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What New Writers on the HubPages Platform Need to Know

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This article is by Glenn Stok, an award-winning author with hundreds of educational articles published online.

2015 Lifetime Achievement Award

2015 Lifetime Achievement Award

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

In this article I'll bring these overlooked features to your attention, along with some tips to improve your success.

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.

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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.

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.

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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:

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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.

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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.

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:

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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.

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.

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 go ahead and implement in my other articles 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.

In Conclusion

Now that you reviewed all these methods and features, 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."


© 2017 Glenn Stok

Comments

Glenn Stok (author) from Long Island, NY on August 20, 2020:

Thanks, Abby, for mentioning me in your article.

Abby Slutsky from America on August 20, 2020:

Thanks for the congrats, and I forgot to tell you that you are mentioned with some of the extra helpful hubbers in my most recent article.

Glenn Stok (author) from Long Island, NY on August 19, 2020:

Abby Slutsky - Congratulations on getting your articles approved with the proper way of using Amazon capsules. Thanks for your feedback on the results.

Abby Slutsky from America on August 19, 2020:

This was helpful. I still haven't gotten the knack of setting up google analytics, but I use the other items you mention. By the way, I have gotten some articles with Amazon capsules approved, so your advice was helpful. My most recent one is about car emergency items, so thank you again. It has been a while, so I did not see your response,

Glenn Stok (author) from Long Island, NY on July 26, 2020:

Hey Abby, For some reason your last comment went into my spam folder. I just discovered it today and approved it. Did they accept your article that you changed?

Abby Slutsky from America on July 10, 2020:

If you see my article and the original title, I just wanted you to be aware that your info was very helpful and I intend to use it. However, I decided that a new title would really be changing the focus of the entire article, as opposed to making a few changes. Therefore, I expect to do another article that is tailored to creating Amazon capsules with a title similar to what you suggested. I removed all the affiliate tags from this article. I will see if they feature it now that it does not have the Amazon capsules. I have never republished, so I don't even know if it is reconsidered. This is a learning process. I am going to try another Amazon geared article that I think we be a little easier, and then go back to the second Mah Jongg article, which will focus on reviewing specific sets. Thanks again!

Glenn Stok (author) from Long Island, NY on July 09, 2020:

Abby, I looked at your article “Tips for Buying a Mah Jongg Set.”

The Amazon capsules are spammy because they do not relate to what you promised with your title. A better title that lets the reader know to expect purchase links would be:

“A Review of Three Mah Jongg Sets You can Buy in America”

Notice that I also included America since that’s related to your review.

If you want to see how I do it with multiple Amazon capsules without being spammy, look at “5 Books Written by Benjamin Franklin About Self-Improvement.”

Also, remove the extra blank lines you have at the end of a few text capsules. The editors don’t like that.

By the way, I noticed you’re experimenting with adding content in the Amazon capsules, and then you removed that.

I’m experimenting with that, too, as I mentioned in one of the forums a week ago. Even though I recommend putting your own content in the capsule, I may change that recommendation soon. I already changed it in a few articles to test the results. Amazon has changed tremendously since April.

Abby Slutsky from America on July 09, 2020:

I am learning a lot from you. I was just reading your article that talks about Amazon hubs. I wrote my first one yesterday, and it is my first not featured article. It must be because they think it is spammy. Which article of yours does well with Amazon? I'd like to read it to see if I can modify my article because I don't think the problem was with the writing. This part will be trial and error. Sorry I am picking your brain so much today. You are very patient.

Glenn Stok (author) from Long Island, NY on July 09, 2020:

Abby Slutsky - I've had more time to work on my articles too because of staying at home during the pandemic.

Mostly 80% on updates and 20% on new content, as is always recommended.

Abby Slutsky from America on July 09, 2020:

Thank you. I have been copywriting on and off for years, but I just started here. The Corona Virus has given me more at home time.

Glenn Stok (author) from Long Island, NY on July 09, 2020:

Abby Slutsky - Welcome to HubPages Abby. I see you have all your articles in the network niche sites already. That’s a great accomplishment! Congratulations for doing so well with your writing.

Abby Slutsky from America on July 09, 2020:

Excellent article. A lot of what you mentioned I found on my own, but I still learned something so this was worthwhile to read. I am new, but I have formerly written at many sites.

Glenn Stok (author) from Long Island, NY on June 07, 2020:

Welcome to HubPages Lisha. I see you recently joined, and already have published a few great articles. Keep up the good work.

