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  1. lori811 profile image71
    lori811posted 2 months ago

    Hi Everyone - I'm new to HubPages and its publishing format. Currently having issues inserting photos between the paragraphs of my articles. Appreciate any/all assistance.

    Thanks a bunch and have a great day.

    lori811

    1. theraggededge profile image95
      theraggededgeposted 2 months ago in reply to this

      Hi Lori, welcome to HubPages smile

      You have to use a dedicated image capsule to upload images. You can't insert them into a text capsule. Instead, use several text capsules to break up the article with image capsules in between. Look to the right-hand side when in edit mode and you'll see the option to add several different kinds of media.

      https://hubpageshelp.com/content/Learni … ng-hubtool

      Lots more info here: https://hubpageshelp.com

      1. lori811 profile image71
        lori811posted 2 months ago in reply to this

        Hi TheRaggedEdge - Thank you so much for your help, while I find my way around the hub:))

      2. lori811 profile image71
        lori811posted 2 months ago in reply to this

        I have already visited/used the hubtool but still need to figure out what I'm doing wrong. Trial and error for me. Again, thank you:)

    2. TIMETRAVELER2 profile image92
      TIMETRAVELER2posted 2 months ago in reply to this

      You can't put them between paragraphs, but you can put them between capsules.

      Text capsules are those you use to write your content.
      Photo capsules are those you use to produce images.

      You get images either by creating them yourself or by going to Public Domain sites such as Morguefile or Pixabay to download the ones you want to post.

      You can use pickmonkey.com to edit photos, save them to your desktop and then upload them to your articles.

      If you don't use public domain photos,you need to have permission from the owner of the image to use it and then you have to accredit them in the area that is located beneath the photo before you save it. 

      You can get more guidance from our Learning Center, and I suggest strongly that you do so.

      Welcome to HP and good luck!

    3. lori811 profile image71
      lori811posted 2 months ago in reply to this

      I want to thank all my new fellow-hubbers for their wonderful help and guidance. I found Pixabay and really like their quality photos. Found what  I needed for my article.. Will check back to report my progress. Thanks a bunch and God bless!

    4. lori811 profile image71
      lori811posted 2 months ago in reply to this

      I just noticed that when using the Hub Tool to organize/rearrange and drag/drop my capsules, not all of them show the capsule subtitles, making it difficult to reorder properly. Not thrilled with this method but do like Pixabay photos - thank you.

      1. theraggededge profile image95
        theraggededgeposted 2 months ago in reply to this

        Just save and then go back into Edit. The subtitles should appear.

        1. lori811 profile image71
          lori811posted 6 weeks ago in reply to this

          Finally figured it out last week. Everything clicked!  Thanks a bunch!

    5. lori811 profile image71
      lori811posted 8 weeks ago in reply to this

      Hey theraggededge - I'm baaack! finaly. Getting just a bit paranoid now about writing since the H is so picky but I get it. Just submitted another article. Had to do the copy/paste from my draft in order to line up the text/photos. Still having issues with the organize your content. All my capsules have subtitles but they still do not show in the organized portion:(( Might be a tech glitch. Have a great weekend!

      1. Marisa Wright profile image93
        Marisa Wrightposted 8 weeks ago in reply to this

        Lori, did you study the article I sent you on how to use capsules?   I'm worried that you say you need to use copy and paste to get things to "line up", that sounds as though you're doing something wrong.

        I wrote a couple of Hubs which I strongly recommend you read.  You'll find them on the slider on my profile.  You're already used to online writing so you don't need most of the stuff in the Learning Centre, you just need to know the peculiarities of HubPages, and my Hubs will explain that. 

        The most important one for you is How to Optimise your Hubs.  That explains why the layout is important, and how to choose titles, amongst other things.  You should also check out the one on Basic Rules, which summarises all the rules you need to stick to.

        1. lori811 profile image71
          lori811posted 8 weeks ago in reply to this

          Thank you, Marisa. I managed to get thru it. I had to copy/paste the text from my article draft. It's pending publication. I will check out your hubs. If I am  doing  something  wrong,, I'll hear abt it  soon enough. Many thanks for your concern and help

          1. Marisa Wright profile image93
            Marisa Wrightposted 8 weeks ago in reply to this

            Lori, you may not be aware there are two aspects to this.  One is getting your Hubs accepted for publication by HubPages.   The next is ensuring they meet the criteria for transfer to the vertical sites (we usually call them "niche sites"), which is where you can earn income from them.   Hubs left on HubPages.com do earn something, but generally far less than on the niche sites.

