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How do you research for your hubs?
Do you use any websites? or Do you go to a library? I wonder how do I do proper research before I start writing my hubs! The truth being said,"i want to avoid writing fluff and for that to occur, I need to do more quality research". I currently have about 15 hubs waiting to be published, but I can't do that because they don't have enough research backing them.
Decide on a topic that you want to write about. Have a good think through and list what you know about that topic. You may find that what you know about a certain topic is enough for you to go ahead and write your hubs without being bogged down by books and lots of research materials. Good luck. from safiq ali patel.
Fist decide a topic on which you want to write. If you are not sure, search for the most trending topics on Internet & write on them. Then read a little about that topic & write. Do not copy someone's content.
I like researching different topics so I visit the library often. Luckily, its only few blocks from my house. There are also great resources on line. At times, I can use experts in an area I might be writing about. I like to be accurate when I write about a topic.
Most of my hubs are on subjects with which I have a lot of work experience, and in those cases little, if any, research is required. On other subjects, I rely mostly on websites, due to their ease of access. Just be sure you're accessing a legitimate and authoritative site, and don't forget to cite your sources in your hub.
It depends on the type of hub I'm writing. For the How to or Do it yourself hubs, I rely on personal experience and use personal pictures as much as possible.
For more information hubs, I will search journal articles from respected publishings, or go to the library and get several different books on the subject.
I try to avoid wikipedia or googling different sites for info on medical topics as you don't know who is publishing the data.
I start by knowing something about the subject before I write. For instance my hobby is photography and when I research a topic in that area I know right away if the solution to a problem is a hack or something eloquent. I know what information is credible and which information may be suspect. I often look at magazines I subscribe to, you tube videos where a subject is demonstrated, Wikipedia and other websites that I know to be credible.
I then brainstorm all the possible angles that my hub could take and once I am settled on a direct idea for a hub I "wire frame" the article. The wire frame is really an outline in point form and then It is easier to make sense and sentences for my topic. I decide if I can write the article all in one hub or if I need to extend it. Writing an article that is too long will result in people surfing away unless they have a lot of time. Writing an article less than 400 words will not get you indexed on Google. My experiences so far tell me 600-1200 words are ideal and to have lots of breaks with sub titles, so in your research you must think about how the subject is broken up into natural elements.
It is a big mistake to write about something you have no clue about without researching it in depth. You could use wrong terminology and get techniques wrong. This will eventually drive people away from your hubs and your potential for revenue will decrease.
I hope this helps you and feel free to chat with me on my mail as well
I use a lot of internet, but always make sure I am using quality sites for information. I also use books. When I do a photo essay, my research is outdoors photographing whatever it is I want to write about. Other people are important resources as well. Also I consider my own past, all of my experiences to be something I can actually research and find things worth writing about.
I think that having in-depth knowledge or personal experience of a topic is the best place to start writing a hub. For example, I often write about RVing because I have traveled extensively in an RV. Then I do research to add interesting facts to my article. This might be done on-line or from materials I have gathered in my travels. It's important when using websites for research to be sure of their accuracy. I also sometimes post a question on an on-line discussion board to get some other opinions or suggestions on a topic. With a few exceptions, I use my own original photographs.
In my opinion, it's important to write hubs that are not just regurgitating information that can be found anywhere on the web. Find a different angle, add some little known facts, take a humorous look at it... be original!
I agree. Having the experience or passion can drive you to making sure you give an indepth article that will captivate people and be informative. I couldn't say write about cars, no matter how much I researched. I just have no interest in them
Take what you have waiting to be published and do the research to back it up by:
1. going to the library
2. researching online
3. using books and periodicals in your own personal library at home.
I use them all, though these days it seems my primary source of research is the internet. There are many good internet resources, and a whole lot more unreliable resurces, so pick and choose wisely. Places like NASA, any government agency, WebMD, and university site, and the like are all good sites to start from. If you are in doubt about a website, skip it and go on to another. If you plan to use Wikipedia, make sure you back it up with information form other places.
Most of the time, I just write from experience. I write the entire hub and then use other sources to verify what I know about the subject. The library is the source I use most frequently. Fortunately, our library has books that I can read online, which is a time and money saver. I refer to trade journals and the encyclopedia - all found at the library. Sometimes, I am lucky enough to interview a professional to add insight on the subject. I don't rely on sources like Wikimedia, because Wikimedia is not always accurate
Thank You All For Such Great Tips. Especially To Mr. @JanMaklak And Ms. @MarleneB. I agree researching shouldn't mean Googling things. Research should mean going to the right resources, though Google could be used to find those resources. As an example; So many News Channels present the same news, but they don't copy that news from other's. They go straight to the place where something originated and have their own insight on things and that's how it get's better. Again thank you all for your unique insights.
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How much time do you spend researching your hubs?
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