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Updated on November 24, 2016
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Creating a Great Hub Isn't That Difficult

In honor of my 51st hub (as opposed to my 50th), I thought I'd write about some of the tips and tricks that I've learned along the way.

As a relative newcomer to HubPages, I know people are always looking to create a great hub.

So, here are my two cents' worth of tips I've accumulated.

Really, this hub is also a tribute to other hubbers' hubs that contain invaluable information to help improve your chances of success on HubPages.


First Things First: Keyword Search

When I get an idea for a hub, I begin a keyword search. This is a great first step because it can help you "home in" on your idea. Lots of times, I use Google's Keyword Search Tool - it's free, quick and easy. Search Engine Optimization is key to getting people to look at your hubs.

More recently, however, fellow hubber Homesteadbound created a hub on using Market Samurai.

I have not personally tried it - but I'm downloading the software within the next week to do so. I have heard that successful bloggers use this software and Homesteadbound is a veteran Hubber. I'm going to take her advice and try it out.

According to everyone I know that uses it, they say it's indispensable in helping your hubs, blogs, lenses, or web pages to increase their traffic.

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Second: Select a Title

For those of us who are more right-brained, selecting a title right off the bat is a little daunting. It's a detail we don't want to be bothered with until we are finished with the hub - at least this is my own experience. But, you can have a title idea ready and then tweak it as you go.

A couple things about selecting titles:

  1. For a more professional look, put your title in lowercase letters when you're in the title field on that first page after you've selected "start a new hub". The web address will all be in lowercase and helps to unclutter the look of it. Then, you can go back and capitalize the words in the title of the hub on the "edit" page as necessary.
  2. Here's another way to get more keywords into your hubs: when you create a title, you can use one set of keywords and then change to another set. For example, if you are writing about "training dogs" and two keyword phrases are "training dogs" and "how to train dogs", you can title your hub with "training dogs" at first (on the first page after you click "start a new hub") and then change your title to "How To Train Dogs" later on when you're on the "edit" page. The URL will still contain the keywords "training dogs" but you'll also be using other keywords in the title itself.

The jury is out as to whether this really helps, but I often like to do that to improve my chances of Google (or Bing or another search engine) actually "seeing" my work and moving it up the ranks.

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Write That Hub

From all my wanderings in HubPages, time after time, I see people say, "content is key". However, it's not just any content.

First, you need evergreen content. If you're going to be writing about how Britney Spears got arrested again, it's news today, but it will bottom out in the ranks tomorrow. Yesterday's news is not current anymore and people won't be searching for it.

When you write about something, it needs to be on a topic that isn't news, but that is still new and different - and current. Writing "How to" articles and other factual items will help keep and sustain viewers over time.

"Holiday" hubs will see rises in traffic at those times of the year, but people will seek them out, almost guaranteeing views over time.

You don't think grammar and punctuation matter? Think again. If you are trying to make a point but you use incorrect words, your reader might get impatient and go to another page that's easier to read.

Also, when you're finishing typing, ALWAYS read your text out loud back to yourself. It makes you "see" the words on the page. After you've spent a lot of time staring at a computer, it's easy to think you've typed a word or duplicate a word when you meant to do something else.

Good hubs have at least 500 words. Better hubs have around 700. Stellar hubs can be anywhere between 700-1400 words. I have found that my shorter hubs (between 500 - 1000 words) tend to hang on to the most page views, though lots of people will report that their longer hubs have significant page views, too.

Write for the internet. Don't write long, unbroken paragraphs. They're hard to read and will send your audience elsewhere for something easier to read. Use bullets, bold, and italics to help readers skim through your hubs to find information they're looking for.

Finally, use the spell-check function. It will catch those words you missed (but it won't catch homophones like "sea" and "see").

Then Bling Your Hub

I just love the hub "missolive" wrote about adding "bling". It's easy to do, especially once you've played around with her suggestions.

Basically, you can open MS Powerpoint or MS Publisher and create photos to use in your hubs. These "photos" don't have to be actual pictures. They can be lines, arrows, and other shapes to accent your hub.

Check out the "lines" I have in this hub as "separators". I created them in MS Publisher, and saved them as either .PNG or .JPG photos. For lines, it doesn't matter as much. But, .PNG images are a little easier to work with when it comes to the space around the picture.

Hubtastic Hubbers

I just wanted to acknowledge some hubbers who are active in the community and have encouraged me on my HubPages journey by commenting and otherwise helping my hubs to be even better:

Outbound Dan

Nell Rose

Simone Smith

mljdgulley354

alocsin

Ardie

ChaplinSpeaks

DzyMsLizzy

GoodLady

KBEvolve

Rasta1

Melovy

poshcoffeeco

Rusticliving

Use Those Capsules

A good hub will never be a great one if it is just text. Think about your favorite websites. Are they just text? Or do they have pictures, videos and other eye-catching effects?

