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My first hub - would love feedback

  1. Aprilfreelance profile image50
    Aprilfreelanceposted 9 years ago

    I published my first hub today in response to one of the requests.  I would love any feedback you can offer on formatting, length, info provided, etc.  I am a published writer, but new to Hubpages.  I just want to make sure I'm on the track.  Your advice is greatly appreciated!

    http://hubpages.com/hub/Creating-Your-Work-Space

  2. Marisa Wright profile image94
    Marisa Wrightposted 9 years ago

    April, I'm wondering if you've written all your text in one capsule?   If you split it up into two or three, that will give more opportunities for Adsense ads to appear.  It also means you can add photos or revenue capsules in the middle of your text, to break it up and make it look more interesting.  Check out Darkside's Hub on Capsules for a better explanation.

    There are lots of far more experienced Hubbers here than me - I'm sure they'll drop in with more ideas, but sometimes it can get overwhelming if you're given too much advice at once!  You'll find there are lots of Hubs about Hubbing if you browse around and take it in gradually.

    1. VioletSun profile image69
      VioletSunposted 9 years ago in reply to this

      Marisa Wright wrote:

      April, I'm wondering if you've written all your text in one capsule?   If you split it up into two or three, that will give more opportunities for Adsense ads to appear.  It also means you can add photos or revenue capsules in the middle of your text, to break it up and make it look more interesting.  Check out Darkside's Hub on Capsules for a better explanation.

      This advice is another good tip!. I noticed that with my latest hub, the Adsense ads are not appearing the way I want to,  because I wrote all the text in one capsule. Will  keep this in mind for future hubs. Everyday I learn something new.

  3. darkside profile image80
    darksideposted 9 years ago

    As Marisa suggests I would definitely have Furniture, Organization and Personal Touches as the titles of separate capsules.

    You can then add an image as an illustration for those 3 points. The pictures help keep a reader stay on target and not get daunted by a big slab of text.

  4. Mark Knowles profile image60
    Mark Knowlesposted 9 years ago

    I third that big_smile

  5. Aprilfreelance profile image50
    Aprilfreelanceposted 9 years ago

    Thanks, guys!  I didn't even know I could use more than one text capsule.  I will definitely do that for the next one. 

    That's why I wrote only one yesterday and waited for feedback.  I knew you guys would have tips and tricks to help me out.  smile

    Any other hubs on hubs you can recommend?

  6. Mark Knowles profile image60
    Mark Knowlesposted 9 years ago

    Here are a few . darkside is our resident expert on the ins and outs of using the hubpages software to your best advantage:

    http://hubpages.com/hub/tracking
    http://hubpages.com/hub/capsules
    http://hubpages.com/hub/howhubworks

    And, just to blow my own trumpet, here's one of mine:

    http://hubpages.com/hub/How-I-got-my-hu … first-page

    darkside has done loads though big_smile

  7. sjtpalmer profile image54
    sjtpalmerposted 9 years ago

    April,

    Great hub, I just have one small suggestion. Usually, when writing for the web, it's best not to underline text unless it's a link. Intuitively, people want to click on anything underlined. Using bold or italics works best.

    Justin

  8. Aprilfreelance profile image50
    Aprilfreelanceposted 9 years ago

    I have to agree with you on the underline.  The text format threw me off a bit because when you bold something, it looks huge in the text editor.  I'm not used to that.

    Thanks!  I plan on visiting a bunch of hubs later today.  If I can't figure out how to do something, I will definitely be back.

  9. Peter M. Lopez profile image92
    Peter M. Lopezposted 9 years ago

    This is an excellent first hub.  I agree with the comments above (multiple capsules, headings, etc.)  There are advantages beyond the visual.  Welcome, and I hope you enjoy it here.

  10. Dr. Helayne profile image51
    Dr. Helayneposted 9 years ago

    April,

    Your hub looks great to me.  I"m new to this too, and trying to figure it out.  How do people find your articles in HubPages?  I did a search on my own name and it came up with nothing.  Can anyone advise?

    Helayne

    1. darkside profile image80
      darksideposted 9 years ago in reply to this

      Add a few more tags to your hub.

      For http://hubpages.com/hub/The-Many-Faces-of-MSG (which is an excellent article by the way) add:

      MSG
      Chinese Restaurant Syndrome
      monosodium glutamate

      I'd be inclined to break up your content into about 3 or 4 capsules. With a sub-heading for each. So the information can be easily digested by your readership.

      Add an image to each capsule (by using the Photo Capsule and the "toggle width" function). This will help break up the content. Some complementary imagery helps with holding the attention of people and also illustrating a point.

      Use the Links Capsule to add related links from http://www.mercola.com/article/links/msg_links.htm

      And if there's a book at Amazon that you'd recommend, put that in too! Use the Amazon Capsule. Sales made when your Amazon Associate ID has the pageview will see you get 100% of the commission.

  11. Dr. Helayne profile image51
    Dr. Helayneposted 9 years ago

    Thanks for the great ideas.  I'll try out the ones I understand (I'm VERY new to this).  Bottom line for the moment:  if I want to recommend my article(s) to friends, colleagues, associates, etc., do I need to send them the exact URL of the article, or is there a way they can find it on their own?

    Thanks again!

    1. darkside profile image80
      darksideposted 9 years ago in reply to this

      Yes, you need to give them the URL.

      With time it will get indexed by search engines. But the URL is always the quickest, shortest way for a person to get to a webpage.

  12. spuds profile image15
    spudsposted 9 years ago

    A very nice hub April. Great start.

 
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