Introducing HubPro Basic and Other Quality Updates!

Introducing HubPro Basic

It’s hard to believe, but we have been editing Hubs with HubPro for over a year, and we are happy to announce that we will be continuing the program and moving it out of beta.  When we began, our HubPro goal was threefold: provide a better experience for readers, increase traffic, and collaborate with Hubbers to build better Hubs.  We believe that we have succeeded in all three areas.  

  • Reader satisfaction is up by 26 points (in our NPS ratings) across edited Hubs. For more information on NPS, check out our previous blog post.
  • Traffic is up 20% (compared to the baseline) across Hubs edited with HubPro.
  • Based on survey results, Hubbers are happier than ever with HubPro. We started out a bit rocky, but we listened to your feedback and made changes that made a big difference.  From August through April our Hubber satisfaction rate went from a dismal, 5.75 out of 10 to an 8.75 from May through July!  The biggest change that we made was the increase in communication and collaboration with Hubbers while editing. We continue to strive to improve these numbers and are seeing increases every month.

Over the last few months, we have administered a few private betas testing different types of edits and their impact on quality.  As a result of our tests and because of feedback from the community, we have decided to offer two levels of editing: HubPro Basic and HubPro Premium.  HubPro Premium is a continuation of HubPro with a new snazzy name.  Here’s the breakdown for HubPro Basic.

HubPro Basic includes:

  • Editing for spelling and grammar
  • Changes that reflect the HubPages Style Guide, e.g., providing a consistent style, free of broken videos, pixelated photos, and excessive bolding and italics
  • The assurance that all links and products are relevant and benefit the reader

HubPro Basic will not include:

  • Addition of visual media—commissioned or creative commons
  • Title or subtitle changes other than grammar, spelling, and title case
  • Significant reorganization of the Hub’s layout
  • Fact checking or research to add content
  • Extensive Hubber and Editor collaboration, although Hubbers are welcome to email us with any questions.

With this change, we will be able to edit more Hubs to improve the overall quality of HubPages.  We strongly believe that grammar, spelling, and spam are signals of content quality that both readers and search algorithms recognize. In our beta testing, traffic to Hubs that were edited for grammar, spelling, and spam showed an increase in traffic of over 15% almost immediately.  

Every Hub that we improve helps the entire HubPages community. Because HubPro Basic does not involve adding content or major organizational changes, any Hub may be edited with HubPro Basic (HubPro Premium still has an opt-out option, but HubPro Basic does not). We know some Hubbers are a bit uneasy about having their work edited; however, as we work toward a more professional HubPages, we believe HubPro Basic is a necessary step in improving quality across the site.  For those Hubbers that write error- and spam-free Hubs, the edits, if any, will be minor.  

Moving forward, HubPages staff will review more Hubs for quality (even if they haven’t been edited).  Hubs with significant traffic will likely be edited with HubPro before going through our  quality algorithm.  However, adding spammy elements back into a Hub after editing will likely result in the Hub being defeatured.  As always, we recommend editing your own work periodically, starting with your highest-traffic Hubs.  

Many Hubbers have asked why we are focusing on Hubs with the most traffic when editing? Why don’t we work on the Hubs that aren’t seeing any traffic?  Doesn’t the fact that I’m receiving search engine traffic mean that my Hub is high quality and that editing will risk its current traffic? The answer is fourfold:

  1. We can impact the most readers by editing our highest-traffic Hubs.
  2. The traffic gains from editing high-traffic Hubs help our business substantially more, e.g., 20% increase on a Hub that is seeing 100 views a day vs. a 20% increase on a Hub that gets 5 views a day.
  3. Improving Hubs with high traffic by adding great media can drive substantially more social shares and links which benefit the individual Hub and the entire site.  Some of the Hubs that have been the most successful on social media have been edited by HubPro.
  4. Because we can analyze traffic and quality across all Hubs, we know that search engines send traffic to Hubs of widely varying quality.  While there’s a correlation between quality and traffic, it is not absolute. The best way to maintain your traffic is to regularly update and improve your work to remain competitive.

For more information, check out our HubPro FAQ.

