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Updated on April 19, 2011

First a Warning! I am not a designer

Not even close, I can write a bit, I can play with techie stuff until it works, but under no circumstance would I insult the talents and the profession of designers by saying I am one. I am not artistic - never got past stick figures at school and can not draw, even on a computer!

In short if I can make an attractive hub - anyone can!

Who this article is for? I assume that you know how to do some basic stuff like create a basic page with text, photo maybe a video and/or a list of links. This article is not about the mechanics of creating the hub, or even how to write or use correct grammar. This is how to make your hub page look better than a lot of the others.

First off you Need a Second Text Capsule

You can't tell from reading it but this is a 2nd text capsule - I always start with at least 2 text capsules and a photo.

My first text capsule is full width with no photo. That lets the Adsense ads to display in the ugly rectangle to the right. Yes its ugly but people are most likely to click there than anywhere so I get paid. If you want pretty put a photo. If you want cash - put the photo further down.

The 2 text capsules allow google ads to appear in the middle of your text - they don't always, but usually do. If you have just as single too long text capsule they won't appear in the body of the text. In the body of the text is where the ads are most effective according to the marketing geeks.

Either way the photo is important - it's the photo that will be used on a thumbnail view of your hub when your hub is listed in best, most recent etc lists- click on your latest hubs listings from your profile to see what photos are showing. Now the photo in this view is not very big so I try to get something that is bright and eye catching - ideally - it should be relevant to the hub as well - but its hard with the computer/techie hubs and I liked the photo!

Design Icon, Bucket Fountain, Wellington, NZ
Design Icon, Bucket Fountain, Wellington, NZ

Now this is my 3rd text capsule I think most people only start a new capsule because they want a subtitle (like "Now You Need a Second Text Capsule"). However you can either:

  • not have a capsule title - in which case the next text capsule will look like a new paragraph like the paragraph above

  • at any time you can add a title within your capsule like this:

Have another title like this one

by typing a line and then using the drop down to change the style from the default of "paragraph" to "heading 2" - it won't look the same in edit mode -the title will look a bit smaller and bolder - but check the preview mode and you will find them identical.

So why start yet another new text capsule?

The main reason I use text capsules is so that I can line up images, links, videos, Amazon, eBay capsules etc with the appropriate text. Notice that so far on the right I have the lined up photos, some eBay auctions, and now a link box.

In each case the text capsule is a normal full width capsule but each of the photos/ebay/module/link capsules have been reduced to 1/2 width, and for the link module I changed the background to a grey so it stands out.

Why do I have images etc to the right of the text?

When you read fast you scan the lines rather than read the words - longer lines are slower to read, because they are harder to scan - this is I think one of the reasons that newspapers have columns the width they do. On the internet people read very, very fast, skim in most cases, so I want to make it easy for my reader.

Think about if you are confronted with a block of text - how likely are you to read it - compared to something laid out like this hub? Honestly I think you may not read every word I've written (your loss :-) ) but you will probably scan to the end of the hub - and along the way you may find a fantastic book on Amazon you may wish to buy!

Sea shell, Esperance, Western Australia
Sea shell, Esperance, Western Australia

Using full width photos

If I am doing a how to hub or a review hub where the image is important for people to see I will generally use a full width, landscape image to break up the individual modules - it just seems easier that, way - the hubs at the right uses both full and part width photos and I think the mix/match works fine.

I don't put a photo right at the bottom of the hub because sometimes people may not see the comment feature - which I want them to use!

RSS and News Feeds

Towards the bottom I usually add a RSS or news feed which will automatically update my article which means I don't have to - and some further reading to keep my happy reader on my pages !

Note with all of RSS, News, Amazon and EBay capsules you can control how many items to display - this means that you can get any 2 to be pretty much the same length with a bit of playing

What is an RSS Feed?

RSS stands for "Really Simple Syndication" - that didn't help much did it! I think of it as online ticker-tape a rolling update of the last few stories from a source e.g. blog or hubpages. An example is much easier than trying to explain - have a go you won't break anything!

For example if you click on "subscribe to lissie's RSS feed" below my photo at the top right of my feed you will get a piece of code that looks like :

If you copy and paste this into a RSS capsule - you will see the last few hubpages I've published. You can also add it to a blog or website to get the list as well - I use this technology to update my blog with my current hubpages articles automatically: see the column on the right side titled "More of my Articles". Once you understand the concept its incredibly powerful and actually simple to use - despite the name! There's a detailed step-by-step how to use guide to the right from hubpages themselves.