Ask yourself this: if you were reading an online newspaper, would you want to read your article both for content and for layout?

Make sure to use photos. Photos by you also increase readership and credibility. Don't forget: Google images is NOT a free source for photos. I often use freedigitalphotos.net or Wikimedia Commons for many of my creative commons license photos. Look at "missolive's" hub on Free Photo Websites.

Furthermore, adding a video really adds a nice touch that readers love. Have you seen Simone Smith's hubs? She frequently includes videos in her hubs and they make her articles absolutely irresistible. Can you imagine the viewership there?

Use those Amazon and Ebay capsules. They are great for people seeking more information and you get monetary credit for people who click through and buy. However, don't overuse these. Think about the layout. It's often more attractive for one of these capsules to have one or two items featured than a long list of them cluttering up your otherwise beautiful web page. So, those Amazon capsules trailing along at the bottom of a page with 7, 8 or even 9 items don't look that good if they're just "hanging" there and not surrounded by text or anything else.

A really great hub will utilize at least 6 different capsules because the layout will be more varied and attractive to the reader, which is ultimately what you want.

Some Pretty Amazing Hubbers

Backlinks and Referral Trackers

Lots of hubs have been written on these subjects, and as I've done throughout this hub, I've provided links to hubs that explain some of these points in great detail.

However, I cannot stress enough how important it is to include backlinks in your hubs. Links to your hubs and to fellow hubbers' hubs not only help to increase your page views, but they can ultimately help you increase your page ranks on the major search engines.

For every hub you do, it's wise to include some links to your hubs. You get more credibility and help other hubbers in the community if you include links to others' hubs, too, so they can also get well-deserved views. If you spread the "Hub Love", you can bet others will spread it back to you. It takes networking to build a network.

When you do insert links, you also want to be sure that you give yourself proper credit for supplying a link - which also means more money for you.

Therefore, a great way to do that is by visiting other hubs and after reading, click the "Share" button. There is a "link to this page" link. When you then go to create a link in your own hub, copy and paste from the other hubber's hub onto the link. Your "referral tracker" will be included on that link so that whenever anyone clicks on it, you get credit for referring your reader to that link.

Links, as I said before, help you with the major search engines. The more links you provide to your own and to others' hubs, the more that you help yourself.

Don't Forget the HTML

Don't ask me about HTML code - I have no idea. However, one piece of code is essential for every hubber to know:

" target="_blank""

This piece of code, I learned from Sinea Pies, is incredibly important. When you click on a link, it's annoying when it doesn't open in a new window. If I'm really interested in what I'm reading, I won't necessarily go to the new link if it will take me off the page. However, if I don't really care, I'll click over to that link, then to another link and another link, and I completely forget where I came from. You can prevent this problem.

When you create a link, while you're still in the "edit" window in a text capsule, click the HTML button. Look for the link you put in, in quotations. Basically, after the last quotation, add a "space" and the code target="_blank" - exactly as it appears here. It will make your link open in a new window. This also means that readers stay on your page longer and can increase income.

So, your code will look something like this:

href="http://sinea-pies.hubpages.com/Readers" target="_blank"

(Don't forget that "space" between the last quotation mark and your new code.)

When you're finished, test the link to be sure it works. It took me a few tries to get it right when I first started entering this code.

If this is confusing at all, click to see the hub Sinea Pies did: Readers--How to Keep Them. It's pretty amazing.

Final Tips and Tricks

Use the Preview Button

When you think you're all done with your hub, DO NOT PUBLISH IT, yet. Click on the "preview" button.

The advertising spaces will show up and will allow you to see the final layout of your hub. You can look for strange spacing, weird formatting and the like.

If you need to, you can then go back into your hub and edit it so that it looks even more professionally done.

Nothing ruins a great hub like weird spaces in the text or seemingly odd-placed photos, Amazon or Ebay capsules and advertisements.

Add a Summary:

I admit I forget to do this, but it's important. The summary is the first thing people will see before they click on your hub.

If you don't have a summary, the search engines will just use the first words of your hub to give the reader and idea of what it's about. If you ramble on and on and don't get to the point in the first sentences of your hub, you may miss an opportunity for a reader.

Inserting a summary gives you control over what people will see in the search engines before they ever click on your hub - increasing your chances of that coveted click.

Marketing:

After finishing a hub, you want to "market" it. Share it on your social networks. Choose different ones each time you publish so that you don't overwhelm any one source.

