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Hub Challenge - Complete How To Guide

Updated on April 19, 2011

This is the ultimate Hub Challenge guide. The purpose of the challenge is to help you deliver fresh, innovative and unique content to the World Wide Web, as well as learn and have fun along the way. HubPages is an online writing community. And it’s one of the best there is. Arguably it could become the best. But – the way to excellence can only ever be done by employing an ethic. And yes … there’s always an ethic.

So join me in another Learn With Frog journey. Allow me to grab you by the hand and give you your second hearty shove in the right direction. To greatness. To recognition. And potentially a few extra bucks into your bank account.

Hub Challenge

The Hub Challenge ethic: to help you become a great hubber. Instead of a mediocre one. As I stated in the HubPages Help hub – you can do things in one of two ways: the right way or the wrong way.

Now, no Hubber on HubPages will claim that writing here is as easy as A B C. It’s not. If anything, it can be downright confusing. It’s helpful if you arrive with a talent for writing, no doubt. But better than that is arriving with a willingness to learn and grow – to explore your talent, fine tune it and develop and understanding of how and why HubPages works. That way you're guaranteed to become a valuable member of the HubPages community.

And while I’m beating the quality drum, let’s stop by a little word called ‘community’. This is probably one of the stronger points that this site offers. But … the community of HubPages will only ever be measured by the quality of its members. The quality of their work. Their combined community spirit. Their ability to understand what the word even means.

So now you’re clear on what HubPages underlying ethic is, you should have a clear understanding of what the Hub Challenge is all about.

Hub Challenge Rules

30 Hubs In 30 Days

The following is a concise version of the rules, as posted by Ryan Hupfer in the 30 Hubs In 30 Days subforum.


1. Minimum word length: 500 to 700 words

2. Content MUST be original AND unique

3. Links for any/all hubs produced and published to be placed in the official Hub Challenge Links thread

4. Complete 30 hubs in 30 days

Tips To Consider For Your Hub Challenge Journey

These are all from Darkside – the original Hub Challenge organizer.

1. Start whenever you choose. Count the 30 days from a date of your own personal choosing

2. Don’t waste your time and effort by delivering 30 sub-standard hubs

3. You are not in direct competition with other Hubbers. Your driving force, the source of your motivation should be related to your own desire to publish top quality hubs.

4. Aside from the main rules, there is no actual time limit. You are not being timed, watched or scrutinized re how many hubs you’re creating and at what rate you are publishing. You are your own quality control

5. If you’re unable to complete the full 30 within your 30 days – don’t beat yourself up. Sometimes life gets in the way

6. As much as you’re aiming to raise the bar on your own ability to create better quality hubs and earn a passive income via affiliates – remember to have fun along the way

Hub Challenge Overview – The Basics


Be the best writer you can be. Instead of a mediocre one.
Be the best writer you can be. Instead of a mediocre one.
Ha - Darkside on HubPages means something a little more inspiring than a bad-humored Sith Lord. He does hand out cookies though.
Ha - Darkside on HubPages means something a little more inspiring than a bad-humored Sith Lord. He does hand out cookies though.
Ryan Hupfer ... super awesomeness never looked this good on anyone. B.R. - before Ryan.
Ryan Hupfer ... super awesomeness never looked this good on anyone. B.R. - before Ryan.

1. Aim for a minimum of 500 words – preferably more

2. Make great use of your summary capsule and the group that you choose for your hub

3. If you’re looking to earn (in the long term) learn the basics of keyword research, identifying niche markets and how to best implement your keywords

4. Remember – great content alone is not enough

5. Presentation, like with anything you create (meals, clothing, anything you do for work, a party, a social event … anything!) needs to be a part of the whole. Don’t write 800 words and … nothing else. Insert appropriate media (pictures, videos), make best use of headers, related tags and links, if you feel they’re a required aspect of your hub

6. Always remember that you are a part of a whole. That means that as a hubber, you’re an element of the HubPages community. And a community is only as good as each and every individual. Work for the whole – not just yourself. If you deliver low quality hubs – and 5000 others do the same, be assured that the minority will affect the majority in the long term. And that will ultimately affect you.

7. Link your hubs into the 30DHC sub forum – number them as you go

8. If and when you complete you personal Hub Challenge, let the rest of the Challengers know. It’s a great way of providing feedback regarding your Hub Challenge experience.

