What Is A HubMob And How To Join One

It has been happening for the past eight months. It all started as a way to help HubPages writers create good content and get high traffic to their Hubs. Some Hubbers have been faithful from day one while others have come and gone according to the weekly topic. Some have enjoyed fame and glory with very successful Hubs which have been featured on the HubPages blog, Google’s first page, and many other search engines, blogs and directories while others have won prizes for their HubMob hubs as was the case of the HubMobs sponsored by Stumble Upon.

Every week there are new Hubbers joining in and more or less all new members of the community have the same questions, What is a hubmob? What do I get from it? How do I take part in one? To answer all those questions I have created this hub. If you have any other questions please leave them in the comments box and I’ll try to answer them.

What is a HubMob?

Basically it is a way for a group of HubPages writers -hubbers- to write and publish hubs based on one particular topic during a fixed time frame. The hubbers who join a hubMob are called HubMobsters.

Who chooses the HubMob weekly topic?

The topic is chosen by the HubMob team formed by Ryan Hupfer, ProCW and Princessa. While Ryan Hupfer is part of the HubPages staff, ProCW and Princessa are volunteers invited by HubPages to help run the weekly HubMob.

Who creates those cute HubMob graphics?

Most of the graphics are created especially for the chosen topic by ProCW.

It's a hubMob

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Where can I find all the HubMob Hubs on a given topic?

Shirley Anderson has been doing a fantastic job gathering every week all the HubMob Hubs in a topic under one big weekly Hub.

How are the topics chosen?

The team bases their choice of topics according to different criteria which mainly includes the potential to drive good traffic and earnings to the hubs created. Some of the criteria used to choose a topic are:

How often is the HubMob topic updated?


The HubMob topic is updated weekly. Every Monday morning a new topic is posted in the forums under “The hubbers Hangout”. HubMobsters have a whole week to write a hub on the posted topic. You can write your hub at any time during that week.


Who can join in?

Any hubber can join in, no matter how long you have been a member or how many hubs you have written before. The only requisite to join in is to follow the rules explained in each HubMob weekly post in the forums.


Why should I join a HubMob? What are the advantages?

The advantages of being a HubMobster can be summarized by the following:

  • You will be writing on a well researched topic by the HubMob team.
  • Your HubMob Hub will be promoted within HubPages in the Hubber’s Hangout forum, on the Weekly HubMob Topic thread.
  • Exposure as a hubber. Writing a HubMob hub and interacting in the HubMob forum thread gets you known among the other HubMobsters who in time get interested in reading your other hubs.
  • The best Hub written in a week gains extra promotion being featured on the HubPages blog.
  • The HubMobs are promoted in Facebook through the HubPages page. Your HubMob also gets promoted via other HubMobsters who have included a link to your hub (via the RSS feed) when they post links to their Hubs in their profile pages.
  • Every now and again Stumble Upon sponsors a HubMob topic giving free Stumble ads to the best hubs of the week.
  • If you type hubmob on Google, the number 2 entrance is a link to the hot HubMob hubs
  • Many HubMob Hubs have reached number 1 in Google’s first page only a few days after being published.


Google's results when you type in "HubMob"

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Google's first page.Number 2 entrance is a link to the hot HubMob hubs The page with the Hot HubMob hubs also features top Hubbers
Google's first page.Number 2 entrance is a link to the hot HubMob hubs
Google's first page.Number 2 entrance is a link to the hot HubMob hubs
The page with the Hot HubMob hubs also features top Hubbers
The page with the Hot HubMob hubs also features top Hubbers

How do I join a HubMob?

The rules to join in are the same every week and they are posted along with the new topic in the forums.

Basically to join in you MUST follow these steps:

  1. Click on the link and answer the Request. All HubMob Hubs MUST be answered by clicking on the link to answer the request. This is the first and most important step to become a HubMobster.
  2. Choose a relevant title for your HubMob To get a good ranking in the search engines make your title relevant to your hub content and avoid starting your title with "Weekly HubMob" which makes it more difficult for search engines to find your hub. A descriptive title is always best.

