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How to Increase Hub Traffic: Lessons from a Newbie Hubber

Updated on February 6, 2015
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Liza Lugo, J.D.

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Although I am a new writer on HubPages, I was able to get more than 1000 views and 7 badges in my first 30 days. In that time, I wrote 21 hubs. Twenty of the hubs immediately scored a 75 or higher, which was great. It meant the hubs were "featured." At least one of my Hubs hit a 92 (that I know of). Another hub I wrote led to a publishing deal for me.

I'm not trying to brag, these are little milestones compared to some of those other fantastic and more successful hubbers. I share my successes to provide an example of what is possible. I enjoy sharing my learning experiences with others. After some time now, I learned what works in driving up the traffic to a hub.

Here are my top 10 ways to increase hub traffic:

An Example of My Photo on My Hub

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Ten Ways to Increase Hub Traffic

1. Uniqueness: Make sure your content and topic is unique, useful, and interesting. There is no way around this one! There is a lot of information on the internet from a wide-range of sources. Try to find unique information to share with readers on a particular subject.

2. Write well: Take the time to write hubs/articles that are well-written. It is hard to follow an article with lots of errors in it. Quality is more important than quantity. Make sure everything is grammatically correct. Also include keywords that will be popular among internet searches but do not overstuff the hub with keywording. Find the balance so the hub is not "spammy."

3. Use photographs: Use photographs that are related to your topic. It is best if you can use your own photographs because it makes the hub even more unique. Using your own photographs also keeps you free from infringing on anyone else's copyright. Here is an example: floating to the right of this section, you will see a photo of a windmill. I took this photo while visiting Sag Harbor, NY and decided to use this one along with several other photos from the day within in my travel hub.

4. Use a variety of capsules: When I first started on HubPages, I only used text capsules. Admittedly, I did not know what I was doing. I knew how to write well, since I am a professional academic writer. But hubbing is very different; I did not know how to make my hub visually interesting or interactive. Now, I try to include relevant capsules including:

  • videos
  • polls
  • links to relevant outside sources
  • related photographs
  • rating capsules

Not only has it helped to drive traffic to my hubs, but I am getting better scores from HubPages (often 10-15 points higher).

5. Review and review again: I wrote dozens of hubs. Every so often, I review the hubs to make sure information is current and to update the "look" of the hub (or find grammatical errors).

  • Let folks know the hub is updated. In addition to getting new readers, you'll find that folks have come back to read the updates.
  • Work on making the hub better even after you published it.

(Even this hub has been edited two years after its initial publication; so, technically I'm not a "newbie hubber" anymore.)


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6. Use Hub questions for inspiration: Read the questions that hubbers ask and make a hub about it as your answer. Not only will the hubber who asked the question read your hub but so will the others who have written responses to the question. It is a great way to learn about what hubbers want to read. That is how I decided to write this particular hub.

7. Email: Send emails out to everyone you know and include your hub links. Introduce your profile, notify your contacts when you have a new hub, or let people know when you reach a milestone. If you write a lot, consider a weekly email that contains the list of your new hubs.

When I reached my personal goal of writing 20 hubs, I sent out an email to my friends, family, and professional connections. In the email, I gave a greeting followed by telling them what was new in my life: writing/hubbing. I listed my hubs (with links) and also provided the link to my profile. Then, I suggested that they to pick one or more hubs to read that interested them. Boy, did traffic go up from that email!

Another tip for the email, let folks know what inspired you to write the hub/article.

Social Networking Example: My recent Tweet about my hub

Understanding Executive Orders of the President #immigrationreform. (add URL)

8. Social networking: Post your hub links on your profile on social networking sites (get a social media profile if you don’t have one).

  • Twitter: Include the use of hashtags!
  • Facebook: send your links out in a private message to your friends and contacts in addition to posting your hub links on your wall.
  • Website: Link your hubs to your personal website.
  • LinkedIn: Here is a tip when using this social networking site: think about who your connections are since that will be your audience. Share hubs that are industry relevant since LinkedIn is a social networking site for professionals.

