Squids: Style Guide & Hopping

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  1. lisavollrath profile image92
    lisavollrathposted 5 years ago

    Squidoo comrades, behold the HubPages Style Guide, which contains information on things like capitalization, crediting of images, and all sorts of things that should be standardized across everyone's articles:

    http://hubpages.com/learningcenter/HubP … iting-Tips

    I've probably viewed 200 new articles this week, using the Hop some hubs link at the top of the account screen. I've seen the good, the bad, and the ugly, and now, I'm starting to understand the difference between them. Even though it's probably not designed for this purpose, it's a very useful tool for looking at lots of newly-posted articles quickly.

    1. misterhollywood profile image93
      misterhollywoodposted 5 years agoin reply to this

      Hopefully the transition for folks won't be too hard. I know I would feel overwhelmed if the situation were reversed.

    2. SusanDeppner profile image85
      SusanDeppnerposted 5 years agoin reply to this

      Great resource! Thanks for pointing it out, Lisavollrath.

      1. savateuse profile image64
        savateuseposted 5 years agoin reply to this

        Yes, I agree. Thanks for letting us know about this.

        1. lisavollrath profile image92
          lisavollrathposted 5 years agoin reply to this

          You're very welcome!

    3. LuisEGonzalez profile image85
      LuisEGonzalezposted 5 years agoin reply to this

      You just joined HP from Squidoo and you are already immersed  in how HP functions, have proven to be helpful to others, have written 8 hubs......Way to go! It's nice to have former Squids like you here!



                                                         
      http://s1.hubimg.com/u/9217102_f248.jpg

      1. lisavollrath profile image92
        lisavollrathposted 5 years agoin reply to this

        Thanks, Luis. There are plenty of my Squidoo comrades who have hit the ground running in the same way.

        In a previous life, I was an editor at Michaels.com. One of the first things I did was help compile our style guide. Every time I start writing for a new site, I check to see if they have one. There's just no point guessing, when someone has already taken the trouble to put what is expected in writing.

    4. Writer Fox profile image47
      Writer Foxposted 5 years agoin reply to this

      Remember that the Style Guide is NOT to be used when rating Hubs in the Hopper.  The Style Guide contains suggestions and nothing in it is required on HP.  When rating Hubs in the Hopper, you can only use the Hub QAP rating charts (which is what the MTurks are required to use, too).

      This is the ratings chart for creative writing like poems and short stories:
      http://hubpages.com/help/hub_hop_table#creative

      This is the ratings chart for articles:
      http://hubpages.com/help/hub_hop_table#informational

      Here are examples of Hubs and what ratings they received:
      http://hubpages.com/faq/#mturk-hit-examples

      1. ecogranny profile image85
        ecogrannyposted 5 years agoin reply to this

        Thanks, for that, Writer Fox. I keep forgetting to change my titles to the AP style as I edit my Squidoo articles. Eventually I'll get them all, but I broke that habit long ago and now I'm having to re-ingrain it. It's going to take awhile.

        1. Writer Fox profile image47
          Writer Foxposted 5 years agoin reply to this

          I don't follow the Style Guide for my titles. smile

          1. lisavollrath profile image92
            lisavollrathposted 5 years agoin reply to this

            The all capped titles? They look like you're screaming at people.

            1. Writer Fox profile image47
              Writer Foxposted 5 years agoin reply to this

              Yeah.  I scream and almost 1,000,000 have come to my Hubs.
              (Your results may vary.)

              1. lisavollrath profile image92
                lisavollrathposted 5 years agoin reply to this

                One million page views does not equal one million people. Regardless, imagine how many more people might click through if they weren't put off by the screaming titles?

            2. ecogranny profile image85
              ecogrannyposted 5 years agoin reply to this

              Not all caps, Lisa, just first letter of every word, or nearly so.

              1. lisavollrath profile image92
                lisavollrathposted 5 years agoin reply to this

                Yes, the correct style for HubPages is to cap the first letter of most words. Someone was bragging about not using the correct style, so I checked, and found ALL CAP TITLES, which kind of look to me like poor Granny can't figure out how to turn her caps lock off. Most Internet style guides refer to this as screaming, because that's what it looks like the writer is doing.

                1. ecogranny profile image85
                  ecogrannyposted 5 years agoin reply to this

                  Yes, screaming in all caps drives me crazy too. Another granny here, eh? I'll have to find her, screaming caps and all.

                  1. Writer Fox profile image47
                    Writer Foxposted 5 years agoin reply to this

                    She's wrong and is misleading you.  Half of the title is in all CAPS.  Studies in SEO have found this style increases click-through-rates on search engine results pages.  It's not about what is right or wrong for print work or journalists or Internet style guides; it's about standing out on the SERPs. The studies were from UX testing.

                    And no, I don't think she should experiment with this methodology because she is happy with her number of visits/page views.

  2. ecogranny profile image85
    ecogrannyposted 5 years ago

    Lisa, thank you for this link. It is most helpful. I do wish their title and subtitle style was more up-to-date, but I wouldn't try to tell the NY Times how to do its titles, and i won't try to tell HubPages either. I am grateful they have style guidelines and seek consistency across the site. Big Plus for HubPages!

    1. lisavollrath profile image92
      lisavollrathposted 5 years agoin reply to this

      One of the reasons I posted this is titles. After hopping so many hubs, and seeing so many titles incorrectly formatted, I thought I'd save us all a bunch of trouble. smile

  3. kerbev profile image81
    kerbevposted 5 years ago

    Great tips.  I love continuity.

 
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