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Rigorous Review Contest Winners & Q&A

  1. Simone Smith profile image91
    Simone Smithposted 4 years ago

    http://s1.hubimg.com/u/7325820_f248.jpg
    Our Rigorous Review contest spans from October 31st at 12:00pm PT to November 28th at 12:00pm PT. During this period, if you publish a Hub with a Ratings Capsule set to single or multiple person reviews, you will be automatically entered into the contest, and should you qualify, may win anything between $25 and $200 in cash prizes.

    Before entering in the contest, visit our official contest page, read through our official rules and submission requirements, understand the contest judging criteria, and familiarize yourself with the timing.

    If you have any additional questions, feel free to ask them here!

    Let me preempt some of the most common questions below:

    Rigorous Review Contest FAQ

    Do I need to do anything special to make sure my Hub is properly submitted as a contest entry?
    So long as your Hub contains a Ratings Capsule set to single or multiple person reviews (not recipe reviews) and you are publishing it for the first time, it will be properly submitted.

    Where can I see contest entries other Hubbers have submitted?
    Visit the "Post Your Rigorous Review Contest Entries Here!" forum thread.

    You encourage us to review multiple products in one Hub, but I can only include one Ratings Capsule- how does that work out?
    I recommend that you 'use' the Ratings Capsule on the product/place/service that you think is best, the most important, or the one on which you have the most insights to share.

    Where can I learn more about the Ratings Capsule?
    Check out its official Learning Center entry.

    Where can I get more advice on writing good reviews?
    Follow the HubPages Blog! Throughout the month of November, we will be sharing tips on writing great reviews that will help you create contest entries that are more likely to win prizes (not to mention Hubs that will be more likely to see success over the long run).



    PLEASE DO NOT POST LINKS TO YOUR ENTRIES HERE.
    They will be deleted. If you would like to share your Rigorous Review contest entries, please do so in this thread.

    1. janshares profile image87
      jansharesposted 4 years ago in reply to this

      Hi Simone,
      I read and re-read rules and want to make sure that the review I want to submit is ok. Is it a review and comparison of several items that fall in a particular category. Is that acceptable?

      1. Simone Smith profile image91
        Simone Smithposted 4 years ago in reply to this

        Absolutely! Reviews comparing several products also tend to fare better over time. big_smile

        1. janshares profile image87
          jansharesposted 4 years ago in reply to this

          thanks, mine is almost done, coming later tonight BY MIDNIGHT EST, 9pm your time?

  2. Simone Smith profile image91
    Simone Smithposted 4 years ago

    We have our first contest winner!!

    Today's Daily Drawing winner is Nettlemere for the Hub Samsung WB700 Review.

    It is positively packed with great photos taken with the camera, as well as great insights, hence Nettlemere's entry shall make for a great resource for those interested in purchasing the camera. Nicely done, Nettlemere- and congrats on your win!

    1. Nettlemere profile image92
      Nettlemereposted 4 years ago in reply to this

      Thank you Simone - that's been a great boost to my day!

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    GoldenThreadPressposted 4 years ago

    I previously published a review of a product, but find that I needed to revamp it--add a map, personal review, and more product info--that I failed to really spell out in the first go-around. If I have already unpublished it to make these new changes, can I republish and then enter my Hub in this competition? Thanks!--Deb

    1. Simone Smith profile image91
      Simone Smithposted 4 years ago in reply to this

      Hi Deb!
      Unfortunately, contest entries have to be published for the first time in order to qualify, so that particular review won't work, but I do encourage you to consider entering additional reviews this month!

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        GoldenThreadPressposted 4 years ago in reply to this

        Thanks, Simone, for replying to my post. Yes, I am actively working a couple of Hubs to submit. Hope to upload them soon!--Deb

  4. Simone Smith profile image91
    Simone Smithposted 4 years ago

    Friday's winner is in!