Remind these audiences that your hubs are free to read!

9. Thank your readers/commentators: Do this on your hub, via email, and through your social networking site. It demonstrates gratitude and that you are personable. They will follow you for more hubs.

10. Use other hubs for inspiration: Read other hubs that interest you and then make a hub related to that topic. Comment on the hub you read, let them know that your hub addresses similar issues, and direct them to your hub.

I am certain there are many other different ways to increase hub traffic. If you have any other ideas, feel free to add them in the comments section. I would welcome the tips as would other readers.

Happy Hubbing!

Special thanks to lovebuglena for inspiring this Hub.

By Liza Lugo, J.D.

© 2012, Revised 2014. All Rights Reserved.


Ms. Lugo retains exclusive copyright and publishing rights to all of her articles and photos by her located on Hub Pages. Portions of articles or entire content of any of these articles may not be used without the author's express written consent. Persons plagiarizing or using content without authorization may be subject to legal action.

Permission requests may be submitted to liza@lizalugojd.com.



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    • Veya Lavenderia profile image

      Veya Lavenderia 5 years ago from korean

      awesome

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Very helpful hub; I appreciate the advice and I will be doing several of your suggestions as soon as I get done working in the garden. :) Thank you!

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      Liza Treadwell Esq aka Liza Lugo JD 5 years ago from New York, NY

      Veya Lavenderia, thank you for taking the time to read my Hub and for your comment. Glad you think it is "awesome." I'm humbled with one word :-)

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      Liza Treadwell Esq aka Liza Lugo JD 5 years ago from New York, NY

      billybuc, thank you for your continued following, reading my Hub and for making comments. I really appreciate it.

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      Veya Lavenderia 5 years ago from korean

      its my own pleasure to encourage u my buddy

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      raakachi 5 years ago from Madurai / Tamilnadu / India

      Hearty welcome to the hub world. you have given very useful tips to follow. voted as useful.

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      larcaustin46 5 years ago from Austin, TX

      Excellent hub! Thanks for the valuable tips!

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      kayha 5 years ago

      Great tips! Thanks for sharing your tactics.

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      Mike Russo 5 years ago from Placentia California

      Thanks for your tips. I'm bookmarking this one. It's a keeper. You get an up vote in my book.

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      Kris Heeter 5 years ago from Indiana

      Wonderful ideas and tips. I'll gladly share this will my followers as I know some of them are new to HP too!

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      Joseph De Cross 5 years ago

      I agree with Kris LawDoctor,

      This is very informative and down to earth. Hope you have a nice weeekend!

      LORD

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      Debby Bruck 5 years ago

      Ms Lugo ~ There have been SO many hubs revolving around this particular topic that I hesitated to even click and read. But, I did and glad because these 10 simple suggestions really work. The most underutilized suggestion I guess would be number four, which can really help your ratings, the readership of your hubs and another benefit to create a closer relationship with friends. Excellent hub. Blessings, Debby

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      Debbie Roberts 5 years ago from Greece

      I found your hub nice and easy to read with some helpful tips. Thank you and thank you to Kris Heeter for sharing this hub and bringing it to my attention.

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      Mahaveer Sanglikar 5 years ago from Pune, India

      It is a very useful article for new Hubbers.

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      craftdrawer 5 years ago

      Great info.. Glad to hear of your success!!!

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      Liza Treadwell Esq aka Liza Lugo JD 5 years ago from New York, NY

      raakachi, thank you for taking the time to read my Hub and for your comments. I appreciate your welcome and your vote that you found this Hub "useful."

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      Liza Treadwell Esq aka Liza Lugo JD 5 years ago from New York, NY

      Kayha, thank you for taking the time to read my Hub and for your comments. Glad you think the tips are "great." It's my pleasure to share what I know with everyone.

