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.

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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!

Author Submit Feature and Curator Requests

Great news! As many of you have heard, we’ve been working on a way for Hubbers to manually submit articles for consideration to be chosen for our HubPages Network Sites. We have finished work on this feature and it is now up and running. We have also created a way for Curators to request small changes from authors that would allow specific articles to be chosen. Here’s what you need to know about each of these new features:

Article Submission

You can only submit one article every 60 days.

We know a lot of you have many more great articles, and we will get to them in time, but we want to make sure our Curators aren’t overwhelmed with submissions and have enough time for the rest of their work. If we find that our Curators are able to get through these articles more quickly than anticipated, we may shorten the submission time frame, but for now, think of it as a way to give your very favorite articles some preference for selection. You may want to consider submitting your highest-quality and lowest-traffic articles first—lower-traffic articles are likely to be further down in our selection queue.  

You must certify that your article meets the guidelines.

Since submissions are still extremely limited, we want to make sure Hubbers are making the most of the ability to submit articles for consideration. When you submit an article, you will be asked to certify that it obeys a number of required guidelines for consideration. We recommend thoroughly reviewing your article for these issues and to make any updates you think are needed before submitting.

You must choose the best HubPages Network Site for your article.

As part of the submission process, you will be asked to select the site you think would make the most appropriate home for your article. Please familiarize yourself with the HubPages Network Sites and their subject matter before submitting. You can see a full list of the sites in our announcement post.

How to submit an article:

  1. If you’re ready to submit your first article for consideration, simply visit the live article and click the “submit to a HubPages Network Site” button in the black bar above your article’s title. This will begin the submission process.
  2. Click the check box that certifies that your article follows the guidelines for link inclusion and then click the “Go to the Next Step” button.
  3. Check the box for all the following certifications (after making sure your article does indeed meet the requirements) and click the “Go to the Next Step” button.
  4. Finally, use the dropdown menu to select the site you would like to submit your article for consideration to and click “Submit My Article.”

Your submission will not be finalized until you click “Submit My Article,” so feel free to close out of the submission window to make further edits if you decide it’s necessary. Your one submission per 60 days will only be used up once the “Submit My Article” button has been clicked.

Curator Requests:

A Curator will email you requesting changes to your article.

Our Curators sometimes find themselves passing up otherwise good articles that have small, easily-fixed issues. For this reason, we have provided a way for Curators to email Hubbers and request specific changes. Going forward, you may receive an email from one of our Curators with such a request.

Make the requested changes.

If you receive one of these emails, the first step toward having your article reconsidered is to make the requested changes. Be sure you follow all the Curator’s advice before submitting. Articles that are submitted without the requested changes will not be considered for inclusion.

Submit your article via the article submission interface explained above.

Once you have made the requested changes, use the article submission option by following the steps outlined above. Submitting an article with changes a Curator has requested will not use up your 1 submission per 60 days, so doing so will not remove your ability to submit an article of your own choosing as well.

Thanks for helping us with this process of preparing and selecting articles, and Happy Hubbing!

HubPages Network Sites Update

Hi there friends! It’s my great pleasure to announce that we have finished launching all the HubPages Network Sites we intend to create in the near future. As more Hubs are written and selected, it’s possible that some subjects will fill out enough to warrant their own sites, but that possibility is still a long way off. For now, here’s the complete list of our Network Sites:

You can also visit our Editorial Policy Page to view a list of our Network Sites and a brief overview of our content policies at any time.

So, what’s next?

We know many of you have been eagerly awaiting news on what happens next. We are currently in the process of hiring and training more Curators and Editors in order to review the remainder of existing Hubs on HubPages ASAP. If your Hubs haven’t yet been chosen for any of the Network Sites, it’s likely they simply haven’t been reviewed, so we recommend sitting tight and hanging in there while we streamline this process. We are also developing a way to allow Hubbers to submit Hubs to us for consideration. We will share a better idea of the timeline involved when we know what to expect.

What can Hubbers do?