Lisha C on June 07, 2020:

Thank you for sharing these details about HubPages features, and for your other tips. I was not aware of some of the features.

Glenn Stok (author) from Long Island, NY on May 19, 2020:

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.

Sujatha from Noida on May 18, 2020:

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.

Cynthia Hoover from Newton, West Virginia on April 21, 2020:

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 (author) from Long Island, NY on February 18, 2020:

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

Jerry Cornelius on February 18, 2020:

Thanks Glenn, we are never too old to learn.

Glenn Stok (author) from Long Island, NY on February 17, 2020:

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

Jerry Cornelius on February 17, 2020:

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.

Glenn Stok (author) from Long Island, NY on June 14, 2019:

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.

Abigail Hreha from Oregon on June 14, 2019:

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.

Glenn Stok (author) from Long Island, NY on June 13, 2019:

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 (author) from Long Island, NY on June 11, 2019:

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!

Thea Tsayt from Spain on June 11, 2019:

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 (author) from Long Island, NY on June 10, 2019:

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.

Thea Tsayt from Spain on June 10, 2019:

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.

Abigail Hreha from Oregon on May 14, 2019:

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?

Deepa from India on August 23, 2018:

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 (author) from Long Island, NY on August 23, 2018:

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.

Deepa from India on August 23, 2018:

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 (author) from Long Island, NY on August 21, 2018:

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.

Glenn Stok (author) from Long Island, NY on July 20, 2018:

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

Thelma Alberts from Germany on July 20, 2018:

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.

Glenn Stok (author) from Long Island, NY on June 17, 2018:

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

Alyssa from Ohio on June 17, 2018:

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!

Glenn Stok (author) from Long Island, NY on June 03, 2018:

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.

Jackie Grant from UK on June 03, 2018:

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 (author) from Long Island, NY on April 16, 2018:

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

Christopher Wanamaker from Arizona on April 16, 2018:

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.

Kathy Henderson from Pa on April 10, 2018:

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

Glenn Stok (author) from Long Island, NY on April 07, 2018:

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.

Glenn Stok (author) from Long Island, NY on March 27, 2018:

That’s great news Lucy. Glad it helped.

Lucy Brian on March 27, 2018:

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.

Glenn Stok (author) from Long Island, NY on February 27, 2018:

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.

Kathy Burton from Florida on February 27, 2018:

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

Glenn Stok (author) from Long Island, NY on February 21, 2018:

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.

Daniel Mollat from Nevada on February 21, 2018:

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.

Stella Kaye from UK on February 21, 2018:

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

Glenn Stok (author) from Long Island, NY on February 20, 2018:

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.

Daniel Mollat from Nevada on February 20, 2018:

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

Glenn Stok (author) from Long Island, NY on February 20, 2018:

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.

Stella Kaye from UK on February 20, 2018:

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 (author) from Long Island, NY on February 12, 2018:

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 from Nevada on February 12, 2018:

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

Glenn Stok (author) from Long Island, NY on February 12, 2018:

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 (author) from Long Island, NY on February 12, 2018:

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 from Nevada on February 12, 2018:

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 from Nevada on February 12, 2018:

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 (author) from Long Island, NY on February 11, 2018:

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 from California Gold Country on February 11, 2018:

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 (author) from Long Island, NY on February 11, 2018:

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

Daniel Mollat from Nevada on February 11, 2018:

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

It wasn't there!

Glenn Stok (author) from Long Island, NY on February 10, 2018:

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 from Nevada on February 10, 2018:

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 (author) from Long Island, NY on February 09, 2018:

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.

Brian Leekley from Bainbridge Island, Washington, USA on February 09, 2018:

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 from Nevada on January 23, 2018:

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 (author) from Long Island, NY on January 17, 2018:

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.

Cynthia Calhoun from Western NC on January 17, 2018:

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. :)

Glenn Stok (author) from Long Island, NY on October 17, 2017:

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.

Billie Raucci from Illinois on October 17, 2017:

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

Margaret Schindel from Massachusetts on October 13, 2017:

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

Glenn Stok (author) from Long Island, NY on October 13, 2017:

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.

Margaret Schindel from Massachusetts on October 13, 2017:

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.

Kathy Henderson from Pa on September 27, 2017:

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!

marcuscaine on August 25, 2017:

Hello Glenn,

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

Glenn Stok (author) from Long Island, NY on July 20, 2017:

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

Tomi Smith on July 20, 2017:

This is another good article with excellent tips on writing articles.