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      Liza Treadwell Esq aka Liza Lugo JD 5 years ago from New York, NY

      peoplepower73, thank you for taking the time to read my Hub and for your comments. Wow! I'm flattered that you are bookmarking this Hub. Glad you feel like it's a keeper. I appreciate the "up vote."

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      Liza Treadwell Esq aka Liza Lugo JD 5 years ago from New York, NY

      The Finance Hub, thank you for taking the time to read my Hub and for your comments. Glad you are going to use the tips. They really do work. I appreciate the "vote up" and that you found my Hub "interesting."

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      Liza Treadwell Esq aka Liza Lugo JD 5 years ago from New York, NY

      Thanks, Kris. I appreciate you taking the time to read my Hub. I am humbled that you want to share this Hub with your followers. Newbies really need lots of advice on how to make HubPages work for them. Thanks for your willingness to share.

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      Liza Treadwell Esq aka Liza Lugo JD 5 years ago from New York, NY

      lord de cross, thank you for taking the time to read my Hub and for your comments. Glad you found it "informative." Hope your weekend is great too.

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      Liza Treadwell Esq aka Liza Lugo JD 5 years ago from New York, NY

      Thank you, Debby, for taking the time to read my Hub. I wrote because so many people ask this question; and I had the same question in my mind. But I couldn't find a Hub that really helped me. So I figured, well, I guess I better figure this out and write a Hub about it. I couldn't have imagined I would get so many views on it. Thank you so much for pushing past your hesitation and giving me a try. Blessings to you too.

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      Liza Treadwell Esq aka Liza Lugo JD 5 years ago from New York, NY

      Debbie,thank you for taking the time to read my Hub and for your comments. Glad you found it "easy to read" and helpful.

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      Liza Treadwell Esq aka Liza Lugo JD 5 years ago from New York, NY

      jainismus, thank you for taking the time to read and comment on my Hub. So glad you think it's useful for new Hubbers.

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      Liza Treadwell Esq aka Liza Lugo JD 5 years ago from New York, NY

      craftdrawer, thank you for taking the time to read my Hub and for your comments. Glad you felt the info was "great."

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      finajenny 5 years ago from Sabangan

      I'm new and still barely written a single article, been reading from hubs to hubs to get ideas on how to write a really good article but it seems it all come down to why do I feel I can't write something that match how good that article is. Then I realize maybe because I am on the rush to write something so yeah it really takes time and it needs more thinking to make the hub more worth reading.

      thanks for the great advice, I'll take my time and really put some effort on thinking how to make it good rather than "just to have something to post"

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      Pollyannalana 5 years ago from US

      Useful and interesting. Welcome!

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      Veya Lavenderia 5 years ago from korean

      :)

      bRavo that good and generate idea

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      teachertalking1 5 years ago

      Great, simple tips for increasing traffic to your hubs! I have linked only one of my hubs to my fb page because it concerned a family in our community that many of my fb friends know personally. Outside of that, have to admit, I'm a bit hesitant to put links to my hubs on fb - it just seems too self promoting for me personally. I'm fearful that my friends will perceive links negatively. Have you experienced this? Thank you very much for sharing such great tips!

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      Liza Treadwell Esq aka Liza Lugo JD 5 years ago from New York, NY

      finajenny,I know how you feel. Thank you for taking the time to read my Hub and for commenting. You'll be using Tip #2 then in taking your time. Be confident. Since you're new. Writing is a growing experience. You don't have to worry about writing as well as someone else. It's all subjective. Write about what you are interested in and go from there. Good luck. Feel free to write to me anytime if you need any writing advice.

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      Liza Treadwell Esq aka Liza Lugo JD 5 years ago from New York, NY

      Pollyannalana, than you for the following, reading this Hub and your comments. I appreciate the welcome. Glad you felt this was useful and interesting.

