What New Writers on the HubPages Platform Need to Know

Updated on May 7, 2020
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I started writing on HubPages in 2009. This is one of my tutorials to help new writers with the methods required for success.

When I read other articles on HubPages, and conversations in the forums, I notice that some Hubbers don't use all the tools provided.

My intention with this article is to bring these overlooked features to your attention. This is especially useful for new writers who are just starting out with the platform.

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Tell People You Write Articles, Not Hubs

When mentioning your hubs to someone, or referring to another hub in a hub, don't call them hubs. Only other Hubbers know what that is. Most of our traffic is organic and from the outside world. So refer to it as an "article."

Also, don’t call it a blog! HubPages is not a blog site. Articles are stand-alone pages of informative content. Blogs may be informative too, but are less formal and don't require as much research.

Include an "About The Author" Bio in Each Hub

Your bio is useful for adding specific information about yourself that's pertinent to each article, especially for showing your authority on the subject. For that reason, HubPages lets you create up to 100 bios and assign them as needed to your articles. It appears next to your avatar image on your hubs.

Don’t confuse this with the profile bio. You manage the Author Bio under the "About the Author" tab under your account page.

If all your hubs are related to one theme, then you probably only need one Author Bio. However, most of us tend to write hubs on a variety of unrelated subjects. I have many bios that I assign to my hubs based on the subject.

Remember, you should make each bio relate well to the assigned hubs. Just remember to make your bio express author credibility.

Here is an example of one of my bios I use for my product review hubs.

Manage Bios Under "About the Author" Tab

You can add bios directly in the HubTool when creating a new hub, but be careful with that. I noticed several Hubbers get confused when they try to change their bios from there.

I suggest that you should always maintain your bios in the "About the Author" page. That’s the only place where you will see your entire set of bios, along with the list of hubs assigned under each one.

Being that they are all in one place, it’s easy to move hubs from one bio to another if you need to do that. In addition, you can clearly see how you have organized your hubs under various bios.

HubTool Display Options for Bio and Copyright

The display options used to be in the sidebar of the HubTool, where you specify your bio and activate your copyright notice.

In August 2017, HubPages changed the HubTool to make these two items more obvious because many Hubbers overlooked these details.

Now the bio is right up front under the summary field when you edit a hub, as shown below.

Select the Author Bio you want to use from the list of Bios you had created (as I discussed above). You can also create a new bio while editing your hub if you hadn't created one already.

The copyright notice is at the bottom of the HubTool. You need to enable it for it to display in the published hub. It shows the year of publication, which does not change when you update your hub.

It also protects you because it will show Google when the hub was first published. That's helpful in case you need to file a DMCA takedown notice when you find a plagiarized copy.

The default is not to display your copyright, so you should turn this on as shown here:

Have you been using the Author Bio and remembering to set the Display Options?

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Make Your URL More Generalized Than the Title

You only have one chance to specify the URL, and that is when you first create the hub. After that, it remains constant even when you change the title.

I see that most Hubbers let the URL default to the same as the title. The problem with that is if you ever drastically change the title, the URL may not relate as well.

I like to specify a URL that is more generalized than the title, so I’m not locked into a specific theme that I may change as the hub matures, and I collect search strings.

As soon as you start to create a new hub, you will see the title field as the first entry, as shown below. After you enter a title, the URL will automatically fill in to match the title. You can override the URL in the field directly above the title field. Remember, this is the only chance you have to change the URL.

HubPages keeps the URL static so that incoming links don’t break. However, there are cases where it’s forced to change, such as moving to a network niche site or changing the main topic. In those cases, HP makes a 301 redirect, so Search Engines are informed, and older incoming links follow the redirect.

Do you override the URL when you create a new hub?

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Include Your Content Within Amazon Capsules

I often see Amazon ads in hubs with absolutely no personal description. Amazon capsules have a description field, and you should use it to discuss your own experience of the product. That helps make the ad “personal” instead of just another ad.

Google has been cracking down on Doorway Pages, those that encourage readers to click through to another page. Google may lower the ranking of hubs that don’t have enough substantial content discussing the product in the Amazon capsule.

That is why HubPages is so strict about it. If you do it right, you won’t have a problem. I know—I have a hub with five Amazon capsules that they moved to a niche site without snipping.

Showing that you have knowledge of the product from personal experience with it is crucial. You need to discuss how you use the product. At the least, you need to show knowledge of the product, even if you don’t use it yourself, and explain why you are recommending it.

In addition, It MUST relate to the title of the hub. A recipe hub, for example, should not have an ad for a kitchen utensil unless your hub is a review of that utensil.

Get the point? Google would downgrade your article for that, but HubPages protects you first with a snip snip here and a snip snip there.

Moderate All Comments From One Place

In a forum discussion, I discovered that some people moderate their comments in each individual hub. There is no need to log into niche sites to moderate each hub individually.

In case you don’t know, under the “Comment” tab of the account page, you can review and moderate all comments from one place.

Just click on "My Account" and then select the "Comments" tab. You can approve or deny as well as reply to all your comments.

You can even change the filter to view comments you have previously denied, comments that you never moderated, and those that HubPages moderators approved for you. Two other filters show you comments that went into your spam folder and your low-quality folder.

Log-On When Replying to Comments

Occasionally I see comments from other Hubbers posted as “guest user” in my hubs on niche sites because they didn’t log into the site. Unfortunately they will never be notified when I reply to their comment.

If the comment box looks like this example image below, then you need to click the login option. Don’t just enter your name. That’s only for an outsider to post as a guest.

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View Forums Chronologically

You can view forums in chronological order or a threaded order. Occasionally I notice that someone missed something in a discussion because they were in threaded view, which doesn’t show the last post at the bottom. It also does not show the posts in order of posting.

I always view the forums chronologically so that I can follow the entire forum thread rather than just threaded replies to individual posts.

