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The Basic HubPages Rules - What You Really Need to Know

Updated on July 14, 2017
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Kate Swanson wrote her first novel at 15, created her first blog in 2006 and has been writing for profit, and creating websites ever since.

If you're confused by the "rules" on HubPages, you're not alone! It may be less confusing if I tell you that most of the information in the Learning Centre is advisory, NOT compulsory.

The actual rules are straightforward and can be covered in one article - this one. So study this Hub, and you'll know everything you need to know to start writing!

The Only HubPages Rules You Really Need to Know

Amazon

  1. There's a maximum of one Amazon item per 300 words of text (so, a 600 word Hub can have 2 products, 900 words can have 3 products, etc). In reality, you'll use less than that, because of the next two rules:
  2. Products MUST be directly related to the TITLE of your Hub. If they're even slightly off-topic, your Hub may be unpublished. For instance, a sewing machine on a Hub about sewing a quilt is not sufficiently related, unless you need a special machine for sewing quilts. Likewise, if you have a Hub about George Washington, you can't add a book about Lincoln, even if you've written a section on Lincoln. The product must relate to your main topic, not to a sentence or even a paragraph.
  3. You must explain why you personally recommend that particular product or book, either in the text next to the product, or in the "description" section of the Amazon capsule.

Rule 3 is vitally important. Your recommendation must be specific and personal. HubPages says you should select only products you have actually used. In practice, they will never ask you to prove it! But you need to make it sound as though you have, e.g. "I like the instructor's clear delivery on this DVD", not, "This DVD offers clear tuition". To be on the safe side, try to write at least two or three sentences about the product.

Links to Other Hubs, Websites or Blogs

  1. You can have only TWO links to the same domain in a Hub. If you have more, you'll get a warning that the Hub is "overly promotional" and it will be unpublished!
  2. Links MUST be directly related to the MAIN topic of your Hub - if you have unrelated links, your Hub may be unpublished. That means NO links to:
  • other Hubs on different topics
  • your profile
  • social networks
  • your blog or articles on other websites (unless you can link to a post that's directly related to the topic).

Also, no links to other subjects you might mention in passing.

This rule has one unfortunate consequence - it limits your ability to cite sources. Say you're writing an article about youth violence in a city and you make a statement about rising unemployment being the cause: you probably want to link to an article supporting your statement. But now you can't, because your main topic is violence, not unemployment!

The answer is to cite your sources the old-fashioned way, by giving information on where to find the article but not hyperlinking to it. The neatest way to do that is to add a text capsule at the end of your Hub, title it Sources or References and list your sources there.

Structure

  1. Hubs are likely to fail the QAP (Quality Assessment Process) if they're too short. Don't bother publishing anything under 400 words, unless you have a LOT of images and/or videos.
  2. A Hub must be not currently published anywhere else on the internet (see below in the Duplicate Content section for more details).
  3. You must not write about prohibited subjects (based on Google's "Prohibited Content"). HubPages applies these rules more strictly than Google, because Adsense is absolutely critical to the site's earning capacity, and they can't afford to take chances!
  4. Do not use HTML affiliate code, including Zazzle links. Most HTML code includes two or more URL's, so they can break the two-links rule. Instead, extract the URL you need from the HTML code and create your own hyperlink.

Photos and Images

Many people reduce the size of images before posting them on a website to save server space and reduce load times. Don't do that on HubPages - images on HubPages must be clear, not fuzzy, even if the reader decides to click to view them full-size. If you are using photos from photo websites, make sure you 're using them legally, and also make sure you use the download button to get the best quality photo you can.

The Duplicate Content Penalty

How to Avoid the Duplicate Content Penalty

HubPages hates duplicate content. When you publish a Hub, an automated checker looks to see whether the text exists anywhere else. If it does, your Hub will be unpublished.

