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How to Achieve a High Hub Author Score

Updated on November 12, 2009

So, You Want a High Hub Score, Who Doesn't?

That's why I am offering my guaranteed method for improving your hub score. No longer will you be laughed at for a puny score of 23. We will boost your score up to 75 and beyond! Within days, you will receive your package containing all the tools ...

*ahem, Yoshi, we aren't mailing out tool kits*

Oh, right! Within this hub you will find a link that you can follow that will lead you to ...

*Uh ... Yoshi. No links. We will present the info right here in this hub*

Very well then, for a small fee of ...

*There won't be a fee involved. You'll hand out the info for free.*

Ah rubbish! I hate that angelic presence that hovers over me, but I suppose it's right. Truth be told, I never paid for what I learned and neither should you. My score constantly hovers in the 90s and has done so since my first month here, so it's only a matter of retracing what I have done to help you achieve the same success.

Hubpages might not make you famous, but it couldn't hurt to try
Hubpages might not make you famous, but it couldn't hurt to try

Day One - Hub Author Score of Zero

We all started here with nothing. Depressing? Isn't it? We could be the greatest hubber of all time, but no one knows it?

Look at them, laughing at you with score of 80 or above! Shake your angry fist at them, for you too shall achieve such a score, and you will do it in such a way that you will earn their respect and praise. They will rue the day they laughed at you ... or perhaps that's paranoia setting in. After all, they were all newbs at one time to, and perhaps they laugh to suppress the sadness they feel for the zero they all once were. 

Regardless, we're going to catch up with them, and we're going to catch up quick. Are you with me? Good!

Lesson One - We Need to Get Ranked!

On day one, don't worry about making money! That's right, a heard me. Don't consider it. Why? Well, no offense, but you are just a newb and no one finds you all that interesting just yet. Now ... now ... don't run of and sulk, it happens to us all. We just need to make over your image a bit and to do that we will need to decide where to start. As such, your first assignent is to get our a piece of paper and write down ten things you know something about.

Everyone Knows Something!

You might know things about rock climbing, about cars, about fishing, about computers. Write those topics down, as that's what we'll write about first. 

Again, don;t worry about money topics ... at least not yet ... as they will do you little good until you become established. Why? Well, I didn't really want to get into that yet, but I suppose I could digress briefly.

As a hubber starting out you're a zero. That means Hubpages isn't sure yet if you're a spammer, a pariah, or a character of great interest. After all, to enter a room and announce yourself isn't enough to say who you actually are - you need to offer proof. As such, your hubs are hit with a 'don't follow ' penalty until your hub score increases, so we need to help you get bumped up where your work will be taken seriously - and then we will wory about making money.

So, going back to our topics ... Evaluate each one and decide if you can write at least a thousand meaningful words on each one. Those you can't, you replace with something else, and when you are done you have the topics for your first ten hubs.

So, what's next?


Do some googling and check your facts. After all, we want the information you present to the world to be based on fact - not opinion. Also, this googling session will no doubt present more ideas for each hub, enriching those first ten you will produce. 

another reason for research is to read what others have written and familiarize yourself with how to write a good article. We aren't looking for text to copy here ... in fact ... I recommend you do not print out, write down, or copy a single thing you read. Memorize what's important to you as you will need to write it all down in your own words.

Hub Number One

We all start with a first hub ... no one can skip this step, as you have to write a first hub before you can write a second, a third, and so on. As such, we need to become familiar with the hub creation tool before continuing on. I provide a great into to the hub tool that you will find here:

I'll wait while you run off and read that, or you could also wait until later. The choice is yours.

Ready to Move On?

That nod didn't look convincing, but I'll take you at your word.

To start, we will take a very basic approach to hub design that you can modify as you go on. You will want to print this template out for later use.

Here are the hubtools we will use for our basic hub:

Four text capsules, one photo capsule, one video capsule (optional), one news capsule (optional), two link capsules (optional), one poll capsule, and one comments capsule

You might need more, but I recommend no less. Gather these together and we will continue one.

Beginning the Assembly of Your First Hub

First, open a wordprocessing program, pick one of your topics, and write at least 1000 words about it. If you can't then you probably picked a poor topic - move onto the next one.