Automated Grammar and Spelling Checker

Yet more innovations are coming—in September we hope to announce a service that will improve spelling and grammar across all of HubPages. The automated system will impact every featured Hub on HubPages by fixing over half a million common errors on the site—including misspellings in the Comment Capsule and eventually on Q&A and the Forums! In our tests, 98% of the errors corrected were accurate. While the system works well, it is only able to fix a limited set of errors.  Since there are always special cases, you will have some user controls. There are more specifics to be finalized but expect more information in the next few weeks.

Lastly, HubPages has gone through many changes in its nine years.  We understand that change can be difficult.  However, we think it’s important for Hubbers to know that we see ourselves now as a unique blend of writers/enthusiasts and professional editors.  With the launch of our automated grammar and spelling checker, every Featured Hub will have the opportunity to be edited, and as traffic increases, additional editing resources could be assigned.  While most Hubbers have been eager for their work to be edited, we understand that writing online can be deeply personal and that having someone else edit your work can be difficult.  Our editors are writers too, and they understand your hesitation and make every effort to touch your work with as much care as possible.  Our hope is that you continue to create fantastic Hubs on topics you are passionate about and that we can work together to create a site that everyone is proud of.  

Thanks for being a community that cares about quality and for your support as we improve HubPages!

Week 5’s Top 10 Hubs and the Weekly Winner

The Grow the HubPot Challenge is officially over. Thank you to everyone that wrote Hubs during the Challenge. I loved reading everyone’s work; we truly have an amazing community of writers sharing their knowledge with the world. We hope everyone that participated enjoyed working as a team to grow the HubPot! Without further ado, here are the results of the final week of the Challenge!

Number of Featured Hubs for the week: 1044
Weekly HubPot: $130.75
Number of Featured Hubs during the Challenge: 4,872
Entire Challenge HubPot: $1,216.50

  1. stuff4kids: Top Ten Facts About the Wild West and Cowboys
  2. cecileportilla: How to Conduct Legal Research to support a Pro Se legal Argument
  3. Dreamhowl: How to Decorate Your House in Minecraft
  4. Doc Wordinger: Bicycle Touring Tips | 10 Mistakes to Avoid
  5. Flourish Anyway: Somebody Stinks: Perfume, Cologne and Other Smells in the Workplace
  6. AliciaC: Burnaby Village Museum – British Columbia Life in the 1920s
  7. cocopreme: Why Korean Dramas Are Popular
  8. bdegiulio: One Day in Chania, Crete
  9. NateB11: Best Gangsters From the 1830s to the 1930s
  10. JessBraz: Fun Things To Do With Your Family During Earth Hour

And the winner using Random.org…
#3: How to Decorate Your House in Minecraft by Dreamhowl

Congratulations to the Top 10 of the week and Dreamhowl!

Week 5’s Weekend Results of the Grow the HubPot Challenge

Here are the results of the last few days of the Grow the HubPot Challenge!  Congratulations to everyone that participated over the last month!

Top 10 and winner for Friday, March 28

Number of Featured Hubs: 151
Daily HubPot: $ 19
Weekly HubPot: $96.75 (19+19.25+21.50+18+19)

  1. Viking305: How To Grow Rhubarb in a Small Garden: Recipes Rhubarb Pie Crumble
  2. Jonathan Wylie: How to Use Green Screen Effects on iPads
  3. ercramer36: How to Insert a Drop Down Box in Excel
  4. Lizette Leanza: How to Make French Crêpes for Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner or Dessert
  5. stuff4kids: Top Ten Facts About the Wild West and Cowboys
  6. JayFS: League of Legends Runes – COMPLETE List and Rune Page Guide for Beginners
  7. JamiJay: Small Home Living
  8. sheilamyers: Categories and descriptions of natural environments
  9. LongTimeMother: What Teens Don’t Need To Know
  10. BNadyn: National Walk in the Park Day

And the winner using Random.org is…

# 5: Top Ten Facts About the Wild West and Cowboys by stuff4kids

 

Top 10 and winner for Saturday, March 29

Number of Featured Hubs: 142
Daily HubPot: $ 17.75
Weekly HubPot: $114.50 (19+19.25+21.50+18+19+17.75)

