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How to Make More Attractive HubPages

Updated on November 10, 2009

If you're a "Hubber," you know that HubPages allows you to add formatted text, images, videos, news and ads with relative ease. But are you sure you're using those tools to their best advantage? If not, you might be missing some opportunities to make your hubs more attractive and reader-friendly.

Check out the following tips for improving the look of your hubs:

  • Use images Using images in your hubs serves you and your readers in two ways. First, if you use an image at the top of the page, it will appear as an icon next to your story wherever it's displayed throughout HubPages. If you combine a good image with a powerful headline, you have a greater chance of someone clicking through to your hub. Second, when someone clicks on your hub, having an image at the top of the page (or "above the fold" as it's often called) conveys that thought went into the content. If the image reflects the subject of your content well, you have another opportunity to draw readers in. (See below for links to free clip art, photo and video resources.)

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  • Use the Amazon, eBay, video and news capsules Even if you don't care about making money with your hubs, it's a good idea to use the revenue capsules anyway. Displaying products that fit your topic can be a service to readers, even if they don't buy from you. The same applies to video and news capsules, because they present neutral information, at least in terms of selling.

  • Use initial capitals for your page titles Although it's acceptable to capitalize just the first letter of a page title and not the rest, it looks more tidy if you capitalize all the major words. (Some of the words that usually wouldn't be capitalized are to, and, from and by.) To prove how capitalization changes a headline, ask yourself which looks better:

    • "How to Make More Attractive HubPages"
    • "How to make more attractive HubPages"

  • Use bold and italic text where appropriate The use of bold and italic text provides another way to break up copy and make it easier for readers to "digest." But don't overdo it. Unless there's a good reason, don't use whole paragraphs of bold or italic text. This can make the copy hard to read and would defeat your attempt to call attention to key points.

  • Don't use all capitals in your copy It's considered rude to use all capitals to convey your message, BECAUSE IT LOOKS LIKE YOU'RE SHOUTING. It's fine to use all capitals for an occasional subhead; just don't use them for blocks of text.

  • Use bullet points No matter how compelling your message, readers can sometimes drift away if your copy goes on and on without a break. Bullets provide short bursts of information that make it easier for readers to scan. If you initially don't feel comfortable writing bullets, just write your copy as usual and then look to see if at least one paragraph can be converted into bullet point copy. But don't worry if you don't see an opportunity to use bullets in a particular hub. Not all copy lends itself to that format. If you use images, video, and Amazon and eBay capsules, you'll achieve the same effect.

  • Check your Google analytics Google analytics are available through HubPages and provide in-depth insight into the pages your readers find interesting. After you sign up for an analytics account (see this article for instructions), study which pages hold readers longer. This will give you a good indication of how various content types work. Try modifying a page that's getting a lot of traffic but not holding readers for long. Then, follow some of the content tips in this article and watch the stats for that page. If you find your readers are sticking around longer, you'll know why.

If all this seems overwhelming, don't worry; you don't have to implement every tip for each hub. But if you get in the groove of thinking about the look of your hubs -- not just the content -- you'd probably find there will be big benefits.

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NOTE: When I create this hub, text in a full column used to wrap around anything inserted to the right of it (such as an Amazon or video capsule). For some reason, the text isn't wrapping like it used to. So, when you look at this page, try to imagine the text looking elegant and well-wrapped!

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      Linda Crist 5 years ago from Central Virginia

      I am always looking for ways to improve my hubs so when I stumbled across this hub, I couldn't resist it. You have provided some wonderful tips and reasons for using them. Thank you so much!

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      Carla Chadwick 5 years ago from Georgia, y'all

      The red tags only appear on your hubs when you're logged in, and only you can see them. They're actually buttons used to delete tags. Try clicking on one of the Xs next to a tag and you'll see that particular tag disappear.

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      Mala Srivastava 5 years ago from India

      very useful hub. Can you please tell me how can I change the look of my tags. They are appearing with red crosses. You have presented your tags in an attractive way. How it is done?

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      flinchwymer 7 years ago from West Yorkshire U.K.