            I know your Hubs will easily meet the requirements in terms of writing quality, but judging by the single Hub you have already published, they stand no chance of being accepted for the niche sites until you have an understanding of the other requirements - which is what my two Hubs will give you.

            1. lori811 profile image71
              lori811posted 8 weeks ago in reply to this

              Marisa, kindly re-send the links. My one article was featured but clearly I'm missing something. Will review again. Thanks a bunch.

              1. Marisa Wright profile image93
                Marisa Wrightposted 8 weeks ago in reply to this

                Lori, I'm not allowed to post links to my own Hubs on the forums.   If you go to my profile and look on the slider, you'll see the Basic Rules and How to Optimize hubs there.

                One more think - HubPages jargon is confusing.   Anywhere else in the world, "Featured" would mean something special.   Here, it just means "normal".    There are several levels here:

                1.  A Hub can be published, but not Featured (we often say, unFeatured).   That means your Hub is on the main HubPages.com site, but it's invisible to Google and other search engines. The ONLY way people can see it, is if you send them a link.   

                2.  A Hub can be Featured.  This means it's published on the main HubPages.com site and is visible to everyone, it will come up in Search, and it's visible to Google. In other words, it's exactly the same as a normal article on Helium or any other writing site.

                3.  A Hub can be accepted for one of the niche sites.  All new Hubs are considered for these sites soon after they're Featured.   Each niche site has an editor and some of them are busier than others, so it can take anywhere from one day to a month to find out if your Hub is good enough.   They won't tell you if it fails, but they will email you if it's chosen. 

                It is a learning curve!   Good luck with it.

                1. lori811 profile image71
                  lori811posted 8 weeks ago in reply to this

                  I hear ya and many thanks! Will visit and review the article. Thank you for the super update. God bless

                2. TIMETRAVELER2 profile image92
                  TIMETRAVELER2posted 8 weeks ago in reply to this

                  One more thing.  You can submit one hub to the niche sites every 14 days.  If you look at the top of the hub you'll see a "submit" notice, which you can press to start the process. Follow the questions and then submit.  If they like it, they'll accept it.  Sometimes they'll email you to ask that you make certain changes.  Other times they'll tell you your hub has not been accepted.  If that happens, you need to get to work to find out why and then fix the issue.

                  1. lori811 profile image71
                    lori811posted 8 weeks ago in reply to this

                    I see the niche site at the top of the page but hesitated to click on it. Thank you!

                  2. Marisa Wright profile image93
                    Marisa Wrightposted 8 weeks ago in reply to this

                    Just to clarify - the instructions about submitting to a niche site probably won't apply to you very often, Lori.

                    Like I said, every new Hub is automatically assessed for the niche sites, you don't need to do a thing.  If it's good enough, you can expect to see it moved within about four weeks (and once you get the hang of it, most of yours will get transferred, I'm sure).   

                    If it hasn't been moved by the end of the first month, you can assume it didn't make the grade.  So, there's no point in using the "submit a Hub to a network site" button, because it will simply get rejected again.  What you need to do is take a hard look at the Hub,  work out why they didn't like it, and fix it.  THEN you can hit the "Submit to a network site" button.

                    That's what the facility is for - to let you submit a revised and improved Hub that previously missed out.

                    Because you're already a seasoned writer, for you it will be just a case of getting a handle on the rules, and you'll probably find your Hubs get moved consistently first time around anyway.

                    Hope that clears things up.

  2. lori811 profile image71
    lori811posted 2 months ago

    Ahhh. Thank you, TimeTraveler2. I am familiar with the capsules and will give it another shot. I am currently using flickr.com but will check out pickmonkey. Many thanks:)) God bless!

    1. TIMETRAVELER2 profile image92
      TIMETRAVELER2posted 2 months ago in reply to this

      Picmonkey is an editing tool  Flicker is a photo site.  The problem with using Flicker is that many of the photos cannot be used and just about all of them require accreditation.  Wastes a lot of time.  I prefer the easier route, which is the one I told you about earlier.

