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How to edit your hubs so that they are featured

  1. louise-barraco profile image81
    louise-barracoposted 2 years ago

    Hi its Louise again, I was wondering if anyone knew how to edit your hubs so that they can be featured and how often you edit  them. I am trying to make blogging into a part time job or full time job but don't know how to get paid doing so and I am a horrible editor of my own stuff.  Please help

    1. Marisa Wright profile image93
      Marisa Wrightposted 2 years ago in reply to this

      If you want to make a real income from writing, then revenue-sharing sites like HubPages are not the way to do it.

      You can learn a lot about writing online here, but the days of making a living from writing sites is long gone.  We have a handful of high-earning Hubbers, but:

      (a) the internet is their full-time job and they probably work longer hours than most;
      (b) they started writing online years ago and their online portfolios have age and reputation;
      (c) they have extensive knowledge and experience in online writing, SEO and effective promotion.

      It would take you years to get to the same position, and by that time HubPages might not even exist, things change so fast on the internet! 

      It's better to regard HubPages as a writers' community where you can enjoy writing and learning from other writers, and earn a few dollars in the process.  If you happen to do well, that's a bonus.

      Oh, and by the way,  HubPages is not a blog.  We do each have our own sub-domain, but that's just an administrative tool and the site is designed as one big magazine, on which we are all staff writers.  Most readers don't notice who wrote each article and will never visit your profile.   If you are trying to build your presence online and attract a following, then you need to start your own blog.

      1. Cardisa profile image91
        Cardisaposted 2 years ago in reply to this

        +100000000000000000000

        If I were depending solely on HP to make a living, I'd starve along with my dog. I had to learn how to freelance and do it well.

        I have now reached a point where freelancing isn't doing it for me so I'm trying to find other routes to make money.

        I learned a lot on HP but fiction has always been my passion. Writing articles is like a side job that I love. I think it's time I dedicate more time doing fiction while I try other avenues of making money online.

      2. relache profile image87
        relacheposted 2 years ago in reply to this

        The two most important things being said in this thread.

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        Deborah Sextonposted 2 years ago in reply to this

        Are you part of the staff ?
        I think that if people want to make money here, they
        have the potential, as long as they work hard.

        1. MelissaBarrett profile image60
          MelissaBarrettposted 2 years ago in reply to this

          I'm fairly certain that Marisa Wright, as a long-time member of hubpages and one of its most successful writers, has the right to post her opinion without petty remarks. There is always quite a bit of value in what she has to say.

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            Deborah Sextonposted 2 years ago in reply to this

            What petty remark was that?
            Why is it anyone can say anything to me, but I'm viewed as petty when I ask a question ?
            If you must know..I asked her that because she used the words "We", and I got the idea she might be part of staff, but since I wasn't sure..I asked...and my question stands
            I stated my opinion that people can make money if they work hard.
            If people didn't think that, why would they stay here?
            There is also value in what I say
            This is why I stayed away from the forums for 2 years

            1. MelissaBarrett profile image60
              MelissaBarrettposted 2 years ago in reply to this

              "Are you part of the staff ?" was petty. I don't really care what anyone else said to you, I didn't see it and wasn't addressing it. Nor did I say that what you say doesn't have value, though I see none in the post I commented on.

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                Deborah Sextonposted 2 years ago in reply to this

                She didn't say anything to me, and I wasn't being petty.
                I didn't reply to something she said to me
                Are you going to attack me personally for asking someone else a question?

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                Deborah Sextonposted 2 years ago in reply to this

                You say you don't really care what anyone else said to me ?..wow I know you don't, and I don't care that you don't
                but I think this is enough now
                No one said anything to me, where are you getting this?

            2. psycheskinner profile image81
              psycheskinnerposted 2 years ago in reply to this

              Of course you can make money here, a few dollars, a few hundred dollars.  But what that post was pointing out us that you can no longer make an income here, the sort of money a person could live on like thousands each month like clockwork.  That used to be possible, now it is not.

