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Publishing Advice for New Hubbers

Updated on September 10, 2016
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Chuck is a former Vietnam Era Air Navigator with degrees in History & Economics. Areas of intrest include aviation & military history.

Some Advice from My Experience

HubPages is a very successful site which is attracting more and more excellent writers every day to say nothing of the troves of new readers who are attracted to the site.

HubPages offers people the chance to make money with their writing and this is what attracts many to HubPages.

Like others who have been writing for HubPages for a long time, I frequently get requests from people new to HubPages asking for guidance and advice.

Over the past couple of years I have written a number of Hubs offering advice on various aspects of writing and earning money from HubPages .

Given that i not only have written a number of Hubs on this topic but have also bookmarked for my own reference Hubs on this topic by others, I have decided to put together this Hub which summarizes and links to these How-To Hubs that I and others have written.

© 2009 Chuck Nugent


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    • digitalexplorer profile image


      9 years ago from United Kingdom

      Excellent hub and very useful tips for us new hubbies!

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      9 years ago from Somewhere on the highway....

      thanks again but amazon has changed policies i think now for only 1 day cookies

    • wsp2469 profile image


      9 years ago from Alta Loma, Ca

      Chuck, if you get any tricky questions about content that might be "on the edge" let me know. I have unwittingly become The King of Flags and I have learned a bit from interacting with the admin about censoring graphics, language and how to be controversial and still not get "flagged".

      You also need to tell these people again and again that the hubscore has little to do with the actual quality of their writing! I have learned that, too. (I was an 89 and now for reasons having nothing to do with the quality of my writing I am almost 30 points lower.)

      Have fun!

    • OpinionDuck profile image


      9 years ago


      Thanks for the very responsive and detailed reply. I looked at the link you provided on how hubs are ranked. It seems to me that the weak link in this system is the unique user rating mechanism, It has more to do with the emotion of the user rather than on the quality of the hub.

      It might be Ok for some types of hubs that are less opinion oriented, but not for topics like, politics and religion.

      BTW, is the unique user for rating purposes identified?

      The reason that I made the original comment was because this hub is simple, and some of the tips that I read, said you need to include pictures, and links and other stuff to bring up the hub score.

      Thanks again,

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      Helen Lewis 

      9 years ago from Florida

      Fantastic - full of information, thorough and complete - thanks!

    • Sercan Yargıç profile image

      Sercan Yargıç 

      9 years ago from Turkey / Denizli

      Thanks Chuck. Still reading the hubs as a newbie. Also writing :) Nice to meet helpful and kindly people.

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      Chuck Nugent 

      9 years ago from Tucson, Arizona

      OpinionDuck - I don't know. The algorithm they use is not published so none of us know the exact details that go into the calculation of the HubScore on any given article.

      Both the HubScore and HubRank (a Hubber's overall rating) are discussed in more detail here

      Both the HubScore of one's Hubs and a Hubber's HubRank change continuously. While I have always had a high HubRank that has usually fluctuated between the mid-90s and 100 and most of my Hubs continue to stay in the 70 to 100 range, I don't usually pay too close attention to day to day or hour to hour variations, preferring instead to try to keep my HubRank in the high 90s by striving to publish good Hubs regularly.

      One thing I can tell you is that a Hub's HubScore is not always an indication of its earning potential or traffic generation. The metric that I check daily is my Google Analytic stats showing earnings by Hub and often, the top earning Hubs and top HubScore Hubs are different. For the past month my Hub on Tiger Woods' wife, Elin Nordegren, ( ) has consistently generated a quarter to a third of my total daily revenue and the daily traffic has been well over 1,000, however, its HubScore has continued to be around 95 & 96 while a number of others have occupied the 99 and 100 spots.

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      9 years ago


      What criteria do you think that hubpages rated your hub a 96?


    • sanfordandsons profile image


      9 years ago from Twin Cities, Minnesota

      Thank you for taking the time to put this together. As new hubber your willingness to share your knowledge is greatly appreciated.