  3. theraggededge profile image95
    theraggededgeposted 2 months ago

    Sometimes I feel like my comments are invisible.

    1. Will Apse profile image87
      Will Apseposted 2 months ago in reply to this

      In my experience, it is the blindness of the swine I cast my pearls before...

      1. theraggededge profile image95
        theraggededgeposted 2 months ago in reply to this

        big_smile You are very bad.

    2. TIMETRAVELER2 profile image92
      TIMETRAVELER2posted 2 months ago in reply to this

      I saw your first comment but felt it would be a bit confusing to a newbie.  I felt a more detailed and clear explanation would be of more help.  Sorry if you feel I stepped on your toes.

      1. lori811 profile image71
        lori811posted 2 months ago in reply to this

        No, you didn't step onmy toes. Thank you for clarifying. I have written on other sites but HP is different and takes a bit more time to digest. Many thanks for your help. God bless:)

        1. TIMETRAVELER2 profile image92
          TIMETRAVELER2posted 2 months ago in reply to this

          That comment was meant for the ragged edge, not you!

          1. lori811 profile image71
            lori811posted 2 months ago in reply to this

            Ooops! Sorry about that.

      2. theraggededge profile image95
        theraggededgeposted 2 months ago in reply to this

        No, I didn't think that at all, TT2. The more information newbies get, the better.

  4. theraggededge profile image95
    theraggededgeposted 2 months ago

    Lori, look up at the top of the page and click on Chronological. Then you'll see the posts here in the right order.

    1. lori811 profile image71
      lori811posted 2 months ago in reply to this

      /Thanks again:)

      1. lori811 profile image71
        lori811posted 2 months ago in reply to this

        My article "dating tips for men" was returned as needs improvement; something to do with spammy elements??. Have no  idea what this means or what they want. I have published posts online elsewhere without the hassle. Their other issue is that I used only one text capsule. Give me a break. I don't like the system. Pardon my rant.

        1. theraggededge profile image95
          theraggededgeposted 2 months ago in reply to this

          We can't see it unless you use the link given in the email.

          To be honest, the title itself sounds a little spammy. It's one of those saturated topics HP is trying to discourage.

          https://hubpageshelp.com/standards/Lear … ted-topics

          Edit: The reason why HP is so picky is because they have to protect their relationship with Google, and in particular Google Adsense. Adsense has a whole raft of topics that it won't permit their ads to be shown on. Stupid, I know, because many of their ads are as spammy as anything.

          1. lori811 profile image71
            lori811posted 2 months ago in reply to this

            Hi there, theraggededge - OK, I get it but if the title is so saturated and they try to discourage it, then why do they include it in the category...duhhh!  I am not going to edit and resubmit. Can I delete it and do another article?  Seems damned if we do and damned if we don't.  Thank you for your feedback.

            1. theraggededge profile image95
              theraggededgeposted 2 months ago in reply to this

              If you post the link here, we can help you. If it's a good article, then it might be fine.

              Yep, those categories have been around for yonks. They need a clean up to bring them in line with HP requirements.

              The thing is, there isn't much point in writing in an over-saturated topic. There are so many other sites with greater authority that unless you write the ultimate, definitive guide to dating for men, it'll sink and not get any traffic. You have to look for niche topics that aren't covered so much, but people are searching for.

              1. lori811 profile image71
                lori811posted 2 months ago in reply to this

                I hear ya:)  I already deleted the article content on Dating Tipos. Will check out other stuff. Thanks a bunch!

        2. TIMETRAVELER2 profile image92
          TIMETRAVELER2posted 8 weeks ago in reply to this

          If you want to write here, whether you like it or not, you have to follow the rules.  There are good reasons for these rules, so don't take it too hard when they send something back.

          Using just one capsule is not adequate.  Online readers need info in small bites.  They get bored quickly if they are looking at one long page of print. Also, using capsules allows you to create subtitles for each section, which allow readers to browse rather than read.

          Spammy elements can mean too many links or too many ads...or ads that are inappropriate to your topic. 

          You really need to take a look at the learning center and read up on all of these issues because the answers are right there for you.

