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Lens to Hub Help

Updated on October 28, 2014
It's a Squb!
It's a Squb!

Now you're a Hubber

Now that we're all thrown into the Hub pool, here's a guide to the first steps you need to take to settle yourself in here.

First, this is HubPages. Not every lens will be suited to its new home. Consider this advice from Greekgeek

"it's vitally important that we convert our lenses to match the spirit of Hubpages. Let’s not be rules lawyers, trying to wear down Hubpages staff until they give in and let us make Hubpages more like Squidoo. Hubpages survived Panda — barely. Squidoo didn’t. We’ve gotta give in and do as the Romans are doing."

Come in in, the water's fine.

First Steps - Set up Affiliates

Go to your Account

This is what your account looks like. Lots of tabs to investigate

First set up your account. Look at the sub-items in your earnings tab. You set up your affiliate information here

Set up Affiliate information

Tips about Affiliates

If you don't already have an Amazon Associates account, you're better off sticking with HubPages Amazon Program.

Next Step - Profile

Now that you've set up the information in your Earnings tab, go to the Profile tab

Profile Tab

Have a good look through the sub items on your Profile tab

You can add/edit information here, add your Social media links and a few other bits and pieces..

Scroll right down to the bottom of the page. You can rotate the hubs that appear at the top of your profile page

In the Spotlight
Select up to 6 Hubs to showcase at the top of your profile. These Hubs must include a photo that is at least 200x150 pixels.

Hubs Tab

Now Look at your Hubs tab

There are sub items on your Hubs tab - interesting and really, really helpful.

For example, Broken links, Violations and you can moderate your comments here.

(Don't forget the Traffic Sources but look over those when you have a good handful of hubs edited)

Get to your Groups

Let's look at Groups

At the far end of those sub items is GROUPS.

Start by creating a group or two (or three) and then drag and drop a few hubs up into those groups. Depending upon your inclination and the number of hubs you have, you can sort them all into groups in one sitting. You may prefer to sort a number of hubs, say 5, into a group and then go ahead with editing those first.

If you have a lot of Groups it can be messy dragging and dropping your hubs into them. Collapse the Groups. Now drag a hub up and drop over the collapsed group.

After you've made a few groups, you can also assign hubs to a particular group as you're editing them. Click on the Display Options in the right hand column and choose a group from the drop-down.

If you're finding it takes a long time to edit your hubs, get at least 3 of them into a group. Then you always have a 'Previous' and 'Next' button showing at the bottom of a featured hub.

Time to Edit

Ready to Edit a Hub?

Of course you are

Choose one to edit. My suggestion is not-so-important hub, perhaps one that lived the low-tier life when a lens. Grab one that was down the bottom of the pond.


Which should I edit first?

You can choose your own order of hubs to edit, we all have our own way of doing things, but here are three suggestions.

1. Tackle the Seasonal ones first. Get into Halloween and Christmas

2. Attack the Skulls! Edit a hub with a nasty red skull

3. Edit by Group. Once you've sorted your hubs into groups, the bottom of your hub will show a Previous and a Next button.

Tackling a Skull

Oh no, a dreaded skull!
Oh no, a dreaded skull!

If you edit Skulls first

Warning on a Hub

Here's one of mine that has a savage red skull. I know that once I start to edit this, the 4 month's grace will officially cease, so I can't be pussy-footing around.

Too many product listings? Of course it has, it's a collection of recommended books!

I have my own affiliate code on some of the books (overly promotional) and others in the old squid Amazon module.

For my own affiliate links I can have a maximum of two outbound links to any one domain, which means I can have 2 links to www.domain1 and 2 links to www.domain2

For the Amazon capsules I'll have to start writing a lot more text as I can have one capsule per 50 words. I'm not going to stick at 50 words, it's better to go for a lot more than that.

Edit a Hub

As soon as you enter edit mode in your hub, have a look at the top item in the sidebar.

OK, if you're using a smaller tablet or a phone the layout won't be the same as on a desktop but the items are all still there and you want to find the messages form Hub Pages.

These warnings will be in pastel shades, not black font on white pages.

Overlly Promotional comes in an anxious yellow while the Style tip is a friendlier blue

You may also find there's more than one warning. Look at the page numbers on your warning

Edit your Comments

This is so often a sad undertaking. So many comments that sound totally stupid on a hub!

"lensrolled to my lens on aardvarks"

"beautifully done, Blessed by a Squidoo Angel"

and you'll be sure to find plenty of comments of a similar nature

Comment Display

You can display your comments so that the newest ones are first. You can choose how many comments you want to display (initially)

The old Duel Modules, now Comment Capsules

You don't have to throw out your Duel Debates. But you do have to check the comments to make sure none of those 'yes, great lens' or 'no, cool lens' responses are removed.

If you have a lot of comments on the Duels, you'll so often have most of them on one side of the argument as compared to the other You can tidy it up by selecting the numbers of comments to display.

What about the Quizzes?
What about the Quizzes?

The old Quiz Modules are dead in the water

Sadly, we must bid a fond farewell to the old Quiz modules.

I've hidden mine for the moment, not deleted, as there may be some way in the future that we can retrieve them. I suppose we can always turn (some of) them into a Poll.

Don't Forget to Choose Group and Copyright

Now that you your hubs in groups (have you done that yet?) you can add hubs to any group while you're editing.

And look! There's where you set your Copyright notice!


As soon as you hit Edit, make sure you fix everything. Once you've clicked on that edit button your grace period of 4 months goes away.

Do I really have to say goodbye to some lenses?

Let's face it, some just won't be able to live in the new Hub surroundings.


Take a look at your list of lenses. Many things we were asked to do and even required to do are a no-no for a hub

TIP : Keep the URL, change the content.

