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What I Have Learned About HubPages

Updated on April 13, 2011

I joined HubPages three weeks ago. I am no expert but I have written 60 articles and made a few dollars so I must have done something right. I guess it is time to share my two-cents worth about what I have I learned along the way.

First of all, the Learning Center is now my best friend. I have read it so much that I can recite some of it by heart. Every time I read it I learn something new that I had missed before.

The things I have learned are listed below in no particular order of importance because they are all important.

GIVE NEW LIFE TO OLD HUBS
Treasuresofheaven
has a nice article about tidying up your hubs. She gives some good advice that I have followed. I go back to older hubs and give them a fresh coat of paint and I soon see the red arrows going up. She gives seven thing to do if we want to increase our hub score. (See chart below). And check out her entire article: Tidy Up Your Hub to Increase Your Hub Score.

COMMENT FOR SELF AND OTHERS
I did not know it was appropriate to comment first on our own articles, but I have begun to do. I always acknowledge comments I receive. And I acknowledge those who comment by name to establish rapport with them. .I have bonded with quite a few followers that way.

When you leave a comment, make sure you include a few keywords from the article you just read to help Google AdSense find that person's article. It is so easy to say, "Great article" but there iis absolutely no indication that you have read the article. However, it is much better when you comment on something from the article.

I recently wrote an article with a twist: My Confession as a Minister: I GET DRUNK and a couple of people commented that there was nothing wrong with drinking liquor. I know they hadn't read the article because it wasn't about drinking alcohol at all. It was being drunk with the Holy Spirit.

USE TITLE TUNER
Most of my titles don't appear in the title tuner, but a couple of them did and I inserted a suggested word in the title without changing its meaning. I shortly received a red up arrow for the new title.

USE SPELL CHECKER
Most people don't even know that there is a spell checker at the top of this text capsule. See if you can locate it now. Surprise! It is after B I U.

SEPARATE PARAGRAPHS AND LEAVE WHITE SPACE
No matter how good an article might be, I'll never find out if the entire article is just one paragraph. While the title might have gotten me there, I am turned off with crowded text. Let your article breathe!

COMPANION ARTICLES
I have begun to do companion articles; that is, if I have an article that is excessively long I split it up into two separate hubs and use the group feature so people can click on the companion article after they read the first one. When I first started writing, most of my articles were too long. I've gone back and shortened most of them. Now I try to keep them around 800-900 words; some are even shorter. Therefore, use the Hub Metrics to see how many words are in your article. This article has 874 words.

GROUP ARTICLES
I have e-mailed several people and suggested they use the Group feature. I think it is the neatest thing to have two other articles available for others to read. (Watch the video below)

Seven Things You Can Do To Increase Your Hub Score

 Change Title
Comment Yourself 
Add Suggestive Links 
Reformat 
Remove bad photos 
Clean Up Typographical Errors 
Add beautiful pictures
 

SOCIAL NETWORKING SITES
Don't rely solely on Hubbers for your traffic. I pull a lot of traffic from my friends on Facebook. However, I just discovered that you should not use a particular site more than once for any given URL.

USE PICTURES, VIDEOS, AN AMAZON ITEMS TO MATCH ARTICLE
I have often seen beautiful pictures, videos and other articles on people's hubs that are not related to the topic at all. I take almost as much time making my selections as I do to write the article.

Someone told me not to put a picture at the top under the title so that ads could easily be seen there. I took that advice, and it might have helped.

BE CREATIVE
I use polls, quizzes and the chart capsule. I have never seen a chart on anybody's else hub. It is easy to do. (See my chart above).

KEYWORDS
I found out that it is better to use keywords 2 words long or 3-5 word phrases whenever you can without changing the meaning of what you want to say. Use those keywords in the title, first paragraph and last paragraph. However watch the density level. This means don't over powered the article with the words.

Well, this is what I have learned up to now. If I learn anything else I will add it to this article which will be a good thing because we should update our articles periodically anyway.

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    • revmjm profile image
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      Article Written By Margaret Minnicks 6 years ago from Richmond, VA

      I hope by sharing what I have learned will help you learn as well!

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      FaithDream 6 years ago from (Midwest) USA

      Thanks revmjm. You have learned a lot. I'm inspired by all this. You've done a great job here. Keep those beautiful messages coming.

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      Article Written By Margaret Minnicks 6 years ago from Richmond, VA

      FaithDream; I hope I shared something with you that you can use.

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      Dave Mathews 6 years ago from NORTH YORK,ONTARIO,CANADA

      revmjm: Thank you. This is all good advice. I have a question though. Since my hubs seem to increase their scores through readers, what would be the purpose of doing a re-write or tidy up? I am not making money of my writing. My pay or reward will be added to my Heavenly account if i succeed in drawing others to God.

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      Article Written By Margaret Minnicks 6 years ago from Richmond, VA

      Dave Mathews: Good question. I think it would raise your reader score as well. i know, I know, "Greater is your reward in heaven." Same with me, but sometimes I like to see a little earthly reward also.

