reader. This is an extremely broad category as it can range from "how to draw a flower with a computer art program", to "how to change the oil in your car". There are limitless possibilities. However some might still find themselves reluctant in this category because they either think they don’t have anything unique to offer or they don’t think they are enough of an authority on the subject they want to talk about. What they don’t realize, however, is that anyone can post their own methods for doing something. For some how-to articles, there can be countless different ways to accomplish the same thing. And maybe you’ve discovered a few tricks that make your method quicker, or higher in quality.

When trying to brainstorm how-to subjects, think of this: which questions do you hear most often? For example, if you get a lot of people asking you “how do I create a facebook account?” then that might be a great how-to article. Or maybe people all think you’re good with computers and they keep asking you how to defragment their hard drive. Well now you have another article idea. These questions get asked of everybody, but to be a savvy hubber, you have to catch them when they go by and turn them into something you can work with. (This article was spawned because someone I knew wasn’t sure what to write on HubPages).

Blog/Personal Interest

There are many blog websites on the internet, so HubPages isn’t unique in that regard, but it does allow for yet another form of expression. Write about your day. Write about a project you’re working on. Or just respond to the news of the day. When big stories come out of the entertainment and political world, people talk about them for months. Get in on that discussion and put in your own opinion. As long as you are generating traffic and you aren’t violating any rules, then you’re on the path to a healthy hub career. It should be noted that current event hubs will eventually lose traffic, but sometimes we just need that initial prompt to spawn newer ideas that produce 'evergreen' hubs.

Essays/Reflections

Unlike personal interest articles and blogs, essays would be backed up with a little bit more evidence. Citations would be ideal, because you want your essay to be taken seriously. In some scenarios you can post old essays you wrote in high school and college, just be aware that if you posted it anywhere else you’ll get a ‘duplicate’ tag on the article. This means it already exists somewhere else on the internet and it's score/traffic might suffer because of it. However if you’ve never posted it anywhere, then why not let HubPages be the first? Or you could write totally new essays about the subjects most important to you. The internet has the added advantage to create an interactive essay that allows links, comments and pictures to all help you drive your point home.

Artistic Expression

HubPages is a writing website, so the majority of your content should always be writing. However since each hub allows you to post multiple pictures, you also have the opportunity to showcase your work. Whether it’s a painting, a computer wallpaper or a photograph, this is a great forum to display it and a great opportunity to tell a story about the work. Maybe the day you took the photo you got stung by a bee. Or maybe when you were painting the picture you had to scrap two older versions because the colors were off. Relating to other people, who do the same type of work, will make your article more interesting and readable. You can also throw in some tips for people who want to try their hand at something similar.

Explanations/Definitions

There are a lot of terms, concepts and industries floating around this world that a great deal of people know nothing about. When they hear about these things they then wonder: ‘what is that?’ at which point they may run to their computer to Google it. You want your article to be among those that pop up. For example, I had to research dropshipping a while back and the information I gained from doing so seemed largely useless to me until I realized I could convey that information through a hub. Maybe what I learned wouldn’t benefit me, but it might help someone else learn about a subject they’re interested in (or at least find out what it means). Another example is the often-confusing political world. Words like ‘capitalism’, ‘socialism’ and ‘communism’ are often thrown around without much explanation as to what each one means. You might think that their meaning is obvious, but some people might not be as well informed. So take the opportunity to clarify. A good idea for this category is to just think of something you’ve researched in your life, then briefly write about it. If you researched chimpanzees, then talk about them. If you’ve researched the solar system, then write about that. These wouldn’t be as in-depth as an essay, though you might find that they lead to one.

Culture

I don’t know about you, but I always find it fascinating to read about the customs and landmarks from other cultures. Just by living somewhere different than you reader, you’ll find that you have something worth talking about. Write about your area’s customs and festivals. Write about the jokes and languages where you come from. Heck you could even compile a sort of travel guide to your home city; the places to see, the restaurants to eat at and the hotels to stay in. And if you don’t think your home city is worth staying in then write an article about why. An article about the top ten things city X should improve might ignite some political fires (at most) and be an interesting read (at least). This category could also encompass politics and your thoughts on that area (similar to the personal interest category) however I try to steer clear of politics in my hubs because it’s a very charged area. If you’re willing to take up the fight then by all means join in. It’s always topical.