I recommend that you don’t use the threaded view, but this is entirely your choice. At least give it a try in chronological order. You can change the setting at the top right of any forum where you see these two buttons:

Are You Following People for the Wrong Reason?

Focus on getting followers by writing useful hubs that provide helpful or educational content.

If you think that following attracts followers who read your hubs, you're mistaken. You want followers who decide to follow you based on your own merits, not because you followed them. People who follow you as a courtesy probably never read your hubs, so what’s the point?

Making money from writing is not related to how many followers you have. Although it's nice to have followers among our close-nit friends of HubPages, we don't make money from them since we don't (and shouldn't) click ads.

People who follow too many and can't keep up with actually reading what they write are fooling themselves, in my opinion.

Follow People Only If You Intend to Read Their Content

When someone new follows me, I examine the activity log in his or her profile. If they just followed dozens of other people in a minute or two, it’s obvious what they’re up to. They haven’t read any of my hubs, so they don’t really have an interest in following me.

They just are hoping to get followers with this trick. It makes me think they don’t feel they are good enough to capture followers with their writing, so why would I consider following them back?

When I see some real activity, then I'm motivated to check out their hubs to find something that interests me. Then I'll read it and leave a comment.

I only follow as many people via HubPages as I can honestly keep up with, but I do also follow Hubbers via other social networks such as Facebook and LinkedIn.

In addition, from time to time, I check out hubs of people who follow me, as well as people posting in forums whose comments attract my attention.

Stay up to Date with HubPages' Blogs and Announcements

Did you know HubPages has a blog? Many questions I see in the forums have been answered in the blog. In addition, sometimes I see complaints about changes and new features that were not announced. They were!

Announcements are always in the blog as well as emailed to everyone. Do you have notifications enabled in your settings? You should be getting a weekly Newsletter from HubPages. If not, then check your email settings. There’s no excuse for missing out on important announcements.

Work With the Curators and Editors

HubPages has hired a team of curators/editors to work on selections of hubs for niche sites. In the process, they have curators assigned to specific niche sites.

These curators are well-educated editors. In some cases, they use their best judgment for edits and snips made to hubs, but in general, they follow a standard routine.

The curators are free to be creative (within limits, of course), which helps tremendously with improving our hubs. I am personally very pleased with the process.

I have communicated with several of the curators about changes to my hubs, and in the end, it turned out better. I have also learned a few things from them that I implemented in my other hubs as well. Keep an open mind to what’s being done. These professionals are paid to improve earnings that benefit both you and HubPages. We’re in this together.

Do Your Editing and Updating in Invisible Capsules

You may not know this, but while you’re editing a published hub, the changes you make are live! That is, people see the half-finished work, even search engine bots see it if they happen to visit while you’re in the middle of a lengthy update.

I do much of my work off-line using MS Word. However, many times, I work with the Hubtool itself. In order not to let people see my work-in-progress, I make the capsule I’m working on invisible. Just add a check-mark next to “Don't display this capsule” in the top right corner, as shown in this example.

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When I’m adding content, I add it to an invisible text capsule. But if I need to do massive mods to an existing capsule, then I copy and paste the text into a new one and make it invisible so I can take my time working on it. I can even leave it to finish another day.

When done, I make that capsule visible and delete the older version capsule.

When you’re doing this, remember to make it visible again when you're finished.

There also is no need to worry about losing your work if your computer crashes. HubPages has an auto-save function, and that works while a capsule is invisible too.

All About the Q&A Feature

What Are the Benefits of the Q&A?

The Q&A is an optional feature that allows readers to ask questions related to the article they were reading. Your answer to questions can appear in either of two ways. It will appear as a new page or included as content in the article itself.

  1. When each Q&A is posted as a stand-alone page, it provides an additional search response in the SERPs, which point to the original article. That can help increase organic traffic as others stumble upon the Q&A while searching similar questions.
  2. When Q&A is added to the article, its content helps with possible additional keywords related to the subject. That can help bring more search traffic.

The Q&A feature is useful not only for responding to questions a reader asks, but also for helping other potential readers.

That works well, especially when people ask questions that you already discussed in your article. I happily answer these questions in a slightly different way (to avoid duplicate content), and that brings me additional views from other people who have similar questions.

You can edit the questions and your answers at any time. So you can make sure that you don't repeat keywords. Using synonyms can help increase traffic, no matter if the Q&A is in individual pages or if placed in the article as additional content.

If all this seems like too much trouble for you, then you can always opt-out by clicking the “Pause” button at the top of the Q&A maintenance page. You get to that page by clicking the “Q&A” tab on your account stats page.

How to Use Q&A to Your Advantage

If the reader who asked a question had entered their email address for notification, they would be notified when you answer—with a link to the Q&A page or to the article where the answer appears.

You can also increase traffic by adding your own questions, with answers. Once you create a new Q&A, each one may bring traffic that you would not have had otherwise. That begins to become another passive venture.

The idea behind this is the same as when you take the time to write articles. In my opinion, it’s worth the time you spend answering Q&A and even adding your own.

One more thing that I think is powerful:

As you may know, when readers click the "contact author" to ask a question, they get your email address when you answer. The Q&A avoids that!

Now when a reader sends you a question in an email, you can just copy and paste their question into the Q&A and answer it there. Just remember to fix their grammar and typos.

You can also include their email address, so they get notified with a link to the answer. That way, they won’t get your private email address because that notification comes from HubPages. (Note that you need to create that Q&A while not logged in so that it asks for the email address for notification).

Remember that the added benefit with posting questions and answering them in the Q&A is that it may create another page. That also provides an additional backlink to the original article. Make your answers give as much useful information as possible. That will increase the SEO status of the Q&A page.