If you share on places like Reddit or Digg, be sure to become an active member of those communities first. You want to gain credibility before you ever share you own work because you might be labeled as "spam". It's only right: you don't only want to share what you have published - there are a lot of people out there with equally amazing writing and articles. Plus, it's nice after sharing other peoples' stuff, other people begin to share yours. It's all about networking.

One of my new favorite sites to share articles is Tumblr. You can share just about anything you find on the web and it shows up on your dashboard. Your followers see it and you can, in turn, find some amazing things on there. It's like an insta-blog site. It's not as labor intensive as writing a blog, but there's more to it than the one-liners offered at Twitter, for example.

I hope these tips and tricks will help you to create a quality hub. Let me know if they work for you!

© 2012 Cynthia Calhoun

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      Shasta Matova 5 years ago from USA

      This is a well written hub with lots of useful information. We all need to make sure we follow these steps to write quality hubs. Voted up.

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      Dan Human 5 years ago from Niagara Falls, NY

      Congrats on your 51st Hub! There is some fantastic information here, I never knew about that html link code before. I'll play around with some of my older hubs today and add that in. Thanks!

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      alocsin 5 years ago from Orange County, CA

      Some excellent ideas on improving hubs even for veterans. Congrats on reaching this milestone. Voting this Up and Useful.

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      writeronline 5 years ago

      Nice work, cclitgirl.

      "Everything you need to know about hard-working Hubs. With all the hard work done for you!"

      That's the 'cut to the chase' ad copywriter's version of your summary. (Kinda ingrained in me now.:).

      Thankyou too for the mention. I'm flattered.

      And for the link. I checked that you'd included your referrer code, of course, so that might be mutually beneficial.

      All round, another "Great Hub". And true to label!

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      Cynthia Calhoun 5 years ago from Western NC

      Thanks Millionaire Tips - btw, you're another great hubber!! I wish I could add EVERYONE. :)

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      Cynthia Calhoun 5 years ago from Western NC

      Thanks, OD. I'm glad I could include some "new" info in here for you. :)

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      Cynthia Calhoun 5 years ago from Western NC

      Thanks, alocsin. :) You've been cranking out those hubs...getting closer to the next "hundred" mark. :)

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      Cynthia Calhoun 5 years ago from Western NC

      Writeronline...now let's see. I might have to use your two-liner copyright version in my summary. haha. I *almost* didn't include you, you know. I mean, that hubscore dropped like a stone after that last hub. Hehehe...99 to what...94? Hahaha...jk.

      Of course I included the referral tracker...I mean, you can't talk the talk without doing the walk now, can you?

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      Azure11 5 years ago from UK

      A really great comprehensive hub, nice job!

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      Cynthia Calhoun 5 years ago from Western NC

      Azure11 - thanks for taking the time to comment and stop by. Coming from you - you hubber guru you - this means a lot. :)

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      Movie Master 5 years ago from United Kingdom

      Lots of useful help, information and advice, thank you!

      Congratulations on 51 hubs!

      Well written and interesting, voted up/useful

      Best wishes MM

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      Cynthia Calhoun 5 years ago from Western NC

      Aw, thanks, Movie Master. Thank you for such wonderful, warm, fuzzy support. I also wish you the best - you have written some amazing hubs! :)

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      Brett Caulton 5 years ago from Thailand

      I've bookmarked this!! Fantastic advice for new and old hubbers. I like your trick with the keyword title, would never have thought of that, but search engines will love it!

      Voted up, awesome, useful, SHARED and tweeted :-).

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      Cynthia Calhoun 5 years ago from Western NC

      Brett - thanks for SHARING. :D Learning about "hubbing" has been so interesting and fun, and these tricks work on different web pages, too. I appreciate the votes, too. *Awesome*

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      AlexandraChapman 5 years ago from Australia

      Two months and you done so many hubs—I'm impressed!

      Great read too btw. I have added this to my Evernote.

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      Cynthia Calhoun 5 years ago from Western NC

      Thanks, Alexandra. :) Hubbing is my new favorite activity. :D I'm glad you found this helpful. Thanks for stopping by.

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      tarajeyaram 5 years ago from Wonderland

      Wow - you are an inspiration to me. Very well written. Voted up and Thanks for Sharing!

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      Melanie 5 years ago from New Buffalo, Michigan

      OH WOW! It makes me feel awesome that a person who writes as well as you mentioned me as someone who has taught them a lot! You seriously have no idea how fantastic this makes me feel! Thanks for the mention! I'm glad I helped, but from your writing style, it looks like you're like ten times more awesome on HP than I! You've been here two months and you're already a super star!

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      RTalloni 5 years ago from the short journey

      What a great hub for anyone at any "hub age" to have under their belt! Voted up.

