What Should I Do With UnFeatured Hubs?
So your Hub is UnFeatured. What does it mean?
On most sites, having a Hub "Featured" would mean it's been given special status. Not on HubPages - here, a Featured Hub is a normal Hub. An "unFeatured" Hub has been penalised for some reason and is effectively invisible.
On HubPages, "Featured" just means "searchable". When someone types a search term into Google, Yahoo or Bing, only "Featured" articles can appear in the results.
"Unfeatured" articles are hidden from search engines. The only way people can find them, is if you give them the URL.
If you're like most writers, you want people to read what you've written - so there's no satisfaction in having a Hub no one can see! So, when faced with a Hub that's become unFeatured, it makes no sense to just leave it there, does it?
You have a choice. Either:
- Revise it so it becomes Featured, OR
- Delete it and move it to another site (e.g. Zujava, Wizzley, Seekyt, Infobarrel, your own blog)
If you choose the first option, the next question is - how do I revise it? The answer is - it depends why the Hub is UnFeatured.
Why Is My Hub UnFeatured?
Take a look at your "My Account" page and note the symbol next to your UnFeatured Hub.
- If it's a white circle with a black outline, your Hub has failed the QAP (Quality Assessment Process).
- If it's a half moon symbol, your Hub passed the QAP but isn't getting enough traffic.
How to Revise a Hub UnFeatured Due to Quality
If your Hub has failed the Quality Assessment Process, then obviously, you need to revise it so it gets through that process next time - but how? It's not always clear why the Hub has failed QAP. Here are some basic elements to check:
Length - Your Hub should be at least 500 words, and much longer to be on the safe side!
Grammar and Spelling - Copy your Hub into a word-processing program and run grammar and spelling checkers over it, if you're not confident.
Images - You must have at least one image, and make sure all your images are legal and properly attributed (if you're not sure, read my Hub on how to get photos from Flickr).
Rule Violations - make sure you haven't broken any basic rules, e.g.
- don't start the Hub with an Amazon or eBay capsule;
- don't have more than two links to the same domain;
- make sure all your links are directly related to the subject of the Hub - no links to your profile, or social media, or anything only vaguely related.
You can also read this article on the QAP:
If you can't spot the problem, don't fret too much. The assessors are human - they make mistakes. Maybe they made a mistake with yours? Do the best you can, save it and see what happens.
How to Revise a Hub UnFeatured Due to Traffic
HubPages calls this reason "lack of engagement" (which means something different everywhere else, so don't let that confuse you).
What it means, quite simply, is that your Hub isn't getting enough readers. Clearly, the way to solve this is to attract more visitors to the Hub. But how?
DO NOT jump in and start revising. In this case, improving or expanding the Hub will NOT automatically attract more traffic, so it could be a total waste of time and effort.
It's true that making a revision - any revision - will get your Hub back to Featured, but it will only be temporary. Unless you can improve traffic, your Hub will just go unFeatured again in a few weeks.
Your problem isn't that the article isn't good enough - your problem is that readers can't find it in the first place!
Help Readers Find Your Hub
To get more readers, you need to persuade Google, Bing and Yahoo! to include your Hub in their search results. Traffic from other Hubbers, friends and family just isn't enough.
Addressing that problem is too big a topic to cover in this Hub. You need to read and apply the advice in these two Hubs:
If all that sounds like too much hard work, then you have one more alternative: move it. None of the other writing sites has an unFeaturing system, so articles stay visible forever no matter how poor their traffic.
Don't feel that if you move a few articles to another site, you have to commit yourself to writing on that other site. Because they don't have sub-domains, it doesn't matter whether you have one article there or a hundred - each individual article has the same chance of traffic.
Sites to choose from are Zujava, Seekyt, Wizzley and Infobarrel.
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