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Updated on February 25, 2011

Hubpages the New Squidoo?

I have seen some comments recently about using Squidoo and increasingly HubPages for Internet Marketing - there is more and more talk about HubPages in the Internet Marketing forums so I thought I would get in first.

Unfortunately most of the people who join HubPages for Internet marketing purposes get themselves banned in short order - why? They don't understand Hubpages and more importantly the Hubpages community. So if you would like to know how not to get your hubs flagged and yourself banned please keep reading. If you are already happy at HubPages but would like to make more money keep reading too - its a jungle out there you have to be careful!

Update: If you are interested in learning some real info on how to Make Real Money Online

Big teeth! Largest crocodile ever shot, Normanton, Australia Photo: Lissie
Big teeth! Largest crocodile ever shot, Normanton, Australia Photo: Lissie

Bloggerunleashed: The G-Rated Version

Internet Marketing - A Dodgy Industry !

I have attempted to make a full-time living on the Internet via Internet Marketing and have so far failed to make any significant money. I did a lot research though and read a lot of blogs and learnt a lot about SEO and backlinks and Google Page Rank and whole lot of other stuff I didn't know before.

I also found a huge amount of rubbish out there - just Google "make money online" if you don't believe me. A lot of people make money off other people's desperation to be self-employed and I find that despicable. It made me question the whole Internet marketing industry - some of which got in early and are now some of the "big names" who now make a fortune trading on those names selling "their secret" invariably selling information which either available for free or no longer works because the Internet moves on so quickly. Even worse every second person who decides to make an income online starts in the niche of - you guessed it - on-line marketing - so they charge people to sell stuff that doesn't even work for them!

So as a public service for anyone who is considering learning how to make a full-time income on the Internet: - please start with the 3 blogs listed to the right: these guys appear to be for real. They are very different they don' t always agree - but you can read and learn for FREE! And no none of them pay me anything.

Warning - bloggerunleased is a video blog and the language is anglo-saxon, I would say not for family consumption but most kids use that language - just not in front of their parents - so you have been warned!

What do I know about HubPages and Internet Marketing

So who the hell is Lissie and why should you read anything I write here? I've been on Hubpages since about Sept 2007. I have a consistently had a high author hubscore (this is important see below) and have made some income by writing in their Flagship Hub program where they pay authors for hubs written on a specific topic and to a specified standard. In a recent contest here my hubs were picked for the best fo the day. I believe that I have been reasonably successful on HubPages as an author, and it's my only site where my income goes up every month!

What is HubPages

It's similar but different from Squidoo. Like Squidoo it provides a platform where you can publish a webpage. They share revenue from Adsense, Amazon and Ebay sales.

Technically there are of course differences, Squidoo is the earlier site and HubPages was established presumably with a business plan to take Squidoo on in a similar market. If you are familiar with one getting up to speed on the other is not difficult.

There is however a very important difference: HubPages does not allow overally promotional hubs. That is if your hub is just an advertisement for another site/E-Book/off line business it will get flagged and you will eventually get banned if you don't play by the rules.

Or your HubPages! It's Free Too!

Photo: Jamie Anderson from Flickr
Photo: Jamie Anderson from Flickr

HubPages: How not to get Banned

Now its not difficult to setup a hub - click "create new hub" set a name and URL, enter some tags click continue open up the text capsule cut and paste some text, hit save and then click publish. That's it. So please don't buy the $40 E-Book that will show you how to do this - I wish I was joking! Not even if its a special one time price of $10! There are heaps of good hubs on the mechanics of hubbing!

However if you actually want your hub to last more than a day or 2 before it gets flagged as spam, and you want to build your reputation as a HubPages author so that your hubs are actually read you might want to try the following steps:

  1. Join up - if you haven't already feel free to follow the link and let me earn my %!

  2. Fill in your profile information - if you don't bother to add a photo, a profile and indicate where you live it doesn't sound like you are serious about being at HubPages. Also you are missing an opportunity to promote your other sites. Also if you get a decent author score you will also get a decent page rank on your the profile page too.

