Share Your Custom Illustrations With HubPages!

This month, as we share tips and advice on working custom made graphics into your Hubs, we encourage you to share cool sketches, drawings, graphs, graphics, and other illustrations you have included in your work to provide our community with some inspiration.

Here’s how to join in:

  • On Facebook: Visit our Facebook page and select the “Photo/Video” option, then upload a custom graphic you’ve created for one of your Hubs, along with a little description explaining how you made it and the Hub it is intended for
  • On Twitter: Share your photo with the hashtag #HubPagesGraphic (and feel free to mention @HubPagesDotCom)
  • On Google+: Upload a photo and description of a custom graphic you created (complete with an explanation) and be sure to tag +HubPages
  • Email photos to us directly and let us post it to our official albums on Facebook, Google+, and/or Pinterest by sending a message to Simone (dot) Smith (at) HubPages.com with the image, a link to the Hub in which it appears, and some background on how you created it.

I can’t wait to see what you have created!

A Hubber’s Guide to Facebook

Last week we published a new Learning Center guide sharing tips on using Twitter in a way that can benefit one’s Hubs and general online brand. This week, our focus turns to Facebook.

This second installment in a series of four guides to using social media as Hubber (which cover Twitter, Facebook, Google+, and Pinterest) touches on:

  • Using the “Like” button on Hubs
  • Finding a good balance of posts and shared links so that your shares actually show up in people’s feeds
  • Monitoring the response to things you share to see what sort of content your friends are interested in
  • Boosting interaction with others to increase engagement with your own posts
  • Utilizing lists to share niche-style posts with specific groups
  • Friending other Hubbers on Facebook
  • Whether or not to create a Facebook page for your Hubs
  • Interacting with HubPages’ Facebook page and posts

Be sure to stop by the full Learning Center entry to explore all of these topics in detail!

We hope you find our advice to be useful, and that you take some time to sharpen your Facebook sharing and diplomacy skills! Savvy behavior on Facebook reflects well upon all facets of your online identity, both on HubPages and elsewhere.

[Image by Sean MacEntee, CC-BY, via flickr]

 

Separating Business and Personal Lives Online

Many online writers use social media channels such as Facebook and Twitter to promote their writing, but doing so is not as simple as you might expect.

If you combine business and pleasure online, you run the risk of alienating your audiences.  By sharing personal information with people who are only interested in your writing, you run the risk of boring them or seeming unprofessional. By sharing purely professional updates on social media channels that include your friends, you run the risk of appearing like a self-promotional spammer.

We’ve packed this podcast (Separating Personal from Business Accounts) full of tips on using Facebook and Twitter in such a way that will please your professional and personal followers alike. In addition to reducing the number of people who block your posts or un-friend you, our advice will help you share information with those who care about it most.

If there is an online writing issue you would like us to cover in a future podcast, tell us about it by sending an email to podcast (at) HubPages (dot) com!

From Bigfoot Sightings to the Best Beef Chili

One of the things I love most about HubPages is the fascinating and varied expertise of everyone in our community.  North Carolina Hubber crazyhorsesghost serves as a great example – he is both an excellent cook and an expert in the paranormal.

Yesterday crazyhorsesghost published a Hub about a Big Foot sighting he had on March 22nd that has since gone viral.  The Hub is quite well done – it includes both crazyhorsesghost’s original photos and video – and it has already been picked up by the NY Daily News, msnbc.com, Huffpost Green, and Fox News, and liked over 2,000 times on Facebook!  Clearly crazyhorsesghost has proven himself to be an expert by going out there and documenting his paranormal experiences.

In true HubPages fashion, crazyhorsesghost publishes all sorts of useful articles, and even shares his award-winning beef chili recipe as well as directions for making the World’s Most Dangerous Chocolate Cake in a mere three minutes.  Like many, crazyhorsesghost has several interests and does a great job writing about all of them on HubPages.com.

HubPages is full of everyday experts like crazyhorsesghost who publish truly interesting and useful Hubs every day.  We hope you enjoy reading them as much as we do!

Lisa New England Gets Props from a Real Housewife of New York!

It is not every day that a television celebrity recognizes your work, but Lisa New England could tell you that it still does happen!

A couple days back, Jill Zarin, a Real Housewife of New York, posted a link to Lisa’s Hub on the show’s finale, pointing out that a lot of hurtful or misinformed things about her are posted online, but that Lisa’s Hub was not among them.  The post has since garnered 144 likes on Facebook and Lisa’s Hub has received over 15,000 views from Facebook alone!

This fun find goes to show that your work can be “discovered” at any point when you write on HubPages – and also that Facebook can be quite the place for your Hubs to be discovered!

Congratulations to Lisa New England for the celebrity-endorsed Hub 😀

Way to go!

HubPages on Facebook

If you are like me, participation and interaction on a social network like Facebook can be confusing at times. So, I thought I’d mention a few things about HubPages on Facebook.  It’s a great way to be a part of the HubPages community when you aren’t on the site.  By following us on our Facebook page, you can get the latest updates from our team about upcoming contests, feature announcements, and events (like HubCamps) that you may want to check out.  You can also participate in the conversation by posting writing tips and updates about your experience on HubPages (which, of course, is always awesome).