For now, you can help us out most by checking your Hubs for spelling and grammar issues, removing links that don’t add value to your readers, and removing all products that:

  1. Don’t directly relate to the topic of the Hub’s title
  2. Fail to include details on your personal experience with the item
  3. Don’t get mentioned in the text
  4. Your readers are likely to already own

What about new Hubs?

With all the excitement of the new sites and their success so far, we’ve noticed that many of you are feeling inspired to write new Hubs. We’re thrilled! For now, the process of creating new Hubs is business as usual. Simply compose your Hubs in the HubTool as you normally would and choose the HubPages topic that best fits your subject. Once our new Curators are fully trained and up to speed, they will be reviewing a combination of new and existing Hubs, and, if chosen, your Hubs will automatically be placed in the proper category on sites.
Thanks for your patience and support through this transitional process. It means the world to us. Happy Hubbing!

5th Annual Hubbie Award Winners

The votes 2015 Hubbie Award votes have finally been tallied! Here are the best of the best on HubPages as chosen by YOU, the HP Community! Drumroll, please…

Top:

Hubber-Based:

Hub-based:

We’d like to offer a huge thank you to all the Hubbers who voted. We really appreciate the time and effort you put into supporting your fellow writers on HubPages. Hats off to you! And last but not least, we are thrilled to offer our heartfelt congratulations to this year’s winners. Well done! You will be receiving your shiny new Accolades and congratulatory emails with further instructions on claiming your prizes later today. Happy Hubbing!

Cast Your Vote in the 2015 Hubbie Awards!

Happy Monday, friends! As of today, the polls for the 5th Annual HubPages Hubbie Awards are officially open! You have two weeks to submit your vote, so take your time and figure out which Hubs and Hubbers you think are the most deserving before voting.

The Prizes:

This year’s winners in each category will have the opportunity to choose between a HubPages t-shirt, a HubPages notebook, or a customized HubPages mug:

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If a Hubber wins more than one category, he or she will have the opportunity to select a prize 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 Monday, August 24th at midnight will not be counted. If you don’t have a Hubber or Hub to nominate for every single category, just leave those spaces blank when you submit your form.

If you’re ready, you can visit the Official 2015 Hubbie Voting Form, or if you need more time to consider your vote, you can always browse the categories again before making up your mind:

Top:

  • Best All-Around Hub
  • Best All-Around Hubber

Hubber-Based:

  • Most Likely to Become a HubPages Employee
  • HubPages Class Clown
  • Best Avatar
  • Best Community Activist
  • Most Helpful Hubber
  • Most Supportive Hubber
  • Most Cheerful Hubber
  • Best Teacher
  • Most Likely to Go Viral
  • Best Fiction Writer
  • Best Poet
  • Funniest Hubber
  • Most Political Hubber
  • Most Religious Hubber
  • Most Likely to Become a Millionaire
  • Forum King
  • Forum Queen
  • Best Photographer
  • Best Commenter (New category for 2015, suggested by Hubber Faith Reaper)

Hub-based:

  • Most Interesting Hub
  • Most Useful Hub
  • Most Beautiful Hub
  • Most Informative Hub
  • Most Awesome Hub
  • Funniest Hub

If you’re ready to cast your vote now, proceed to the Official 2015 Hubbie Voting Form. Remember, you can only vote once so take your time figuring out which Hubs and Hubbers you’d like to nominate. Happy voting!

Announcing the 5th Annual Hubbie Awards – Get Ready!

Hi there friends! It’s August again, which means it’s Hubbie season! I’m super excited to announce that voting will open next Monday (August 10th) for the 5th Annual HubPages Hubbie Awards. You will have 2 weeks to cast your vote, so get started thinking about which Hubbers and Hubs you’d like to nominate.

If you’re joining us for the first time this year, the Hubbie Awards are contest held in honor of HubPages’ birthday every year around the beginning of August. As a community member, you have the opportunity to choose your favorite Hubs and Hubbers and nominate them for a variety of awards. Each Hub or Hubber with the most votes in a particular category wins a cool HubPages prize (this year our winners may choose between either a HubPages mug, a t-shirt, or a notebook) as well as widespread community recognition.

