Its been suggested I drop in here and get some good advice from fellow authors. How does one improve: presentation, score, traffic, etcetera, etcetera.
Once I'm done publishing the first batch I'll pick one out and then use whatever I learn from the criticism and then apply it to all the others. BBL!
Hopefully many more will be directed on the right path of your most excellent hub!
I think this would be a good one to start with: http://hubpages.com/hub/home-aquarium
At the moment none of the hubpage articles have images so that is something I will look at rectifying with all due haste.
Yes images can be found easily on Google Image Search and would liven up this hub for you. People like visual stimulus in my opinion.
The first thing I noticed is that you do not include your list until the end of the hub. The problem I see with this being that a low # of people are going to read all the way to the bottom,but if the list is up higher (perhaps right after the opening text box) then with your opening text instead of jumping right into descriptive reasoning you would be using that section as a build up to introduce your list.
Now you have the majority of the readers if interested in the topic wanting to at the very least read the list which is in their vision when they finish reading the opening text.
Here's why this would work better. As they are now more likely to see and read your list they may see a tip on their they were not aware of and thus are now going to continue reading.
See what I'm getting at,and the longer they are reading the better chance they will be interested in clicking an ad or a product from amazon.
Lots of good suggestions and advice but I'm unsure of the process of taking images from google image search. WryLitt says to find images for commercial reuse and to attribute correctly.
Well I don't want to complicate issues for you but Google Image is just a search option choice on the Google search page. You type in any term you want and then just click the image tab in the upper left of the page.
As for attributing pictures,I know nothing about this and have never seen anyone on their hubs do what would be called attributing,except a few times. I have used a ton of pictures from there and on some hubs would have to spend a hub's worth of listing attributions to all of the pictures on that hub.
If you do choose to attribute every picture you use from google images simply click on the image and it will take you to the site the image came from and have the information you need to list.
To save one of these pic's for using simply right click on the image and choose save image and it will save it to your download file automatically(or you can create ad save in any folder you like) then you simply use the upload tab on the picture option on your hub locate your choice and upload it. Easy peezy lemon squeezy!
Sure, you can do it this way, but technically, it's not legal.
How would you feel if someone came along, took your picture and used it without even saying where they got it or that you took it? Or, on a more personal note, how would you feel if someone did that to one of your articles.
The new photo options that were introduced by HP last week make it a lot easier to attribute photos.
But remember- there are different types of photo copyrights and you should always use the 'For Commercial Reuse' option in the advanced image search if you want to cover your own backside.
It's a very well written article.
So the text part is great. You said you'll be adding pictures - just make sure you use those that are for commercial reuse and attribute correctly.
Have you applied to Amazon and Adsense? Those are the two best affiliates to start with.
I can see some prime spots for Amazon adverts - you could provide Amazon links for items such as a scraper, decorations and a dip tube siphon.
Have you got just two text capsules in that hub? I'd recommend breaking it into a few more capsules, mainly for the sake of the adverts but also so you have more places to put your photos etc.
I generally go with a large paragraph or two small ones per text capsule - as long as the first paragraph is big enough to bring up your first adsense advert.
You may be able to swing the Do's and Don'ts list to the right, and then make it grey or blue. That way it will be eye catching.
What WryLilt said. Plus you need a better title for the hub. But job well done!
I'll need to figure out catchy titles. Their all lowercase at the moment anyways. I wasn't sure to go with capitalizing the titles or all uppercase.
Do you know much about keyword research? You need to try and choose good keyword titles that people are searching.
Hey, if you're online, pop by the chatroom linked on my profile if you'd like, might be a bit quicker that way and you can ask any questions you have etc
You can get photo images on Picasa.com You can search for the images you need using keywords. Then when you find the images you like, the photographers have it posted what kind of license the photo is. So you will know if you can use the photo on your Hub, whether or not you need to cite the source etc.
If' you need help with this Picasa has a lot of good tutorials. I should write a Hub about this!
I'm aware that attribution doesn't exempt copyright infringement, permission is still needed. I am checking out some royalty free stock photography sites and hope to have at least 30 images as well as links for the photographer.
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