      Being relatively new to HP this is just what I need. Excellent advice.

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      Carla Chadwick 8 years ago from Georgia, y'all

      Thanks so much for your kind words, Dolores. :-)

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      Dolores Monet 8 years ago from East Coast, United States

      Wordplay, I'm always looking for fresh ideas from fellow hubbers on how to improve my hubpages so really appreciate this fine article. We should all listen to your advise, your hubpages are great and lovely to look at. I often stop in on ones I've already read just to look at your beautiful vinatage pix.

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      Carla Chadwick 8 years ago from Georgia, y'all

      Thanks, Debby, and happy new year to you too!

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      Debby Bruck 8 years ago

      Super hugpage. Just like a graphic designer! Happy New Year. Debby

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      chillingbreeze 9 years ago from India

      That's a WOW read. Bookmarked :)

      PR: wait... I: wait... L: wait... LD: wait... I: wait...wait... C: wait... SD: wait...

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      Purple Perl 9 years ago from Bangalore,India

      Extremely useful hub,Wordplay!I just created my first hub with your suggestions.

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      survivordean 9 years ago from Philippines

      good suggestions here, WordPlay!

      I keep these points in mind and create an attractive Hub for my boss and for myself also...

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      linkbid script 9 years ago

      These are all great ideas for making money online I just posted a new hub explaining how to make a ton of easy cash on the internet using linkbid script.

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      Carla Chadwick 9 years ago from Georgia, y'all

      Hi Daniel. Thanks for saying that! I'm happy you've found this hub so useful. :-)

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      danieltetreault 9 years ago from Nanaimo, British Columbia Canada

      I keep coming back to this Hub as a reference!

      Daniel

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      jonixk 9 years ago from Lisbon

      This is really hot and powerful information wordplay. Thanks for sharing it with us.

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      danieltetreault 9 years ago from Nanaimo, British Columbia Canada

      That was awesome!Daniel Tetreault.

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      TheAntiHype 9 years ago from UK

      That's really useful information. Can you tell me how to add space between modules? I've tried inserting a text module but it doesn't help.

      I've several videos on a hub but can't format the page to look good.

      See https://hubpages.com/misc/Easy-Hyper-Links

      Any help much appreciated.

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      Knowledge Sponge 9 years ago from Oceanside, California

      Thank you for this valuable information.  I most definately appreciate it.

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      healwell51 9 years ago from Ahmedabad, Gujarat, INDIA

      I can differ in few things, but your effort is really apreciated!

      I prefer to choose few poetic / artistic freedom too!

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      Chris Crow 9 years ago

      Great post. Thanks for the beautification tips.

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      Anamika S 9 years ago from Mumbai - Maharashtra, India

      Nice Article! A Thumbs up for you.

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      NightSquid 9 years ago

      Great Hub WordPlay I'm going to put a link on my hub to this page https://hubpages.com/community/Free-clipart-for-hu NightSquid

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      nyfamily5 9 years ago

      Thanks for the tips!! Great advice.

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      maggierose 9 years ago

      Great information. Why is it when I click on the photo and cartoon resource links that WordPress says this site has been shut down? Can you give the links to these resources in a way that we can access them? how else can we obtain free images? Thanks.

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      Carla Chadwick 9 years ago from Georgia, y'all

      Thanks, Mystic Biscuit.

      I like your user name. :-)

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      Mystic Biscuit 9 years ago from Phoenix, AZ

      Very helpful for a rookie like me! Thank You!!

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      Carla Chadwick 9 years ago from Georgia, y'all

      yojpotter: Good luck with your first hub! It gets easier with each one.

      Francis: Thanks for your kind words. I hope you found this info helpful.

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      Francis Moran 9 years ago from Paramount, CA

      thank you that was simply very imformative!

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      yojpotter 9 years ago from Iloilo City

      I haven't started my first hub yet and I'm planning to do it soon..Your tips are indeed useful..I will keep them in mind..anyways thanks for sharing these wonderful tips!

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      Carla Chadwick 9 years ago from Georgia, y'all

      Keep trying BettyJo, you'll get it! If you have a specific issue, try using the search box in the forums to see if anyone has had the same issue.

