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How to Create a Well Written Hubpage a.k.a. Your First Hub

Updated on July 8, 2013

How to Write HubPages with Neil Cook

How to Write HubPages with Neil Cook
How to Write HubPages with Neil Cook

How to Create a Well Written Hubpage

Wow! This is not easy, let me tell you that. When I first started writing hubpages I sucked. Honestly LOL (laugh out loud). I mean I tried to publish three of them, but none of them got selected. After taking some time to research and read other peoples hubs I think I finally figured out what I was doing wrong. This article should help you create awesome articles that have a great chance of being featured. Good Luck and I hope you get a lot out of this article.

Step 1: What I was doing Wrong

So, my first hubpage was about toilet lids and how you need to make sure they are closed. This is a pretty serious topic and if you’re interested in leading a healthier, happier, more worry free life you should consider reading it. Anyway, my first try was pathetic. I mean, I left out a lot of good information and pictures, etc. It was barely 300 words long and only had 1 picture. It’s no wonder it got rejected. So, I went to work and fixed it.

Step 1.5: How to Write a HubPage

I am literally going to tell you how to physically write one in this step. I recommend that you use Pages for Mac or Microsoft Word for Windows instead of the default text editor that Hubpages provides. This way, you have a copy of your work saved and can work on it at a slower pace so as to take more time with it. Don’t restrain yourself to the Hubpage website when creating a Hubpage. Make sure you write in a comfortable, relaxed environment. You may want to organize your computer so you have a folder for hubpages and pictures that is separate. That way you can streamline the process that you go through ever time you want to create a new Hubpage.

Step 2: Fixing the Problems

I deleted my previous pathetic attempt and went to work to rewrite the whole thing! Yes, I know. It was a LOT of work, but it was worth it. I made it over 1000 words long. Yeah, so I pretty much tripled the content. That’s the secret. You want lots of good writing, but make sure you’re not just writing fluff here. That’s terrible and will immediately get you rejected. Hubpages is all about good content that the user will actually want to read. So, I increased the length of my hubpage. It was a lot more detailed. It was a lot more descriptive. It was a lot more talkative. That just means I put a personal touch into it. I went ahead and gave it the flair that only Neil Cook can add to an article. I gave it something that made it special and made it stand out from everyone else. That’s what Hubpages is looking for. Don’t be like everyone else. Be you, be original, be unique.

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Polish that Hub!

Step 3: Adding Media and Making it FUN!

Words all alone on a page are boring! Seriously... You need to add some pizzazz. Some pop! So what I did was I went onto google and spent a few minutes finding relevant pictures. Make sure you get at least 2 images that are truly relevant to the article you are writing. Also, make sure they are high resolution images. No one, and I mean no ones, likes looking at a page full of grainy pixels. That’s not FUN! So, download the images, get the source URLs (for credits/recognition) and put them in a folder where you will easily be able to find them. Now, I recommend to add a picture at the beginning and at the end of your article. Add the main or featured image that you want as the cover picture as the first one. This should be the better of the two, the more relevant of the two, the one that really speaks about the article. Make sure it is the BEST! So insert them and come up with a good title and a good caption. These should be different and unique. They should relate to the article and the topic at hand. They should describe the picture well and should make it so it adds to the picture and explains it. Once you have done all these things make sure you include a Poll. This can be as simple as “Do you agree with the topic/opinion I made?” or “What is your favorite cupcake I talked about?”. This simply adds some user interaction and it can help to get you feedback on your material and how people feel about. P.S. Make sure you pay attention to your comments section. This can be a great way to get user to user experience and tips so you can get better.

Step 4: Be Specific!

You want to make sure you know what your talking about. If you don’t know what you’re talking about, how will the reader? This simply means don’t ramble on about some weird, abstract subject. Make sure you are specific and easy to understand. For example, if you are talking about cupcakes, don’t just talk about cupcakes. No one just wants to hear your personal opinion on cupcakes. Talk about how to bake them perfectly, how to frost them, where to buy the perfect cupcake and why, what makes a cupcake awesome, how to bake chocolate cupcakes is even more specific and will get you noticed and recognized. Pick a niche and follow through with it! Man... now I’m hungry.