At the very bottom I try to round the whole page off even if it's just putting my author's byline in - I feel it makes the news/RSS feed look less gratuitous and gives me a chance to ask people to leave a comment or question and thank anyone involved!

So what are your top tips for laying out a hub? 


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    • Live N Learn profile image

      Live N Learn 9 years ago from Las Vegas

      Thanks, Lis! You just educated an ignorant but soon-to-be hubber.

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      Elisabeth Sowerbutts 9 years ago from New Zealand

      Glad to be of help -especially with your nickname!

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      MrMarmalade 9 years ago from Sydney

      I am slowly learning.

      Thank you

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      Elisabeth Sowerbutts 9 years ago from New Zealand

      It's only when we stop learning that there is a problem MrM!

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      stubbs 9 years ago from London

      great hub lissie, packed with helpful goodness.


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      Mike 9 years ago from UK

      Excellent hub - I was wondering on a couple of the points mentioned! I need wonder no more!!

      Thanks Lissie

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      Elisabeth Sowerbutts 9 years ago from New Zealand

      Glad to be helpful stubbs adn mikedf18

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      Maren Elizabeth Morgan 9 years ago from Pennsylvania

      Great article! I have to stub my toes to find out some of this info. But you have taught me some more I didn't know (but will now use!). And I still do not know: what IS an RSS feed? Thanks!

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      Elisabeth Sowerbutts 9 years ago from New Zealand

      Thanks Maren -I've added an explanation and a link in the hub regarding what a RSS feed is - hope this helps!

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      Zsuzsy Bee 9 years ago from Ontario/Canada

      Lots of great info Lissie Thanks. I'm slowly learning this new fandangled computer stuff (for me)

      great HUB regards

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      Glandwr House 9 years ago

      Just signed up on Hub Pages yesterday 16 Jan and this looks like a great place to start, thanks and the best Regards Charlie

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      Elisabeth Sowerbutts 9 years ago from New Zealand

      Welcome to HubPages glandwr House! You are too modest Zsuxy - you have some great content - the techie stuff is easy - you just have to learn how to do - writing is the art bit!

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      Hank 9 years ago

      Excellent information Lissie. I just found HubPages today (duh) and aspire to create my own H.P. and this really hit the spot!


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      Elisabeth Sowerbutts 9 years ago from New Zealand

      Glad it was helpful Hank

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      Earth Angel 9 years ago

      Thank you so much Lissie!! This is a GREAT Hub!! I so appreciate you sharing!! And your Hubs look fabulous!! Blessings, Earth Angel!!

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      Elisabeth Sowerbutts 9 years ago from New Zealand

      Thanks EarthAngel - I guess the first time I did a flagship hub I wasted a lot of time finding the easiest way to do things - its easy to teach if you only just wnt thru the learning yourself!

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      jaymz 9 years ago from USA

      This is great information to read through. Thank you

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      caspar 9 years ago from UK

      Very useful information, Lissie, and well presented too.

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      virtualrealestate 9 years ago from Canada

      Thanks Lissie -already made some 'aesthetic' changes to one of my hubpages...tomorrow the other one! thanks for the tips!

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      Elisabeth Sowerbutts 9 years ago from New Zealand

      No problems guys/girls thanks for stopping by

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      jjkirin2007 9 years ago from Los Angeles

      Lissie that was a great hub! I learned a lot of new stuff to help make my hubs more interesting. Keep up the good work.

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      ChristineRitter 9 years ago from Ohio

      Thanks, I really can put this info to good use !...EEEEkk, Help ! Hahahaha !

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      Whitney 9 years ago from Georgia

      Lissie wonderful advice. I'm still playing with Hub layouts. I think with each hub I try to do something new... Well, most of my newer hubs anyway. Each hub deserves its own special design.

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      Michelle Simtoco 9 years ago from Cebu, Philippines

      So that's what RSS means :-) Thank you SOOO much Lissie for the info and easy-to-read explanation. I'll be using it from now on.

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      mmiller 9 years ago

      Thanks, Lissie! I was wondering how to do a lot of this stuff!

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      Great World 9 years ago

      I can feel the caring voice you have though you don't talk. Very useful page for any one want to write a successful hubpage.

