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Newbie Needs Help

  1. SusanMMacdonald profile image88
    SusanMMacdonaldposted 3 months ago

    I'm fairly new here, still trying to learn the rules.  Apparently, my R is for Renaissance Faire hub isn't up to community standards.  Any suggestions on how to improve it?  The computer said not to put the URL here, so I'm not sure how to ask people to look at it to critique it.  It's not featured; is that the same as not posted? 

    If I'm breaking rules, it's accidentally.  I'm guessing it's too spammy because I'm promoting my own book within the hub.

    1. Alessio Ganci profile image81
      Alessio Ganciposted 3 months ago in reply to this

      I checked the hub on your profile and I have read it. The problems with this hub are two for me:

      - it is too short at a rapid glance (have you checked the right meter in the HubEditor, and have you met at least the first words' number lap?)

      - it is related to an actual event ("The Faire will be August 20, 21, 27, and 28"). HubPages is not a newspaper, so hubs related to events or news of the days are not considered valid.

      Especially the second point is the reason why, in my opinion, your hub has not been featured.

      However no problem, it's perfectly normal the first times you are on HubPages, to do these little errors! You are not breaking any particular rule, the maximum it happens in these cases is only not getting your hub featured. That means it is posted, everyone can read it, but it is not searchable on Google and it does not generate earnings!

    2. TIMETRAVELER2 profile image93
      TIMETRAVELER2posted 3 months ago in reply to this

      Since it is not featured, it does not appear on your profile, so nobody can read it.  I suggest you read the Learning Center's info about creating stellar hubs and also read some by a few of the better writers here to see what their techniques are.

      For starters:

      The hub should be approximately 1000 words long,
      photos should be clear, beautiful and correctly accredited,
      spelling and grammar should be excellent,
      ads, if any, should be directly related to what you are writing about and should have details about the product and why you or someone you know well uses it and
      wordage should be broken up into separate capsules that carry appropriate subtitles.

      Hope this helps.

      1. SusanMMacdonald profile image88
        SusanMMacdonaldposted 3 months ago in reply to this

        1,000 words sounds a little too long.  When I ghost-write blogs for BlogMutt, the minimum length is 250 words.  The next size up is 600 words, then 900 words.  I wouldn't think most readers would want to read a thousand word blog.

        1. Alessio Ganci profile image81
          Alessio Ganciposted 3 months ago in reply to this

          This is because HubPages is not keen at offering simple blog articles: it wants to offer magazine-style articles, full of media, with nice layouts and so on. It is completely different than a blog article composed by plain text and an image. Making your hub as richer as you can means is the first advice i can give you. I had the same difficulties the first time (I also was a ghostwriter), but after a week I was ready for hubs

        2. theraggededge profile image95
          theraggededgeposted 3 months ago in reply to this
        3. TIMETRAVELER2 profile image93
          TIMETRAVELER2posted 3 months ago in reply to this

          HP is not a blog site.  The rules here are different. 1000 words is actually a bit less than they might like to see, but less than that will not get your work featured.  If you want to write blogs, you might consider starting one of your own where you can write as you please, but this is overseen and owned by people who want to make money, and having lengthy articles is one way that they help themselves to do so.

    3. Shyron E Shenko profile image86
      Shyron E Shenkoposted 3 months ago in reply to this

      Susan, I would read a lot of other people's hub (not just the hub, but the comment to those hubs and the thank you comments in return) just to get an idea what this hub community is all about.
      I read you hub "Natalie McGarry, MP" and I don't think HP Moderators like all the links that take readers away from HubPages IMO. 
      I wish you well and I wish you much success here on HP
      Blessings
      Shyron

  2. ProBeatStudio profile image75
    ProBeatStudioposted 3 months ago

    Try and focus on putting everything you can into the hub, write detailed quality content, find relevant videos to your subject, as well as images that support your text.

    Best thing to do is to take a look around at various other high trending pages, to get a feel for the level of quality you should be striving for.

    1. SusanMMacdonald profile image88
      SusanMMacdonaldposted 3 months ago in reply to this

      I personally don't care for on-line videos, but I admit that's a personal prejudice.

  3. SusanMMacdonald profile image88
    SusanMMacdonaldposted 3 months ago

    Cut and pasted it to my personal blog, then deleted here.  I didn't think I could rewrite it to meet local standards and still say what I wanted to say.

    1. TIMETRAVELER2 profile image93
      TIMETRAVELER2posted 3 months ago in reply to this

      In your case, that may be the best thing to do.  The type of writing done here is much more sophisticated and must meet strenuous  requirements.  Good Luck!

 
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