    Today's Daily Drawing winner is ThePracticalMommy for the Hub SneakPeeq, an Online Discount Shopping Website.  Congratulations, ThePracticalMommy! SneakPeeq sounds so cool. big_smile

    Keep in mind that Saturday, Sunday, and Monday's winners will all be declared on Monday afternoon. Have a great weekend!

    1. ThePracticalMommy profile image91
      ThePracticalMommyposted 4 years ago in reply to this

      Thanks so much, Simone! big_smile

      1. Just Ask Susan profile image85
        Just Ask Susanposted 4 years ago in reply to this

        Congrats Well done!

        1. ThePracticalMommy profile image91
          ThePracticalMommyposted 4 years ago in reply to this

          Thank you!

  5. chrissieklinger profile image87
    chrissieklingerposted 4 years ago

    If we read another hubber's article and we like the product they review, are we allowed to click on the Amazon capsule (if offered) and order the product? I know we are not allowed to purchase Amazon items off of ourselves, but are we allowed to order off of other hubbers and they get the credit?

    1. jimmythejock profile image82
      jimmythejockposted 4 years ago in reply to this

      i have done it in the past but wasn't sure whether Hubpages or the authors ad code was on at the time lol.....jimmy

    2. Victoria Lynn profile image87
      Victoria Lynnposted 4 years ago in reply to this

      I've wondered the same thing. I've actually gotten out of HubPages and gone to Amazon to order something. It was legit, so leaving the page seems unfair to me for the hubber, so I would love to have this question clarified.

    3. Simone Smith profile image91
      Simone Smithposted 4 years ago in reply to this

      Excellent question. If you're legitimately interested in a product you see on HubPages, go ahead and buy it! I have done it once or twice in the past.

      Clicking on ads/products only gets shady when it is done just to boost others' or your own earnings. smile

      1. Victoria Lynn profile image87
        Victoria Lynnposted 4 years ago in reply to this

        Good to know! Thanks, Simone!

      2. sholland10 profile image90
        sholland10posted 4 years ago in reply to this

        Thanks, Simone!  I have wondered about that and feared I would be breaking the rules if I clicked on another hubber's ad.  I am glad we can click on the ads to order products on Amazon or E-Bay.  Please correct me if I am wrong.

  6. Simone Smith profile image91
    Simone Smithposted 4 years ago

    The weekend Daily Drawing winners are in!

    They are:
    CClitgirl for the Hub Buying and Upgrading to a DSLR Camera
    Johnrr631992 for the Hub Western Digital My Passport External Hard Drive Review
    Prairieprincess for the Hub TV Show Review: Switched At Birth

    Congratulations, you three! Love these reviews. smile

  7. Simone Smith profile image91
    Simone Smithposted 4 years ago

    The weekend Daily Drawing winners are in!

    They are:
    CClitgirl for the Hub Buying and Upgrading to a DSLR Camera
    Johnrr631992 for the Hub Western Digital My Passport External Hard Drive Review
    Prairieprincess for the Hub TV Show Review: Switched At Birth

    Congratulations, you three! Love these reviews. smile

    1. jimmythejock profile image82
      jimmythejockposted 4 years ago in reply to this

      well done guys and well deserved.....jimmy

    2. ThePracticalMommy profile image91
      ThePracticalMommyposted 4 years ago in reply to this

      Congrats!!

  8. cclitgirl profile image96
    cclitgirlposted 4 years ago

    Yippee!!  Thank you, thank you!!

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      kelleywardposted 4 years ago in reply to this

      Congrats!!!!

  9. pstraubie48 profile image89
    pstraubie48posted 4 years ago
  10. Johnrr631992 profile image83
    Johnrr631992posted 4 years ago

    THANKS!!! This is my Third Contest I have entered hubs into and I have FINALLY WON!!! Thanks HubPages, and cannot wait to submit more reviews!!

