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What Makes A Great Hub?

Updated on March 11, 2012

Have you read some great Hubs? What made them great?

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Some Hubs are great despite their problems. Many could be, if they received more care.

I have read some great Hubs which still left a lot to be desired.

I have read some poor Hubs which were technically superior.

What makes the difference, and what does a really great Hub have that other Hubs lack?

Here is my checklist for a great Hub:

The topic typically (but not always) has timely and wide appeal.

The writer has made a real effort on good grammar and accurate spelling.

The Hub is well constructed with a good Title and Summary which lead the searcher to the article, has an introductory element which says enough to show what will be presented, uses the tools which are available to make the Hub flow and maintain interest, and has something to say that is worth saying, and says it without wasting words.

Any Hub (poems, how-tos, thought pieces, stories, articles which teach us, etc.) can be a great Hub, but time and effort show in most of the great ones.

Links and products are chosen as ones best suited to the topic.

And, great Hubs almost have a "Wow Factor" to them, for they stimulate, motivate, entertain, or even caution the reader in such a way as to leave a lasting impression which more than justifies the reader's time spent with the Hub.

How does a newbie create a great Hub?

Take time to learn in the Learning Center.

Check out the "Best" category for the Hubbers with the highest Hub Scores, by going to "Hubbers" and checking out their work.

Don't worry about what your Hubs are earning. Keep your day job(s).

Realize that writing well is a craft which develops with practice and devotion to the skills required. Given the effort, the craft can steadily improve.

Accept correction and comments which can lead you to becoming stronger and more skilled.

Find the joys which come from being thoughtful, creative, and successful in your own eyes.

When in doubt, work on it some more, and don't hesitate to go back and make improvements to your Hubs.


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      Demas W Jasper 5 years ago from Today's America and The World Beyond

      libby1970: While it is enough for some to simply have a forum for expression, I think that most Hubbers are also seeking to steadily improve quality and to have relevance in what they publish. I hope this helps.

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      libby1970 5 years ago from KY

      Great suggestions. I think this will help a lot of the newbies move forward in a positive direction.

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      Demas W Jasper 6 years ago from Today's America and The World Beyond

      phdast7: Thank you. I always look forward to when I will hear from you again. Thanks for the Sharing.

      John Sarkis: I am glad you found this Hub of value and took your time to pass along the Comment. Peace.

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      John Sarkis 6 years ago from Los Angeles, CA

      Great article. I think you make some really great points.

      Take care and voted up


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      Theresa Ast 6 years ago from Atlanta, Georgia

      Great suggestions and helpful hints. Writing well is something that develops over time and you are so right that we must invest time and thought in order to improve our writing. Your own Hub demonstrated by example how to write well. SHARING

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      Demas W Jasper 6 years ago from Today's America and The World Beyond

      Are you starting a new Hub, finishing one, or wondering how to make an existing one better? Give it your very best shot. share it, and let people know you welcome all their comments because, like the rest of us, you are still learning too.

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      Perspycacious 6 years ago

      point2make: One of the outstanding features of HubPages is that we can all learn from each other! Thanks for your Hub on the subject of ebay.

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      point2make 6 years ago

      Great advice "Mr.P" I enjoy learning from a good teacher. You have helped me improve my hubs and I am very grateful for that. Thanks again.