New Design for Network Sites

Big news! Within the next couple days we’re rolling out a design overhaul on Network Sites. We believe these changes will deliver some much needed functionality improvements as well as provide a cleaner, warmer look. Here’s an overview of the changes you can expect to see:

New Color Scheme

We wanted an updated and stylish look that still conveys the warmth and approachability of our sites. Working with a professional designer, we chose the orange and light blue scheme because we felt it best communicated the friendliness and approachability of an informative site with such a wide and unique range of information by everyday experts.

New Menu Structure

With the introduction of the new design, readers will be able to more easily browse the categories on each site using the “More” menu in the upper left. You will be able to simply click the menu to display all topics and subtopics on the site.

Fully Responsive Articles

To begin with, this change will only be live on, though we plan to roll out the responsive design to all sites within the next few weeks. Here’s a list of features the new responsive article design will include:

  • Improved ad layout with different ad placements for mobile, tablet, and desktop viewing.
  • Social sharing options that appear at the top of the article on mobile devices.
  • An improved About the Author Bio (if you haven’t yet created your Bios yet, we highly recommend doing so, as the new design looks much better with text in this section).
  • Improved tablet design with better readability.

Flipboard & Email Buttons Added

Easily email or Flip articles onto Flipboard from Network Sites using these new options that have been added to the social sharing section.

For now, we will only be applying these changes to Network Sites and not to Our engineers have been working tirelessly to implement these improvements, and we couldn’t be more thrilled. We hope you love the new design as much as we do!

Updates to In-Text Amazon Links

Later today we are making some updates to in-text Amazon affiliate links. In-text Amazon links will now be automatically converted to the revenue sharing format, which means that all in-text links will be subject to our 60/40 impression sharing split (with 60% to the writer and 40% to HubPages, as always).

As part of this change, any in-text Amazon links you have placed in your articles but forgotten to monetize (add your affiliate tracker to) will be fixed so that you will begin earning from them.

We are also adding a small Amazon icon to distinguish Amazon links from other types of in-text links. Amazon is a trusted site by many readers and the icon will provide an easy and intuitive way for your readers to know where these links are going and that they will be directed to an product. As well as providing more clarity and simplicity to your reader’s experience, we hope this visual distinction will result in more Amazon clicks and increased earnings. This is what the new links will look like:


You will not have to do anything to your existing articles in order to implement this change. It is automatic and will be applied to both existing and new articles.

Announcing the 6th Annual Hubbie Award Winners!

The votes are in and the winners have been chosen! We’d like to thank everyone for taking the time to vote, and please feel free to drop by and congratulate the winners. Now, without further ado, the 2016 Hubbie Award Winners, ladies and gentlemen:




This year HP Staff is very pleased to honor wilderness with the HubPages Lifetime Award for being an active member for 6 years and counting, writing tons of high-quality articles, frequently helping other Hubbers in the Forums, and generally being a hard-working and upstanding community member. Thank you, Dan, for being a part of HubPages.

We would also like to extend our congratulations to this year’s winners. You have won the admiration and respect of your fellow Hubbers and we are proud to have you as writers on our site. Keep up the fantastic work.

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.


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:


  • Best All-Around Hub
  • Best All-Around Hubber
  • Most Helpful Hubber


  • 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!

New Year, New Sites

Hello, Hubbers! Today, we are pleased to be able to share with you our plan for 2016. We’re still as determined as ever to break out of Panda, and we will continue to raise the quality of writing on HubPages by investing in and improving our two quality systems: the Quality Assessment Process (QAP) and HubPro editing. However, we believe that HubPages has another challenge that’s weakening our overall quality efforts and reputation: its general-content nature. These days, search engines and readers are better able to understand sites that are about one topic rather than a hodgepodge of just about everything. Thus we have decided to launch a series of niche sites over the course of the year, starting with two as early as next week: TatRing and PetHelpful!

In the medium term, traffic to the new sites will fluctuate. This is expected, and we will aim to build sites in areas where we think we have a shot at becoming successful. Long term, we’d love to see these sites grow into passionate communities, and we’ll be adding features over the coming months to help make this possible.

The remainder of this blog post is composed as a FAQ. If you have a question that isn’t answered below, feel free to post in the related Forum thread.

How is this all going to work?

HubPages will continue to exist as a website. All new sites will be part of the HubPages Network of User-Generated Content Sites. New sites will have unique domain names, but they will be operated by HubPages. They will be comprised of high-quality existing and newly published Hubs. Every Hub that is moved to a new domain will have a 301 redirect in place.

Please review the revised Terms of Use and Privacy Policy— they will go into effect on February 9th, 2016.

Why is HubPages pursuing a multi-sites strategy?

To put it simply, we believe this strategy is our best chance at a sustainable future. We think search engines can understand the organization of niche sites better than general content sites, giving them a structural advantage in SERPs. Furthermore, we are confident that our new domains will start with a clean slate in search and not be affected by algorithmic penalties like HubPages seems to have been. Vertical domains can also become stronger brands because they are more memorable to readers. For example, a visitor is much more likely to quickly grasp the idea behind a site like PetHelpful over a site like HubPages; the former is a site about pets for pet lovers and the latter is much more ambiguous!

