I have a few tips for you, if you please.
- Read other hubs. Get a feel for what works well in terms of layout and what doesn't work well. No matter how good your content is, people don't want to read walls of long text.
- Keep your paragraphs relatively short and use no more than four paragraphs under each sub-heading. This is a style tip you could pick up from doing the recommended research implied above, but I'll tell you: This will help to keep people on your page like nothing else.
- Publish on a schedule. I publish almost every day (I missed yesterday, but that's rare) from one of my satellite accounts, >30 hubs a month. This will help you to build up a portfolio, but also help your followers to know that they can trust you to continue posting quality content.
- Use legal images. Flickr is an excellent source of Creative Commons images. Google images is /not/. Attribute them properly for best results from search engines and your users.
- Follow the stellar hub guidelines and give users an opportunity to interact by using polls. This will also help to keep users on the page for longer. Users who stay for longer are more likely to click on your ads.
- Be careful about over-promoting your own work. Sure, post it to your Facebook fans, Stumble it, tweet it. But be careful about overdoing your promotion or you'll get a reputation as a spammer. Organic backlinks do the best!
Good luck on Hubpages and welcome to the family!