The HubPages duplicate checker works by checking Google, and a page doesn't disappear from Google the minute it's deleted from a site. That's because Google isn't instant - you have to wait until Google's robots go back and crawl that site again, and discover the page has gone. When that happens is unpredictable - it could be a few hours or it could be a month.

What does that mean for you?

If you're transferring an article from another site, simply wait a week or so before publishing it on HubPages. The neatest way to do that is to create the Hubs, and save them unpublished for a week before you publish them.

Guidelines are NOT Rules!

These are suggested goals, not rules!
These are suggested goals, not rules!

Stellar Hubs

All the other "rules" are actually just guidelines - how you lay out a Hub, what headings to use etc etc. It's important to understand that they are NOT rules and you don't need to feel bad if you don't follow them.

The most important guidelines to follow are the "Stellar Hub" guidelines. HubPages has analysed the most successful Hubs and encapsulated their features in the Stellar guidelines. You'll see the the group of check boxes in the top right hand corner when you're making a Hub. As you meet the various criteria, those boxes will be checked - but they are just suggestions.

The thing is, not every subject lends itself to all the features. HubPages is not asking you to artificially inflate your Hub with useless information, just to reach the "Stellar" word count. They don't expect you to include irrelevant videos just to get that box ticked, and they don't insist on a poll if there isn't a relevant question you can ask. The closer your Hub gets to reaching those "Stellar" goals, the higher your HubScore will be - but that's another thing about HubPages. Scores are meaningless.

Source

Why Hubs are unFeatured

Hubs can be Featured or UnFeatured. It's important to understand what that means, because an UnFeatured Hub, though it's still published, is effectively invisible.

Hubs can be unFeatured for one of two reasons.

The first is that it breaks one of the rules listed above ("quality"). If that's the case, then you can get it Featured again by identifying and fixing the problem, and saving the Hub. It will go back through QAP and if you've fixed the problem correctly, it will become Featured.

The second is that it isn't getting enough traffic from Google. If that's the case, you can get it Featured again by editing the Hub and changing just a few words - but it's only a short term fix. Unless you can work out why Google doesn't like it, it will become unFeatured again in a few weeks.

This Hub explains in more detail why and how that happens, and how to decide what to do about it.

The Niche Sites

HubPages now has several specialist websites, each one focussing on a small group of subjects. These "niche" sites are the future of HubPages and have much better earnings potential than the main site, so it's worth striving to get your Hubs accepted for those sites.

The niche sites don't have any extra rules, but they do apply them to a higher standard. So for instance, they are even more strict about the quality of photos and the relevance of products or links. They are also fussy about quality of writing, length, and clarity of structure (making sure it's easy for the reader to find their way around the Hub using sub-headings etc).

HubScore and HubberScore

You'll notice that every Hub has a score and every Hubber has a Hubber Score on their profile image.

Both scores are, pretty much, meaningless. Scores are not used by HubPages to make ANY decisions about Hubs or Hubbers, except for one - if your HubberScore drops too low, links in your Hubs will become "no follow". That doesn't matter to most people: all it means is that if you're writing a Hub to promote a website or blog, you lose the value of that link. It doesn't hurt the Hub itself.

HubScore is not a reflection of quality. It includes the QAP score and how close you've got to the "stellar Hub" criteria, but there are so many other factors that you can't make any meaningful judgment from it.

HubScores have absolutely NO impact on a Hub's ability to get traffic, or to make money. They are an internal measure, intended to motivate Hubbers (although some of us feel that, because they're impossible to interpret, they do more upsetting than motivating).

Other "Rules"

There are no other rules. You'll see lots of people on the forums offering advice on what you are and aren't allowed to do - but anything they suggest is just their opinion, not a rule! So don't exhaust yourself trying to follow a host of rules that don't really apply!

There are so many more tips I could offer, but there's also only so much a person can absorb at one time - so I'm going to stop there. Joining a new site is a learning curve and you'll learn more gradually as you go along. You'll find more tips about HubPages on the slider on my profile if you're interested.