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      Kim Lam 5 years ago from California

      Thank you for the great tips, especially about linking and HTML code to go with it. I will honor you in my 51st Hub as well. (if I ever get there )

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      Cynthia Calhoun 5 years ago from Western NC

      tarajeyaram - well, the feeling is mutual, my friend. :) You're doing so well here on HP.

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      Cynthia Calhoun 5 years ago from Western NC

      Aw, melbel, coming from you this means a lot. I mean, EVERYBODY knows how awesome you are. Your hubs are flagships and anyone new here needs to find your hubs immediately. You're the superstar. :D

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      Cynthia Calhoun 5 years ago from Western NC

      Thanks, RTalloni. I hope it does help - I really want to give back to such an amazing community of people that have helped ME so much. :)

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      Cynthia Calhoun 5 years ago from Western NC

      Thanks, Turtlewoman. You'll get there. One day at a time. I'll look for that 51st hub. I'll be waiting - I promise. :)

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      Annette R. Smith 5 years ago from Grand Island, Florida

      Thank you for sharing the tips, links, HTML code, and your own personal insights. Great job! Congrats on 50+ hubs!

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      Cynthia Calhoun 5 years ago from Western NC

      Annette - I'm so glad you liked this. :) Thank you for the well wishes and stopping by. I really appreciate your insightful comments. :)

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      Sheila Brown 5 years ago from Southern Oklahoma

      Excellent hub! Great information for all! I will be coming back to this several times I'm sure! Thank you for such great information. Voted up, useful and SHARING!

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      Cynthia Calhoun 5 years ago from Western NC

      sgbrown - I'm so glad you liked this hub. :) I'm so glad I have the opportunity to give back even just a little of what this wonderful community has given to me. :) Thanks for SHARING.

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      Stacy Harris 5 years ago from Hemet, Ca

      Outstanding tips here. I like how you said you usually do keyword research first. That is my weakest point of any hub. Basically, I hate keyword research and just like the writing aspect... I need to get better at that! :) However, when it comes to titles, sometimes a title will pop in my head and that is how I find my topic. As an example - I was at this store called Love Sac... as I walked out I was thinking... I wish I had a Love Sac! Boom... suddenly I just had to write an entire article about these cool creations. For me the title is the easiest part of the whole hub.

      Anyway, great stuff in here and solid advice. Voted up and Sharing. Even veteran hubbers can use this as a good refresher! :)

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      KDF 5 years ago from Central Illinois

      Great info. Thanks for providing some insight to us newbies trying to join the higher ranks.

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      Cynthia Calhoun 5 years ago from Western NC

      barbergirl28 - hehe...I'm going to have to look for the "Love Sac" hub! Great title and I like that approach! I usually hate thinking of the title first because they usually have nothing to do with my keywords - I make them too creative or something. Who really searches for "Don't Worry, Be Happy"? I had to change the name of that hub to "How to Be Happy". Of course, then I think, hmm, this is all a learning process and we get better as we go along. So, thank you so much for your refreshing comments and the share. :)

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      Cynthia Calhoun 5 years ago from Western NC

      KDF - Thanks for stopping by! I hope I can help others the way that this community has been so helpful to me! :)

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      Victoria Lynn 5 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      Lots of great information here. I never thought about starting titles in lowercase to make them less cluttered. Good idea! For some reason, I still do not understand how to use that "link to this page" thingy. I need someone to walk me through it, I guess. Perhaps you could do a hub on just that, complete with pictures. And the HTML thing you mentioned--I have no clue on that. Maybe I need to check on Sinea's hub on that. You've done so great in your short time here. How have you learned so much? Incredible. Congratulations! I'm bookmarking this hub for future reference.

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      Susan Zutautas 5 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      These are all great tips and you've done a wonderful job laying them all out. I'm lazy when it comes to keywords and I know this is something that I really should work on.

      Up awesome and useful!

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      Kelly Umphenour 5 years ago from St. Louis, MO

      Wow! Really great tips! Thanks - this is really UP and AWESOME!

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      Cynthia Calhoun 5 years ago from Western NC

      Wow, Victoria! I could have asked you the same thing: how have you learned so much? I bookmarked your "Keep Your Hub Score High" hub because it was so helpful to me! :) You gave me yet another hub idea, too! Thanks!!

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      Cynthia Calhoun 5 years ago from Western NC

      Oh, those keywords. They really are such important little things aren't they? I just LOVE to HATE them. :D Thanks for stopping by, Just Ask Susan. Great to see you!

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      Cynthia Calhoun 5 years ago from Western NC

      RealHousewife - thank you so much for stopping by. I'm so glad you found this helpful!! I appreciate the button votes too, hehehe.

