As you may recall, in late March we raised the quality bar for all newly-published and edited Hubs. This heightened bar has not been applied to older Hubs that were published before the QAP. Beginning this week (and continuing gradually over the next few months), older Hubs will be subject to our quality thresholds.
What does this mean? All Hubs on HubPages, new and old, will be assessed in accordance to the same high standards. But don’t fret, we all have Hubs written in our first days on HubPages that aren’t of the same quality as our Hubs of late. Hubs that are no longer Featured because of quality reasons can be updated, improved, and reassessed. Hopefully you see this as an opportunity to improve those older Hubs in need of a good spring cleaning!
There will be some Hubs that appear decent that will not pass the QAP and some Hubs people feel shouldn’t pass that will. These Hubs are on the border. To ensure Hubs pass, it’s a good idea to shoot for above an 8+ on our rating scale. Hubs rated in this range are the type our community is proud to have Featured and are rated well beyond passing.
You may also want to revisit two of our most helpful Learning Center guides on the subject of quality – Elements of a Stellar Hub and How To Improve the Quality of a Hub – to get an idea of what standing your Hubs are currently in and how you might go about improving them.
Alongside this update, we’re releasing a couple of new features with regards to alerts on Featured and non-Featured Hubs:
Two new icons in My Account > Statistics showing which Hubs are de-Featured for getting low quality (orange icon) ratings and which are de-Featured for low engagement (blue icon)
Email alerts when Hubs lose Featured status for quality reasons
These changes are part of our ongoing efforts to improve the quality of content on HubPages and ensure that original, long-form, media-rich Hubs see the success and attention they deserve!