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Top 10 Tips To Improve Your Hubs

Updated on October 29, 2016
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Lela earned a B.A. degree in Journalism from Sam Houston University in Huntsville, TX. She has been writing for the online world for years.

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1. Search Engine Friendly Titles

Your title should have a primary key word and a secondary key word.

The title should be less than 55 - 60 letters and spaces.

Your title should be "eye-catching". You only have about five seconds to capture a reader's attention. Titles should be clear, descriptive, and directly related to subject of your Hub.

The title tag is the first thing that your reader will see and click on, so make it very user friendly and interesting. There are several places on the web that will teach you the basics of How to Create Great Titles for web pages.

2. Hub Pages Capsules

Hub Pages capsules are rather unique to online writing sites. Capsules provide interesting and eye-catching sections. Look on the right hand side of any hub, while in editing mode, to find them. *See photo below this capsule.

The text capsules are comparable to Sub-titles in your page and their headings should be crafted in the same manner as you would for the titles of your page. Each capsule heading is a "mini-title", or subtitle. These subtitles are also important for search engine optimization, or SEO.

There are several types of capsules that can be used to create sections for a hub page. The list can be found at the right hand side of any page while you are writing and editing your hubs.

The core capsules are listed as:

  • Text - Used for your subtitles and paragraphs
  • Video - Used to place videos into the body of a hub.
  • Photo - Used to upload and place photos into a hub. Best to use one capsule per photo even though it is possible to place more than one photo in a photo capsule. The reasoning for this is because it is easier to format and design your page.
  • Comments - automatically added at the end of each hub. The comment area is the interactive part of Hub Pages and what makes it such a great place to for the writing community.

Underneath the core capsules are the Supplementary, Product, and Recipe capsules. These capsules should be used as needed to make your hub informative and attractive.

For more information, just click on the (?) question mark icon.

New! HubPages now recommends that ALL capsules be used full-width! This makes it easier to view hubs on tablets and cell phones.

How To Use Hub Pages Capsules

Click on that little question mark symbol for more information
Click on that little question mark symbol for more information

3. Tips For Hub Pages Text Capsules

Write any hub or edit any hub and while you are typing away inside of the Text capsule, look up.

On the bar above your text are several editing tools that go underused.

Starting from left to right:

  • HTML - rarely used, but if you need to put raw characters in, you can do so, otherwise, your web browser will try to display HTML code. If you use this editing tool, you can by-pass the browser commands on how to display certain characters.
  • (scissors icon) - for those that need to cut text out of a capsule and paste it into another position or even another text capsule.
  • (two pages icon) - for pasting the text you have cut using the scissors icon.
  • (clipboard icon) - to keep pasting the text over and over. It will continue to paste whatever is residing on the clipboard until you replace it by cutting some new text.
  • B I u - If you highlight any text inside of your capsule, you can apply these text enhancements, ie: Bold, Italic, Underline.
  • (ABC/check mark icon) - This will check your spelling in a capsule. Be sure your cursor is placed at the top of the text first.
  • (") or Quote marks - click on this icon to insert offset text spacing also called indentations
  • Format window with drop down arrow box - allows you to add sub-titles and a couple of other formatting tricks. Experiment with this and you will see what each one does.
  • The numbered list icon - anything that you need to list in a numbered format should make use of this icon
  • The bullet list icon - same as the numbered list, but uses bullets instead
  • The backward curvy arrow icon - This is the 'undo' key. Whatever you just typed or erased can be undone just by touching this key.
  • The (horse shoe) icon - use this key to insert special characters like the Spanish letters Ñ or the ampersand symbol - &. This is a very useful icon
  • The chain icons - used for inserting links or taking the links out.
  • The super and sub Xs - Used to add superscript and subscript.

Experiment with your text capsules and learn to format them using these tools. But don't go overboard. These things are like spices, a little goes a long way!

4. Grammar and Spelling

Good writers pay careful attention to grammar and spelling. The best way to edit for grammar is to use a word processing editor like Microsoft Word for your initial writing effort, then run their grammar and spell check on the paragraph before copy/pasting it into the HP text capsules.

Most people read at a 7 to 10th grade reading level. It's possible to edit your text in MS Word to match the reading level you want to achieve.

