Are my hubs in the right way?

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  1. TheOnlineBlogger profile image61
    TheOnlineBloggerposted 13 years ago

    Hi, hubbers
    I've joined the site 6 days ago and already posted 8 hubs till now. I would like to know if it is a right start!

    Here are my hubs:
    (1)How to use RSS to make money online? … ney-online
    (2)How to use Google Reader to manage RSS feeds? … -RSS-feeds
    (3)Twitterfeed registration - manage your RSS feeds … -RSS-feeds
    (4)TwentyFeet: Analyze your Twitter account! … er-account
    (5)BufferApp: the best way to buffer your tweets! … our-tweets
    (6)Quotes that inspire me, what about you? … -about-you
    (7)unforgettable moments about Egypt Revolution 2011 "photos, video" … ution-2011
    (8)A day in Ophthalmology lab!


    1. mskills profile image80
      mskillsposted 13 years agoin reply to this

      Hi TheOnlineBlogger, welcome from another HP noob.  I took a look at your hub on Google Reader, as I'm familiar with that particular application.  Here are my thoughts:

      What I like:
      - wonderful usage of graphics to illustrate how to navigate Google Reader
      - clear, concise directions
      - no glaring punctuation, grammar, or spelling mistakes

      What you might want to add:
      - since the hub is part of a series, you might want to indicate that in the title
      - I would make the "in the previous article" line in the first paragraph a hyperlink to the related hub
      - likewise, I would turn "in the next article" at the end into a hyperlink now that the hub is written
      - for context (and lazy readers), you might want to reiterate the specific example from the previous hub so it isn't necessary to backtrack to understand the directions in this hub

      Hope that helps.

      1. TheOnlineBlogger profile image61
        TheOnlineBloggerposted 13 years agoin reply to this

        You are certainly right. I thought for a while for something I can add to the series so I can make it more interactive but I couldn't figure it out. Your notes are really important to me. Thanks mskills!

  2. Aficionada profile image79
    Aficionadaposted 13 years ago

    Hey, TOB.  Good for you for getting off to a running start!  You're way ahead of a lot of us (including me).

    Most of us here tend to like to look at just 1-2 Hubs at a time, so I'm going to pick one and look, then come right back to comment.  If you would like to prioritize these, you could post again to let others know which you want opinions on first.


  3. wilderness profile image94
    wildernessposted 13 years ago

    I would not call it a good start.

    How to use RSS to make money online is a virtual copy of an article on Zuyt and too short as well.

    Twitterfeed is too short.

    The day in the lab is, to me, purely personal content.

    BufferApp is marginal in length.

    The hub on quotes is too short.

    You should be aware that HP does not allow any duplicate content, whether you own it or not, to be published here.  Hubs are expected to be more of a magazine article quality rather than a quick blog; 300 to 400 words is about the minimum length to shoot for.  1000 word hubs are not uncommon at all and are the norm for many hubbers.

    Purely personal content, such as you might find in a blog or in your hub about your own personal experience in the lab, is very questionable.  I doubt that HP will allow it to remain.  You should not be surprised to find the duplicate material unpublished, along with the short hubs. 

    Write your hubs as if you were submitting them to a major magazine for publication.  Good spelling and grammar.  A content of interest to more than a close circle of friends.  A length of several hundred words at a minimum.  HubPages is not a blog site, and the moderators will not allow it to be used as such.

    1. TheOnlineBlogger profile image61
      TheOnlineBloggerposted 13 years agoin reply to this

      Yes, you are right about my earliest articles. They are too short so I tried to make them longer in the next hubs. The hub about Google Reader has much more details than the previous hubs. The day in the lab is not personal, It is a short story written and narrated by me. I used to write stories in my first language, Arabic, but it is my first try to write an English one. I also tried to make it enjoyable and funny. I think HP do allow literature.

      I'll surely consider your advice to make my hubs longer and more illustrated and I already did that in my latest hub about Egypt Revolution. I hope my next hubs to be much better.

      Thanks wilderness.

      1. wilderness profile image94
        wildernessposted 13 years agoin reply to this

        Yes - I looked at both the Reader and the Revolution.  In particular, I liked the Reader with it's graphics - mskills hints above are good ones there.

