Creating Stellar Hubs - A Helpful Google Docs Checklist

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  1. Paul Maplesden profile image76
    Paul Maplesdenposted 10 years ago

    Hi all,

    I know that HubPages are keen to get more of us producing 'Stellar' hubs: … tellar-Hub for various reasons:

    - They are more engaging* for visitors
    - They promote higher 'quality'* content
    - They have a chance* of doing better in search results
    - There will be an April competition all about 'Stellar' hubs: … s-contest/

    To help people that want to create stellar hubs, I have put together a checklist in Google Docs that guides you through what you need to do. It's based on (and contains guidance from) the Stellar Hubs guide linked above. Essentially, all you need to do is input your own information and the spreadsheet will tell you what you need to do next.

    To use the spreadsheet, you'll need a Google Docs account (they are free) and then visit this link: … sp=sharing

    You'll then need to go to the 'file' menu and 'make a copy', that will put a copy in your own Google Docs account from where you'll be able to input your own information.

    I hope that you find it useful, it did take me a bit of time to put together, so please do share it with anyone else that might find it helpful.

    Thanks, Paul.

    *I am aware that there is a *lot* of debate about HP language, quality, search, QAP and idling at present, this post isn't aimed at any of those things, just purely helping to share the 'Stellar Hubs' criteria and encourage people towards using them.

    1. Kathryn Stratford profile image90
      Kathryn Stratfordposted 10 years agoin reply to this

      That is so gernerous of you! You are an extremely helpful person. Even if I don't use it (I might), I think it is great of you to put  time and effort into a tool that can be helpful to many. Thank you!

      1. Kathryn Stratford profile image90
        Kathryn Stratfordposted 10 years agoin reply to this

        Oops, I thought I looked at what I wrote, but I spelled "generous" wrong. But I am glad it was obvious what I meant!

    2. sallybea profile image97
      sallybeaposted 10 years agoin reply to this

      Hi Paul, may I second that, it is very generous of you!   I appreciate your sharing this great tool, I checked it out and it looks very useful,  Sally

    3. Paul Maplesden profile image76
      Paul Maplesdenposted 10 years agoin reply to this

      I'm aware there isn't an April competiton now, but hope you still find this useful. Stellar hubs definitely remain a good way to go.

  2. Paul Maplesden profile image76
    Paul Maplesdenposted 10 years ago

    I'm glad you're finding the checklist useful; the main idea was to make the creation of stellar hubs easier as I am hopeful that in the long term this will create betetr HP content overall, meaning a more trustworthy / authoratative source of information.

    1. AMFredenburg profile image75
      AMFredenburgposted 10 years agoin reply to this

      This Google docs resource is really valuable; I've been wondering how to incorporate certain info as a link in some of my articles, and this is the answer. Thanks!

  3. Hawaiian Scribe profile image91
    Hawaiian Scribeposted 10 years ago

    Thanks so much Paul!  I know this took some time to create and I really appreciate it.  I will be using it for my next hub and I'm sure it will help a lot.  Aloha, Stephanie

  4. Glenn Stok profile image96
    Glenn Stokposted 10 years ago

    I just took a look at your checklist.  You definitely put a lot of work into this Paul. I am sure everyone will find it useful to reference when writing hubs. I know I will.

  5. Paul Maplesden profile image76
    Paul Maplesdenposted 10 years ago

    Just bumping this so newer members are aware. I hope you find it helpful.

  6. profile image0
    Tayshiaposted 10 years ago

    Thank you, Paul.  I greatly appreciate you sharing your wealth of information.  I got some great tips on the importance of using videos and pictures.  I need to spend some time on my page!

    1. Paul Maplesden profile image76
      Paul Maplesdenposted 10 years agoin reply to this

      You're very welcome! Finding videos isn't that tricky, YouTube has them on more or less any subject you can think of.

  7. IzzyM profile image88
    IzzyMposted 10 years ago

    What's a 'stellar hub'?

    Obviously just being a newbie, I wouldn't know these things, or know about looking up the Learning Center.

    What is this place, a nursery??

    1. Paul Maplesden profile image76
      Paul Maplesdenposted 10 years agoin reply to this

      Just trying to help people out, not sure exactly why you took exception to it (Although I am of course aware that to a certain subsection of hubbers, nothing will ever be good enough, no matter how well intentioned!)

      From the previous comments, it seems that some people find the tool helpful; perhaps you could contribute something helpful yourself?

  8. Global-Chica profile image88
    Global-Chicaposted 10 years ago

    Much appreciated, Paul!  By posting the attributes that make stellar hubs into a google doc and sharing it, you've gone way and beyond so I am also thankful for that!  I've saved the doc and will use it for reference when I write hubs.  Thanks!!

    1. Jean Bakula profile image95
      Jean Bakulaposted 10 years agoin reply to this

      Thank you Paul, I hope to read your work soon and see what I can do to have "stellar" hubs. It sounds like you worked hard!

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    Beth37posted 10 years ago

    A freaking spreadsheet? Oh my word! lol

    1. Paul Maplesden profile image76
      Paul Maplesdenposted 10 years agoin reply to this

      I made it as easy to use as possible - I know lots of people find spreadsheets scary!

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        Beth37posted 10 years agoin reply to this

        I think Mark Ewbie has shown many of us that maps and the like can be used in any hub. lol
        However the day I include a spreadsheet is the day someone has hacked my account and written a hub of actual value in my stead.

  10. Marcy Goodfleisch profile image88
    Marcy Goodfleischposted 10 years ago

    Very helpful checklist, Paul!


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