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Get a Hole in One: Improve Your HubPage with Tweaking and Planning

Updated on July 31, 2013


You should have a grasp on basic grammar by now. Even if you are not an experienced writer, you can make a great HubPage by following these planning and tweaking tips. Find your inspiration, and let it shine. Intrigue your audience by giving them what they want while at the same time giving them teaching them something new.


Creating a Great Title and Summary


In your title, be specific, and use all 65 characters, so that you can to show your reader what they can expect when they read your article. Also, use as many keywords as possible to explain your HubPage in your main summary. The first hundred or so words appear on search engines, so make them count. Be catchy and irresistible!


This is the most exciting part of your article! You are begging them to read more! Give them a good overview of what to expect if they continue reading, but make it brief. Don't add unneeded words just to fill up a HubPage.



KEYWORDS

The key to a great Title and Summary is keywords.



What are keywords?

Basically they are the points of emphasis of your article that catch the attention of your audience.



Where do you find keywords?

All of the following information about AdWords explains how to find keywords. If you cannot figure out how to find your keywords with the use of AdWords, then Google, Bing, or AOL the main words in your titles to get synonyms, like-words, and other words that will help you along the way. For example, if you search on Google for "Zoo Animals," you are likely to get a list of animals that you can research.



What do you do with keywords?

Use them frequently in your title, summary, conclusion, and of course, in your main body. You want your writing to scream your keywords.

However, be careful. You don't want to be viewed as a spammar. Do further research on this subject if you are worried you may be falling in that category.

The rule of thumb I heard was keywords should represent 3% to 6% of your paper. If that is true, let me know, because I'm always looking for ways to become a better writter.


AdWords

Adwords is a great tool to utilize. It helps you come up with keywords that users are searching for. It also helps users find your article, because they can search for your keywords, and find your article.

Planner


The stage of the writing process called planning is important for many reasons. You need to find the topic that works the best. At the same time, you need to have an idea of sub-topics that go along with your chosen topic. With a solid plan in place, you can write with ease. You can put your sub-topics in the right logical order, and you can spread out your topic in a reader friendly manner.


Your Topic



You want to make sure that in your own words you can offer useful information on the subject that readers will want to know more about. In other words, entice them. You also need to make sure the topic is not overly covered already. Make certain before you invest too much time in an idea that it is in high demand with low competition.


THE STAGES OF THE WRITING PROCESS

THE MAIN STAGES

 
 
STEP ONE
PLANNING
STEP TWO
DRAFTING
STEP THREE
REVISING

Article References You Should Use At This Point

Writing With Power: Techniques for Mastering the Writing Process
Writing With Power: Techniques for Mastering the Writing Process

This is a classic handbook for all writers who have wrestled with words while seeing to gain power with them. This book helps you get words down on paper, revise them, accept feedback, and gain popularity.

 
Writing Your Journal Article in Twelve Weeks: A Guide to Academic Publishing Success
Writing Your Journal Article in Twelve Weeks: A Guide to Academic Publishing Success

This book was well-written by experts. It is based on actual research done by professors and experience. The workbook provides the instruction, exercises, and structures needed to draft an article. This book helps motivate and create a logical format.

 
A Writer's Reference with Writing in the Disciplines
A Writer's Reference with Writing in the Disciplines

All writers should have a strong reference book like this one. It helps with composition, including a tabbed sections with advice and model papers in nine academic disciplines including biology, business, criminology, education, history, music, nurse, and psychology.

 
The St. Martin's Guide to Writing
The St. Martin's Guide to Writing

This guide has achieved a record of success by providing practical innovations for the ever-changing composition course. Comprehensive yet flexible in this step-by-step guide to each type offering sure-fire invention strategies. This is a great way to get you started writing.

 
Writing Tools: 55 Essential Strategies for Every Writer
Writing Tools: 55 Essential Strategies for Every Writer

Writing Tools covers everything from the most basic ("Tool 5: Watch those adverbs") to the more complex ("Tool 34: Turn your notebook into a camera") and provides more than 200 examples from literature and journalism to illustrate the concepts. For students, aspiring novelists, and writers of memos, e-mails, PowerPoint presentations, and love letters, here are 50 indispensable, memorable, and usable tools.

