An Update on the HubPages and Maven Partnership

Things have been running smoothly integrating the HubPages and Maven strategy, and providing opportunities for our authors is in the forefront of our talks.  We were thrilled to be part of the Maven Coalition Conference, which included a number of our awesome Hubbers, and we have been working with the Maven staff to help our authors build communities on Maven.

Today, we are excited to announce our first pathway for Hubbers to become Mavens! We have a couple of iterations of our plan, but our first offering is for Hubbers to apply to move a personal site to the Maven and be the owner of a particular vertical.  If you are interested in moving your domain to the Maven and running a category, we’ve included some of the requirements, responsibilities, and perks that this partnership entails.

Requirements:

  • A personal domain with a minimum of 25K monthly unique visitors that you are willing to move to a maven.io domain.
  • Domain is on a niche category, e.g., auto repair, quilting, recipes.

Responsibilities:

  • Hubber will be active on the vertical and build a community of users that encourages engagement and participation.  

Perks:

Maven’s end-to-end business platform provides:

  • Self-sustaining traffic
  • New revenue – premium programmatic, online media kit and self-serve sales tools, and an integrated membership platform
  • World-class technology
  • Ownership

FAQ

Will I still be able to publish on HubPages?

Of course!  We recommend that you continue to publish articles on HubPages.  This is a separate opportunity to build community around your area of expertise.

Can I find a partner in owning a vertical?

Yes! It is definitely an option for Hubbers to join forces and run a channel together on a particular niche topic. So, for example, if you move over your knitting site and two other Hubbers in the knitting community want to help run the knitting channel, you could sign an agreement together.

What will my time commitment be?

The time commitment varies and is dependent on how much you want to put into the project, but there are minimal requirements like posting everyday on your channel.

What is the application process?

Please send all of the following information to liz@maven.io

  • domain
  • subject matter
  • estimated monthly pageviews
  • estimated monthly users
  • Estimated number of posts per week

Once approved you will be sent Maven’s partnership agreement for review and signature.

What if I don’t have a personal website, but I would love to run a vertical?

We will be rolling out the next phase to Hubbers in the future to bring on Hubbers that do not own a personal site but that want to become Mavens on a particular niche.

Congratulations to the Winners of the Mother’s Day Writing Contest!

We are pleased to announce the three winners of this year’s Mother’s Day Writing Contest. Congratulations to Jill Spencer, Linda Crampton, and Oyewole Folarin!

The winning articles are:

Easy Fresh-Flower Bouquet for Mom on Mother’s Day

Classical Vocal and Piano Music About Mothers and Motherhood

Thank You Messages for Mom on Mother’s Day

We received so many fun and interesting articles that it was really tough for us to narrow it down to just three. The winning articles really exemplified creativity and quality writing. We look forward to reading more of your amazing articles in the next contest!

Mother’s Day Writing Contest

Due Date: May 10th at midnight PST

Where to send submissions: social@hubpages.com

Write an article by May 10th that is dedicated to the celebration of motherhood, and submit to social@hubpages.com where it will be judged by our team of editors (informative articles only; no creative writing, please). The best three articles will be featured in the HubPages blog and on one of the HubPages’ social media handles. Happy writing!

Some topic ideas:

  • Things to do on Mother’s Day
  • Mother’s Day crafts
  • Mother’s Day recipes
  • Mother’s Day gift ideas
  • Flowers or plants to give to mom
  • A Mother’s Day playlist with songs to dedicate to mom or songs about mom

Congratulations to Our Easter Writing Contest Winners!

Happy Easter! We are delighted to announce the three winners of this year’s Easter Writing Contest. Congratulations to Bethany Halbert, Diane Lockridge, and Janisa Chatte!

The winning articles are:

Easter Traditions: Bunnies or Bells?

How to Care for Easter Cactus

How to Make Russian Easter Biscuits With Homemade Icing

We received so many wonderful articles for this contest that we had a tough time narrowing down our three winners. We are so proud of everyone’s originality and hard work, and we look forward to seeing more of your creativity in the next contest!

