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6 Don'ts for Writing Professionally on HubPages

Updated on July 17, 2017

Writing on HubPages

HubPages offers an awesome platform that allows freelance writers from across the globe to showcase their writing no matter the subject (minus certain adult topics). With an appealing environment where authors decide when and what to write about, newcomers flock by the dozen to test their literature skills.

Nevertheless, many fresh faces (and even seasoned veterans) fall prey to several traps and hazards that inhibit their writing. Here are six writing traps to avoid, as well as suggestions for acceptable alternatives!

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You wanna meet this guy? Browse the Politics and Religion sections of HubPages.

1. Don't Use Profanity

Don't: Use profanity. Just don't. Different inappropriate words are various levels of taboo, but even the "lesser" swear words often cause articles to become unfeatured.

That said, not all Hubs with cussing are automatically removed. If a lower-end swear word really, really improves your article, or is part of a famous quote (perhaps the one about condemned and unkempt apes) you can take the plunge and put it in. Just know you're gambling. And bleeping out letters (#@$%) isn't a solution either.

Do: Find ways to employ your unique writing style without profanity. Your chances of success on HubPages drastically improve without swearing, and you'll appear far more professional.

Think before you Caps
Think before you Caps

2. Don't Write in All Caps

Don't: Write anything in all caps. All too often people use capitalized letters to show emphasis or emotion (often anger) LIKE THIS. It's annoying and degrades the value of your writing. People want to read informative, quality Hubs, not YouTube-comment level rants. Similarly, don't brandish "text talk": leave out the lols and omgs.

Do: Use other means of emphasis. Italicize the word, bold it, or use the em dash—shown here. These are good tools, but access them sparingly lest they lose value.

3. Don't Assume a Negative Tone

Don't: Assume someone intends insult with their ambiguous statement. Hubbers and reader interact in a variety of ways: comments, questions, forums, etc. Sometimes during these exchanges, a comment may be made that could be taken as derogatory or sarcastic; it's difficult to decipher tone through non-vocal language.

For instance, I write many countdowns, and in the comments I sometimes hear "Where is ___?" The brief and questioning format of this phrase could be construed as offensive, but at heart the comment is simply asking why I haven't included someone or something in the countdown. Instead of answering bitterly, I politely explain my rationale, a superior approach that sometimes ignites a healthy debate.


Do: Utilize patience and restraint. Even if, without a shadow of a doubt, a negative comment is made towards you, furiously responding will only fuel the fire. Your options when this occurs? You can simply ignore it, or delete the comment itself if it's on one of your Hubs. You can also delete spammy or nonsensical posts, and if a certain user continuously posts negative comments, you can report their account to the HubPages team.

4. Don't Include Unnecessary Links/Products

Don't: Speaking of spammy writing, don't surrender to the urge of promoting all your Hubs in an article. Similarly, don't add Amazon capsules that are only loosely connected to your writing. You may think a link selling paint relates to an article about Vincent Van Gogh, but the connection doesn't hold water. When you do this, your writing comes across as a sales pitch more than a professional Hub, and your viewers will likely click away.

Sure, we're discussing improvements to your writing, but to HubPages specifically, making the above Amazon capsule on Ryan Higa's book irrelevant and spammy. Avoid this pitfall.

Do: Ask yourself "Does this really fit?" before using backlinks or Amazon capsules. Talk about the product and its value in your text. Also, it's okay (and recommended) to backlink to your past work—but only articles closely related to your current subject. Your links have to fit naturally into the flow of your writing, or readers will become disinterested, and HubPages will penalize your article's score.

Active and Passive Voice
Active and Passive Voice

5. Don't Use the Passive Voice

Don't: Say something in the passive voice when the active could be used instead. For example, talking like this is boring. No action verbs are happening here. Similarly, avoid "I think" and "I feel"; these phrases are already implied with any statement you make and degrade your words.

Do: Write in the active voice. Engage your readers and seize their interest with dynamic and exciting sentences. Double-check your spelling and replace words used too frequently with synonyms (online thesauruses are great resources for this).

6. Don't Give Up

Don't: Abandon your writing when things take a turn for the worse. No matter how polite and exceptional your work, you will occasionally encounter mean comments and even Hubbers. Ignore them and continue to follow your passion.

Do: Enjoy writing and producing quality content. Not everything you create will be loved by everyone, but with time and effort you'll build a reputation as an experienced and professional Hubber. Note that even successful Hubbers don't make enough to earn a living with HubPages—cast off your fantasies of getting rich via internet writing. But the more you write and accumulate views, the more extra cash you'll obtain each month.

Adsense

Also, don't give up when applying for Adsense, the program that lets you begin earning on HubPages. Once accepted, you receive revenue per view for each article, but getting in takes time. The standard recommendation is first having 20-30 quality articles, but it can take more.

Heck, it did for me: My initial writing was featured, but left room for improvement. Additionally, I craft several entertainment-categorized Hubs, a division viewed as prone to low-quality writing. As a result, I applied three times and amassed nearly 50 featured articles before being accepted, but I made it in, and you will too—if you don't give up.

At the end of the day, if you enjoy writing, HubPages is an awesome and deadline-free venue for expressing yourself, minutely supplementing your income, and leaving your mark on the world. Take these tips into account to maximize your experience here, and you'll go far.

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    • Jeremy Gill profile image
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      Jeremy Gill 4 weeks ago from Louisiana

      Thanks to everyone for their kind words. Here's another don't I've noticed among new Hubbers: resist creating polls with the question "Was this article helpful to you?"

      Don't give your audience such an easy and public (remember that everyone can see poll results) venue for bashing your work.

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      Jean Harris 3 months ago from Canada

      Your tip about active vs passive voice is golden. It matters more and more moving forward too with where search engines are heading, rankbrain etc.

      Having been an adsense publisher and domain owner for so long I didn't know that you could become a publisher if you only posted on 3rd party sites like hubpages. This wasn't the case originally, it's nice to see companies working together for the betterment of publishers.

      You have a new follower :)

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      Mary Camley 6 months ago

      Sound advice, especially to people like myself who are new to writing and to HubPages. Happy to have found this article!

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      Jeremy Gill 6 months ago from Louisiana

      @Vanessa

      Glad to hear that my advice helped!

      @Ahmad

      Synonyms help provide variety. For example, note the dull repetition of the following sentences, about, say, the ocean: "The ocean is blue. The ocean inhabits millions of lifeforms. The ocean harbors life but fosters danger."

      Instead of constantly saying "the ocean", use "sea" "Atlantic/Pacific", and pronouns to eliminate the problem.

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      Shrouds 6 months ago from Malaysia

      I am not sure too about spammy elements,how to write an article if we cannot repeat the same word everytime when we write.

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      Mother of Movies and Series Reviews 9 months ago from Moreton Bay, Queensland

      Im not sure if you noticed but i changed all my articles after reading your bit about capital letters lol

    • Jeremy Gill profile image
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      Jeremy Gill 10 months ago from Louisiana

      Thank you all for the kind words! I tried to focus on aspects of HubPages not commonly touched upon, a trend I may continue in the future.

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      Imran Khan 10 months ago from Mumbai, India

      About adsense: ha ha

      Beautifully written. :)

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      RTalloni 10 months ago from the short journey

      Great stuff here. These dos and don'ts are well worth thinking through and keeping in mind!

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      Poppy 10 months ago from Tokyo, Japan

      Great article, and very useful for newbies and seasoned hubbers alike. Thanks!

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