How to Write a Great DIY Hub
Turning Home Projects into Hubs
Creating a great DIY guide involves three simple tasks:
- Choosing a good title
- Taking excellent notes
- Doing a bit of keyword research
Choosing a Great Title
Choosing a good title is extremely important when writing your Hubs. You can have an excellent Hub, but without a good title, your Hub will be difficult to find. Likewise, you can have an excellent Hub with poor content, and your Hub won't see any traffic. The best Hubs have great, searchable titles and excellent content.
Niche Titles and Topics: We recommend writing Hubs that are specific and niche. The below graph is an example of coming up with a general topic and breaking it down to be more specific. More specific, long-tail, titles will do better over time in search results.
Broad to Specific Titles
We recommend doing a little bit of keyword research to help fine tune your title. Try using Google's Autocomplete feature to see what others are searching for in relation to the words you were thinking of using, but be careful not to overdo it. In fact, having too many of the same keywords in your Hub can hurt you. Be smart, don't over-optimize your Hub because it could end up hurting you in Google Search results!
Providing excellent directions and notes is a key component of a great DIY Hub! Doing a project on your own can be confusing, but if you have a great guide with explicit directions, you can accomplish a lot. Successful DIY Hubs have:
- Text that is logically broken down into multiple text capsules with subtitles
- Clear, to the point directions
- Clear explanations in areas that may be confusing
- Clear numbering or bullets so your reader can easily follow along
- Photos for demonstration that are clearly labeled in the caption
- Links for more information if needed
Below is a fantastic Hub by K9keystrokes on making homemade pasta. She does a great job with her Hub layout. She has easy to follow directions, a great original photo with a caption; and she has broken her Hub up into multiple text and photo capsules.
K9keystrokes Example of Great Directions and a Link
Photos! Photos! Photos!
Photos are a critical component of your DIY project. Your Hub just won't be the same without them! Original photos tell your reader that you are credible because they demonstrate that you have actually done the project you are writing about. However, if you can't have original photos, it is a must that you legally use images and properly attribute them. Check out our Learning Center guide on the proper use of photos in a Hub.
How to Properly Attribute Photos Online
Properly attributing photos on HubPages is the legal thing to do and an indication to your readers that they can trust your work. If you cannot use original photos or photos that you have purchased, we recommend properly attributing your photos.
Types of Licenses and Their Abbreviations in Parenthesis:
- Attribution (CC BY): This license lets others distribute, remix, tweak, and build upon the work, even commercially, as long as they credit the original creation.
- Attribution-ShareAlike (CC: BY-SA): Similar to CC BY except you need to credit the new creations under the identical terms. Ensures that even augmentations to an image will be available for commercial use. Wikipedia uses this license.
- Attrubution-NoDerivs (CC BY:ND): This license allows for redistribution, commercial and non-commercial as long as it remains unchanged and is credited to the author.
- Attribution-NonCommercial: (CC BY-NC): Allows others to remix, tweak, and build upon work non-commercially. The new work must acknowledge author but the derivative work doesn’t have to be licensed on the same terms.
- Attrubution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike: (CC BY-NC-SA): Same as above, but new work must be licensed under identical terms.
- Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs: (CC BY-NC-ND): The most restrictive license. Work is downloadable and shareable with proper credit. Work cannot be changed or used commercially.
Obvious No-Nos: watermarked images; images found on Google Images; images from random websites, using an attribution image and not attributing the author; using a non-commercial image while ads and Amazon or eBay capsules are turned on in a Hub.
While in Edit mode of a Photo Capsule, enter the information in the provided boxes:
- Name of Source box: insert image author’s name, type of license, and source site, e.g., Loganandgarth, CC BY, via Wikimedia Commons
- Source URL: copy and paste in the URL of the image, e.g., http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Havanese_puppies_cd2.jpg
Learning Center Entry: http://hubpages.com/learningcenter/legal-image-use
An Example of a Properly Attributed Photo on HubPages
Putting your Hub Together
You've done your project, taken excellent notes, photos, and video if possible, now it's time to put it all together in your Hub! Below is a couple of example of Hubs that have done a fantastic job putting it all together. The first is Simone Smith's Hub on unclogging a drain and the second is by Gordon Hamilton's Hub on making coddled eggs. Both Hubs are great and the one main difference in formatting is the use of photos. Simone decided that she preferred to have her photos organized as thumbnails while Gordon has his laid out next to his text. Both ways are great, it's just personal preference and up to you.