How to See Stats on Q&A Views

You can create a custom report with Google Analytics showing ad impressions on Hubs and Q&A pages. Here’s how:

Log into your GA account. Expand "Customization" in the left column and click “Custom Reports” - Then:

  1. Click “+New Custom Report”
  2. Give it a name, such as "Views on Q&A pages"
  3. Under Metric Groups click “+ add metric”
  4. Type in and select “Unique Pageviews”
  5. Under Dimension Drilldowns, select "Page"
  6. Save the custom report.

The report will display all hubs and Q&A with the top-performing first.

The Q&A have filenames that begin with /question/, such as:

/question/how-do-i-blah-blah-blah

You can sort the list and get all the /question/ URLs to appear together by clicking the column title, which is "Page" in this report.

Take Advantage of The Features HubPages Provides for You

Now that you reviewed all these methods and tools make sure to put them to good use. After all, you already put so much effort into your writing. It would be a shame to miss out on reaping the rewards of further achievements.

When you're ready for more, I'll help you with "Strategy Tips for Being Successful as a Writer on HubPages."


Questions & Answers

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      • Glenn Stok profile imageAUTHOR

        Glenn Stok 

        13 days ago from Long Island, NY

        Welcome to HubPages Sujatha. I just read your first article and I see you have done well with it. I think you will find much success with your writing if you keep it up. The key is to keep going and keep learning.

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        Sujatha 

        13 days ago from Noida

        Am new to Hub pages and am happy that I published my first featured article. This article was very useful. Really appreciate you taking the time to have all this information recorded as an article.

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        Cynthia Hoover 

        5 weeks ago from Newton, West Virginia

        Glenn, thank you so much for always giving me the needed details. Oh my, I learned so much that in all my years here I never knew. I never thought about the ‘do not display’ while editing. So yes, I have been editing without doing that all these years. Thank you again for a great informative article!

      • Glenn Stok profile imageAUTHOR

        Glenn Stok 

        3 months ago from Long Island, NY

        I updated this HubPages tutorial with latest changes to features, such as the removal of "Bring-Your-Own AdSense."

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        Jerry Cornelius 

        3 months ago

        Thanks Glenn, we are never too old to learn.

      • Glenn Stok profile imageAUTHOR

        Glenn Stok 

        3 months ago from Long Island, NY

        Jerry Cornelius - Looks like you're doing well already on HubPages, but I'm glad you found more useful tips here.

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        Jerry Cornelius 

        3 months ago

        Thank you, Glenn. Brilliant article, although I am currently using some of these tips, some of the others you mentioned I never even thought about and will be implementing asap.

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        Marwa S. 

        8 months ago

        Thank you for an informative and helpful article.

      • Glenn Stok profile imageAUTHOR

        Glenn Stok 

        11 months ago from Long Island, NY

        Abigail Hreha - It's best not to update the bio in the hub, because if you’re not careful you will change it for all hubs using the same bio as you discovered. And you may not have intended to do that.

        The better way is to maintain all your bios from one place by clicking the “About the Author” tab from your account page.

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        Abigail Hreha 

        11 months ago from Oregon

        Thank you, Glenn! I’ll work on that. I think the editors caught a lot of those when things got moved to niche sites but some likely slipped through the cracks. I just recently discovered that editing a bio on one without creating a new tag changes it on all of them. Oops.

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        Glenn Stok 

        11 months ago from Long Island, NY

        Abigail Hreha - For some reason your comment from four weeks ago went into my spam folder and I just discovered it now.

        To answer your question, It can take many weeks for organic traffic to build up if everything is done right.

        Google ranks based on view duration. They send more traffic to you over time when they see that people are reading. Short duration can cause a lower ranking and reduce traffic. All this takes time for Google to adjust and begin to recognize that your content has value.

        One thing I noticed is that you need to change some of your bios to show why you have authority on the subject you write about. Your hub on Perpetua, for example, is not about wellness, yet your say in your bio that this is your focus. That will confuse Google and lose readers. Google will then stop sending traffic to that hub.

        So, I suggest you go through all your bios and make them match the content. Also look of other ways to keep readers engaged. That's the most important thing that Google looks out for. I discuss more on this in my other tutorials.

      • Glenn Stok profile imageAUTHOR

        Glenn Stok 

        11 months ago from Long Island, NY

        Audrey Lancho - I’m glad you’re already doing some of the things that I suggest. I have additional tips in my other tutorials.

        Keep getting your hubs moved to the niche sites because that’s where you’ll get the most traffic. You're already off to a great start!

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        Audrey Lancho 

        11 months ago from North Carolina and Spain

        Thanks again for the information. I will experiment with that in future articles. Luckily, I am already doing other things mentioned in your article. (I really want to increase my traffic (and earnings) because I plan to take some time off teaching next year. I think your hubs will help me with this!)

      • Glenn Stok profile imageAUTHOR

        Glenn Stok 

        11 months ago from Long Island, NY

        Welcome to HubPages Audrey. I see you began a year ago and you already have a 95 rating. You also have achieved getting most of your hubs moved to niche sites. So that shows you write stellar quality. That's great! Keep it up. I'll check out some of your articles in the next few days.

        As for the URL, that option is at the very top of the page when you begin to create a new hub. That's the only time and place where you have the chance to change it.

        Titles can be changed any time in the future, which is why I like to make the URL more generic. Don't worry about it though. My first hubs have the original title in the URL also. It's not the worst thing. lol.

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        Audrey Lancho 

        11 months ago from North Carolina and Spain

        This was VERY helpful. I still do not understand the URL override. Will try with my next piece. I write mostly about Spain, a few recipes, and relationships (Mother-in-law, husband, finding a mate, etc.) I think my URLS so far have been my titles, but I get plenty of traffic on a few of them.

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        Abigail Hreha 

        12 months ago from Oregon

        This is really helpful. There were a lot of tips in here that I wasn't aware of.