With your article written, divide it up into smaller logical blocks and place a title over each block. I recommend no less than 4, though there's no reason you can't divide it up further than that, just don't create a separate block for each paragraph ... the goal is for each block to have meaning if set alone by itself.

Next, go into the hubtool and enter your text blocks - one block per text capsule. Enter the title in the subtitle part and enter the text in the text part ... easy, right? And if you need more text capsules, feel free to create them. Their free, after all, so use what you need.

We Need a Picture

As I noted above, I really think a photo is important for each hub, though I don't always follow this rule myself. For the most part I do, and you should too.

So, follow this link to dig up a photo that's somehow related to your hub. I'll wait here:

I use the site mentioned above because the photos are free, which prevents us from getting into legal issue later. Trust me, you don;t want the feds at your door because you pulled someone's picture from their site and failed to pay them.

All you need to do is search for a picture, right click on it, click 'save to desktop', and then open your photo capsule, choose my computer, click 'choose file', click 'load the images', and then click 'save'. It's just that easy!

And there you have your first photo.

So, where should you put it? Wherever it logically fits in, though I recommend that it be after your first text capsule, as you will want the space to the right of your first text capsule open for Google ads, which you will worry about later. Again, we are worried about making you a quality hubber first and a money making one second, as you must become one before you can consider becoming the other.

Can you add more pictures, I heard someone ask ... Absolutely, though I recommend not putting in too many photos, as it can detract away from your writing ... I would go with a 1 to 3 ratio ... one picture for every three text capsules.

Some Fun Options

You can also include a video, a news feed, and two links. The first two are according to flavor, but the last one I highly recommend.

Link capsules are great for leading a reader from your hub to something else. And what should that something else be? Why, another one of your hubs. However, I only recommend two links per hub while you're starting out, lest you be considered a 'link liege', which is never a good thing. 

So, when should you link to your other hubs and when shouldn't you? The true litmus test is simple ... is there any relationship between the two hubs? If you can show a reader how one hub relates to another then it's a good hub to link to. Otherwise, don't do the link.

For instance, you could link a hub on cars to one on tools, if you explained that the hub covered tools you would need to fix cars. However, if you wanted to link a hub on cars to one on flower gardens, that would be a bit of a stretch and probably should not be attempted. That's why links are optional, as you will find some instances where a hub is an orphan that doesn't fit in well with your other hubs. That's okay, as you might write hubs that are related to it over time, and can install the links then. After all, a hub is never truly finished ... you can always go back and do more. 

Polls and Comments

Polls are invaluable and should always be your next to the last item. And what should the poll ask? 'Did you enjoy this article?' or 'Did you find this article useful?'


Because ...

Sorry, I was feeling a bit dodgy there, I'll ease up on the caffeine a bit.

The reason is you want feedback and a poll like this will help you see if you are reaching your audience. The answers should be simple ... 'yes', 'some of it', and 'no'.

By checking these polls from time to time you can get an idea if an article is achieving its goal. Then looking at the feedback, don't be alarmed at the lack of response ... just look for the 'no' votes, as those represent readers you didn't reach. Get a lot of those, and you might want to reconsider writing your article.

Which brings us to comments ... The very final capsule should always be a comments capsule, as these extend your article's worth tenfold. When someone writes in here 'I really enjoyed this article' others will consider you as a possible viable source for info on this topic, and will look for similar hubs from you in the future - which creates traffic - wahoo!

But what if they refute what you have said in your article? Booyah! That's great! Go back to Google and see if they were right, If they were confused by something you said, then go back and make it more clear in your article. If you were wrong about something, go back and fix it. This is the feedback you want to make your hub shine!

Also, you will want to go into your keywords on the right and add keywords and phrases 'specifically' related to the article you just wrote. The more specific you are, the better quality of traffic you will eventually pull in.

So, You Finished Your First Hub, What's Next?

Write more! We want at least 10 to start out. If it takes days, weeks, months even, you need to write a certain amount of hubs to get noticed. Keep writing until you have ten complete, as this will put you out there as an earnest hubber seeking to be noticed and the constant work will keep you out of the shadow that so many hubbers fall into ... the forums.

