Great Writing Techniques - How to Get a Hub Selected as Hub of the Day
How Does One Go About Having Their Hub Selected as Hub of the Day?
I have read many questions asking about hub of the day: What does it take to qualify? What is the process of getting selected? Who picks the winners? I hope after reading this hub you will have the answers to all these questions and so much more. I sincerely hope you will be armed and ready to receive the next Hub of the Day accolade!
What Does HubPages Say About This?
Since we are writing for HubPages, and the award winning hub is selected by Hubpages, it is good to know what they consider to be important and the criteria they use in the hub selection process. According to HubPages FAQ, the answer to the question “What is the Hub of the Day?” is: “. . . an exemplary Hub chosen by HubPages Staff . . . looking for hubs that contain interesting and useful subject matter, high-quality and grammatically correct writing, and beautiful formatting. . .” To view the complete answer to the question, visit the HubPages FAQ.
What does this mean? Let’s look at each of the terms highlighted in the above definition.
Dictionary.com defines exemplary as: “worthy of imitation or commendable; serving as an illustration; serving as a model or pattern.” That really says a whole lot, doesn’t it? A hub that is chosen to be hub of the day should exhibit these characteristics. It should be worth imitating!
Even more important than being selected as hub of the day, by looking at hubs that have been selected, we have a better idea of the types of hubs that HubPages is looking for – the kinds of hubs that they think will be successful. So by studying the hubs that are chosen as hubs of the day, not only do we come closer to having a hub of our own selected, but we also come closer to creating a hub that will be successful overall.
Interesting and Useful Subject Matter
We have all found ourselves reading something that was terribly boring or so academic that we could not, or choose not to, continue reading it. In writing for the general public, we need to write in a way that is appealing and will hold their attention until the very end of our article. This means that the content must be interesting and beneficial, plus providing the reader with the information they are seeking.
Useful subject matter is somewhat subjective, but if the subject is being searched for on the internet, then an article that would answer the searcher’s questions would be considered useful. The more people who find the article relevant, the more useful the article is.
Good SEO research can help your hub be both interesting and useful. But SEO research takes time - not only time to learn how to effectively utilize the software programs, but also it can be quite labor-intensive itself. To overcome this hurdle I utilize a software called Market Samurai. It has been wonderful in helping me deal with my inadequacies in this area. Learning the Foreign Language of SEO using Market Samurai is a hub I wrote about this experience.
Grammar is Important!
Hubs written about grammar and its importance:
High-Quality and Grammatically Correct Writing
High-quality and grammatically correct writing will give your writing more authority in the eyes of an educated reader. Writing filled with errors is difficult to read, often hard to comprehend, and many times just plain unpleasant. With this in mind, it is easy to see that a hub filled with errors will not be showcased as a model of what type of hub should be emulated.
A high-quality hub will also be well-researched, therefore, filling in any blanks the reader may have on that particular topic. This is one reason a topic should be narrowed down, so that the reader will find what they are looking for, and will spend the time reading your article to find that information, without having to dig through an excessive amount of information that they really did not care about.
If you continue to have problems with grammar, there are online grammar checkers, such as Grammarly, the Best Grammar Checker.
Beautiful Formatting – The Text
Beautiful formatting is also fairly explanatory. The hub needs to be easy to read, easy to understand, and pleasing to look at.
Very few people like to read a hub that is one long paragraph of text. I have heard it suggested that a paragraph should contain no more than 3 or 4 sentences, and that there should be no more than 3 or 4 paragraphs under each heading.
It is easier to read; and the headings prepare the reader for what is next. It is the bait that you use to keep them reading and wanting more. I must admit, that I do not always adhere to these rules, but overall I do make an effort to do so.
There are many hubs written on the subject of where to find photographs. Below is one of them:
Here are a couple hubs that will show you how to further add visual appeal to your hubs:
Beautiful Formatting – The Images/Pictures/Videos
In the above section, I stated that the hub needs to be pleasing to look at. In addition to the formatting listed above, this is accomplished is by using pictures to illustrate your hub. The right pictures are so important; after all, they say a picture is worth a thousand words.
I have seen many hubs that would have made wonderful hub of the day candidates. After inquiries I found that they would not even be considered! Why do you think that is?
This question has both a simple and a hard answer. The simple answer is that the pictures used on the hubs did not give proper attribution to the photographers. This may have been the only thing that stopped the hub from being selected.
The hard part of the answer is knowing how to correctly annotate images/photographs and where to find pictures that are legal for use.
