ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel

Top Rules of Quality Content

Updated on January 30, 2013
Source


This hub is written as a fictional dialogue between a Newbie Hubber, aspiring to write great content and an experienced Hubber. The main points covered in this fictional dialogue revolve around the following:

  • UNIQUENESS
  • AXIS
  • INTEREST
  • MECHANICS

There is no particular reason for choosing a dialogue as a medium, but it should bring some change, as most hubs are article-oriented, if I may say so.

Newbie: Wherever I go, people talk about high quality content though no one has taken the time to show me how. Do you have some guidelines on how I can write quality content?

Hubber: Perhaps I can help, though you’ll find different approaches to the same question. Let’s consider your content as your own children. They are unique, meaning they are neither the children of your closest relative, nor the children of any far-related acquaintance.

Newbie: Well, does this mean I should write about something no one has written before? Is it that what you meant by unique?

Hubber: Yes and No.

Newbie: *shrugs*

Hubber: Being unique doesn't mean peculiar. When I compared your content to your children, I had my reasons for drawing such comparison. Your children are unique because they are yours. However, they are not aliens.They do not have green skin and long antennas.They inherit your physical traits, your genes etc. The same natural rules apply to your content.

Newbie: How?

Hubber : What you write on your own words has to be drawn from your experience, from your own point of view, from your own educational background. No one can write something like it verbatim even your twin. Simply because no one had the same education, experienced the same feeling, held the same opinions at the same time as you did. Your opinions evolve through what you experience daily, even momentarily. This is something impossible to replicate.

Newbie: I got it. But how far should I dig into a topic? I read somewhere that the deeper I go the better it is.

Hubber: Please, don’t take everything you read at face value. Going deeper doesn't mean losing focus. Your content doesn't need to be a mishmash of unrelated topics or subtopics.

Newbie: Will that be OK as long as I stay focused on one topic?

Hubber : Exactly. Your content should revolve around one topic that attract relevant details to it. Suppose you are writing about the history of 18th century fiction then, out of the blue, you get into a time machine and move to science fiction screenwriting of the 21st century. Although the two topics can be hooked together under a boarder topic of creative writing, it is best to deal with them separately.

Newbie: So, it’s impossible to link two topics within a broader one.

Hubber: It is not impossible. If you have to do it, then do it with subtlety. Your reader shouldn't feel any force-feeding on your part. Your reader should feel that any element put into your content goes into a stable orbit around your main topic.

Newbie: hmm…I have another question. If I do all that, will this guarantee that my content is really interesting?

Hubber: It really depends. When you write, you either write for yourself or for somebody else. It doesn't matter if you write for yourself, since you are your own reader, but it really matters with an audience in mind. Know who you are writing for. Spark their interest with relevant information. Make your content visually digestible, appealing to the reader, by adding informative headings, compact paragraphs, pertinent images, bullets and emphasis etc.

Newbie: In a word, I shouldn't be boring.

Hubber: True. Keep in mind that a large portion of your readers will not read everything. Use this drawback to your advantage. Make your content skimmable. Give them a choice, a selection of what they want to read. Remember, your goal is to make them interested and not bore them to death.

Newbie: Phew! , I am glad we covered it all. Wait! Is there anything else I should care about? Things like the headaches of spelling, grammar, or whatever?

Hubber: With the best content you might come up with, discounting the reader’s experience will ruin it. Good grammar and spelling are a brand of trust. If you write an excellent content with poor grammar and horrible spelling, at best you’ll get angry comments.

Newbie: Is there anything worse than that?

Hubber: Of course. How about losing your readers’ trust for good? Nobody is going to read your articles anymore because they will think your content is manufactured elsewhere. They will think you are a bad plagiarist who can’t separate the wheat from the chaff. Edit your content more than once and use a spell checker. At least, care about their feelings even if they don’t say whatever they feel out loud.

Newbie: Thank you for these guidelines. Looks like I have a long way to go before I can write anything of note.

Hubber: Then you will end up writing nothing at all. Start now! Great content comes with experience. You will learn as you go. Everyone makes mistakes, but don’t let that discourages you. After all, nobody is perfect.

Comments

    0 of 8192 characters used
    Post Comment

    • Hideki-ryuga profile imageAUTHOR

      Hideki-ryuga 

      5 years ago

      You are welcome. Hope it helped.

    • MarieAlana1 profile image

      Marie Alana 

      5 years ago from Ohio

      Thanks for the Content!

    working

    This website uses cookies

    As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, hubpages.com uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

    For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at: https://hubpages.com/privacy-policy#gdpr

    Show Details
    Necessary
    HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
    LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
    Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
    AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
    Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
    CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the googleapis.com or gstatic.com domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
    Features
    Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
    Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
    Marketing
    Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
    Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
    Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
    Statistics
    Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
    ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)