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      Cynthia B Turner 5 years ago from Georgia

      This is awesome. I play around with a checklist each time I write a new hub, but always forget something and had no idea about the html. Thanks so much for giving us this information. Hopefully I get better at this with info like yours.

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      Cynthia Calhoun 5 years ago from Western NC

      Cyndi10 - I'm a Cyndi, too! CC - those are my initials. Hehehe. I always go over this mental checklist in my head before I publish a hub, so I thought I'd share. I'm so glad you've found it helpful. That's when you know you're making an impact as a writer. :D

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      Marisa Hammond Olivares 5 years ago from Texas

      cclitgirl - you have hit several amazing points in this hub. This is very informative and nicely laid out too! SEO truly is important and analyzing those keywords can make a difference. I like how you point out that SEO is not just important in the content, but affects the title as well. Evergreen topics will definitely help maintain traffic. I know some writers that edit their opening paragraph and title as the seasons change. Pretty good idea! I sincerely want to thank you for including my Bling My Hub! hub. :) Formatting and design can be fun. Oh, and my Free Photo hub is in there too! Thank you!

      You are doing a fantastic job and I'm excited to see how much you have accomplished in two months.

      It goes without saying that this hub is awesome, useful and definitely helpful. It is actually very easy to read despite the amount of material you offer. Not always an easy task, but you have made it look effortless. I'm going to bookmark and share. Congratulations on passing the 50th hub mark! Yay!

      Voted up! and across!

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      Mahaveer Sanglikar 5 years ago from Pune, India

      It's a really great Hub, useful for new Hubbers as well as those who have yet not become experienced. Voted up and shared.

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      Cynthia Calhoun 5 years ago from Western NC

      Aw, now missolive, I'm sitting here *blushing*. Your words are kind, but guess what? Without you, I wouldn't be where I am. So, really, I have you to thank for helping me to get a grip on HubPages. I was really hoping you would stop by to see how much your hubs have helped me. :D Thanks for SHARING, the votes and your insights. ;)

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      Cynthia Calhoun 5 years ago from Western NC

      janismus - thank you so much for stopping by and checking this out. Thanks for the votes and for sharing. I really do hope it's helpful. :)

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      Don A. Hoglund 5 years ago from Wisconsin Rapids

      Thank you for an informative hub.I've been here for awhile an still struggling to learn.

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      Cynthia Calhoun 5 years ago from Western NC

      Glad I could help, dahoglund. Thank you so much for your comments and for stopping by. :)

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      Cliff Mendrez 5 years ago from Philippines

      Great hub here, cclitgirl. You covered everything well. I would just like to comment about the summary. It's not always what people see first. On HubPages, that is the case but if people find your hub through search engines, your summary do not always show up at the bottom of the title. What usually shows up are the long-tail keywords entered by a searcher into the search engine which can be found in your hub. This brings me to my next and more important point. Many hubbers fail at keyword research. Often times, they just use keyword tools to decide on their title. However, keyword tools are great for discovering which keywords are "popular" in a certain niche. These keywords should be included in your hub. Until now, I get most of my traffic through long-tail keywords and not through the keyword phrase I specifically target.

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      Cynthia Calhoun 5 years ago from Western NC

      True that, Cliff. :) Thanks for pointing that out. I know that the search engines often show the summary, but yeah, you're right, they'll often show exactly what you said here. Thanks for stopping by and commenting. :)

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      Jeannie InABottle 5 years ago from Baltimore, MD

      These are awesome tips. I am going to bookmark this hub. I am embarrassed to admit, I've seen those awesome borders and decorations on hubs, and thought, "Where do I get those?" It never occurred to me that people were creating them and then uploading them as photos. Thanks for that information! Now, I can do that myself and not feel jealous. ;-) Voted up, useful, and shared!

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      Cynthia Calhoun 5 years ago from Western NC

      Thanks, Jeannie! I owe it to MissOlive for giving me the tools to create fun hubs that are "blinged" out. :) Thanks so much for stopping by and commenting and for the votes, too.

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      Marisa Hammond Olivares 5 years ago from Texas

      cclitgirl - you ARE nothing less than awesome. You certainly have a grip on the tools needed for success. You are a prime example of determination and motivation. REALLY!