  3. Write a hub. Follow the rules - don't spam. Unlike Squidoo your hub cannot be just a promotion for your Clickbank product, E-book or other website. It has to be a complete article in itself - it has to contain useful and unique content. You can still have links - but make sure they are relevant and you cannot link more than twice to the same domain. The reader shouldn't HAVE to follow the link to get value from your article.
  4. A hub isn't just a plain text article. Well not if you want most people to read it it's not. Most people scan most easily a narrow column of text, so write in 2 columns or use links and other capsules to squeeze your text column. Don't link to the same domain more than twice in a hub. A cloaked link will count as a link to the same domain.
  5. Add at least 1 photo: the first photo will show in your summary on pages such as "hot" "latest" "best" hubs - if you don't have a photo then your profile photo will be used, if you don't have one of those either you are telling me I can't be bothered to read your hub.
  6. Use at least 2 text capsules - usually lots more. If you only use 1 the second Adsense block will fall right at the bottom of the hub, below the fold. It also makes it easier to make the hub look attractive.
  7. Don't publish 24 hubs in the first 24 hours. And don't use an article re-writing software to re-write the same article 24 times and publish it 24 times with different titles. The machine may think it's different - humans can tell its the same. By monitoring the "hubtivity"page those same humans can monitor and flag you.
  8. Don't write a hub and then go the forums and post : I just wrote my first hub what do you think? Particularly don't do this when you haven't even bothered to spell-check your work. Your profile shows that you joined 2 hours ago and that this is your first forum post - why would I care about your hub? If instead you contribute to the forums, or leave a comment on someone else's hub, or become their fan then they may well feel inclined to comment on our hub.

A Promotional Hub which obeys the TOS

The link to the right is a hub I wrote promoting another site of mine. It fulfils both the letter and the spirit of the HubPages TOS. it's a complete article which adds value for the reader even if they don't click the link. There are only 2 links to the domain in question. The photos are relevant and entertaining (IMHO!) There are other relevant quality links (down the bottom I don't necessarily want to loose my buyer to them! ) and a news feed which keeps the article updated automatically.

Interesting footnote: I had the site promoted by this hub up for a week before I wrote the hub and it was still not indexed in google. A few hours after publishing the hub the site had 8 pages indexed in the big G .... coincidence?

What is a Hubscore

An Author has a hubscore - see mine by looking at my picture on the top right of this hub. It varies but is over 90. When you first start yours will be low and change a lot as you publish more hubs. My hubscore moves between 94 and 98 usually and is therefore reasonably stable.

Each Hub also has a Hubscore is the number in red to the right of the title. The hubscore of a hub starts low -this hub started at 48 when i published it - its probably higher now. I've had some hubs hit 100 and others never make it past 60 - it mostly depends on the traffic.

Hubscore and Back Links

Hubscore important because if you are using HubPages for backlinks because HubPages themselves say: "We've recently taken the step of applying NOFOLLOW to the links in hubs that have a HubScore below 50, and to all the hubs of authors with an author score below 75."

How to Increase your Hub Scores.

  1. Search for some hubs on a similar topic to yours - write a sensible comment on them - do NOT add the link of your hub -your profile will link to it anyway. Look for hubs and hubbers with higher scores - commenting on them will increase your author score.

  2. Drive some traffic to your hub - this makes the most difference to your hubscore.
  3. In my experience being helpful in the forums seems to get you fans, fans not only increase your hubscore but a fan is emailed everytime you create a new hub - you get more readers. Then tend not to be the readers who will make you money but they will email your hub to their friends and the traffic will still up your hub's hubscore too.

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Photo:by WisGuy from Flickr
Photo:by WisGuy from Flickr

HubPages has something to Offer You

As an internet marketer HubPages has a lot to offer - in particular any hub I write is generally indexed in google within 24 hours - sometimes in 12! I get good page rank on my older pages and I get lots of backlinks - the internal backlinks seem to work very well at hubpages.