Will continue to exist?

Yes! It will continue to be the home for Hubs that don’t get moved to niche sites. Additionally, for now, Forums, Q&A, My Account, and profile pages will all remain on HubPages. All articles will continue to be written on HubPages using the HubTool.

What are the new sites about?

TatRing is the first site we’re launching, and it is for artists and enthusiasts sharing knowledge on tattoos and piercings.

PetHelpful, a site for animal lovers, enthusiasts, and pet professionals sharing expertise and knowledge on pets, will follow.

Additional sites are being planned, and we will announce them when ready.

What Hubs will be moved to the new sites?

The moderation and editing teams are working together to hand-select and edit Hubs to move to the new domains. Hubs that are defeatured are not being considered at this time, but Hubbers are encouraged to update and improve their Hubs so they can become eligible for review. Lastly, new Hubs will be prioritized during the selection process.

Hubs must, at minimum, meet our criteria for being Featured. You can read about these standards in detail in this newly published FAQ entry. During the selection process, [already Featured] Hubs that have problematic elements (e.g., products, links, low-quality images, etc) may be snipped so that they meet the editorial standards on the new domains.

What gives my Hub the best chance of getting moved to a niche domain?

A single, great Hub may not be selected if the account isn’t in good standing or appears to be untrustworthy. To increase your chances of getting selected:

  • Use a real name or pen name (avoid business names or keyword-driven names)
  • Write a biography for the topics that you are covering, demonstrating expertise and passion
  • In your profile bio, show your interest in the topics you write about

Will I be able to sign in to the new sites?

For now, sign-in will be limited. You will be able to sign in to each site using your HubPages account. The available signed-in features are:

  • Hub commenting
  • Author Center tools on Hubs themselves

Unfortunately, for now, you will have to sign in and out separately on each site. Also, Facebook sign-in is not supported on the new sites.

Can I opt out of this?

There will not be an opt-out option.

Can I still earn money from Hubs that are moved?

Yes. Your Hubs will continue to earn money when they are moved. All of your earnings will be rolled up in My Account > Earnings > Earnings Reports like they are now. The revenue share will not change, nor will the ad layout on Hubs.

Will Google Analytics continue to work?

Yes, Google Analytics should continue to track your page views properly.

New Quality Features: Snip Editing and Account Level Quality Alerts

Hi everyone! It’s been a while since our last product announcement, and I am excited to introduce a couple of new features and give a sneak preview of another that’s coming soon. Two features are being released today: Snip Editing and My Account Quality Alerts.

Snip Editing

Often times, Hubs get defeatured for minor issues— an inappropriate product, a glaring (but innocent) typo in the title, a promotional link or blurb, etc. We see these issues as problematic, but also easily fixable. Up until now, Hubs with these issues have been defeatured. Recently, we started sending Hubbers custom emails when Hubs are defeatured to point out exactly what is wrong. While we are glad that we can provide you with personalized feedback, we’ve found that this process can be time-consuming—both for Hubbers and HubPages moderators. So, we came up with the idea of Snip Editing.

How Does it Work?

Snip Editing is done by HubPages Moderators. With the new tools, they can fix spelling errors and typos in Hub titles and remove problematic links and capsules (for example, unrelated products, low-quality images, and inappropriately-used Ratings Capsules.) The tool does not give moderators the ability to add or change content. In fact, moderator snipping is done only on Hubs that are very close to meeting our standards, but would be defeatured due to one or more of the issues described above. In most cases, we will be removing spammy elements from Hubs so that they could more quickly become or stay Featured.

Moderators will only snip a freshly edited Hub once; after the first time, it is your responsibility to keep your Hub in compliance. If you add back problematic elements (links, products, etc.) your Hub will have a very high chance of becoming defeatured.

Will I Receive a Notification After a Snip Edit?

If your Hub had elements snipped, you will receive an email. The email will contain a link to a diff (a document with red and green highlighting) that will show you exactly what was changed. Those of you that have already participated in HubPro will be familiar with this document.

In addition to the email notification, snipped Hubs will also have the green pencil icon displayed next to their titles in My Account > Statistics. To make this icon more user-friendly, we decided to create two variations:

  • The existing, green pencil icon permanently appears next to any Hub that’s been edited (whether with HubPro Basic, HubPro Premium, or Snipping). Clicking on this icon takes you to the edit history page, with access to all of your diffs and before/after images of your Hub.
  • The same green pencil icon as above, but with a red exclamation point will appear next to any Hub that’s been freshly edited and has not been reviewed by you. Once reviewed (i.e., when the icon is clicked), the icon will change to the existing design without the red exclamation point.