9. If you need help, ask for it. There’s nothing wrong with your hitting a stumbling block then asking for help or clarification on an issue. If in doubt – ask. You will receive an answer.

10. Aim high – and create hubs that match your aspirations. You will see a return on your hard work.

Your Hub Challenge Tools - Neatly Packaged

Below, I've put together a package - made of of videos and links that will clarify the basics you will need to both know and understand in order to make best use of the Hub Challenge.

It includes the principles of SEO (search engine optimization), how to hub, keyword research, how to make the best use of capsules in order to present your hub and so on. This is the study part. The 'good to know' section.

Take the time to avail yourself of what's offered - you will be the better for it - before you embark upon the challenge.

How To Create A Hub - For New Hubbers

How To Turn Your Keyword Research Into A Great Hub Title

Final Word. Or Words.

Last but not least – some responses from hubbers that have undertaken and completed the Hub Challenge. This should give you an idea of what to expect – should you both join and complete the challenge.

I learned a lot from all that stuff Darkside, Ryan and other experienced hubbers posted over here. Yes the traffic did rise, thus the earnings too. – Ultimate Hubber

The 30 in 30 was the best thing that has happened to me since joining HP. Increase in traffic, increase in earnings. - viryabo

The Hub Challenge definitely helped my traffic and earnings. I also learned that I have a lot to learn about SEO and keywords. - PJ_Deneen

I too finished the hubchallenge and my traffic is increasing aswell as my adsense earnings too. - waynet

As for me, I completed my challenge in early September. I saw a big increase in organic (external) traffic. I worked out what 'works' for me, as a hubber - I'm not a natural writer of commercial articles. My forte is to write as I think. Or rather as I view the world - which is to say that I have a rather strange view on the world around me.

One that includes Dragons, imaginary friends and lots and lots of amphibian distortion.

And so - you have the tools. I've done my best to equip and arm you to your keyboards and beyond. You have everything you need to join the challenge and turn it into a personal success story.

Now go forth ... and write like a pro!

Hub Challenge - Your Thoughts

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    • Karine Gordineer profile image

      Karine Gordineer 

      6 years ago from Upstate New York

      Great information - I'm still working on my first hub but I'm almost there! This certainly provided some good advice - thanks!

    • Goonoo Munawwar profile image

      Goonoo Muhammad Munawwar Muazzam 

      6 years ago from Triolet, Mauritius

      This is an info worth considering for newbies like me. Thanks for publishing this guide!

    • mitshell profile image


      7 years ago from worlwide

      Great source of information there.I learn a lot from here and i will keep reading

    • Ms Dee profile image

      Deidre Shelden 

      7 years ago from Texas, USA

      The last video you include here I'd not seen and I think will be very helpful. I was missing a logical step in understanding the use of the research for a title, somehow. Thanks!

    • Rimzim profile image


      8 years ago from Earth

      Hi Frogdropping,

      I am new here & learn many things from this hub.

      Definitetly, I challenge myself in Hub Challenge. Thanks for sharing this hub with us.

    • Chef Mac profile image

      Chef Mac 

      8 years ago from New York State

      I started yesterday and I've already got 6 hubs up, which seems like a decent start. I'll grant you they aren't quite as good as they could be, I'm still working on the learning curve. I first saw this as a tag on someone else's hub. If I manage to pull it off do I get to put a groovy little tag like that on my hubs?

    • ethel smith profile image

      Ethel Smith 

      8 years ago from Kingston-Upon-Hull

      I am rather late reading this but I enjoyed the read. Although the challenge is not for me.

    • Pollyannalana profile image


      8 years ago from US

      I finished one 30 day Challenge in Nov, only been here a few weeks, 5, I think and have a few done now to post for December going for it again. Hope I am doing it right and Im doing my best as I write to try learn more and more about it all. I havent gotten into the earning part yet. Maybe soon, Ive had a site forever with nothing there. Green but growing.... I hope.

    • charanjeet kaur profile image

      charanjeet kaur 

      8 years ago from Delhi

      Every hub i read, it gives more the reason to be proud to have fanned you in the first place. An excellent hub FD, I may actually join the challenge being inspired by this hub. I am just scared may be I an not good enough for this challenge.

    • Michael Cosgrove profile image

      Michael Cosgrove 

      8 years ago from France

      An article a day. That is possible and I have in fact done that elsewhere in the past. You just need a reasonably stable environment and away you go!