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                Deborah Sextonposted 2 years ago in reply to this

                I guess it's good for those who have a spouse with an income, or to make enough money to buy what someone normally can't afford .
                I've read articles, and met people here who claimed to make good money.
                If that's not true anymore, why do you suppose it is?

        2. Cardisa profile image91
          Cardisaposted 2 years ago in reply to this

          Deborah, why be offended when she is giving sound advice? I have been here three years and my income has been cut in half. I have to be creating multiple blogs to be able to stay in the content world. I don't know what will happen to HP so having a blog or blogs is a backup plan. I too had put my trust here, hoping to make it full time, but alas, it ain't happening.

          Many people sign up with HP with the intention of making a good income here...so what Marisa says is just putting things into perspective.

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            Deborah Sextonposted 2 years ago in reply to this

            Are you asking why I was offended?
            I wasn't offended...why should I be?

            1. Cardisa profile image91
              Cardisaposted 2 years ago in reply to this

              Sorry...I thought you were.

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                Deborah Sextonposted 2 years ago in reply to this

                Why did you think I was? What did I say?

                1. Cardisa profile image91
                  Cardisaposted 2 years ago in reply to this

                  I guess you asking Marisa if she was a part of the staff had me wondering if what she said offended you. Again, I am truly sorry for that assumption. Maybe you genuinely didn't know that she wasn't.

        3. Marisa Wright profile image93
          Marisa Wrightposted 2 years ago in reply to this

          No I'm not part of the staff, but I've been a member of seven years and I'm a blogger - and as any good online writer should do, I keep myself up to date with what's happening in the field of online writing.

          I could tell you the whole story of HubPages' rise, fall, rise and fall again if you like because I've been here through it all. Combined with my research and experience elsewhere, I think I have a pretty good idea what the earnings potential of article writing sites is these days.    The fact that most of them have closed down should tell you something.

          When I joined HubPages, there were many writers here who made a living from their writing - and they were on HubPages because it made a worthwhile contribution to their income.  I learned a huge amount from them.  You'll also find Hubs from them and others, still published, talking about their success - but they are outdated.   

          Only a small handful of those Hubbers remain, because the income potential compared to other types of writing is now so poor.  Yes, you can still make money but what matters is how MUCH money?   

          Of course, there are those writers who "just want to write" and don't want to climb the steep learning curve of earning from their own blog, or the slog of breaking into freelance writing.   For them, sites like HubPages give them an outlet for their creativity and allows them to earn something from it.  And it's a fun place to put pieces that don't fit your portfolio elsewhere.  It's not a living.

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            Deborah Sextonposted 2 years ago in reply to this

            I don't write on Hubpages for money, but because I feel I have something I want others to know.
            I already wrote one book, and I've had two poems published.. That's all I wanted to do with that.
            When my husband Joel, and I bought our business, we decided I would no longer work.
            Hubpages gives me a wide audience for my spiritual teaching which is what's important to me.
            I've been here 5 years

            1. Marisa Wright profile image93
              Marisa Wrightposted 2 years ago in reply to this

              ..and that's the kind of thing it's absolutely perfect for.   The OP is a journalist who said her goal was to make a living from her online writing.

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                Deborah Sextonposted 2 years ago in reply to this

                I know, and I was trying to encourage the person, that's what I do.
                We never know how willing someone is to succeed...or how hard they will work
                A lot of money to others may be a different amount than it is to us.
                I've known people to be satisfied, even happy with making $40,000 a year on a regular job

                1. Marisa Wright profile image93
                  Marisa Wrightposted 2 years ago in reply to this

                  It's also important to be realistic.  It's up to the OP where she chooses to write - she may prefer to write on HubPages for a number of reasons, but I think it's important that she knows she's choosing something that will pay her less PER HOUR OF EFFORT than other avenues.  She may well be happy to put in longer hours to compensate for that, but she needs to know that's what's involved.

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                    Deborah Sextonposted 2 years ago in reply to this

                    You never did tell me why you feel people can't make the money they want.
                    What's changed ? Why it it harder than say five years ago ?