    • PromoTom profile image


      9 years ago from scranton

      Thanks you gave me some great tips...

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      Pauline C Stark 

      9 years ago

      Very usefeul information. Thank you.

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      Gous Ahmed 

      9 years ago from Muslim Nation

      This is excellent, but to be honest with you, i am taking my time reading it!

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      Eastern Rainbow 

      9 years ago

      welcome to hubpages


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      Larry D. Hudson 

      9 years ago from Lake Charles, LA

      Very fuity,and talented keep up the good work,from the Blue Sun..............

    • tartio profile image


      9 years ago from Tacoma, Washington

      Very great Hub, lots of important information for all the newbies!

    • Delsie profile image


      9 years ago

      Thank You Chuck For your hub I am sure it will be a great tool for me

    • BrokeDrake profile image


      9 years ago

      hey chuck nice hub

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      Miguel Gigante 

      9 years ago from Born in Portugal/Living in UK

      Thanks for all the information.

    • niishta88 profile image


      9 years ago

      wonderful thank you for sharing

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      Linda Myshrall 

      9 years ago

      Now I can do a housecleaning on my bookmarks; I can now get to all of them from right here! Thank you.

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      9 years ago

      Thanks. good compilation!

    • CarpetDiem profile image


      9 years ago from Southern California

      Wow. I can see why this hub is rated 99. I've bookmarked it, and will be back to re-read. No way can I get everything here the first time. Thanks!

    • salt profile image


      9 years ago from australia

      as said already, great hub, excellent content and thankyou.

    • Jjustice profile image


      9 years ago

      Thanks for the tips! I think the biggest problem with writing hubs between working the job and my mid life crisis is of course finding the time. Your piece was tremendous because it helps save time. (A valuable commodity!)

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      My Facebook 

      9 years ago from London, United Kingdom

      A very long read but well worth it. Thank you for ahring this with us.

    • pisethz profile image


      9 years ago

      Very useful information. thaks

    • LizzyBoo profile image


      9 years ago from Czech Republic

      Hello, Thank you for a great guide. As a newbie I am glad for any good advice. Well done.

    • lindagoffigan profile image


      9 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona

      Lots of internal links, Chuck. I guess you were not cited for being overpromotional because of the way the links were used to supplement the topic.

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      Lita C. Malicdem 

      9 years ago from Philippines

      This is a great hub site for a newbie Hubber like me. I'll do a lot of reading for tips. You'll be my mentor. Thanks for sharing.

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      9 years ago

      very useful tips

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      Johny Odds 

      9 years ago from Warsaw

      Thanks for the hub. However I thought that it would cover some popularity gaining tips and conversion increasing advices instead of the technical ones.

    • stlramesh profile image


      9 years ago from Calgary, Canada

      OMG. You write so well. You can be of help to so many new people who are looking for some help. You can use your skills to answer questions at this forum to help lot of new comers. Your service is highly appreciated.

    • mercon profile image


      9 years ago

      nice info... thx 4 share

    • ABTEODORO profile image


      9 years ago

      Excellent hub. Hope you can share your knowledge in publishing hubs.

    • itcoll profile image


      9 years ago

      splendid hub.i love hubs too,especially the interface.

    • sweetie1 profile image


      9 years ago from India

      good one i liked it..thanks

    • NaomiR profile image


      9 years ago from New York

      Awesome information - thanks for sharing! I'm bookmarking this one.

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      dich vu marketing truc tuyen 

      9 years ago

      Very informative hub!! Thank you for sharing this, as a newbie this information is invaluable! Thanks again!

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      9 years ago from India, Kolkata

      Nice hub Chuck i always looking to your hub from starting to till yet

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      Useful Knowledge 

      9 years ago

      A very informative hub. Great advice. Thanks for sharing.

    • Jay_the_Reviewer profile image


      9 years ago

      Very informative hub and good post for newbie like me.