My Account Quality Alerts

Similar to Hub Style Tips and Warnings, we are developing a few notices to alert you to quality problems we’re seeing at the account level rather than on a particular Hub. These notices will appear at the top of My Account > Statistics and will contain specific suggestions for how you can go about addressing the violations. To start, there are four types of alerts:

  • Keyword Stuffing —  we have detected a pattern of overly-optimized keywords across many Hubs in your account
  • Products —  we have detected that you have a low word-to-product ratio (< 300) across many Hubs in your account
  • Grammar —  we have detected a pattern of grammatical errors across many Hubs in your account
  • Comments —  we have detected ten or more unmoderated comments in your account

All of these warnings are designed with quality in mind. Because HubPages needs quality to continue to succeed in today’s environment, we urge you to take these warnings seriously. The first three issues from the list above— keyword stuffing, products, and grammar—all impact Hubber Scores, so addressing them is one way to improve your scores. Comment moderation does not currently factor into Hubber Score, but high-quality comments affect a Hub’s overall credibility—it’s best to keep them clean!

Coming Soon

In addition to the two features being released today, we are currently working on an interface that will show you the clickthrough rate data for various elements (links, products, etc) inside of a Hub. Having access to this granular information will allow you to better understand your readers’ behavior and improve your Hubs. For instance, you might find that a particular product capsule is rarely engaged with by your readers and decide to remove it. More on this soon!


We hope you like these new features. As usual, let us know if you have questions or notice any issues!





Like Old Times, Something Old is New Again

For the last several years, we have all worked really hard to improve HubPages.  Many of you have been loyal community members for years—you have seen the many ups and downs.  We don’t always get it perfect, but the commitment to our mission remains:  to build the best place on the internet to discover and create original, in-depth, useful, media-rich pages on topics you are passionate about.

The lifeblood of this site is the community.  Without all of you, it wouldn’t be possible.  When Panda kicked our butts in February 2011, we looked for ways to escape the crushing blow.  As we mined the search results, we could see a pattern that subdomains were not treated the same as the main domain.  We moved really quickly and converted the entire site to subdomains.  At the same time we tightened our publishing rules, built out a moderation team and worked really hard with all of you to create a high-quality site.  We hoped that each author would stand on their own merits with Google.  After many Google updates we saw some subdomains go up and other go down.  We believed this was working.  However, the environment we strive to be great in moves very quickly and we believe that things are different today.

Along our path to improve, we wanted to understand how the quality of our site related to other sites that were doing well.  We created a system to measure the quality of our pages from two dimensions.  One is done by a panel of people that rate articles on our scale and the other simply asks visitors how good is the page they are reading.  Initially, our data showed that our competitors that were doing well were better than we were.  So we went to work to catch up and surpass them.  

We have been able to achieve steady improvements in site quality that over time has added up to a significant improvement from where we were in February 2011.  One of the major changes we made was to partner with Hubbers with the addition of HubPro.  HubPro offers everything from professional editing to extensive fact checking.  This program focused on the highest traffic Hubs.  We have edited nearly 40% of views from search visitors.  With the creation of HubPro HubPages changed significantly.  

There are lots of places to publish online for folks that want to have their own site.  It’s cheap, easy and quick to get going, but as far as I know there is only one site that not only shares a bit of revenue with their community, but also invests substantially in the content the community creates to help achieve a professional production value for readers to enjoy.  

I believe our site is surpassing our competitors in quality and we will continue to race forward.  We’ve created a new type of community site that has potential to be an enormous asset to the world.  We hope Hubbers, readers and Google recognize the progress.  

Today, HubPages is announcing a significant change that will seem like old times.  

We will be redirecting (301) the entire site back to the HubPages domain as a signal of our unification, services, and policies.  A single site to serve Hubbers and readers one great Hub at a time.

This will achieve a few things in the short term.  First, as Hubs get reindexed on their new home they will get a URL that overall looks cleaner, and that is easier for users to know more about the content they’re about to read.  This is particularly true on mobile.  The new URL structure is  Each article is categorized under their main topic one directory deep.  QnA and forums will also get new homes under their main category.  This hierarchy will help organize the site into logical content themes.

Google should display URLs like this on desktop for a Hub with this URL (

  • › … › Farm Animals & Livestock › Bees & Beekeeping

and like this on mobile

  • › animals › Bee-Stings-on-the-Eye

Second, there is a trade-off here with Google Search Console.  With subdomains, we only get a limited view of our data, but by combining it into one site, we will have a better way to see data and issues across all content.  However, Hubbers will no longer see data about their content consolidated in GSC, but they can add specific URLs if they choose.  We will be updating documentation on GSC shortly.

We have done some small scale tests so far.  In our initial test, we saw some pages get removed from the results and stop ranking for a few days to about a week.  After about a week, they returned to their previous rankings and traffic levels.  We know it can be disconcerting to see traffic changes, please be patient and give the site time to get reindexed.  If a URL disappears for a few days, this is a normal behavior we have seen get resolved with time.  Most URLs move over very smoothly.

Today, we are going to move the entire autos category including QnA and forums.  We will be evaluating progress and planning to move the rest of the site shortly.

Please report any bugs or issues in the forums.  We will be watching.

Happy Hubbing,