A New Contest & The Benefits of Q&A

The HubPages Know it All ContestGreat news, Hubbers! We’ve got another contest in the works. The HubPages Know It All Contest will take place throughout the month of March, and revolves around the Answers section of the site. You will be able to win prizes not only for Hubs you publish as Answers to Questions, but also for Questions you ask that inspire winning Hubs.

In honor of our upcoming contest, we’ve made this week’s Online Writing Insider all about the benefits of using Q&A as an online writer. In the podcast (The Benefits Asking and Answering Questions Online), we discuss various ways in which both asking and answering questions online can help you conduct research, build a brand, and engage in some valuable networking.

Now, you’re probably interested in knowing more about the contest, so here are the major details.

Most importantly, we’ll be giving away over $3,600 in prize money:

  • $1400 in $50 Daily Drawing Prizes awarded to a randomly selected Hub Answer from the entries submitted each day of the contest
    • $280 in $10 Daily Drawing Prizes awarded to each Question that the Daily Drawing Hubs Answer
  • $600 in $50 Weekly Prizes awarded to the best Hub Answers of each week
    • $300 in $25 Weekly Prizes awarded to the Questions that each winning Weekly Hub Answer
  • $500 First Place Hub Answer Prize
    • $100 First Place Question Prize for the Question that inspires the First Place winner
  • $250 Second Place Hub Answer Prize
    • $50 Second Place Question Prize for the Question that inspires the Second Place winner
  • $100 Third Place Hub Answer Prize
    • $25 Third Place Question Prize for the Question that inspires the Third Place winner

Now, to win these prizes:

  • Hub entries must answer a Question on HubPages (the Hub must be created by first visiting the Question, then clicking “answer this question” and then choosing the “make a Hub about it” option. Short-form responses are not entered in the contest.)
  • Hub entries must have at least one image, and all images are legally used (see our Learning Center guide on legal image use)
  • Entries must be published for the first time on that given contest day
  • Hub entries must be a minimum of 500 words
  • Question and Hub entries must be entirely original to HubPages
  • Hub entries must not be in response to your own Question

And non-random winners will be judged based on:

  • The extent to which the entry accurately answers the Question asked
  • The presence and quality of original photos and video
  • Whether the entry is on a long-tail, niche topic that has not been extensively covered online
  • Whether the entry has a search-friendly title (mirrors common search terms)
  • Excellent writing (proper use of grammar, capitalization)
  • The entry’s uniqueness (not copied or paraphrased from elsewhere online, full of details, examples, names, and figures)
  • Attractive formatting (avoidance of excessive link, eBay, or Amazon capsule clutter, excessive bolding or italics, and all-caps)
  • Judicious use of relevant capsules (original photos [especially your own], video, maps, tables, links, etc.)

Finally, while the contest does not start until March 1st, you can start asking Questions that qualify and drafting Hub Answers (NOT published) now! Here are the logistical details:

  • Hub Answers may first be submitted Thursday, March 1st at 12:00pm (PT) (though Questions may be asked at any time, and Hub Answers may be started as drafts, but not published, ahead of time)
  • The final deadline for entries is Friday, March 30th at 12:00pm (PT)
  • Daily Drawing prize winners will be announced every weekday around 4:00pm (PT)
  • Weekly Prize winners will be announced on Mondays (starting on the 12th)
  • First, Second, and Third Place winners will be announced on Friday, April 6th around 4:00pm (PT)

We hope you’re as excited about this contest as we are- and that you have fun with the Answers feature on our site!

39 thoughts on “A New Contest & The Benefits of Q&A

  1. This is a great opportunity for new hubbers to expand their knowledge regarding Hubpages. It also brings the community together in a effort to collaborate with everyone that wants to participate. Good luck!

  2. This portion would be great because aside from I enjoyed reading and answering the questions– this could also be challenging enough to participate in this contest wherein I could share what’s in my thoughts and sure enough would be lucky if I will be chosen as one of the winners. Am looking forward to this contest!

  3. I am SO very excited about entering this contest! I have only published two hubs. But I plan on posting many more. The comradery, and the helpful tips, ideas, and sincere responses from the members keeps me motivated to ask those questions which I have always pondered. Even more so, it has encouraged me to reach out to my fellow hubbers and extend my knowledge and creativity to help them find the answers to the questions they have on their mind. This should be VERY interesting! Happy hubbing!!