      I was glad to spot this hub in the news feed again - Bling it Baby!

      voted up and sharing - AGAIN! It IS a great hub :)

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      Cynthia Calhoun 5 years ago from Western NC

      I bling in the name of MissOlive! :D I'm determined, I tell ya. I'm trying to learn and devour as much as I can. Motivated? Yes - I LOVE this writing stuff. It's sort of a new passion for me. I mean I've always "written" but internet writing is I think my new calling. Thanks so much for stopping by and commenting again, MissOlive. I will be returning the favor. ;)

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      Elizabeth Rayen 5 years ago from California

      Well my dear, another absolute fabulous Hub of tutorial magnificence!! Of course I have already bookmarked it so I can quickly refer to it when I am writing my hubs. You're amazing and so so talened! Voted up all the way! ;)

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      Cynthia Calhoun 5 years ago from Western NC

      Aw, Rusticliving, you are so kind to say such wonderful words! Thank you so much for the compliments. I'm over here blushing and so flattered. You're amazing, too! I just love your hubs! Thanks for the votes and here's to more happy hubbing.

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      Tonu1973 5 years ago from the outer reaches of reality

      Thank you for SHARING what you have learned over the past few months. As a new hubber myself, I am amazed at how many you have created. Keep up the good work.

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      Roxanne Lewis 5 years ago from Washington

      Very informative and articulate, thank you!

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      Marvin Parke 5 years ago from Jamaica

      This is a powerful hub. Even a baby could follow your instructions. I wish I had seen an hub like this last year. New hubbers should be forced to read your article before joining hubpages.

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      Cynthia Calhoun 5 years ago from Western NC

      Tonu1973 - Thanks for stopping by and commenting. Happy to SHARE. :)

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      Cynthia Calhoun 5 years ago from Western NC

      roxanne459 - thank you for stopping by and commenting. I appreciate your kind words.

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      Cynthia Calhoun 5 years ago from Western NC

      rasta1 - "respect" - thank you for stopping by and commenting. I appreciate your kind words and I also look forward to your next hub! :)

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      Sinea Pies 5 years ago from Northeastern United States

      cclitgirl, how did I miss this? What an incredible honor to be spotlighted in this hub. Thank you from the bottom of my heart. I accidentally discovered it when I was Googling trying to find one of my own hubs more quickly and YOUR hub came up in the list with me in it. How wonderful! I'll be sharing this with my followers right now!

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      Faceless39 5 years ago from The North Woods, USA

      Absolutely fantastic advice and amazing hub. You clearly have learned from the best! Bookmarked!

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      kelleyward 5 years ago

      I'm bookmarking this great info thanks!

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      Cynthia Calhoun 5 years ago from Western NC

      Hey there, Sinea! Aw, shucks, I only learned from the best. Your hubs have helped me, so I will spread the word about your good hubs! :) Thanks for the share.

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      Cynthia Calhoun 5 years ago from Western NC

      Faceless39 - thanks so much for reading and commenting. I'm so glad you found this to be helpful. :)

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      Cynthia Calhoun 5 years ago from Western NC

      kelleyward - thanks for commenting and stopping by! I'm so glad you were able to find this useful. :)

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      Sinea Pies 5 years ago from Northeastern United States

      You're welcome, cclitgirl. I appreciate the link! :)

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      Cynthia Calhoun 5 years ago from Western NC

      Sinea - I have always known (at least since joining HP) that you're one great hubber. :)

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      Saloca 5 years ago from Liverpool, UK

      Amazing Hub! I shall be taking it all on board and editing a few of my hubs with your advice in mind! Thanks!

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      Cynthia Calhoun 5 years ago from Western NC

      Saloca - Glad I could help. I figured that if I wanted to write better for the internet, others probably would, too. :) Thanks for stopping by. Cheers!

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      Laura Brown 4 years ago from Barrie, Ontario, Canada

      I like your checklist. I hadn't thought about typing in the title lowercase for the HTML link.

      I don't like forced new page opening when I click on a link. I prefer to make my own choice. But, I open a lot of windows when I'm researching an idea. However, you can hold down "Control" on your keyboard and click the link to open it in a new tab on your browser. If you hold down "Shift" then click the link it will open in a new window.

      You should look up and learn the keyboard short cuts. They save you a lot of steps and are really great to know if your computer mouse glitches.

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      Cynthia Calhoun 4 years ago from Western NC

      That Grrl - thanks for your feedback. Yeah, I think the debate goes on about pages opening in new windows. I do it because it makes me crazy to be reading a page and I want to click on a link, but usually I'm not finished reading. Sooo, I will open the link in a new tab so I can reference it when I'm finished reading the first thing. I do that because I KNOW I will forget what I was doing.

      The keyboard shortcuts are a lifesaver, aren't they? Omigosh, when I was taking Spanish classes and had to type in accents, I learned every shortcut there was b/c I was NOT about to pull up the menu and look up a character every time. I'd STILL be writing those papers, LOL. You are indeed correct - keyboard short cuts make life on the internet bearable. :) Hubhugs!