Hubpages lets you test out keywords with no cash down. HubPages will even give you some promising keywords if you think about who is asking in the requests section and the flagship section!

HubPages lets you get way, way off topic - every IM expert on blogs will tell you to keep your blog focussed - well mine isn't and I can assure you it doesn't pay! Here in HubPages I write on a variety of topics and I am rewarded for it - that's nice.

It has some downsides - after all its not your site. You can't control where the Adsense links show on your page yieldbuild does that. You can' t write about gambling or adult themes - I think Adsense bans those topics as and HubPages makes money from Adsense they ban them too.

HubPages is a Community

If you want to benefit from HubPages become part of the community. Not everyone is here to make money, some write poetry, some write about War of Warcraft, some about history. If you want to write about Internet Marketing and use HubPages to make money that's OK.

Take the time join the community, read, comment, participate, you might even have fun!


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    • slayton1s profile image


      9 years ago from Charleston, Missouri

      lol, wow. I just noticed this hub is 4 years old.

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      9 years ago from Charleston, Missouri

      P.S. I would've edited my last article but didn't know you had it set to where you review it. Good article & advice regardless.

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      Melody Collins 

      9 years ago from United States

      Great advice. I am new and keep hearing that I should go to the forum and say hello. It makes sense that I should not just say, "Hey how do you like my brand new hub?" After all, I am betting a great many people who do that don't stick around. I have not looked at the forum yet, but I plan to get involved shortly. I hope I have something to contribute!

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      9 years ago from New York

      thanks for the info. being new to hubpages it was very helpful.

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      9 years ago

      This by far has been one of the best informative and well written hubs explaining the depths of good article writing. Although there is still quite a bit of crap funneling through, but it all pays off when I can read a hub as awesome as this one.

      Thank you so much Lissie.

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      9 years ago

      Hi Lissie, What a fantastic Hubpage! You have provided so much valuable information here. Thank you very much. :)

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      Megan Coxe 

      9 years ago from somewhere between here and there

      Great hub! Hubpages isn't very intuitive for me yet, so I'm trying to learn everything I can. Thanks for the advice.

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      Ghost Producer 

      9 years ago

      Wonderful hub. It's funny you were talking about the $40.00 ebook teaching how to setup a hubpage account. People do stuff like that al the time and bring it 3-5 figures income monthly. It's sad that they take advantage of people that way.

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      10 years ago

      Thank you for the great tips. This is a very helpful Hub.

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      10 years ago from Olympia

      Yeah that's what I thought, hubpage won't allow anything with promotional sites, yet people are promoting clickbank and CPA on hubpage. One of my hub has clickbank link and no trouble with it.

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      Budi Murjiyanto 

      10 years ago

      Nice Work,mom !!

      Your article is excelent.

    • NappyMuse profile image


      10 years ago from Everywhere there is Love.

      I find myself stuck educating myself on the Hubpages of Lissie. You are very helpful.

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      10 years ago from For quality ebooks, softwares visit.

      Thank alot for this great piece of information. When hard work is done there is not reason for doubt or fear. More grease to your elbow.

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      10 years ago

      Great advice Lissie. These are some great tips to apply. Thanks a lot.

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      Pete from best food processors 

      10 years ago

      It's quite sad that internet marketing gets such a bad rep. I guess this is due to all the spammers and con artists out there that abuse it. I'd never really thought about using hubpages before as a portal for internet marketing. I'd heard of it, but hadn't really investigated it much. I must say I like the page layout and easy to use nature.

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      Bunny Tee 

      10 years ago

      Great information and thank you for all of your tips and I know this will help me.

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      I Love U Man 

      10 years ago from Tucson, AZ

      Nice to come across a Hubber who follows the exact same internet marketing sites as I do. The Griz is the best!

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      10 years ago from Albany, New York

      Great! Just the information I'm looking for. Thanks.