Good luck and welcome to HubPages!

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      Vasudevan Alasingachar 

      5 months ago

      Starting the Hub called the Design thought Hub - DTH. Strange to pronounce without intermedian vowels!

      Once registered will start the Tutorials with a definite curriculum of six modules - Home readings, Self mining , Chatting Design, Exciting with the eureka moment and Influencing feelings of others to think of differentiators and lastly Connecting dots in multplinear . ways.

      Any takers ? Send Skype to get the basics sorted out before we open the Hub - DTH.

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      Kate Swanson 

      6 months ago from Sydney

      I'm glad you were able to get some useful information out of this article Joanna!

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      Joanna Blackburn 

      7 months ago from Inleside On The Bay, Texas

      Thank you, I searched for an hour about using links in my articles and couldn't find anything by the HubTeam. I know its there somewhere.

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      Lady Lemaire 

      7 months ago from Grants Pass, Oregon

      Great information for this newbie! Thank you for the article!

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      IndhuKushi 

      8 months ago

      Hi friend.I'm new to hubpages. Thank you for your kind information. Thanks a lot.

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      Jamie Snow 

      8 months ago

      Thank you! Very helpful!

    • Marisa Wright profile imageAUTHOR

      Kate Swanson 

      8 months ago from Sydney

      Thank you John, I hope you found something useful here!

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      John MacNab 

      8 months ago from the banks of the St. Lawrence

      Thanks Kate, a very helpful hub.

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      Kevin Nash B 

      8 months ago

      Thanks for this vivid explanation.

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      Anita Hasch 

      8 months ago from Port Elizabeth

      Thanks for all the info Kate.

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      Terecia Muthui 

      8 months ago

      it was helpful

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      Linda Bryen 

      9 months ago from United Kingdom

      Great information about Hubpages rules, still don't get it.

    • Marisa Wright profile imageAUTHOR

      Kate Swanson 

      9 months ago from Sydney

      It's done manually by the staff, but I don't know what the criteria are.

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      Jorge 

      9 months ago from Canada

      Hi Marisa,

      Do you happen to know how the "article of the day" is selected?

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      Kate Swanson 

      10 months ago from Sydney

      Anita, are you absolutely positive that you have used your Amazon capsules correctly? By that I mean, have you given a PERSONAL recommendation for that SPECIFIC brand of the product?

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      Anita Hasch 

      10 months ago from Port Elizabeth

      Hi Marisa, I read your hub again. I have gone through my unpublished hubs again. A few have been republished but most of my alternative health hubs stay unpublished.

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      The Stages Of ME 

      10 months ago

      Awesome tips thanks so much for the breakdown I need to get busy fixing. :)

    • Marisa Wright profile imageAUTHOR

      Kate Swanson 

      11 months ago from Sydney

      Adsense ads are chosen by Google based on the reader's browsing history and location, and often have nothing to do with the Hub. Because they're chosen by Google, they're not subject to HubPages' rules.

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      Anita Hasch 

      11 months ago from Port Elizabeth

      Very interesting and informative hub. Hopefully I will now be able to get my unpublished hubs, published. What I do not understand is why adverts from AdSense are placed on hubs with nothing in common with the hub?

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      John Bullock 

      12 months ago from Yorkshire, England

      This is a great hub, thanks for the information!

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      Kate Swanson 

      13 months ago from Sydney

      I know what you mean. Only yesterday I saw a dancer sharing a copyright photo. I know that dancer would be furious if someone used her choreography without permission, yet she uses a photo without a second thought for the photographer.

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      Anusha Jain 

      13 months ago from Delhi, India

      You've included some great information here. Indeed a lot in the learning center can be confusing for new people, especially if they are just starting with online writing endeavour.