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      Joshua Zerbini 4 years ago from Pennsylvania

      Hey ccl, I don't think we have really had the opportunity to meet as of yet! I have been on HubPages for three weeks now and have met some very awesome hubbers, not excluding Billybuc, TToombs08, missolive, victoria linn, and melbel, which seems like according to your comments, you are friends with most of them.

      Back to the topic at hand, since I am relatively new to the hub world, I loved loved loved this hub! :) It was very informative, well-written, and very simplistic! That is three strikes in a good way though! This hub is getting my personal VG&S (votes galore and sharing!) Excellent job ccl! Thanks for the great tips! :)

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      Kelly Umphenour 4 years ago from St. Louis, MO

      I actually read it again and realized I should just keep on reading it like once a week:) lol

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      Cynthia Calhoun 4 years ago from Western NC

      josh - what a perceptive hubber you are! :) You're right on the money - all the people you mentioned are fantastic hubbers and were there to help me when I first started. You're a good judge of character - all these people will take you far on HP by reading their hubs. :D Glad I could help out with this hub. I learned from the best, haha. Nice to meet you, welcome to HubPages and I look forward to reading your hubs!

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      Cynthia Calhoun 4 years ago from Western NC

      Haha, Kelly. You crack me up. Great to see you. I've missed seeing you around - I was on vacation for a couple of weeks visiting family. I'm glad to be back hubbing. :D Take care and hubhugs!

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      Joshua Zerbini 4 years ago from Pennsylvania

      Thanks so much Cyndi, nice to meet you and hopefully we can be loyal followers of each other from now on! :) Have a great rest of your day!

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      Cynthia Calhoun 4 years ago from Western NC

      Josh - nice to meet you, too. I'll head over to your page when I get a chance and take a look-see. :) You also have a great rest of your day! Cheers.

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      Glimmer Twin Fan 4 years ago

      Thanks from a new hubber!

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      Cynthia Calhoun 4 years ago from Western NC

      Glimmer Twin Fan - hey there! Welcome to HubPages. I hope you find it as wonderful here as I do. :) It's such an awesome place and a lot of what I learned I gleaned from more experienced hubbers. If you have any questions, just ask. :)

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      Russ Moran 4 years ago from Long Island, New York

      This isn't just a hub, it's a valuable resource. Thank you for sharing this info. Voted up and useful.

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      Cynthia Calhoun 4 years ago from Western NC

      rfmoran - aw, thank you so much for your kind words and feedback. I'm glad you found this useful and thank you so much for the votes. :) Cheers!

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      Cynthia Calhoun 4 years ago from Western NC

      Alexandra - so sorry, this went to my spam folder. I don't know why that happens. In any case, thank you for the compliments and I'm psyched that you enjoyed this. Many thanks! :)

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      Sinea Pies 4 years ago from Northeastern United States

      This truly is a very valuable piece of writing, cclitgirl. All new hubbers should study it and follow the links (again, very appreciative that you chose to include mine). Sharing it for my readers' today!

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      Mike Pugh 4 years ago from New York City

      This was one powerful hub to show new hubbers, as well as veteran hubbers who haven't yet learned to fully grasp hold on the concepts of hub creation entirely.

      You have definitely explained it in such highly referenced details, and in a very useful format that all readers can understand, and acknowledge as well as learn from. The layout and visual aspects of a hub is paramount, as is networking them with others, and the whole sharing factors as well.

      Awesome job on learning the ropes here, and for helping to show others the way to climb up the hubpages road to success like many of us have done, or are currently doing in the hubpages community.

      Bravo! CClitgirl, you definitely have a great vernacular for the written word, and a good eye for placing them in the right context, as well as supplying great visual content.

      Voted up on all levels accept for funny, and out! Cheers to powerful hub writing.

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      Blurter of Indiscretions 4 years ago from Clinton CT

      Thanks for this article. I learned something new!

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      Mary Craig 4 years ago from New York

      Hard to believe this is only your 51st hub! Reads like one from a very seasoned hubber. So many good points here I have to read this again and then, probably again. Not quite sure about the 'sharing' bit because of the new layout of hub pages.

      Thanks for the great tips. Voted up, useful and interesting.

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      Wendell Patterson 4 years ago from Alabama

      I have been a member of hubpages for three years but this is the first year that I have been actively writing hubs and this is new for me. I still in the learning process and your information as been very helpful for me because I am always exploring ways to become a better writer and get more readers to view my hubs.

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      Cynthia Calhoun 4 years ago from Western NC

      Thanks for dropping by again, Sinea. :) I appreciate your coming back and sharing. :) Have a wonderful day!

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      Cynthia Calhoun 4 years ago from Western NC

      Thank you so much for the awesome feedback, CloudExplorer. :) I appreciate you! I try to be very conscious of using words that are easy to understand and I also try to make sure my hubs are presented in an eye-pleasing format. Thank you so much for the votes and everything - you're awesome!!

