Announcing the 7th Annual Hubbie Award Winners

The votes are in and the winners have been chosen! We’d like to thank everyone for taking the time to vote, and please feel free to drop by and congratulate the winners. Now, without further ado, the 2017 Hubbie Award Winners:

Awards

  1. Best All-Around Article:  Organic vs. Free Range vs. Cage Free Eggs
  2. Best All-Around Hubber:  Bill Holland—BillyBuc
  3. HubPages Lifetime Achievement (staff picked):  Ronald E. Franklin—Ronelfran
  4. Most Helpful Hubber:  Glenn Stok
  5. Rookie of the Year:  Larry Slawson
  6. Most Likely to be a HP Employee:  Marisa Wright
  7. Funniest Hubber:  Keith Abt—FatFreddysCat
  8. Best Imagery:  Sally Gulbrandsen—SallyBea
  9. Biggest Grammar Nerd:  Marie Flint
  10. Most Academic Hubber:  Linda Crampton—AliciaC
  11. Hubber with Most Obscure Knowledge:  Natalie Frank
  12. Most Trusted Hubber:  Dora Isaac Weithers—MsDora

This year the HubPages Staff is very pleased to honor Ronald E. Franklin (Ronelfran) with the HubPages Lifetime Award!  Ronald has been an active member for over six years,  writes informational, high-quality articles, and is a positive member of our community.  Congratulations, Ron!

We would also like to extend our congratulations to this year’s winners. It was a tight race in many of the categories!  We are grateful for all of our Hubbers and their time and commitment to make HubPages the best place to share knowledge and expertise with the world.  Keep up the fantastic work!

Vote for Your Favorites in the 2017 Hubbie Awards!

The polls are officially open for the 7th Annual HubPages Hubbie Awards! You have two weeks to submit your vote, so take your time and consider your choices carefully—no rush!

The Prizes:

Winners in each category will receive an official HubPages mug with the HubPages logo and your name or username.

If a Hubber wins more than one category, he or she will receive a mug for each category won (though we do love to see as many deserving Hubbers win as possible, so please do your best to diversify your votes).

The Rules:

Before you cast your vote, there are a few ground rules to keep in mind. Each Hubber may only vote once, so make sure you’ve got your list of nominees ready to go. Nominations submitted after Wednesday, September 20th at midnight will not be counted. If you don’t have a Hubber or article to nominate for every single category, it’s ok to leave spaces blank.

When you’re ready, you can visit the Official 2017 Hubbie Voting Form, or if you need more time to consider your vote, you can always browse the categories before making up your mind:

Hubbie Award Categories:

  1. Best All-Around Article
  2. Best All-Around Hubber
  3. HubPages Lifetime Achievement (staff picked)
  4. Most Helpful Hubber
  5. Rookie of the Year
  6. Most Likely to be a HubPages Employee
  7. Funniest Hubber
  8. Hubber That Uses the Best Original Imagery
  9. Biggest Grammar Nerd
  10. Most Academic Hubber
  11. Hubber with Most Obscure Knowledge
  12. Most Trusted Hubber

If you’re ready to cast your vote now, proceed to the Official 2017 Hubbie Voting Form. Remember, you can only vote once, so take your time figuring out which articles and Hubbers you’d like to nominate. Happy voting!

Comment Capsule Standardization

Starting today we are simplifying Comment Capsule options for a more consistent reader experience and one that aligns more with standard practices in the online publishing world right now. Here’s a list of changes we’ll be making:

All articles will be required to have a Comment Capsule and it will be the last capsule in the article. You will no longer be able to create articles with no Comment Capsules, multiple Comment Capsules, or Comment Capsules located anywhere but the bottom of the page.

Comments will always be displayed from newest to oldest, and Comment Capsules will display up to 100 of the newest comments before requiring the reader to load more. We are also removing the option to disable further comments.

This change will be applied to both new and existing articles. Authors who previously had no Comment Capsules in their articles or had the Disable Further Comments option checked will now have a Comment Capsule with the settings automatically changed to only accept comments from signed-in users and require the author to approve all new comments before they show up on the article.