 

By following us on Facebook you can see what other Hubbers are up to and  interact with them – including “liking” and commenting on their posts.  Anyways, if you aren’t already doing so, check us out on the HubPages Facebook Page and follow us by clicking the “Like” button at the top.

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You can also follow us on Twitter @HubPagesDotCom.

Sharing Hubs on Facebook

So, Simone and I were chatting today about how people share their Hubs on Facebook.  After perusing a couple of examples and pouring over some statistics, we came up with a few tips to consider when thinking about how to apply social media (ie facebook) to Hubs.

1. When you see Hubs written by others that you think are cool and interesting enough to share with your Facebook friends, you may want to choose “Share” instead of “Like.”  Sharing a Hub creates a post  in your wall with a preview blurb and image from the Hub like this:

Liking a Hub  simply posts a brief mention like this:

See, sharing a Hub creates a more visible post on Facebook.  You may also want to write something pertinent in the description.

2. For your own Hubs, you want to make sure that you do not over-share things.

Keep in mind that you want to share Hubs that your friends may actually be interested in reading.  As Simone mentioned, “the goal is to get people to ‘like’ and comment on the things you share –  if they do, your shares are more likely to end up in peoples’ home feeds…and more people will see it.”

On that note, if you do NOT get a lot of feedback on the things you share, reconsider your strategy – continuing to share and like things that nobody seems to be interested in (ie no comments nor “likes”) will make it more likely that your shares only show up on your own wall – and not your friends’ home feeds.

HubPages’ New Facebook Recommendations Feature

RecommendationsAs part of our continued effort to improve your experience on the site as both a reader and writer, we’ve just added a feature that allows you to see what your Facebook friends have been liking and sharing on HubPages.

“So… what is it?” you ask, “And is it shiny? Or made of chocolate?”

In fact, it’s a “Recommendations” box you’ll find at the bottom right corner of every hub that shows the recent activity of your Facebook friends and other readers on HubPages.  At the top of the box (if you’re signed into Facebook) you’ll see hubs that your Facebook friends have recently liked and shared.  At the bottom, you’ll see the hubs that the entire community has been liking and sharing.

Why are Facebook Recommendations useful on HubPages?

  • It’s a way for you as well as your readers (both Hubbers and non-hubbers) to see what Facebook friends are sharing and liking on HubPages
  • It shows you what is currently popular amongst Facebook users
  • It’s a way to boost traffic across hubs
  • It allows the crowd to read what is most popular

Facebook plugins such as this are common on news sites because they allow browsers to get an idea of what the moment’s hot stories are and lead to relevant information.  We’re trying to bring a bit more of that hot, cutting-edge content spin to HubPages.com, plus we’re also hoping to add even more of a community feel by allowing you to see what your Facebook friends have been enjoying on the site, even if they’re not hubbers themselves.

We hope you enjoy the new feature.  Let us know what you think!

Get Ready for the Richest Display Ad Units on the Web

HubPages is always ahead of the curve, so it should come as no surprise that we’re about to roll out one of the coolest, niftiest, most interactive ads on the web.  Check out the unit!

The Largest, Richest Display Ad Units on the Web

This display ad was created as part of an advertising partnership with ClickTurn, an online leader in dynamic display advertising.

What is particularly exciting about this ad is not its size, but rather its potential for interactivity.  The demo above, for example, includes embedded YouTube videos (don’t worry- they’re not on autoplay and the sound is muted), as well as home, Facebook, and Twitter feeds.  The whole thing is like a miniature website- it’s fascinating!

Another cool aspect of this ad is that it does not interrupt your text the same way some ads can – your block remains intact and nicely framed by the colorful adverts, thus giving it a glamorous magazine feel instead of a spammy internet-junkyard aftertaste.

As you can tell, I’m quite excited about this- I hope we shall start seeing these on more hubs soon!

If you’re interested in reading more on this development- hop over to the official press release.  Also be sure to check out our advertising page for more details.

Facebook connect and Tweet this now available on hubs!

With all the buzz going around social media and how websites are using Facebook connect and Twitter to help their users be more pro-active and social, we here at Hubpages HQ decided to jump on the bandwagon.

So we’re glad to announce a subset of Facebook connect and Twitter functionality integration into your Hubpages hubs (see screenshot below). Now authors can log into their Facebook account after having published a hub from within Hubpages and distribute it to their friends and family on Facebook. With a click of button, it’ll get posted to the Facebook feed. What this means for our authors is another medium for them to distribute their content through the social vine which in turn means more eye-balls for their hubs.

We’ve implemented a similar functionality for twitter. So now anybody can tweet a link to a Hub to their followers on twitter. All you do is click on the link, sign in as usual and post your tweet. We’ve taken care of URL shortening, so you don’t need to do anything other that going tweet crazy!

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As always we’d love to hear from all you great hubbers – so feel free to let us know what you like or dislike about this new feature.