 

PLANNING


Planning is often the most time-consuming part of the writing process; however, it is the most crucial element of writing. When selecting a subject, ask yourself the following questions:


  • What subject do I have extensive knowledge about?
  • What is my opinion on the subject, yet how can I make my writing objective?
  • Do you have feelings or thoughts that you could explore into a writing article?
  • Can I easily research this subject online, in the library, or in my current books?
  • What audience am I writing for? What do I know about this audience? What would interest my audience want to know more about? Why might they be interested in reading my article? Why would my audience care about my writing?
  • What would I like to learn more about? Can I use free writing in order to discover or explore ideas that might otherwise would never enter your mind?
  • Are there sensory details that I can help my reader understand my topic? How can I do this? What visual aids can I use to better help my audience understand my topic?


Sensory Details to Use in Writing

 
Color
Shape
Smell
Taste

Ways to Decide Which Topic to Write About


Write about a topic you would ENJOY writing and learning more about. Pick something that you feel you could offer your expertise in. Find a topic that is not covered much online. The following ways to select a subject can help you find a worthy topic to write about or find an interesting angle on a subject you are an expert in.


Ways to Get Inspiration


There are many ways to get the juices flowing once you have an idea. You can do free writing, clustering, mapping, brainstorming, or questioning. Use whatever methods work for you provided they give you substance, details, sub-topics, and headlines.


Writing a Topic You Love

How to Start a Blog that People Will Read: How to create a website, write about a topic you love, develop a loyal readership, and make six figures doing it. (THE MAKE MONEY FROM HOME LIONS CLUB)
How to Start a Blog that People Will Read: How to create a website, write about a topic you love, develop a loyal readership, and make six figures doing it. (THE MAKE MONEY FROM HOME LIONS CLUB)

Blogs and articles go hand in hand. This book helps with those who are making or creating their own personal or professional blogs. Since blogging is such a popular topic, this book is a great one to have!

 

Designing a Writing Plan


First, study your central thought. It may suggest a logical method of organization for your writing.


Second, review the facts and details that support your central thought. See if an overall pattern of organization begins to emerge.


Third, consider the patterns of organization that you can use to develop your central thought.


Fourth, organize your ideas into a list, a cluster, or an online. Feel free to insert, delete, or draw arrows as you work with your plan.


Finally, if none of those ideas work, consider gathering more information, or simply writing your first draft in order to see what unfolds. Then, go from there.


WAYS TO COME UP WITH IDEAS FOR WRITING

Writing Prompts

1,000 Creative Writing Prompts: Ideas for Blogs, Scripts, Stories and More
1,000 Creative Writing Prompts: Ideas for Blogs, Scripts, Stories and More

This book will help you come up with ideas for anything you are in the process of writing. It is full of great thoughts and inspiration that can get your juices flowing. Check it out today!

 

1. Freewriting


Write non-stop for fifteen minutes to discover ideas or angles on your thoughts. When you write this way, begin writing with or without a particular subject in mind. Write whatever comes to mind, even if it does not make logical sense at the time. Free writing helps you get your thoughts down on paper and helps you develop and organize these thoughts.


This method allows you to discover and further explore ideas that might not enter your mind. It may seem awkward at first, but sticking with free writing will help you develop thoughts. When you do free writing, begin with no particular focus in mind. This will allow you to discover and explore ideas that might never have entered your mind.



How Does the Free Writing Process Work?


Step One: Write nonstop, and record all thoughts that come to mind. Do not try to direct your thoughts, but follow your thoughts as they flow through this process.



Step Two: If a topic comes to mind, go with it. If you do not have a starting point, begin with any thoughts that come to mind.



Step Three: Do not worry about your writing. Do not stop to judge or correct your writing as you go through this process. Editing will come later.



Step Four: Continue to write even if you feel like you have exhausted all ideas that came to your mind. Just keep writing.



Step Five: When you are writing, look for a promising idea to emerge. If you come up with a promising idea, expand that idea by recording as many specific details as possible on the subject.



Step Six: Analyze your free writing, and underline the ideas you like.



Step Seven: Determine exactly what subject you plan to write about. This will allow you to add specific details.



Step Eight: Approach free writing by either focusing on a already chosen subject or by writing to see how many ideas come to mind in order to develop a focused idea. When you get a good feel for a specific subject, you will know how much you know about the subject, and how much need to learn about the subject.