  1. AliciaC: Burnaby Village Museum – British Columbia Life in the 1920s
  2. bdegiulio: One Day in Chania, Crete
  3. anitajsmith: Apollo: Son, Brother, Olympian
  4. spartucusjones: The Top 15 Most Memorable Versions of Take Me Out to the Ball Game
  5. raymondphilippe: Review of 12 Star Social a new Social Media Management Tool to Prune and Grow your Social Media Presence
  6. tony55: How to Break a Child’s Bad Habits-Breaking a Teenager’s bad habit
  7. andrzejpavlov: 15 Best German Defenders of All Time
  8. Chiyome: Winged Death: Lilya Litvak and the Night Witches
  9. Diana Lee: Remaking Owen Wister’s The Virginian
  10. ercramer36: How to do Nested IF Statements in Excel

And the winner using random.org is:

#4: The Top 15 Most Memorable Versions of Take Me Out to the Ball Game by spartucusjones

Top 10 and winner for Sunday, March 30

Number of Featured Hubs: 129
Daily HubPot: $ 16.25
Weekly HubPot: $130.75 (19+19.25+21.50+18+19+17.75+16.25)

  1. Gordon Hamilton: Haggis Stuffed Roast Chicken with Clapshot Croquettes
  2. Viking 305: How to Grow Scallions, Spring Onions: Recipe Coleslaw, Potato Salad
  3. Melissa A Smith: The Truth about the Educational Value of Zoos
  4. Maren Morgan M-T: Gluten-Free Quinoa and Yogurt Breakfast Recipes
  5. Purpose Embraced: Best Ways to Support a Grieving Loved One
  6. stephhicks68: How to Make Photo Tile Coasters
  7. Greensleeves Hubs: Tenerife: Experiencing Carnival in Santa Cruz
  8. cocopreme: Why Korean Dramas Are Popular
  9. R L Alexander: The Auvergne: Plunge Into The Deep Heart of France
  10. Angela Tempest: HMS Trincomalee

The winner chosen using random.org, is…

# 3: The Truth about the Educational Value of Zoos by Melissa A Smith

Congratulations! Stay tuned for the Grand Prize Winner that will be announced tomorrow.

Week 5/Day 4 Grow the HubPot Challenge

Here are the results for Thursday, March 27th!  Check back on Monday for Friday, Saturday, and Sunday’s results!

Number of Featured Hubs: 144
Daily HubPot: $ 18
Weekly HubPot: $77.75 (19+19.25+21.50+18)

  1. Solaras: Dog Behavior: Does the Guilty Dog Look Really Mean Your Dog Is Guilty?
  2. LisaRoppolo: 10 Excellent Tomato Varieties for the Home Grower
  3. Anna Haven: How to use Showing and Telling in Your Writing
  4. Gordon Hamilton: Scottish Salmon and Broccoli Fish Head Soup Recipe
  5. Flourish Anyway: Somebody Stinks: Perfume, Cologne and Other Smells in the Workplace
  6. Philosopher’s Prince: What is the Family and Medical Leave Act?
  7. Doc Wordinger: Bicycle Touring Tips | 10 Mistakes to Avoid
  8. Larry Rankin: US States With Most NFL Hall of Famers
  9. NateB11: Best Gangsters From the 1830s to the 1930s
  10. Windclimber: Restoring an Antique Trunk and For Young Women a Lesson in Man-Speak

The winner chosen using random.org, is…

#8:   US States With Most NFL Hall of Famers by Larry Rankin

Congratulations, Everyone!

Week 5/Day 3 Grow the HubPot Challenge

Happy Thursday!  Here are the results of Wednesday’s contest!

Number of Featured Hubs on Wednesday, March 26th: 172
Daily HubPot: 21.50
Weekly HubPot: $59.75 (19+19.25+21.50)
Top 10 Hubs of the Day:

  1. cecileportilla: How to Conduct Legal Research to support a Pro Se legal Argument
  2. JessBraz: Fun Things To Do With Your Family During Earth Hour
  3. MosLadder: 7 Hot Cocktails for Cold Winter Days and Nights
  4. mmetripp: My First Backyard Garden
  5. Sharkye11: Using Pinterest to Find Article Topics
  6. stephhicks68: John Day Fossil Beds National Monument: Painted Hills, Oregon
  7. MsDora: Long-Term Wishes for A Grandchild on His First Birthday
  8. jo miller: How to Build a Slipform Stone Fire Pit
  9. randomcreative: Ways to Improve Your Art Skills and Abilities: Projects, Practices, and More
  10. Faith Reaper: How to Choose the Right Plants for Your Southern Garden for the Most Colorful Impact in Sun or Shade

The winner chosen using random.org, is…

#7 Long-Term Wishes for A Grandchild on His First Birthday by MsDora

Well done, Everyone!