      I have also observed many people, all over the Internet, have some peculiar confusions about usage of images. Some people would use any image they are able to find with Google Search, and put, "Image taken from Google with thanks", and feel that they have given the credit, and are free to use the Image. I create images, greetings etc. myself and I feel very bad for all the creators when their work is stolen, and apparently inadvertently! I always wish we could do something about that, and I love that you are trying to create some awareness.

      Great post.

    • Marisa Wright profile imageAUTHOR

      Kate Swanson 

      13 months ago from Sydney

      Thanks, shaz! The big problem with the Learning Center is that it's full of information that's advisory, not compulsory. When you boil it right down, the rules themselves are not that long.

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      shazwellyn 

      13 months ago from Great Britain

      Well that was clear and concise! Thank you, Marisa :)

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      Kari Poulsen 

      13 months ago from Ohio

      Thanks, Marisa. :)

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      Kate Swanson 

      13 months ago from Sydney

      Welcome back!

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      Kari Poulsen 

      13 months ago from Ohio

      I'm not exactly new, although I have been inactive for a while. It's always good to update on the changes that have happened, and a lot has happened while I was gone, lol. Thanks for this easy to understand list of the rules. :)

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      Keara Gabriel 

      13 months ago

      Very helpful! Thanks! I am new to HubPages and I am confused on pretty much everything lol.

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      Dale J Ovenstone 

      14 months ago from Wales UK

      This is essential information Marisa thanks for sharing. I wish I read your article before beginning my writing here I would have saved me a lot of time, so many pointers I just couldn't figure out but now, is clear

      Thanks again

      Regards, Dale

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      Tamara Moore 

      14 months ago

      Thank you; very helpful!

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      John Adebisi 

      15 months ago from Nigeria

      Helpful tips you wrote up there. Thanks, Marisa.

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      Kathleen Cochran 

      15 months ago from Atlanta, Georgia

      Welcome and best of luck to all these new hubbers!

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      Kate Swanson 

      15 months ago from Sydney

      Hi Gerrie. Sadly in the online world, it's not enough to "just write" if you want to be successful. There's a whole lot more you need to understand and it is a learning curve. HubPages is a good place to get a handle on how it all works!

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      Gerrie Grimsley 

      15 months ago from Hermitage, TN

      Thank you for this informative article. I've been a member for 2 years, but never published anything until a couple of weeks ago. Fortunately it was featured. I had no idea what that meant, but now, thanks to you, I do. Still so many questions about the site when all I want to do is write. But, I will try to be patient and find out things like, why does it say on my profile that I have not commented on anyone's Hub when I have actually responded to 3 different hubs, and they have been accepted and now appear in the comment section of those Hubs. ??? Lots to learn. I'll check out the slider on your profile to see what else I can learn. Once again thank you for this very helpful and easy to read article!

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      Louise Powles 

      16 months ago from Norfolk, England

      Marisa, that was really helpful to read. Although I've been a member of Hubpages for about 6 months now, I'm still learning. Reading your article has helped me enormously. Thankyou. =)

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      Maria Elizabeth 

      16 months ago from Cheshire/Greater Manchester, UK

      Thanks so much Marisa

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      JaneNew 

      17 months ago

      Thank you Marisa for your help!

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      Kate Swanson 

      17 months ago from Sydney

      @JaneNew - if you choose a specific product instead of using keywords, you'll see an "add description" link in the capsule. Click on that to add your description. In fact, I recommend you never use keywords because that means you're letting Amazon control what appears, and the product might change to something you don't want.

      I use Skimlinks. I use the link generator on my Skimlinks account to generate the link.

      To add an Amazon link, highlight the phrase you want to link and click the chain icon as usual. Then instead of filling in the link, look below that - you'll see two tabs, one to choose a Hub to link to, and the other to choose an Amazon product. If you choose an Amazon product, it will automatically add your affiliate code.

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      Kate Swanson 

      17 months ago from Sydney

      HubPages has rules against self-promotion, but that has nothing to do with Adsense. Adsense does not prohibit self-promotion in any way.