        I'm kinda getting back into writing on here and I'm having to catch up on years worth of changes and updates. I'm also new to SEO. How log does it take for a hub to start getting traffic? I have several reasonably highly rated hubs that just aren't getting traffic within the first few weeks. Is this normal?

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        Deepa 

        21 months ago from India

        Yes I am new here. Thank you for your support. I will look into them as I know they will be very useful to me.

      • Glenn Stok profile imageAUTHOR

        Glenn Stok 

        21 months ago from Long Island, NY

        Welcome to HubPages Deepa. I see you recently signed up. I also have a few other tutorials with additional tips. You can find all of them listed, on my profile page.

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        Deepa 

        21 months ago from India

        Hi, You explained so many things I am not at all aware of. I will have to come back to this article a few times again as and when I make use of the tools you mentioned. It is really nice of you to have thought of writing such a comprehensive and useful piece. Thank you and regards, Deepa.

      • Glenn Stok profile imageAUTHOR

        Glenn Stok 

        21 months ago from Long Island, NY

        In August 2018, this article was moved to the ToughNickel niche site. I’m always keeping it up to date with overlooked writing techniques for HubPages.

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        Glenn Stok 

        22 months ago from Long Island, NY

        Few people realize that Thelma. I hope my other overlooked techniques are useful for you too. Thanks for chiming in on this.

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        Thelma Alberts 

        22 months ago from Germany and Philippines

        Oh my! I didn't know that when I edited my hub that I was live editing. Thanks for the heads up. I will be using that capsule next time I edit my hubs. Thanks for the heads up Glenn.

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        Natalie Frank 

        23 months ago from Chicago, IL

        Really useful updates. Thanks.

      • Glenn Stok profile imageAUTHOR

        Glenn Stok 

        23 months ago from Long Island, NY

        Alyssa, I have found that maintaining comments, removing useless ones and especially unrelated comments, helps increase search engine ranking.

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        Alyssa 

        23 months ago from Ohio

        This was really helpful! I will have to keep in mind that edits are live.. I didn't realize that was the case. I will also have to try maintaining my comments in the 'comments' section vs. the actual article. Thank you for the tips!

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        Glenn Stok 

        24 months ago from Long Island, NY

        Jackie, Another thing you can do is write the updates off line (I use MS Word) and then copy and paste the new content into the capsules. That will avoid having partially edited hubs showing up before you finish the update.

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        Jackie Grant 

        24 months ago from UK

        Gosh I didn't realise that when you are editing a hub the edits are going out live! I must start using the invisible capsule trick like you say. On occasions I have had hubs half edited for hours while I deal with 'real life' stuff!

      • Glenn Stok profile imageAUTHOR

        Glenn Stok 

        2 years ago from Long Island, NY

        CWanamaker - I see you’ve been successful with over a million views. Thanks for your kind remarks.

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        Christopher Wanamaker 

        2 years ago from Arizona

        Glenn,

        Great tips written in a perfectly engaging article. Clearly you've been around the block a few times. You're a good writer as well; I still have some of your older hubs on publishing ebooks, etc bookmarked for such a time when I am ready to publish my own book. You're a wealth of knowledge my friend.

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        Kathy Henderson 

        2 years ago from Pa

        I learn something new each time I read or re-read one of your articles- thanks

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        Glenn Stok 

        2 years ago from Long Island, NY

        I get your point Brandon, but I don’t see it as making the reader hop around. I see it as another entry in the SERPs that specifically relates to that particular question.

        In other words, it provides a focused answer to a specify Google query. Then, if the reader chooses, he or she can continue to read the related article too.

        Thanks for the link. I’ll check out your guide when you’re finished.

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        Brandon Lobo 

        2 years ago

        I don't see it as double the exposure. Because you would have a better exposure had you had the same content on the parent page. Yes, they are monetized, but I guess it's a personal choice at the end of the day if you want to provide value to readers in one spot or make them hop around for answers. I wanted to clarify your thoughts on this as I will be linking to this article from the guide I am writing.

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        Glenn Stok 

        2 years ago from Long Island, NY

        Brandon - Yes that is true too, and many times I get ideas from questions in comments to add more content to my articles.

        However, the Q&A provides a different advantage - and that is the existence of another page that Google indexes. This, in essence, doubles the exposure in the SERPs.

        And don’t forget that these pages are monetized.

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        Brandon Lobo 

        2 years ago

        You say a QnA brings in more traffic (possibly), but don't you think adding that same text to your hub would bring in even more traffic as it would rank even better than it being a stand-alone piece?

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        Glenn Stok 

        2 years ago from Long Island, NY

        Daniel Mollat - Go to your account page and you should see Q&A as the last tab on the right. If you don't see it then it hasn't been enabled for you yet.

        It's not clear if HP finalized the beta test yet. When they do, it will be provided to everyone, but only for hubs on the niche sites.

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        Daniel Mollat 

        2 years ago

        How do I set up the Q&A feature mentioned in this hub?

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        Glenn Stok 

        2 years ago from Long Island, NY

        April 2018 update: I added an additional section at the end of this hub discussing the new Q&A feature, with concepts that you need to understand.

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        Glenn Stok 

        2 years ago from Long Island, NY

        That’s great news Lucy. Glad it helped.

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        Lucy Brian 

        2 years ago

        Hi Glenn sir!

        What an amazing article!Thank you so much, it helped me a lot. Keep up your good work. Excited to read your more articles.

        A lots of love,

        Lucy.

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        Glenn Stok 

        2 years ago from Long Island, NY

        Kathy Burton - That's great news that 80% of you hubs have been moved to niche sites. That shows how well you are doing as a writer. Keep up the excellent work.

        And thanks for your kind remarks about my responses to comments. I'm glad you checked them out. Questions people ask always are beneficial to others as well. That's why I like responding to them in my hubs as well as on the forums.