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      Betty Jo Petty 9 years ago from Arkansas, U.S.A.

      Here I go to try something. I have tried putting in pictures with no success.

      Try, try again. Betty Jo

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      PCaholicDotCom 9 years ago from USA

      Wow excellent tips! I hope I can apply them to my Hubpage! ~ Peter

      https://hubpages.com/misc/Speed-Up-Slow-PC

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      shyamchat 9 years ago from Calcutta

      I shall add three comments on the matter which have already been written here :

      1. The most important aspect is to write properly and interestingly.No matter how you attactive look you give to your hub by 'decoration', the 'content' must have substance and the prersentation methodical and coherent.

      2. Hubpages has one major snag compared to ,say, igoogle or blogspot.you cannot write your article side-by-side your photos.i take a lot of photos and feel uncomfortable with the layout.

      3. I am not sure if the photos published are un-copy-able !

      Best wishes.

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      Carla Chadwick 9 years ago from Georgia, y'all

      Hi, Barbara. The only way I can think of would be to copy and paste the text portions into a MS Word, Wordpad or Notepad document.

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      Barbara Morris 9 years ago from Southern California

      This is the stuff success is made of. Is there a way we can print it out in "printable" form?

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      stirls 9 years ago from Vancouver

      Great advice and very helpfull to a HubPages newbie like myself

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      Carla Chadwick 9 years ago from Georgia, y'all

      Thanks to tommen, Abhinaya, Stephanewws, ripplemaker, leena_m and matt30772 for your lovely comments! Once you get the hang of using capsules, they can be a lot of fun.

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      matt230772 9 years ago from Melbourne

      I just joined this "social scene" and found your info easy to understand and made me feel like I could do it!

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      leena_m 9 years ago

      good info.

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      Michelle Simtoco 9 years ago from Cebu, Philippines

      Wordplay, I like the way you wrote this hub...it's easy to read and understand with lots of info and helpful tips. Way to go! :-)

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      stephanewws 9 years ago from Saint-tite,Quebec,Canada

      Great info page thanks!

      Cordially Stephane inventor.

      http://www.windowwashingsystem.com

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      Abhinaya 9 years ago

      Thanks wordplay.For people like me with little knowledge ,this was wonderful information.I never knew about the revenue capsule.Thanks again.

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      Tom 9 years ago from Irvine, CA

      Thanks for the tips.I will see how I can improve my hubs.

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      Carla Chadwick 9 years ago from Georgia, y'all

      Thanks, musicguru and poseidon. I had the same learning curve when I started hubbing, musicguru. It definitely gets easier as you go along. :-)

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      poseidon 9 years ago

      Very useful information...thanx

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      musicguru 9 years ago from connecticut

      Thank you for the great hub. I have only published two hubs so far my first one was blah i didn't really understand the hub thing. I felt that my second hub was 2 steps forward; now after reading this hub i feel as though have climb one more run in the ladder of hub success. Thank you again for the knowledge.

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      Carla Chadwick 9 years ago from Georgia, y'all

      You're too kind, MoralEthics1960 and thegecko! I'm so glad this hub is of use to you.

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      Warren Samu 9 years ago from San Diego, CA

      I concur WordPlay! Thanks for spelling out for everyone :)

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      MoralsEthics1960 9 years ago from Florida

      You are a neverending breath of knowledge.

      Please don't stop. You leave me breathless wanting to know more

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      Carla Chadwick 9 years ago from Georgia, y'all

      Thanks, corvettz89, Elaine C and plaw. I hope you find the info helpful. :-)

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      plaw 9 years ago from Trinidad and Tobago

      Hi WordPlay

      Great hub. Thanks for the information. Keep up the good work

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      Elaine C 9 years ago

      Simple and very informative... Thank you!!!!!

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      corvettez89 9 years ago

      Good tips and ideas. Adding images is always something we need to be reminded to do. Adding video is good too. That's something I overlooked.

