Flagship Hub Program

This hub, is of course, not official in any way...

PLEASE NOTE: This information is no longer relevant. This was about a program that HubPages used to run. I am keeping the hub up as a piece of hubbing history.

Having published 3 Flagship Hubs I feel competent enough to share some insights as well as a few tips and tricks. I haven't done a Flagship Hub in a while, but that would be because I've been busy making Capstone Hubs.

Done right, Flagship Hubs can be profitable (as in the time it takes to produce one). Even if you are a little slow in getting it together or making a masterpiece over and above the requirements, they still will prove to be a money earner over the life of the hub. And the life of the hub is of course, indefinite.

And now I'll mix a little of what HubPages HQ says with some of what I think. Hopefully by the end of it you'll be better informed, and maybe even chomping at the bit, ready to make your first Flagship hub!

What HubPages HQ wants...

HubPages HQ wants you to make your Flagship Hub the best page online on a subject, and earn up to $35 and ongoing royalties.

For each Flagship hub they want a go-to guide on a specific subject, full of the best, most useful information, pictures, videos, and links you can find.

The standard is set quite high, but not unachievable. Here's a run down of what they're looking for

  • A minimum of 1500 words, of your own, high-quality purely original writing
  • A minimum of 3 relevant video capsules (YouTube or Google)
  • A minimum of 5 relevant images
  • At least 10 relevant links to other sources, each with your own 30-50 word description
  • A news capsule (or highly-relevant RSS feed)
  • An original overview of no more than 500 characters, that goings into the Summary.

...and of course, well presented and organized.

"What's in it for me?" I hear you ask.

  • $25 cash, via Paypal... you do of course have to have a valid Paypal account.
  • Ongoing royalties... Flagship Hubs are the same deal as normal hubs, you get your 60% ad impressions. So yes, you not only get paid on completion, you stand a chance to earn passive income from the hub as an ongoing concern.
  • The "Ten from Ten for Ten" bonus... you'll be reading more about that soon!


Flagship Hubs Topics

  • You must write on one of the topics from the Flagship Topic Pool.
  • You can only request one topic at a time.
  • Once assigned, you have 7 days to complete the Hub.
  • If you're already a Flagship Hub participant you can make suggestions for ideas.


Ten from Ten for Ten Bonus

The short story is, if you get at least 10 unique visitors from 10 individual sites (outside of HubPages) Hub within the first 30 days of publication, HubPages Inc will pay you another ten bucks.

Bonus! It's a reward for doing what you should have been doing anyway!

The long story is... I'm going to cover it in this hub: Traffic Bonus. It's quite a hefty read, so open it up and bookmark it.

What it takes to get onto the Flagship Program

You've read this far and you think you've got what it takes. Now you just need to now HOW to sign up. Here are the details...

First of all, you will have proven yourself as a quality hubber. A track record of well written hubs under your belt. HubPages don't say how many. I may have had 50 before they announced the program. I wouldn't be surprised if some have had far less. But I think QUALITY is going to be the biggest determining factor.

If your hubs have been to solely direct traffic to just one site, then I don't think they'll be interested. If you've filled your hubs full of affiliate links, I doubt they're going to be interested. If your hubs are nothing more than picture galleries... again, I don't think they're going to be interested.

Write about things you know. That are meaningful. You don't have to shy away from using the Amazon and Ebay capsules, but use them properly. Pick products (or specific categories) that are in context to the content.

If you're confident you've got what it takes to be a Chosen One, then here's what you need to do next:

  1. Request a contract by emailing team@hubpages.com with the subject line "Flagship Hubs"
  2. If you're approved, they'll send an email, with an attachment. The attachment is a contract. Read it, sign it (if you're happy with what it says) and fax it or scan it and email it back to them.
  3. HubPages HQ will confirm that they've received your contract. Go to the Flagship Hubs Topic Pool and find a topic that suits you. Email the team to claim the topic.
  4. You've now got 7 days to complete the Flagship Hub.
  5. Once you've fulfilled the criteria and finished the hub, don't publish it. Email the team with "Flagship Hub for approval" in the subject line along with the URL of the hub, and they'll review it.
  6. If approved for payment and publishing, you can go and choose another topic from the Pool. If not... that's no drama, they'll point out what's deficient, and how to go about fixing it.
  7. Post a link to your published Flagship Hub in the comments box below!

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kiwi91 7 years ago from USA

I read this somewhere, but I completely forgot about it. I might give it a shot. Thanks for the info, well done!


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frogdropping 7 years ago

Darkside - This made 'understandable' reading. It's always tough IMO when writing about something that's factual or when you're trying to impart advice to the reader.

Well put together, thankyou.