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      GoldenThreadPressposted 4 years ago in reply to this

      Congratulations! This is my very first contest and I love the challenge it brings! Thanks to Simone and the HP gang for cooking this up (no pun intended!). Still working on my second entry, but sidetracked by the answers/forums sections. Oops! Time to get back to work!-Deb

    2. Simone Smith profile image91
      Simone Smithposted 4 years ago in reply to this

      Nice! I'm glad you kept on trying, Johnrr631992. And I'm glad you're working on another entry, GoldenThreadPress!

  11. soni2006 profile image44
    soni2006posted 4 years ago

    Great contest, I have published my first one for the contest.

  12. daisydayz profile image86
    daisydayzposted 4 years ago

    Congrats to the winners so far, still crossing my fingers I'll win one too!

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    kelleywardposted 4 years ago

    When does week two start for the contest? Just wondering how the 4 weeks of the contest are divided. Thanks,

    Kelley

    1. chrissieklinger profile image87
      chrissieklingerposted 4 years ago in reply to this

      Excellent question, I was wondering the same thing. So far this contest does not seem as popular as the recipe one was, so I may have a chance at winning something smile

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        kelleywardposted 4 years ago in reply to this

        I agree. I just want to spread each review out so I have a chance each week.

    2. Simone Smith profile image91
      Simone Smithposted 4 years ago in reply to this

      Week Two starts Wednesday at noon PT, exactly one week after Week One started. Hope that helps!

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        kelleywardposted 4 years ago in reply to this

        Thanks Simone! That's what I figured but wanted to make sure. Have a great day!

        Kelley

  14. Simone Smith profile image91
    Simone Smithposted 4 years ago

    Hi everyone!

    Today's Daily Drawing winner is Natashalh for the Hub Furminator Review | The Best Dog Brushes and Deshedding Tools.

    Congratulations, Natashalh! That's a fab review!!

    Wondering why the winner is in so late? Many other Hubbers who were randomly selected first ended up having improperly cited images, which disqualified them. sad

    To make sure your image use does not disqualify you, be sure to read this Learning Center guide before hitting "Publish": http://hubpages.com/learningcenter/legal-image-use

    Happy Election Night, everyone!

    1. Natashalh profile image94
      Natashalhposted 4 years ago in reply to this

      Thank you!

      I am so excited!!

      1. ThePracticalMommy profile image91
        ThePracticalMommyposted 4 years ago in reply to this

        Congrats! That's awesome!

      2. GoodLady profile image84
        GoodLadyposted 4 years ago in reply to this

        That's just so great Natasha!!!!  Well done and congratulations. x

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      GoldenThreadPressposted 4 years ago in reply to this

      Simone:
      I have a subscription to Clipart.com. I have been using this notation because these clipart works are under a subscription by me: Deb Melian, CC BY-NC-ND, Clipart.com  And, finally the file which I download from Clipart.com looks like this: SAMPLE: http://downloads.clipart.com/16351084.j … &h=... (I left out the rest for security reasons).  So my question is, how do I properly cite my artwork/photos/illustration on HubPages? I want to properly do this, not only for this contest, but also for SEO, proper linking, etc. And, could you let me know how to cite when a company (in this case SCANPAN gives me permission (and they sent me a professional photo) for one of their products. How would I go about citing that? (Hope this all makes sense smile Thanks!--Deb

      1. Simone Smith profile image91
        Simone Smithposted 4 years ago in reply to this

        Thanks for asking these questions, GoldenThreadPress!!