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      Cynthia Calhoun 4 years ago from Western NC

      Julie - thank you for stopping by! I'm glad I could help. :)

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      Cynthia Calhoun 4 years ago from Western NC

      tillsontitan - aww, *blush* Thank you for kind words and comments. :) I hear ya about the "sharing" part - I have had to learn how to insert my referral tracker when I share hubs. Thank you so much again! Have a wonderful day!

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      Cynthia Calhoun 4 years ago from Western NC

      Wendell - that's great! I know that quality content and well-laid out hubs definitely can help to bring more followers and viewership. Just focus on search-friendly hubs and write consistently and the readers will come. :) Thank you so much for stopping by and for your feedback. Have a wonderful day! Cheers!

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      Rebecca 4 years ago

      Awesome hub, thank you! I will definitely be using some of the tricks you've shared here.

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      Cynthia Calhoun 4 years ago from Western NC

      Rebecca2904 - Great! Hehe. I definitely wanted to share some of the knowledge that other hubbers have been so kind to give to me. :D Cheers!

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      Power Ball Pythons 4 years ago from Mobile, AL

      I absolutely love this hub. You have given me some tips I feel like I can implement right away; also some ideas that I feel like I need and want to delve further into. Is there a way on Hub Pages to favorite or bookmark a hub? Your page is something I feel like I would keep coming back to for referencing.

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      Cynthia Calhoun 4 years ago from Western NC

      Laura - thank you so much! I learned all these tips when I got here to HubPages and wanted to share them. Other people helped me out so much, I needed and wanted to spread some of the HubLove. You can "favorite" a HubPage as you would any other page - just use your bookmark icon in your browser. Thank you so much for your feedback. I wish you the best of luck here at HP! :)

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      whalefeather2 4 years ago

      Great advice!

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      Cynthia Calhoun 4 years ago from Western NC

      Whalefeather - thank you for stopping by. :)

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      Terrye Toombs 4 years ago from Somewhere between Heaven and Hell without a road map.

      Great advice, CC! I will be sharing this for the benefit of all the new hubbers that have come on board lately as well as a great refresher for the more experienced. :)

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      Stephanie Henkel 4 years ago from USA

      There is SO MUCH useful information in this hub! I did appreciate the bit of HTML code for opening a link in a new window - I knew I saw that somewhere, but lost track of it somehow. Thanks for a great hub, voted up and shared!

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      Cynthia Calhoun 4 years ago from Western NC

      Terrye - it does seem like LOTS of new hubbers are comin up and up. :) That's great, though. I'm thinkin' the internet is a biiiiig place. Hehe. Thank you for coming by and for your feedback...now, go take that vacation and remember that stuff you're NOT supposed to take with you. Cheers!

      Stephanie - hey there! That little bit of HTML is great because sometimes I get so annoyed when I click on a link and I'm not finished with the first one...so this helps a lot. :) Thanks for stopping by!

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      Anamika S 4 years ago from Mumbai - Maharashtra, India

      Awesome Hub cclitgirl. I have to admit that I am still not into 'bling'. Also I still do not research or use profitable keywords on my own hubs. I mostly try to write 'how to' or 'evergreen' stuff without bothering about 'monetary gains'. Hub voted up and shared!

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      nikashi_designs 4 years ago

      Excellent article with just the perfect mix of useful information and bling. Will use your advice as my model for my next hub and thanks for the reminder about Google's keyword tool. Very inspiring work....Tweeted this hub.

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      Margaret Perrottet 4 years ago from Pennsauken, NJ

      Lots of great information here. I didn't know about the HTML code to open up a new window, and I'm going to try it. Voted up, useful and interesting.

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      Cynthia Calhoun 4 years ago from Western NC

      Anamika - judging by your awesome success, I'd venture to say that perhaps you've just got a natural instinct for all this stuff. Your hubs are fabulous and well-researched. So, you've done a great job! Thank you so much for your feedback. :)

      Nikashi_designs - I do like a little bling. Hehe. I appreciate your feedback and shares. Have a great day!

      Mperrottet - Yeah, check out Sinea Pies' hub - it explains in detail about the HTML. Thank you for your feedback. Have a great day!

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      Susan Ream 4 years ago from Michigan

      cclitgirl, Wonderful, well written hub with easy to follow instructions. I'm glad I found your hubpage. I don't know how I've missed it, you have some great topics.

      Thanks!

      Mekenzie

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      Cynthia Calhoun 4 years ago from Western NC

      Mekenzie - Thanks! :) I'm glad you liked it. Have a great day!

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