Check List for a Dynamite Hubpages Article
Before hitting that publish button, here is a laundry list of items to check for before showing your hub to the world. I have learned most of these from other fabulous hubbers and compiled a list to use when you want to "pimp" out your hub.
1. Did you add any tables? If your hub content can accomodate a table, make one. People love to look at tables because the information is categorized quickly and easily. Even if you don't think you can add a table, think harder! Tables look professional and draw readers in.
2. Did you make a kick ass first photo? If you notice, when you post a hub, the hub feed grabs the first photo from the article. Make that one stand out with effects and/or text. Do you not know how to do that? Check out this article on how to use a free online photo editor.
3. Did you add any web dividers? When you find yourself drawn to a hub, do you notice the pretty web dividers on the article? Randomcreative is a great hubber you should learn from. Her hubs are always laid out beautifully with web dividers.
4. Did you write a summary? This is one of the better ways to get Google to pay attention to your hub as it shows up under the title on search pages. Especially if your hub has a slow opening paragraph, use the summary to hook the reader into looking at your hub. It is also what shows up on the hub feed and any backlinks you create on Facebook.
5. Are your photos cited?Make sure you have proper attribution to each photo you use in your hub.
6. Did you use subheadings, bullets, lists, and bolded titles? Internet readers are lazy. You will have far greater success if your write in "bytes". In the television world, reporters are always talking in 30 second sound bytes; chunks of time that listeners can handle without growing bored. The same goes for articles. Use at least one list- either numbered or bulleted- in your article.
7. Have you strategically scheduled your social media sharing? Certain times of day are better. This hub explains how to make the most of those links. Make Social Media Work for Your Hubs.
8. Did you preview how the layout looks? Oftentimes my hub looks great, until I preview it and see that the advertisement creates that ugly looking space between text capsules. Rearrange your hub so that there are no spaces. It looks ugly and makes readers think there isn't anything more to see.
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9. Did you place it in a group? That option is along the menu bar with the reorder, summary, and tags. Put it in a group right away so you don't get backed up with lots of hubs to categorize.
10. Did you add an 'about the author' spot? Right after you are done writing, insert a divider and add a small paragraph at the end about why you are qualified to write this article. It doesn't have to be long or serious, but just a quick blurb that gives your reader a snapshot of who you are as a writer.
11. Did you add a video, poll, or quiz? Any capsule that adds a level of interactivity and personality helps your hub tremendously. Some hubs can't use all three, but aim to get at least one in there. Billybuc adds personal videos all the time, and based on his popularity- he's onto something!
12. If it is a long hub, did you add a table of contents? This article explains how to add a TOC which your readers will greatly appreciate if your hub is longwinded.
- Create a Table of Contents for Your Hub - Quick and Easy
Any long or complicated hub should have a table of contents. This articles shows you how to create one very easily, and offers clear, illustrated, step-by-step instructions.
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13. Is it in the right category? It will get more traffic in the topics section if it is accurately categorized. Sometimes you have the idea of what the hub will be about, and then it morphs halfway through. Make sure the category is appropriate.
14. Have you joined a Facebook group? These lovely groups are a great place to get further exposure for your hubs. There are plenty so ask around!
15. Have you posted the link in Google's Web Crawler? Once you have published, insert the link into the web crawler so Google will index your page more quickly.
16. Did you OD on Amazon or EBay capsules? Try not to go overboard. One or two is usually fine for a hub. Too many and you look desperate.
17. Is your hub in the "magical" window of length? Articles less than 500 words are lame. Articles more than 2000 words better be good or you will lose readers. Aim for 1500 words. It seems to be long enough to feel meaty, without boring readers. Oftentimes, freelancers submitting magazine essays note that most publishers want articles this length. Learn from the experts and follow suit.
18. Did you add a link at the bottom for people to sign up using your referral tracker? I am amazed at how many hubbers do not learn about referral trackers. It is a way to make money! Check out Miss Olive's hub on referral trackers.
- Referral Trackers & The HubPages Referral Program
- Get Traffic with Blogs and Trackers: How to Create and Use Referral Trackers on HubPages: Includes V
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19. By golly, did you read it out loud? Always read it out loud before you publish. Even if you have checked your spelling and grammar, reading aloud will catch awkward sentences.
20. Did you check other hubber's articles that are related? Nothing spreads hub-love more than to link up other hubber's work. Everyone benefits from more traffic and your reader will be happy you've done the research for them.
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If you've done all these things, go ahead and publish. Be proud of what you have done and pray that those pennies come rolling in!
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