        Because you own them, you do not usually need to cite images that you have purchased, but since contest judges can't tell the difference, we need a citation that lets us know. When citing images to which you have purchased rights, please say something like:

        Rights purchased from Clipart.com

        When using a photo with permission, just cite the source (e.g. SCANPAN) and say "used with permission":

        So the citation would be like:
        Copyright SCANPAN, used with permission

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          GoldenThreadPressposted 4 years ago in reply to this

          Simone:
          So as not to belabor this topic, what do I do about the source url? Do I need to put down the full url (as shown in prior post, leave it blank, or put Clipart.com? And, if I do not use, Deb Melian, CC-...etc., how do other Hubber's or others know not to use these cliparts? Also, got an email from SCANPAN who wanted their citation to read as noted below. Will this be a problem? Thanks again for your help. I appreciate it!
          Here's my stab at it:
          Source: Rights purchased from Clipart.com or Used with permission SCANPAN USA
          URL: (Do I need to supply at all?)
          Caption: (I'm good with this smile    Look okay?--Deb

          1. alocsin profile image84
            alocsinposted 4 years ago in reply to this

            I am not seeing proper licensing attribution for any of these winners, Simone (i.e. "Attribution-ShareAlike: CC: BY-SA")

            Does that mean that as long as we identify the source of the image, it's CC and a link, the entry is still allowed?  (Which is what I did for previous entries.)

            Also, is it okay to just put our name and a copyright notice as the source, if we took the image?  That is, we don't have to put licensing for it, if its ours, do we?

            1. Simone Smith profile image91
              Simone Smithposted 4 years ago in reply to this

              So long as the conditions of the license are met, in this case, I am happy (e.g. attribution is properly made, which means the author is named, and I have a means of getting to the image source and verifying the license).

              If it is not obvious that one's images are one's own, yes, naming oneself in the source box is helpful big_smile

              1. Simone Smith profile image91
                Simone Smithposted 4 years ago in reply to this

                Of course, I *prefer* that people spell out licenses and sources in their image citations!!!

    3. Vellur profile image86
      Vellurposted 4 years ago

      Here is a review of my favorite kitchen appliance

      http://vellur.hubpages.com/hub/Kenwood- … O-A-review

      1. Simone Smith profile image91
        Simone Smithposted 4 years ago in reply to this

        Wrong place! That link belongs in the other thread. wink

        1. Vellur profile image86
          Vellurposted 4 years ago in reply to this

          Thank you for pointing out my mistake.

        2. Vellur profile image86
          Vellurposted 4 years ago in reply to this

          I think this will not be considered for the contest because I have published it before and submitting it today out here!!

          Anyway I thought I will share information of this wonderful product that I use everyday. It helps me to be healthy day after day. Wherever I go or whatever I do my smoothie is ready to go whenever I want to !!!

          http://vellur.hubpages.com/hub/Kenwood- … O-A-review

      2. chrissieklinger profile image87
        chrissieklingerposted 4 years ago

        Congrats Natasha!

        1. Natashalh profile image94
          Natashalhposted 4 years ago in reply to this

          Thank you! smile

      3. pstraubie48 profile image89
        pstraubie48posted 4 years ago

        http://pstraubie48.hubpages.com/hub/Hou … Vileda-Mop
        Review: house cleaning product  vileda mop

        1. Simone Smith profile image91
          Simone Smithposted 4 years ago in reply to this

          Wrong forum thread! wink

      4. Simone Smith profile image91
        Simone Smithposted 4 years ago

        Hi everyone!

        Today's Daily Drawing winner is Happyboomernurse for the Hub Delaware History Trail: Ross Mansion & Bon Appe'tit Restaurant in Seaford.

        It's a fabulous Hub with tons of original images, a Map, and loads of useful insights. Well done, Happyboomernurse!

        1. ptosis profile image79
          ptosisposted 4 years ago in reply to this

          I'm flummoxed  - where is the listing of all the daily/weekly winners? When I did a search on Hubpages I found the contest from last year (it said 12 months ago) then the contest from last year didn't have the year on it. Very confusing.

          What is this week's inspiration question? It's a different inspiration question each week for the review contest - yes?

          1. Simone Smith profile image91
            Simone Smithposted 4 years ago in reply to this

            Daily and weekly winners are added to this thread.

            Daily winners from Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays are all announced on the following Monday, so the weekend winners (plus the week one weekly winners) will be listed here this afternoon!