      So, gimme a week or two to get used to the site and clear the decks in other areas of my miserable little life and I'm onboard.


    • frogdropping profile imageAUTHOR


      8 years ago

      Suk - thankyou :)

      Wendi - you will learn a lot. It really is worth attempting if you have the time and base skills to hand :)

    • wendi_w profile image


      8 years ago from Midwest

      Wow very informative . I have been thinking of trying the challenge but was a little scared. With all the information you laid out I might just try it anyway

    • sukhera143 profile image


      8 years ago from Home

      Nice sharing.

    • frogdropping profile imageAUTHOR


      8 years ago

      viryabo - a big thankyou for sharing that. If nothing else inspires hubbers to give it a shot, that should! I'm so pleased to hear that you've begun to reap the rewards for your labors and I'm sure you'd be the first to admit just how much you've learned. Congrats viryabo - and keep on hubbing :)

    • viryabo profile image


      8 years ago

      Hi FD. I see a mention of my experience with my first 30-30. I feel so honoured to be mentioned in this great hub.

      I will say this again. If any hubber, especially the new ones, want a push to take you up higher and get you more presence, improve on writing quality, increase traffic AND boost earnings, the fastest way to achieve all this is by partaking in a hubchallenge.

      I'm on my 2nd hubchallenge. Between my last challenge and now, my traffic X 4, my earnings X 500%!

      My new goal is to reach 100 hubs, and there is NO WAY i'll achieve this without the challenge(s).

      Its the only way to go.

    • frogdropping profile imageAUTHOR


      8 years ago

      B.T. - I went and read through. Frieda B has done a fantastic job! I asked her if I could find a place for a link in this one. It would be a huge help for anyone pretty much!

      thirst - you try the challenge if and when you feel ready. It's not an easy undertaking, more so if you're new or unsure about some of the little details :)

    • thirst4more profile image


      8 years ago from Kansas City

      Okay, I think I'll reconsider trying to do it my way. Thanks for the advice.

    • B.T. Evilpants profile image

      B.T. Evilpants 

      8 years ago from Hell, MI

      Hi FD! Our good friend Frieda has written a perfect companion for this awesome hub. I think it will help the newer authors make an attractive layout.

    • frogdropping profile imageAUTHOR


      8 years ago

      Aware - good to see that you're going to take stock first ... nothing wrong with that :) The links you're talking about are very simple but the easiet way to find out, step by step, is to either click Darksides link and look for his hub on 'Trackers' or click the first link, the one that says 'HubPages help' which will take you to the sister hub to this one. There you will find out everything, from A to Z. They're incredibly easy, once you know how - so don't be afraid to learn :)

    • Aware1 profile image


      8 years ago

      This is awesome info..Thanks for putting it together... I have been working on learning more about he SEO stuff and best way to put hubs together... I shall checl all this out!! I would love to do the 30 day challenge sometime, yet I would like to be efficient in the best way to creat a hub first!!Thanks so much...

      BTW ~ Is it a 'Link in text' To create a link by touching on a word, such as how you did 'Darkside' above..?? That is what just spumps me completely. I'd like to add a referral to 'signup' to HP on my profile and have not figured it out..Is that info found somewhere on this page?

    • frogdropping profile imageAUTHOR


      8 years ago

      CBR - I'd only advise doing it if you really can commit. Otherwise it's pointless. You do need to focus, though that's no bad thing. But - if you're pushed for time, have up coming events or whatever, it's not going to happen. Better to wait - or just publish hubs at a nice, steady pace you're already happy with :)

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      Boo McCourt 

      8 years ago from Washington MI

      Excellent hub. So much useful information. I would love to complete 30 hubs in 30 days but like you said, life gets in the way. Your hubs have helped me a great deal getting back on track. There are many things to learn, all I can hope for is a better quality of writing with additional topics. Thank you for the information you are providing. :D

    • frogdropping profile imageAUTHOR


      8 years ago

      Chin chin - yep, I think it covers the basics whether or not you undertake the challenge :)

      Nemingha - that's fine. Whenever you're ready, or not. There's no pressure. many hubbers don't try the challenge so don't worry ;)

    • Nemingha profile image


      8 years ago

      Thanks for putting this together but it's just not feasible for me to attempt the Hub Challenge at this time.

