Getting Collaborative with Custom Hub Graphics

We love it when Hubbers collaborate with their friends and family when creating Hubs and have been delighted to see how many Hubbers collaborate when creating custom graphics for their Hubs as well.

MobyWho, for example, collaborated with her husband on her Hub Your imagination – it can kill you. Here is her backstory on the image’s creation:

In an effort to engage my 92-year-old husband, I asked him to draw me some cartoons for a recent post. Not only did he appreciate being included in my work, but he buckled right down and came up with two or three oeuvres.

Aren’t the resulting images fun?

Littlemirror also occasionally collaborates with family when creeating custom images for his Hubs, such as his health-oriented Hub No Smoking Please: Tobacco kills more than alcohol, drugs, traffic accidents, and AIDS.

Says littlemirror:

I asked my son-in-law to pose as a “model” like a smoker (though he is not smoking) and after we took some photos, my daughter Din-Din added a warning sign of skull that cigarettes kill.

I say these helpful images littlemirror created with his family definitely improve the polish, earnestness, and effectiveness of his Hub.

Hopefully these two examples will inspire you to tap into the talents of your own friends and family when creating custom graphics for your Hubs. When Hubbers team up with their loved ones, amazing things happen!

Hubbing with Pets

NettlemereAlthough we wound down our Hubbing space series earlier this week, we couldn’t help but post this latest photo sent in by Nettlemere. It reveals so much of what we love about Hubbers and their approaches to the Hubbing process!

Explains Nettlemere:

It is the product of an untidy mind, poor housekeeping skills, and an indication that I could be the laziest Hubber ever since – yes – that is my bed I Hub from. I moved my bed downstairs so that my elderly dog Nettle didn’t have to sleep alone once he couldn’t manage stairs anymore (that was five years ago! Nettle is still going strong). Some days I have to squish in between 3 dogs to write a Hub – it just depends where they have decided to crash out. But I wouldn’t be without their company when I write or without their gentle reminders that there is a world out there which wants to be walked in. The piles of slide boxes shout at one of my other enthusiasms – photography – which is an essential feature of my Hubs too. I’m in the process of scanning then all into my computer, but incapable of tackling the task logically or linearly.

The things Nettlemere shares in her Hubbing space photo represent several approaches shared across the HubPages community:

  1. A love of pets: Though her explanation, we discover the Nettlemere gets her HubPages username from her dog’s name. We’ve seen that many Hubbers are inspired by their canine companions and like to write Hubs in the company of their beloved pets. We love it!
  2. A habit of Hubbing in bed: Nettlemere isn’t alone in enjoying Hubbing from bed- I do the same thing, and bet many of us do. Hubbing makes for a great leisure activity, and we love that many Hubbers turn to our platform and community to wind down and explore a fresh, creative corner of their lives.
  3. A pinch of great creativity: That Nettlemere is slowly scanning her photos into digital formats into Hubs is excellent. It also reminds me that nearly every Hubber incorporates some sort of creative element into his or her Hubs, be it in the form of original sketches, great photos taken throughout one’s life, cool camera phone pictures, or beautiful graphs and diagrams.

Isn’t it fun to see how the things we share in common show up in the lives of others? Thanks for sharing your Hubbing space with us, Nettlemere. 🙂

The Connection Between Hubs and The Spaces in Which They’re Created

As people have shared their Hubbing spaces with us, we have been surprised by the extent to which they mirror the Hubs they create. Take, for example, this lovely nook belonging to ESPeck1919, which she introduces thusly:

I’ve always loved getting a peek into other people’s creativity spots and sharing my own. A little bit about mine – this is the final result of wanting to put together a more formal writing/crafting spot for myself for a number of years. Those drawers hold a variety of jewelry making and miscellaneous crafting supplies, and the thing in the upper left hand corner of the picture is my inspiration board. There is also a basil plant for fresh basil leaves and to enhance creativity, and my little oil burner for when I need some aromatherapy.

ESPeck1919, who writes about herbs and the Law of Attraction (amongst other things), reveals some of her interests through this space (what with the inspiration board and basil). We wonder if the crafting supplies are a sign of some crafting Hubs on the horizon, too!