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      Maria Elizabeth 

      17 months ago from Cheshire/Greater Manchester, UK

      Hello Marisa, enjoyed this blog, really helpful. I'm a newish hubber. I was wondering if I can share my hubs on other social media platforms or will adsense consider it self promotion. I see a lot of bloggers promoting articles but not sure of the rules.

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      JaneNew 

      17 months ago

      Do you mind if I ask you some questions?

      1. You Amazon ad here:

      https://healdove.com/aches-pains/stiff-neck-should...

      has a description in it. When I put in my ads I can’t add anything but a title. How are you able to add more?

      2. Also I noticed that you sometimes use viglink. Do you add the html to the capsule in order to use it?

      3. How do you put in a Amazon link. I can see how to add a product but not a link.

      Thanks,

      Jane

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      Hollie Martinez 

      18 months ago from Moonachie

      Thank you so much! I Literally just joined, and I am a bit confused. I was exploring the site and your were noted as the "Most Helpful Hubber", and I have to say, that seems like an accurate way to explain you. Again, thank you for your helpful information, it means more than you even know! Looking forward to learning, reading, interacting and writing! - people helping people...love it!

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      Brittany Banks 

      18 months ago from Spokane, Washington

      You defiantly know what your talking about. Thank you for writing this. As a new hubber, I believe that this will help others as well.

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      RTalloni 

      19 months ago from the short journey

      No surprise that you offer another insightful and useful read here. Thanks for keeping this post updated. Appreciate your willingness to help everyone.

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      Natalie Frank 

      20 months ago from Chicago, IL

      Great Hub Marissa. It helps to review all these rules and guidelines every so often to make sure I'm not forgetting something important.

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      Kate Swanson 

      22 months ago from Sydney

      I'm not aware of any guideline about too much information. HubPages likes longer Hubs, generally, so extra information is usually welcome.

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      Sherry Venegas 

      22 months ago from La Verne, CA

      I need a guideline about too much information. My best Hub was just cut in narrative.

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      Cilette 

      22 months ago from USA

      Thanks for writing this Marisa. It is plain and simple, making it easier to understand that reading the original tutorial.

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      Janda Raker 

      23 months ago from Amarillo, Texas

      Okay, Marisa, thanks for this. So just need to quit "trying to figure everything out" and WRITE! I've heard that before! LOL Thank you for taking time to mentor us, the newbies!

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      Kate Swanson 

      23 months ago from Sydney

      No, you don't start earning until you have your Adsense account. However, as I said, experience shows that even if you had your Adsense account on Day 1, you'd be very lucky to earn more than $1 in your first three months. It took me a year to reach my first payout, and that was in HubPages' heyday when traffic was much higher! Once you make your first payout it does improve very quickly though.

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      Kate Swanson 

      23 months ago from Sydney

      If you've been asked to rewrite and resubmit, then no, that doesn't count as the one in 60 days. However I wouldn't advise resubmitting your other Hub. All recent Hubs (including that one) were considered for the niche sites when they were first published. If you didn't get an email about it, they feel it's not suitable and that means you'd need to do a HUGE rewrite to get it accepted. I doubt it's a quality thing, it may be that there's already a very similar article on WanderWisdom - so you'd need to rewrite it from a different angle.

      The reason the Submit facility exists is that some of us have Hubs that are years old, written before they started the niche sites, that the moderators haven't even looked at yet.

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      Janda Raker 

      23 months ago from Amarillo, Texas

      Marisa, another question--Will the Hubs I've published so far be accumulating earnings that I'll be able to collect once I can qualify for Google AdSense, or will earning only start to accrue once I'm on AdSense? I really appreciate your sharing your expertise. It's so time consuming to try to find all the answers on the website!