          As I said earlier, read some articles from other, more experienced, writers to get a feel for how to properly format a hub.

          1. lori811 profile image71
            lori811posted 8 weeks ago in reply to this

            I have been writing for several years. This us s new learning curve. I just published a second article using several photo capsules.

            1. TIMETRAVELER2 profile image92
              TIMETRAVELER2posted 8 weeks ago in reply to this

              Yes, the learning curve here is huge!  I had been writing all of my life and even wrote for another online site before I came here, but it was only after starting on this site that I realized how little I knew.  I wrote here for years earning practically nothing, but last year everything clicked and right now everything is going great!  It takes a long time and a lot of article writing for most of us before we do well...although one fellow I know hit one million views at the 6 month point, but he was an expert at SEO.

              1. lori811 profile image71
                lori811posted 8 weeks ago in reply to this

                Very true, but once it clicks, smooth sailing. Thank you

  5. Susan Sears profile image82
    Susan Searsposted 2 months ago

    You can use the arrows to move the pictures to where you want them.

    1. TIMETRAVELER2 profile image92
      TIMETRAVELER2posted 8 weeks ago in reply to this

      Yes, but you can only move them to the left, right or center.

      Also, you should always make photos full width so that they look OK for mobile readers.  Some people put them at the top, but I think it's better to put the first photo after the first paragraph because Google likes to see content above the fold.  People will argue that images are content, but personally I don't think they are enough content..but that's just me.  I prefer to be safe rather than sorry!

      1. lori811 profile image71
        lori811posted 8 weeks ago in reply to this

        I hear ya on that and I'm doing that. Thanks

  6. Jeremy Gill profile image88
    Jeremy Gillposted 2 months ago

    @theraggededge

    No worries, yours was a great comment. I've had similar experiences, I think they're just accidental oversights.

  7. Terrielynn1 profile image86
    Terrielynn1posted 2 months ago

    welcome Lori, there are lots of helpful people here. I saw this too late to help. Just ask if you need to know anything else. Some things work differently if your on a pc or tablet.

  8. pen promulgates profile image80
    pen promulgatesposted 2 months ago

    Hey Lori
    Welcome to Hubpages smile
    I am sure you will rock!

    1. lori811 profile image71
      lori811posted 2 months ago in reply to this

      Aww. Thanks a bunch. Rite back at ya

  9. Marisa Wright profile image93
    Marisa Wrightposted 2 months ago

    Hi Lori

    This is the best Hub I've found to explain how capsules work.
    https://hubpages.com/community/capsules

    1. lori811 profile image71
      lori811posted 2 months ago in reply to this

      HI Marisa - Your name looks so familiar. Did you write for Helium.com (dance channel) several years ago?

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

        Hi, yes I did!

        1. lori811 profile image71
          lori811posted 2 months ago in reply to this

          Small world, isn't it

  10. lori811 profile image71
    lori811posted 2 months ago

    Thank you, theraggededge -I'll try again on my next article. My current article is pending for publishing status.

  11. Craypoe profile image85
    Craypoeposted 2 months ago

    Welcome.

  12. pen promulgates profile image80
    pen promulgatesposted 8 weeks ago

    Lori. You will come through fine with it smile

  13. lori811 profile image71
    lori811posted 8 weeks ago

    Thank you. That is what I thought but not permitted in the article, per se. Also - it's okayyto cut/paste sections of text into the article box. Hub suggests cut/paste but copy/paste keeps my draft in tact, should there be a problem on the site. Thank you for all the detailed info. Once I get a handle on everything, I'll be ok.

    1. Marisa Wright profile image93
      Marisa Wrightposted 8 weeks ago in reply to this

      Yes, copy/paste or cut/paste is fine, but I couldn't think of any possible scenario where it would help to "line up" the photos, if you're using the capsules properly.  So I worried!

      1. lori811 profile image71
        lori811posted 8 weeks ago in reply to this

        You are a sweetie and I thank you. I need to review again until the entire process clicks.

        1. Marisa Wright profile image93
          Marisa Wrightposted 8 weeks ago in reply to this

          I find the best plan is to put each paragraph in a separate capsule.   That way, if you need to revise later by adding more photos or rearranging the sequence, it's much easier.   It also ensures you maximise HubPages' ad layout.

