Rolling Disclaimers

We are on a roll with disclaimers, so from here on out we will be releasing two eligible network sites every week. There will no longer be individual announcements on our blog, but we will briefly mention which sites are getting the feature in the weekly newsletter. Remedy Grove and Bellatory are being updated today (and this is their announcement).

Also, on account of the holidays, there will be a *very* brief pause in December. But rest assured, all eligible sites will be getting their own disclaimer with the following language, if pertinent to the content:

  • Medical-Professional

“This content is for informational purposes only and does not substitute for formal and individualized diagnosis, prognosis, treatment, prescription, and/or dietary advice from a licensed medical professional. Do not stop or alter your current course of treatment. If pregnant or nursing, consult with a qualified provider on an individual basis. Seek immediate help if you are experiencing a medical emergency.”

 

  • Medical

“This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and does not substitute for diagnosis, prognosis, treatment, prescription, and/or dietary advice from a licensed health professional. Drugs, supplements, and natural remedies may have dangerous side effects. If pregnant or nursing, consult with a qualified provider on an individual basis. Seek immediate help if you are experiencing a medical emergency.

  • Financial-Legal-Technical-Services

“This article is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge. Content is for informational or entertainment purposes only and does not substitute for personal counsel or professional advice in business, financial, legal, or technical matters.”

 

As always, reach out to us if you have any questions regarding disclaimers. We hope that with finalizing this feature, it will create a feeling of trust and security in our readers. This should make your job as an author easier, so you can focus on doing what you do best, writing.

The 2018 Hubbie Award Winners

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The Results Are In…

I wish to extend a huge thank you to everyone who participated in the Hubbies this year. It’s because of you that we have such a flourishing community! The team at HubPages is looking forward to next year (and those that follow) to brainstorm creative and more involved activities for everyone to participate in. Stay tuned for community polls for suggestions/recommendations on our Facebook page.

We also hope to promote user engagement and motivate authors even more with some exciting contests and giveaway opportunities as well. (Be sure to follow our Instagram for giveaway updates.)

Now to the good part…here are the winners of 2018:

  1. Best All-Around Article: @ruperttaylor for https://hubpages.com/food/The-Care-and-Feeding-of-Rutabagas
  2. Best All-Around Hubber: @billybuc
  3. HubPages Lifetime Achievement @drmark1961
  4. Most Helpful Hubber: @theraggededge
  5. Rookie of the Year: @riafritz
  6. Most Likely to be a HubPages Employee: @glennstok
  7. Funniest Hubber: @fatfreddyscat
  8. Biggest Grammar Snob: @cclitgirl
  9. Hubber with the Most Obscure Knowledge: @nataliefrank
  10. Most Trusted Hubber: @billybuc

 

Congratulations to all of these spectacular authors! Thank you, everyone, for your involvement and enthusiasm. If you didn’t place this time, don’t sweat it, there’s always next year (and the year after that, and the year after that…etc.).

* If you won any category, you will be receiving an email with information/instructions in regards to prizes shortly.

 

Get Amped for AMP

Screen Shot 2018-11-15 at 8.41.18 AM.pngGreat news! Our initial AMP page tests (announced by Paul Edmondson a while back) went very well. The Amazon changes required in order to test on a wider range of pages were successfully executed. We will begin testing AMP via eligible articles on TatRing today.

Initially, author Google Analytics will not be included on AMP pages to comply with European GDPR regulations. So don’t be alarmed if your personal Google Analytics shows a decrease in traffic. We are working on a solution, as always!

What is AMP and why should I care?

You can read more about it on the AMP Project website, but basically, AMP articles load faster, which is a better experience for readers. Faster load times help reduce bounce rates and increase ad impressions.

Will any other sites have AMP pages?

Soon enough, but right now we are only testing on eligible TatRing articles.

Why isn’t HP Staff testing on all TatRing articles? What does “eligible” mean?

About 70% of articles on TatRing will be eligible. That 30% is composed of certain capsules and layouts do not mesh well with AMP.

At the moment, these things make articles ineligible for AMP:

  • Code Capsules
  • Map Capsules
  • Quiz Capsules
  • Ratings Capsules
  • Users with external Amazon accounts (users who participate in the HubPages Amazon Program are still eligible)
  • Users who earn from AdSense only

If you have articles on TatRing and want them to become eligible for the test, you are welcome to change/remove the things listed above, as long as the content still makes sense.

We will continue to keep everyone updated as we expand this feature, but don’t hesitate to reach out if you are curious/confused about anything.

There’s Some New Ink on TatRing

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We are happy to announce that TatRing is the next site to receive our brand-new disclaimer feature. This will differ slightly from the PetHelpful disclaimer, as it will be category-specific to cover as much YMYL content as possible and exclude benign content.

This disclaimer will only be visible to signed-in users until the official release date next Wednesday, November 21st, and can be individually disabled in the HubTool. This is a general disclaimer, meant to encompass the variety of topics on TatRing — we know that not all topics are YMYL, and so not every article will need such a feature. Therefore, alongside authors, editors will have the ability to turn them off accordingly over time.

We encourage the use of this tool in lieu of author-created, in-text disclaimers across our Network Site to promote cohesive and intelligible content across all articles. We hope to spread awareness and satisfy our community’s authors, readers and visitors. An example of said disclaimer, and what categories will be affected, can be seen below:

“This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.”

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. Biggest Grammar Snob
  9. User with Most Obscure Knowledge
  10. 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.