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How To Write The Perfect Hub

Updated on July 1, 2012
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I will start this article by saying that I am not an expert at hubbing. But then again who really is. One thing I can say is that I have been around the block a few times and have come to know the hubpages community and what works in hubs and what doesn't work. In this hub I will share the benefit of the knowledge I have gleaned over time. This article is primarily about writing the best hub you can, which can lead to making the most ad revenue but this is mostly about the topic, composing, etc.

THINKING OF NEW TOPICS ON A DAILY BASIS

If your like me and want to be able to write on a daily basis it can become difficult at times to think of new subject matter all of the time. We've all had writer's block and I know it is no picnic, sometimes you rack your brain and just can't think of anything new. I recommend writing what you know.

For example I often make claymation cartoons, music and other art. That being said I have often written hubs on how I make these things. Also I have written hubs on the story in the cartoons and other angles of what I produce on a daily, weekly or monthly basis. I wrote a hub on furnace installation as I recently had one put in and wanted to chronicle the experience and help others who may have to go through this situation. I've written hubs on selling on Ebay, and other types of work or online endeavors. Overall write about things that you know something about.

If you really have nothing going on and can't apply anything in your life to a hub you need to sit and brainstorm. I find going for a walk, taking a look at old pictures you've taken from the past, stories of your childhood, the music, film and other things you are interested in is a good place to start. It will spark the imagination and set you on a good path to writing your next hub. As you think of ideas it is important to write them down so you can peruse your list later and choose one to write on.

ACHIEVING THE HIGHEST HUB NUMBER

This can be a tricky thing to do. Achieving the highest hub number right away is almost impossible. What you can hope for is that your hub number will rise over time. Part of this is writing very interesting material. Part of it is writing something no one would vote down. If this is a rant or a view that is controversial you may find this isn't going to be a perfect "100" hub.

Tips I can give are to think long and hard about the keywords you use in your article. Try to write a hub between 500 - 700 words, no longer, no shorter. Use a title that will grab the reader and suck them in. always make sure you are placing your hub into the correct category. Use photos, video and other modules in hubpages whenever possible.

Keep in mind that there is no exact science to it. Everyone has to find their own path but hopefully this hub will help. Leave a comment if you have further questions on how I write my hubs or if you have your own tips.

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      Michael S. 5 years ago from Winston-Salem, NC

      Thanks for the tips. I find that my articles written on pertinent public/social/global issues do very well. I make sure that I stay away from blog-style material and discuss helpful how-to or knowledge-based topics. I too am still learning.

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      Sheila Brown 5 years ago from Southern Oklahoma

      Great hub, as usual! Love the idea joggers, I do draw a blank from time to time as to what to write on. Thanks for the ideas! Voted up and useful! :)

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      Candle Hour 5 years ago from North America

      ithabise - just putting the knowledge I have so far out there, I think everyone is learning as we go :)

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      laurathegentleman 5 years ago from Chapel Hill, NC

      These are some great tips, even for people who AREN'T new to HubPages! Way to go, thanks for helping other hubbers! :)

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      Candle Hour 5 years ago from North America

      sgbrown - thanks for the vote up :) Yes we all need idea joggers for hubs every now and then to help us through writer's block, glad it helped :)

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      Barbara Kay Badder 5 years ago from USA

      Thanks for the info. I hit a spot right now where I don't know what to write about. Everything I think of has a million articles already written on the subject. I'm sure when spring arrives, I'll find lots of new things to write about.

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      Candle Hour 5 years ago from North America

      laurathegentleman - I am very happy to help and thank you for your words and for reading :)

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      Candle Hour 5 years ago from North America

      Barbara Kay - well I hope spring brings you new hub ideas, but maybe in the meantime our hub will inspire you :)

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      Audrey Hunt 5 years ago from Nashville Tn.

      I always appreciate tips for writing better hubs. You have come through with this one. Thanks and voted up!

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      Ishwaryaa Dhandapani 5 years ago from Chennai, India

      This is a good hub. I too think of suitable topics slowly and patiently before incorporating them in my hubs. I concentrate more on quality than quantity. Thank u for sharing. Rated it useful. Vote up.

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      Steve 5 years ago from Brockport, NY

      Very helpful Hub. I come up with my best ideas while I am in bed, in the wee hours of the morning. Fortunately I rfemember most of them.

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      Ironman1992 5 years ago

      This is good advice.

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      Candle Hour 5 years ago from North America

      vocalcoach - I aim to please and if I can hopefully help others I will, thanks for reading and commenting too :)

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      Capedium 5 years ago from Texas.

      Very insightful.. Thanks for sharing.

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      Dexter Yarbrough 5 years ago from United States

      This is a very helpful hub with great tips. Thanks for sharing your wisdom!

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      Joyce Haragsim 5 years ago from Southern Nevada

      Good hub to help all of us, thank you. Voted up, useful and Interesting, Joyce.

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      catgypsy 5 years ago from the South

      Great tips!

