Sample Hub Part Two, Creating a Hub
Attempting to answer a new member's queries about Hub Pages, I thought that I would try and put some of what I have learned into a Hub. If only life were that simple.
My first Hub was aimed at answering how to get started on Hub Pages. It gave a brief explanation of affiliate earnings and creating Hubs. This hub then received a comment asking for further information. The second hub was a brief one also, this time aimed at answering this question.
Of course there is more.
So in this Hub I will try and enlighten new members further. If you have followed the first sample Hub you will have read a few Hubs by now and chosen a few member's who you would like to follow. Having started to build up your community you should have some eager readers just waiting for your first Hub.
So without further ado let's get started.
Are you ready to rock?
Has this Hub made you feel more confident about creating great Hubs?
This information should allow you to get started. However, like most established members, you will learn as you develop on Hub Pages. You will also find the best way for you to enjoy Hub Pages and earn some money.
What to call your Hub.
I have read many hubs about the importance of finding the right title for your Hub. Many would say that, unless the title is right, you will never make any money.It seems as if your Hub needs to be something which can be easily found by search engines. This means that it is vital that you name your Hub appropriately and add the best keywords.
A good place to start is Google Adwords. This free tool may help you to choose the right words.
Of course, some people will tell you to simply write from the heart and hopefully you will attract a huge audience. Experiment a little with your first few Hubs.
Making you Hub reader friendly and attractive.
Have you ever tried to read a Hub that is simply one huge block of text? It can be very hard on the yes. No matter how compelling your Hub is, it may put reader's off.
Breaking your Hub down into capsules of text, and then small paragraphs, may make the Hub more user friendly. Adding images can make the Hub attractive also and draw the reader in.
Adding a Poll, RSS Feed or Youtube video can also add reader appeal. You will need to make sure that what you add is relevant.
Try highlighting, underlining, or enlarging the text. When you have tried a few different ideas Preview your hub to see how it will look to readers. Nothing is cast in stone and you can alter what you do not like. Even once you have published your Hub you can edit it if necessary.
Adding links to other hubs or web pages.
Adding such links is easy at Hub pages. Hover over the function toolbar, near the top of each capsule to see what functions are available. Remember you will need to be in edit mode.The function that looks like a link of chain, will link to web pages.You can simply highlight text and then select this link.
A small box will appear for you to add your link. If you click on quick links to you Hubs, you will see a list of your own hubs. Select from here to link to your Hub.
Alternatively you can select links from the top right of available functions on your Hub when you are in edit mode or creating a Hub. This is done in much the same way. Once the links are in place though, these ones will show definite links outside of the gist of your Hub. You can drag this link's box and reorder, to place it where you will in your Hub.
Reordering or adjusting the layout of a Hub.
I spent ages sussing this when I was a new member so hopefully this advice will save you time and effort.
Look at your hub in edit mode. At the right hand side of the hub, a little way down, there is an image of your assembled capsules. It may say Photo, Text, Text, RSS feed etc. Click the left hand mouse button when you are on one of these boxes and hold the button down. Drag the box a little higher or lower in order to practise moving capsules. See? It's easy.
Select Re-Order Now and the changes will be saved. You can move the capsules around as much as you like.
Double click on, for example, the Photo capsule, in the reorder list and it will move to the right, so that it can be shown running along the side of perhaps text.
Photos or Images
These should ideally be your own or copyright free images. If you use someone else's you should acknowledge this.
JPEG or GIF photos are usually the best, Remember if your image is tiny and you try to make it appear large it will no doubt be blurred. Adjust the image in your computer's appropriate software.
Check the box in the image capsule if you want the reader to be able to view as a full size image.
When you are ready to publish your Hub remember to:-
- Attach it to one of your groups. You may think this is unnecessary but it will make Hub life easier for you in the long run. I have called mine things like, Useful Information, Animal Welfare and the like. Go to the three tabs at the the top of your Hub, in edit mode, and simply select the right hand box. From here select the scroll next to group and either create a new group or use one you have already named. This can be done after publishing also, do not worry.
- Look at the top of you unpublished Hub also and you will see that Hub Pages will automatically calculate a Hub summary for you. I always used to leave this summary checked. However it is as well to uncheck this, and see what summary has been automatically calculated. The summary could include errors or image titles. Try to make this summary as relevant as possible in order to attract readers.
- Run the spell check before publishing your Hub and cast an eye over your work.
Once you are happy with your Hub hit that Publish button. I then always tweet my new hub via the link. Of course you will need to be a member of Twitter to do this. I am not sure how many readers this brings in though.
All I have left to say is happy Hubbing. Have fun and remember that Rome was not built in a day. If anyone would like further information in the shape of a hub let me know and I will see if I can oblige.