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      Paul Ferguson 

      10 years ago

      I'm a newbie Hubber but I really like it here! Thanks for your tips, suggestions and advice for intelligently using HubPages for IM aspirations.

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      Sonny Collova 

      10 years ago from Tampa Florida

      Thanks for the referral to hub pages Liz! I feel better after reading this knowing my hub scores will increase over time.

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      Jonny Cage 

      10 years ago

      great hub!!!

      Great advice!!!


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      10 years ago from Belize

      Great Hubpage. You have put allot effort into it. I pushed the Awesome button, voted it up and am now following regards, Dave

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      10 years ago from Atlanta

      Thanks for the great Hub. Really good advice on increasing your hub score. And congrats on all the amazing comments. Looking forward to reading more from you. :)

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      Jen Levine - Web Traffic 

      10 years ago

      Hubpages can definitely beat Squidoo as long as awesome hubs like this are published by original writers. Thanks for sharing hope to see more!

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      Jon Law 

      10 years ago from Birmingham UK

      Can only reiterate what the others have said. Fantastic advice from an expert, thanks.

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      ss sneh 

      11 years ago from the Incredible India!


      Very informative! Actualy I was searching for info to increase my hub score. This hub contributed to my search...

      -- Thanks

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      Alex McPhie 

      11 years ago

      There is so much awesome content here, this rocks

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      Tampa Marketing Firm 

      11 years ago

      SEO is quite possibly the most cost effective form of quality internet marketing.

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      Alex McPhie 

      11 years ago

      Awesome hub, I really appreciated the amount of information I could get from this! Keep up the good work!

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      Joni Douglas 

      11 years ago

      Thank you so much for the advice. I've only been here for about 2 months so I am still learning. I plan to read more of your hubs. Thanks again. Hubbers are so helpful.

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      11 years ago from Philippines

      I have just learn something from this hub lissie! Just keep informing us. Thanks!

    • seoserviceco profile image


      11 years ago

      Hi Lissie,

      I'm very new in hubpages. Your "hubpages internet marketing" throw me away.

      I though only can use one capsule.

      Thanks for your great sharing.

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      Holland Hobbs 

      11 years ago

      Well, I always find that hubpages is much much easier to setup as compare to Squidoo. Both are the same web 2.0 platform and serve the same purpose of link building and driving traffic. The former is straight forward and easier for first timer.

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      George Poe 

      11 years ago from United Kingdom

      Like it!

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      Spacey Gracey 

      11 years ago from Essex, UK

      Thanks for contributing to my continuous education on hubpages.

    • kea profile image


      11 years ago

      Great advice. I'm glad to hear someone mentioning variety, rather than a niche...I keep thinking I have to have a niche with my hubs!

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      11 years ago

      Thanks for your hub pages, they are amazing and very informative. I am website builder and work for internet marketing,web hosting,web tools, etc.

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      11 years ago

      Good hub.

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      Doberman Training 

      11 years ago

      Thank you for the nice informations.

      I had not a profile picture yet... amd.. just added it... ^_^

      followed one of your tips

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      Warren Buffett 

      11 years ago

      Hi Lissie - you still around ? Now that you've made a few bucks why not try the stockmarket ? Long-term value investing is what I do best ! :-)

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      Renee S 

      11 years ago from Virginia

      Wow, you really know your stuff. Great advice. Thanks!

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      11 years ago from

      This was great information. Since I am new to hubbing, I appreciate your no nonsense and straightforward advice.

    • Katarina2 profile image


      11 years ago

      Your info looks good and useful - thanks! Will bookmark it!

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      11 years ago

      thank you for your hub, very interesting and informative, learnt alot from reading this hub, keep up the good work


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      kay hebbourn 

      11 years ago from The Lake District, England

      Me too! Thanks for that very comprehensive and useful hub. I will be following some of those links to read your other work now. Kay

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      11 years ago

      How I wish I read your hub before starting a blog.

