Write your absolute best. Write as if you are writing to your mom, your lover or your best friend. Care about it. Then go back and re-read it four or five times and make the grammar and spelling as absolutely polished as you can.
How do you make your hub great?
I do not try to pretend to be something I am not- a writer.
I do not consider or even have an opinion on my writing. I leave that to others to do.
I write as honest as possible.
I write about things I know about.
I write about feelings I want to share.
I enjoy beautiful women, so I have a bunch of Women.
Just a thought.
HubPages has a Flagship Hubs Program. The program sets very specific criteria for what constitutes a "good Hub".
Several Hubbers maintain the Flagship structure is the best for any Hub, and let's face it - HubPages must be specifying that structure for a reason!
I seldom fulfil all the criteria when writing my Hubs, but I certainly bear them in mind.
I may look into this, sounds pretty groovy. Just not my style, but maybe I can adapt. I do most all else.
In particular, it just depends on how I want to present my information. It can run the gamut to poetry through philosophical musings to outright strange humor.
Generally I try to include pictures, relevant links, and try to integrate the media as fully as possible.
But this isn't the wisest of choice it seems if you're after lots of cash quick.
"Great" is pretty subjective, and I think only the individual reader can be the one to determine if a Hub is "great". I'm pretty fussy about calling anything, "great", anyway.
I think of my own Hubs more in terms of:
1. A generally good Hub.
2. Hubs I particularly like.
3. Most successful in terms of earning (and/or at least in score).
The ones that are the most successful are the ones about things a lot of people are interested in. They're written in decent grammar but aren't necessarily my "best writing" (in terms of being special, rather than just in communicating the ideas). Because they're things about which a lot of people are interested, they tend to inspire a lot of comments - which adds to their success. They have links to other solid information about whatever the topic is, and it happens that my most successful ones (earnings-wise) don't particularly have a lot of pictures
It happens that a lot of my most successful Hubs were a matter of my "just getting what I had to say out", rather than thinking about carefully selecting and arranging words in a way that would meet my own standard for good writing.
For me, the ones I consider "generally good" are the ones that are informative or helpful to someone, but they're also the ones that I focused on crafting the words more carefully too. The generally good ones are Hubs that I think look "professional". Since they're often about subjects that can be found elsewhere online, one of my own that I'd consider "generally good" would offer more than "one of the zillions of other articles" about the same thing.
With the ones I particularly like, it's always about being satisfied in believing I've managed to do excellent writing (beyond just grammatically correct writing). They're the ones that make me feel like kind of smiling when I write them, and they're the ones that, while I'm writing, I imagine "giving the reader an experience". Besides any additional information I may add, I like to try to give the reader an experience by finding the right photos or videos. (One challenge for me is not always having the time to find better photos than I do, so there are a lot of mediocre images with a lot of my Hubs.)
I have Hubs that make me pretty good money each month, and I know I should think of them as "great" (or at least "great" compared to my other ones), but the ones I'd more likely call (at least) "sort of great Hub" are the ones that when I click on them don't seem to need another thing, seem to hold the possibility of making giving a reader a rewarding reading experience, and look to me as if no revisions at all could be made. They're the ones that I can back to, see as I'm not the one who wrote them, and just kind of know they're "right".
With pictures or other add-ons, sometimes I have to settle for "whatever will do". Sometimes, though, if I can find the perfect "add-on" (photo, video, etc.) it can make the difference between a Hub that I think has decent-enough writing but "lacks something". I think pictures and videos can really make the writing come alive (or, if the writing is already "alive enough", can make the page come more alive).
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