Now, I do like the forums and see nothing evil in them, but they do appear to be a black hole that many newb hubbers fall into and never escape. You see, when you are in the forums babbling away you are not getting any hubs written, which does nothing to help your score. Believe me, there will come a time for self promotion, but this waking hour isn't it. Besides, the elder hubbers rarely take someone serious in the forum who doesn't have a few hubs already under their belt. 

As such, write your ten hubs and get them out of the way. You will feel much better when you are done.

or you could build a castle by the waterfront
or you could build a castle by the waterfront

Ten Hubs Finished ... Now What?

Great! Now we are ready for social integration. Go jibba jabba on the forums a bit (you know you've been waiting to) then you need to click on answers up above and click quesitons.

Here, you will find the mecca of score building. You see, these are fellow hubbers asking questions and looking for answers. Now ... 90% of them are questions you can't answer or shouldn't waste any time on doing so, but this leaves many questions that are good to approach.

If you know an answer to one of them, then respond, even if someone else already did - just make sure your answer includes something the others might have missed. And if you find yourself with a lot to say on the topic? Save your answer then go back into the question (which will say you have already answered the question) and click the link that allows you to create a hub to answer the question.

Now, you may ask, why wouldn't you just do this to begin with? Well, your shorter answer shows you to know something about the topic, so then the reader is more inlined to look at your hub ... and guess what ... by creating your hub this way you get a free link to it ... a bonus! Just don't create questions and answer them yourself, as it makes you look a bit silly and just might be against the rules.

So, When Does the High Score Arrive?

Patience, my young padawah. Within days you should see your score beginning to rise. It should keep creeping up until it plateaus for a few days. Until then, you can answer questions and hobnob in the forums. 

And what if you plateau below your goal? Well, then you need to write more articles, but by this point you should already see your number rising up to a good number. If not, look at the scores on your hubs themselves. If any of them are below a 60 after a week then you might need to spruce them up a bit to make them better. After all, the quality of your content does directly affect your score.

As for any hubs that remain under a score of 40 for over a week, delete them and rewrite them fresh from scratch, as they are typically beyond saving and will only hurt your score in the end. it will take several days for them to disappear, so you will have to wait before writing them again.

How high can one's score go?

I scored as high as a 99 in my first two months, though I never hit that elusive 100. As for my typical score ... it's in the 90s, doing no more than I just told you to do. For you see, I wouldn't expect you to follow a system I knew wouldn't work, and I wouldn't know it worked, had I not already used it myself.

So, how high will your score go? Time will tell. Now, go out there and win one for the Yoshi! :)

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    • tobint44 profile image

      Tyler Tobin 

      6 years ago from North Carolina

      Great hub! This information definitely helps me on my quest to be a great hubber. I am shooting for my 365 Quality Hubs in 365 Days , so I will use this information to better my chances at success.

    • forbiddenkitten profile image


      7 years ago from U S OF A

      This was really helpful! I have only had my account for three days and already have four hubs! I started out with a 30 score and it is now up to 34. Hopefully it continues to raise! Will start using you tips!

    • jeremytorres profile image


      7 years ago

      Very interesting and greatly useful hub!OFC, everyone wants a high hubscore.Good job!

    • Huntgoddess profile image


      8 years ago from Midwest U.S.A.

      I really enjoyed this article.


      Seriously, this is some great stuff, Yoshi. I can't thank you enough. Just what I've been looking for. Up, Awesome, Beautiful, Funny, Useful.

    • visionandfocus profile image


      8 years ago from North York, Canada

      This is incredibly useful--the best help for newbies I've seen so far. I will follow your advice, Yogi Yoshi, and look forward to seeing my score rise. My utmost thanks!

    • yoshi97 profile imageAUTHOR


      8 years ago from a land called 'what if?'

      Thanks tsmog. I try to help out where I can. :)

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      Tim Mitchell 

      8 years ago from Escondido, CA

      Thank you yoshi97 , , ,I will use this advice tonight. I like your dragon. It appears an Eastern dragon, a protector rather than a Western - guard to the lower lands.

    • yoshi97 profile imageAUTHOR


      8 years ago from a land called 'what if?'


      You picked up on something I have been telling writers for years. When you want to share information with others you need to do it in a conversational style, so that they feel warm and welcomed by what it is you have to offer.