There are also other helpful tools that you can find on the web to help you with grammar and spelling.

Just remember that grammar and spelling errors are particularly harmful when it comes to evaluating your hubs. Learn the rules of writing and use them. Or write first in an editor, then run the tools, make the corrections, and paste it here on HP second.

5. High Quality Images

HubPages recommends that we use one to three high quality images in each hub. The best images are those that belong to you. With today's preponderance of cell-phone cameras and high quality pixel cameras, it's easy to take your own photos.

But if you cannot, there are places on the web that offer photos for use in commercial hubs, such as ours.

Before using any image in your hub, please check the HP Guide to Proper Image Use!

Two of my favorite places to find good images are and WikimediaCommons. Some people recommend Pixa Bay.

6.Tips on Using Polls, Videos, Maps, Callouts

Dress up your hubs and make them interactive with the cool supplementary capsules! These cute capsules will raise your hub score too.

Videos are the hot thing on the internet these days and you are free to use the ones found on YouTube. You can also make your own videos, post them on YouTube and then insert them in your own hubs.

Quizzes are probably the hardest capsule to use, but learning how to use this tool will really set your hub apart from the rest. Quizzes are fun and useful as a teaching tool.

Maps should always be used if you are writing a travel hub. Many people tend to overlook this tool, but it's pretty cool if you write vacation and travel hubs.

The poll capsule is the most frequently used. It's easy and can be very fun.

Experiment with the different supplementary capsules and consider using one or more for every hub your write!

7. How to Sell Products

Many people come to Hub Pages hoping to sell their own products. It's also possible to sell products for eBay and Amazon and make commissions from these sales.

Spam and "spammy elements" are frequently seen on low scoring hubs. But there is a way to sell products in a good way.

Product reviews are quite popular and will be successful here, if you follow ONE simple rule!

One hub for One Product!

Write a great product review, take lots of photos of that product being used, and list the pros and cons of the product.

Try to be objective and let the customer make up their own minds about whether to buy the product or not. Give them good information in a well written hub and you will probably make the sale.

Also, make the "buy now" pitch down lower in the page after you have convinced the reader to buy.

8. Using the New Bios and Niche Sites

There are two little known things that you can do with your hubs. One is the new biography blurbs that can be individually tailored for each of your hubs, and the other is the niche site submission.

The submit to a niche site button is found on your hub page. You can submit your hub every so often. The submission process is involved and asks your hubs to meet several criteria before submitting. Hint: Check the niche sites BEFORE you try to submit. You need to know ahead of time which site covers your particular category.

So, if you write hubs on very diverse subjects, you can submit them to niche sites and get more traffic.

The new biography blurbs will help your readers identify your expertise in any area. You can now have a general biography and a specialized biography or two or three. If you are an expert in dinosaurs as well as an expert in hunting, you can present your credentials for each on the correct hub.

9. Using 'External' Links

We used to use external links for verification and references. But when you think of it, you don't really want to send your readers off to another page right in the middle of reading your page.

So, external links are just bad for business. Don't use them unless it's absolutely necessary to get your point across or to verify some fact.

If you use external links, put them at the bottom of your page, so at least your readers get to read your hub before chasing off to internet land.

10. Useful, Unique, and Evergreen Hubs

Good hubs are those that people like to use for a reference. If you write a hub that people want to bookmark for later use, you have done a good job.

It's the reason that recipe hubs usually do well. They are unique and can be used over and over again.

It also works for many other kinds of hubs like travel, product reviews, solving problems, crafts, hobbies, and many more.

Just write good, useful information and your hub will be a success!

Straight From HubPages

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© 2015 Lela


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    • Austinstar profile image

      Lela 13 months ago from Somewhere in the universe

      Thank you!

      Update - hub grouping is no more :-(

      I think the new niche sites have replaced grouping.

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      Duane Townsend 13 months ago from Detroit

      This is excellent guidance Austinstar.

      Well done!

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      victor 2 years ago from India

      This hub is very interesting and useful. It's nice to know about the grouping of hubs.

