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Hi y'all! I'm a writer out of Texas. I love passing on little tips that have made my life richer, easier and more fun. That's why I chose the screen name SmartAndFun--I like to find smart ways to make life more fun, then share them! (It's not that I think I am particularly smart or fun, although I wish I were.) It's just that when I discover something that is smart, or fun, or both, I love to tell everyone about it. What has helped me may also help you.

I have a bachelor's in journalsim and advertising, and have previously worked as a copywriter, technical writer and news writer.

Sorry about any typos, I spilled a glass of wine on my keyboard and it's all out of whack now! ;D

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      12

      Linking to my own related hubs

      15 months ago

      Is it still OK to link to our own hubs? I have several hubs on baby names, and when I wrote them several years ago, I linked them all to each other within the body of the hubs. I haven't been good about updating my hubs or keeping up with what is allowed, but I am trying to change that. When...

    • email from Google warning of increased 404s
      1

      email from Google warning of increased 404s

      17 months ago

      I received this email from Google this morning:"To: Webmaster of http://smartandfun.hubpages.com/, Googlebot identified a significant increase in the number of URLs on http://smartandfun.hubpages.com/ that return a 404 (not found) error. This can be a sign of an outage or misconfiguration,...

    • How to convert old recipe hubs to recipe template?
      5

      How to convert old recipe hubs to recipe template?

      22 months ago

      I have a bunch of old recipe hubs that I made years ago, before the recipe hub template was created. What is the best way to convert them to a recipe template hubs? Do I have to unpublish/delete and start all over with a recipe template, as if it is a brand new hub? Or can I somehow convert the...

    • Old 2012 Olympics hub blowing up;new 2016 Olympics hub not so much
      7

      Old 2012 Olympics hub blowing up;new 2016 Olympics hub not so much

      2 years ago

      Ok, what do y'all think of this one?Back in 2012, I wrote an article about the 2012 USA Olympic women's gymnastics team. It did well as I recall (although I'm not sure how to check the numbers that far back), so I thought I'd write a similar one for 2016. The new one was published about a month ago...

    • Recommended width of photos and videos
      16

      Recommended width of photos and videos

      2 years ago

      Apologies in advance for asking a question I should know the answer to, but I just can't keep track anymore, and the search function is not yielding any helpful results.When writing new hubs or updating old ones, is it now recommended to place photos and videos so they take up the full width of the...

    • Site [2uidea dot com] stealing tons of newly published hubs
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      Site [2uidea dot com] stealing tons of newly published hubs

      3 years ago

      Thanks to ThatMommyBlogger for finding this site and bringing it up in another thread. I think it deserves its own thread to warn HP writers. It looks like a site called 2uidea-dot-com is taking newly published hubs and putting them up as their own at a rapid pace. It appears they have filled their...

    • HP Amazon: ordered vs. shipped items
      3

      HP Amazon: ordered vs. shipped items

      4 years ago

      Is there any way I can track which items have been ordered in the HP Amazon program? My report shows 15 items ordered but only 10 which have shipped. How can I find out which items have not yet shipped? I can only see the specific items that have shipped. The items that have been ordered are not...

    • Major article thief still at it.
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      Major article thief still at it.

      5 years ago

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    • Classic Hopper vs.
      45

      Classic Hopper vs. "New" Hopper

      5 years ago

      I really don't like the "new" hopper and have not bothered to hop hubs since it came out several months ago. In the spirit of helping to clear up the backlog, however, I gave it another shot tonight.The sliding scale ratings are too much to worry with, IMHO. I tried to thoughtfully apply...

    • Tussin has been banned  :(
      7

      Tussin has been banned :(

      5 years ago

      He was my favorite.

    • 5

      "Kitchen View" for recipes

      5 years ago

      FYI, I just discovered a feature on allrecipes.com, one of my favorite recipe sites, called "kitchen view." If a reader calls up a recipe and clicks on the "kitchen view" button, it displays the entire recipe (ingredients and instructions, not the narrative fluff), above the...

    • A different sort of Adsense question
      5

      A different sort of Adsense question

      5 years ago

      My 10-year-old son has a Youtube account and has been making/posting videos relating to one of his favorite hobbies. He is not getting tons of views or subscribers, but at this point has gotten enough that Youtube has invited him to join their revenue sharing program. I would love to encourage him...