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      11 years ago from somewhere in a concrete jungle, hugging a green plastic tree, and wondering what happened

      Great noobie hub for a noobie like me! :)

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      Danielle Farrow 

      11 years ago from Scotland, UK

      Thank you for the very useful information - really helpful for me, just starting out, and one of the first things I read about hubpages.

      I know this hub has been around for some time, but wanted to mention my appreciation anyway. Thank you!

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      Tony Ballatore 

      11 years ago

      Hello, Lissie

      It looks like this article is two years old, and still going. Good on you. It gave me very appreciated information as I am new to Hubpages. I joined simply to promote my websites, but fell for the community and an opportunity to get feedback on my writing. I still want to promote my sites, but not at the risk of loosing my Hubpages relationships. Thanks for the info. I'm going to read all you informative articles, and, hopefully, generate an idea or two.

      Thanks again,


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      11 years ago

      Thanks for all the info on the hub pages Lissie. I have been trolling around on Grizz's blog for quite a while and this was the first time I came across his link for this hub.

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      sandra rinck 

      11 years ago

      This is a really great article Lissie. :D

      Fellow Hubber,


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      11 years ago

      Definitely a great post. Hopefully this helps me understand a lot of about marketing on Hubpages. Thanks!

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      Sophia Heresford 

      11 years ago from Ohio

      Thank you. This was informative. I'm new and flailing around like a bull in a china shop and this hub is helping me figure out which way is up.


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      Forest Marie 

      11 years ago

      Wow congrats Lissie! You deserved to get a lot of comments to your informative and honest hub entry. I was tryin to look how to prevent being banned from this site. Thank you very much for the information! :)

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      11 years ago

      This hub had just the info I was looking for. Thanks.

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      Will Davis 

      11 years ago

      Great work. Good hub. Found it very informative.

    • Thamisgith profile image


      11 years ago from Edinburgh, Scotland

      I just started with Hubpages a few days ago. I'm really glad that I found this hub. Thanks for the great advice, you've saved me a lot of head scratching and pain.

    • Jakobs profile image


      11 years ago from East Coast, USA

      Wow Lissie, what an interesting hub and what an amazing response you're getting!

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      Make No Money 

      11 years ago

      I know 1000 ways to make no money online. The secret is most of the money making tasks or boring and most of the entertaining tasks don't make you any money. This is true in real life business also.

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      11 years ago

      I finaly got my Maverick money makers hub on the first position on Google. I don't know what I did but .... there it is :D

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      11 years ago from China

      I'm glad to see honest words here. Good Hub.

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      11 years ago

      This was interesting and fun. I don't know why someone would share information for hubpages for money selling an ebook. Informations like these are everywhere FAQ, other hubs and even outside hubpages. So why pay for it?

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      Web Service 

      11 years ago

      Hi, thanks for your wonderful hub which assist me what to be do and not to do while creating the Hub. This is the first time i am going to create a hub. This information will helps the beginer to create hub without any penalization. Thanks a lot.

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      11 years ago

      Great article! I have so much to learn about Hubs, and you just taught me so much. Thank you!

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      11 years ago

      Wow that was impressive. Great article and, as the comments shows, of best quality. I guess I spent over 20 minutes here. Ok, it's time for a cofee break time now. :)

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      Ron Cripps 

      12 years ago from Australia

      Hi Lissie great hub for anyone wanting to get into marketing...

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      12 years ago from Iloilo City

      What an interesting and informative hub Lissie...I'm pretty sure many internet marketers found your hub helpful ^^

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      Jordan Heffron 

      12 years ago from San Francisco, California

      Very informative hub there Lissie! WAY 2 GO!

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      12 years ago

      Thanks Lissie, I have never been banned from Hubpages but I know tons of people that do get banned. As long as you give goog content, hub pages is a great way to build some backlinks for your site!!

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      12 years ago from Harpers Ferry, WV

      Thanks a bunch Lissie, im relatively new to hubpages and it helped a lot.

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      12 years ago from Seattle, WA

      Thanks for all the great information! I look forward to reading more of your hubs...