  3. Make sure that your content matches the category entered in the “answer the request” page. If your content is within the topic but does not match the category, feel free to change it to a more appropriate one.

  4. Include the HubMob RSS Feed in your hub. This is always specified in the forum post. It is important to include the RSS feed to support fellow HubMobsters. The RSS feed serves to include a link to the other HubMob hubs from your Hub.
  5. Add the HubMob graphic to your Hub so that everyone who reads it will know at a glance that it is part of the official HubMob topic of the week.

  6. After you publish your HubMob Hub, go back to the forum and post a link to your hub. Take advantage of the free publicity; this is one of the few forum threads where you can blatantly advertise your hubs, so do not miss the opportunity and tell everybody what you wrote about, invite fellow HubMobsters to visit your HubMob Hub.

How many HubMobs can I write for each weekly topic?

As many as you want; you can write 1, 2, 3 or more. If you write good content and follow the rules there is no limit but your time and creativity.

For example Patty Inglish is the most prolific HubMobster with more than 60 contributions in a total of 28 topics.

Can I add a previously published hub on the Weekly topic to the HubMob?

No. All entries to the HubMob must be done through the link to answer the request posted on the week the HubMob is taking place.

Previously written Hubs do not qualify to be part of the HubMob.

Have you taken part in a HubMob?

  • Yes
  • No
  • No, but I will now!
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Some interesting facts about the HubMobs:

  • There have been 28 HubMobs from September 2008 to April 2009.

  • When you type HubMob on Google, the link to the HubMob Weekly Topic; Children and Baby apparel comes 3rd on the first page. 5th on the list comes the link to the HubPages blog featuring the best HubMob of the week and in 10th place on the same page you will find the hubMobs from the Facebook’s Hubpages page.


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cindyvine profile image

cindyvine 7 years ago from Kyiv, Ukraine

I might give this a try but such a hard topic this week, very mean of whoever!


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Princessa 7 years ago from France Author

I'll look forward to have you on board Badcompany :)

Cindyvine: Have a look at this hub for some inspiration: http://hubpages.com/style/Popular-Pubic-HairStyles...


Whikat 7 years ago

Very glad I followed Badcompany over to this hub. I am interested and looking forward to participating. Thank you for all the detailed information.


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cindyvine 7 years ago from Kyiv, Ukraine

Thanks Princessa, but as it is, I try so hard to keep my mind respectable and above board. That hub might lead my thoughts astray!


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Ryan Hupfer 7 years ago from San Francisco, CA

Wow, I think that this Hub actually helped me learn more about the HubMobs and I'm the one that came up with them! Great information and a super helpful Hub for the Hubbers who aren't in the HubMob loop. Thanks for publishing this!


yokalyan 7 years ago

Very interesting. Hope I can find some time to participate in HubMobs.


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Princessa 7 years ago from France Author

Whikat: Are we talking about serious stalking here??? LOL Hope to see you soon taking part in one of the HubMobs :)

cindyvine: come on... who wants a respectable mind? Let's have fun :)

Ryan: It's your baby, thank YOU for inviting me to help.

yokalyan: There is one starting every monday, I hope you find the time to join in the fun.


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SweetiePie 7 years ago from Southern California, USA

Great hub on how to join hubmobs. I am sure this will help many people that are considering writing their first hubmobs.


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Princessa 7 years ago from France Author

thanks SweetiePie, and congratulations for being picked as last week's HubMob winner!


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mayhmong 7 years ago from North Carolina

Feels like going back to school again if I joined the Hubmob...Cool! I hate to admit it, but I kinda missed writing papers all over again.


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Princessa 7 years ago from France Author

mayhmong : I should have added a photo of myself with pencil skirt and ruler in hand LOL


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mayhmong 7 years ago from North Carolina

Eeeek! Not the ruler!


