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Quick Guide to Hub Construction

Updated on June 14, 2011

What is a Hubpage?

A Hubpage is a quick and cost free way to start earning a passive income. That's it! Money for free! Genuinely! No catch whatsoever.

Hubpages are web less. It is just that someone has chosen to call them something different.

THIS (which you are reading now ) IS A HUBPAGE.

Hubpages are FREE. They are quick and easy to construct, can provide you with a passive income, and are actually a lot of fun to put together.

Hub Construction means quickly and easily putting a web page together, It really can be done in minutes.

A 'passive income' is the money you will earn from people visiting your hub page. It won't be much with a single page but it will continue to earn for years and years. It mounts up. The more hub pages you have, the more you will earn. You earn this money from advertising on your hub page. Hub Pages makes it very easy for you to set up the adverts. It is not complicated or difficult.

Why write a hubpage? ....Because a little 'free' money never hurt anyone and because everyone has knowledge to share about something. Maybe you already have an unpublished article written somewhere. You could 'cut and paste' it into your new hubpage in minutes.Then again you could write over days and press the 'publish' button once satisfied. Maybe you want to tell people how to make a cake, scuba dive, study history, best DVD's of 1990....or practically anything really. You decide.

Give Hubpages a try and I feel fairly sure that you will wonder how you got along without them before.

Before you move on. Go to the top left hand side of your browser. Left Click on File and Click on 'Duplicate Tab' or 'New Window'. You may have to click on another link or two but soon you will then have two identical 'Quick Guide to Hub Construction' pages open. You can easily move between the two by clicking on the tabs. Use one page to read and follow the instructions which appear below. The other open page to carry out the instructions to open your account and actually create your first Hub Page.

You can of course 'go it alone'. It is simplicity itself as the instructions online are so comprehensive.

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How to Join Hub Pages

HubPages are FREE. They cost you nothing!

To join up to HubPages really could not be easier. It is quick and simple to do. You could have your own webpage on practically any subject up and on the internet within an hour.

If you now have two hubpages open move to the top right hand corner of one of them and there above my photograph is a small green button which says 'create your own'.

Click on this button

You will then be taken to a page asking you for your email address (quite safe – no spam) and asking you to choose a user name (be original).

Do this.

One click and the next page asks you to choose a password (keep this somewhere safe).

You then have to type in two slightly hazy words to check you are human

Tick on the box that asks you to confirm that you have read and understood Hub Pages' terms of use. Wise to read them too. There is no 'catch', just common sense advice.

All done?

Click on the box. CREATE MY ACCOUNT.

The next page asks for details of hobbies and interests. You can skip this by clicking on the 'skip this step' button. You may prefer to say what your hobbies are though. Once complete, click the button and move to the next page.

Here there is a check to see if you have any friends or aquaintances already on hubpages. It will access your address book. Personally I don't like that sort of thing. Okay they don't store your details but whether you take this step is largely up to you.

Me? I skipped this stage.

So forget the big Red Arrows and click on the little Blue Box which says 'SKIP THIS STEP'

You are now a Hubber and there is a Big Button which says 'CREATE A HUB' can start right away or come back later.

You will recieve an email from the HubPage team asking you to click on a link to verify your email address and also a link to a very useful guide. Everything about Hubpages is simple to do. I have tried in my own way to make it simpler. Not to replace their excellent guidance but to complement it.

Click on 'CREATE A HUB' or create a Profile first.

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What is a Hub?...A hub is just another name for a web page. Hub pages are limited to one page (but you can have many hubpages and link between them) and are very quick and simple to construct. You can have one up and on the internet in minutes and what's more. They are FREE!!

You may think you have no need for a hub page. Think again and I am sure you could think of times that an instant website would be of use to you.