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Everyday Miracles 7 years ago from Indiana, USA

I appreciate your taking the time to do this! I've been considering applying when a topic comes up that I know or am interested in. I know my husband will be good at this once he starts writing here, too! Thanks!


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dianacharles 7 years ago from India

Interesting darkside. Just wish the topics were a little more interesting :P


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ysdata 7 years ago from Dover, Delaware

I've written one flagship hub. Turns out it's one of the best hubs out of 102 hubs.


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Hawkesdream 7 years ago from Cornwall

I think I need to up my game before entering into this, good incentive, think you have given me a push in the right direction.


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AEvans 7 years ago from SomeWhere Out There

Once the challenge ends I believe afer 18 months I will be up to this challenge, I thank you for the information.:)


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cindyvine 7 years ago from Kyiv, Ukraine

mmmmmm think I might rather focus on the book I'm writing. Might have a gander at the topics though


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cindyvine 7 years ago from Kyiv, Ukraine

arrrrgggghhh just looked and all the topics in the pool suck


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LondonGirl 7 years ago from London

fascinating, as all your hubs are! I agree with cindyvine, though, the current topics ain't for me (-:


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Haunty 7 years ago from Hungary

Thanks for suggesting that I should craft a flagship hub. Having read your article, I think many things have to come together for me to do it. I need 7 days free to devote to this, inclination, an interesting topic appearing in the topic pool, a new Rambo movie. ...off to read your flagship hubs.


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The Good Cook 7 years ago

Thanks for the information.


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My Inner Jew 7 years ago

great hub! I will be giving this a shot when i get more hubs of quality under my belt...i might try it at 20...who knows :) thanks


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dipless 7 years ago from Manchester

Hi Darkside, I know I am very very new to hubbing, but in the future once I have more experience I am very interested in this program, could you please take a look at some of my hubs and let me know where you think I can improve to raise the quality of my hubs. All comments are VERY VERY appreciated.

Thanks for your time


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darkside 7 years ago from Australia Author

@dipless, original content, well thought out layout (the organisation of capsules) and picking the right pictures, goes a long way in impressing the HubPages staff. At a glance I can see that you've fulfilled that criteria.Personally I don't think a person needs to have a collection of Flagship standard hubs to qualify, but aiming at the level of a typical Capstone serial hub (as outlined in criteria, not the crazy amount of effort some of mine have ended up being) will certainly put a person in the running.


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dipless 7 years ago from Manchester

@ darkside, thanks very much for the help all is appreciated once i have a bit more experience and some more hubs i will have to apply. I know what you mean you start a hub thinking it'll be an hours work half a day later..where'd it go anyway thanks again :)


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stevesmith29 7 years ago

This has been very very informative. I think I will give it a try. Thanks


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dohn121 7 years ago from Hudson Valley, New York

This is the first time hearing of this. Like many hubbers, I'd love to earn some money, but the prestige of writing a flagship hub is much more enticing! I'll definitely check back to see if there is a topic that interests me. Thank you, Darkside.


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GeneralHowitzer 7 years ago from Land of Salt, Philippines

Thank you very much I hope I have the honor of writing flaghip hub in the future... :D

Thanks a lot Darkside...


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Creaminizer23 6 years ago from New York, Usa

I am interested with this opportunity. Thanks for introducing it to me.


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sibaja_software 6 years ago from Italy

Thanks, I did not realize there was such a program. I have been spreading my hub out among different accounts. I will now concentrate on just one or two and attempt to qualify for flagship hub status.


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N. Ramius 6 years ago

I wish they'd reopen the flagship hub program.I check regularly but it is never open.


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viking305 6 years ago from Ireland

This is fasinating, I had no idea this was available. I am certainly going to sign up for this and give it a go. Will bookmark this hub also because you have included excellent information. Thank you for pointing this out to me. Much appreciated


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Zenofsong 6 years ago

I'm going to use the flagship hub guidelines as a guideline to creating all my hubs. I realize I've been a little light on the words images AND video!


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darkside 6 years ago from Australia Author

Zenofsong, the Flagship model works very well in terms of Search Engine results and giving visitors the best experience.


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American_Choices 6 years ago from USA

Darkside,

This is a detailed roadmap! Absolutely step by step! Including promotion.

I didn't realize the links were 10! I need to beef things up allot!

Thank you!


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tillsontitan 4 years ago from New York

Very interesting. Is the program still available? I don't know if I'd qualify or if I could do it but I'd like to at least know if it's still available and give it some serious thought. Thank you for always providing us with such good information.


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darkside 4 years ago from Australia Author

It is not. However it has been reported that hubs made to the specifications that applied to the Flagship program outperform hubs which fall short of the criteria.

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