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        Kathy Burton 

        2 years ago from Florida

        Hello, I learned a lot from this article as well. The invisible editing suggestions caught me by surprised. Did not know editing was done live...Also, wanted to thank you for your thoughtful and complete responses to your comments. I learn from your responses as well.

        although I joined awhile back, I did not start writing until January 2018. I am happy to say 8 of 10 articles have been moved to a niche site. I contribute that in part from what I am learning from articles like your articles. Keep writing forward. Thanks again

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        Glenn Stok 

        2 years ago from Long Island, NY

        Daniel Mollat - Yes, it’s very important to be on the network niche sites. Only the best hubs are moved and Google knows that.

        If they don’t meet the stellar guidelines are left on the main site or get moved back. Hubs left on HubPages.com hardly make any money.

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        Daniel Mollat 

        2 years ago from Nevada

        Is being in a niche all that important?

        The first hub I wrote made it to a niche but was recently delisted from that niche for some needed corrections. I'm working on the required corrections. Meanwhile, even though it's not in a niche it continues to generate good impressions.

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        Stella Kaye 

        2 years ago from UK

        Thanks Glenn. Yes I am gradually submitting them all but it's going to take a while.

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        Glenn Stok 

        2 years ago from Long Island, NY

        Daniel Mollat - You can tell where it is by the URL. If it's hubpages.com then it's still on the home site.

        You can also look at the list on your profile. Each one shows the niche it's in. Otherwise it just shows the topic.

        You can also use the filter on your statistics page to show only your hubs in any specific niche site.

        I see you're doing very well for a newbie Daniel. 12 of your hubs are on ToughNickel and one on RemedyGrove.

        Only two are left to move, one of which is the first hub you ever wrote. Probably needs work to get it moved.

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        Daniel Mollat 

        2 years ago from Nevada

        How do I know which of my articles are on niche sites and which are not?

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        Glenn Stok 

        2 years ago from Long Island, NY

        Stella, Hubs on HubPages main site don't earn anything much anymore. You need to get your hubs moved to the niche sites.

        You only have 16 hubs out of 265 on the niche sites. Are you submitting one every 14 days? Take advantage of that if you're not.

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        Stella Kaye 

        2 years ago from UK

        Great article. I do all these things and still earn next to nothing! This month's earnings so far stand at less than a dollar for 269 articles!

      • Glenn Stok profile imageAUTHOR

        Glenn Stok 

        2 years ago from Long Island, NY

        I can’t answer that. You can do your own research, as you should anyway, by searching for copies of your hubs.

        I use Google Alerts. I put a couple of sentences from each hub into it and Google sends me an alert whenever it finds it anywhere.

        I find copies faster that way than HubPages reports copied hubs. It’s important to keep after stolen copies by sending takedown notices to the hosting companies as per the DMCA.

      • Daniel Mollat profile image

        Daniel Mollat 

        2 years ago from Nevada

        Glenn, your answer to my question about copyrights is very helpful. Could this be a reason my total impressions are coming down?

      • Glenn Stok profile imageAUTHOR

        Glenn Stok 

        2 years ago from Long Island, NY

        Daniel, In response to your other question, since you are new here, I would recommend that you select a non-basic template layout–one that relates to your subject. These will guide you through the creation off your hub.

        The basic template does not guide you and really is only for people who already know all the tricks.

      • Glenn Stok profile imageAUTHOR

        Glenn Stok 

        2 years ago from Long Island, NY

        My take is not important. What counts is if you want copyright protection or not.

        Legally, everything you create is copyrighted. But if you want people to pass it on to others without your copyright notice, then the recipient may consider it content belonging to the other person.

        Eventually copies get sent around and may even be posted elsewhere without your name on it. Eventually Google reduces your ranking because of duplicate content.

      • Daniel Mollat profile image

        Daniel Mollat 

        2 years ago from Nevada

        Question:

        When we start to create a new article there is a part on the bottom that asks about "starting layout". We are asked to choose "basic', "tutorial" or "copy from another article"

        Does it matter which one we select?

      • Daniel Mollat profile image

        Daniel Mollat 

        2 years ago from Nevada

        I read somewhere here in Hubpages that it's better not to have the copyright notice enabled in order to allow readers to pass on the article to others. It also allows a reader to copy a favorite article and send it out to others who may benefit from the article. If copyright is enabled it may scare readers from passing on or copying articles.

        What's your take on this Glenn?

      • Glenn Stok profile imageAUTHOR

        Glenn Stok 

        2 years ago from Long Island, NY

        Rochelle Frank - The copyright notice can be turned on in the hub tool, as I showed you in this article. I looked at two of your hubs and I see you still have it disabled. In my opinion, it's better to have it enabled.

      • Rochelle Frank profile image

        Rochelle Frank 

        2 years ago from California Gold Country

        Thanks for this, Glen.All good reminders.

        I've been removing some old comments, but still have a lot to go. I really didn't realize that they could be detrimental.

        Also, are you saying that we should include copyright notice on all articles? I may have assumed that it is automatic.

      • Glenn Stok profile imageAUTHOR

        Glenn Stok 

        2 years ago from Long Island, NY

        Yes, I do update my hubs as new ideas develop, and I change the title to reflect the addition.

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        Daniel Mollat 

        2 years ago from Nevada

        Oh, so that's the reason I missed it the first time.

        It wasn't there!

      • Glenn Stok profile imageAUTHOR

        Glenn Stok 

        2 years ago from Long Island, NY

        Daniel - I added that additional section after I responded to other people in the forum who were concerned that their edits were live while they were working. Making a capsule invisible solves that problem. I'm glad you came back to discover what's new.

      • Daniel Mollat profile image

        Daniel Mollat 

        2 years ago from Nevada

        The first time I read through this article I hardly noticed the last topic on invisible capsules. While writing my articles I often wondered what invisible capsules were for. It's only now, on the second reading of this article, did I notice this topic. It's certainly opened my eyes to the benefits offered by invisible capsules. Once again, Glenn, you've done me good service. Many thanks.