2. Clustering or Mapping


Choose a word that is related to your desired subject. Draw a circle around the word as your starting point. Next, write words related to your circled word (your main subject). Link each word to the main subject with lines, and circle each word. Then, record or cluster more ideas around those words.



After you have a full cluster of words, scan your clustered words or ideas for words that you used in your free writing. You may begin to see a pattern or idea emerge that you can write on.


2. Brainstorming


The ideas above are just some of the elements used in brainstorming. Freely listing words or ideas as they pop in your head is another brainstorming technique. Once you have an idea or writing subject in mind, you can brainstorm by reflecting, participating, listening, or thinking about relationships between your key words.



Another brainstorming technique is to think about the essentials of your life. By going through this list with your topic in mind, you can come up with an endless variety of sub-topics or new topics that you would like explore.


Essentials of Life Checklist


  • Clothing
  • Housing
  • Food
  • Exercise
  • Education
  • Family
  • Friends
  • Love
  • Senses
  • Communication



  • Purposes
  • Goals
  • Measurements
  • Machines
  • Intelligence
  • Agriculture
  • Environment
  • Science
  • Social studies
  • Energy
  • Community
  • Arts
  • Music



  • Ballet
  • Opera
  • Faith
  • Religion
  • Trades
  • Money
  • Heat
  • Fuel
  • Rules
  • Laws
  • Freedom
  • Rights
  • Land
  • Property
  • Health
  • Medications



  • Entertainment
  • Literature
  • Recreations
  • Books
  • Hobbies
  • Personalities
  • Identity
  • Natural resources
  • Tools
  • Plants
  • Cooking
  • Vegetation
  • Work
  • Careers


3. Questioning


  • Who?
  • What?
  • Where?
  • When?
  • Why?
  • How?


Thinking Modes


  • Describe it.
  • Compare it.
  • Associate it.
  • Analyze it.
  • Apply it.
  • Argue for or Against it.


Questions, Questions, Questions...


Asking these questions can put you on the ball for writing. You are motivated when you answer all of these questions about your chosen topic, because you are more informed about it. Try to go through and answer as many questions as you can to get a better grasp on what you are going to write about.



  • What is the problem?
  • What type of problem is it?
  • What are its parts?
  • What are the signs of the problem?
  • What is the policy?
  • How broad is it?
  • What are its parts?
  • What are its most important features?
  • What is the concept?
  • What are its parts?
  • What is its main feature?
  • Who or what is it related to?
  • Who or what is affected by it?



  • Who or what is affected by it?
  • What new problems may it cause in the future?
  • What is the current status of the problem?
  • What or who caused it?
  • What or who contributed to it?
  • What is its significance and why?
  • Why is it more or less important than other problems?
  • What does it symbolize or illustrate?
  • What is the policy designed to do?
  • What is needed to make it work?
  • What will be its effects?
  • What brought this policy about?
  • What are the alternatives to this policy?
  • Is the policy workable?
  • What are its advantages and disadvantages?
  • Is it practical?
  • Is it a good policy? Why or why not?
  • Who has been influenced by this concept?



  • Why is it important?
  • How does it work?
  • When did it originate?
  • How has it changed over the years?
  • How may it change in the future?
  • What practical value does it have?
  • Why is it superior or inferior to similar concepts?
  • What is its social worth?
  • Do I want to inform, analyze, persuade, or entertain my audience?
  • How much do I already know about this subject?
  • Is additional information available?
  • How much do my readers care or already know about this subject?
  • How can I get my audience interested in my ideas?
  • How committed am I to writing on this subject?
  • How will I present my ideas?
  • Can I think of an interesting way to lead into my article?

-- Adapted from Writer’s Source’s Write for College: A Student Handbook written by Patrick Sebranek, Verne Meyer, and David Kemper in 1997. A Houghton Mifflin Company Publication in Wilmington, Massachusetts.



You should now have a solid plan as to what you want to write about. It should be something you know a lot about or want to learn about. It should also be something that others will want to read about. If you have a solid A+ topic with a well-thought out plan, you are on your way to making a killer HubPage!


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    Nata Eberhart 3 years ago from Minsk, Belarus

    great tips! exactly what I was looking for...

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    Michele Kelsey 3 years ago from Edmond, Oklahoma

    I'm glad they were helpful! :) If you think of anything I missed, let me know and I will add it. Thanks! ~Michele

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