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      12 years ago from Illinois

      Very informative - thanks!

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      12 years ago from Somewhere in the MIdwest

      Thanks for the info, I am just starting out on Hub here from Keyword Academy.

      Live long and prosper!

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      12 years ago from Southeastern US

      Very useful information especially for someone like me who is relatively new to building hubpages.

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      12 years ago

      Wow, I would call your article "quite comprehensive". Thank-you for the excellent review and advice. I hope you increase the income from your efforts, more and more. All the best to you.

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      printable grocery coupons 

      12 years ago

      This is great information for marketers

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      Elisabeth Sowerbutts 

      12 years ago from New Zealand

      LOL agrande glad you found some of my stuff useful!

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      12 years ago from Oregon, USA

      Hi Lissie,

      I am working on my second hub and I have been looking through yours to get some ideas. I really think the title HubQueen should be bestoed upon thee.

      You really missed the boat by not marketing that $49 Hubpages ebook. :-).

      Thanks for inspirations.

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      Jules Wright 

      12 years ago from Portland, OR

      Hi Lissie thank you for your very informative Hub. I signed up 2 years ago but never got going! I need to change that. Thanks again.

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      12 years ago from India

      Hey Lissie...very informative hub, specially for someone who is new here like me.

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      12 years ago from Iloilo City

      Hey there Lissie! hubpages is almost similar but not quite to Squidoo. It is a great platform to promote your site and your niche. Also it is easier to use compared to squidoo but the modules or capsule are a bit limited compared to Squidoo.

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      12 years ago from Europe

      Very helpful post Lissie. I've only signed up for Hubpages a few days ago so I am still learning. I agree that it is easy to create a hub (as you yourself write) but writing a hub in the best possible way is not quite as easy. And that is why I appreciate this hub as it has provided me with a better picture of what is important when creating new hubs. So now I'm off to figure out how to insert pictures into text capsules as well as to find out whether it is possible to take an existing hub from a one column layout to a 2 column.



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      English Teacher 

      12 years ago from Midwestern United States

      Lissie: I discovered you through a search for an explanation of the red numbers in the hubs. I'm only a few days old here with three hubs to date, but a list of possible topics for the future a mile long. Thanks for your explanation of what I wanted to know. (As you can see, I'm taking your advice and posting a comment.) Thanks, Lissie.

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      Como Fazer um Blog 

      12 years ago

      Hi Lissie,

      I`m a Grizz reader and find your nice hub.

      Thanks for sharing that good info.


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      Athlyn Green 

      12 years ago from West Kootenays

      As Always, Lissie,

      You offer sound, no-nonsense advice that gets to the heart of things, delivered in a conversational tone that helps readers to identify with you and with writing in general. Well done. A wealth of usable and workable tips.

      I know what you mean about the fold. I now always create Hubs with a couple of text boxes. After reading about how to craft Flagship Hubs, I try to apply these same principles when creating Hubs. I've seen a big difference in earnings and views, as a result.

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      Elisabeth Sowerbutts 

      12 years ago from New Zealand

      @ lgoffigan- thanks for the very long comment!

      @bankman- I've written all I know - its not that hard - check out and the 4 hubs which follow on from it!

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      12 years ago from USA

      Lissie, I saw that you were a fan of Griz and he of you. I've been following him quite a bit of late and came over here.

      So far I've read two of your Hubpages and both have been excellent. Keep up the good work.

      It would be nice to see more info on Hubbing and SEO.

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      12 years ago

      Wow! I thought I would not get my chance to commend you on all of the good advice. I have been on HP for about 5 weeks and produced up to 100 articles. One hubber said that I was prolific. HP has me labeled as expert which I appreciate. What I appreciate more is your willingness to share your year's experience at HubPages with people unfamiliar with blogging.

      Also, I appreciate that you wrote such a great hub because scrolling down to my turn to comment, got me to reading helpful and useful information. I am a sincere writer and do not fear being banned and have never embedded domain names in my content.