I seem to have trouble with coming up with good subtitles that would come up on search engines. I am not seeing much by looking into the search phrases in my stats as you have suggested.

Could you possibly give me some ideas for my articles that are mostly written about the Sedona Method, since the method seems to pull up a lot in search engines? The method teaches you techniques on letting go of negative emotions, feelings, and thoughts. It is kind of like meditation or positive thinking. Could you give me any ideas? I just seem to be at a loss on thinking up good subtitles that someone would put into a search engine for this. Thank you for any insight and for writing your informative articles.

Glenn Stok (author) from Long Island, NY on June 21, 2017:

Looks like you've got your act together Peggy. Good going!

Peggy Woods from Houston, Texas on June 21, 2017:

Hi Glenn,

I had no idea that we could change the URL to make it more general in nature.

HubPages has been encouraging all photos to be full size for some time now unless they look too pixelated so I have been doing that. Hopefully the images that are on the right side will continue to show up if and when they go to only one column.

In the past I have referred to hubs but for some time I have been calling them articles. Thanks for the reminder on all of these points you made.

Kristen Howe from Northeast Ohio on May 05, 2017:

I will, Glenn. You're a good friend here and thanks for helping me out. Thanks for the kind words too. I hope to write more hubs this spring/summer, depending when I have free time with my upwork assignments.

Glenn Stok (author) from Long Island, NY on April 27, 2017:

SA - That sounds great! You're definitely making good use of all the tools HubPages provides. There is always so much to learn and HubPages is a great place for that. I'm always learning something new. The process of writing online is an ever-changing field. Those who are willing to keep up with the changes are the ones who will be successful.

simplehappylife on April 27, 2017:

It is, I know it has played a major role in helping me be successful on here. I use that, the stellar hub info, and the edits from the editors as guidelines. So far, I've experienced very positive results :)

Glenn Stok (author) from Long Island, NY on April 27, 2017:

SA - I always watch the goals checklist too when I create new hubs. I find that very useful. It's great that you noticed it, some people don't even know it's there.

simplehappylife on April 27, 2017:

Thank You, Glenn :) I actually have that link "saved" :) I try to follow that particular article (stellar hub) and also the little "need some goals" checklist in the upper right-hand side while in edit mode :)

Thanks Again!

Glenn Stok (author) from Long Island, NY on April 26, 2017:

SA - If you haven't received an email listing one or more hubs on Healdove that they will be reviewing, then that's good. But you may want to be proactive anyway and make sure they meet all the stellar hub requirements. Here is the explanation in the learning center... https://hubpageshelp.com/content/Learning-Center-E...

simplehappylife on April 26, 2017:

Aaah. OK. I never realized I should be checking the forums. Thank You for that! I do get their emails, I wonder if I missed the one that discussed this current issue. I have a some articles on Healdove, I haven't received any edit requests or any news regarding those, so I guess those are fine for the moment.

Thank You so much for taking the time to answer my questions. I'll definitely check out your articles to read more on this.

Thanks again!

Glenn Stok (author) from Long Island, NY on April 26, 2017:

SA - The best way to stay up to date is to click on the "Forums" link each day and see what's new. Look for forum titles that specifically indicate important details. Some people post bug reports, that's how you can find out where those bugs stand with staff working on them, since staff usually posts replies in those threads.

Also make sure you have opted into getting email from HubPages – check your settings. Make sure you are getting the weekly newsletter. Also, when you see staff members post in forums, go to their profile and follow them. Staff always has an "H" on their avatar.

The slowdown is due to a new algorithm Google put out called "Fred." It specifically affected those of use who have niche hubs in Healdove, so staff is frantically going over all those hubs and either fixing them or unfeaturing them. Emails had been sent out to those Hubbers asking them to fix their own hubs to meet Google's new quality guidelines ( I put a link to that in the reference section of my last tutorial hub - "20-Step Checklist of Hub Writing Success Strategies").

As you can see, things have been happening. It definitely keeps everyone on their toes. One of the things I like about HubPages is that they proactively stay alert to what's needed to be done. I can't say that for most other writing sites. You may have noticed I wrote about the shortcomings of a few others.

simplehappylife on April 26, 2017:

aaaah! Good Point! Is there a way that we can stay up to date or gain any useful knowledge in regards to Google's current and next moves that might affect us? That way we can stay in the know?