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      Elisabeth Sowerbutts 9 years ago from New Zealand

      Thanks for visiting everyone - glad the hub has been of use!

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      netbuilder 9 years ago

      The fact you are not a designer is a banefit to many of us, as you can explain in terms we can grasp. I am just starting and appreciated all the extra points that will help me build better hubs in the future.

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      Elisabeth Sowerbutts 9 years ago from New Zealand

      Yes I agree netbuilder - the experts often assume too much for the rest of us! Glad it was of help

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      Margaret Hampton 9 years ago from Florida

      Lissie, you're terrific! I just had a new hubber asking me some of these questions, and it made me feel great to be able to help her by giving her the link to your hub. Thank you so much for helping me, but even moreso, thanks for helping the community. True friend! Hard to believe you've only been on Hubpages since September...

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      Elisabeth Sowerbutts 9 years ago from New Zealand

      Oh shucks :blushes: thanks Caregiver!

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      maggierose 9 years ago

      ...and I am the new hubber that Caregiver 007 gave your information to. See the power of the web! I just posted my first page, and I'm going to go back and use your suggestions to jazz it up. Thanks for your straight-forward approach.

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      Linda Lee 9 years ago from Colorado

      Thanks; that was very helpful!

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      Greg from Maine 9 years ago from Maine

      Hi Lissie,

      Thanks for your help! I went back and made some changes to my hub based upon your ideas.

      Thanks again. :)

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      stressrelief 9 years ago from Nevada & Maryland

      Stick figures... love it! That's exactly what I tell anyone who talks "graphics" with me. Great job presenting all the different aspects of Hubpages. Thanks!

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      William F Torpey 9 years ago from South Valley Stream, N.Y.

      This is great, Lissie. Thanks for mentioning it in the forum. I did look at this hub once before, but, at the time, I wasn't experienced enough on hubpages to put it to use. Now I have a lot to think about!

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      kerryg 9 years ago from USA

      Thanks! Very useful suggestions!

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      Stacie Naczelnik 9 years ago from Seattle

      This is fabulous! I can't believe I'm only just seeing it.

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      Elisabeth Sowerbutts 9 years ago from New Zealand

      That's oK Stacie I just saw your comment -we ust be busy writing!

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      Angela Harris 9 years ago from Around the USA

      Excellent hub!

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      stormyweather 9 years ago from Devon, UK

      Wow! Your're popular! You have another fan. Great information. Well done Lissie.

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      Alexa V 9 years ago

      Thank you, Lis! I just did my first hub and I was having some problems with formatting. I found your hub and it answered all my questions.

      I added you to my feed reader. You have some interesting hubs that I want to read. :-)

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      Keith Malone 9 years ago from Malaysia

      Thanks Lis, great content! Found myself redesigning my hub as I read yours; very inspiring and you kept it all oh so simple! Thanks again.

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      Sherri 9 years ago from Southeastern Pennsylvania

      This is great! Now I've got some re-design work to do on my current hubs and some design plans to make for future ones. The simple explanation of RSS and how to use it is excellent.  You have another fan!

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      marisuewrites 9 years ago from USA's hoping I will get the hang of all this....I want to perk up my hubs..! Marisue

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      Rayno Pon 9 years ago from Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

      Nice one!

      Is time for me to churn out more about the function of hubpages provided...

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      LondonDuchess 9 years ago from Farnborough, Hampshire, England

      Thanks for taking the time to inform people like me

      Newbie Viv

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      Cecilia 9 years ago

      Thank you soooo much for the info. I'm not sure if I understand half of it yet (not your fault...I'm just slow). I have to really digest the myriads of tips given here. I've looked at that RSS several time and also tried clicking a few times on some sites only to end up abandoning the idea.

      Before I could apply your tips, I need to get past typing the title. I just finally decided to join HubPages, but for some reason I seem to have gotten stuck somewhere in step 3 (?) after typing the title. I saw the the capsules but that's the extent of my travel...I'm wandering here for the meantime until I found this post. I've bookmarked it...but first I have to find the 'idiot guide' to starting a HubPage.

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      candyw 9 years ago from Oregon

      Lissie this is a great hubpage I am so happy to find out how to some of this stuff I was lost thanks

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      amanderscos 9 years ago from

      Thank you for providing such an informative hub, your links and layout make total sense.

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      jbcat 8 years ago from Santa Fe

      Thanks Lissie you have given me some good ideas when I build my next hub. I am currenly RSS less but will soon ad a rss module to all of my hubs.