    • Can you select exactly which ebay items are advertised in your hubs?
      2

      Can you select exactly which ebay items are advertised in your hubs?

      5 years ago

      Can you select exactly which ebay items are advertised in your hubs?I would like to write a hub extolling the virtues of an item I plan to sell on ebay, then place the item in the hub once I list it on ebay. I'm thinking this probably won't fly, though. Anyone know for sure?

    • Can I buy Amazon products from myself?
      4

      Can I buy Amazon products from myself?

      5 years ago

      Can I buy Amazon products from myself?I seem to spend a small forune there and a cash-back discount would help out.

    • What is YOLO?
      4

      What is YOLO?

      5 years ago

      What is YOLO?What does it mean and how did the term/acronym get started?

    • What is the best flat iron?
      2

      What is the best flat iron?

      4 years ago

      What is the best flat iron?Which brand/model of flat iron gets the silkiest, smoothest results the fastest and easiest?

    • What brand of acne treatment gets rid of pimples fastest?
      7

      What brand of acne treatment gets rid of pimples fastest?

      5 years ago

      What brand of acne treatment gets rid of pimples fastest?Is there anything that works overnight?

    • SUGGESTION:Learning Center post on how
      10

      SUGGESTION:Learning Center post on how "Discover More Hubs" are chosen

      6 years ago

      I am still seeing quite a few hubs (not just my own) that have completely random hubs listed in the "Discover More Hubs" section. It would be really helpful to hubbers to know how the algo finds titles for this section. For example, tonight I read a poetry hub titled "Red Riding...

    • Resolved: Learning Center post explaining tags in depth
      6

      Resolved: Learning Center post explaining tags in depth

      6 years ago

      There are lots of questions and questionable hearsay-type answers in the forums concerning hub tags and exactly what they are used for. I would love to see some hard and fast answers from HP on this subject. Also, how many tags are too many or not enough, whether or not they are seen by search...

    • Resolved:
      4

      Resolved: "Search" function exclusive to the Learning Center materials

      6 years ago

      Tonight I was hoping to find information in the Learning Center specific to tags. It would be great if I could search just the Learning Center instead of browsing through the 1000 hubs that are coming up in the general search. This function would help lots of newbies and olides alike who have...

    • How much caffeine is the average cup of coffee?
      3

      How much caffeine is the average cup of coffee?

      6 years ago

      How much caffeine is the average cup of coffee?

    • Who is your favorite female gymnast on Team USA for the 2012 Olympics in London?
      1

      Who is your favorite female gymnast on Team USA for the 2012 Olympics in London?

      6 years ago

      Who is your favorite female gymnast on Team USA for the 2012 Olympics in London?

    • How do you get rid of red stretch marks?
      4

      How do you get rid of red stretch marks?

      5 years ago

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    • Article copied by a malicious website?
      6

      Article copied by a malicious website?

      6 years ago

      I randomly checked a few of my articles for theft tonight. Based on a Google search, it looks like one may have been copied word for word. However, the "this site may harm your computer" warning shows in the SERP. The site is jojyhinu. phpzila. net. Does anyone know what phpzila is? Of...

    • Photo turning to
      7

      Photo turning to "portrait" position

      6 years ago

      I took a photo for a hub. When I snapped the photo, I held the camera so that the photo would be in the "landscape" format, ie, short and wide. However, when I load the photo into my hub, the program is automatically turning it to the "portrait" position. I've tried several...

    • Should my daughter take Spanish or Latin?
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      Should my daughter take Spanish or Latin?

      4 years ago

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    • Does chocolate have lactose?
      3

      Does chocolate have lactose?

      6 years ago

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    • New Recipe Formatting
      5

      New Recipe Formatting

      6 years ago

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    • What are the best art schools in the USA?
      2

      What are the best art schools in the USA?

      6 years ago

      What are the best art schools in the USA?

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      2

      How difficult is it to get into art school?

      6 years ago

      How difficult is it to get into art school?I'm thinking ahead for my 7th grader who wants to go to art school at a University when she graduates from high school. Is art school super-selective and difficult to get into?

    • Why do they make baseball belts wider than the beltloops on baseball pants?
      2

      Why do they make baseball belts wider than the beltloops on baseball pants?