            I am about to post a new contest-friendly WTI theme, and yes, the themes we share this month are contest-friendly. smile

      5. Rosyel Sawali profile image17
        Rosyel Sawaliposted 4 years ago

        Is it okay to review a music album? ^_^

        1. daisydayz profile image86
          daisydayzposted 4 years ago in reply to this

          I assume so as books and films are allowed, they class as a product I would have though

          1. Simone Smith profile image91
            Simone Smithposted 4 years ago in reply to this

            Yep!

      6. ptosis profile image79
        ptosisposted 4 years ago

        I was going to do a review on a particular service repair shop - then figured out it was for product and not services. - Or can it? Services offered nationally such as franchises but a single franchise shouldn't reflect on entire nation of franchises.

        So far I like the camera reviews the best.

        1. daisydayz profile image86
          daisydayzposted 4 years ago in reply to this

          You can review any product, service, place you want pretty much. Only thing that isnt included is recipes this time I believe

          1. Simone Smith profile image91
            Simone Smithposted 4 years ago in reply to this

            Correct!

      7. soni2006 profile image44
        soni2006posted 4 years ago

        My second entry for the contest where I have gone in great detail about a resort we visited in Goa, India. This review includes loads of photographs I have taken there and covered most things. I hope you will like it. if not, I still need your feedback. http://soni2006.hubpages.com/hub/Estrel … Goa-Review

        1. Simone Smith profile image91
          Simone Smithposted 4 years ago in reply to this

          Wrong thread!

          1. soni2006 profile image44
            soni2006posted 4 years ago in reply to this

            Oh I am so sorry I posted it in the wrong thread but I am not able to remove it.

            1. Simone Smith profile image91
              Simone Smithposted 4 years ago in reply to this

              Not to worry!

      8. alocsin profile image84
        alocsinposted 4 years ago

        Are pictures from shopping sites (such as Amazon) or manufacturer's websites (such as a publisher or Apple) allowed if given a source and link?

        Such sites don't specifically prohibit or attribute their products, but presumably they would want as wide a publicity as possible for their items, and so would welcome use of their pics.

        1. Simone Smith profile image91
          Simone Smithposted 4 years ago in reply to this

          From Amazon, if you are an affiliate, yes. For other sites, often the answer is no. I would prefer that people just use CC-BY or Public Domain images if they don't use their own to play it safe (and save me the trouble of reading through each company's TOS page).

      9. Simone Smith profile image91
        Simone Smithposted 4 years ago

        Today's Daily Drawing winner is CarlySullens for the Hub Avalon Park Florida: What is it Like Living in A Planned Community?.

        It's a splendid, thorough, beautifully-formatted review, and I had never seen a review of a planned community before. Love it!

      10. CarlySullens profile image88
        CarlySullensposted 4 years ago

        Wow!  I am so honored to be chosen.  Thank you HubPages team for your continued support to be a writer.

        1. Simone Smith profile image91
          Simone Smithposted 4 years ago in reply to this

          I really love the Hub, CarlySullens. I'm so glad you're participating in the contest!

      11. Mac Mission profile image60
        Mac Missionposted 4 years ago

        wow this is really great

      12. JeffSnyder88 profile image61
        JeffSnyder88posted 4 years ago

        What a junk site.

        1. Simone Smith profile image91
          Simone Smithposted 4 years ago in reply to this

          Are you having trouble entering the contest, JeffSnyder88? Is there something we can do to clarify things?

      13. Simone Smith profile image91
        Simone Smithposted 4 years ago

        Today's Daily Drawing winner is Break of Dawn for the Hub Review - Kylie's Blossoms.

        Lovely review, Break of Dawn!

        Friday, Saturday, and Sunday's Daily Drawing winners, as well as the Weekly Winners for Week One of the contest, will be announced Monday afternoon.