          I very rarely need to use the "organize" feature in the sidebar, so it doesn't bother me if I don't have capsule subtitles.  Instead, I mainly use the up and down arrows on the capsules themselves. 

          WARNING - It's illegal to use Shutterstock photos unless you've paid for them.  I can see some Shutterstock photos on your notary Hub, and they have the watermark on them, which means they are the sample photo not the paid version.  They can and will sue if they happen to see those, so I'd get rid of them pronto!

          Pixabay photos are free to use.   Pixabay and Shutterstock are part of the same company and you'll always see Shutterstock photos along the top of a Pixabay page, but they are there to lure you into buying photos - it doesn't mean you can use them.

          1. lori811 profile image71
            lori811posted 8 weeks ago in reply to this

            OUCH. I had no idea! Will do first thing in the morning. My article is still in pending mode. Thanks again!. And yes, l have broken down my paragraphs into text capsules, so I'm halfway there.

          2. lori811 profile image71
            lori811posted 8 weeks ago in reply to this

            OUCH! I had no idea. Will delete/replace them first thing in the morning. Thanks. I fid break down my paragraphs into capsules. I'm halfway there.

            1. lori811 profile image71
              lori811posted 8 weeks ago in reply to this

              Working from my cell phone right now.

              1. lori811 profile image71
                lori811posted 8 weeks ago in reply to this

                Just checked my article. It was published/featured. Will edit and replace photos tomorrow b4 I land in hot water. Marisa, God bless you & continued $ucce$$!

                1. Marisa Wright profile image93
                  Marisa Wrightposted 8 weeks ago in reply to this

                  Photos are a real trap for the unwary.   The QAP process (which decides whether your Hub gets Featured) doesn't check the legality of photos, so too many Hubbers are blissfully unaware of the risk.  We had one Hubber recently post on the forums because he was being sued for thousands of dollars over the use of photos.  Scarey stuff!

                  1. lori811 profile image71
                    lori811posted 8 weeks ago in reply to this

                    That is a shame

          3. TIMETRAVELER2 profile image92
            TIMETRAVELER2posted 8 weeks ago in reply to this

            This is true for any photo you use that is not licensed for distribution with modification or is public domain.  If you see a watermark on any photo, don't use it.

            1. lori811 profile image71
              lori811posted 8 weeks ago in reply to this

              I remember the drill from Helium.com. I just replaced the photos. Now I can sleep without worry. Trust the updated worked. Thanks TimeTraveler2

  14. pen promulgates profile image80
    pen promulgatesposted 6 weeks ago

    Hey Lori, could you tell us about your experience as a new Comer. And how has it worked out for you?
    What have you figured out?
    Thanks smile

    1. lori811 profile image71
      lori811posted 6 weeks ago in reply to this

      Hey pen promulgates  Thank you so very much for asking:)  I finally figured out to use the capsule properly and the organize your content. All the hubbers have been amazing helping me. Dancing is my passion but clearly very few people can actual relate to it or my style of writing. Not sure this is the site for me.

      1. Marisa Wright profile image93
        Marisa Wrightposted 6 weeks ago in reply to this

        It's meaningless to say this site isn't right for you.  All writing sites are the same - you're not writing for the community.  The community on writing sites is just other writers, not readers.   It's true there aren't many dancers here but even if there were, that would have little or no impact on the success of your articles.  You earn money by attracting views from the general public, not by interacting with other Hubbers.

        In that sense, the only thing that matters about a writing site is its reputation with the search engines. Google has made it clear that it dislikes ALL non-specialist writing sites, so it really makes no difference whether you choose to write on Wizzley, Infobarrel, HubPages, or any of the other few survivors - they are all handicapped (which is why most of them have gone broke). 

        The advantage of HubPages is that if you can meet the criteria, you stand a chance of having your Hubs moved to specialist writing sites - and Google likes specialist sites.   So HubPages has an advantage over the rest.

        On the other hand, if you're looking for a place where you can write for a community, you might like to try Steemit.com, where one or two Hubbers are doing well - just be aware the pay is in cryptocurrency which you have to convert to real dollars.   It's a bit like Bubblews, which worries me, but as it's not paying in real dollars it may have a better chance of survival.

 
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