ESPeck 1919 is certainly not the only Hubber to surround herself with objects that manifest themselves in her Hubs. Outbound Dan (who writes great backpacking and outdoors Hubs) Hub from park benches overlooking rivers and CyclingFitness (who writes awesome Hubs onc bikes and cycling) Hub from bicycles (at least, the brainstorming and outlining part of Hubbing). Clearly their Hubbing spaces tie in with their Hubs as well!

What does your Hubbing space say about the Hubs you write? Let us know on Facebook, Twitter (hashtag #YourHubbingSpace), and Google+, or send me an email at Simone.Smith (at)

[Thanks for sharing your Hubbing space, ESPeck1919!]

Great Hubbing Spaces!

On Wednesday, I asked you to share your Hubbing spaces with us, and over the past two days, we have been getting the coolest photos on Facebook, Google+, Twitter, and via email.

I’d like to share some of them with you.


GoodLady‘s Hubbing Space looks particularly comfortable and relaxing. It reminds me how much more creative we can get when we allow stress and strain to take a hike. Says GoodLady:

I always write my Hub articles resting my dislocating leg on my bed in my sunny studio-bedroom – with Tinka, a very old friend.  tap tap tap

We can hear the hawks in the sky tap tap tap and see the countryside from the window, nobody bothers us, tap tap tap. so we’re very happy and comfortable.


CrisSp‘s Hubbing space- particularly the Post-It that provides her with some inspiration, gave me goosebumps! As CrisSp puts it:
This is actually the office in the house. Doesn’t seem like anything special but I am facing the wall where I see my inspiration hanging, which says:
“Be Brave. Write.”
I don’t care where I would be writing- with that simple, powerful statement, I’d be all set to go!

Angie Jardine

I’m a big fan of composing Hubs and cozy spaces, and Angie Jardine‘s space may win the award for the coziest!! Wouldn’t you like THIS to be your Hubbing Space? Angie says:
I practically live in this space although the horse riders and dog walkers who wave at me through the window are a constant distraction.
I say that’s a lovely distraction to have.


Of course, we’ve been seeing some more exotic and unconventional Hubbing spaces, too, such as this particularly mobile Hubbing space belonging to Dianemae, who explains:

I do my best and most hub writing while on my sailboat.  The computer is at the navigation station. I have a  air card that allows me access to the net. Some ports have good reception while others have no reception. The view outside changes often and stimulates me to write.

Aren’t these great?

Big thanks to the Hubbers who are sharing these hotbeds of creativity with us! Keep them coming! You can send photos directly to me at Simone.Smith (at)

Winner, Winner, Chicken Dinner! – The Cookbook Contest Concludes

The HubPages Cookbook Contest has drawn to a close, but the amazing recipes published throughout will live on! We read so many fantastic entries — from frosty drinks to decadent desserts, from culinary classics to untried originals. With a whopping 1828 entries and 792 participants, the judging panel sure had their work cut out for them. It was tough to choose our winners, but we finally did! While these recipes represent some of the best HubPages has to offer, visitors will be enjoying all the recipes submitted during this contest for years to come!

So without any ado whatsoever, your HubPages Cookbook Contest winners!

  • Grand Prize Winner: Curry Corn Chowder With Pancetta by pennylu: This top-of-the-line Hub includes a fantastic step-by-step photo guide with detailed, full-width, original photos, plus ends with a short quiz filled with fun facts!
  • Best Dessert Recipe: Horchata Ice Cream With Bananas & Butter Caramel Sauce by vespawoolf: This recipe has an extremely unique topic that has not already been exhaustively covered online, and includes helpful ice cream making tips.
  • Best Drink Recipe: How to Make Drinks that Glow in the Dark by cocopreme: cocopreme’s Hub features multiple, very unique and playful recipes with cool explanations of the science behind glowing drinks as well as three original videos (added in Video Capsules via YouTube)
  • Best Family Recipe: Homemade Ice Cream in a Bag by ktrapp: Featuring an original video, fun stats on favorite ice cram flavors, this Hub also offers an explanation of what chemically happens during the freezing process!
  • Best Healthy Recipe: Nut Burgers with Shiitake Mushrooms: a Gluten Free Recipe by Melovy: Melovy offers very helpful nutritional information, tips on substitutions, alterations for people with additional dietary restrictions, and a complementary dish recipe.
  • Best Budget-Friendly Recipe: Roast Turkey Thigh and Salad Wraps: A Budget Family Sharing Platter by Gordon Hamilton: This Hub provides readers with a detailed cost evaluation (in two currencies) and helpful explanations of specific ingredients and tools!