      It's easy to walk away from a boring lecture, but not so simple to walk away from an engaging conversation, which is why the conversational approach works awesome for hubs.

      Keep on writing Luis, and know that the money will come back to you in time. It takes many hubs and a lot of patience to benefit from online writing, but you will look back and someday see the accumulative effect all of those writings will have.

      When you least expect it, the money faucet will change from a leak to a constant flow. :)

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      Luis E Gonzalez 

      8 years ago from Miami, Florida

      I have been at HP for a little over two months, and I really wish that I had read this from the beginning. Your writing style is infectious and leaves you wanting more. Your writing flows like a normal conversation and even makes the reader want to "answer back", don't worry..I didn't, at least not yet. I have not read your profile but I am guessing that you have a writing/marketing background.

      Again ,excellent hub and thanks for posting it.

    • yoshi97 profile imageAUTHOR


      8 years ago from a land called 'what if?'

      The scoring of a hub is based on a lot of different factors. In fact, the formula is a secret, but I can let you in on what I know

      First off, all hubs start out with a score of somewhere around 50 (I need someone to confirm this, as I'm not certain of this).

      They will remain at a low score for a bit (perhaps a few days) and then they will either climb or fall. Those that climb are well-structured and are being well-received. Those that plummet typically do so because they have violated one of the Hubpages rules.

      Another thing to be aware of is that hubs tend to vary in score according to how well they perform. A well-read hub will typically outscore one that isn't being read at all, and a hub scoring clicks ($$$) will tend to do even better.

      No one truly knows the full formula for how the score on a hub is generated except the Hubpages staff, and this is because they use the hubscore system to separate the good hubs from the bad ones. So long as the recipe remains a secret, no one can mess with it, which is why even us veterans aren't sure of everything that goes into it ... but we do know what makes a hub excel. :)

    • livmdaniels profile image


      8 years ago from Littleton, WV

      I just wrote one trying to follow some your ideas it was rated 49. I'm new around here and still trying to get the hang of things. What is the scoring of the hubs based on?

    • emilybee profile image


      8 years ago

      Nice hub, very helpful and informative. Nice sense of humor too!

    • howtosoftmod11 profile image


      8 years ago from kitchener

      cool useful hub

    • seller35 profile image


      9 years ago from California

      Thanks for the info my author score is too low and your article will help me to up it

    • FindYourSearch profile image


      9 years ago from Las Vegas, NV

      This is a fantastic hub. In addition to it having some great info about increasing your author score, I really enjoy your writing style. Bookmarked!

    • angela_michelle profile image

      Angela Michelle Schultz 

      9 years ago from United States

      I felt your hub was very thoughtful and I liked it, so I decided to link from my author score hub to yours. Great job!

    • freddyjones2009 profile image


      9 years ago

      Thanks Yoshi.

      Great information which I can start to use.

    • nadp profile image


      9 years ago from WEST PALM BEACH, FLORIDA

      very entertaining - and helpful!

    • MakeMoneyGoal profile image

      James Flynn 

      9 years ago from Edinburgh

      Like it Yoshi! Up'ed and bookmarked. How is Mario btw? :-)

    • CraigKeeble profile image


      9 years ago from England

      turns out you don't need to be serious when your information is this good!

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      Janice S 

      9 years ago

      Great advice for a new hubber such as myself! 2 down...only 8 more to go to reach that suggested number of 10 for getting started. So far it has been great fun learning how to use all the tools. Thanks for the info.

    • LParcar profile image


      9 years ago from Virginia

      Thanks! I'm a newbie, so this info is super useful!

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      Chef Mac 

      9 years ago from New York State

      Witty and informative. Thanks.

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      Terry Hoover 

      9 years ago from Denham Springs, Louisiana

      Nice work..thanks

    • OregonWino profile image


      9 years ago

      Great hub! The information is great for those of us that have been here long enough to have a few hubs under our belt.

    • profile image


      9 years ago

      Thank you so much for this article. This is so helpful to a new person to hubpages (such as myself, with an embarrassingly low rating). I've bookmarked this one for future use too. Thanks! :)

    • WriteAngled profile image


      9 years ago from Abertawe, Cymru

      Thank you very much for your answer. :)

    • yoshi97 profile imageAUTHOR


      9 years ago from a land called 'what if?'