              2. Barbara Kay profile image86
                Barbara Kayposted 2 years ago in reply to this

                You can still earn a good supplemental income here though. If you want to earn a living, you need to have your work at many places. I have a website that earns more than I do here and a couple of blogs, but still don't earn enough to say I earn a living. I don't think Hubpages isn't a good place to start. I learned so much here.

                1. Marisa Wright profile image93
                  Marisa Wrightposted 2 years ago in reply to this

                  I think it's a great place to start, so long as you treat it as a springboard, not an end in itself.

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              Deborah Sextonposted 2 years ago in reply to this

              I use to be a writer for Ehow, and it's how I started writing online.
              You didn't have to have an Adsense, or any other account, you shared in their revenue.
              The way they did it, I was actually getting paid for my writing. They paid us with the revenue they got from their Adsense account.
              But...it wasn't a nice place to write, as a matter of fact, it was horrible. They didn't treat me badly because I wrote and didn't say anything..but for the ones that did !!......I made good money there, but that's not why I was writing, so I left. I don't have an Adsense or Ebay account, and I make no money here..but
              At least Hubpages is pretty fair

    2. NateB11 profile image91
      NateB11posted 2 years ago in reply to this

      I would use the guide in the upper right hand corner when you are editing a Hub. It tells you how many words you've written, to use different media, etc. If the Hub is missing any of those things, like low on text, then I'd work on adding quality text to it, for instance.

      1. Sulabha profile image81
        Sulabhaposted 2 years ago in reply to this

        That's a helpful advice.

      2. rebekahELLE profile image90
        rebekahELLEposted 2 years ago in reply to this

        I think even before checking the boxes in edit mode, it helps to read through the hub carefully.  Does the title match the content? If not, that's the first place to edit.  If the content doesn't adequately answer or cover what the title asks/states, it will have a hard time being found via search.  Either rework the titles or edit the content and subheadings to give a completeness to the hub.  Will it satisfy a search query?  We don't just want our hubs featured, we want them to attract readers and keep them engaged.

        I have one that just went unfeatured for engagement.  I know it needs a better title and some editing of the content.  I'm going to look at comparable articles in the search results and see how I can make a better title with search phrases and make sure I have related keywords in the content.  As it is now, it's not working, but from the comments I've received, I think it's worth fixing.

    3. Blackspaniel1 profile image78
      Blackspaniel1posted 2 years ago in reply to this

      I just wish I knew why adding to a featured hub would make it no longer be featured, even after reversing the additions.  So getting featured may not be the end.  It said quality, but there were only about two sales links to Amazon and ebay and about 1000 words of content.  Can anyone comment on what kind of problem might esist, and no violations are showing.

      1. louise-barraco profile image81
        louise-barracoposted 2 years ago in reply to this

        My thoughts exactly I am so confused as I have to edit all my blogs from squidoo but some are featured and I want to keep it that way

      2. Marisa Wright profile image93
        Marisa Wrightposted 2 years ago in reply to this

        If it's just unFeatured, you can post it in the Improving Your Hub section and ask people for advice. 

        http://hubpages.com/forum/category/2885

        1. Blackspaniel1 profile image78
          Blackspaniel1posted 2 years ago in reply to this

          But it seems illogical for something that is featured to become unfeatured. I added a module, then removed it to go back to where I started from.  Something is not working in the checking process.

          1. Marisa Wright profile image93
            Marisa Wrightposted 2 years ago in reply to this

            I wrote a Hub explaining about Featured and UnFeatured.  You'll find it in the slider on my profile.

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      Deborah Sextonposted 2 years ago in reply to this

      Here's some of Hubpages' learning center sections
      http://hubpages.com/learningcenter/Featured-Hubs

      http://hubpages.com/faq/

    5. peachpurple profile image79
      peachpurpleposted 2 years ago in reply to this

      blogging can't replace a full tim job nor a part time job, you can treat it as a spare change income because the earning is relatively low here. to edit your unfeatured hub, try to add in video, poll, table, images of your own and add in 2 sentences ( new )

      1. makingamark profile image74
        makingamarkposted 2 years ago in reply to this

        Writing on HubPages is NOT blogging.

