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Creating A Hub Page

Starting a New Hub on HubPages

When I decide to create a new hub, I usually plan it out and write it in my word processor (Microsoft Word) but it can be any word processor you choose. It's easier to write it out there, then copy and paste one paragraph at a time into the Hub.

I generally start out with a paragraph giving a general explanation of what the Hub is about. For instance, I am writing one on making changes to a submitted thesis, in order to get it accepted and published. So paragraph 1 currently has the heading “Thesis Submission” followed by a paragraph explaining that I have submitted my thesis, had a viva and been passed, subject to making “minor revisions” to the thesis. I followed that with a paragraph headed “Problems” because there can always be problems and difficulties and I want to show what these are, so I can illustrate the way I overcome them.

Getting More Paragraphs / Points Added

I then felt able to do some actual work on the thesis (wow!) and wrote a paragraph detailing my first few baby steps and created a page with a table to write out the required changes, so I could tick them off as done.

One of the problems is my own nature! I know I procrastinate, I also over commit and allow other to over commit me too!!!! That led onto how I was starting out, which was added into the paragraph on baby steps and that led onto a major whine about how this is difficult and the nasty examiners have totally destroyed my thesis and given me loads more work to do all in the name of “minor corrections”. I now had 4 major paragraph headings:

Thesis Submission


Getting Started

First Piece of Work

And 2 sub paragraph headings to fit under “Problems”, these were “My nature” (I procrastinate) and “The nature of the Corrections” (my whine). I can order them in any way I like.


With an outline like this, I could write paragraphs to suit and then look for photographs to illustrate the Hub. These can either be my own or from somewhere like, with suitable credit given. It’s also possible to use a mind map to create an outline. Once you have an outline, I feel it is easier to fill in the blanks, even 100 words at a time. I look at each paragraph as being equivalent to an article here on PersonaPaper, it's just a question of adding several articles at one time.

More Participation

Hubpages encourage you to add polls to get audience participation. If you are teaching people things, you can also add a quiz. These all make the Hub more interesting. You can get pictures to fill the page or be smaller and sit on the right of text. These all add variety. Evergreen content is useful for earning from year to year and a minimum of 1200 to 1500 words is encouraged.

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CoralLevang wrote on February 25, 2016, 9:59 AM

1500 words is encouraged? And I thought that most sites wanted fewer than that because of the attention span of the online reader now a days. This was very, very helpful! Thank you! I do have a question, however. You have two accounts there? I'm confused a little bit by that, not only from you but also from barbRad

MegL wrote on February 25, 2016, 10:32 AM

BarbRad and I both wrote articles at Squidoo, since defunct. But Squidoo transferred articles over to hubpages for you, creating a separate account. That's why I have two accounts. Some people shoose to have more than one account for different types of writing. RoadMonkey is mainly academic stuff. Dreamermeg is mostly day to day stuff, recipes, etc. Some people just write poetry or fiction.

lookatdesktop wrote on February 25, 2016, 11:03 AM

It is interesting to know that there are a number of sites a person can write on. You can spread yourself too thin I think.

CalmGemini wrote on February 26, 2016, 8:25 PM

This is great!Some one who wants to write at Hub pages,first goes there and reads some hubs.But the first thought that comes to ones mind is,oh I can't write here.Writing there feels so daunting at first.But your article explains everything.After reading your article,if somebody goes there,while reading the hubs , they will start planning their hubs in their mind.Another feather in your cap MegL .One doubt--do they permit to have more than one account for a person there?

CalmGemini wrote on February 26, 2016, 8:28 PM

Though I do not write at Hub pages,I always read articles there.One of these days I hope to read one by you, CoralLevang .

CoralLevang wrote on February 27, 2016, 2:23 AM

I will get to it pretty soon. I'm working on a couple of other projects right now.

CoralLevang wrote on February 27, 2016, 2:24 AM

Do we just start another login and use the same email or do we have to use a different email address?

BarbRad wrote on February 27, 2016, 3:01 AM

Coral, as far as I know, each account gets paid separately. I would advise sticking to one account since you have to reach $50 to get paid. i wish I could consolidate my accounts so I could combine my balances. I definitely would build up one account before even thinking of starting another one. Each account has to find its own followers, etc.

BarbRad wrote on February 27, 2016, 3:02 AM

They allow it, but I don't advise it. See what I wrote in response to Coral above.

MegL wrote on February 27, 2016, 3:15 AM

Yes, I would totally agree. I have $20 on one account and $7 on the other, that cannot be combined.

MegL wrote on February 27, 2016, 3:19 AM

CalmGemini , thank you. BarbRad has answered your question and I totally concur.

CalmGemini wrote on February 28, 2016, 6:41 AM

Yes,a very good point and thank you.