  4. I’m excited to enter into this content. Too bad we are not able to answer our own questions, though. When we write a Hub to answer a question, how old can the question have been?

    I understand that the answer hub must be published after March 1st, but does it matter when the question was asked?

  5. What and exciting, inspiring, fun contest!

    It’ll be good to get to grips with the Learning Center guide on legal image use too. Thanks.

    Really looking forward to some brilliant questions and brilliant answers.

    I’ve already bagged a question, given it a title and a couple of tags.
    You made it easy.

    Thanks

  6. Am I allowed to answer my own questions? I’m coming up with some questions that I could probably write a decent hub on – would this be against the contest rules?

  7. I’m glad to read that y’all are excited about this one!
    BlissfulWriter, you are more than free to answer old Questions- it doesn’t matter when they were asked. 😀
    And SimeyC, I can’t WAIT to see your fantastic questions! Though yes, answering your own Question would be against contest rules. 🙂

  8. Have I been declared the first place winner already?

    I actually have one question.

    Do the hubs have to answer a question asked after the contest starts or could it answer a question that was asked before the contest begins?

  9. This is a challenge I would enjoy but I have to give it some thought over the next few days. A change in work schedule is forcing me into a learning curve and I will have to put some things on hold for while. I hope I can adjust and participate in this exciting contest. It will certainly help me to think on my feet and build some writing skill.

  10. A very interesting contest. I sure look forward to asking as well as answering a few questions that could help in someway, in the long run.

  11. I’m proud to be part of this great Hub Pages community in which the questions and answers inspire more quality articles. Your contest gives us more motivation to add exceptional content and gives us another good reason to be a great Hubber.

  12. I have another question. I have noticed that many times an answer is voted down simply because someone decided to vote it down. This has no bearing on if the answer is right or wrong.

    Are votes going to be considered when judging the answers?

  13. If I answer a question with a hub that a HubPages staff member asked is that hub eligible for the contest and if so, is the staff member eligible to win anything if it is a winning hub?

  14. OK, I have another question. What happens if a question I answer was asked by someone who no longer a writer at Hubages? How does that person get their winnings if someone was to win using one of their questions?

    Thank you very much, Your Majesty, for the prompt response to my earlier question.

    • Another good question, SirDent!
      If the Hubber no longer exists, or does not qualify (e.g. isn’t in the HubPages Earnings Program, is a HubPages staffmember, etc.), that Hubber will not get any prize money- but the person who published the winning Hub still will.

  15. Do the Weekly Topic Inspiration questions count as questions we can answer for this contest? In other words, if I have a hub (okay several hubs) that I’ve done for the WTi, but did not get finished in time so didn’t publish it, can I post them for this contest?

  16. Sounds like a great contest, but I have a semi-technical question:
    What are the weeks?

    ie. 3/1 is a thursday,
    so will the first week be Thurs. (3/1) – Sunday (3/4)
    or
    Thurs to Thurs. (3/1 – 3/8)

    or will weeks run Monday – Sunday

    as you can see I am excited about this contest and want to make sure I understand how it works.

    Thanks
    GA

  17. I know one judging criteria is that you must answer the exact question, but can I assume that our hub title for our answer can be different from the original question? I know that’s true with the weekly topics inspiration. Thanks!

  18. One more question and I hope you are not tired of me yet.

    What happens if I answer a Question asked then the question is later removed? Does my entry still count or is it declared null and void as far as being an entry in the contest?

    I ask only because I answered a question recently then the question was removed two days after I answered.

    • Hahaa, points for being thorough, SirDent!
      My understanding is that if you answer a Question that is later removed, your Hub Answer will still be properly counted, but the Hubber who asked the Question will not win a prize. In general, avoid Questions that you think might be removed (e.g. more conversational questions like “What’s your favorite color?” and questions that would not normally prompt someone to write a Hub in response because the answer would be really short, such as “What’s the German word for hangover?”

  19. Thank you very much. The question that was removed was, “Why do you go to Church?” In all honesty, I thought it was a good question because many people go to church for different reasons.

    I suppose it may have been pulled because it was more of a personal question?

    • Yeah, something like that is more of an opinion-based discussion question. It probably got removed because it is not specifically asking for any concrete information, and belongs more in the forums.

  20. from the prize sheet information, it says $600 allotted for $50 weekly prize for the best hub answer hub each week. And the contest runs four weeks

    so… it looks like there will be 3 each $50 weekly winners (600/4=150)

    is that correct?

    Thanks
    GA

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