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      Liza Treadwell Esq aka Liza Lugo JD 5 years ago from New York, NY

      Veya Lavenderia, thanks again :-)

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      Liza Treadwell Esq aka Liza Lugo JD 5 years ago from New York, NY

      teachertalking1, thank you so much for taking the time to read my Hub and for commenting. Be confident. There is nothing wrong with telling everyone you know (in whatever way you choose to tell them) that you are happy writing and you've found a great forum for your work. You're real friends will be excited for you. I can say that I've posted every article I've written on Fb and have not received any negativity. It has all been positive. People would rather see these types of posts than all the nonsense about what one needs in Farmville, Cityville, etc. :-) Glad you enjoyed the tips.

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      nityanandagaurang 5 years ago

      i am doing what you have written in this hub,but traffic is really slow.However your hub is quite useful for me.

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      Liza Treadwell Esq aka Liza Lugo JD 5 years ago from New York, NY

      nityanandagaurang, thank you for taking the time to read my Hub and for commenting. Might I make a suggestion? You may want to consider changing your name on Hub Pages to one that might sound more professional. Please don't take offense. It is very difficult to pronounce and remember, in my opinion. If you like, I'll check your pages and give you more personal advice. Good luck. Happy Hubbing.

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      nityanandagaurang 5 years ago

      thanks lawdoctorlee,i will consider it.

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      calico Stark 5 years ago from Earth for the time being

      Congrats! It was nice to read how you climbed so quickly but I really need to know the nitty gritty of how web traffic works and how I can get some.

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      susanm23b 5 years ago

      Very helpful with specific suggestions to us newbies :)

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      Liza Treadwell Esq aka Liza Lugo JD 5 years ago from New York, NY

      calico Stark, thank you for taking time to read my Hub and for commenting.

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      Liza Treadwell Esq aka Liza Lugo JD 5 years ago from New York, NY

      susanm23b, thank you for taking the time to read my Hub and for commenting. Glad you think it is helpful. Happy Hubbing.

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      John Ingle 5 years ago

      Great stuff Liza. Very practical tips for every Hubber.

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      Liza Treadwell Esq aka Liza Lugo JD 5 years ago from New York, NY

      John, thank you for taking the time to read my Hub and for commenting. I appreciate your positive comments and am glad you feel the tips were practical.

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      Moira Durano-Abesmo 5 years ago from Cagayan de Oro City, Philippines

      Great suggestions! I'll try those and see.

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      Liza Treadwell Esq aka Liza Lugo JD 5 years ago from New York, NY

      MoiraCrochets, thank you for taking the time to read my Hub and for commenting. Glad you think these were great suggestions.

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      WookieWonderfuls 5 years ago from London, UK

      Thank you for this hub its really useful to new hubbers :)

      I do all of the following and one more suggestion i have is add a widget to your blogs.

      To add a widget go to profile and select 'add widget to website, copy the link, then paste into a widget gadget :) it then displays your recent and popular hubs :)

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      Liza Treadwell Esq aka Liza Lugo JD 5 years ago from New York, NY

      Wookiewonderfuls, thank you for taking the time to read my hub and for your comments. Excellent suggestion about adding a widget to blogs and websites. Thanks for sharing :-)

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      ladeda 5 years ago

      Fantastic advice! Thank you!

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      Liza Treadwell Esq aka Liza Lugo JD 5 years ago from New York, NY

      You're welcome, ladeda. Thank you for taking the time to read and comment on my hub. Glad you think the advice was "fantastic."

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      teutophile 5 years ago

      You've made a lot of good suggestions here. Thanks for writing a good hub.

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      Liza Treadwell Esq aka Liza Lugo JD 5 years ago from New York, NY

      teutophile, thank you for taking the time to read my hub and for commenting. Glad that you find the suggestions "good."

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      Academicviews 5 years ago from Scotland

      thank you for this article. I'm still a hub infant so any hints and tips are most welcome.