      If that particular tip doesn't apply to you, hopefully there is one that does. Thanks for reading and responding.

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      Dian'swords4u 6 years ago from North Carolina

      Thanks for the article. I will try some of your suggestions. I appreciate your efforts. It has paid off for you and I am very glad for you. God Bless You

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      Article Written By Margaret Minnicks 6 years ago from Richmond, VA

      Dian'swords4u: I am learning as I go along. There is still so much more that I need to know, but I get excited when I find a handy tip.

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      Betty Johansen 6 years ago

      Wow, thanks! I didn't know most of this information. Didn't even know there was a Learning Center to memorize. I'll have to check it out. Very useful, encouraging hub.

      Oh wait, key words from your text - Thanks for mentioning the group articles in your comments to another hubber. I saw it, then grouped my Bible studies together. You're blessing us all!

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      Article Written By Margaret Minnicks 6 years ago from Richmond, VA

      Betty, the Learning Center link is at the bottom of EVERY one of the HubPages, even this one. It is in the gray. Look below and click on the link. It is the second one in the line up. First is "About us," then "Learning Center."

      However, Betty, you don't have to memorize it. I said that as a joke because I am always looking up something in the Learning Center.

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      Dr. Wendy 6 years ago from Kentucky

      Thank you for the great tips. I've been at this a little over two weeks and still have so much to learn. I had no idea there was a spell check! I also would not have known about the Group feature if it hadn't been for your email. You are a blessing!

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      Article Written By Margaret Minnicks 6 years ago from Richmond, VA

      Dr. Wendy: Do you know where the spell checker is?

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      Cindy Lawson 6 years ago from Guernsey (Channel Islands)

      Excellent advice, keep it up, very useful information for any new hubber :)

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      Article Written By Margaret Minnicks 6 years ago from Richmond, VA

      mistyhorizon2003: Thanks for reading and responding.

      Since you have been on HubPages much longer than I have I know you know all those things I wrote about. In fact, you yourself have this great article that is certainly worth a read: https://hubpages.com/community/The-Main-Mistakes-t...

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      Cindy Lawson 6 years ago from Guernsey (Channel Islands)

      Thanks so much for the link revmjm, that was really kind of you. :)

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      Article Written By Margaret Minnicks 6 years ago from Richmond, VA

      mistyhorizon2003: When I find a good thing I like to share. That's why I provided your link. I read every word of your article and bookmarked it for further reference. I am glad I hadn't read it before I wrote my own. While both articles provide good advice, they are both different. I love HubPages for that reason...diversity among the huggers

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      Cindy Lawson 6 years ago from Guernsey (Channel Islands)

      I have also added your link to my article revmjm, I feel it will help many new hubbers, plus a few old ones! :)

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      Article Written By Margaret Minnicks 6 years ago from Richmond, VA

      mistyhorizon2003: I just saw it and began to do cartwheels. Thanks!

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      mannyrolando 6 years ago

      Excellent information! Thanks for sharing!

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      Article Written By Margaret Minnicks 6 years ago from Richmond, VA

      mannyrolando: I am glad you read and enjoyed the hub. More importantly, I hope you can use some of the tips I shared.

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      Tamarajo 6 years ago from Southern Minnesota

      Great hubbing advice. I have been doing this for 6 months and still just learning some of the things you mentioned above such as separating a lengthy article into more than one part and spacing paragraphs making it easier to read.

      thanks for all the great tips.

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      Article Written By Margaret Minnicks 6 years ago from Richmond, VA

      Tamarajo: I am glad you will follow the tip about separating paragraphs in lengthy articles. Most people (including me) will not read a hugh block of text. However, they (including me) will read smaller portions.

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      Sima Ballinger 6 years ago from Michigan

      You have learned a lot in a short time, you are a quick learner. Thank you so much for including my article in this hub. You have taught me much too! Like adding the RSS Feed link - that is so cool!

      Looking forward to your continued success as we keep hubbing along!

      Sima

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      Article Written By Margaret Minnicks 6 years ago from Richmond, VA

      Treasuresofheaven: I enjoy learning new things and then sharing with others. Thank you for the many things you have shared with me. We are growing together and learning as we hub.

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      James A Watkins 6 years ago from Chicago

      With 246 Followers in two months, you are doing great! I too have to laugh when I get comments that make it painfully obvious the commenter hasn't read my piece. :-)

      I never thought about using Keywords in my comments. That is interesting. Well I enjoyed reading What I Have Learned About HubPages.

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      Article Written By Margaret Minnicks 6 years ago from Richmond, VA

      James, you are doing a great job yourself with all those followers and hubs and a high hub score. Keep up the good work.

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      lzlpio90 5 years ago

      Hi revmjm! i am a new hubber and i am trying to read articles that might help me getting into place here..You gave me the idea. Thanks for this very informative hub. looking forward for your future hubs...

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      Article Written By Margaret Minnicks 5 years ago from Richmond, VA

      Thanks, lzlpio90, for commenting. I am glad this article helped you.

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      paulmiller423 4 years ago

      Thanks for the article. Good beginner tips for hubpage articles

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