My Squidoo lenses were moved over to HubPages and I honestly had no idea what to expect. I have no idea where to start. I tried editing one of my pages by adding a summary and deleting affiliate links. I see that the links have been deleted but I don't see the summary. There are just so many changes that I have to make to be in compliance. I'm feeling overwhelmed.
One thing to remember is that after you've written a summary in the box provided, you need to hit enter for it to "stick". You can view the summaries if you look at the Hubs on your Profile; the summary is shown on the previews of the Hubs on your profile page.
I think a good guide is the one in the upper right-hand corner of the screen while you are in edit mode. It tells you what is a good number of words, amount of images best to use, how much of other media to use like videos, polls, etc. The guide takes a bit of the pressure off.
As far as what the guide shows, it let's you know that at least 700 words is good but 1250 is optimal; generally, that you should use about 3 images and a couple other media--like a poll and a video, for instance.
Cheryl: I looked at your cookie article and noticed that at the bottom you suddenly discuss love and a book. These are off subject and should be removed. I mention this because I often have problems myself maintaining the focus of an article. Don't talk about apples when you are writing about oranges ...it confuses the reader and does not make sense. I know...I've done the same thing a zillion times!
Thanks very much for the feedback. Which cookie article did you look at? I created several of them. And I haven't had a chance to review many of the pages since they were transferred over from Squidoo so I'm sure there are a bunch of things out of context here. I can see I'm going to be very busy!!
Don't feel overwhelmed Cheryl, there are a lot of us in the same boat!
Just take it one hub at a time, and work on your most popular articles first. You've been given some good advice from others, and some links to check out. Give it time, and take it slowly.
Hubpages is easy to use, once you get used to the new interface, and there are a lot of very helpful people in the forums.
I deleted my lenses long ago. Anyway, hit edit button for one you have already done or started. The summary box is under your title. Here is a link to learning center for how to create a hub. It should help you even though the content is already there. http://hubpages.com/learningcenter/using-hubtool
Thanks! I'll check it out that link. I know I need to do some exploring, as well. My summary still isn't appearing in my edited page, though. Here's a link to the page:http://cherylk.hubpages.com/hub/houseandpetsitting
You will only be able to see the summary when you are in edit mode. If it isn't there, there should be a place at the top of the hub to put one. If it is gone, retype it there. The summary is hidden when we read the hub, because it only shows on Google after your title and here on Hubpages when your hub is listed.
Hit edit and see if it is in the summary box. Good luck and feel free to ask any questions you have. We all started here at one time. Once you get the hang of things, you'll love it here. It is an easy platform to use once you understand it all.
Summaries do not appear on edited pages...they show up next to the article title on Google searches and are a way of enticing readers to look at your hub.
Hi Cheryl. Go to the Learning Center http://hubpages.com/learningcenter/contents and click on the large circle that says "Beginners Start Here". You should find a lot of easy to understand instructions there Also, continue asking questions in this thread you started. There are so many hubbers who are willing to help others learn. Just keep posting your questions.
Hello fellow ex-squid, welcome! There is definitely going to be a learning curve for all of us that are unfamiliar with HubPages with this transition. Here is a hub that helped me, which I will continue to reference: http://relache.hubpages.com/hub/hubpages-squidoo
In addition, I devote my blog to the trial and errors of my own writing journey and hopefully some of my experiences will help you. You can check it out by going to the link on my profile page.
Take baby steps and make goals and soon you'll find that it will all fall into place. Some advice that I would give is focus first on fixing any and all holiday hubs for Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Years coming up. Good luck and happy writing!
I came in from Squidoo too, personally I started with my worst Lenses first as if I made a mess of updating I lost less. Also the lenses remaining were easier to update and being the better ones it meant I remained motivated even when it seemed like I had been working on them forever.
I see others did it exactly the opposite it I thought starting with the worst Hub scores would maximise the affect of my work and therefore give me that push in motivation to keep going.
The summary is kind of like behind the scenes keywords that would be found in the header section if you were coding a page. You don't see it when you view your page but I think it will show if you go to your profile page and look at the description of your featured hubs there.
I started with my best lenses because those were the ones I am most excited to see remain published. I am going to delete some of my worst ones but have kept them because they often contain a germ of a better hub idea. Once I mine them of their gold, they will be gone with the wind. .
Thanks, Glenna. Good to have feedback from former Squids. :-)
Snap - I was just going to say that you will only see the summary in edit mode - also see it on your profile link next to the particular hub you wrote it on.
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