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Tips for New Hubbers on HubPages

Updated on October 30, 2013

HubPages is one of the best online freelance sites for writers, for both beginners and veterans. The format, the easy-to-use tools, and the community make for a very pleasant experience for any writer. Plus, the chance to make a bit of money online doing what you love can be very appealing. However, the new hubber might be a little confused, discouraged, and wide-eyed when first stepping out into the online world. But with a little help, some good advice, and practical tips, your entry to HubPages as a new hubber will be a little bit easier and a lot more fun.

First off, I just want to say that reaching success writing online takes time, lots and lots of time. And hard work. Success as a writer online is not going to come easily. You have to earn your way. Everyone starts off with low scores. In fact, some of my first hubs still have low scores, and one of these days I'm going to go back and fix them up (I probably should just delete them, but I love them so much!).

Hubber Score vs. Hub Score

Something that might be confusing for new hubbers is the difference between hubber score and hub score. Hubber Score is the number in the lower right-hand corner of your profile picture. If you are a good writer of quality hubs and an active member of the HubPages community, your hubber score should be in the 90s. Of course, it will take a while and a lot of hard work to get your score this high. Patience, grasshopper!

HubScore is the number attached to each of your hubs; you can see it at the end of your title. This score is based on writing quality, original content, reader ratings, and popularity. Your hub scores do affect your hubber score. Your hub usually starts off with a score of about 50, and only time will bring it up.

Profile Page

Hubpages is a great community, and there are so many great writers who are friendly and supporting. Start off by choosing an avatar (profile picture) and writing yourself a bio on your profile page. This will let readers get to know you a little bit, and hopefully get them interested in hearing what you have to say. Write a little about your background, your interests, etc... let your personality come out. Add links to other websites you might have, like your Twitter page or blog.

Community

Read a lot of other hubs. As much as you can. This will get you familiar with the variety on HubPages, and teach you about what flies. Whenever you can, leave friendly sincere comments on other hubbers’ hubs. Make friends, follow people whose writing interests you, post fan mail. Get your name around! Hubpages is very much a community, and if you don’t socialize with other people, no one will want to socialize with you.

There's some discussion on HubPages as to whether community involvement is really that important. Some hubbers tend to write with commercial profit uppermost in their minds, not taking time to interact with their fellow hubbers, and that is perfectly fine. I prefer to be more involved with my readers, responding to their comments and visiting their own hubs. So it's up to you how you want to be involved with the HubPages community.

SEO and Keywords

The internet is a tricky thing, and if there’s anything I’ve learned, it’s that writing online is different than writing on a piece of paper. If you want to be picked up by search engines and get good adsense ads, you need to do what’s called SEO (search engine optimization). But first, before you actually write a hub, do your keyword research. Use the Google Adwords keyword tool. This tool will help you find keywords that are popular, that have moderate advertiser competition, and that generate valuable ads (ads that cost more per click).

Keywords are very important. Find words that will be searched for. Put them in your title, the text (especially the first capsule), and in your tags. Online readers pretty much just scan words; their attention span doesn’t allow them to read a full page of text. So get them interested. Break up the text into lots of capsules with short paragraphs. Keep the page appealing by adding pictures now and again. Keep your readers longer by adding applicable videos. Make your page interactive by adding polls. Keep your page “updated” by adding a news capsule (I hide mine below the comment capsule – sneaky trick, but I think it works). Add links to your other hubs. Releveant Amazon.com capsules can also be good to add. Experiment with different layouts until you find one that you like. You don’t have to imitate others, just be yourself. You may want to post backlinks to your hubs on sites such as Facebook, Twitter, Digg, and StumbleUpon.

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Most importantly...

Don’t forget to write what you know, write it well, and have fun with it. Patience is a virtue, and so is hard work. I hope your experience with HubPages will be as wonderful as mine has been!

Recommendations:

There are many hubbers that I could recommend to you for your reading pleasure, and here are only a few that have helped and blessed me:

Rebecca E. is a great hubber. She writes a lot about writing for hubpages, and I think she’s really helpful. She has lots of hubs about making money, fixing hubs, traffic, and more.

Dohn121 is one of the friendliest, most helpful hubbers out there. But more than that, he is one of the best modern-day writers I have ever read. Dohn has taught me a lot about hub layout and the importance of having a relationship with readers.

Jane Grey is a great friend of mine. She is also a good writer. You’ll find that Jane is a sincere hubber who writes from the heart. She and I have lots of common interests and we have had a lot of fun experimenting to try to make better hubs.