Congratulations to all our winners, including all of our Daily Drawing and Weekly Winners (complete list available in the forums). We hope you enjoyed writing these recipes as much as we enjoyed reading them!

Stay tuned for our next contest, coming this fall!

Discovered by a Greeter: Haunty Interviews Dirling

Our Discovered by a Greeter series continues with a look at another promising new Hubber discovered by the ever-dedicated Greeter Haunty.

Dirling, called Lisa Simpson by her friends, describes herself as an activist, historian, and world traveler. Though she has only published a small handfull of Hubs so far, they are exceedingly fascinating. Of course, we can only know so much about this promising Hubber from her short bio and small (but growing) collection of Hubs, so Haunty asked her some fun interview questions to give us a better peek at this history-loving Hubber.

Your profile on HubPages is brief, but that much more intriguing. Could you tell us a little about yourself? Why do they call you Lisa Simpson?

I studied Library and Information Science for my masters degree, with a focus on archives and records management. I am tremendously excited by historical materials – personal papers, photographs, official documents – in an archive, your collections are not only unique, but also often haven’t been seen in years, sometimes decades. It’s endlessly fascinating.

I was born in Hollywood, Florida, and moved to Colorado when I was six years old. I absolutely love living here; the beauty of this state is incredibly inspiring. When I’m feeling weighed down, a drive to the mountains is all I need to feel once again that wonder and awe of nature, of life itself. I’ve traveled all over the world, but there’s no place like home.

As for “Lisa Simpson,” well, it’s better than Cliff Claven. 🙂 “It’s a little known fact…” is definitely one aspect of my personality. I have a gift for obscure trivia, dates and names, and quotations. I worry that I can come across as an insufferable know-it-all, but those who love me seem to enjoy benefiting from my random knowledge.

How did you find HubPages and what is your impression of the site and the community so far? Have you set any goals in regard to publishing on HubPages?

I stumbled on HP while I was looking around at freelance writing options and just thought I’d see what kind of reception I get. Writing is a little scary, as you know; you never know how your work will be received. I haven’t set any goals yet, but I have a lot of ideas I’ve always wanted to explore, such as Women in History. There are so many great stories waiting to be told! It’ll be interesting to see how much of an audience I have for that.

As someone who has joined us recently, how easy do you think it is for a new Hubber to navigate HubPages and find the information he or she needs to get started quickly? Is there room for improvement?

I found it easy to get started. I published my first post within a few hours of joining, and messed around quite a bit with the text and photo capsules to get it formatted just right. I couldn’t figure out how to put photos where I wanted them initially, but was able to get an answer to that easily enough with the FAQ page.

As you know, I’m fairly new here, but I’ve noticed a few Hubs with errors in grammar and spelling that would be easily caught by a proofreader. The overall quality of Hubs might be improved with the addition of a place where contributors can have their work checked before posting – pointing out that sort of thing isn’t the kind of remark I want to leave in comments, who likes a grammar Nazi? (Maybe such a place exists right now, and I just haven’t seen it?)

Your first Hubs are some of the best descriptive essays I’ve read recently. They are carefully planned, packed with information, and extremely well-written. What inspires you to write? Can you teach me the process of writing such amazing pieces?

Thank you! I have loved writing ever since I was, oh, about twelve years old. I think a passion for your subject is probably the most important thing to have, but there’s no denying that the getting a handle on the mechanics of writing requires a great deal of practice. I wrote a ton of papers in college, where I was able to hone my research-writing style. For descriptive and informative essays, I feel it makes for a more exciting and interesting read if you have an opinion about your subject, and try to convey that without wandering too far into editorial or propaganda-type writing.

