Today we will be implementing four enhancements to HubPages that we hope will have a positive effect on our community and readers: a new HubPages Style Guide with in-line tips displayed in the HubTool, a more streamlined HubTool, a revised Hubber Score that is more reflective of quality, and a change to how profile links work in comments.
HubPages Style Guide and Style Tips
We are excited to introduce our HubPages Style Guide as well as specific Style Tips in the HubTool. Our Style Guide Learning Center entry breaks down the different components of online writing and best practices, e.g., proper title case in titles and subtitles, appropriate use of Amazon and eBay Capsules, etc. In addition to the Learning Center entry, we will be showing tips that are specific to your Hub in the top right corner of the HubTool. We hope that you find these tips useful!
To streamline the HubTool, we have implemented a collapsable option for each section in the right toolbar. Going forward, your toolbar will be organized under the following headings: Needs Some Goals, Add Content Capsules, Display Options, and Organize your Content. To view the content under each heading, simply click the arrow. One addition to the Display Options section is the ability to add copyright information to the bottom of your Hub. Since one of our Style Tips suggests removing custom copyright notices, we felt we should offer our Hubbers that want to include this information with a HubPages-approved copyright notice.
Here’s a view of the old HubTool right toolbar.
Each section in the sidebar is collapsable. A much cleaner look!
Hubber Score Improvements
Our new enhanced Hubber Score substantially reflects the data we have on the quality of Hubs and the intent of the writer. One significant change is the threshold for the following of links; only Hubbers with high Hubber Scores will have their outbound links followed. Whether a link is followed or no followed doesn’t affect the reader’s experience, but a stricter policy on link following is an effective deterrent to spammers. We hope this encourages our writers to only include links in their Hubs that are relevant and useful to readers.
We have found that Hubs with many comments were crossing Google’s Webmaster Guidelines for the number of links in a page. To address this issue, we changed the way that signed-out readers view profile links in comments: usernames are no longer hyperlinked. This change will reduce the number of links in Hubs and keep us within Google’s guidelines.
Ultimately, our goal is to continue to improve the site and provide our Hubbers with the best tools to create high-quality content. Thanks for being the best writing community on the web!