      As a hub ages it will typically mature around the 60s. However, A decent amount of constant traffic will bump it up again.

      So long as you keep your hub scores 40 or above all of the links remain do-follow, which means you can have people travel between the hubs with your links. As such, the mid-60s are just fine. :)

    • WriteAngled profile image


      9 years ago from Abertawe, Cymru

      Terrific! Just one question: do hub scores fall as hubs age and get less interest and/or you run out of places to get backlinks for them? If so, do you have a remedy?

    • yoshi97 profile imageAUTHOR


      9 years ago from a land called 'what if?'

      Yep, the 90s are golden, and easy to remain within, provided you keep writing good hubs. :)

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      Cindy Lawson 

      9 years ago from Guernsey (Channel Islands)

      Excellent advice for newbies Yoshi. I have been fortunate to hit the 100 a couple of times, but not for a while now. to be honest I am happy as long as my Hubber Score is over 93, any lower and I immediately find another hub to write about and make sure I research it properly in order to raise my hubber score.

    • gramsmith profile image


      9 years ago

      Very informative tips for getting good hub score.Great Job.....thanks

    • ThoughtfulSpot profile image


      9 years ago from PA

      Great article. I've been lucky enough to hover in the 80's my first few weeks here, but it was nice to read that I was doing some things "right" and to find some new things I didn't know about. I've a lot to learn here on hubpages, but having a full life w/ kids, work, etc... and very little time for me, its a slow process. Articles like this that break things down simply are really helping. Thanks.

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      Bhawna Sharma 

      9 years ago from Mumbai, India

      Let me try what you said...

    • lostgirlscat profile image


      9 years ago

      Loved your hub, but I must be an idiot, 'cause I still have not been able to use the keyword tool. Also linking, backlinking, I'm just not savvy enough with web terminology

      and technology. I need someone to lead me by the hand as they would a six year old child.( Who is probably better on a computer than I am!)

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      Danielle Farrow 

      9 years ago from Scotland, UK

      Very useful, and grand style - thank you!

    • hudsonj1994 profile image


      9 years ago from Alabama

      Great Article! I am on the journey of getting 75!

    • yoshi97 profile imageAUTHOR


      9 years ago from a land called 'what if?'

      I haven't hit 100 yet, but I've hit 99. I don't do anything different as I believe a 100 comes over time if you do everything right. I heard one person say they received their first 100 score after 9 months - that's probably a good guess of how long it takes.

      I hit my first 98 after a month and my first 99 after two months, but that 100 has been elusive for me too. :)

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      Jyoti Kothari 

      9 years ago from Jaipur


      This is a great hub for newb. Can you tell me how to increase it from 90 to 100? I had never achieved 100 but always in 9os since long time.


      Jyoti Kothari

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      9 years ago from London

      I was close to crying before I found this hub, thanks!

    • kirstenblog profile image


      9 years ago from London UK

      What a great writing style! I was grinning and laughing (in my head, don't want my hubby to think I am nuts) right from the start! My profile score is actually pretty respectable (most of the time anyway) so I am not that worried and I must be doing something right! I think I will be re-reading this one to see if I can get my articles scoring higher as well. I will also be looking through your other pages to see what more I can learn :)

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      9 years ago

      Thanks for your hub, it really helps!

    • rmcrayne profile image


      9 years ago from San Antonio Texas

      Thanks. This was my first read in your 101 series. I'll be progressing through them. It was nice to read that I have done a few things right, like worry about my writing now, worry about adsense later.

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      Laurel Rogers 

      9 years ago from Grizzly Flats, Ca

      I am a newbie and want you to know that you are my HubHero, that's for sure! I can't tell you how difficult it has been to even ask questions that are as basic as those I need to ask, when you simply wrote the answers so directly and warmly that nothing needed to be said.

      That's a ridiculously wordy sentence and I apologize, but do know that you are worth every single one!

      Thanks again,


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      9 years ago from -Oceania

      Gosh I wish I had read something exactly like this when I joined,never the less its never too late to learn. Thankyou very much!