        Have a great weekend, everyone! big_smile

        1. wilderness profile image96
          wildernessposted 4 years ago in reply to this

          Simone, could you provide a date the drawing is for, please?  With all the days, and weeks it is a little confusing when you just reference "Today's Daily Drawing".

          1. Simone Smith profile image91
            Simone Smithposted 4 years ago in reply to this

            Sure thing, wilderness!

      14. snakeslane profile image82
        snakeslaneposted 4 years ago

        I wrote a review about a product that I had mentioned in two previously published Hubs. The Hubs were not reviews (they were photo galleries) but in my contest entry (review) I used some information and images from the photo gallery Hubs. If this disqualifies my contest entry I am OK with that. Just wondering how I would be notified? Thanks.

        1. Simone Smith profile image91
          Simone Smithposted 4 years ago in reply to this

          So long as the content of that entry is original (e.g. not duplicate), it's fine! No worries about using photos you have already used before. smile

          1. snakeslane profile image82
            snakeslaneposted 4 years ago in reply to this

            OK, will wait and see on that.

      15. Simone Smith profile image91
        Simone Smithposted 4 years ago

        This Weekly Prize winners for Week One of the Rigorous Review Contest are in!

        It is with great pleasure that I present:
        Great Toy For Toddlers - Fisher-Price Incrediblock by sarahk80
        Three Twins Ice Creamâ„¢ Sustainably Produced And Organic by K9keystrokes
        The Most Comfortable Womens Sandals by GoodLady
        Must-Have Carpet Deep Cleaner for Homeowners by ktrapp
        Delicious Alternatives to Milk by renegadetory
        What is the Best Halo Game? by SimeyC
        Edgar Allan Poe Museum in Richmond, Virginia by Denise Handlon

        In addition to winning $25, these Hubbers are now candidates for the $50 Best Product Review, Service Review, Restaurant Review, and Place Review Prizes, as well as the $200 Grand Prize.

        You can win one of these prizes too, should you also be chosen as one of the Weekly Prize winners. To boost your odds of being chosen, check out our judging criteria on our official contest page.

        1. Denise Handlon profile image89
          Denise Handlonposted 4 years ago in reply to this

          Wow-my granddaughter just called me with the news.  Thanks!  and congratulations to all of the other winners from week #1.  smile

          1. cardelean profile image89
            cardeleanposted 4 years ago in reply to this

            smile  Congrats everyone!

            1. Denise Handlon profile image89
              Denise Handlonposted 4 years ago in reply to this

              Thanks!  smile

          2. Happyboomernurse profile image89
            Happyboomernurseposted 4 years ago in reply to this

            Congrats! I love this hub. Also, how sweet that you learned of the win from your granddaughter.

        2. sarahk80 profile image89
          sarahk80posted 4 years ago in reply to this

          Thanks Simone and the rest of the HubPages staff!  I am so excited to have been picked as a winner!

        3. ktrapp profile image91
          ktrappposted 4 years ago in reply to this

          What a nice surprise! Thanks so much and congrats to all the winners! I enjoy the variety of all the review Hubs so far and look forward to reading more in the coming weeks.

          1. Happyboomernurse profile image89
            Happyboomernurseposted 4 years ago in reply to this

            Hi Ktrapp. Loved your carpet review hub! Congrats on the win.

        4. K9keystrokes profile image92
          K9keystrokesposted 4 years ago in reply to this

          A very sweet treat! Thank you HP.
          Congrats to all of the other Hubbers who took home a prize! smile

      16. Simone Smith profile image91
        Simone Smithposted 4 years ago

        I now have the latest Daily Drawing winners, too! big_smile

        November 9th's Daily Drawing winner is AustralianNappies for the Hub Baby Love Nappy Pants 2012 Review.

        November 10th's Daily Drawing winner is Perspycacious for the Hub Westgate Resort, Park City, Utah and ........... A Carefree Family Reunion.

        November 11th's Daily Drawing winner is Sharkye11 for the Hub Eureka Powerline Vacuum Cleaner Review.