      • Glenn Stok profile imageAUTHOR

        Glenn Stok 

        2 years ago from Long Island, NY

        Brian, Keep an eye on your traffic after you delete low quality comments. You should see an improvement over time, although it could take a couple of months.

      • B. Leekley profile image

        Brian Leekley 

        2 years ago from Bainbridge Island, Washington, USA

        Good suggestions as usual, Glenn. Deleting low quality comments and editing in invisible capsules are new ideas to me that I'll be doing henceforth.

      • Daniel Mollat profile image

        Daniel Mollat 

        2 years ago from Nevada

        Hi Glenn,

        Once again, I found reading this hub extremely useful for the novice hubber like me. As in your other hub "21 Hub-Writing Success Strategies" this hub provided me with lots of tips on how to improve my writing abilities and how to get better results in HubPages.

      • Glenn Stok profile imageAUTHOR

        Glenn Stok 

        2 years ago from Long Island, NY

        I'm glad your back and writing here again Cynthia.

        Many things have changed and additional major changes are in the works, as you can see in the weekly newsletters.

        I have a few other tutorial hubs about the latest requirements. I know you have over a million views, as I do, but it never hurts to keep up with the changes.

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        Cynthia Calhoun 

        2 years ago from Western NC

        You know...I haven't published many articles over here in the last couple of years, so reading this actually helped me to brush up. :) I'd sort of kept up with all the changes, but didn't know exactly why. I'd have a link here or there and editors would take it out. I'd have an amazon capsule - often with a product I DID use, but wouldn't say anything about it. This is helpful and clarifies many things. Thank you for sharing this. :)

      • Kristen Howe profile image

        Kristen Howe 

        2 years ago from Northeast Ohio

        Gotcha Glenn. Thanks for the assistance you gave me this year. I'll remember it going forward for new hubs and getting new hubs in niches somehow.

      • Glenn Stok profile imageAUTHOR

        Glenn Stok 

        2 years ago from Long Island, NY

        Kristen, Don’t trust Grammarly to catch every mistake. That will only catch grammar errors. It will not catch poorly constructed thoughts!

        You need to proofread it yourself. There is no way that Grammarly can know what you meant to convey in your content. Only you will know how clear your content is to the reader when you read it yourself—outloud.

      • Kristen Howe profile image

        Kristen Howe 

        2 years ago from Northeast Ohio

        Okay. I do proofread them via Grammarly and send it to my crit list for feedback, though I only got one person who did it last month. Thanks for the tips. I'll try my Computer Desk hub for Dengarden in 2 weeks though.

      • Glenn Stok profile imageAUTHOR

        Glenn Stok 

        2 years ago from Long Island, NY

        Kristen - Go over all the pointers I gave you in the past and review what you may have missed. You should also proofread your hubs aloud to catch your mistakes yourself. I am sure you'll find many things you’ll want to change.

        I always do that with my hubs, even the ones already published. I always find something I can improve.

      • Kristen Howe profile image

        Kristen Howe 

        2 years ago from Northeast Ohio

        HI Glenn, my Blackout hub have been declined from Dengarden today. I did ask other hubbers on how to improve the hub a month ago before I tweaked it and submitted it this past weekend. If you have some time to give me pointers on how to improve it for next year, let me know when you can a chance.

      • Glenn Stok profile imageAUTHOR

        Glenn Stok 

        2 years ago from Long Island, NY

        Natalie, Let me ask you this: Was your hub accepted for a niche site?

        The rules are very strict with niche sites. Placing an Amazon ad that's not specifically related to the title is considered spammy.

      • Natalie Frank profile image

        Natalie Frank 

        2 years ago from Chicago, IL

        Great hub, Glen. Question- you say don't our a kitchen gadget as an Amazon ad unless the article is review of tbe gadget. But not for recipes. I've done this several times and haven't had a problem but have a full review as part of the articleanup. Also while you can make the dish without the gadget, the gadget makes it a heck of a lot easier. Do you think articles are still downgraded in this type of case? Thanks!

      • Glenn Stok profile imageAUTHOR

        Glenn Stok 

        2 years ago from Long Island, NY

        Billie Raucci - Welcome to HubPages! I see you already have a hub that was accepted for a niche site. Good going! Keep up the good work.

      • raucciwrites profile image

        Billie Raucci 

        2 years ago from Illinois

        Very informative article! Thank you! I will be putting it to good use!

      • Margaret Schindel profile image

        Margaret Schindel 

        2 years ago from Massachusetts

        Thanks, Glenn! I'll definitely check out your companion article.

      • Glenn Stok profile imageAUTHOR

        Glenn Stok 

        2 years ago from Long Island, NY

        Kristen, New hubs move to niche sites much faster. No need to wait 14 days between each.

      • Glenn Stok profile imageAUTHOR

        Glenn Stok 

        2 years ago from Long Island, NY

        Thank you Margaret. It's nice to be appreciated.

        Since you're watching to see if I add more to this hub, I actually wrote an additional 20 strategies for HubPages. Look for "20 Hub-Writing Success Strategies" in my profile listing.

      • Kristen Howe profile image

        Kristen Howe 

        2 years ago from Northeast Ohio

        You're welcome. I'll do my best to be patient and keep working on my hubs for the time being, I guess. I'll try to write some new hubs this fall and see if it goes directly to a niche.

      • Margaret Schindel profile image

        Margaret Schindel 

        2 years ago from Massachusetts

        Hi Glenn,

        Congratulations on winning the Most Useful Hubber Hubbie Award (and apologies for the delay in conveying them to you)! When I saw you had won, my first thought was, YES!!! :) Your extensive knowledge, experience and willingness to share them both to help other hubbers are exemplary. And this hub is one of the most useful on HubPages. I find myself returning to it periodically, both to refresh my memory and to see what has been added or updated, both in the article and in the comments. Thank you again for all you do for this community.

