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  1. classicalgeek profile image83
    classicalgeekposted 9 years ago

    Hi, yes, I'm a newbie. I read a lot about hubpages before joining, and I have just written my first two hubs and would like some suggestions for these, and for writing hubs in general. I would especially appreciate help on layout--usually I do okay in layout for print and normal web pages, but this is a little different.

    Here are my first two hubs: … o-yourself

    All constructive criticism taken to heart and appreciated, thank you!

  2. CMHypno profile image93
    CMHypnoposted 9 years ago

    I read your medieval crafts Hub and thought it was really good!  The layout and images you used are great.  Welcome to HubPage - I think you will be very successful here!

    1. classicalgeek profile image83
      classicalgeekposted 9 years agoin reply to this

      Thank you so much your your encouragement and quick reply. I was worried because I didn't seem to be scoring very highly.

      Is there anything else I should add to that hub? I haven't tried all the capsules yet and don't know what they all do--is there a hub already on this?

  3. myownworld profile image75
    myownworldposted 9 years ago

    I just read your 'herbs in the landscape' and am quite impressed! Well done!
    welcome here...! smile

    1. classicalgeek profile image83
      classicalgeekposted 9 years agoin reply to this

      Thank you so much for your kindness in reading my hub and your support. But if there's anything I could do to improve it I would love to hear about it. I take a lot of pride in my work and would like to know that I am doing everything I can to produce quality pages.

  4. CMHypno profile image93
    CMHypnoposted 9 years ago

    Scores rise slowly, as does traffic.  You have only been here a couple of days, so don't worry.  Get yourself known in the forums, read hubs and leave comments and keep writing quality content!

    It will take several months before things really start to move, so patience is the key to success at Hubpages!

  5. Urbane Chaos profile image96
    Urbane Chaosposted 9 years ago

    Really, not bad at all.  Both hubs kept my attention all the way through, which is exactly what you want to happen. Interesting content, well laid out, and it was enjoyable.

    I'll offer you a couple tips though, but these aren't really all that big of a deal.

    First, make sure your links work.  I clicked on one and it took me nowhere.  "" It looks like an amazon link.  There is an amazon capsule for that, but I believe you can also link directly in your article.  Either way, after you publish, test the links to make sure they work.

    In general, I like to leave my links towards the bottom.  The reason is simple: I want people to read through the article first before heading off to another website.  In addition, I'd rather the ads and product links to appear first, so that they have a greater chance of being clicked on.  It's really more of a personal preference though..

    Really, good hubs, all of them.  It takes time for traffic to rise, so I wouldn't worry right now.  I've been here for about a month, and my first couple hubs are finally starting to get a decent amount of traffic through Google.  It just takes time.

    You're well on your way. big_smile

    1. classicalgeek profile image83
      classicalgeekposted 9 years agoin reply to this

      Thank you for pointing that broken link out. I fixed it. I did use an Amazon capsule but I could not see a way to link to listmania lists, or search pages, or anything else like Amazon forum posts or how-to guides through the Amazon capsules.

      Now, why is it that I can't get the links on my other hub to work? I can't modify the descriptions which means I can't translate them into English or make a useful comment on them . . . (It's my click-to-donate hub.)

      1. Urbane Chaos profile image96
        Urbane Chaosposted 9 years agoin reply to this

        Ya know, I enjoyed the hell out of that article, "Change the World in your Spare Time."  Great idea, that.

        As far as the Amazon thing, man, I don't know.. I haven't really gone into that much detail with amazon lists, so hopefully someone with a lot more experience than I have can answer that for ya.

        The links seem to work fine.  You should be able to go back and edit your links capsule on that hub - click edit link in the capsule - and then type your title and description in there.  If that doesn't work, it may be a technical problem, although I've never had any problems with it.

        My friend, I wish you the best!  You're off to a great start!

        1. classicalgeek profile image83
          classicalgeekposted 9 years agoin reply to this

          I tried that, the character limit doesn't change in the description, so maybe it is a technical problem. Oh, well . . . I'll try again another day. I'm so glad you're enjoying my hubs, and BTW I've been to see the sights in Oklahome numerous times. Now do one about the drive from Talihina to Mena wink

          1. Urbane Chaos profile image96
            Urbane Chaosposted 9 years agoin reply to this

            Eventually, I was going to write a hub about that, I just don't have enough information yet... The old military road along that drive just fascinates me for some reason - but then again, I love all things different and historic.  Beautiful drive though..

            I would shoot an email to the hub guys though and ask them about the link thing.. Maybe they could help ya out with the lists as well.  I'm sure there's a way to do it, it's just beyond my not-so-technical expertise. big_smile

    2. GOZIEM profile image56
      GOZIEMposted 9 years agoin reply to this

      I must tell you it is every nice one

      1. classicalgeek profile image83
        classicalgeekposted 9 years agoin reply to this

        Thank you so much for the compliment!

  6. CMHypno profile image93
    CMHypnoposted 9 years ago

    In Hubpages the Amazon capsule lets you put in keywords to find products or you can choose specific products and paste in the codes.  Don't think you can do any of the other stuff - drop the Hubpages team an email and they will give you any info you need to know.

    1. classicalgeek profile image83
      classicalgeekposted 9 years agoin reply to this

      I get a lot of Amazon traffic from promoting stuff via listmania! lists and how-to guides. You can always contact me privately for an example of a hilarious article that has earned me a LOT of Amazon sales through the listmania! feature.


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