      6 years ago

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    • How can I tell if I'm addicted to sugar?
      4

      How can I tell if I'm addicted to sugar?

      5 years ago

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      11

      My poor kids... they are figuring out my M.O.

      6 years ago

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    • Is it OK to feed dogs table scraps?
      5

      Is it OK to feed dogs table scraps?

      6 years ago

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    • Unfollowing inactive hubbers
      7

      Unfollowing inactive hubbers

      6 years ago

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    • Google ignoring summaries
      23

      Google ignoring summaries

      6 years ago

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    • Are there any natural or OTC remedies for eczema?
      5

      Are there any natural or OTC remedies for eczema?

      5 years ago

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    • captions or text area in video capsules
      13

      captions or text area in video capsules

      6 years ago

      I would love to see an area for text or at least a caption added to the video capsules. In almost all the videos I've posted in my hubs, I've wanted to explain a little bit of this or that about what the reader is seeing. Right now my only option to do that is in giant bold type in the header, or...

    • Gahh. Trying to make a referral link on my profile page.
      11

      Gahh. Trying to make a referral link on my profile page.

      6 years ago

      I have been looking at hubs about referral trackers, but the hubs I've seen  mostly explain what they are and how to code them. So I know what they are now, but -- I do not know how to code. At all. Have never, ever done it. Not even anything simple. Never. Ever. Despite this, is it possible...

    • How many page views from another hubber is excessive?
      5

      How many page views from another hubber is excessive?

      6 years ago

      I've been trying to figure out why I'm only getting about 2 google hits a day. In my research, I happened to notice that a fellow hubber has visited one of my hubs 127 times, and second hubber has visted another of my hubs 80 times. Should I be flattered or worried? Obviously, I need all the...

    • Putting keyword research to good use
      9

      Putting keyword research to good use

      6 years ago

      OK, so I've been reading the forums and the learning center articles and finally I'm trying to give this keyword thing a shot.I read the learning center article on using the google keyword tool, and it says to look for keywords that are searched between 500 and 40,000 times a month. That's a big...

    • Profanity
      3

      Profanity

      6 years ago

      I am wanting to use the b-word -- the female dog word -- in one of my hubs. I have included this word three times, and am describing myself. It's an opinion piece, where I am admitting that when it comes to the hub's subject I'm not a nice person. Is that allowed? Will I get penalized? I am a nice...

    • HubPages ad program, anyone??
      9

      HubPages ad program, anyone??

      6 years ago

      I basically gave up on HP once Panda hit, but now I'm considering adding a few more, or improving some old hubs. I haven't been around in a long time, so forgive me if this question has already been answered.How is the Hubpages ad program compared to Adsense? Is anyone using it? If you turn on HP...

    • Too Many Tags?
      7

      Too Many Tags?

      7 years ago

      I wrote a top ten hub and listed ten amazon products in it. By the time I tagged all ten products a couple different ways and wrote up a few more relevant tags, this hub ended up with LOTS of tags. Now I'm getting the automated message that it is in danger of having too many. While in my opinion...

    • I made a little money!!!
      24

      I made a little money!!!

      7 years ago

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    • What is the right age for a kid to have a Facebook Page? Many of my 12-year-old'
      8

      What is the right age for a kid to have a Facebook Page? Many of my 12-year-old'

      7 years ago

      What is the right age for a kid to have a Facebook Page? Many of my 12-year-old's friends have...one, but I am telling her NO. Should I let her? What age did your kids get a FB page?

    • Feeling overwhelmed. What should my next step be?
      6

      Feeling overwhelmed. What should my next step be?

      7 years ago

      I am fairly new to HP. I have published 10 hubs (although 4 are recipes from the contest this past summer; I'm not sure whether to count those or not). Anyway, I have been reading and reading about how to succeed at HP and I am feeling overwhelmed by all the technical jargon. I did manage to sign...

    • Adsense account URLs
      9

      Adsense account URLs

      7 years ago

      Well the good news is I got my Adsense account approved overnight, even though I only have 5 little hubs. But I think I filled something in wrong. Their email to me says: Congratulations!Your Google AdSense application has been approved. You'll soon begin to see relevant Google ads appear on...

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