Step 5: Review it Before you Publish

So, you did all that and now you want to publish. Slow down a minute there pal. I want you to look at what you created. Is it 1000+ words long? Is it readable and clear and is the content 100% accurate? Do you have at least 2 images with captions and titles that explain and help the user to understand your topic? Is your poll simple, yet complete? Will you it help you to interact with your users? Are you prepared to answer comments and maintain your Hubpage? Are you prepared to go back and update it when new information comes out? If youo answered yes to all of these questions, then I hereby declare you a Hubpager and a good one at that!

Step 6: Monitor and Enjoy

Now you can sit back and enjoy... or can you? Make sure you stick with your hubpage throughout the processing process. Make sure you are aware of why or why not you are being featured and/or published. You want to make sure you don’t make the same mistake twice or miss out on an opportunity to repeat a great thing that you did. Become consistent and gain a good reputation. That is how to make it on Hubpages. Eventually you may even be able to make some money from it, but don’t create hubpages for that reason. Do it because you love writing like me, Neil Cook. Have a great day people! I hope this helped you as much as it would have helped me when I first started.

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Really! Isn't that Awesome?!

Final Tips and Parting Words

Some Final Tip to Wrap Up

Have fun, don’t stress about it, take your time. Nothing good comes out of rushing and worrying.

Research your topic thoroughly before posting. You’re supposed to be an expert, remember?

Create something you would want to read. If it’s not good enough for you, it’s not good enough for me, or anyone else who would come across your hubpage.

Have a great day and I hope this inspired you to write and have fun with Hubpages, my personal favorite platform for writing and sharing ideas.

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      Neil Cook 4 years ago from United States

      Will do Sandra. You sound relatively well versed in the ways of online publication so I believe you will do quite well for yourself. Just try to take the main points from this article and run with them. Make them your own! I believe that anyone and everyone can write on Hubpages if they just try. Best of Luck!

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      Sandra 4 years ago from Maryland

      It's a great networking resource, Neil. Thanks! I am open to critique. Since I'm more savvy with Bubblews and some content mills (I know that's a bit touchy), I am eager to learn more about HubPages. I have written a few articles, one of which is waiting to be published. I invite you to share your insights and feedback with me too as I pick up speed.

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      Neil Cook 4 years ago from United States

      Thank you Sandra! I appreciate the comment. I love it when people can critique my work . I wish you the best on your writing and I hope you're blog is doing well!

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      Sandra 4 years ago from Maryland

      I have to say that my personal blog is where I write because I love it. If I am going to be writing on a monetized platform like Hubpages, or even Yahoo! Voices and Bubblews, then I am going to want the investment of time, research and effort to pay off with money. I don't think wanting to make a living from writing makes a writer any less passionate.

      I appreciate your insights still! Thanks, Neil.

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      Neil Cook 4 years ago from United States

      Wow! Thanks a lot guys. @LongTimeMother Those are some awesome tips which are sure to help me out and elevate my hubs to the next level. Your comment was especially thoughtful :)

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      LongTimeMother 4 years ago from Australia

      lol. Good effort, Neil! I think this is going to be absolutely brilliant as you go back and make the occasional edit to update it as you gain more experience.

      Here's a couple of hints. Turn your 'Steps' (bold text) into capsule headings ... and use your return key to create new paragraphs. Makes it an easier read. :)

      I'm off to read your toilet hub. At first glance I noticed you've not credited the source of your photos yet. (Better add that tip in this hub as well.) Plus it has big slabs of text that needs paragraphs and yes, you guessed it, capsule headings. lol.

      Welcome to HP. It is wonderful to see another new hubber with the talent to be creative and original. I'll be watching for more of your work!

      Voted up. :)

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      Shyron E Shenko 4 years ago from Texas

      An interesting hub Neil. Voted that way and voted up.