You can find this year’s categories listed below:

Top:

  • Best All-Around Hub
  • Best All-Around Hubber
  • HubPages Lifetime Achievement (Chosen by HP Staff)

Hubber-Based:

  • Most Likely to Become a HubPages Employee
  • HubPages Class Clown
  • Best Avatar
  • Best Community Activist
  • Most Helpful Hubber
  • Most Supportive Hubber
  • Most Cheerful Hubber
  • Best Teacher
  • Most Likely to Go Viral
  • Best Fiction Writer
  • Best Poet
  • Funniest Hubber
  • Most Political Hubber
  • Most Religious Hubber
  • Most Likely to Become a Millionaire
  • Forum King
  • Forum Queen
  • Best Photographer
  • Best Commenter (New category this year, suggested by Hubber Faith Reaper)

Hub-based:

  • Most Interesting Hub
  • Most Useful Hub
  • Most Beautiful Hub
  • Most Informative Hub
  • Most Awesome Hub
  • Funniest Hub

Stay tuned for the opening of the polls on Monday. 🙂

Increasing Your Hub Traffic Without Google

Happy Monday, Hubbers! I know many of you have become increasingly frustrated with the Google traffic roller coaster, which is why it’s so important to diversify your traffic sources as much as possible. Today I’m very pleased to offer alternative traffic tips from one of our most successful Hubbers on social media, veteran HubPages writer WryLilt. Check out her advice below and be sure to stop by her latest Hub for the full list of suggestions:

After learning the hard way about the risks of using just one source of traffic (thank you Google Panda), I have spent the last several years finding as many ways to diversify my traffic sources, income sources, and content as possible. During that time I’ve tried dozens of ways to build incoming traffic; some have worked incredibly well while others were a waste of time. I know that many Hubbers are suffering at the hands of Google’s regular changes, so I decided to combine a list of my tried and tested tips for building up traffic from multiple sources. Here are five of my favorites:

1. Jump on a new trend or topic before major websites see, research, and write about it to get a quick viral Hub.

2. Create Hubs that answer dumb questions in competitive niches, as larger sites don’t notice or bother with those topics.

3. Don’t spam people with your own content; your content should make up between 1:4 and 1:10 of your social media posts if you want to build social media engagement.

4. On Google Plus, search “[topic] circle” and click on “Add People” to add people in your niche and encourage follow backs from a targeted audience.

5. Use a Made for Pinterest (MFP) image in your content to increase the shares both directly from your hub as well as on Pinterest itself. I’ve created a list of 50 tips, including some awesome free sites and cheats you can use when promoting on social media.

You can read the rest of my one sentence tips in my latest Hub, 50 One Sentence Tips to Increase Traffic Without Google.

Check Out The Latest HubPages Viral Hit!

Good morning, Hubbers! Today I’m thrilled to share the inspiring success story of Hubber Carisa Gourley (blessedmommy on HubPages) who, through a collaborative effort with HubPro Editor Kate Rix, has gained a huge readership with her Hub Military Diet: Lose Up To Ten Pounds In Three Days. Carisa’s Hub was already popular, and with the help of a HubPro makeover, its popularity has grown by leaps and bounds, culminating in a viral Facebook explosion. In fact, as of last week, it is one of the most successful Hubs of all time!

Although the current viral wave is due primarily to Facebook traffic, her Hub has also improved in search rankings and holds top slots for several prominent Google keywords. It remains extremely popular on Pinterest as well.

Carisa has very graciously given us permission to share the before and after HubPro versions of her Hub and answered a few questions about her Hub and the HubPro process.

Here’s a sample of Carisa’s Hub before HubPro Editing:

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The same Hub after Editing:

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You can see the entire HubPro Edited Hub here.

Carisa talks about going viral and the HubPro process:

Your Military Diet Hub has received over 24 million page views since you wrote it 7 and a half years ago.  How did you feel about your most successful Hub being selected for HubPro—did you think it could be improved?