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ripplemaker 7 years ago from Cebu, Philippines

This is a wonderful hub about hubmob! :-) Now most of the questions people ask are now answered. By the way, something popped into my mind. Princessa, will hubbers be able to answer a hubmob request even if it was requested a long time ago? Or should one only answer the request as it is posted? I'm curious, if that is possible.


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Princessa 7 years ago from France Author

ripplemaker : Yes, hubbers can answer a hubmob request even if the request was posted a while ago.


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ripplemaker 7 years ago from Cebu, Philippines

Okay thanks! :-)


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Princessa 7 years ago from France Author

You are welcome, have a great Sunday :)


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Purple Perl 7 years ago from Bangalore,India

I love being a hubmobster!:)One big party every week to look forward to.

Great hub on providing the relevant info to firsttimers,Princessa!


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Princessa 7 years ago from France Author

Purple Perl: Thanks, that is what hubmobs are all about: having fun, making friends and helping each other to build up traffic!


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prasetio30 7 years ago from malang-indonesia

thanks for wonderful information. It sound diffcult to practice. But should try to cuccess in HUBPAGES, number one in google and top article in HUBPAGES.


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Princessa 7 years ago from France Author

prasetio30: actually, writing a hubmob hub is not any more difficult than writing an ordinary hub. The main difference is that you need to start your hub answering a hubmob request and then add both the RSS feed and graphic.

Best of all, it is a great way to get yourself known within the Hubpages community.


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CommerceCat 7 years ago from Australia

I'm new to Hub pages so I've just found this - what a great initiative! I've added it to my hub on finding ideas for writing hubs: http://hubpages.com/community/30-Sources-for-Ideas...


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Charia Samher 7 years ago

Oh, I never knew there was this HubMob thing. I hope to participate in the coming weeks. Thanks for the info.


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Princessa 7 years ago from France Author

CommerceCat : I see you are now part of the HubMob... Way to go!!! I liked your first try to the HubMob: http://hubpages.com/holidays/Regency-Party

Charia Samher: you are welcome, I hope to see you taking part in a HubMob soon. remember that a new topic is posted every Monday.


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ethel smith 7 years ago from Kingston-Upon-Hull

This si one for a few weeks time. Shall be back


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Cam Anju 7 years ago from Stoughton, Wisconsin

Hi, This looks really cool and I'd like to give it a try, this weeks looks awesome! ^_^ But I do have a question, is there a specific order I should put the graphic and the rss feed in, I mean can they be on any part of the page?

And of course verifiing, it's Monday to Monday... so I can write a hub for this anytime in there? I just like to have all my info before starting! Thanks!


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Princessa 7 years ago from France Author

ethel: I see you took the plunge and now you too are a HubMobster, Well done!

CA: You can design your hub in any way you want as long as you have all the necessary capsules. Most HubMobsters prefer to put the graphic at the start and the RSS feed at the bottom, but it is really up to you how you arrange it. A HubMob topic runs from Monday to Monday so you have 7 days to work on your HubMob entry. I hope to see you taking part this week :)


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NYMiskovic 7 years ago from Oswego, NY

Okay...so I am still new here and am learning my way around. This HubMob sounds great and I can't wait to get started! I just have one question. What exactly is an RSS feed?


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Princessa 7 years ago from France Author

NYMiskovic :In this case, the RSS feed is the link used to publish all the updated HubMob entries.  

It means that once you answer the request to a HubMob your Hub gets automatically added to the RSS feed meaning that when the RSS feed  is added to a hub, your hub will be included in the list of hubs.  

I hope this helps and I didn't confuse you more :)


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Richard Ring 7 years ago from Tokyo, Japan

Very cool I'll be joining this as well!


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Princessa 7 years ago from France Author

Hi Richard, I see you have join the HubMob, great contribution!