        I find the perspective on HubPages about writing online varies hugely depending on whether or not an individual has developed independent sites (eg blogs) which are successful.

        If you really want to find out whether or not your writing is good enough start a blog and see where it takes you.

  2. psycheskinner profile image81
    psycheskinnerposted 2 years ago

    If the hub is unfeatured for traffic any change at all will work.  If ti is unfeatured for quality trying following the suggestions at the top right in edit mode.

  3. louise-barraco profile image81
    louise-barracoposted 2 years ago

    I was transferred from squidoo and am still trying to get used to hubpages thanks for all your help

    1. TIMETRAVELER2 profile image93
      TIMETRAVELER2posted 2 years ago in reply to this

      One more thing:  If you do not have the ability to edit your own work, you have a real problem because to do well in any writing venue, you have to be able to analyze what you write and make corrections appropriately.

      HP is a great teacher, and you will learn a lot here about online writing.  Perhaps you should use this site to hone your skills and then take them to another venue at a later time.

  4. Kajal Jain profile image61
    Kajal Jainposted 2 years ago

    Hello,
    I am a full-time writer/proofreader/editor from India.
    I can do the editing part for you and make your hub look good.

    1. louise-barraco profile image81
      louise-barracoposted 2 years ago in reply to this
  5. louise-barraco profile image81
    louise-barracoposted 2 years ago

    Thanks that helps a lot

  6. brakel2 profile image85
    brakel2posted 2 years ago via iphone

    Someone said that good quality hubs with little traffic get caught up with low quality hubs with little traffic in the unfeatured  process. That's why we have to work on them to get them featured again.

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    Deborah Sextonposted 2 years ago

    Here's The Learning Center Index
    http://hubpages.com/learningcenter/contents

  8. Sue Adams profile image91
    Sue Adamsposted 2 years ago

    Hi NateB11,

    You can find a summary of guidelines on how to edit your hubs so that they are featured on this post:

    http://hubpages.com/forum/topic/127101? … ost2681726

    If you follow those guidelines for each and every one of your hubs, there is no reason why you couldn't have all your hubs featured and, like so many of us, make a 3 figure payout every month.

    Good luck with your editing,

    Sue

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      Deborah Sextonposted 2 years ago in reply to this

      I knew things weren't that bleak here, especially for those who work hard.
      There are many solutions to problems
      I'm glad to hear you make three figures, felicitations

    2. Marisa Wright profile image93
      Marisa Wrightposted 2 years ago in reply to this

      A three figure payout could be $100 for all we know.   This is a good example of how the definition of "doing well" varies from person to person.

      A person who is writing for the love of it may be happy to make payout once in a blue moon.  A person writing for pin money may be content with just reaching payout each month.    However, a person writing for a living would want to make several hundred dollars from HubPages to make it worth the time and effort.

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        Deborah Sextonposted 2 years ago in reply to this

        To find the figure in salary, change the word "figure" to "digit"

        6 figure (6 digit) is anything not lower than  100,000 dollars.

        5 figure (5 digits) is anything with 5 digits, like 10,000-99,000 .

        4 Figure (4 digits) is 1,000 to 9,000

        In speaking of salary figures-digits, the amount does not go below $1000.00 so there is no such thing as three digits
        I believe the hubber meant 4 digits

        1. Marisa Wright profile image93
          Marisa Wrightposted 2 years ago in reply to this

          I think Sue did mean 3 digits.   She was talking about payout, not salary (which is my point of course).

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            Deborah Sextonposted 2 years ago in reply to this

            But the figure definitions would be the same in either scenario

            1. Marisa Wright profile image93
              Marisa Wrightposted 2 years ago in reply to this

              Who says?   The expression "three figure salary" is never used, but that's simply because no one would ever earn a 3 figure salary.   It doesn't mean it's breaking some kind of rule to use that expression. 

              Perhaps the best plan is to ask Sue what she meant.  However, I can think of only a couple of Hubbers who are earning more than $1,000 a month - and one of them has over 1,000 Hubs, which would equate to $1 or $2 per Hub per month.

