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Help! Ways to Improve Your Hubs

Abby Slutsky graduated University of Pennsylvania with a B.A. in English and writing. She has written copy for more than 12 years.

A thesaurus can help make your writing interesting.

A thesaurus can help make your writing interesting.

Recently, I have been exploring the community here and occasionally reading the articles of others who are seeking help. I recognize that it can be frustrating when an article is not featured and feedback is limited.

However, at the same time, it must be overwhelming for the editors to review articles at the speed they do. It is unrealistic for them to provide detailed information indicating why an article does not make the cut. Here are some suggestions based on the articles I have read so far.

Read Successful Hubs to Check Out Their Organization

Do more than read featured articles; look at their format and organization. Successful hubbers deliver on their titles in a clear, organized manner. If they pose a question in their title, they usually provide an answer in the first paragraph or two. Then they may provide paragraphs explaining how to implement the solution and how to handle problems that can occur when you carry out the solution.

Do Not Ask for Help Before You Proofread Your Article

This may seem like an obvious suggestion, but sadly I have looked at articles that do not even look like the writer has reread them. Although grammar and spelling checkers on your computer have their limitations, many of the spelling errors I have noticed would have been caught by them. Grammarly (a grammar and proofreading subscription service) will proofread your article thoroughly and make vocabulary suggestions, but there is a fee for it.

Do not omit proofreading your summary and bio. Unfortunately, it is not unusual to see spelling errors in those too. Think of your bio and summary as the preview for the article. If you do not present a clear, error-free message to the person preparing to read your article, you may lose your credibility and your reader.

Although you can minimize misspelled words by using your spell checker, a list of the most commonly misspelled words can help improve your spelling. Try to learn a few a day. Almost every article I have proofread, misspells the word “a lot”. It is two words. I always remember that it takes a lot of words to spell such a small word.

Short Sentences and Paragraphs are Better Than Long Ones

There are a number of reasons why you should try to write short sentences:

  • The computer is hard on your eyes. Short paragraphs and sentences are easier to read and process than long ones.
  • From a practical point, short sentences usually require less punctuation.
  • The average person in America reads at a 7th grade level. The easier your article is to read, the more likely your readers will be able to understand it.

Try to Eliminate Unnecessary Words and Avoid Repetition

This is similar to the shorter is better recommendation above. Even after your sentence is written, find ways to eliminate words. Avoid repetitive words in a single sentence. For example, I often see “also” in the same sentence twice or the words “and also” together.

Avoid saying the same thing you have said in preceding paragraphs. I prefer to use examples to illustrate a point rather than repeating the point. Examples can clarify a point that may be confusing or help explain why it is important.

An Edited Paragraph in This Article

Eliminating words to make an article concise takes practice.

Eliminating words to make an article concise takes practice.

Use a Thesaurus or Dictionary

Whether you use a hardbound copy or an online version, a dictionary can help make sure your word has the meaning you intend. A thesaurus will help you keep your words varied so that your content remains interesting.

Check for Verb Exceptions

It is difficult to write and know all the exceptions to the English language as a native speaker. It is even more difficult for nonnative speakers. Since I am only proficient in English, I give high praise to any nonnative speaker making the effort to write hubs. If you are uncertain if a verb falls within an exception, take a few minutes to check. Here is a comprehensive list of irregular verbs. It is worth reviewing them because your sentences will be grammatically correct and more easily understood.

If you choose, add links to your articles, but make sure that they work. After publication, check the links periodically because articles and resources are deleted from the web all the time.

Help Others Improve Their Articles

If you feel confident in your ability to proofread, spend some time helping someone else improve his article. Honing your proofreading skills will make you more proficient at critically proofreading your own work. Editing is a skill that takes practice.

This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.

© 2020 Abby Slutsky


Abby Slutsky (author) from America on July 30, 2020:

Thank you for reading.

Abby Slutsky (author) from America on July 30, 2020:

Thank you.

Pamela Oglesby from Sunny Florida on July 30, 2020:

These suggestions are so helpful. I try to read my articles out loud as I find that helpful. I try to keep my paragraphs short as those very long paragraphs are hard on the eyes. I think you covered this topic very well.

Abby Slutsky (author) from America on July 30, 2020:

Thanks for your comment.

Danny from India on July 30, 2020:

This is very useful Abby, thanks. Good for improving or editing articles also.

Abby Slutsky (author) from America on July 30, 2020:

Thanks for reading and commenting.

Abby Slutsky (author) from America on July 30, 2020:

Thanks for reading and commenting.

Ankita B on July 29, 2020:

An important article you have shared. It was really helpful.

Dr Sleep from Pak on July 29, 2020:

Very informative

Abby Slutsky (author) from America on July 29, 2020:

Thanks for reading. I appreciate your time.

Ernest Festus Awudey from Ho, Ghana. on July 29, 2020:

Miss Abby, thanks for sharing this helpful article. Very much grateful.

Abby Slutsky (author) from America on July 29, 2020:

Thanks so much for reading.

Umesh Chandra Bhatt from Kharghar, Navi Mumbai, India on July 29, 2020:

Good tips and guidance. I also find thesaurus very useful.