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      Jessica Jones 

      9 years ago

      Hi Chuck

      Thanks for this list of useful links. I joined yesterday so will no doubt be spending a significant amount of time going through them.


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      Bridget J DeFalco MA CAADC 

      9 years ago from Northeastern United States

      Very informative hub!! Thank you for sharing this, as a newbie this information is invaluable! Thanks again!

    • ludlowquiltandsew profile image


      9 years ago

      Fantastic hub: one to return to for information again and again. Many thanks.

    • guna.blogger profile image


      9 years ago from India

      Wow, nice post! really good information.

      Read my posts too :

    • EnrapturedFlame profile image


      9 years ago

      Thank you for sharing so much valuable information!

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      Crude Oil Trader 

      9 years ago from Tucson Arizona

      Thanks for the help....newbie Hubber here ;]

    • ratnaveera profile image


      9 years ago from Cumbum

      What a Great Hub! This would be really very useful for newbies to get an idea about HubPages! Thanks a lot!

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      Richard Stephen 

      9 years ago

      Chuck, a hardy pat on the back. This is a great hub with a wealth of information for us newbies. Thanks for taking the time to put this one together. It's in the bookmarks.

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      9 years ago

      Very informative. Excellent information.

    • ThoughtfulSpot profile image


      9 years ago from PA

      Thank you so much for the collected advice. I came here looking for a place to simply express myself a few minutes a day, and realized HUBpages is so much more. I thought this would be a post and run for me, and instead, I'm finding myself spending a lot of free time researching and trying to get the hang of the rules, tips and tricks. Thank you for giving me a great jumping off point! I hope its the start of a long relationship between me and my hubs.

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      9 years ago

      U Deserve to be a number one position in HUB ..

      I really like ur work.. its outstanding ..

      Keep it up

    • jonypiz profile image


      9 years ago

      Thanks for this hub.

      I thank you for all the newbies present in Hub.

      Of coarse I refer this because I am also one and I learned something with it!

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      Bhawna Sharma 

      9 years ago from Mumbai, India

      This is one great collection of hub. Thanks for the writing and presentation. I have some queries:

      I read G AdSense a/c is not easy to get. First one should write few hubs (or create a website), then apply. I have no idea whether I have reached at that level or not.

      This is enough for the time being. Will ask more after reading these hubs that you have provided here.

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      Joanie Ruppel 

      9 years ago from Texas

      I like this as a great summary for folks starting out. My one other piece of advice would be for new hubbers to actually write anything at all to start.

      If you look at the stats

      you can see that only about 1 in 8 people who've signed up write anything at all. So for a new hubber, just go to the idea bank and write a hub on anything that catches your eye. You will then have done more than over 85% of the people who sign up.

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      9 years ago

      Thanks for the great information..I will have to come back and learn some more ;)

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      9 years ago

      i like this articles...thanks

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      Melanie Shebel 

      9 years ago from Midwest USA

      Wow, this is a lot to absorb! Thank you for sharing!

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      E. Nicolson 

      9 years ago

      Lots of great information. Thanks!

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      9 years ago

      great hub..

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      Duchess OBlunt 

      9 years ago

      Chuck, your outside work has certainly influenced your Hubs. This was an excellent one which I just had to add to my profile for the beginner!

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      9 years ago

      Great hub, I'll be coming back here quite a lot to soak up all this advice.

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      Chuck Nugent 

      9 years ago from Tucson, Arizona

      Nan - in real life, outside of HubPages, I am a Program Coordinator for a business an office vocational training program at a community college. I also teach an online economics course part-time for the same college and have a small network marketing business on the side.

      I have worked with office computers my entire career starting with a Wang 2200 mini-computer with a 5 megabyte floppy disk before moving to the IBM PC running on DOS ver 1.0 and a single 5.25 inch floppy disk for storage.


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      9 years ago

      Chuck, what do you do in real life? It takes a master of the computer to learn and apply all of the techniques. I'm a teacher and learning. Thanks.