The Hubs you have published so far are concerned with historical figures. Where does your interest in history come from? When you study the history of different peoples are there any over-arching questions that you are looking to find answers to?

I’ve been fascinated with history ever since I did a report on Ancient Egypt in middle school. At that time, it was more an interest in how differently people lived, the kinds of clothes they wore, isn’t that weird how boys would shave all but one lock of hair from their heads? Yet the more I’ve learned, the more it’s become obvious that people really haven’t changed much since the very beginning. We’re still motivated in large part by our emotions, by fear and love and anger. To see how that plays out in world events, the stories of individual people – it’s fascinating. And the what-ifs, if things had happened differently, are equally intriguing to ponder. I’ve been on a Nazi Germany obsession for a little while now – talk about the characters in THAT story! Hitler always thought of himself as an artist – could it all have been averted if they’d just let him into art school?

What is the best or most curious thing that has happened to you in life and you would tell us about?

I participated in an anthropology/geology field school trip to Tanzania a few years ago. It was an incredible experience – five weeks living in a tent in the Serengeti. It made me realize how much we take for granted, the sheer abundance of what we have. Every day in the field when we stopped for lunch, some Maasai kids would turn up and wait to see if they’d be given anything extra. Seeing a boy of six or seven walking his cattle to the watering hole, using a Prestone jug for a water bottle – it’s a different world. Yet the strange thing is, it isn’t a bad world. It’s so simple. Our camp was next to a tiny village with a small hospital where the medical-anthro students were doing a malaria study, and it actually had a few computers and internet access; but the day to day life, just working from sunrise to sunset, taking dinner, and sitting talking around the fire – that’s a nice life in a lot of ways. I can’t make my life quite that simple, but it’s a good reminder to count my blessings.

Would you like to get editing help from fellow Hubbers?

We’re constantly looking for new ways to improve the quality of Hubs on HubPages as well as your experience as an online writer. To do this, we regularly test out new ideas and features that might make a difference.

One feature we’ve been working on is a community edit feature; one which makes it possible to:

  • Suggest edits to a fellow Hubber’s Hub (when you’re signed in to your HubPages account)
  • Receive, review, and approve or deny suggested edits to your Hubs (should your fellow Hubbers notice a mistake or typo)

This feature would be quite similar to community edit features you will encounter on wiki-style sites.

Are you interested in this community edit feature? Would you like to make it possible for your fellow Hubbers to suggest edits to your Hubs when they notice room for improvement or mistakes? If so, visit this form (to give us your username and email), and we will add you to a list of potential beta testers!

[image by woodleywonderworks, CC-BY, via flickr]

Aya Katz Interviews SweetiePie

We often hear from Hubbers who are new to the site, but HubPages has been around since 2006. What about the pros? What about the first people to join?

To add a bit of perspective and to give us a peek into the life of a Hubber who has been publishing on HubPages for years, Aya Katz proposed an interview of SweetiePie, and asked her some really great questions.

In the following exchange, you’ll get some fun insights from one of HubPages most longstanding Hubbers, and perhaps even walk away with a different perspective on driving!

Aya Katz: You have been on HubPages for five years now. That makes you one of the veteran members. How did you first discover HubPages, and what do you think of how the site has grown, developed and changed since you first joined?

SweetiePie: I discovered HubPages back in December of 2006 when I was searching for ways to make money by writing online.  Several years before that time period I knew I wanted to start writing a book and writing articles for magazines.  On a whim I had even sent in article pitches to several magazines, but I never heard anything back.  I wrote my first Hub in December of 2006, but it was not until December of 2007 that I rediscovered the site and began writing more frequently.

HubPages has become much bigger since I first started writing here, but it gave me a foundation to branch out and try other writing formats.  I always come back to HubPages because I enjoy publishing here from time to time, interacting with people on the site, and I tend to get more traffic here than I do elsewhere.  However, one thing I learned from interacting with other writers on HubPages is that it is imperative to have your own website if you want to explore a certain topic in more detail.  For instance, I enjoy writing about my daily adventures with art, photography, and walking, so I have several different blogs that deal with each of these subjects.