Once you click on 'Start a New Hub' you are presented with an informative screen within which there is a ruled box called 'Create a Hub'.
Here you are given the option to choose your title for your Hub.
Type this directly into the box. You will note that what you have typed will appear in the 'Give Your Hub A Web Address Below'
The instructions are all there. It is quck and simple to do. If the Title of your Hub has already been taken, just try wording it a little differently.

You are next asked to 'Choose a Category'. This is where your hub would be best placed. You are offered a drop down list. Click on it and move on.

Now you can 'Add Some Tags'. Tags are key words and phrases which apply to the Hub you are writing. So if your Hub is about 'Pollution in Modern Manila" then the most obvious tags would be 'Pollution', 'Traffic', 'Manila', 'Jeepney', 'Rubbish' and I am sure there are many more you can think of as you write your hub. One of the brilliant features of Hub Pages is that it actually suggests Tags you may like to use.

Once you have this page complete then click 'Continue'.

The next page is a list of No No's. Read it. It is important and then at the bottom click on continue.

The following page is where all the work takes place. Take a moment to read it. Look up and down, see where everything is.

By default your Hub has been given three capsules. See these under your title at the lower left of the page. These are title 'Text', 'Photo' and 'Comments.'
Don't be frightened of the terminology. Capsules are simply bits of web page which you can easily move around. The hub page gives you a couple of options on how you can do this.

If you believe you do not have enough capsules look to the top right and 'Add More Capsules'. Click on one of these, give it a moment or two and it will arrive as a new capsule directly below the three you have already.
A simple hub looks best if you have something along the lines of But really the choice is yours. If you have Amazon or eBay affiliate accounts you can add those too. If you don't then don't worry about it as you can include or not at some future date.

To insert text, photos or video simply click on 'Edit' and either write, or cut and paste or insert photo or video links. It really is a cinch. All capsules give you the opportunity to add a title...but you don't have to. Once you have your text or photo in place then click on 'save' at the top of the capsule.

You will note that in the text 'capsule' you are given several options including the opportunity to add links, change size and even spell check.

You can either save your hub as unpublished by clicking the button above or hit publish and it will instantly be on the web. Even then you can come back to it and edit or alter as often as you wish.

Go on, give it a go. Hubs are easy and fun to put together as well as being useful.

Take a look at some more of my Hubs by visiting here:

Peter Dickinson Profile Page

Just scroll down the page.

You may have your own photos you wish to use in your hub. That's fine and it is easy to put them in and place them where you like.
What if you don't have photos? Well 'borrowing' them from the web could leave you with problems over copywrite but there are thousands available for free on the proviso that you do not alter them in any way and credit the photographer who took them. Take a look at Flickr Creative Commons and I am sure you will find something.

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  • Peter Dickinson profile imageAUTHOR

    Peter Dickinson 

    9 years ago from South East Asia

    Thanks vocalcoach

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    Audrey Hunt 

    9 years ago from Idyllwild Ca.

    Well done and very helpful for newbies. Thanks for helping out. Vote up!


  • Peter Dickinson profile imageAUTHOR

    Peter Dickinson 

    9 years ago from South East Asia

    Glad to have helped Bob

  • BobDProperties profile image


    9 years ago from Cleveland, OH

    I really like this Hub, I learned alot, Thanks!

  • Peter Dickinson profile imageAUTHOR

    Peter Dickinson 

    10 years ago from South East Asia

    Thanks Richard and good luck. I was thinking to re-write this because the format has changed a lot since I pulled it together. Seems you managed okay and in reality it is so very easy to do. You are almost led through the simple steps.

  • radagast profile image


    10 years ago from England

    thanks Peter i now have my first hub page

  • Peter Dickinson profile imageAUTHOR

    Peter Dickinson 

    10 years ago from South East Asia

    Lonera - Once you get the hang of it adding pictures is very easy. I suggest you follow this link to learn

  • Lonera profile image


    10 years ago from Everywhere


    I join the Hubpages so maybe in the future I can earn a little money to pay for my medical treatment ,well actually both me and my daughter has LYme Disease. Can you give me a suggestion how to put pictures.