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      Carla Chadwick 9 years ago from Georgia, y'all

      You're welcome, raintree. Thanks for stopping by. :-)

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      raintree 9 years ago

      Hi Wordplay,

      Thank you for taking the time to put together these great tips and information :)

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      CM Johnson 9 years ago from West Virginia

      Great tips. I'd love to see a hub that chronicles a Hubbers success with Hub pages.

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      Carla Chadwick 9 years ago from Georgia, y'all

      You're welcome, Bernard. I hope you find the info helpful.

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      BERNARD LEVINE 9 years ago from RUIMSIG, SOUTH AFRICA

      Dear WordPlay

      Thank you for sharing your wisdom.

      Warm Regards

      Bernard

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      James D. Preston 9 years ago from Rome, Italy

      Thanks again, I tried the forums but there don't seem to be any stickies on the subject and nobody is quite a classically noob as I am around here ;)

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      Carla Chadwick 9 years ago from Georgia, y'all

      Don't worry; you'll catch on!

      To add images, when you're in edit mode look at the bar on the right and find the "Photos" capsule. Double-click it, then scroll down to the bottom of the page once the capsule has loaded. Open the capsule and it will give you instructions for loading photos.

      Also, check out this URL from the help menu:

      https://hubpages.com/faq/#capsule

      If you have any problems with loading images, search the forums by using the search box at the top of the page. Someone will probably have had the same issues.

      Here's the forum URL: http://hubpages.com/forum/

      Good luck! :-)

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      James D. Preston 9 years ago from Rome, Italy

      I still havent figured out how to attach images to my post. I think my IQ is slipping into double digits.

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      Carla Chadwick 9 years ago from Georgia, y'all

      Thanks, dataminer and thooghun!

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      James D. Preston 9 years ago from Rome, Italy

      I was desperately in need of this article, thanks!

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      dataminer 9 years ago from Ninety Six,SC

      Great stuff an informative and helpful hub!!

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      Carla Chadwick 9 years ago from Georgia, y'all

      Thanks, Eileen and Rik, for your nice comments. :-)

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      Rik Ravado 9 years ago from England

      Excellent advice - I see you practice what you preach too.

      Well Done!

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      Eileen Hughes 9 years ago from Northam Western Australia

      Great information for any hubber. We all need help from time to time

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      Carla Chadwick 9 years ago from Georgia, y'all

      You're welcome, caspar. Thanks for writing your great hub so I could link it! :-)

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      caspar 9 years ago from UK

      Very useful information (and thanks for the link!)

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      Carla Chadwick 9 years ago from Georgia, y'all

      Thanks, Light Path and christiner. I hope you find the info helpful.

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      christiner 9 years ago from NY

      Thank you - very informative especially for the newbie like me!

      Christiner

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      Light Path 9 years ago from Stockton, California

      Some very good information especially for new hubbers. I will concider using many of the suggestins

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      Carla Chadwick 9 years ago from Georgia, y'all

      Hi, Betty Jo. Welcome to HubPages. :-)

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      Betty Jo Petty 9 years ago from Arkansas, U.S.A.

      Very nice! I will come back to this, probably over and over!

      I'm Betty Jo Petty, new and need the help.

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      Carla Chadwick 9 years ago from Georgia, y'all

      Thanks, Whitney and Peter. :-)

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      Peter M. Lopez 9 years ago from Sweetwater, TX

      Excellent Hub. Thank you for the great advice.

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      Whitney 9 years ago from Georgia

      Great info!

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      Carla Chadwick 9 years ago from Georgia, y'all

      Thanks to all for the nice comments! :-)

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      kcauthen 9 years ago

      I love to read your hubs! they always contain useful information. Good advice. I will definitely apply some of your tips. Thanks!

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      Mark Knowles 9 years ago

      Good advice and a nice looking hub.

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      MrMarmalade 9 years ago from Sydney

      Excellent information Keep it up thank you

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      Rudra 9 years ago

      I must say these are exceptional tips to make your hub look and taste better, Thanks. Thumbs up I will give.

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      wehzo 9 years ago

      Thank you WordPlay. This is a very good, and attractive hub. I need all the help I can get. The information is very helpful.