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      Danette Hibberd 8 years ago from Sydney, Australia

      Thank you for your detailed information. Hopefully I can now present some great hubs myself.

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      Elisabeth Sowerbutts 8 years ago from New Zealand

      Thanks for all the kind comments: Ive been a bit lucky with this page although hubpages has had a lot of improvements since I published it the principals described here still work!

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      cflynn 8 years ago from Ireland

      thanks , i really needed to know the RSS stuff, i was wondering about how to link hubs to blogs and all that stuff!

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      Elisabeth Sowerbutts 8 years ago from New Zealand

      Glad it was of help cflynn - Jenny's (inspirepub) hub on RSS feeds that I linked to above is one of the best explanations I've ever seen of this potentially confusing topic.

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      Bruce Elkin 8 years ago from Victoria, BC Canada

      Thanks Lissie. I just stumbled over this and it's excellent. Very helpful. Thanks!

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      arab410 8 years ago

      Very helpful indeed go to know good info!

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      Marisa Wright 8 years ago from Sydney

      Good tip about not putting the photo in the top right hand corner (where I've always put it, LOL).

      I always put my RSS feed or news feed at the bottom of my Hub, under the comments - I include it for the updating benefit, not because I think it has much value to the reader, so I don't care if they miss it, and I'd rather it didn't clutter up my Hub.

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      Elisabeth Sowerbutts 8 years ago from New Zealand

      Yeah its pretty with the photo in the top right -my early hubs had it there too - or you can get paid - especially when the adsense ad is actually an image that works really well :-)

      Yes I tend to put RSS feeds and links to authorative sites at the bottom of the hub now

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      Clara Ghomes 8 years ago

      Ohhh.. Thank you so much.. Now I'd be able to make better... much better hubs.. They were always so dull and lifeless :(... Would make something attractive now :D.. Thanks

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      Elisabeth Sowerbutts 8 years ago from New Zealand

      Glad it helped Clara!

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      Lifebydesign 8 years ago from Australia

      These are great tips Lissie! thanks :-)

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      Elisabeth Sowerbutts 8 years ago from New Zealand

      Thanks for visiting APD - glad to be of help!

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      lafenty 8 years ago from California

      Another informative hub. Thanks. I still don't understand the RSS feed feature, but I will figure it out someday.

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      kephrira 8 years ago from Birmingham

      interesting hu, I didn't know how it worked with getting ads or images alongside the writing before I read this, so thanks!

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      men are dorks 8 years ago from Namibia

      Lissi, you make sense, I was so confused with all the stuff like a single piece of kangaroo dung in the whole of australia... tx hun, i'll put your tips to good use.

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      jill of alltrades 8 years ago from Philippines

      Lissie, thank you for this great hub. Now I know what RSS means and how to use it. I will start using it in my hubs and website.

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      dixiloan 8 years ago

      Thanks For Such a nice guide im new to Hubpages. your Hub will help me .

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      Billsnotes 7 years ago

      Just created my first hub and this hub and your adsense hub were of great help. Thanks.

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      Kiki Hu 7 years ago from California, United States

      Thanks for this great hub! Great reference for a newbie like me. :)

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      Jack Lhasa 7 years ago from Chattanooga, TN

      Great advice! I'd never thought of some of these things!

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      heyju 7 years ago

      Thanks Lissie, you have helped another newbie!!!

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      Peggy Woods 7 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Making notes this time and going to start applying some of these ideas. Thanks a bunch!

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      elisabethkcmo 7 years ago from Just East of Oz

      Wow, so many of my questions answered!

      now I don't feel like such a doofus.

      thanks Lissie

      ps love your name

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      dusanotes 7 years ago from Windermere, FL

      Thanks, Lissie: I've been Hubbing for ten months and have written 55 or so Hubs, but I'm now just learning. I love to write, but never really translated that into how I can spruce up my articles and make some needed money at the same time. You have such great facility with everything, it's no wonder you have, seemingly, mastered this Hubbing stuff. It really is a fine art, you know. Thanks again, and i'll be watching for more of your stuff. Don White

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      Appletreedeals 7 years ago from Salisbury, Maryland USA

      Thanks for the effort, good hub with well explained info.

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      Glojeanne 7 years ago

      Hi Lissie,

      I didn't understand everything but printed it off so I can refer to it as I am writing. I am very new to all this so will go back and print off more of your hubs/links. Thanks a lot!