      • Glenn Stok profile imageAUTHOR

        Glenn Stok 

        2 years ago from Long Island, NY

        Thanks Kristen. I’m glad so many felt I had been helpful.

        As for the delay with niche approval, the staff has been very busy this past four weeks. And I’m sure they’re preparing for the onslaught of complainers next week when the remaining floating capsules are centered.

        I see many people, who remain oblivious, still never took care of that in their hubs. So be patient.

      • Kristen Howe profile image

        Kristen Howe 

        2 years ago from Northeast Ohio

        Hey Glenn,

        I want to belatedly congratulate you with winning the Hubbie Award for being Most Useful Hubber. That's well-deserved, since you've helped me a lot this year with getting my hubs into niches twofold. I did submit my Back to Basics Computer hub to Dengarden a week ago and no word yet--so I wonder why the delay, since it fits into the home and garden category for the hub. If no word by a week from tomorrow, I'll nudge Taylor/Hp on it, before I send my Last Leafy Green Hub to Calorie Bee next weekend and then flip it later this month.

        I've did a bit of an expansion to my Powerful Prose hub by adding 400-500 words. I hope to send it to Letter Pile next month after final revisions. I'm still wondering how to fix my Blackout hub for Owlcation or How they Play for that section of board games. I might have to bring it to the forums for suggestions soon next month.

      • The Stages Of ME profile image

        Kathy Henderson 

        2 years ago from Pa

        Thank you, thank you, thank you, so much good info in this article that i did not know. Now I am off to read another of your hubs. Very helpful!

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        marcuscaine 

        2 years ago

        Hello Glenn,

        Thank you so much for writing this article! It is really helpful!

      • Kristen Howe profile image

        Kristen Howe 

        2 years ago from Northeast Ohio

        Don't forget my hub is a travelogue of my trip to Arizona a decade ago in winter. So it has to come from my experience there to share with others on what I did or see there.

      • Kristen Howe profile image

        Kristen Howe 

        2 years ago from Northeast Ohio

        Same hub. Maybe you saw things differently than she did in January. I'll work on it next week and get back to you with those suggested improvements I guess.

      • Glenn Stok profile imageAUTHOR

        Glenn Stok 

        2 years ago from Long Island, NY

        Why, then, did I find the same problems after Amy said it was fine. I don't understand. Am I looking at the same hub? I looked at "Visiting the Grand Canyon in Winter"

      • Glenn Stok profile imageAUTHOR

        Glenn Stok 

        2 years ago from Long Island, NY

        Kristen, It's probably going back on the editing queue every time they look at it because they see that you haven't fixed the problems yet. I don't see why you keep looking for more criticism instead of just fixing what everyone is telling you. Go through my list, or HubPages' list (both basically the same), and take care of each point one by one. Short of that, there is nothing further any of us can help you with.

      • Kristen Howe profile image

        Kristen Howe 

        2 years ago from Northeast Ohio

        After I fixed those areas, I'd sent it over to Amy and she said it was fine before I resubmitted to HP too.

      • Kristen Howe profile image

        Kristen Howe 

        2 years ago from Northeast Ohio

        Glenn, after I got that email from HP in January, I sent it over to Amy for her suggestions. Then it was approved and gotten on the editing queue. Maybe you saw things differently, since there's no word yet from HP on the status. I'll work on it next week and comment here when I'm done. I'll get feedback from my online crit list for feedback too to help me out.

      • Glenn Stok profile imageAUTHOR

        Glenn Stok 

        2 years ago from Long Island, NY

        That's strange Kristen. If you corrected the things Amy told you about, then why did I find them to be still a problem when I looked at your hub? Maybe you didn't correct those items in the way we both are telling you is required. This is probably why your hub is still pending a move to the niche site. Try to go over every point I made carefully.

      • Kristen Howe profile image

        Kristen Howe 

        2 years ago from Northeast Ohio

        Glenn, I did take care of those things back in January with Amy's own suggestions ,and then I'd resubmitted it to WW... It was accepted and then placed into the editing queue for seven months. I did use bullet points for the how to column. I'm not questioning it. It was accepted back then. I would have to rearrange my table and make it into something else then. I'll rework on it next week.

      • Glenn Stok profile imageAUTHOR

        Glenn Stok 

        2 years ago from Long Island, NY

        Well Kristen, that email from HP specified the exact same things that I just mentioned. In addition, they mentioned using bullet points. So why are you questioning It? You need to take care of these things that we both told you about if you want your hub moved to WanderWisdom.

      • Kristen Howe profile image

        Kristen Howe 

        2 years ago from Northeast Ohio

        Oh. I just saw the top of the hub. Just what Amy suggested about how to make it cleaner. Here's a copy of what they wanted me to do in January: Hi Kristen Howe,

        Congrats! Your awesome article, Arizona_In_Winter 2005_Grand Canyon, is eligible to be moved to WanderWisdom, a HubPages Network Site. If you are unfamiliar with our strategy to move high-quality articles to vertical domains, please see our announcement blog post and update blog post.

        We have identified a few issues that should be addressed before your article can officially be moved. We suggest that you address the issues below and then submit your article for reconsideration. If you have questions about what we are looking for on our network of sites, we welcome you to visit our Editorial Policy. Please keep in mind, we have a very high bar for articles to be moved to our vertical domains. If you are unable to make the changes requested or if your article doesn't meet our standard, we will not be able to move your article to WanderWisdom.

        If you need more help, or would just like to get some additional opinions and perspectives, we invite you to post in the Improving Your Hub Forum.

        The Curator who reviewed your article suggests that you address the following issues:

        Title/Subtitle Capitalization And Sizing:

        The title and subtitle of your article help your reader to navigate your article and get an idea of whether they trust or distrust your content. Proper capitalization goes a long way towards making your article reader-friendly. We recommend using standard titlecase when formatting your titles and subtitles. See the APA guidelines for guidance. Additionally, using standard font sizing (the provided title and subtitle fields as well as Heading 2s) allows your reader to follow the structure of your article more easily.