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      Janda Raker 

      23 months ago from Amarillo, Texas

      Marisa, thanks for the clarification about publishing 10 Hubs before applying for AdSense. I have been a Hubber for almost three months now, but I seem to be spending most of my "writing" time reading through the Learning Center and these forums, trying to figure it all out rather than writing more Hubs! I do have another Hub that's featured. Should I do a little rewriting and resubmit it, to try to get it on WanderWisdom? The STAFF asked me to get the Venice one ready and resubmit. Does that count as the one in 60 days?

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      Kate Swanson 

      23 months ago from Sydney

      Yes I'm afraid you do, and you need to have been a member for at least a month, too. The fact is, even if you had Adsense from day 1, you would earn next to zero in your first three to six months anyway, so it's not worth stressing about!

      Well done on getting a Hub moved to a niche site already!

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      Janda Raker 

      23 months ago from Amarillo, Texas

      I really appreciate this concise article and all the comments attached to it. I'm a newbie with only two hubs posted, but they've been well-received. The second one is on the niche site Wander Wisdom. Do I really need to wait until I've posted 10 hubs before I apply for HubPages Adsense?

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      Kate Swanson 

      2 years ago from Sydney

      Actually, on HubPages, quality is NOT subjective. Nine times out of ten, if your Hub is unFeatured for Quality, it's because you've broken a rule. It has absolutely nothing to do with the quality of your writing (unless your grammar and spelling are poor). So understand the rules properly, and you can usually spot where you've gone wrong!

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      mts1098 

      2 years ago

      great stuff and reminders for me but sometimes HP does not even tell you why an article is not featured - all that is mentioned is Not Featured (Quality or Traffic). The traffic issue I get but the quality one is subjective. I think HP could really improve by simply letting us know why hubs fail for quality - Isn't that how we can improve ourselves?

      Cheers...

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      Krista D'Ambroso 

      2 years ago from California

      Very useful and understandable information. I'll come here first whenever I have questions.

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      Margarida Borges 

      2 years ago from Lyon, France

      Very clear information. I'm trying to understand what is wrong with some of my hubs, but it is a long process. One thing is sure, we have not only hubs like this one but also people like you that try to help also in the forum. Thanks.

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      GlenR 

      2 years ago from UK

      Good tip about saving hubs unpublished for a couple of weeks. Thanks :)

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      Masooma Riaz 

      2 years ago

      Informative! :)

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      NuIfEm 

      2 years ago

      The hub is really informative. Thanks for sharing this with us, Marisa (:

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      emievil 

      2 years ago from Philippines

      This is a great hub not only for new hubbers but also for returning ones. I visit my hubs from time to time but not on a consistent basis and I'm really out of touch with the guidelines, etc. I'm actually seeing a couple of violations on my hubs, particularly on the Amazon links. I'm off to start cleaning them up and hopefully, I will go back to writing soon. Thanks for this hub Marissa.

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      Kendra Dobson 

      2 years ago

      Thank you Marisa! I'm new to Hubpages. Looks like you're one to follow! Great Hub!

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      The Write Life 

      2 years ago from The United States

      Great article! Thank you!

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      McKenna Meyers 

      2 years ago from Bend, OR

      Thanks for sharing your knowledge, Marisa. You're right; there's a lot to learn and a lot to absorb. But people like you on Hubpages are so generous to us newbies.

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      Rota 

      2 years ago

      This is a very informative hub! I've written for hubpages for a few months now but the mass of information is daunting..hence I havent really got my head around it all! However, this hub clarified a lot for me.

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      Robert Morgan 

      3 years ago from Hutchinson Island, FL - Myrtle Beach, SC - Scottsdale AZ

      Thank you so much. This hub has greatly helped me to understand how to be a better Hubber. I am new to writing though I joined three years ago. Best to you.

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      Ijeoma Peter 

      3 years ago from Lagos, Nigeria

      Its always nice learning new things. Thanks for sharing this insightful article, it's very useful.