Another thing I learned from interacting with the people on HubPages that there are many talented writers who self-publish books and it is possible to do so if you want to explore this avenue.  It is something I am considering since I am currently working on a novel, and hearing about others’ experiences with self-publishing makes me realize this is attainable if you are willing to work hard and do your research.

You have several sites of your own that you run. For instance, you have one called The Pedestrian Life. Is it true that you prefer walking over driving as a means of transportation? If so, why?

I prefer walking over driving because honestly I was just way too nervous to be behind the wheel of a car on the congested Southern California freeways.  Back in 2000 I took numerous driving lessons, and I realized sitting in the driver’s seat made me anxious every time. After a while I decided I really had no desire to drive, so I decided walking is the best form of transportation for me.  Friends and family members were perplexed at first when I told them I was just going to be a pedestrian or take the bus for longer trips, and they insisted my life would be easier if I purchased a car.

After a while I grew weary of how almost anyone I ever met informed me that “everyone drives,” but I often wondered if they ever noticed all the people walking, too.  Walking is actually easier on the pocket book, and I became a pedestrian before it became the trendy thing to do.  There is a lot of talk about getting an electric car, but what about just not driving your car as much?  I realize most people want to drive, but the reality is a lot of people drive far more than they need to.

Basically I recommend becoming a pedestrian for people who want to save money, or for those who just want more exercise without paying for a gym membership.  Now when people ask why I do not drive, I am honest and say that I do not want to because I have discovered many benefits to being a pedestrian.  I have always found some excessive driving practices of Southern Californians to be a bit on the hilarious side anyway.  For instance, a lady scream at my dad once when he took a parking spot that she claimed was closest one to her gym, and she was upset she would have to walk a bit further to go work out.  What I found peculiar about someone complaining about a slightly longer trek to the gym is that the point of exercise is that you are supposed to move around.

Also, I have always wondered why some people insist on circling the parking lot just to find a parking spot at the front, and I have literally seen people fight over and flip each other off over these coveted spots.  My years of walking have made me expeditious, and I am able to walk across an entire shopping center parking lot in a shorter amount of time than it takes some people to circle it once in a car looking for the elusive front row parking space.  Since most pedestrians do not go around asking drivers why they prefer their cars, part of the reason I started my blog was to raise awareness that not everyone needs nor wants to fit in a certain box.  I know a Southern Californian wanting to walk rather than drive is a very perplexing thing, but this blog is a liberating way to let others know not everyone wants to do everything exactly the same way.

Growing up in a car culture made it a little daunting to go against the flow as it were, and I have literally had people tell me that I was not accomplishing much in life until I get a car.  My blog is a way to share with others you can save money, and be your own person, and you do not have to feel like a misfit just because you choose to walk somewhere, take a bike, or take public transportation.  I always hear people complaining about their car payments and insurance, and at least those are two things I have not had to worry about.

What kinds of arts and crafts do you like to do? How long have you been doing them? Where do you get the inspiration for your projects?

I started drawing and crafting from a very young age, and by the time I was in kindergarten these were already activities I enjoyed daily.  My favorite art projects consist of drawing Southern California inspired scenes with mountains, pine trees, and palm trees.  People do not realize the diversity of SoCal geography in that during the winter and spring we have snow-capped mountains that you can see in the Inland Valley with palm trees in the foreground.  I spend a lot of time drawing Southern California inspired scenes for pictures I paint, or colored pencil drawings that I frame.  Hawaiian themes also fit predominately into my artwork, which you can see on my various Hubs.  I also hand draw pictures on the front of card that I send to friends, or I print out my artwork on cards when I want to save time.

Other crafts I like consist of pyrography and handmade jewelry that I primarily make for myself, but I also give some of it to my niece.  Making your own jewelry is another creative way to save money, and I have been doing this on and off since I was old enough to manipulate beads.  My penchant for crafting inspired me to write Hubs about how to do so on a budget, and I have also been writing about budget crafting over on the Examiner since March of 2009.