        Layout:

        Text should be broken up into multiple capsules with clear subtitles. Think about ways you can condense the information in the article so that it is more readable and scannable (especially on mobile). Bulleted lists and table capsules are both great ways to summarize information into a more digestible format.

        Photos:

        Every article on Network Sites should have at least one high-quality photo. If there are multiple photos in the article, they should all be relevant to the content and visually appealing. Original photos are always preferable to stock photos. If you must use stock photos, please choose them carefully and tastefully. We recommend making all photos full-width, with the exception of photos that degrade in quality at that size.

        Spelling/Grammar:

        All articles on Network Sites should demonstrate a good command of the English language with appropriately chosen words and readable sentences. It always helps to get an extra pair of eyes on our writing to spot those pesky, missed errors. Perhaps you can ask a couple of friends or colleagues to proofread your article!

        Other Issue:

        Thank you for submitting your article! Please do a thorough read through for grammar throughout the text. In addition to the above notes, please reformat the title, perhaps: "Visiting the Grand Canyon in Winter." Finally, please reformat the very bottom of the article by placing the "sidebars" one on top of the other instead of side by side. Please also add bullet points to the sidebar on information and travel. Thank you again for writing!

        Thanks, and happy Hubbing to you!

        HubPages

      • Glenn Stok profile imageAUTHOR

        Glenn Stok 

        2 years ago from Long Island, NY

        Kristen, Did you review the table in the mobile preview? That's an easy way to see how it looks. Basically, three columns is too much uses they include just a couple of words. But you have full paragraphs. Besides, I didn't see any logic to the location of the column and row data.

      • Kristen Howe profile image

        Kristen Howe 

        2 years ago from Northeast Ohio

        Glenn, Amy M. helped me work on this article back in January with her suggestions, including the table. I guess you've seen things differently from her, since they wanted me to fix formatting and editing, in which I did. I did run it through Grammarly. I guess I would have to re-edit it as I wait. How should I fix the table? I'll be happy to share with you their previous email from January.

      • Glenn Stok profile imageAUTHOR

        Glenn Stok 

        2 years ago from Long Island, NY

        Shannon - This is not old. I wrote it five months ago. It probably came up in your feed because of the recent exchange of comments in this hub while helping another Hubber. If you want some more tips, even newer, see my hub on "20-Step Checklist of Hub Writing Success Strategies".

      • Glenn Stok profile imageAUTHOR

        Glenn Stok 

        2 years ago from Long Island, NY

        Kristen, You wrote the hub well with interesting personal information. But there are issues the editors will notice.

        The first section is more about your own personal experience and this may lose the reader very quickly. Remember that you want to write for the reader, not for yourself.

        I think the section on "So Much To Do" would be better placed as the first section. This section does that very well and may even keep the reader engaged with the rest of the hub. Also make sure to use proper title capitalization on this subtitle.

        The next problem I ran into is that you suddenly asked a poll about winter without any warning. That poll would be better placed after the section on visiting in wintertime.

        The title and subtitles don't really work for search. You want to use titles that match better with what people are searching. Think in terms of what you would put into Google if you were searching for information about a trip to the Grand Canyon.

        The titles and subtitles you had used are the type of titles one would use in a magazine article. But for online articles you have to think in terms of SEO.

        The Amazon ad will probably get snipped. You have no content in the capsule describing how you used that guide or why you recommend it for the reader. If you do want to include an Amazon ad for a trip guide, then you need to focus the entire article on making a trip to Arizona and leave out all the extraneous stuff.

        I see many Hubbers misunderstand the rules for ad capsules. Example: an ad for a cooking pot does not relate 100% to a recipe hub about making a meal. Same with this, a trip guide does not relate to your personal views of your family trip experience. So that may get snipped as it presently is presented.

        I see no reason why you decided the table up into four columns. This does not work well for mobile and is impossible to read on smart phones (60% of your readers). You have no column headings to indicate what the columns mean. It looks to me like you don't need a table for the info you put in it.

        You need to remove the word "Sidebar" from the subtitle of the two sections you moved into the center. I realize you once had these as a sidebar capsules. This shows that you are not finished with your editing yet. The editors are probably waiting. Or they are too busy to work on so many issues.

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        Shannon Henry 

        2 years ago from Texas

        This seems to be an older article, but it just came up in the news feed. Lots of useful information to think about here. I usually forget to turn on the copyright feature, but your mention of disputing someone else using my work is enough to make me want to develop your suggested habit of checking first.

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        Kristen Howe 

        2 years ago from Northeast Ohio

        Hi Glenn. A week ago, I resubmitted my Arizona hub to Wander Wisdom and haven't heard back from HP Yet. Just like with the blackout hub, no word, though they've though it was be a better fit with HTP than with the other niche. I wonder what's the hold-up, since my Arizona hub is a good fit for WanderWisdom. Should I nudge HP tomorrow if no word?

      • Glenn Stok profile imageAUTHOR

        Glenn Stok 

        2 years ago from Long Island, NY

        Tomi, First of all, since a lot comes up in search engines, that means you have a lot of competition. So you need to narrow your focus on something specific that people are searching for that doesn’t exist elsewhere on the web. Then add that extra content as keywords to your subtitles where you elaborate on it.

        IN order to come up with subtitles that relate to what people might be typing into search engines, you need to think like the reader. Think what you would search for if you were looking for information about any aspect of the Sedona Method.

        Keep in mind that many people may not know the term. So what would they be searching for? Here are some ideas. You should be using these phrases as subtitles–even work it into the main title:

        • Positive Thinking

        • Negative Thoughts

        • Negative Emotions and Feelings

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