Week 5/Day 2 Grow the HubPot Challenge

Here are the results for Tuesday, March 25th of the Grow the HubPot Challenge!

Number of Featured Hubs on March 25th: 152
Daily HubPot: $ 19
Weekly HubPot: $38.25 (19+19.25)

Viking305: How To Grow Strawberries in Containers, Hanging Baskets: Jam Recipe
KDLadage: Wizards and Warriors (Part 1: Attributes)
Dreamhowl: How to Decorate Your House in Minecraft
Tara Mapes: The Revolutionary War
LisaRoppolo: Plant Spotlight: Chrysanthemums
K L Evans: My Big Brother: A Nostalgic Look at Growing Up in the 1970s
Mir Foote: English Lessons Through Games: What am I wearing?
Lonna Weidemann: Top Bake Sale Item -Pretzel Hugs
carlajbehr: What is a Locavore? The Benefits of Eating Local Food
Josh Wilmoth: The Five Professors You Meet in College

The winner chosen using random.org, is…

#7 English Lessons Through Games: What am I wearing? by Mir Foote

Congrats!

Week 5/Day 1 Grow the HubPot Challenge

We are in our last week of the contest!  Here are Monday’s results!

Number of Featured Hubs on Monday, March 24th: 154
Daily HubPot: $19.25
Weekly HubPot: $19.25

Top 10 Hubs of the Day:

  1. CWanamaker: The Wooden Cradle: A Story of a Handmade Christmas Gift
  2. easylearningweb: Niagara Falls Photo Gallery
  3. Artois52: 8 Famous authors who have published under pseudonyms
  4. swilliams: The Dissolution of The Hohokam Tribe
  5. RonElFran: Why Lubuntu Is A Good Alternative To Replace Windows XP
  6. P T Linsley: Top Tips For Sportive Cycling
  7. nooch01: Infamous Second Son Powers Guide: All the Types You Can Get and How They Work
  8. ologsinquito: When Going to a Community College Won’t Save Money
  9. Chiyome: Dragon Lady: Empress Tz’u-hsi
  10. JMcFarland: Writers Wanted – Online Writing Sites for Extra Cash

The winner chosen using random.org, is…
#10 Writers Wanted – Online Writing Sites for Extra Cash by JMcFarland

Well done, Everyone!

Week 4 Grand Prize Winner and Top 10

Happy Tuesday, Hubbers!  Christy and I had another tough job; choosing the Top 10 Hubs of the week.  There were so many amazing Hubs.  Great job, everyone!  Here is your Weekly Grand Prize Winner and Week 4’s Top 10 Hubs!

Number of Featured Hubs for the week: 1061
Weekly HubPot: $133

  1. mollypocket: My Experience on a Self-Sustainable Farm in Thailand
  2. eugbug: 10 Tips For Improving Photos on Your Webpage or Hub
  3. FlourishAnyway: Leave A Legacy Of Medical Education: How To Donate Your Body To Science
  4. RJ Barnes: How to Study for an Art History Exam and Get an A
  5. Zach Butler: Analysis of the Declaration of Independence
  6. sallybea: How to use a Wire Frame to make a 3D Wet Felted Pansy
  7. anitajsmith: Alexander the Great: Military Genius or God
  8. JessBraz: The Moose of Algonquin Park
  9. Suzanne Day: How To Make A Cellini Spiral Bracelet – Free Patterns And Tutorial 
  10. ercramer36: How to Create a Baseball Scorecard

And the winner using Random.org is…

#6 How to use a Wire Frame to make a 3D Wet Felted Pansy by sallybea!

Week 4 Weekend Contest Results

Good Monday, everyone!  Here are the results of the weekend Challenge!  This is our last week of the Challenge, so good luck to everyone!