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      Dave 6 years ago from Lancashire north west England

      Hi Rose, this informative hub is a must for those new to hubpages. The one thing I like about hubpages , is that many fellow hubbers, such as your self are willing to help out in any way they can. New writers { and many more experienced} need encouragement. I agree entirely that answering comments, reading and recommending other writer's hubs is a good thing. thanks for sharing. Best wishes to you.

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      Ann Leavitt 6 years ago from Oregon

      So helpful, Rose! And I learned something new. What does "keeping your hubs updated" do? Occasionally I will go and correct some information in an old hub or will do another edit and change a few words. Does that help your score or with getting more traffic!

      Great writing as usual! And thanks for giving me such flattering recommendation; you're a sweet friend and I have so much to learn from you. :)

      Love,

      Jane

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      Rose West 6 years ago from Michigan

      D.A.L. you're right, there are many hubber who are so helpful to newbies. I've always appreciated the encouragement that fellow hubbers provide, and I hope I can continue the tradition. Thanks for reading!

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      Rose West 6 years ago from Michigan

      Jane, I believe keeping hubs updated helps with search engines picking up your site. I think checking up on old hubs and fixing things does help with getting more traffic in the long run, but I'm not an expert in SEO, so I can't say for sure.

      I couldn't not recommend you, Jane. Everyone should follow you! Everyone! OK, I'll stop now.

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      jimistevey 6 years ago

      I have always had the desire to express myself by writing. The extent of my avocation thus far has been poems and songs, with a short dabble in news lettering. I write poems all the time and I have purchased the domain name: poems for music. My goal is to write pieces based on my education and experience - thanks for the intro - jimistevey

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      Rose West 6 years ago from Michigan

      jimistevey, thanks for reading! You can post poetry on HubPages if you want to - there are many who do. Poetry doesn't usually bring any commercial profit in however (but that's not why people usually write poetry, anyhow). I hope your online writing experience goes well - jump write in!

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      Ann Leavitt 6 years ago from Oregon

      Wow, I didn't know that, but it makes sense. I'll have to start updating my old hubs when I have a moment! Thanks. :)

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      Mamara Marketing 6 years ago from Cape Town

      Thank you for this hub Rose. I'm very new to HubPage so every little bit of information helps tremendously. Very informative.

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      Rose West 6 years ago from Michigan

      Mamara Marketing, you're very welcome! Welcome to HubPages!

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      roadrunner0924 6 years ago from Denver, Colorado

      Having only been on here a few days this is good information, thank you.

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      Rose West 6 years ago from Michigan

      roadrunner, I'm glad I could help! Enjoy your time here!

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      Nell Rose 6 years ago from England

      Hi, This is a great start for new hubbers, we all needed to read something like this when we started! I am still learning things, and after I realise what I have or have not done I think, of for goodness sake you should have known that by now! lol rated up cheers nell

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      Rose West 6 years ago from Michigan

      Nell, thanks for coming by and for the rating! Much appreciated! I, too, am still learning new things about HubPages. It's been a great experience!

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      carrie450 6 years ago from Winnipeg, Canada

      Hello Rose, I am so glad that I came across your hub. You have excellent tips on how to help out newbies such as I am, Thanks

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      Rose West 6 years ago from Michigan

      Hi carrie, so glad you came by! I hope you have a great time here on HubPages!

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      Catherine D. 6 years ago from Canada

      Hi Rose. Your hub is very information and sincere. I love your sense of humor "Patience, grasshopper!" LOL

      I do agree with you HubPage is a lot of hard work, it does take time and patience.

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      Rose West 6 years ago from Michigan

      Dviews, so glad you liked this! Keep up with that patience, grasshopper - success is within reach!

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      rotl 6 years ago from Florida

      Nice tips... I'm kind of new so I could use all the help. I guess I gotta go read a bunch of hubs now.

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      Rose West 6 years ago from Michigan

      Hi rotl, welcome to HubPages! I'm glad this helped, and yes, keep on reading! It really does help a lot to read many many hubs.

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      Ann-Carole 6 years ago

      This was a great help thanx I only joined hub pages yesterday so I am trying to find out as much as I can this hub gave me a head start

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      Rose West 6 years ago from Michigan

      Ann-Carole, so glad you liked this! Welcome to the wonderful world of HubPages! It's a great place to be :)

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      Jennifer Burss 6 years ago from Michigan

      Hello Rose,

      Thank you for sharing your tips about HubPages. I am new here and just wanted to learn a bit before truly beginning. Thank you again! :)

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      raihan200200 6 years ago from Dhaka, Bangladesh

      Thanks Rose, I have joined just yesterday. Though i don't understand everything, but enough for my feeding today. thank u very much.