Full Width Capsules & HubTool Update

Capsule Floating to Be Retired

Big news today, friends! As part of our effort to make the HubPages experience more consistent on mobile and desktop, and to promote a more clear and organized layout, we will no longer support half-width (right floated) capsules. As of today, capsules in new articles must be full width.

We are providing a 90 day grace period for existing articles that contain floated capsules. We recommend checking out your articles and making all capsules full width to make sure they appear in the order you want them to be read. Once the grace period is over, all capsules will automatically become full width.

The main issue you will need to be aware of for this change is to ensure that your images look crisp and clear. You may upload JPG, GIF, and PNG image files to use in your articles, but any images you display should be at least 1,000 pixels wide. Images should also be high quality; the original photograph should not be blurry or unfocused.

In cases where your article contains original photos that are not of sufficient size/quality to look good full width but can not be replaced, we recommend making them into a collage. PicMonkey is free and great for making quick collages, but there are many other free collage-making apps and websites you may wish to try as well.

HubTool Makeover

I’m also very excited to announce that we have revamped the HubTool. It now has a new, sleeker design, and additionally it has been redesigned to work on mobile. Starting today, you can easily compose articles on your smartphone or tablet as well as on a desktop or laptop computer. Here’s what’s changed:

On mobile, visit HubPages.com and make sure you are signed in. Open the menu on the upper left of your screen and you will now see a “Write” button, which is how you start a new article:

On both desktop and mobile, you will see a new Create an Article page when composing new articles:

The HubTool will function on both mobile and desktop devices and now sports an attractive new design:

We hope this change will make it easier and more convenient to write new articles and edit your existing ones on the go. Please stop by the forums to report any issues with these new features. Happy Hubbing!

2016 Update and HubPro Premium

Hi Hubbers,

2016 was a transformative year for HubPages.  We went from one site to a network of over two dozen unique properties.  For us, it was an all-in year.   The net result has been very successful.

As I look back at the time from 2011 to where we are today, I can see many of the things we got right as well as the things we tried that didn’t turn out as fruitful as we hoped.  Here are a few of the important things we got right:

  • We increased the standards for writing on HubPages, which many from the community demanded.
  • We built robust systems to clamp down on spam and poorly written content.
  • We introduced innovative services like HubPro and hired teams of editors and curators to improve content.
  • We created topical sites.

I believe these initiatives have played a significant role in the success of 2016, but they have also reshaped our community.  It’s a smaller, but in many ways stronger collection of people that have created incredible articles with tons of depth. Many of the most successful Hubbers are once again earning hundreds every payout and for a small number, they are earning thousands. Our hope for the future is that folks see the benefits of our community and new members that are passionate on topics from tactical flashlights to hand raising cockatiels are attracted to the HubPages Network as well.

In the next month, we will remove the option of opting-out of HubPro Premium.  Editing is a significant piece of the quality improvement process, and we believe it’s in the best interest of our community, readers, and our future to have one set of options with the intent of creating the best content we can together.  

Today, many of the most influential communities have forms of editing.  I looked around at various successful sites, and I see a strong sense of purpose.  The best communities are made from great people with interesting, useful ideas and information that they share generously.  Like us, StackExchange is one of those communities.  

StackExchange is a large diverse community built around QnA.  I’ve admired them for years.  Many of their pages are deep with rich, thick answers.  They provide fantastic content that harnesses the talents of their community to create a great reader experience.  Many of their most popular QnAs are improved regularly via editing.  

I believe editing is a critical part of a healthy community that provides an enhanced reading experience and ensures the quality of our network for years to come.  While I’m not ready to announce community editing—maybe someday, I am happy to announce that we will be investing more in editing in 2017!

Here is to a fantastic 2017.

Best,

Paul

Does this mean my articles may be edited when the change goes into effect even if I previously opted out?

Yes. All articles, both old and new, will be eligible for every type of edit when this change is made.

Will Editors be able to edit all of my content?

Currently, Premium Editing is the only type of editing we offer the option to opt out of, which means all articles on HubPages are already eligible for Basic Edits (quick spelling and grammar fixes) and Snip Edits (removal of problematic elements like links and products). All of your content will be eligible to be Premium Edited as well when this change is implemented, but we encourage writers to think of Premium Editing as a collaborative process. If selected for a Premium Edit, you will receive advance notice of any edits that will be made and have the ability to communicate directly with your Editor.