March 21st

Number of Featured Hubs: 140
Daily HubPot: $ 17.50
Weekly HubPot: $96.25 (20.50+19.50+19.25+19.50+17.5)

  1. Mark Ewbie: Stickmen Doing Ordinary Things
  2. ercramer36: How to Create a Baseball Scorecard
  3. Joe Macho: How to Grow Patio Tomatoes
  4. summerclark7387: Same-Sex Relationships in Shakespeare’s “Twelfth Night, Or What You Will”
  5. oceansnsunsets: Blue Morpho Butterfly Exhibit – A Photo Gallery
  6. Nancy Owens: How to Transplant Raspberries
  7. Anna Marie Bowman: How To Make a Witch’s Hat Cake
  8. MJennifer: Ten Wonderful Uses for Beer (besides Drinking It)
  9. Writer Fox: What Is Passover? | The Pesach Jewish Holiday
  10. Opining Penguin:  Essential Skills for Successful Computer Analysts

And the winner using Random.org is…

#7 How To Make a Witch’s Hat Cake by Anna Marie Bowman!

March 22nd

Number of Featured Hubs: 142
Daily HubPot: $17.75
Weekly HubPot: $114.00 (20.50+19.50+19.25+19.50+17.50+17.75)

  1. Suzanne Day: How To Make A Cellini Spiral Bracelet – Free Patterns And Tutorial
  2. tamarawilhite: Common Lotus Notes Problems- and A Few Solutions
  3. rmcrayne: Bacon-Wrapped Appetizers- Over 20 Bacon-Wrapped Treats
  4. CWanamaker: Cat Mathematics: Cat Stacking, Catenary Cables, & Cat Piles
  5. Michael J Nolan: Insider’s Dublin: Getting comfortable with Ireland’s capital
  6. Samiaylor: No Bake, low Sugar, Strawberry Graham Cracker Pie
  7. AliciaC: Downtown Vancouver in Spring – Sights and Photos
  8. sheilamyers: Is a werewolf and wolfman the same thing?
  9. punacoast: Hidden Hawaii: Star of the Sea Painted Church in Kalapana, Big Island
  10. Gordon Hamilton: Steak, Beetroot and Stilton Pie Recipe

And the winner using random.org is:

#10 Steak, Beetroot and Stilton Pie Recipe by Gordon Hamilton

March 23rd

Number of Featured Hubs: 152
Daily HubPot: $ 19
Weekly HubPot: $133.00 (20.50+19.50+19.25+19.50+17.50+17.75+19)

  1. Gordon Hamilton: Griddled Bacon and Gammon Steak Recipes
  2. sallybea: How to Wet Felt slippers on Aqua Shoes to get a perfect fit
  3. Viking 305: How to Grow Lettuce in Containers in a Small Garden or on a Patio
  4. Natasha Peters: The Incredible Moons of our Solar System
  5. prestonandkate: 3 Simple ways to update your Home Decor
  6. WriterJanis: How to Throw a 1960s Hippie Theme Party
  7. chef-de-jour: William Shakespeare’s Sonnet 129 – Love Turns To Lust
  8. Glenn Stok: Being Right for the Wrong Reasons Trading E-Mini Futures
  9. Zainab Tarawali: Oil Pulling: Another Health Fad or is it Beneficial?
  10. williamsykes: How to Get Away, in the Middle of LA

And the winner using random.org is:

#8 Being Right for the Wrong Reasons Trading E-Mini Futures by Glenn Stok!

Congratulations to all of the finalists!  I’ll be announcing the weekly winner tomorrow!

 

Week 4/Day 4 Grow the HubPot Challenge

We have a lot of new Hubbers in today’s top 10!  Check them out.  It’s exciting to see new writers and their amazing talent.  Congratulations, everyone!

Number of Featured Hubs: 154

Daily HubPot: $ 19.50

Weekly HubPot: $ 59.25 (20.50+19.50+19.25+19.50)

 

March 20th Top 10

  1. anitajsmith: Alexander the Great: Military Genius or God
  2. Zach Butler: Analysis of the Declaration of Independence
  3. LisaRoppolo: Five Great Shrubs for your Landscape
  4. RJ Barnes: How to Study for an Art History Exam and Get an A
  5. oceansnsunsets: Gustave Le Gray – The Great 19th Century French Photographer
  6. Purpose Embraced: 12 Great Ways to Take Charge of Your Mental Health
  7. skinnaz: The Five Most Expensive Paintings In The World
  8. JDubya: An Evolutionary Perspective on the Origins of Emotion
  9. Prosperity66: Eleanor of Aquitaine’s Early Life
  10. Sarah Siraj: There’s what in my tea?!? Here’s how to make your own Iced Green Mint Tea

And the winner chosen by random.org is…

#8 : An Evolutionary Perspective on the Origins of Emotion by JDubya!