Make Way for HealthProAdvice (And Patient’sLounge…And YouMeMindBody)

 

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The Newest Network Site(s) on the Block…

We are excited to introduce the newest addition to the HubPages family, “HealthProAdvice.com” This network site is a way for the HealDove community to share and promote health with the most relevant, high-quality information available. Curated to contain articles written and/or reviewed by real medical professionals, this site will become a valuable resource that will also *hopefully* result in higher, more sustainable traffic.

With making Google happy being a big part of the motivation, we will also be launching two other new sites that branch off of HealDove, with a goal of aligning more closely with the Google search rater recommendations on YMYL content. “Patient’sLounge.com” will be for patient experiences with medical conditions, otherwise known as “everyday expertise,” and the name “HealDove” will be retired when “YouMeMindBody.com” launches to take its place.

Look forward to wellness and improve your overall well-being with these great new features!

The Bone-Chilling Results Are in!

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We are thrilled to announce the winners of this year’s Halloween article contest:

Thank you to everyone who participated and made the holiday just a little more frightening for all. You can find shout-outs for these articles on our Twitter, Facebook and (BRAND NEW) Instagram accounts as well!

Vote for Your Faves in the 2018 Hubbie Awards!

 

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The polls are officially open for the 8th Annual HubPages Hubbie Awards! You have two weeks to submit your vote, so no need to scramble!

The Prizes:

Winners in each category will receive a swanky limited edition water bottle with the HubPages logo, as well as an official HubPages ringer. These highly coveted items will be worth millions on eBay someday. If a Hubber wins more than one category, he or she will receive a water bottle 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 November 14th 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 2018 Hubbie Voting Form, or if you need more time to consider your vote, you can always browse the categories before making up your mind.

2018 Hubbie Categories:

  1. Best All-Around Article
  2. Best All-Around User
  3. HubPages Lifetime Achievement (staff picked)
  4. Most Helpful User
  5. Rookie of the Year
  6. Most Likely to be a HubPages Employee
  7. Funniest User
  8. User Most Likely to be Banned
  9. Biggest Grammar Snob
  10. Loudest Voice in the Forum
  11. User with Most Obscure Knowledge
  12. Most Trusted User

 

If you’re ready to cast your vote now, proceed to the Official 2018 Hubbie Voting Form. Remember, you can only vote once, so take your time to decide which articles and users you’d like to nominate.

Happy voting!

Halloween Article Contest

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Due Date: Wednesday, October 24th, 12 p.m. EST.

Where to submit: contests@hubpages.com

We have a very sweet treat for you, just in time for the holiday (no tricks, we promise). Write an informative article by Wednesday, October 24th celebrating the spirit of Halloween for the chance to have your work featured on our blog and social media channels. Submit your article to contests@hubpages.com, and our staff will choose the top three that they really want to sink their teeth into. The winners will be announced in our Halloween newsletter on October 31st, so keep your eyes peeled (literally).

Some topic ideas:

  • Things to do on Halloween
  • Creative crafts or costume tutorials
  • Spooky recipes
  • A Thriller-inspired playlist

 

We are absolutely terrified to see what you come up with!

 

A Very (Pet) Helpful New Feature

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This month, we are excited to pull the curtain on one of our latest features: a PetHelpful-specific disclaimer for “Your Money Your Life” (YMYL) content. YMYL content is held to high editorial standards due to its ability to impact the current and future well-being of people, as well as the animals they care for or interact with.

To keep with these high standards, we have streamlined a user-friendly disclaimer which authors can access in the HubTool. This disclaimer will only be visible to signed-in users before the general release date, and can be individually disabled in the HubTool by authors. We realize not every article will need such a feature, and editors will turn them off accordingly over time. Authors may also choose to disable the disclaimer on non-YMYL articles before it goes public on October 31st, 2018. PetHelpful is just the first site to have this feature, and other sites will likely follow. We’ll keep you posted!

We encourage the use of this tool in lieu of author-created in-text disclaimers across our Network Site for future YMYL articles in order to keep articles cohesive and intelligible, while assuring that our community’s authors, readers, and visitors are in good hands.

Thanks for tuning in, and we hope you have a Spooktacular October!

Map Capsule Best Practices

Paul Edmondson recently announced that Google has begun charging HubPages to use the Map Capsule feature. Don’t worry, HubPages is picking up the tab. We’re not deducting the cost from your earnings. However, we’d like to take a moment to refresh authors on Map Capsule best practices in order to prevent superfluous and unnecessary uses of this feature.