Life Advice

People might laugh when Grandpa sits down and tells the youngens that he had to walk through twelve feet of snow to get to school, but you’d be surprised how much wisdom Grandpa actually has. Going through something in life and then later reflecting on it gives you a perspective that someone else might not yet have. For example if you finished college with student debt, you might tell future students (or parents) to start saving sooner (or give links to helpful scholarships). Or maybe if you’re a writer who had a bad self-publishing experience, you might tell new writers how to enter the industry through a publishing company. Don’t be afraid to give people advice. It’s just an article on the internet; they can ignore it if they want. But if you have the chance to guide someone else along their path then why not go for it?

Conclusion

The ten things I listed above only scratch the surface of what you can write about on HubPages. Maybe instead you’d like to write about recipes, pets, weather or influential people. Each category I listed can be broken down further into more categories. One need only to look at HubPages own categorizing system when creating a new hub. There are lists within lists. But the most important thing to remember when writing for the internet (or anything) is to not doubt yourself. Nothing published is ever perfect, so don’t beat yourself up over trying to make it that way. Do the best you can and enjoy the opportunity the site offers. (You can always go back and edit a hub later.)

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Rusty C. Adore 6 years ago from Michigan

Great advice. I appreciate it.


 6 years ago

A super Hub, thank you. Has to get the creative juices flowing again!

Love and peace

Tony


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SteveoMc 6 years ago from Pacific NorthWest

Great ideas for writing, I might just use some of them. It was especially informative to break it down into 10 broad areas. Thanks for the stimulating ideas.


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Emma Harvey 5 years ago from Berkshire, UK

I have been a member of Hubpages for a few months now, but having a full time job and a family to take care of, I do not write as often as I would like to. I have written in different styles and have found Hubpages a great way of choosing the way you want to write and on any subject you want. I have read other Hubs and I am inspired by the way other people write. I personally tend to write informatively, but it is nice to change styles. It makes it interesting for the readers as well as the writer.


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M. T. Dremer 5 years ago from United States Author

Rusty - You're welcome, thanks for commenting!

Tony - Creative juices can sometimes be annoyingly difficult to get moving ;) Thanks for the comment!

SteveoMc - You're welcome. There are so many different things we can write about here that I had to keep each one relatively broad. Hopefully it jump-starts some new ideas. Thanks for commenting!

Emma Harvey - It certainly can be frustrating when you don't have time to write. I've been struggling with ideas lately and I've been struggling with time management as well. I should probably write another one of these hubs. Thanks for the comment!


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purp-drag913 5 years ago from West Michigan, USA.

Thank you SO MUCH, M.T. Dremer!! This is a wonderful piece; the most imformative one I've read yet. My only questions are these: Do I want to apply for the google and other commercial "thingies," right away, or do I want to practice writing and try to improve my "grade," first? If I need to do those applications right away, how do I do that? Thanks in advance for your answers.

purp-drag.


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M. T. Dremer 5 years ago from United States Author

purp-drag913 - You're welcome, I'm glad I could help. I would recommend writing 2-5 hubs before applying for google adsense. Don't worry about getting high hubscores, because those come with time. Just focus on making a handful of thoughtful hubs and then the adsense process will go nice and smooth. I also recommend joining amazon's ad program. You don't make a lot of money off of it, but it's very helpful for providing product links if you're writing a review or talking about a specific book. (It's also great if you don't have any pictures of the thing you're talking about ;) Good luck!


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Freya Yuki 2 years ago

Thanks for the HubPages guide. I look forward to being able to write more articles for HubPages. I'll see about writing some reviews and entertainment articles and maybe some of the other things you mentioned here. I guess it depends on what ideas / topics / inspiration comes to me.


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M. T. Dremer 2 years ago from United States Author

Freya Yuki - Glad I could help you with some ideas. The best advice I can offer is to have fun with your topics. Thanks for the comment!


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TravelMike 2 years ago from West Memphis, AR

This is great advice for a new hubber, as a new hubpage publisher I am already deciding on what to write about.

Thanks for the advice.


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M. T. Dremer 2 years ago from United States Author

TravelMike - Glad I was able to help you brainstorm. Thanks for the comment!


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TravelMike 2 years ago from West Memphis, AR

Yes, I finally got my first hub published


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M. T. Dremer 2 years ago from United States Author

Congratulations! :D

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