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Earthscribe 7 years ago from Tampa, Florida

Looks like a creative and sound operation! Thank you for the well written explanation.


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Princessa 7 years ago from France Author

Hi Earthscribe, I hope you too come and join in :)


Duchess OBlunt 7 years ago

Great Hub! Makes me want to participate. Not sure if I can come up with something - but I am willing to give it a go!


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emievil 7 years ago from Philippines

Hi Princessa. I saw the new Hubmob topic - marriage. I'd like to join and I've already chosen my topic. Am I right in thinking that I first have to write the hub before I can click the "answer the request" link?


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Princessa 7 years ago from France Author

Duchess OBlunt: Your first try was excellent, I hope to see you back!

emievil: You MUST star your hub from the ANSWER THE REQUEST link. Otherwise it cannot be added to the hubmob RSS feed


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lorlie6 7 years ago from Bishop, Ca

Princessa, thanks!

I am so new to the HubPages experience that I am not certain I can come up with a quality offering each week. I intend to check back soon with a little more confidence!

Laurel


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Princessa 7 years ago from France Author

lorlie6 : You are welcome. You are not obliged to take part in the hubmob every week. You can participate the weeks you choose and just sit back and read other hubbers' hubs the other weeks.

HubMobs are very flexible, you choose which week you want to be in and the number of hubs that you want to create for that particular week.


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jill of alltrades 7 years ago from Philippines

This sounds interesting! I've seen the hubmob graphics in some hubs but I thought it is only for some selected hubbers. Now that you have explained who can participate and how it is done, I might give it a shot one of these days.

Thank you very much for this very informative hub.


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Princessa 7 years ago from France Author

jill of alltrades: Glad you dropped by; as you can see ANY Hubber can become a HUbMobster. I hope to see you soon joining in the fun :)


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jill of alltrades 7 years ago from Philippines

Thanks Princessa,

I dropped by just a while ago and tried to answer the question. However, I discovered that the title I picked has already been taken. Well, I'm not ready to write on any of the other topics for this week, so I'll try again next time.

Thanks very much again!


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soni2006 7 years ago from New Delhi, India

Really a nice hub for motivating new hubbers to join hubmob and why not everyone should join hubmob, it is really great to be there as it has high potential for becoming a better hubber plus getting a lot of unique visitors to your hubs. Well done Princessa for taking your precious time in writing out this really useful hub. I enjoyed each and every bit of this hub.


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Princessa 7 years ago from France Author

jill of alltrades: hope to see you soon :)

soni2006: You are a great HubMobster and as I mentioned it last week http://hubpages.com/forum/topic/22201 the HubMobster with most hubmob hubs for a topic: 8 for cosmetic surgery!!!. Excellent work.


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sannyasinman 6 years ago

How do we find out the results of hubmobs? Who won etc?


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Princessa 6 years ago from France Author

sannyasinman: you can follow the latest developments of each hubmob from the Forums. You need to go to:

1)All Forums and click on

2)The Hubber's Hangout, from there you click on

3)HubMob Weekly Topic

This week the hubmob is about Body art, you can find us here:

http://hubpages.com/forum/topic/24757


Wife Who Saves 6 years ago

This looks like fun. I'll be checking out the Hubber's Hangout on Monday morning. Thanks.


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Actingperson 6 years ago from Southern England

Thanks, good hub. Bookmarked this. Thanks

Lou


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Princessa 6 years ago from France Author

You are welcome guys!


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janiek13 6 years ago from Florida's Space Coast

I am gonna give it a shot!


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Princessa 6 years ago from France Author

janiek13: please do... at least pay us a visit to read about some of the HubMobsters success stories.


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hypnodude 6 years ago from Italy

Great, interesting, very clear. Now I just have to join. :)

Thanks Princessa.