        Glad that you were aware of the problems I saw and are working to correct them.  These two hubs really were much better.

  4. Aficionada profile image79
    Aficionadaposted 13 years ago

    As wilderness commented, the Hub I read (twentyFeet) was really much shorter than we like to have here.  It was under 300 words.  500 has been recommended as a minimum for Hubs, because of studies that have shown the best size for successful Hubs. 

    You could add just a couple of interesting paragraphs - exactly when twentyFeet was instituted and why; how long it took for Twitter to develop it; comments from other Twitterers about it; maybe a commentary on whether the different statistics are actually necessary, or are just a sort of "window dressing."

    There were a few small items of wording that I suggest you revise, just because they don't sound natural.  I'm not sure whether English is your first language or not - your English is very good!  But there were those few little items that could be better.

    Finally, when I came to return to this forum thread, my history showed that I had visited a couple of unknown pages on the way to your Hub.  That could be related to the HP Ads program or something similar.  But if not, if there's any coding in your Hub, you need to check with staff to be absolutely certain it's allowed.  Things have gotten much stricter around here than they used to be, and at present it's best to err on the side of caution.  My apologies if this comment is unnecessary!  smile

    Aside from these things, I enjoyed the Hub and I think it's a subject that will interest a lot of people.

    1. TheOnlineBlogger profile image61
      TheOnlineBloggerposted 13 years agoin reply to this

      Thank you Aficionada.
      My first language is Arabic. English is my second one.
      I didn't activate HP ad program, just integrated my Adsense account. No coding smile

      You are more than welcome, I enjoyed your comment.

    2. wilderness profile image94
      wildernessposted 13 years agoin reply to this

      I could not use the links at all - either the pages did not exist or might have been unpublished.  Curious at the coincidence I went the the profile, found the hubs and used the links there.

      Later, all the links worked fine for me.  I've had a little problem navigating HP today - probably something there, not on the hubs.

      1. TheOnlineBlogger profile image61
        TheOnlineBloggerposted 13 years agoin reply to this

        The RSS hub has just been marked as duplicate sad
        I'll try to rewrite it or just delete the whole thing and start over!
        At least, this time, I know what to avoid.

        1. wilderness profile image94
          wildernessposted 13 years agoin reply to this

          If you re-write it, either as new or simply a complete re-write, try not to refer to the other article.  Just write from what you know.  It is all too easy to use too many direct wordings from somewhere, particularly if it is your own work.

          I'm not sure about your quotes hub, either - quotes are obviously copied (otherwise they wouldn't be quotes!).  If there is enough original work it should be OK but otherwise it may have to be changed as well.

          1. TheOnlineBlogger profile image61
            TheOnlineBloggerposted 13 years agoin reply to this

            It is really easier and more professional to write what I know and my own work. I believe copying any material doesn't reflex the creativity of the writer. But I know it was my fault as I wrote original content here on HP then copied it to some other forums. I thought as long as I write the original content here, it is ok to publish it after that elsewhere. I was wrong about that.

            I'm about to delete the RSS series. Anyway, it would be better for it than to be marked! I prefer to start over.

            I would like to thank you for your continuous support. It would be my pleasure if you follow my future hubs to see if they doing well.

            1. wilderness profile image94
              wildernessposted 13 years agoin reply to this

              You are welcome to any help I might give.

  5. IzzyM profile image87
    IzzyMposted 13 years ago

    Anyone else noticed that forum posted links are now nofollow?
    Edit: and some links in comments are now dofollow.

    1. TheOnlineBlogger profile image61
      TheOnlineBloggerposted 13 years agoin reply to this

      Sorry, how do you know a link is a "nofollow" or "dofollow"?

      1. IzzyM profile image87
        IzzyMposted 13 years agoin reply to this

        I can see at a glance as I have the SEO Quake extension installed. The nofollow links have a strike-through. You can see for yourself by right-clicking any page with links on it, choose view page source, then ctrl + F to bring up the search box and type in nofollow. All nofollow links are highlighted. If there are no highlighted nofollow, the links are dofollow.

        1. TheOnlineBlogger profile image61
          TheOnlineBloggerposted 13 years agoin reply to this

          This extension looks very useful. I'll certainly try it.
          Thanks for this info IzzyM.


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