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      elvislady 7 years ago from IONE, California in the USA

      Finally some extremely good information about how to do the placement of photos, and leaving room for the ad's like google. I am glad to finally read something that doesn't call the new people DUMMIES, or make jokes, instead of giving information to help. Others just are filling pages, but you are truly helping. I REALLY APPRECIATE your hub.

      THANK YOU, SO VERY MUCH. I'll sure pay attention when I see something you have written. You Go Girl. I hope you make the big bucks. I just hope to make a few little bucks. Thanks again.

    • profile image 7 years ago

      As a newbie this is GREAT info. Thanks muchly!

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      Laura du Toit 7 years ago from South Africa

      Thanks Lissie

      So nice when people share information instead of keeping it all to themselves

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      LoneWolfMuskoka 7 years ago from Huntsville, Ontario, Canada

      Thanks for your tips here. I especially appreciated the one about moving your picture into the 2nd text capsule so that the ads can flow into the first.

      Also, the narrow columns for easier scanning is a great tip too.


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      hannzach 7 years ago from UK

      Very useful info. I made the mistake of writing a lot of text in one capsule, as I didn't know how much text I could add. I've only written one hub so far, so I'll be using your tips next time to help me. Thanks!

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      Matty from Christian Real Estate 7 years ago

      Thanks Lissie for this informative hub. I am new to hubpages (4 hubs so far) and I really want mu hubs to be attractive and informative too. My niche is on Christian real estate ownership and mortgage. I will employ these tactics in all the hubs I write from today onwards.

      Thanks a lot.

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      dragonbear 7 years ago from Essex UK

      Great Hub! New hubber here - absorbing all I can. This one will be a great help in setting out capsules. I'm gradually experimenting. Thanks for inspiration!

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      Kmadhav 7 years ago from New delhi

      great advice....I should follow some new ones...I am your fan...

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      manijee 7 years ago

      great hub lissie ..i am gonna follow it ..right here right now ..:p

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      kea 7 years ago

      Great suggestions. I never thought about NOT putting a picture in the first capsule - great idea though! Cheers.

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      mostewart 7 years ago

      So helpful- thanks

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      mquee 7 years ago from Columbia, SC

      Very good stuff Lissie, I will have to refer to it when I write my next hub, thanks.

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      Sam 7 years ago from Tennessee

      What a ineresting read, thanks. I'm new at this and I'm searching for helpful info. I'll be following you for sure.

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      Mark Jenner 7 years ago

      Useful hub - got your link from KWA by the way

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      jpohl 7 years ago from Rockford, IL

      Awesome post. I just started doing hub pages and what you have laid out is not that difficult to do. It's not a lot of extra work and can provide a lot more in benefits when done as you have indicated. Thanks!

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      evilia_lim 7 years ago from Jakarta, Indonesia

      I have bookmarked this GREAT hub :) Thanks Lissie

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      dubturbo 6 years ago

      I don't have any tips for laying out a hub because I just became a hubber. But I will use your advice to create my first hub. I hope it will be an attractive design with the help of your recommendations. Thanks Lissie.

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      mashimaroz 6 years ago from Palo Alto, USA

      Very useful hub, I'm just new to Hubpages and your post save my time creating a good hub a lot. thanks!

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      Leah Whitehorse 6 years ago

      This is great! I was wondering how to gain a bit more control on how my hub appears. I'm very grateful for your tips.

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      Andrew Wetton 6 years ago

      Wow. A 3 year old Hub is still helping people today. If you're still around on HubPages, then thankyou Lissie. None of this info is really that 'Out There', but to newcomers like me (And with the looks of it, 90% of the people who have commented) This is a very very useful guide. I would have probably had to fiddle around with hub pages for about 45 mins+ to learn the tools well enough to do what you explained in 15 mins. Saved me a chunk of time, thanks.

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      snakeslane 5 years ago from Canada

      This is exactly the information I've been looking for, thankyou very much!

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      drspaniel 5 years ago from Somewhere, where the sun shines once a year...

      Thanks for the great in-detail information within this Hub! I have learned a lot about structuring my Hubs, so I hope that I can eventually master the tips you've shared!

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      livelovelaugh5 5 years ago

      Great hub! Very helpful!

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      lucabrasi 3 years ago from Greensboro, NC

      Nice job Lissie.

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