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Techie Corner-Where's the GPS? How to Navigate Through Hubpages

Updated on August 5, 2013

Help!! I'm Lost!

Take Your Time!

Whew. Here's what I learned.

Slow Down!

If you love to write, you most likely want to write about every idea you've been holding cooped up inside of your mind for the past ten years. And it's probably all exciting information! But, don't rush yourself. Take the time to say what it is you need to say so that hubbers will enjoy it and want to come back and read more.

Now there's probably a million other hubs about hubpages. To be honest, I didn't look. I think fresh perspectives are always welcome so getting information from different sources can only improve the help for someone who is seeking it.

That being said, here's some information for the new people coming aboard. Keep in mind, I will most likely add to this hub if I learn any new and thrilling information.

AdSense

Here's where you'll get paid. And if possible, I can say getting paid is a good thing. Make sure that you didn't open up account in haste years ago and forgot all about it. You've probably read about hubbers having trouble setting up an account and being accepted. I still don't know the tricks of the trade for it.

I do know that I had a lot of trouble getting approved.

However, after reading another hubbers hub, something she wrote prompted me to check my other various websites and blogs and there is where I saw it. I had another account under another email address. Problem solved. Frustration lifted.

That being said, also make sure you have at least ten quality hubs written. That means ten well-written, 1000 words or more, with pictures, links, videos, polls or amazon links (all listed under capsules). Include bullet points or number your lists. Create new text capsules within the same hub-it sections it out nicely. Use your keywords wisely. I won't pretend to know too much about Adsense, but that's about all I know. Also, do not click on Google ads that appear in your own hubs. That is not allowed!

$$$

Hopefully you'll see your earnings ad add up and need one of these to keep track!
Hopefully you'll see your earnings ad add up and need one of these to keep track!

Earnings

There is an earnings tab. I am under the assumption that you won't see millions, however, it is exciting to see the dollar amount rising. Check here every now and then to see how you are doing. Make sure your earning potential links are all marked as active. If not, you've missed something on the application. Give it a read through and find out what is missing.

Feeling Lost?

Did you feel lost when you first started on hubpages?

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Writing

You're here because most likely you enjoy writing. Be careful that you do not use a hub or blog that you've posted elsewhere on the Internet. This is a no-no. If you do have some information that you absolutely want to share. Do not copy your old work. Re-write it completely.

Write to the best of your ability. Don't just write to write. In addition, read your old hubs after a while. It's fun to see how much you've improved since you first started! I've been here a month and already notice a difference.

Follow and Participate

It's great to follow people here. But it's advised not to follow at random like is done on Twitter. Follow people who share the same hubs that you are interested in.

Participation:

Participation is the name of the game. It's like in school when you got graded on how well and ofen you participate. Like a fellow hubber? Leave fan mail. Enjoy their hub or have something to say? Leave a friendly comment. Use the hub hopper tool to rate hubs left for you by hubpages. You'll see this link on your home page. Start a forum. Answer questions that you think might be helpful on a forum topic.

Also, if you like a hub, why not share it? At the bottom of the hub, this is a "Share this hub" link. You can share it to facebook, Twitter or on Hubpages itself.

In addition, you can vote the hub up or down. Right underneath the hub, before the comments, there's a thumbs up and down icon. Click it according to whether you like or dislike the hub. Then, if you find it useful, funny, beautiful, awesome or interesting, you can click either or all of those as well!

Be Nice!!

Now, I don't know if this is a rule anywhere on Hubpages, but it should be. I can't understand people who had a bad day and need someone to take it out on, or those who purposely want to be rude. If I find I'm conversing with someone who is derogatory, rude, obnoxious, assuming, accusatory, or downright nasty, I will never speak with that individual again. In my opinion, we are not here to throw stones. We're here to help each other, enjoy other's hubs, learn, teach, share and be creative. I think it's fine to give constructive criticism, but to fight with someone? I can do that anywhere. There are millions of people who love to fight. I'm not one of them.

Where is that Hub? Where is that Hubber?

Save Your Work and Find Your Hub!

The best thing about hubs is you can save your work before publishing and go back later to finish it up and then publish it. If you can't find your hub, just click on the my account button from the toolbar, scroll down and you should be able to find your unfinished hub!

Where is That Person You Followed?

I've done this already. I've followed that great writer but have lost track of them after following so many others. To find them, just go to My Account. Then, you'll see a toolbar at the top of the screen. Click on Following. You'll then see on the left-hand side: Topics You Follow, Hubs You Follow, Hubbers You Follow, etc. You can now scroll down and find that special hubber!