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chinweike 6 years ago from Glasgow, UK

I have been around for like four weeks but only took note of the hubmob going on last week. Am glad i did and made my first set of contributions last week on valentine hubmob. Thanks Princessa.

chinweike


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Princessa 6 years ago from France Author

hypnodude: Thank you for joining :)

chinweike: Welcome to the HubMob, I've noticed you made a couple of contributions last week. Hope to see you around again!


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adrienne2 6 years ago from Atlanta

Just happen to stumble across a hubmob hub, and noticed the group. Consider me a HubMobster.


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Princessa 6 years ago from France Author

adrienne2: you are more than welcome to join us, you will not be dissapointed.


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EmmaMedu 6 years ago

I bookmarked this hub and I'm sure I'll be reading it again:o). Looking forward to this week's topic!


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TinaAtHome 6 years ago from California

I'm having huge problems loading the hubmob graphic in my hub. I've saved it to my computer and it won't load. Any suggestions? My first hubmob it loaded no problem. My second hubmob just wouldn't load. I waited an hour or so and came back and it uploaded. My third hubmob is ready to go except fo the hubmob graphic. I'm not having trouble uploading any other photos, just this one.


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Princessa 6 years ago from France Author

EmmaMedu: Looking forward to see you in the HUbMob!

Tina: Sorry to hear about your troubles. I have checked your hub and it looks like you solved your problem. Thanks for taking part in the weekly hubmob


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Granny's House 6 years ago from Older and Hopefully Wiser Time

I think i will give it a try. I am not sure how to do the RSS feed thing


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Princessa 6 years ago from France Author

Granny's house: you will find some help here: http://hubpages.com/community/How-to-Write-a-HubMo I explain there how to include the RSS feed


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viking305 6 years ago from Ireland

Thanks for explaining in detail about this. I will certainly have a go. And thanks for including the link to explain how to include the rss feed, I am still a bit confused about that so will go on over to that hub now and learn some more lol


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Princessa 6 years ago from France Author

viking305: Thank you for your interest. We'll be delighted to have a new hubmobster.


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ns1209 6 years ago from UK - England

Am going to try and do this tomorrow


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Princessa 6 years ago from France Author

ns1209: please do, we will be delighted to have a new HubMobster.


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MojoJojo49 6 years ago

I have submitted my entry for the first time and I await with baited breath the outcome of the judging. It is going to be a tense week ;)


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jdaviswrites 6 years ago from California

i am considering giving this a shot. it will surely give me ideas on topics and some extra motivation to write about them to boot...thanks for the hub.


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sriparna 6 years ago from New Delhi

Thanks Princessa, I will join hubmob right away. As a newbie this information was extremely helpful. As now I am concentrating more on improving my writing skills, to enhance my hub and author score than to make money, joining hubmob will give me a structure, I will not have to rack my brains on what topic to write on. I have a question, after joining do I have to write at least a hub on the hubmob weekly topic every week? What if I skip some topics if I am not comfortable to write on those topics or due to time constraints? Will I still be a member of the hubmob? Thanks in advance.


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Princessa 6 years ago from France Author

MojoJojo49: welcome to the HubMob!

jdaviswrites: Thanks for commenting, I hope to see you soon in the HubMob forum.

sriparna: The HubMob is a good way to improve your writing skills. You can take part in one or in every single HubMob. There are no restrictions, you can write for the HubMob one week only or every week, it is up to you when you submit a hub.

Also, you can participate with as many hubs as you feel fit for every HubMob topic.

Good luck and see you soon.

moonvine: they are!


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DonnaWallace 6 years ago from North Carolina

What a great way to band together to learn the ropes in HubPages, become a better writer, and build our online portfolios. Thank you for the great hub!


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Princessa 6 years ago from France Author

DonnaWallace: Thank you for reading :)


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Ambition398 6 years ago

News to me, these sound neat. THose graphics are cute :)


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Princessa 6 years ago from France Author

Ambition398: You should join the HubMob, you can do it anytime. I agree, the graphics are cute :)


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lorlie6 6 years ago from Bishop, Ca

Hi Princessa-before I decide to join in, I'd really like to know what the RSS feed is. Doesn't it stand for something like 'really simple....something?' Unfortunately, I don't find it very simple and don't get what it does exactly! All I see are a bunch of letters...I sure hope this makes sense!