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                Deborah Sextonposted 2 years ago in reply to this

                My husband and I are employers, and pay out salaries, so I guess I'm saying it.  We know there is no such thing as a three digit salary. Not because no one will work for that amount, but the term doesn't exist.

                Like I said, you have to work hard, and if it takes 2000 hubs that creates  $3 income per hub each month, Then that's what yo have to do...for $6000.00 a month

                The thing is you only have to write 2000 hubs once, so it's not as hard as it may seem

                1. Marisa Wright profile image93
                  Marisa Wrightposted 2 years ago in reply to this

                  True, but what I'm trying to point out is that in the time it takes you to write 2,000 Hubs, you could create your own blog, or write several articles for clients, which would ultimately pay better. 

                  I'm not saying HubPages does not pay, I'm saying that if you compare different writing jobs on the basis of a rate per hour, it is on the lower side.   

                  For example, I met many freelance writers who were active members of HubPages in the days when payouts were higher, because the income was more comparable - now it's not worth their time - and the proof is that you'll see very few freelance writers here. 

                  I also didn't say there was such a thing as a three digit salary.   Sue was referring to a payout.  That is not a salary and I would be very surprised if her payout is in four digits.   Well done to her if it is.

        2. Marisa Wright profile image93
          Marisa Wrightposted 2 years ago in reply to this

          I just saw this post in another forum from Sue, confirming that the "3 digit" payout was NOT a typo:

          http://hubpages.com/forum/topic/127101? … ost2682804

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            Deborah Sextonposted 2 years ago in reply to this

            The Hubber calls it a monthly income, not a payout
            http://hubpages.com/forum/topic/127101? … ost2682804

            I just asked Sue directly here:
            http://hubpages.com/forum/topic/127101? … ost2683056

            1. Marisa Wright profile image93
              Marisa Wrightposted 2 years ago in reply to this

              I'll be interested to see what she says.   It seems unlikely that she made the same typo twice, since Sue rarely makes typos anyway.

  9. paperfacets profile image85
    paperfacetsposted 2 years ago

    While reading this thread I decided to add that I like any information shared on our forum. If you have been writing here for awhile I take into account what you have learned here and you do not have to be an employee.

    We all know the Internet enough to know what information to ignore and what will work. So join the discussion. Any tips, observations, and a few opinions are much more interesting than a single link I should go to to read. I have read the Hub Pages info and oddly I am still muddled.

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      Deborah Sextonposted 2 years ago in reply to this

      Ask the questions, and I'll be happy to share anything I know.
      It's good to search through all the threads first to see if the answer is already there
      There is a lot of redundancy, and some questions and answers are posted again, and again

  10. Sue Adams profile image91
    Sue Adamsposted 2 years ago

    Sorry Marisa but this thread is about "How to edit your hubs so that they are featured".

    Not about "How can I make a living from HubPages?"

    1. Marisa Wright profile image93
      Marisa Wrightposted 2 years ago in reply to this

      That may be the title of the thread but the OP said "I am trying to make blogging into a part time job or full time job but don't know how to get paid doing so and I am a horrible editor of my own stuff."

      I read that to mean she wanted help editing as part of her goal to make money from her writing.   Since that raises a whole other question, I felt it was important to address that.

  11. chefmancave profile image85
    chefmancaveposted 2 years ago

    I use a program called Grammerly. I write all my articles in MS Word first. I then let Grammerly make all it's suggestions. I try to correct all the mistakes/suggestions that Grammerly finds. Grammerly also has a nifty Plagerism checker. After I am satisfied with the article in MS Word, I will use cut-n-paste to create the Hub article. Grammerly is an add-on to MS Word and costs $99 per year.

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    Deborah Sextonposted 2 years ago

    At times when we express our thoughts, and opinions, it can easily turn into a debate,
    Debate can lead to some seriously hurt feelings
    We' all react differently to words, opinions, and situations
    Anyway I hope something I do or say helps someone, and nothing I do  offends too much

 
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