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      Rose West 6 years ago from Michigan

      Jennifer, I'm glad I could help! I hope you enjoy writing on HubPages as much as I have.

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      Rose West 6 years ago from Michigan

      raihan200200, welcome to HubPages! It takes time to understand everything, so don't worry :)

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      Pagelift 6 years ago

      Thank you for the great advice. You've helped a lot of people out just by writing this!

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      Rose West 6 years ago from Michigan

      You're welcome, Pagelift! I hope this has helped out a little.

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      abread 6 years ago from Oxford, PA

      Hi Rose,

      I am a brand new hubber. I haven't written one yet, I am doing my research as you recommended in this very information article. I look forward to getting to know you and the rest of the community on hub pages as I get started!

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      Rose West 6 years ago from Michigan

      Hi abread, welcome aboard! I hope you are enjoying yourself here!

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      Pixxie Dragon Grl 5 years ago from Florida

      Rose,

      Thank you for the information you provided in this hub. I am a brand-spanking newbie and I can use all the help I can get. I think it's wonderful that there is so much useful information out there to help jump start my writing. I look forward to publishing my first hub and getting involved with the community.

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      Rose West 5 years ago from Michigan

      Pixxie Dragon Grl, welcome to HubPages! You have a stand-out name, which is a good start :) I'm glad I could help... I hope you enjoy your time writing here; it really is a lovely community.

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      FireryMomma 5 years ago from Louisville, KY.

      Rose,

      The information posted in this article was very helpful, and I wanted to thank you for posting this. I am very green here, and like many others have said, need all the help I can get. I have written for quite some time, but never for any gain; it was always personal. I would like to begin sharing things with the outside world, though the thought quite over-whelms me at the moment. I am most likely to sit back the next couple of days to gather thoughts and ideas before I post my first Hub. Wish me luck and thanks again!

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      Rose West 5 years ago from Michigan

      Hi FireryMomma, like you, I had never shared my writing much before joining HubPages, but writing here has been such a great experience! It can be overwhelming in the beginning, but time will help you discover your identity here and make you feel more at home.

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      BfoBarney 5 years ago from Australia

      Thank you for this!

      Being a new member it's hard to know what and how to do things around here, but this has certainly helped me.

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      Rose West 5 years ago from Michigan

      Hi BfoBarney, thanks for your visit and welcome to HubPages! I am glad this helped.

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      Dora Isaac Weithers 5 years ago from The Caribbean

      Thanks for sharing this valuable information. If you do not object, I'd like to link this hub to mine: Thanks! Ten Thousand Times. Thank you, Rose.

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      Rose West 5 years ago from Michigan

      Hi MsDora, you're very welcome. That would be great if you want to link to my hub - thank you :)

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      Sid Kemp 3 years ago from Boca Raton, Florida (near Miami and Palm Beach)

      Thanks! I followed this advice a year ago, and now I'm a successful hubber, here to stay!

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      DeborahsDesigns 3 years ago

      Thank you for an informative and encouraging article. I have yet to publish my first Hub but the information you provide makes me feel much more confident.

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      shyaryal1 3 years ago from Woodside ,NY

      Very optimistic for new Huber like me !!!!

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      Rose West 3 years ago from Michigan

      Hi DeborahsDesigns, I'm so glad this could boost your confidence! Good luck with your writing!

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      Rose West 3 years ago from Michigan

      Hi shyaryal1, I'm glad this could help!

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      shyaryal1 3 years ago from Woodside ,NY

      It is very nice and helpful. Iam new for online writing , and English is my second language as well. Iam having problem to post my first hub ,just keep editing and editing , score is 65 , lets see what will happen !!!!!

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      Rose West 3 years ago from Michigan

      Thanks for reading! I hope this helped you - good luck on hubpages!

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      Nadine May 3 years ago from Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa

      I came across this hub only now, but I will share it onto our Kima global authors group page on Facebook. I seem to have difficulty getting our authors to start writing for hubpages, and this hub might remind them to sign up, or at least look around. Thanks

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      Don Colfax 3 years ago from Easton, Pennsylvania

      I'm not by any means a new hubber, but it definitely is good to come back and refresh myself on the basics after a long break. Thanks for the read!

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      Rose West 2 years ago from Michigan

      Hi Nadine, I'm glad you could use this hub - thanks for sharing it!

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      Rose West 2 years ago from Michigan

      I'm so glad that this is helpful, even for seasoned hubbers :)

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      Dan Lema 2 years ago from Tanzania

      very useful information...

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      skperdon 21 months ago from Canada

      Thank for addressing some of the issues that I've been trying to grasp Rose.

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