I still don’t want my content edited or changed whatsoever. What should I do?

If you are firmly against having your work professionally edited, HubPages is likely no longer the best home for that content. We recommend removing your articles and republishing on a website or blog you own. However, our Editors are highly-qualified, consummate professionals. They have been successfully editing articles on HubPages for over two years. We sincerely hope you will give the editing process a chance before saying goodbye to the HubPages community.

We know this is a big departure from the level of autonomy we’ve offered when we launched in 2006 (which is why we want to give you plenty of time to think things through before we remove the opt out), but it is increasingly clear to us that the best way to provide a phenomenal experience both for readers and writers is to incorporate the kind of professional editing typical of most high-quality magazines and community websites going forward. We are also delighted and deeply appreciative that so many of you are on board and have had great experiences with editing. Thanks and keep up the great writing!

New Design for Network Sites

Big news! Within the next couple days we’re rolling out a design overhaul on Network Sites. We believe these changes will deliver some much needed functionality improvements as well as provide a cleaner, warmer look. Here’s an overview of the changes you can expect to see:

New Color Scheme

We wanted an updated and stylish look that still conveys the warmth and approachability of our sites. Working with a professional designer, we chose the orange and light blue scheme because we felt it best communicated the friendliness and approachability of an informative site with such a wide and unique range of information by everyday experts.

New Menu Structure

With the introduction of the new design, readers will be able to more easily browse the categories on each site using the “More” menu in the upper left. You will be able to simply click the menu to display all topics and subtopics on the site.

Fully Responsive Articles

To begin with, this change will only be live on TatRing.com, though we plan to roll out the responsive design to all sites within the next few weeks. Here’s a list of features the new responsive article design will include:

  • Improved ad layout with different ad placements for mobile, tablet, and desktop viewing.
  • Social sharing options that appear at the top of the article on mobile devices.
  • An improved About the Author Bio (if you haven’t yet created your Bios yet, we highly recommend doing so, as the new design looks much better with text in this section).
  • Improved tablet design with better readability.

Flipboard & Email Buttons Added

Easily email or Flip articles onto Flipboard from Network Sites using these new options that have been added to the social sharing section.

For now, we will only be applying these changes to Network Sites and not to HubPages.com. Our engineers have been working tirelessly to implement these improvements, and we couldn’t be more thrilled. We hope you love the new design as much as we do!

Updates to In-Text Amazon Links

Later today we are making some updates to in-text Amazon affiliate links. In-text Amazon links will now be automatically converted to the revenue sharing format, which means that all in-text links will be subject to our 60/40 impression sharing split (with 60% to the writer and 40% to HubPages, as always).

As part of this change, any in-text Amazon links you have placed in your articles but forgotten to monetize (add your affiliate tracker to) will be fixed so that you will begin earning from them.

We are also adding a small Amazon icon to distinguish Amazon links from other types of in-text links. Amazon is a trusted site by many readers and the icon will provide an easy and intuitive way for your readers to know where these links are going and that they will be directed to an Amazon.com product. As well as providing more clarity and simplicity to your reader’s experience, we hope this visual distinction will result in more Amazon clicks and increased earnings. This is what the new links will look like:

decorated-amazon-link

You will not have to do anything to your existing articles in order to implement this change. It is automatic and will be applied to both existing and new articles.

Announcing the 6th Annual Hubbie Award Winners!

The votes are in and the winners have been chosen! We’d like to thank everyone for taking the time to vote, and please feel free to drop by and congratulate the winners. Now, without further ado, the 2016 Hubbie Award Winners, ladies and gentlemen:

Awards

Top:

Site-Based:

This year HP Staff is very pleased to honor wilderness with the HubPages Lifetime Award for being an active member for 6 years and counting, writing tons of high-quality articles, frequently helping other Hubbers in the Forums, and generally being a hard-working and upstanding community member. Thank you, Dan, for being a part of HubPages.