Thanks.


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ross670daw 6 years ago

I will definitely be joining Hubmob, I am always trying to think about what to write about and gain inspiration, I am not very good at it, but would like to keep perservering. Looking forward to the new challenge.

Thanks


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rodolphe 6 years ago from Montreal,Quebec

Thanks for the great informations


MarianG 6 years ago

Very cool! I'm gonna go and click on that link right now! Thank you for doing this!


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vocalcoach 6 years ago from Nashville Tn.

Thank you for this excellent hub. Very good information on how to become a Hubmobster and I am eager to begin trying my hand at it. I am grateful to be a member of Hubpages and have enjoyed this entire experience more than I can say. You have a way of supporting others through your comments that is caring and giving. I have found that to be the case in all my experiences here on Hubpages. Thank you - so much.


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Carl S. Miller 6 years ago from Pacific Northwest

Very useful. Well written. Easy to follow. Thanks. I Am definately gonna check out hubmobs now


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Princessa 6 years ago from France Author

Hi Lorlie: an RSS feed is a format for delivering regularly changing web content. It allows you to easily stay informed by retrieving the latest content from the sites you are interested in.

ross670daw: the hubmob is very good to give you ideas for writing new hubs. It is also good because you feel "part of the pack" we are writing about the same topic and that inspires writers to create very original content. Also knowing that fellow hubbers will be looking at your hub to see what you wrote about is a very good incentive to keep you writing.

rodolphe and Marian: you are welcome. I hope you join the HubMob soon :-)

vocalcoach: thank you for such a lovely comment. I hope to see you in the HubMob soon. If you have any further questions about the HubMob you can email me or find me in the HubMob forum. Otherwise, any other HubMobster in the HubMob forum will be very happy to help you become a HubMobster.

Carl: We'll be waiting for you.


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dahoglund 5 years ago from Wisconsin Rapids

This does interest me. I think I want to start with a topic I feel comfortable wtih, so I will have to watch the announcements.


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Nikki D. Felder 5 years ago from Castle Hayne, N.C.

Very informative. I may seek this out someday soon! Thanks you.


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Lita C. Malicdem 5 years ago from Philippines

HubMob sounds quite a challenge. Might as well try to know the rules and start reading HubMob hubs that I may be inspired to consider this in the near future. Thank you for this great contribution that surely helps writers develop their writing talents. Meanwhile I'll bookmark this. Up and useful! Thank you.


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manjubose5 5 years ago

Merry Christmas To all HubMobsters and New Hubbers.

It is really a great hub that stimulates new hubbers to join hubmob. It is inspiring too. Now I can understand the usefulness of joining hubmob. At the beginning I took it as challenge. That time I could not spare much time from my busy schedule. I left my job recently as I am getting more interest in writing HubMob hubs on my topic.

UNIQUE PRESENTATION! Thank you Princessa.


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nighthag 5 years ago from Australia

something worth looking into, thank you for the information


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arthurchappell 5 years ago from Manchester, England

looks very exciting - looking closely at the possibility of getting involved with this


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AnkushKohli 5 years ago from India

Hhmmmm... I've decided to write for it but waiting for the topic, where I'm interested the most.


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Painter Penfield 5 years ago from Tampa Bay area Florida

This is SO gangster...I am going to get my laptop Gattlin gun and become a hub mobster right away!Thanks for the hot tips Princessa!


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lobonorth 5 years ago

I'll be back to sign in - thanks


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Tweetmom 5 years ago from Newark

This sounds so cool! thank you for giving me the link!

Voted up and bookmarked!


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Ddraigcoch 5 years ago from UK

Great hub. Thank you. Will be looking at the Hubmob link.

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