It takes me half an hour or so to write a 2,000 word article. It takes almost four hours to upload it and edit it so its published in feature mode. I would like to just upload my article and hubpages has some sort of software that would instantly design a feature published hub. Is there such a thing coming soon or do I just not know how to publish a hub in shorter time?
I have written about 20 articles but am just too lazy to go through the whole shenanigans of publishing the hub. Can you guys tell me what ritual you perform to publish your hub and how long does it take you to do so?
Are you writing the article in a word processor first? It'll save you time if you write them directly in the hub creation tool. Other than that, without knowing what exactly you are doing during those four hours, it's hard to say what part of your process you could improve. Give a breakdown of your time and others can give you more suggestions.
I find it easier to write my hubs at HP so I can do all of the formatting as I go. After I publish it, I copy/paste it to Word so I can save it to my hard drive.
Use a free public domain photo site like Morguefile.com and a free editing site like Picmonkey.com and take a day to upload and edit photos all at once in various categories. Store them in a folder on your desktop for easy access.
That way, when you need a photo, all you need to do is upload one from your cache. I write my articles directly on the Hub tool and after it is published I copy and paste it into a word processing document. When I do this, basic miistakes are highlighted and allow me to return to my new hub to make corrections. I usually go back as time goes on to make improvements, but generally speaking, I can get the whole job done in about an hour...of course I write what I know, so this saves a ton of time, too.
Hi, Once you have a hub that is featured, use this format as a template for the next one rather than trying to create one from scratch. During the "start a new hub" process, the prompts ask you if you want to use a blank template or one you've already created. This seems to streamline the process a bit for me. I can't imagine why it would take four hours to upload your prepared work other than the reasons you've given.
If I have my whole article written ahead of time, have all my photos ready, etc it doesn't take more than 10 minutes to upload and hit the publish button.
You've been a member of the site for almost two years. Have you spent any of that time trying to learn how things work here?
No I have never really gone through the whole shebang of hub tutorials as I never have the time. The little time I have I usually just write hubs and participate in forums. I think its getting the pictures and choosing the right videos and adding the backlinks and what not that tires me.
You really need to make time for the hub tutorials. They are there to help people learn the ins and outs of the site. I'm biting my tongue on the rest.
One of the features of HubPages is that a Hub is an information-rich, magazine-style article. That means it needs things like images and videos - which means more work. That's just the way it is. If you want to "just write", then consider trying your luck with freelance writing at places like Elance or Odesk.
Millionaire Tips' post has some good advice. You will get faster as you go along.
By the way I'm not sure what you mean by "backlinks". Backlinks are links TO your Hub from other places on the internet. You don't need to have lots of links in your Hub. If it makes sense to include some for further reference, do it. If you have to spend ages trying to find relevant links, then they're probably not that useful anyway!
If you never take or make the time to learn how to do something, it should be no surprise that nearly two years later you are still struggling with the basics. And then there's stuff like watermarked photos and videos, and unrelated products and links.
You really do need to make time to do some study on how to Hub. I can see you are using a lot of photos which are illegal. HubPages doesn't have warnings to alert you to that, and it would be a shame if the first you realise something's wrong, it's because you're being sued by someone.
I wrote a Hub about finding images, you'll find it on the slider on my profile.
When I first started, I too was taking a lot of time finding the perfect image, the perfect video, etc.
Here are some tips, in no particular order, to save time:
1. Do it. The more practice you get, the faster you will get at it.
2. Don't aim for perfection. You want to find a reasonable image that relates to the topic that is a good quality. It doesn't have to be the photo that perfectly matches the hub. You can make it fit with your words. For example, a stop sign can work on a money hub if you use the right words with it.
3. Use the keywords you have already identified for your hub in the search for your images. If one doesn't work, think of synonyms or other words that would work.
4. Try to limit the number of places you look. I use Flickr (through creativecommons.org) and YouTube exclusively. It is only when I don't find what I am looking for there that I look elsewhere. This saves time, since you only have to learn a few sites, and you have already perfected how to find the information you need to credit the source.
5. Take your own pictures. Since I know I like to write about money, whenever I have a handful of cash, I take some pictures of it in different settings. Having the photos ahead of time really helps make the process faster, especially since I already know the exact keywords I used on the images. I also take random images regularly so I will have them ready.
I don't use Microsoft Words as I don't have one I'm using notebook for working and I can't be bothered using my husband's laptop. I write and edit my articles straight from Hubpages tool and import pictures instead of uploading it. It usually takes me lesser time to do it, the only thing that I don't like is that the tool is so small and of course not as wide and big as Microsoft Words. I wish I have one
I just do a rough draft the old fashioned way with pen and paper, then write it direct on HP. Finding suitable images takes me the most time. If I just write a poetry hub, and have already written the poem, it may take me a half hour, but depends on how many images I decide to include. An article or short story may take me days of research.
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