Maven Discusses the Power of the Acquisition of HubPages and Say Media

I’m thrilled to announce that Maven has officially signed a letter of intent to acquire HubPages (as well as publishing and advertising firm Say Media). The goals of this dream team are to provide highly curated content of excellent quality for readers (while fighting fake news), to be the best home on the internet for independent content creators, and to ultimately revitalize the field of journalism to better suit modern writers and their audience. Big goals for a coalition with big dreams. We can’t wait to see where this next stage of the HubPages journey takes us, and we’re so grateful to have such talented writers along.

Join the Holiday Fun With the HubPages Easter Writing Contest!

What’s better than egg decorating and honey glazed ham? Writing about it! To celebrate Easter, HubPages is hosting the HubPages Easter Writing Contest!

Write an informative article (creative writing isn’t eligible) by March 29 at midnight (PST) on something related to Easter, and submit for consideration by our team of editors. The best three articles will be featured in the HubPages blog and on the HubPages Facebook Page. Happy writing!

Some topic ideas:

  • Easter craft tutorials
  • Easter recipes
  • Odd, interesting, out-of-this-world Easter traditions
  • Flowers and vegetables that sprout around Easter
  • Easter decorating tips

Due Date: March 29 at midnight PST
Where to send submissions: social@hubpages.com

Meet the LoveHub Writing Contest Winners

Happy Valentine’s Day! Today I’m delighted to announce the winners of the LoveHub Writing Contest. We only intended to chose one winner, but there were so many wonderful submissions that HP staff had trouble picking our favorite! We decided to make it a tie. Congratulations to authors Sally Gulbrandsen and Glimmer Twin Fan!

How to Make a Wet-Felted Heart Cushion for Valentine’s Day and Conversation Heart Petit Fours are the winning articles. Both projects blew us away with the amount of effort they took to create, the stunning original photos, the excellent writing, and the fact that they were perfectly on-theme. Well done!

The winners weren’t the only great submissions. We couldn’t resist giving a shout out to our 3 runners up as well:

Strawberry Cheesecake for Your Diabetic Sweetie

A Grammarian’s Guide to Asking, “Will You Be My Valentine?”

Mango Peanut Butter Valentine’s Heart Dessert

And finally, we would like to extend our thanks to everyone who participated. HubPages and our Network Sites are a better place because of the delightful works you’ve created. Keep up the great writing!

Announcing the LoveHub Writing Contest!

 

Howdy, friends! Love is in the air this year and we’ve decided to celebrate with a Valentine’s Day-themed contest! Want to try your hand? Simply write a Valentine’s Day-appropriate article and submit it.

What kind of articles will be accepted?

We will be considering all submitted articles having to do with Valentine’s Day and/or romance. Stuff like relationship and dating advice, articles on the history of Valentine’s Day, Valentine’s-themed craft and recipe tutorials, a list of top favorite romance novels, and Valentine’s Day activities for kids will all be accepted. Your article must follow all HubPages rules, and ideally, meet the Stellar Article guidelines as well.

What is the prize for winning?

The winner will have his/her article featured in the HubPages Blog and on the HubPages Facebook Page, as well as on the Facebook Page of the appropriate Network Site.

How do I enter?

Write a new article between now and February 13th at midnight and email social@hubpages.com with a link to the article. You are welcome to submit multiple articles as long as they are all new and theme-appropriate.

The winner will be announced Valentine’s Day afternoon. Best of luck and happy Hubbing!

Maven Partners with Po.et to Protect Copyright

Maven announced some very exciting news today; a new partnership with Po.et, a blockchain-based universal ledger for tracking rights and ownership of creative works. It is Maven’s goal to empower content creators to monitor and protect their writing, photos, and other digital assets, with greater ease. We know how important content protection is to writers and we’re 100% on board. Check out this discussion with Paul Edmondson, David Bailey, and James Heckman for more details:

CEOs of Maven and HubPages Discuss the Benefits of the Acquisition

Today it is my pleasure to share with you an interview with Paul Edmondson and James Heckman (CEO of Maven) where they delve a little deeper into the detalis of why HubPages and Maven are such a great fit. The two companies share a compatible vision on everything from company culture to technology to a desire to provide both more resources to writers and more value to advertisers. It is truly a match made in heaven!