We would also like to extend our congratulations to this year’s winners. You have won the admiration and respect of your fellow Hubbers and we are proud to have you as writers on our site. Keep up the fantastic work.

Vote for Your Favorites in the 2016 Hubbie Awards!

The polls are officially open for the 6th Annual HubPages Hubbie Awards! You have two weeks to submit your vote, so take your time and consider your choices carefully. No rush!

The Prizes:

Winners in each category will receive an official HubPages mug with the logo of the Network Site he or she has won the award for. For example, the Hubber who wins Best Hub on Exemplore will receive a mug with the Exemplore logo. Hubbers who win Best All-Around Hub, Best All-Around Hubber, and Most Helpful Hubber will have the option to choose which logo they would like on their mug.

mug

If a Hubber wins more than one category, he or she will receive a mug for each category won (though we do love to see as many deserving Hubbers win as possible, so please do your best to diversify your votes).

The Rules:

Before you cast your vote, there are a few ground rules to keep in mind. Each Hubber may only vote once, so make sure you’ve got your list of nominations ready to go. Votes submitted after Monday, September 5th at midnight will not be counted. If you don’t have a Hubber or article to nominate for every single category, it’s ok to leave spaces blank.

When you’re ready, you can visit the Official 2016 Hubbie Voting Form, or if you need more time to consider your vote, you can always browse the categories before making up your mind:

Top:

  • Best All-Around Hub
  • Best All-Around Hubber
  • Most Helpful Hubber

Site-Based:

  • Best Hub on TatRing
  • Best Hub on PetHelpful
  • Best Hub on Bellatory
  • Best Hub on Delishably
  • Best Hub on AxleAddict
  • Best Hub on CalorieBee
  • Best Hub on Feltmagnet
  • Best Hub on Dengarden
  • Best Hub on LevelSkip
  • Best Hub on ReelRundown
  • Best Hub on Spinditty
  • Best Hub on Exemplore
  • Best Hub on ToughNickel
  • Best Hub on KindredBond
  • Best Hub on TurboFuture
  • Best Hub on WanderWisdom
  • Best Hub on LetterPile
  • Best Hub on Holidappy
  • Best Hub on Soapboxie
  • Best Hub on SkyAboveUs
  • Best Hub on HowTheyPlay
  • Best Hub on HobbyLark
  • Best Hub on Owlcation
  • Best Hub on HealDove
  • Best Hub on PairedLife

If you’re ready to cast your vote now, proceed to the Official 2016 Hubbie Voting Form. Remember, you can only vote once so take your time figuring out which articles and Hubbers you’d like to nominate. Happy voting!

HubPages Says Goodbye to eBay

We want to give everyone a heads up that we will soon be discontinuing the HubPages eBay Program. The eBay Program represents only 0.2% of earnings on the site overall, and maintaining it requires a significant amount of work for the Engineering Team. The high level of maintenance the program requires, the fact that keyword-only products are more difficult to use appropriately, and the fact that the income from this program no longer covers the cost of maintaining it were the deciding factors in our decision to end our partnership with eBay. We know this news will come as a disappointment to many, but it is our hope that increased earnings from Hubs selected for the HubPages Network Sites will more than make up for the loss of eBay revenue for the majority of Hubbers who used eBay Capsules.

Starting today (August 10th), you will no longer be able to associate a new eBay Affiliate ID with your HubPages account, and you will no longer be able to add new eBay Capsules to Hubs. For now, existing Hubs with eBay Capsules will be unaffected and Hubbers who already belong to the HubPages eBay Program will continue to earn from them. However, remaining eBay Capsules will be automatically hidden on August 30th and removed altogether in mid-September. For those who wish to be proactive, we recommend getting out ahead by removing the eBay Capsules themselves, any in-text links, and mentions of eBay products in the text before the capsules are hidden. Don’t forget, you can always sort your Hubs by Capsule type in My Account> Stats> Filter> select a capsule.

The online writing landscape is constantly changing, and we must adapt to ensure HubPages remains the go-to place to publish original, in-depth, media-rich articles on topics you’re passionate about. We deeply appreciate that so many of you have stuck with us and continue to produce such great content. Thanks, and Happy Hubbing!