My favorite site to use for my photo selections is flickr. I rarely have to look elsewhere because flickr has so many images to choose from. Even on a sight such as flickr, we have to be careful in the photos we choose because all photos are not available for public use, and all photos are not available for commercial use. (Since we are using ads on hubs to earn income, the photos chosen must be permissible for use in commercial applications.) It took me a while to figure out how to accomplish this, and after figuring it out I created a hub that explains how to use flickr for this purpose, Using Flickr for Photos and Images and to Generate Traffic to Your Hub.
Videos are another great way to add visual interest to your hubs. But videos, like pictures, can also contain watermarks; so use care in your selection of videos as well. I find it necessary to stress also that you should watch the video all the way through before placing it within your hub. I have watched videos that were everything I wanted until the surprise ending where someone tried to be cute. I have also wanted to use a video, but someone in the background was using profanity or an obscene gesture, and I did not want that video then to be part of my hub.
When choosing pictures and videos, I try to think of the audience that may come across the hub and then consider if someone in that audience would be offended. If the answer is yes, I would rather err on the side of caution.
Chosen by HubPages Staff
Since the hub is chosen by the HubPages staff, it is important that it comes to their attention. But with so many hubs being written every day, it is humanly impossible for them to view, much less read, every single hub. So how can you increase your odds of being noticed by HubPages staff?
One way to do this is to take part in the Weekly Topic for Inspiration (WTI). When you take part in the WTI, HubPages has a forum thread where you can post your hub's URL which is monitored by HubPages staff. It doesn't get any easier than that to get noticed!
Taking part in any promotion HubPages offers is also another good way, such as the contests. Obviously, they have to view all hubs that are written for a contest.
Additional Things to Consider
After reading HubPages' hub, The Hub of the Day Program, there are a couple other items that need to be considered. This hub states that the first image of your hub must fill the full dimensions of the carousel that appears on the homepage; and, the hub must contain a good, well-chosen title.
After reading the above requirements, I went back and changed the first picture on this hub to try to meet those requirements. How cool would it be for a hub about what it takes to have your hub chosen as hub of the day would be selected for hub of the day? Pretty cool I think!
Examples of Hubs of the Day
Analyzing and studying the success of others, and then imitating it, is often the key to our own success. Let's look at 12 hubs that have received the Hub of the Day award. I will discuss some things about each hub that I feel makes it "Hub of the Day" material.
This how-to hub has a great introductory paragraph, and Cloverleaf used beautiful pictures to demonstrate every single step of this hub. It does not contain an excessive amount of ads to detract from the hub's contents, and all products advertised are related to the hub. Additional links are provided. The content is divided into easy to follow steps with headers telling the reader what to expect next.
This hub was written for the Weekly Topic for Inspiration about home organization. This organization and decorating hub is very well formatted and is visually appealing. Even the ads have been tastefully done - notice the ads around the text talking about jewelry organization. These ads also illustrate different ways to store jewelry. Many pictures have been used in this hub, but by using thumbnails to display the images, the pictures do not seem to be overdone. This hub also provides the reader with unique storage solutions (interesting content) that may not have previously been considered. All product ads in the hub are related to what is shared in the hub. The hub also provides additional links for the reader to locate related information.
MissOlive's hubs are always visually appealing, and this hub does not disappoint. She provides her reader with a great introductory paragraph, even warning the reader that the hub is a long one, but promises it is worth the read. And then she delivers on that promise all the way to the very end of the hub. Her hub is broken down into smaller bite-sized pieces with introductory headers letting the reader know what to expect next. She also does a great job of breaking the text up using bullet points and numbered sequences. Her hub has taken a very word intensive subject and broken it down into easy to digest pieces. She also provides a tremendous amount of additional links for her readers to dig a little deeper into a certain subject. Her hub contains a tasteful number of ads that are related to her topic.
Homesteadbound's hub takes us on a fascinating journey - telling us about a very remarkable and inspirational woman. People love to read about inspirational and motivational people and this hub delivers. The hub is filled with beautiful and colorful pictures of quilts and fabrics adding to its appeal. A video of the blind quilter adds much to this hub, as do the quotes that are interspersed throughout. All product ads in the hub are related to what is shared in the hub. This hub also provides a link for readers to donate quilting materials to help this blind quilter continue along on her amazing journey.
I take great care in selecting the first photo that goes into every hub making sure that it is visually appealing both large and small. It will be seen as small when it goes through the feed, and I want it to reach out and grab someone's attention.