If HubPages is paying for it anyway, why should I care?

The more money we spend on things like unnecessary or improperly used Map Capsules, the less we have to spend on maintaining other features that are actually benefiting authors, and on creating new features that may help to increase revenue.

Should I remove all of my Map Capsules?

Don’t be hasty, friends! Some articles are genuinely better for readers when they contain Map Capsules. We want you to keep them when they’re a good fit. We just want to reduce misuse.

When to Use Map Capsules

A good rule of thumb is to only use Map Capsules when readers are likely to visit the place. Map Capsules are intended to help readers find their way. Travel articles are the most common type of content where Map Capsules are likely to be necessary. Here are a few examples of types of articles where Map Capsules add value:

An article about the top 10 cocktail bars in San Francisco. If readers are looking for this information, it is likely that they are in San Francisco or are planning to visit soon. Readers will actually want to travel to some (or all) of the bars on the list, and Google Maps can help them do so.

An article about visiting the Empire State Building. People who are reading up on what it’s like to visit this iconic attraction are likely to want to go there. Including a Map Capsule makes it much more convenient for them.

An article on the best fossil collecting sites in the Continental United States. Even though these sites might be very spread out and far away from one another, hobbyists may want to travel to the ones closest to where they live, or even make a special trip to visit the far away locations.

When Not to Use Map Capsules

In general, it’s best not to use a Map Capsule when the reader is unlikely to be planning a visit to the place. Keep in mind that you can still insert an image of a map of important places. Here are a few examples of types of articles where Map Capsules are unnecessary:

History articles. If you are writing about places where important events happened in history, consider adding maps as photos rather than in a Map Capsule. Your audience is most likely reading to be informed, rather than to make travel plans, and images of maps can actually be much more informative for demonstrating specific things like trade routes, historical layout of the area, weather patterns, terrain, and more.

Trivia articles about a specific place. If you are writing a “10 Fun Facts About Austin, Texas” article, you don’t need to include a Map Capsule. If readers are searching for this information, they likely already know where Austin is. They’re just looking for interesting trivia, not necessarily planning a visit or vacation, and many readers may already live there.

Tangential or supplementary Map Capsules. A biography of a famous person, for example, may discuss the location where that person was born or where they lived, but it does not need to include a Map Capsule. Articles on bands or musicians may mention the locations where their most iconic performances happened, but Map Capsules are not required here either. Product reviews may discuss where an item was manufactured, but these should also not include Map Capsules. In all these examples, simply mentioning the place is sufficient for serving the needs of the reader.

How to Post Multiple Pins in a Single Map Capsule

Google is charging us per Map Capsule, so when articles have multiple Map Capsules, it costs much more. In most cases, the reader’s needs can be served just as well by putting multiple pins in a single Map Capsule. This is particularly useful for travel articles that include more than one destination (like the “Top 10 Cocktail Bars in San Francisco” article mentioned above). You can put up to 10 pins in a single map, so even an article with 30 destinations, for example, would only require the use of 3 Map Capsules in order to provide directions for all of them. Here’s how you drop multiple pins in a Map Capsule:

  1. Insert a Map Capsule into your article.
  2. Click the “Edit” button to open the capsule.
  3. Give the capsule a subtitle if you wish. Remember, the subtitle will need to apply to every pin within the map. Continuing the example from above, we might chose to call it “Where to Find the 10 Best Cocktail Bars in SF,” or something similar.
  4. Choose which map type you want to display, or leave the default “roadmap” style in place.
  5. Use the “Enter an address:” section to search for a place by name or enter in an exact address, if you have one. The address should show up below the “search” button.
  6. Click “Pin a marker” next to the address.
  7. Customize your pin with a place name, address, and description.
  8. Click “done” in the upper right corner of the pin customization box.
  9. Repeat steps 5-8 up to 10 times to add multiple pins to the same Map Capsule.

A Note on Copyright

If you do decide to add images of maps instead of Map Capsules, please be sure you are obeying copyright laws. Maps must either be in the public domain, properly cited under a Creative Commons license that allows commercial use, your own original work, or used with permission from the copyright owner. OpenStreetMap is a great place to get map screenshots that are free for commercial use and can be placed in HubPages articles where an interactive map is not necessary. You’ll simply need to credit “©OpenStreetMap contributors, Open Database License” in the image source field.

Remember, we want you to continue using Map Capsules when they are useful to the reader, so usefulness should be your number one guiding principle. Thanks for reading, and let us know if you have any questions.

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!