When my Hub was selected for HubPro, I had some mixed feelings, to be honest.  I was excited that HubPages saw the Hub as worthy to be selected for HubPro, but I was a little nervous to let someone else work on it.  I thought it was already a pretty good Hub and it had already been pretty successful.  However, I’m not a professional and I’m also teachable.  I thought maybe HubPro might offer something that I couldn’t do for the Hub myself.  I have also learned that good things often come when different perspectives and different talents come together with a common goal, so I decided to go through with it.  I’m extremely happy that I did.

What was the HubPro process like for you? (communication, collaboration, etc.)

I cannot say enough about how pleasant that the HubPro experience was for me.  Kate, the lady that worked with me on the editing process, was very kind.  She never once made me feel like my Hub was inferior; she was only enthusiastic to offer her service on making it better.  She kept up timely communication with me during the whole process and explained every step in detail.  She respected my input when I had something to say.  She was a team player and never did anything that took me by surprise.  I was able to see all the changes as they were being made and give feedback if desired.

How do you feel about your Hub now that it has been through HubPro?

I’m very proud of my Hub now and I love the end result!  It’s like I built a house and HubPro came and painted and decorated it for me.  It looks so polished and professional.  It’s colorful and beautiful.  I love it!

What’s it like to have millions of people engaging with your Hub and wanting to share it with their friends?

It’s an overwhelming feeling to say the least.  I just can’t wrap my mind around it.  It’s a feeling of awe.  After my Hub came through HubPro there was an enormous traffic increase!   I went from having pretty good street traffic to having a full blown interstate!  The traffic increase has been so amazing that sometimes I just open up my stats and stare at the page with amazement!

You have 70 other Hubs. Do you plan to update and edit any of them?

Yes, I do plan to update several of my other Hubs.  Now that I have seen what a little color and strategic wording can do for the success of a Hub I’d be foolish not to try to make some changes.  I also hope to submit some new material in the near future.

Google’s Mobile Algorithm Release

Toward the end of February, Google announced that they plan to place increasing importance on a site’s mobile-friendliness in search results for mobile devices starting April 21st. This is great news for HubPages because Hubs are already optimized for mobile. Mobile traffic is currently on the rise and with the release of this algorithm, we expect to see it increase even more dramatically.

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As you can see from this month’s data, mobile traffic to Hubs already exceeds desktop traffic. With the release of the new mobile algorithm, we expect mobile traffic to comprise at least 60% of our total traffic (and possibly as much as 70%) by the end of 2015.

The new Mobile Friendly label in mobile search results:

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What this means for Hubbers:

A high percentage of the people reading your Hubs will be doing so on smartphones. It is more important than ever to double check the layout of your Hubs to make sure they look good on mobile. We recommend making all capsules full-width wherever possible because while all capsules are automatically displayed full-width on mobile, the capsules may not display in the order you intended. Making them full-width means your capsules will always display exactly the way you want them to and offer a consistent experience for mobile and desktop users.

We understand that there may be reasons why you are unable to make all capsules full-width. For example, if your Hub includes photos that become blurry or pixelated when expanded to full-width size, it’s better to leave them half-width until you can replace them with better quality photos. However, it’s important that you check the Mobile Preview option for each Hub that contains half-width capsules to make sure the capsules will appear in the right order on smartphones.

To see the Mobile Preview of a Hub, simply edit that Hub and choose the “Preview” option at the top of the HubTool:

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Then make sure the Mobile Preview tab is selected:

Screen Shot 2015-03-30 at 10.47.54 AM This preview shows your Hub exactly as it will look to users on smartphones. Take a quick look at the entire Hub to be sure half-width capsules appear in the correct order. If they do not, you may have to tweak your Hub’s layout to ensure that all the capsules display correctly on mobile.

I know this is potentially a lot of work for Hubbers with tens and hundreds of Hubs, but more and more people are using search engines from their mobile devices, and it’s critical that we as online writers prepare our content for the search traffic of the future.