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      9 years ago from Tampa Bay

      Very nice, thank you Chuck. this hub is bookmarked and will be part of my homework this week! thanks for putting it all together. :))

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      Chuck Nugent 

      9 years ago from Tucson, Arizona

      ainehanah - Welcome to HubPages.

      As to your question about the books in the panels next to the text.

      I opened accounts with Amazon and eBay from the Affiliate Page in HubPages (click on the "My Account" tab at the top of any page, then, under the "Your Account" (second heading on right) heading click on "Affiliate Settings" which is the middle option listed.

      Clicking on the Affiliate Settings link will take you to the page with your Google and other Affiliate Setting options. Click on the Amazon and it will lead you through the setting up of an account with Amazon and then do the same for eBay.

      Once set up you can add Amazon and eBay modules to new Hubs as you are creating a new Hub or when you edit an existing Hub and simply click on the "Amazon" and "eBay" icons in the "Add a Capsule" bar or box at the top of the page the same as you would to add a text, photo or other capsule.

      Once you have the Amazon or eBay capsules in your Hub in edit mode you simply click on the "Edit" tab on the capsule to set it up.

      With Amazon you have the option of clicking the "Choose Specific Products" or "Choose keywords" buttons. If you click on the "Choose specific products" you can choose to have anywhere from 1 to 10 items displayed and for each item you have to enter either an Amazon URL, an Amazon ASIN or ISBN number and that specific product will be displayed.

      If you choose the "Choose Keywords" button you are again given the option of having 1 to 10 items displayed in the capsule and you also have the option of selecting from a specific product type such as books, DVDs, etc. or any type of product. You then enter one or more key words describing the type of items you want displayed.

      I generally use the keywords option simply because it is faster and easier and, in most cases, this allows me to get a range of related products that will appeal to different people and increase the chances of their buying. With Amazon and eBay you are only paid when a product is actually sold and not when someone simply clicks on it (Amazon does make a record of the person's visit and, if they don't purchase but instead, think about it and come back directly to Amazon within a certain number of days from that computer you will get a commission on the sale).

      Using keywords lets me first experiment with different words and view what comes up. In this case in the various Amazon and eBay capsules I used the following words or combination's (a different one in each capsule) "web writing", "web content", "freelance writing", etc.

      In Amazon I also generally leave the product area option on "All" even when I am writing about specific books or movies as it is not uncommon for there to be a book, a movie (DVD), game, poster, toy, etc. all related to the same thing I wrote about and this saves me having to first search each of these areas on Amazon to see if they exist and then getting the identifier for each product type in the topic I want.

      For eBay you get to choose to have from 1 to 6 items (products and product availability change on both eBay and Amazon so there is no guaranty that it will always display the full number of items you select, also with the Amazon specific product selection, when they are out of a product you selected that will no longer display as well) and have to enter key words in the eBay search box (by default, it will automatically enter the title of your Hub in this box, but I usually delete that and enter my own keywords). It also has a box where you can enter a specific eBay Seller ID which will then limit the items displayed to those that match the keywords AND are listed by that seller. This is good if you are selling the items in question on eBay or want to direct people to a specific seller for some reason.

      Amazon and eBay don't generate as much money as Google AdSense but they do pay monthly on account balances are $10 or more. AdSense is the main revenue source while eBay and Amazon can provide a nice little addition to those revenue checks.

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      Aine O'Connor 

      9 years ago from Dublin

      Hi Chuck I'm a very new hubber and wondered about the panels of related books on your hubs. Did you upload them or does Amazon or Ebay? Thanks for the info you've already given in the feature but I particularly wonder about the panels as this would seem to me to be a time-consuming skill to learn.

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      Pamela Oglesby 

      9 years ago from Sunny Florida

      Excellent article. Thanks.

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      Carolyn Blacknall 

      9 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Very useful. I bookmarked this and rated it thumbs up. - Carol


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