    • Chin chin profile image

      Chin chin 

      8 years ago from Philippines

      This is a very informative guide not only for those taking the 30 Days Hub Challenge, but also for every HubPages author. Thanks!

    • frogdropping profile imageAUTHOR


      8 years ago

      wesley - I suppose you can tweak hubs? If something from the above has clicked as being something you've missed? Most hubs can be given a little polish so it's worth the effort :)

      Art - you gave up what? Hubbing? You were doing good this time! Meh!

    • frogdropping profile imageAUTHOR


      8 years ago

      Carmen - it is a lot to take in so take it slowly. And once you've sussed the basics give it a shot. You can always improve your hubs afterwards. Ask for someone to critique your hub/s in the Extreme Makeove sub forum :)

      Janetta - I try. I think ;)

      Zsuzsy - I wish it was my idea ... this time I was gently poked. He shall remain nameless!

    • wesleycox profile image


      8 years ago from Back in Texas, at least until August 2012

      This is good froggy, I like how you made it easy to understand and added your comical touch. I agree with darkside as this is a must read for all challenger wanna be's. Even I, having already done the challenge found the information useful, and I also found out some stuff that I missed.

    • Zsuzsy Bee profile image

      Zsuzsy Bee 

      8 years ago from Ontario/Canada

      This hub definitely is filled with much more then just frogdroppings. hahaha

      Seriously great well written hub.Thanks for sharing all this know-how.

      kindest regards Zsuzsy

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      8 years ago

      You're such a helpful frog :D

    • Carmen Borthwick profile image

      Carmen Borthwick 

      8 years ago from Maple Ridge, B.C.

      Thanks for this frogdropping, I bookmarked it for bedtime reading. That way I will dream of success and be armed and able to accept the challenge.

    • frogdropping profile imageAUTHOR


      8 years ago

      lol I'm going to reply to this in the forum and make you blush more :)

    • emievil profile image


      8 years ago from Philippines

      Froggy you're going to make me blush. Coming from a great hubber / fan / friend / writer like you, that's a big compliment =).

    • frogdropping profile imageAUTHOR


      8 years ago

      lorlie - the challenge is a great way to learn the ropes. Almost like a crash course. It will help you define what works, what doesn't and will also help you understand the writer that you are. None of which are bad things to know :)

      emie - always nice to see you. And you're already a great example of a great hubber/writer and member of the community!

    • frogdropping profile imageAUTHOR


      8 years ago

      DS - I think there's a lot of great hubs being published but I also realise that we've got new guys on board. I remember when I first started - and I don't know that I could've jumped onto the Hub Challenge.

      BT - I'm glad you like it. Was a devil to do but you asked and I agreed ... there was a need. I hope prospective challengers find it :)

    • emievil profile image


      8 years ago from Philippines

      Great instructions FD. I'm lagging behind the October hubchallenge (published a total of 6 so far, I think), but I'm kind of taking it easy because I have other writing jobs on the line =). Hope this hub of yours get to a higher score (100 would be nice) =) so that it will be up there for all hubchallengers to see. Thanks for the tips and the hub froggy.

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      Laurel Rogers 

      8 years ago from Bishop, Ca

      Don't think I'm ready, but thanks to your hub, I may try sooner than later.


    • rmr profile image


      8 years ago from Livonia, MI

      Thanks for great one stop shopping Hub Challenge How-To hub! Great job, Frogdropping!

    • darkside profile image


      8 years ago from Australia

      A must read for every HubChallenge participant. Whether new or veteran.

    • frogdropping profile imageAUTHOR


      8 years ago

      Daniel - it works, if you put the effort in It's a great way of boosting your online portfolio :)

      Keira - You've made a great start, you're doing just fine!

    • keira7 profile image


      8 years ago

      Hi Frogdropping, I will try to follow all your instructions, and hopefully I will improve my standard. Thank you so much for your advice. Take care. God Bless.

    • Daniel Carter profile image

      Daniel Carter 

      8 years ago from Western US

      So glad to have this guide. I've wanted to do the challenge, but do several other things and time sometimes is not in my favor. But I will make a plan and use this hub as a reference. Thanks!

    • frogdropping profile imageAUTHOR


      8 years ago

      Because I'm The One True Frog :) I'm hopnipotent. Etc. And good luck - go get started!

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      Duchess OBlunt 

      8 years ago

      How did you know? I have been thinking about this and the 30 day thing has been my stumbling block. I will rethink. Thank you.


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