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      Liza Treadwell Esq aka Liza Lugo JD 5 years ago from New York, NY

      Academicviews, you're welcome. Thank you for taking the time to read this hub and for your comments.

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      chaturrajneesh 5 years ago from India

      Very informative hub. Leaving links on twitter and facebook is good idea, but in that case a lot also depends on how much one is active on those media. I mean am not disagreeing, but what do you think about it?

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      Liza Treadwell Esq aka Liza Lugo JD 5 years ago from New York, NY

      chaturraajneesh, thank you for taking the time to read my hub and for your comments. Twitter & Fb work for me :-) Promote your hubs anyway you can.

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      Rajan Singh Jolly 5 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA.

      Very helpful tips for all hubbers. A great reminder.

      Thanks for sharing.

      Voted up & useful.

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      mizjo 5 years ago from New York City, NY

      That's an awesome and inspiring hub, lawdoctorlee. I needed to read that because I'm out in the cold where visitors are concerned. Just didn't know how to promote my hubs besides fb and twitter. I'll have to try the email route. Thanks for your generous advice.

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      Liza Treadwell Esq aka Liza Lugo JD 5 years ago from New York, NY

      rajan jolly, thank you for taking the time to read this hub and for your comments. I'm glad you found it very helpful. Thanks for voting the hub "up & useful."

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      Liza Treadwell Esq aka Liza Lugo JD 5 years ago from New York, NY

      mizjo, thank you for taking the time to read this hub and for your comments and compliments

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      dablue 4 years ago from Lagos Nigeria

      Good advice here. I also believe getting traffic to your hub pages requires all the details you have shared here in this hub. I have been adopting most of the method you listed here lately and it works.

      See http://howtotraffic.blogspot.com/2012/05/how-to-se... also for numerous ways to drive traffic to your hub

      Regards

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      Liza Treadwell Esq aka Liza Lugo JD 4 years ago from New York, NY

      dablue, thank you for taking the time to read this hub and for your comments. Glad you feel like it is good advice...and yes, it does work :-)

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      BeaGabrielle1 2 years ago

      These are some excellent ideas. Thanks for sharing them. As I am new to Hubpages, I really need a lot of help - and your hub gave me some great ideas on how to build traffic to my own hubs. :-)

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      Liza Treadwell Esq aka Liza Lugo JD 2 years ago from New York, NY

      Thanks for taking the time to read my hubs, BeaGabrielle1! I also appreciate your feedback. Glad you found my hub useful. Stick with your writing. The more you do the better you will get. Welcome to HubPages!

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      BeaGabrielle1 2 years ago

      Thanks. I really intend to stick with HP and create more useful hubs. For sure, I'll be applying these tips to help me attract more visitors. :-)

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      Liza Treadwell Esq aka Liza Lugo JD 2 years ago from New York, NY

      Thumbs up, BeaGabrielle1

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      John Hansen 2 years ago from Queensland Australia

      There is some wonderful advice her Liza., especially sharing updates, and sending emails etc out to notify people of your milestones and achievements. Overall a well set out and informative hub. Voted up.

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      Liza Treadwell Esq aka Liza Lugo JD 2 years ago from New York, NY

      Jodah, thanks for taking time out of your day to read my hub and for your comment. Glad you believe I'm sharing good advice. Thanks for voting it "up." Good luck to you in all your writing endeavors. May the new year bring you many blessings.

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      Nancy Mitchell 22 months ago from Bend, OR

      Thanks for sharing these useful tips. I had only text capsules in the beginning, too, but am now having fun adding polls, videos, etc. it does make the hub come alive. Thanks for the help for those of us who are just learning.

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      Liza Treadwell Esq aka Liza Lugo JD 22 months ago from New York, NY

      letstalkabouteduc, I so appreciate you taking the time to read this hub and for your comment. Enjoy hubbing. It's a great outlet.

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