Get Noticed!

In the Spotlight

If you go to your profile page and then click edit, you can select which hubs you would like to rotate, sort of like on a slideshow, on your profile. It's labeled "In the Spotlight' and you can add up to six. Click on the dropdown box and pick your favorite hubs! You can change these whenever you want!

Ah- Sit Back and Relax!

Social Media

Don't forget to add links to your social media accounts if you do write books, provide links to those books as well.

Hope these tips when you find yourself in a bind. These were the things I didn't know about and/or didn't know where to find. When you're done, sit back and relax. Take a breather. You did it!

Have fun! Can't wait to read your hubs!

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      Elizabeth Parker 4 years ago from Las Vegas, NV

      RTalloni- Thank you. I have only been here now about two months, and I have to say I learn a little more with each passing day. If you have any questions about hubpages, feel free to ask and I'll do my best to help ya out!

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      RTalloni 4 years ago from the short journey

      You've got some good intro tips here. There are aspects of HP that I still need to get a grip on, but following the basics can take members a long way.

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      sheilamyers 4 years ago

      Teaches: I agree. Most of the questions I've had about how to do things were answered in the tutorials or I could get help from someone at the forums.

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      Elizabeth Parker 4 years ago from Las Vegas, NV

      teaches12345 I was the same way. I didn't know what to expect and thought it might be like other blogs that I had joined in the past. I am loving it so far and happy to help out when I can. Thank you for your comment!

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      Dianna Mendez 4 years ago

      I was a little scared when I started Hubpages, but the community and excellent tutorials quickly get you up to speed and engaged. Your post is a great read for the novice, wish I had this advice when I first started.

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      Elizabeth Parker 4 years ago from Las Vegas, NV

      Sheila- you're smart to wait. I thought I could do it with just one or two hubs and was sadly mistaken!

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      Elizabeth Parker 4 years ago from Las Vegas, NV

      Pamela99 - Thank you. I know that sometimes I want to jump in all at once, and I think it's important to take your time with hubpages. Hopefully this helps some new people!

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      sheilamyers 4 years ago

      I've never signed up for Ad Sense before and haven't done it here yet. From what I read, you're supposed to have at least ten hubs before you do. I'll do it as soon as possible.

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      Pamela Oglesby 4 years ago from United States

      You really gave a nice overview for the new person on Hubpages. When I started about 4 years ago I was lost and there was really no help back then. I foundd many people are nice and some helped me get started. Very useful hub.

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      Elizabeth Parker 4 years ago from Las Vegas, NV

      Hi Sheila- for adsense- if you ever signed up before for it, use the same email address that you had previously signed with. I tried using two different email addresses not realizing I had tried to sign up in the past and I think that's why I got rejected from it.

      2- Yep- I owuld put all of your links to social networking pages under your profile on Hubpages and then on Facebook, twitter, etc. put links to your hubpages. I'd even go as far if you have business cards, put your hubpages link on there as well. You write about interesting topics, so your hubs can help someone else and get you exposure as well. :)

      3. I do two things. One, I follow hubs that I know will interest me- stuff about animals or technology, etc.

      But I also look up hubs that I normally wouldn't seek on my own. There was one hub under featured hubs about how to fold a fitted sheet. This is something I always joke about because I never knew that you COULD fold those monsters, BUT her hub helped SO much!! You really can fold a fitted sheet. LOL. So, I read hubs that I don't think I'd normally read and if I wind up liking the hub, I comment on them and share. Thank you for commenting!!

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      Kathryn 4 years ago from Manchester, Connecticut

      I like your tips, and the clever title you chose! Great job, and you are certainly learning fast. Have a wonderful weekend!

      ~ Kathryn

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      sheilamyers 4 years ago

      Great article! I'm even newer than you are and learning, but you answered a few questions for me. Now I have a couple more. If you know the answer or find it, maybe you can add them to this page. What I'd like to know is:

      1. You mention about the email accounts being the same. Do you mean the person's blogs, Facebook, BlogSpot, etc should all have the same email associated with it?

      2. Should all of my social networks have links to Hubpages and my Hubpage be linked to all of my social networks?

      3. Right now I'm just following specific hubbers because by looking at their articles, it seems they write about a lot of stuff that interests me. When and why do you follow blocks of topics or individual hubs?

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      Elizabeth Parker 4 years ago from Las Vegas, NV

      Thank you Bill! I'm still learning but figured I'll teach what I know as I go! :)

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      You are learning quickly, Liz! Good advice for newcomers. Wish I had it when I started. My learning curve was a very slow and annoying one. :)