This might seem like a silly question, but I'm kind of new here and I seem to always feel as though I'm late to the "party", when it comes to what's going on with Google and its affect on Hubpages. I do try and keep up with Hubpages announcements, but haven't seen anything new in a while.

A side note, I have noticed a drop in traffic the past week (seems to be climbing back up now). Someone said it was due to a Google update. I've also noticed that the publishing/Quality Assessment Process seems to be lagging a bunch among other things. I've wondered if they are short-handed at Hubpages or if it is all due to the update?

Sorry, I'm not trying to divert the conversation. You just seem so knowledgable about these things.

Glenn Stok (author) from Long Island, NY on April 26, 2017:

SA - Yes that's true – to a degree. However, we do need to be careful with what the creators do because rules change.

As an example, in the past a couple of editors changed my subtitles into callout capsules. So I did the same thing in new and old hubs. Then Google came out with the "Featured Snippets" and the subtitles in callout capsules failed to work with that. So staff told us we need to avoid using callout capsules for subtitles, and the editors no longer do that.

So it's fine to learn from the editors as long as we stay abreast of the changing climate.

simplehappylife on April 26, 2017:

Good information. In regards to the mobile preview, what I have done is taken mental note of how Hubpages editors have edited past articles (prior to moving them to niche sites) and have basically used that "layout" as my template. I figure that if I follow the format of the way they laid out my "worthy" articles, I can't go wrong. Lot's of articles since and it seems to be working.

My point is that we can also learn a lot about standards by paying attention to what they "fix" and "move" in our hubs, for future pieces to be more successful :)

Glenn Stok (author) from Long Island, NY on March 21, 2017:

Thanks for both your comments Natalie. You added a useful additional step that people should do. That is to check the links. I actually keep a record in a spreadsheet of all my hubs that have YouTube videos or other links. So I routinely check these from time to time and I have indeed found broken links that way. Sometimes that's reported in the stats list, but sometimes I catch it before then.

As for your second comment, you'd be amazed how many Hubbers use two columns and don't check the mobile preview to discover how messed up the order of their content is displayed. Maybe it's too overwhelming as you say. In my opinion, they should get it, because it only hurts their ranking when people stop reading half way through due to things being out of logical order. the HubPages stats also shows you the length of an average visit with the stars (****). The length of a visit for an average reader is determined by the number of words, so Google registers it as poor quality when visitors quit reading too soon. Glad you're on top of things.

Natalie Frank from Chicago, IL on March 21, 2017:

I just skimmed this again and realize I need to check the mobile preview for all my articles as I haven't done so before. I think at the beginning I just figured it should be fine even though I knew that there can be a difference between the two views. I got in the habit of doing some things and not doing others. Sometimes new Hubbers may at first feel overwhelmed with the variety of functions and tools available and not use every option. While I wish I had this article when writing my first Hub, it's still incredibly valuable for me now. I encourage all Hubbers who were a bit overwhelmed at first as I was, to use the information you have provided and go back to edit each Hub as appropriate. I have my days work cut out for me! Thanks again, Glenn.

Natalie Frank from Chicago, IL on March 21, 2017:

This is a great Hub! Even though I've been writing on HP for months now (though I joined it 2 years ago I didn't write my first Hub until well after - I guess I just got busy with other sites) and didn't know or pay attention to several of the things you mention. I never change my URL which I will begin doing now and had no idea about the search command under stats. I am interested in knowing how you interact with the curators and editors as I've never seen anything that allows you to do that. I would add that you should also check your links every so often as sometimes other articles, news or videos no longer are up and I've caught several (one just now) that were not caught in the editing process or auto review mode. Thanks for a great article!

Glenn Stok (author) from Long Island, NY on March 18, 2017:

Devika, I'm glad I gave you a lot to apply to your next hub. As for those URLs, just remember to make them more generic than the specifics in the title.

Devika Primić from Dubrovnik, Croatia on March 18, 2017:

I feel relieved now knowing about the URL. A useful hub and lots to practice on my next hub.

Glenn Stok (author) from Long Island, NY on March 17, 2017:

Most Hubbers don't notice that option Amelia. I have even more tips coming next week in another hub. Many are based on things I see others missing.

Amelia Griggs from U.S. on March 17, 2017:

Hey Glenn, this is really helpful, thanks for writing this. I didn't really know about the URL and I usually would let that default.

Thanks for all the great tips!

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