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      Shalini Kagal 

      10 years ago from India

      That was informative, entertaining and a great guide for any newbie. You're becoming quite a Jedi here on HubPages, aren't you? May the force take you to the 100 that you well and truly deserve very soon!

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      Connie Smith 

      10 years ago from Tampa Bay, Florida

      Though I am not a newbie anymore, I wish I would have run across this one when I was. I found it very informative. Unlike many written for the newbie, this one was explained in easy to understand language. I recommend it to all new hubbers. Keep up the great work! This series is great for the beginners.

    • shibashake profile image


      10 years ago

      Fun hub Yoshi! Love your sense of humor and your very wise words here and in the Forums. You are a 100 in my book :)

    • yoshi97 profile imageAUTHOR


      10 years ago from a land called 'what if?'

      With 25 hubs under your belt, I think you are ready to start making money.

      As a starter, I would look at my keywords hub for finding good keywords and then see if you can find words that should pay out. From there, I would look through the forums for more keyword info (as I'm not the only good resource on this topic).

      From there, you will use the keyword in the name of your hub, which we automatically place it in your URL, and then you write a really good hub and keep repeating this process. Within a few months you will see your hubs start to monetize (i few cents here and a few cents there) as you see your profits slowly rise.

      Remember, making money on hubpages is not an overnight windfall - that's where most people get frustrated and quit. It's all about building quality pages and learning from your mistakes, as well as writing about topics that are useful year round (often know as 'evergreen' topics'). Build upon these and you will find yourself a year later telling the next fresh batch of newbs, 'hang in there, you'll be making money in time!'

      I already had an understanding of adsense when I came in here, and found myself taking some time (about two months) figuring out how to apply this knowledge here, as the methodology of Hubpages does change the process a bit (in many ways I won't get into, as they provide only confusion - not knowledge).

      Suffice it to say, it's all about using good keywords, building quality hubs, and slowly (not quickly, as others suggest) building backlinks that will pay off down the road.

      This is a game of patience ... and those that are the most patient will garner the spoils. :)

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      10 years ago

      Yoshi, from this newbie - Thank you -Boy, I needed to learn that and I should say, I understand the process in more detail while still allowing myself to write what I love to write, and they are no doubt in my top ten list. Thank you also for explaining comments - There is so much I need to learn and find myself getting lost in the map and glazing over when I do find something that is "suppose" to be read. I have 25 Hubs, none under 50 should I start figuring out how to make money yet or wait another month (been here just one month) if you can tell me great however I understand how busy you are and thanks again for my charts.

      Your fan,

      Lots of Hubs,




    • yoshi97 profile imageAUTHOR


      10 years ago from a land called 'what if?'

      Thank you!

      I try to keep it entertaining, so my readers don't fall comatose upon their keyboard. :)

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      10 years ago

      I LOVE your personality in your writing! Great information to! GPAGE

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      10 years ago from Quezon City, Philippines

      i am off to work but bookmarked this first. thank you for sharing. we need to get ranked - i agree - it gives self-satisfaction.

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      Richard Stephen 

      10 years ago

      Yoshi, good stuff! I especially like your writing style. It's entertaining, easy to read and informative. Keep cranking it out!

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      Alfreta Sailor 

      10 years ago from Southern California

      Very good yoshi! Another one of your hubs to bookmark!

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      10 years ago

      Thank you for the insite. I am a newb and not sure of anything except that I love to write. I read your article and made some changes on my hub. Thank you again

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      Brian Stephens 

      10 years ago from Castelnaudary, France

      Yes this is good information, straight forward and to the point, I like that.

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      10 years ago from India

      Bookmarked...great hub yoshi. Its a must read for all the newcomers. Keep up the good work.

    • yoshi97 profile imageAUTHOR


      10 years ago from a land called 'what if?'


      My Hubbing 101 series is all about giving back to the community by sharing what I have learned the hard way, with the hope that others will not have to do the same. :)

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      10 years ago from Eagan, MN

      Great Hub Yoshi! I loved your Angelic presence I often feel the same way when I'm writing my hubs about Twitter or Facebook. I know I should charge... Nah lol I just want to see people succeed and be happy with what they are creating.


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