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      peachy 

      3 years ago from Home Sweet Home

      your tips are useful not only for squidoo but for bubblews writers too. I am moving my post from there to here , need to add more words to hit 700

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      Amanda Louise Cannon 

      3 years ago from Wynndel BC Canada

      Very useful hub... I wish I had come across it a few months ago when I was making the transition from Squidoo to Hub Pages!

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      askformore lm 

      4 years ago

      I was transferred to HP from Squidoo, where I haven't been active for a very long time. I believe that I will like HP more, so I will "brush up" some of my lenses, and I will publish new hubs.

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      Bill Holland 

      4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      All valid points. Happily, I'm not here at HP for the money, or I fear I would be suicidal. :)

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      Mary Norton 

      4 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      This is the page I should have read when I first got into HP. I had been puzzling over those scores and given them more value. You've explained clearly why some hubs with more traffic are scored lower. I had been deleting some hubs going down to the 60s even when they were getting traffic. Thank you.

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      Kathy McGraw 

      4 years ago from California

      Pretty good info here. I like the no nonsense way you say things, and appreciate you putting this together. Even though many of us ex-lensmasters read the rules, and figured out some things, it's good to go back and read when our minds are a bit clearer :)

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      Wednesday-Elf 

      4 years ago from Savannah, Georgia

      Just found this page. Thanks for the Squidoo to HubPages welcome and the 'overview' you've presented so clearly. I am really liking my new 'home' and especially the 'neighbors' like you. I feel right at home.

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      Missy 

      4 years ago from The Midwest

      I'm still getting used to all of the changes! I have a second HP account, and that's the one that was imported from Squidoo. I've got a lot of work to do.

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      PaynesGrey 

      4 years ago

      Thank you for the info, you have made things much clearer for me.

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      Sam Deal 

      4 years ago from Earth

      This was a great refresher. Thanks!

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      Diana Burrell-Shipton 

      4 years ago from Hubbard, Ohio, USA

      Great stuff - thank you !

      I am still trying to get my old Amazon account going again, but it is attached to an old email that I can't get into so I'm working with them to figure it out.

      I can't remember if I ever got Adsense before or not - yikes - what a mess - LOL

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      Emily Tack 

      4 years ago from USA

      Thank you, Marisa. You put a few things into "layman's terms" for me. The explanation about the ratio between Amazon products and the number of words of text was especially helpful. Bookmarked this for future reference!

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      Country Sunshine 

      4 years ago from Texas

      This article has so much good information, and it answers a lot of my questions. Thank you! Bookmarked for future reference.

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      Deborah Swain 

      4 years ago from Rome, Italy

      Thanks for taking the time to write this guide. Am enjoying this new experience so far...and I love the WYSIWYG editor - makes updating our old lenses so easy.

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      Kate Swanson 

      4 years ago from Sydney

      The H in the black circle means it's Featured. "Featured' just means it's published, really. If it's unFeatured it's published but it might as well not be - because it's invisible to everyone including the search engines.

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      Lori Green 

      4 years ago from Las Vegas

      OH! That explains why my personal adsense says I earned a few bucks and my Hub account says MUCH MUCH more. I get it now.

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      MartieG aka 'survivoryea' 

      4 years ago from Jersey Shore

      Thank you Marisa - at this stage of the game I am reading everything I can about HubPages-this was a big help!

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      Fay Favored 

      4 years ago from USA

      Making sure to pin this so I can keep up with all the new questions. If a page has the big H in the black circle it's published, but not necessarily featured? Yes or No? How do we make sure they get featured?

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      Kate Swanson 

      4 years ago from Sydney

      Your Adsense income is paid directly into your regular Adsense account. However, if you're enrolled in the HP Ads program, you will earn little or nothing from Adsense because there will be only one direct Adsense ad on each Hub. The bulk of your income will be earned from HP Ads, which are paid directly to you by HubPages. Most people find that HP Ads pay a LOT better than Adsense alone, but you can switch off HP Ads for a month or so at any time (which will cause Adsense ads to display throughout each Hub), and test which one works best for you.