You also run a site called Sweetbearies Art Workshop. What is that all about?

When I signed up for HubPages I decided on the name SweetiePie on a whim, but I have often wished I could change it to Sweetbearies since this is the pen-name I use on many websites.  Sweetbearies Art Workshop is supposed to be like Santa’s Workshop, but it is my version of it has art inspired gifts for people of all ages.  On this site you can purchase art inspired shirts, mugs, hats, plates, and other items I have designed with my artwork and photography.  Many of the items for sale make ideal Christmas and birthday gifts, hence the name Sweetbearies Art Workshop.

You have a Hub about kicking the soda habit. That is something I had to do, too. Tell me about your experience.

Several years ago I was very good about kicking the soda habit, but I must confess I am a little guilty of drinking a bit of Coca Cola lately.  However, I am now making a concerted effort not to buy it, and one thing I know from past experience is that it is very hard to lose weight if you are drinking soda.  I highly recommend sparkling water or flavored bubbly type waters for people who are trying to kick the soda habit.  Mostly I just liked the fizz of soda, but the funny thing is I only started drinking large amounts of it during my senior year of college because I wanted a caffeine jolt when I was working on a paper.  Once again I am making an effort not to drink soda, and the best way to avoid it is to just not put it in your shopping cart.  I am thinking about purchasing a club soda maker so I can make my own bubbly water, and I have seen some nice ones on Amazon.

You also seem to have a lot of experience at gardening in containers. Do you get to save on groceries doing that?

I love eating salad and making pizza, and I have saved money over the last couple of years by growing tomatoes, peppers, and a little bit of lettuce in containers.  There was an initial monetary investment in purchasing potting soil and containers, but this year I only had to buy the plants since I already had all those things.  Also, the amount of money I spent on buying containers, potting soil, and the plants over the last two years is probably not even a fourth of what it would have cost to buy organic salad ingredients at the store during an entire year, so I have definitely saved money.

Over the winter I enriched the soil in the containers with ground-up leaves that had fallen from a tree nearby, and I realized container garden is perfect for people with limited space like me.  I grew up in a family where they loved the garden, but my favorite aspect of gardening was tending the compost.  I used to love to make multiple trips to the compost just dig it up and mix it around, but I never realized how much I actually enjoyed gardening until I decided to start a container garden last spring.

You sometimes feature recipes. What is your all time favorite recipe?

My all time favorite recipe is making pizza, which is easy, but a bit time consuming because I choose to make my own dough.  I highly recommend making your own pizza because it is a great way to use up any leftover veggies and/or meat in your fridge.

You like to read and have featured book reviews in your publications. How do you find time to do so much reading? What kinds of books do you like to read?

From a young age I have always enjoyed the written word, so reading books is just second nature for me.  Since I do not pay for cable TV I find I have more time for reading, and I enjoy writing book reviews because it is like a virtual book club.  In the past I always wanted to join a book club, but never really had the time.  I have discovered that writing book reviews is just like being in a book club because everyone can share their opinions about a book, but they are free to do so at their leisure.  It also allows you to interact with people around the world who have read the same books you have, which is not something you could experience through a local book club.

Honestly, I do not exactly have a favorite type of book to read, but I have enjoyed reading biographies, history books, and fiction with international themes.  However, I do read a bit of everything, and I am always open to reading something new, as long as the story line is not overly violent.

What are your ultimate goals as a writer? How is HubPages helping you achieve them?

Ultimately I plan on publishing my novel, but at the present moment I content with working on my Hubs and blog posts.  Although being a published author is definitely a goal of mine, I have come to realize over time that by writing Hubs that I already have readers, and some have told me certain Hubs I have wrote helped them with a personal issue, or to discover a new hobby.  Connecting with new people and old friends on HubPages is definitely a way to stay motivated with my writing aspirations.

What one piece of advice would you give to a new person starting out on HubPages?

Write for yourself and not based on what others think you should explore.  It can be helpful to follow SEO experts and the trends if you want to get search engine traffic, but I have been most successful by just writing about topics I truly enjoy, and I discovered over the years that like-minded people have managed to find my Hubs and blogs posts by remaining true to me in the writing process.


