Have you noticed that the profiles of some Hubbers have recently been decorated with special “a” badges? Should you have not have figured it out already, the “a” is for Apprentice!
An Apprentice is a participant in the HubPages Apprenticeship Program, a six month program in which Hubbers are given the lessons and resources necessary to build a strong online writing portfolio, develop a personal brand, and become a successful Hubber. In addition to receiving lessons, group support, and personalized feedback, Apprentices are also given an up-front bonus of just over $6 for each Hub published (independent of any ad revenue earned).
A Sign of Quality
We are now five months into the Apprenticeship Program, and have quite a few active Apprentices on the site. Each Hub created by an active Apprentice must adhere to Apprenticeship standards, which include a minimum word count of 500 words, use of legal and properly attributed images, and focus on a search-friendly subject matter. That said, most Apprentices utilize our special lessons and feedback to go above and beyond these minimum standards, which makes their Hubs particularly worth highlighting. This is one reason why we have chosen to give Apprentices our special badge of approval. When you see a Hub (such as leahlefler’s Hub, Outdoor Activities in the Finger Lakes, pictured below) with an author image (at the top right corner) that features a small “a”, we want you to know know that it is a great example to follow!
Once an Apprentice graduates from the program, his or her Apprenticeship badge will turn from gray to green. After this point, it is possible that the Hubs this person publishes do not meet all of our Apprenticeship standards, but they most likely will (as following those standards gives a Hub a much better shot at success).
Want to feature an Apprenticeship badge on your own HubPages profile image? Apply for the HubPages Apprenticeship Program!
Before submitting your application (through My Account > Apprenticeship), we recommend thoroughly reading our guide to the Apprenticeship Program in the Learning Center. Also make a point of publishing at least five Hubs each month for a couple of months (or at least one month) to be sure that you can keep up with the the Apprenticeship Program pace (which requires participants to publish a minimum of eight high quality Hubs each month for six months).
We hope these Apprenticeship badges inspire you to write better, more successful Hubs and encourage you to apply for the Apprenticeship program. It is a great way to kickstart your online writing career!