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      Candle Hour 5 years ago from North America

      ishwaryaa22 - concentrating on quality hubs over quantity is a great way to do things for sure, everyone should do that :)

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      Candle Hour 5 years ago from North America

      steveso - kind of like dreams, maybe when your close to dream state is when you are most creative. You should jot the ideas down on a pad at your night stand if you remember anything when you wake up. Don't know if that would help? Thanks for reading and commenting :)

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      Candle Hour 5 years ago from North America

      Capedium - No problem, thanks for reading :)

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      Tonette Fornillos 5 years ago from The City of Generals

      A very helpful insight thanks for this! I took inspiration from things I really like and ideas just keep coming. You're right, things you are interested in is a good place to start. You'll realize you only need the time to sit down and start typing. Useful and voted up! -Tonipet

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      Drtruthman 5 years ago from Harlingen, Texas

      Great Hub terrektwo. It is obvious on the Hub anyway, you have been around the block with the amount of followers and Hubs you have written. I have been writing for over 30 years professionally....mainly writing theological academic papers contributing to theological journals and as a journalist in theological magazines, news papers, a TV News Script writer, etc. As you know I have even been an editor at The Miami Herald. I utilize ALL the tools you mention here on the Hub and keep the word count as you state. My biggest problem with the Hub (almost to the point of quitting) is indeed what you hinted at; the voting aspect. There allot of very mean and vengeful people here as well as people who have no idea what they are writing about and make assumptions, false accusations, etc. and as such will do everything from voting you down to flagging your article as offensive. I have been fortunate compared to many personal friends in that I have had only 4 articles and 2 poems kicked off which I simply published elsewhere and received much more traffic anyway. What infuriates me is the Hub editorial team kicking an article or poem off as duplicate without being specific about it. NONE of the works which I simply deleted rather than confronting the editorial team were duplicates in any manner. I checked with all of the software available to me as a journalist to verify. I might add that Wizzley which is very similar to Hub, is at least SPECIFIC if there is a problem with your article and it is within seconds; not days. Anyway, I enjoy your work very much and thank you for your contribution here; it is helpful. I voted UP and all across except for funny. Great job. Lee

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      Dianna Mendez 5 years ago

      Thanks again for sharing hub writing information. As you mentioned, I find looking at photo albums are helpful as well as taking a walk in the fresh air. I agree that it takes time to perfect writing skill and find a niche. Your encouragement is wonderful.

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      Candle Hour 5 years ago from North America

      Ironman1992 - Thanks, we try, will give any advice we think is good :)

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      Candle Hour 5 years ago from North America

      Dexter Yarbrough - I know I'm not the greatest hubber in the world but I have picked up some tips along the way and if I can dish out a few I will. Thanks for reading and commenting :)

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      Candle Hour 5 years ago from North America

      Thanks Joyce :) Doing my best, hope it helps, thanks for reading!

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      Candle Hour 5 years ago from North America

      catgypsy - thanks a bunch :)

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      Candle Hour 5 years ago from North America

      Tonipet - we are only too happy if we inspire, good luck to you :)

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      Candle Hour 5 years ago from North America

      Drtruthman - Indeed you have many accolades, you seem to be very seasoned and I respect that. I do know what you mean the online world and hubpages included can draw a lot of characters, some very nice others incredibly deceitful and nasty. Some will just vote you down because they take a dislike to you and that's not very good. It seems that along with the best writing one needs to be at the top of the popularity contest too. Can't say I can do that so I can always write the most popular hubs so I will just have to just keep going and see what happens. But I know what you mean for sure.

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      Kimberly Lake 5 years ago from California

      Thanks for SHARING

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      Candle Hour 5 years ago from North America

      teaches12345 - yes that is how I usually get inspired. Sometimes it is difficult but ideas always come back around :)

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      Candle Hour 5 years ago from North America

      KimberlyLake - No problem I enjoy giving the tips I have :)

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      nikipa 5 years ago from Eastern Europe

      Very well written!

      Great points to follow!

      Thank you lots! Keep up the right job!

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      Candle Hour 5 years ago from North America

      nikipa - thanks for reading, hope it helps :)

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      Kieran Gracie 5 years ago

      Another useful Hub, terrektwo, with plenty of tips that I will use for my future hubs. Maybe I've been lucky so far in my 2+ years at Hubpages, but I don't think I have ever come across the nasty types that others have mentioned above. And I always try to give writers the benefit of the doubt if I find a poorly-written hub - I won't vote it UP but I won't vote it DOWN either. Perhaps I should?

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      Candle Hour 5 years ago from North America

      Kieran Gracie - I suppose you've been lucky to not be targeted by nasties, it depends sometimes on what bugs some people. Thanks for reading glad you liked the hub.

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      Samrat Sinha 4 years ago from Gangolli, Karnataka, India

      Nice hub I liked it very much, I have published 10 hubs each time I wrote the 10 hub, one of my hub will get unpublished why I don't know. every time it will happen please help me.

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      Candle Hour 4 years ago from North America

      samsammy - thanks for reading, your problem with hubs maybe be something you should inform hubpages of if you can't get past 10.

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      Samrat Sinha 4 years ago from Gangolli, Karnataka, India

      @terrektwo thank you for the great help

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      Candle Hour 4 years ago from North America

      no problem :)

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      bockshiner 4 years ago from Dallas, TX

      Thanks for the tips. I just started and I'm still trying to figure this out. I still don't know what the hub number is or what affect this number. But your article is useful for me. Thanks.

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      Candle Hour 4 years ago from North America

      bockshiner - no problem hope this helps many write better hubs :)

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