      I am curious about the two column writing. The information you supplied, Lissie, was very useful. I have to narrow down my columns for easy reading instead of presenting my work to HP like a thesis. I also have to improve on the commenting part of blogging and as one of the commenters said HP is a social network as well and goes a long ways to increase Hub traffic.

      Thank you, Lissie. for your free course on Hubpages and I shall look you up when I see you back in the community. There are now over 490,000 Hubbers and about 120,000 writers so there are plenty of readers on the website to flourich. I have a blogging site courtesy of Google at that I am getting up and running. All are welcome.

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      Elisabeth Sowerbutts 

      12 years ago from New Zealand

      Thanks and pleased to be of help - NN there are issues with BANS sites getting deindexed by google - I really need to do an update hub ...

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      Nancy's Niche 

      12 years ago

      Excellent information and direction...Thanks for all the insight and links to check out; especially BANS...

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      12 years ago from New York

      Wow Lissie- I just learned more in the ten minutes it took me to read this hub, than I have since I began a week ago! Thank you so much- I will keep all this in mind for the future!

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      12 years ago from Jacksonville, FL

      Very informative hub. I am glad I read this I don't want to start on the wrong foot before I am able to make some thing of this. Thank you

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      Elisabeth Sowerbutts 

      12 years ago from New Zealand

      Just quick comment to say I am horrbily expensive internet at a camping ground will comment properly when I get home in a week or so!

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      Gordon Cameron 

      12 years ago


      Well done on a fantastic article. I must look into how to publish in two columns - have written quite a few hubs but never realised you could do that.

      Thanks again - very well written indeed

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      William Turpen 

      12 years ago from Southwest Virginia

      I'm new to Hubpages and find your Hub very helpful. I'm a writer (a good one probably not) [See, I told you!]) Joking aside, I'm now semi-retired from an unrelated field and am trying to find a way to take advantage of my love of writing, and earn a little in the process. I've shot off just 4 hubs so far...more of a test (of my knowledge of the system) than anything else. I keep reading all of the hubs like yours that I can to learn more. At any rate, THANKS an keep up the good work!

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      Myron Tay 

      12 years ago from Singapore

      Nice thoughts going into this. But here's a quick question. In the long run, which is better? Put your articles up just on hubpages or on your blog? Is there a point to exclusive posting of articles or should I put my articles up on as many of such sites as possible?

    • AdrianGheorghe profile image


      12 years ago

      Great article, you see i'm a online busines builder rookie i can say! I know there a lot of profits over the online seling market! Now after i read your Hub i understand a lot ,i learn some new things from here! I got a new Hub made some days ago and hope to see some trafic on it! But with your points of view sure i'll make it work!

      Great job again!

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      12 years ago from California

      I want to thank you for such an insightful HUB, you've actually helped in preventing me from making some foolish mistakes here.

      I appreciate that.

      Take care,

      David D. Ju'Don

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      Elisabeth Sowerbutts 

      12 years ago from New Zealand

      This hub has a life of its own -I've never had one that has staid popular for so long! The comments are good indication of the age of the hub as generally you get comments soon after publication as fans are notified immediately.

      I suspect the reason that hubs don't have a default day is that hubpages encourages "every green" content so you don't necessarily want to update it. I update hubs if they date but it acutally happens rarely. BTW any hub which lists "high paying keywords" - are a waste of time - the google keyword tool is always update to date - when a month in arrears and the trick with keywords is NOT to focus on the impossible ones like credit cards!

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      karen eini 

      12 years ago

      Hi Lissie

      Excellent, informative and supportive hub. Thank you!

      I noticed that there is no indciation of when a hub was published under its title. Is there is a reason for it?

      I think a date is important in context of the article. If the hub is about high paying keywords for example, that is a time sensitive issue. The comments are dated, as 9 months ago, 3 days ago, but it doesnt indicate the date of publication.

      Do you think we should add the date into the hub somewhere?




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