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      June Campbell 

      4 years ago from North Vancouver, BC, Canada

      My Squidoo lenses transferred yesterday. I am busy working on tidying them up for HubPages. I am pleasantly surprised at how nicely the transfer worked. There is not nearly as much cleaning up to do as I had anticipated.

      I have a question re Adsense. I have had an account with Adsense for years. Does HubPages pay me directly for Adsense traffic (when the threshold is reached), or does it show up in my regular Adsense account? Thanks.

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      Kate Swanson 

      4 years ago from Sydney

      Provided you have ONE Featured lens, the whole account will transfer over. As for the lens disappearing - it's hard to tell, it may be an hour or it may be a month! You can check by pasting the first line of the lens into Google Search - if your lens doesn't come up in the results, it's gone!

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      David Guion 

      4 years ago from North Carolina

      I have very little content at Squidoo and haven't visited there for a while. Will most of that content get transferred? Or considerably less? You say that if a lens is not transferred, I can't post it here until it disappears from Google. That's a good warning, as I planned to do that pretty quickly. How long does it take for something to disappear from Google? And how will I know?

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      Kathryn Grace 

      4 years ago from San Francisco

      Thank you for this capsulization. I wish I'd seen it two weeks ago. It very nicely reinforces what I've learned so far about writing for HubPages and reminds me of some of the bits I'd already forgotten. Most useful!

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      Brian Leekley 

      4 years ago from Kalamazoo, Michigan, USA

      Even though I've been a HubPages writer for awhile, I'm still a beginner in that I still have lots to learn -- and to re-learn, because I forget easily. This hub is quite helpful to me; it has taught me some information that I had not known or had misunderstood.

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      Nancy Tate Hellams 

      4 years ago from Pendleton, SC

      Thank you for this very useful information. I am looking forward to learning the ropes at Hubs and this will surely help.

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      Barbara Tremblay Cipak 

      4 years ago from Toronto, Canada

      very useful page, thank you - especially on hub scores, which is what I was looking for!

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      Linda Jo Martin 

      4 years ago from Post Falls, Idaho, USA

      Thanks for the pointers... I very much am looking forward to my time here at HubPages!!

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      Kate Swanson 

      4 years ago from Sydney

      @Glenn, Relache did a good job with her introductory Hub, but it was more of a "big picture" intro and I felt there was a need for a practical guide as well. It's hard to cover just enough to get started and not overwhelm people!

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      Kate Swanson 

      4 years ago from Sydney

      No Marie, that has never changed. Unfortunately there is a perception amongst Hubbers that ad capsules are somehow "bad", and that while HubPages allows one capsules per 50 words, we mustn't trust that they know what they're doing. The key with both Amazon and eBay is RELEVANCE - if a product isn't directly relevant to your topic, it's not only a waste of space but it's un unrelated link and could attract a penalty. So quite often, in an informational Hub, you'll be able to find only one or two relevant products - so one or two capsules is the right number in that case.

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      Glenn Stok 

      4 years ago from Long Island, NY

      I used to have some lenses on Squidoo but I closed that account a long time ago. I chose to concentrate my efforts on HubPages and I'm glad I did.

      So even though I don't need this information I was curious to see how you wrote it Marisa. You did a great job and this is very useful for all those who are coming here from Squidoo.

      We all look forward to welcoming transformed Squids as Hubbers.

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      Tanya Jones 

      4 years ago from Texas USA

      Marisa Wright, I found what I am looking for as far as being able to easily find new followers. The notification "Arachnea, here are your recent Notifications from HubPages!" which arrives in my email everyday, has a section of new followers. Perfect. I don't have to scroll through the already existing followers to find the ones I've not followed. I just visit their page, thank them for the follow and follow back if I've not already done so. Again, love this thread as your generous help is so much appreciated. :D

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