Lens Type
1. Keep the URL and change links
2. Or unpublish and work on it later
1. Break up the text into a few capsules
2. Expand with more text
Gift Guide Style
Break up into new hubs or throw it out
We vanquished the skulls!
We vanquished the skulls!

Some Tips from Friends

Put your cursor in the left hand column of your hub and you'll see "insert capsule". Click on it and you can insert any type of capsule where the cursor is without having to select it from the right hand column : Melody :

f you have an Android or iOS device, install the HP app for a quick way to check your stats, feed, notifications and account. You can also reply to comments quickly on the go : Mumsgather

We are used to our articles being old and established however, if you treat them like brand new articles and do all of the things we know to do for new articles to promote them, interlink them etc, they will rebound faster. Paula Atwell

© 2014 Susanna Duffy


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    • SusannaDuffy profile imageAUTHOR

      Susanna Duffy 

      4 years ago from Melbourne Australia

      Thanks sheilamarie, drop me a line if you're having any problems

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      4 years ago from British Columbia

      Susanna, this is so helpful, and I absolutely LOVE your photos! Thank you.

    • SusannaDuffy profile imageAUTHOR

      Susanna Duffy 

      4 years ago from Melbourne Australia

      We'll all get there cdcraftee. Once we have any violations sorted and we've read the Style Tips, it's a matter of playing around with the layout. HP has a much different layout than our former home

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      Christine Larsen 

      4 years ago from South Australia

      Thank you Susanna.

      Just been wading out of the water and into Mother Hubber's cupboard. Some of us take slower steps than others, but onwards and upwards. Appreciate the leg up. (hhmm... well you know what I mean. After all I didn't say 'legs up')

      Have been playing with the grouping. I like that... a lot.

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      Susanna Duffy 

      4 years ago from Melbourne Australia

      When you open Edit on a capsule, Karen, there's a box you can check (or uncheck) which says "Don't display this capsule".

      P.S A picture of an octopus and me? Hope it's a good-looking octopus

    • KarenTBTEN profile image


      4 years ago

      Wow, you have been on such a short time and are already offering tips. With style, too!

      I had never, ever deleted a lens, but bawling (literally!) I pressed delete on many after saving and taking their screenshots. I thought of it as placing the dear creatures on life boats. I'm thinking the angel lensographies might reappear as a retrospective "Where are they are now" -- but elsewhere. Most of my personal pages got slated for elsewhere, but not all. And I have one old one that I realize is still wearing a picture of an octopus and a tribute to you.

      Incidentally... I didn't know you could hide a module. What do you press or click to perform that particular function? (I might know if I wasn't scared of edit mode)

    • SusannaDuffy profile imageAUTHOR

      Susanna Duffy 

      4 years ago from Melbourne Australia

      Thanks CrossCreations. I needed a lifeboat for myself!

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      Carolan Ross 

      4 years ago from St. Louis, MO

      Thanks Susana, this is a HUGE help. You've created a lifeboat for those old Squids trying to figure out the transformation from Squids to Squbs.

    • SusannaDuffy profile imageAUTHOR

      Susanna Duffy 

      4 years ago from Melbourne Australia

      We'll all get there in the end!

    • Richard-H profile image


      4 years ago from Surrey, United Kingdom

      As others have said, this is very useful for former lensmasters making the transition to HP! Thank you!

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      Andrew Smith 

      4 years ago from Richmond, VA

      This is great! It's great to have some simple, practical advice.

    • Margaret Schindel profile image

      Margaret Schindel 

      4 years ago from Massachusetts

      Susanna, great advice as usual for former lensmasters who are new to HubPages. Shared with my followers.

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      Michelle Scoggins 

      4 years ago from Fresno, CA

      Hi Susanna and welcome to HP's. Thank you for all the great information that will help so many Squidoo users transition.

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      Jennifer P Tanabe 

      4 years ago from Red Hook, NY

      Excellent advice and helpful information! Now I just have to actually put it all into practice.

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      Mary Beth Granger 

      4 years ago from O'Fallon, Missouri, USA

      Thanks so much for giving us all of these great tips.

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      Kathy McGraw 

      4 years ago from California

      So glad to see these all in one spot. I had already forgotten where the copyright notice was, and didn't know at all about left clicking to add a capsule. Thanks Susanna, great help!

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      Jenny Campbell 

      4 years ago from Melbourne, Australia

      Well written and love your screenshots. As it turns out I have edited fairly quickly following these steps. Hubs ARE easier to use. Another idea for groups is that you move them around starting from 'my account' to 'groups' This is much quicker than going through each hub.

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      Tom Fattes 

      4 years ago from Naperville, IL

      I am probably going to wait until after Halloween to tackle any Halloween hubs and same for Christmas. I have a lot of work to do on them so I would rather they didn't get unpublished during the current seasons.

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      Peggy Hazelwood 

      4 years ago from Desert Southwest, U.S.A.

      What excellent advice. I haven't tackled groups yet. Still attacking the red skulls over here.

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      Emily Tack 

      4 years ago from USA

      As usual, great advice! I had floundered around and found all of these serendipitously, except for the copyright notice. Now, if only we had this information before the transfer from Lenses to Hubs...that would have been extremely helpful to iron out the wrinkles!

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      4 years ago

      Great hub. My tip: edit the ones with most traffic.

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      4 years ago

      Thanks for the reminder about editing comments! I'm so glad I did a lot of cleanup and deleting before the transfer took place. It certainly made the transition less frenzied. Great info here.

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      Paula Atwell 

      4 years ago from Cleveland, OH

      Great advice for all of those Squidoo refugees floundering out there right now. :) It was probably time to revise some of those oldies but not so goodies anyway. Thanks to Hubpages for taking us in and offering us a new home. :)


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