        Nicely done, y'all!

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          GoldenThreadPressposted 4 years ago in reply to this

          Congratulations, too, to all the winners! What inspiration and great Hubs! Kudos!--Deb

        2. AustralianNappies profile image85
          AustralianNappiesposted 4 years ago in reply to this

          I was so exciting to see my user name here! Thank you! I am just thrilled!

      17. glassvisage profile image83
        glassvisageposted 4 years ago

        Congrats to all the winners! This is fun to see the updates on the winning Hubs. Great idea for a contest smile

        1. Happyboomernurse profile image89
          Happyboomernurseposted 4 years ago in reply to this

          K9keystrokes,
          Loved your awesome Three Twins Ice Cream Review, it made my mouth water just reading about this quality ice cream with the unique flavors.

      18. daisydayz profile image86
        daisydayzposted 4 years ago

        Congrats to all the winners so far!

      19. Sharkye11 profile image94
        Sharkye11posted 4 years ago

        Wow! Thank you to everyone! I was very pleasantly surprised this morning! I owe my vacuum cleaner a date night, I guess! Congratulations to everyone else too, I have really enjoyed reading all the wonderful reviews.

      20. Simone Smith profile image91
        Simone Smithposted 4 years ago

        I have another winner to announce!

        November 12th's Daily Drawing winner is mommymaya for the Hub Passion for Savings.

        Congratulations, mommymaya. smile

        1. mommymaya profile image59
          mommymayaposted 4 years ago in reply to this

          Oh my goodness. Thank you so much for liking my review! I am new to this community and this has made me so happy. I feel encourage to dedicate more time to this site. Congrats and good luck to everyone participating.

          I have such a smile on my face right now smile Thank you http://bridalletter.hubpages.com/ for letting me know on your comment! Welcome to Hub Pages. I look forward to your posts!

          Thank you!

          1. Simone Smith profile image91
            Simone Smithposted 4 years ago in reply to this

            You're definitely starting off on the right foot, mommymaya!

      21. Simone Smith profile image91
        Simone Smithposted 4 years ago

        Happy Wednesday, y'all!

        November 13th's Daily Drawing winner is The Salvation Army Corps Community Center - Sierra Vista for the Hub ptosis.

        Congratulations on your win, ptosis!

        1. ptosis profile image79
          ptosisposted 4 years ago in reply to this

          Wow! Thanks for the contest! I am really happy. Whoo - hooo!

      22. GoodLady profile image84
        GoodLadyposted 4 years ago

        Congratulations everyone!  This is fun!
        Thanks for my win last week too.

        1. Perspycacious profile image74
          Perspycaciousposted 4 years ago in reply to this

          While it doesn't match the enjoyment of the reunion/vacation, winning a Daily Drawing for my Hub on Westgate/Park City was a thrill.  I will be doing more reading of the other winning Hubs.  Thanks, and congratulations to my fellow winning Hubbers!

      23. chrissieklinger profile image87
        chrissieklingerposted 4 years ago

        Do we have to put links to all our contest entries in the forum to be considered for a prize, or will any hubs published with the rating capsule throughout the month be considered?

        1. Simone Smith profile image91
          Simone Smithposted 4 years ago in reply to this

          Nope! Any Hub with a Ratings Capsule set to single person or audience reviews (not recipe reviews) counts.

      24. chrissieklinger profile image87
        chrissieklingerposted 4 years ago

        Sorry, another question- I picked the exclusive title Homemade Hot Chocolate Recipe and I was going to try a few and compare them on the hub and review the best one as well as include some history and facts about hot chocolate. I know we can't submit recipe hubs to this contest but I want to remove the recipe capsules since I am listing more than one recipe. So, I have two questions, if it is an exclusive and all the recipe capsules showed up, can I delete those capsules and list several recipes or do I have to stick to just one? The second quesiton is, if I review several recipes and compare to store bought mixes, can it be entered in the contest?