    • Austinstar profile image

      Lela 2 years ago from Somewhere in the universe

      Yes, just go to your account page there's a heading on the statistics line that says groups. Just click on that and you can organize to your heart's content.

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      Katliegh Merrier 2 years ago from Georgia, United States

      Great hub! I didn't know you could group your hubs, that's really helpful for me because I write on a wide variety of topics. Maybe you could write a hub about that? I'd love to read it, I'm all about organizing!

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      Colin Garrow 2 years ago from Kinneff, Scotland

      I suppose I should know all this stuff by now, but it's good to have a refresher. Cheers for sharing Lela.

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      nicomp really 2 years ago from Ohio, USA

      Y'all can link to my hubs. That will drive readers back to your hub and cause them to appreciate you.

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      Lela 2 years ago from Somewhere in the universe

      B. Leekey - You are allowed to put links wherever you want to, but adding any sort of links will take readers OFF of your hubs and you may lose your reader permanently.

      The new thinking is not to use outside links at all.

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      nicomp really 2 years ago from Ohio, USA

      @B. Leekley : Can the HubPages Style Guide cure my spammy elements?

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      Brian Leekley 2 years ago from Kalamazoo, Michigan, USA

      My memory is that tutorials by HubPages staff say that it is best to put links in the text where most relevant, not at the bottom of the hub. See, for instance: "HubPages Style Guide and Helpful Writing Tips"

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      Lela 2 years ago from Somewhere in the universe

      I wonder what will happen if it starts raining! That cloud is going to cry.

    • nicomp profile image

      nicomp really 2 years ago from Ohio, USA

      Google can measure some of these tips like grammar and spelling so those will always be important.

      Awesome hub. Voted upmost and stored in the cloud.

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      Genna East 2 years ago from Massachusetts, USA

      Very helpful tutorial, thank you!

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      Lela 2 years ago from Somewhere in the universe

      Welcome to HubPages, Chantelle. Glad to be of service. If you have a question, just ask.

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      Chantelle Porter 2 years ago from Chicago

      I am new to Hubpages so this article was very helpful to me. Thank you for sharing.

    • Austinstar profile image

      Lela 2 years ago from Somewhere in the universe

      Sue roy! I've been following you on facebook, but I'm glaad you're coming back to HP. Write some hubs, Please!!!

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      Susan Mills 2 years ago from Indiana

      I didn't realize Microsoft word could help you know to what reading level you are writing!

      It's been a while since I tramped around hubpages, I'm glad I started back with you! I've missed reading your work!

      Excellent article with VERY helpful tips!!!

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      drbj and sherry 2 years ago from south Florida

      Thanks, Lela, for this thorough review of Hub tools and capsules. You reminded me of a few things I sometimes forget to utilize.

      Hope you had a pleasant holiday.

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      Lela 2 years ago from Somewhere in the universe

      Just remember that a little editing can go a long way! Don't overdo things. Think of the tools as salt and pepper for your food. It spices things up and makes it better.

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      EmeseRéka 2 years ago from The Desert

      Very helpful hub, thank you for posting these tips. I found them all useful. I'll try to play with the text capsule tools more, I haven't used many of them so far. I'll bookmark this hub for future reference.

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      Lela 2 years ago from Somewhere in the universe

      Thanks, if you need more help, just ask!

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      Susan Haze 2 years ago from Sunny Florida

      This hub is awesome. It contained quite a few helpful points.

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      Lela 2 years ago from Somewhere in the universe

      Hi to Jodah, Minnetonka Twin, and Stacie - I wrote this hub in response to the HP Hub Pro Editing service that they just performed on one of my hubs.

      I learned some new tricks too.

      Thanks for the great comments!

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      Stacie L 2 years ago

      I found this Hub very useful and clear cut. I agree it is very useful for new and us oldies.

      Thumbs up!

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      Linda Rogers 2 years ago from Minnesota

      This is really helpful for old or new hubbers. I know I saw a few tools here that I've never seen or known about. You did a great job and I'm pinning it for future use.

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      John Hansen 2 years ago from Queensland Australia

      Very comprehensive and helpful hub Austinstar. I haven't really taken full advantage of all the text capsule formatting tool to date, but I will now. This is very useful advice, especially for new hubbers. Voted up.