This hub is very well written and takes the reader on a wonderful journey. The introductory paragraph is inviting and comforting, giving you time to sit down, relax and get ready for an enjoyable read. The author, Rolly A Chabot, has illustrated this hub with many beautiful pictures of his own that makes this hub so visually appealing. It is divided into sections, each with appropriate headers. Additional links have been provided, and there are no ads. Although the whole hub is done in bold text, something I do not generally condone, it does not seem to detract from this hub's value, perhaps because the hub is so visually appealing to begin with.
This hub touches on a topic that many people have to face, keeping their kids from being a nuisance and distraction in church. Many of the tips can be used in environments other than church however, such as in a doctor's office or a restaurant. This hub has a great introductory paragraph explaining to the reader what to expect. Although the hub only has one picture, this cute picture is the author's own and is attributed properly. The picture does relate to the topic discussed. The hub is divided into sections with great headers leading the reader to the next topic discussed, and some are further divided by numbered sequences. Additional links have been provided; and a tasteful number of ads related to the topic were included.
This how-to hub has a great introductory paragraph and is visually appealing because of the photos and placement of a text box containing links. This hub does a great job of explaining why someone should be compelled to do what it suggests, and then gives different methods of how this could be accomplished. The hub is divided into small sections with headings explaining what is to come. Additional related links are provided for the reader's benefit, and ads on the hub are related to the topic.
Although this particular hub was not written for the WTI, this author had written another hub that same week that was. Therefore, her work was brought to the attention of HubPages staff, and they may have come across this hub because of her participation in the WTI. This was the first time that she had taken part in the WTI.
This gardening hub has an introductory paragraph that lets the reader know what to expect in this hub. This hub is enhanced by the author's wonderful photographs that add much visual appeal.It is nicely divided into sub-headings that prepare the reader for what will come next. Additional gardening links are provided throughout the hub if the reader cares to dig deeper. This hub does not contain any additional ads.
This information sharing hub covers an interesting subject matter. The brightly colored video and photographs create a very visually appealing article. The introductory paragraph of this hub grabs the readers attention and lets the reader know what to expect. Although this hub is not divided with headers, photos interspersed throughout add visual breaks to the text, and further demonstrate what is being described. This hub contains minimal additional ads, but they are related to the subject content.
There is a good chance that the picture and the title will draw someone in to find out more about this article. This demonstrates the need to carefully pick photos and titles for your hubs.
10. Barns of Tennessee - Photo Gallery by My Minds Eye53 (This hub is no longer available)
This photo gallery hub is an excellent example of a hub where the author used photos that they themselves had taken. The photos are visually appealing, and because they are placed in thumbnail arrangements, a lot of beautiful photos are displayed without causing a congested appearance. The hub has a wonderful introduction that shouts country - just the exact place that you would expect to find a barn. The hub is broken up into segments with headings that let the reader know what to expect. There are no ads in this hub.
Although this hub is no longer available, creating a gallery of beautiful photos that you have taken using verbiage to describe something about them is a great example of what can be done.
This food and recipe hub, written for the Weekly Topic of Inspiration, is a great example of what is expected from the Hub Of the Day. It is very well written from the great introductory paragraph that explains to the reader what information will be shared, and continues all the way to the very end. This hub is visually appealing and very well illustrated through the use of the author's very own photographs. It is broken up nicely with headers above each section preparing the reader for what will come next. It also has side bars with additional information attractively added to the hub. This hub has minimal related ads.
12. Decreasing Food Costs by Gardening by davenmidtown (Hub has been taken down by author.)
This gardening hub has a good introductory paragraph explaining what will be discussed. It is also broken up into sections with headers making it easier to read and preparing the reader for the information that will be shared next. This hub also contains additional gardening links if the reader would care to learn more on the subject. The author's original photography not only makes the hub visually appealing, but adds pictorial details that enhance the text. This hub has no additional ads.
As you can tell from the above list of 12 hubs, many different types of hubs covering many different topics are considered and chosen as Hub of the Day winners.
Although this may seem like a lot of requirements to be concerned with in order to have a hub selected as Hub of the Day, all of these requirements make your hubs exemplary hubs - hubs worthy of notice. Even if your hub is never selected as hub of the day, after following the above guidelines, you and your hubs will still be considered winners!
So, now I hope that many of you will soon find yourself in the winner's circle and enjoying the limelight as it shines on you when your hub is chosen as hub of the day.
This poll was added in April 2013.
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