Creating Successful Questions: Tips and Tricks from Ngureco

After we made it possible to earn ad revenue from Questions (by moving them to one’s personal subdomain), there was some discussion in the Forums about which Questions are more likely to drive traffic and earn money for the Hubbers who asked them.

One of the best observations came from ngureco:

This is my observation, repeat, just my observation, which may be very wrong:

1.Questions with less than 5 answers had a tendency of not performing well.

2.Questions with at least 5 answers had a tendency of performing fairly well.

3.Questions that got more than 20 answers performed even better.

4.Questions with more than 20 answers had a very long column of answers for your readers to make use of ads on that page.

5.It would seem like its better to close your question once it gets past 20 answers. Sometimes you would get just one good hubber who would answer the question explicitly well with sufficient enough content that you would close it and sing, hallelujah. You certainly would vote up such an answer and go to his/her profile to learn more about such a person because it’s always a good thing to be associated with such a hubber.

6.It should be about time to make a hub of your own, if you can, on a question making at least 5 answers.

7.Pay special attention to the choice of your titles just as you would when you make hubs. And this seems to be the most difficult one since a long title that may attract more answers from your fellow hubbers is unlikely to attract good external traffic, and vice versa.

8.Generally, hubs had a higher tendency of performing far much better than questions.

As it happens, ngureco is pretty spot on with his estimations, even when it comes to numbers. From a report Ari Lamstein ran (which you can see below), it is quite clear that Questions with more Answers perform better and that Questions with more than 20 Answers do significantly better than those with fewer… so perhaps it woud be worth it to keep Questions open once they have more than 20 Answers, as tempting as it might be to simply highlight an excellent Hub Answer someone submitted.

Ngureco also makes an excellent point about carefully choosing succinct, polished titles for Questions and Hub Answers. As with all online titles, that which is polished, properly capitalized, clear, and coupled with words directly associated with its subject, is ideal. The more a Question or Hub’s title reflects words people would use when consulting search engines about the subject at hand, the better.

We also agree that Hubs are more likely to perform well and earn their authors money than Questions. Questions with a good list of Answers can make for great online resources, but nothing beats a well-formatted, well-written, media-rich Hub.

Thanks for sharing your thoughts, ngureco!

How to Write Successful Online Reviews

Online Writing InsiderBecause we offer a special new capsule in the HubTool that augments reviews on HubPages with star ratings (which can feature either an author’s rating or readers’ ratings), you may be thinking about publishing some review Hubs. Before you proceed, keep in mind that it is not necessarily easy for online reviews to succeed. Reviews are a very competitive type of online content. Many sites have established clear dominance over specific review types and it can be very difficult to outrank these established experts. That said, there are quite a few simple things you can do to work around these barriers and create better, smarter, more successful resources. In this week’s Online Writing Insider (How to Write a Successful Online Review), we share some tips on doing just that. We hope you find them to be helpful!

General Review Tips:

  • Write reviews on products, places, and services that are not already extensively reviewed online.
  • Only write reviews on products, places, and services that you have experienced firsthand- be genuine!
  • Make sure the words you use in your review reflect the words people would search for when looking for information on this product, place, or service.
  • Make it on a collection of things and write a more thorough review on the best product.
  • Write the review from the perspective of an audience that is potentially interested (e.g. mothers, students, whoever you are).
  • Do competitive research before: see what reviews already exist.

Product Review Tips:

  • Include as many original photos as possible.
  • Add a specific slant to your review (e.g. Can the X Phone Survive a Mother of 3? An Honest Review).

Place Review Tip:

  • Instead of making your review just about a place (high competition) address the type of place (e.g. dog friendly restaurants).

Service Review Tip:

  • Make your review for the service as specific as possible – if it is part of a chain, be sure to specify which local area in you received this service.

Are there any other article types you would like some tips on writing? Tell us about them! Send us suggestions, questions, and feedback in an email to podcast-at-HubPages-dot-com. We hope to hear from you!