  • Peter Dickinson profile imageAUTHOR

    Peter Dickinson 

    10 years ago from South East Asia

    paintedquarters - pleased to have helped

  • paintedquarters profile image


    10 years ago from Calgary, Alberta

    Thanks for all the help. You really simplified things for me, it's much appreciated! :)


  • Peter Dickinson profile imageAUTHOR

    Peter Dickinson 

    11 years ago from South East Asia

    ck0424 - You will not lose your material if you unpublish (just don't leave it too long). Whether unpublishing whilst you add new material and then publishing again makes you hub more attractive to a search engine than simply adding new material is interesting. To be honest I don't know.

    I am not sure what you mean about a capsule/button for emails. The 'Follow' button is one which a visitor to your hub would click. They would then get notification of any new hubs you effect you are becoming a 'fan' a 'follower'.

    Good Luck

  • ck0424 profile image


    11 years ago

    I am new to hubbing and I have a couple of questions that I'm sure you can answer and would really appreciate. With my hub I am constantly adding new information to the same hub. Do I unpublish then republish the hub to get the new information into the feed and my fan base? I was afraid to click the unpublish button in fear of losing my work. Secondly, it there a capsule/button that I can add to have people sign up for emails from me? I see the follow capsule but that's it.

    Thank you for your time!


  • Peter Dickinson profile imageAUTHOR

    Peter Dickinson 

    11 years ago from South East Asia

    Thank You Michael Shane

  • Michael Shane profile image

    Michael Shane 

    11 years ago from Gadsden, Alabama

    Great info & hub Peter! Very helpful!

  • Peter Dickinson profile imageAUTHOR

    Peter Dickinson 

    11 years ago from South East Asia

    Thanks rebu

  • rebu profile image


    11 years ago from Coorg,India

    hi..i like the way u write ur inspired by ur writing..Thnxx

  • Peter Dickinson profile imageAUTHOR

    Peter Dickinson 

    11 years ago from South East Asia

    Thank You brtaiwo.

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    11 years ago

    A great info keep it up.

  • Peter Dickinson profile imageAUTHOR

    Peter Dickinson 

    11 years ago from South East Asia

    Tia - I am glad to have been a help.

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    11 years ago

    Thanks a lot. This was very helpful.

  • Peter Dickinson profile imageAUTHOR

    Peter Dickinson 

    11 years ago from South East Asia

    kowality - thanks for stopping by. You are right. Traffic is king, just enjoy the getting of it.

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    11 years ago from Everywhere

    Great Hub Peter. I have heard folks getting discouraged about hubpages because it's only pennies if you don't rank for the keywords you are targeting. Traffic is King and people need to know a lot more than just writing a Hub. Keyword research into a niche is crucial. Knowing if you can rank on the first page of Google is just as important. Building relationships with other Hubbers is also important and so on. Keep hubbing on folks.

  • Peter Dickinson profile imageAUTHOR

    Peter Dickinson 

    11 years ago from South East Asia

    kims3003 - thank you for your comments.

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    11 years ago

    Very helpful and informative. well done.

  • Peter Dickinson profile imageAUTHOR

    Peter Dickinson 

    11 years ago from South East Asia

    Thank you BL Tween

  • BL Tween profile image

    BL Tween 

    11 years ago

    Very good for new hubbers.

  • Peter Dickinson profile imageAUTHOR

    Peter Dickinson 

    11 years ago from South East Asia

    Thank you for visiting HybMania. Good luck with the passive income quest.

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    11 years ago from India

    Nice hub. Well organised. I am also looking for a passive income.

  • izzy_giggles profile image


    11 years ago from Houston, TX

    Thanks, Im new at this and needed a lot of help

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    11 years ago from profile


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    Kayce Cover 

    12 years ago

    Thanks Peter!


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