        1. Simone Smith profile image91
          Simone Smithposted 4 years ago in reply to this

          That sounds like a good plan!
          It's fine that you use recipe capsules- what matters is that you have the Ratings Capsule set for a non-recipe rating for your favorite hot chocolate mix (or the one to which you most want to apply a rating).
          You can list as many recipes as you like; just use additional Text Capsules.

      25. Simone Smith profile image91
        Simone Smithposted 4 years ago

        Hi everyone!!

        November 14th's Daily Drawing winner is Millionaire Tips for the Hub Review of The Sims 3 Seasons Expansion Pack.

        Congrats on your win, Millionaire Tips! Your review rather makes me want to nab The Sims.

        1. Millionaire Tips profile image89
          Millionaire Tipsposted 4 years ago in reply to this

          Oh! Thank you so much Simone!  Winning the contest is just as exciting as getting a new expansion pack!

        2. soni2006 profile image44
          soni2006posted 4 years ago in reply to this

          Hello Simone, I think I am reading it wrong. The winner is Millionaire Tips and the hub is "Review of the.....".  It happens sometimes with me too.

          1. Simone Smith profile image91
            Simone Smithposted 4 years ago in reply to this

            Bahaha, thanks soni2006!! Sorry about that. wink

            1. soni2006 profile image44
              soni2006posted 4 years ago in reply to this

              I am a copy editor, I think that's why I saw that or may be but it was a good one.

      26. glassvisage profile image83
        glassvisageposted 4 years ago

        Hi! May I ask if the "Best Place" category includes cities, etc.?

        1. Simone Smith profile image91
          Simone Smithposted 4 years ago in reply to this

          It certainly does, glassvisage!

          1. glassvisage profile image83
            glassvisageposted 4 years ago in reply to this

            Thank you missy!

      27. JJMargaret profile image59
        JJMargaretposted 4 years ago

        I am VERY new to HubPages. I figured I would try to enter a review to get my username out there and I tried to publish a review on a medical service. However, it was flagged that ads were disabled. I am okay with that since I need recognition at this point more than $$ and see now that ads are disabled because of the medical content it contains. Does that mean it will not be able to be submitted for the purpose of the contest? It is still listed as "pending".
        Thanks for any help. JJ

        1. Simone Smith profile image91
          Simone Smithposted 4 years ago in reply to this

          Welcome to HubPages, JJ! So long as a Hub is published (and Pending Hubs are published) and it contains a Ratings Capsule set to a non-recipe review (and of course meets our submission requirements as outlined on the contest page), you're good to go!

          I'm so glad you're getting started on HubPages, and no worries about the ads being disabled. So that we can offer ads on most Hubs, we have to adhere to some pretty strict standards, so we just have no choice but to turn off ads for some content that advertisers consider to be 'sensitive'. smile

      28. Simone Smith profile image91
        Simone Smithposted 4 years ago

        Hi everyone!!

        Day 15's Daily Drawing winner is Dorsi for the Hub A Review of VistaPrint - Online Printing Services.

        Yay Dorsi!

        Also, because I may have limited Internet access in the beginning of next week, I have decided to play it safe and announce our Week 2 winners early!

        It is with great pleasure that I present:
        Bike Trailer Review | InStep Sync Single by Radcliff
        Mini Tydee: Doc Martens for Women by theclevercat
        The Homestead Heritage, Waco, Texas by Randy M.
        Top 5 Places to Eat with Kids in Big Sky, Montana by Mrs. Menagerie
        Great Sushi Restaurant in Pasadena, CA by watergeek
        Avalon Park Florida: What is it Like Living in A Planned Community? by CarlySullens
        Best Websites For Dog Lovers - Reviews and Ratings by AliciaC

        We had a tough time selecting only seven winners this week, to be sure!

        That said  these reviews are really top notch. In addition to offering tons of useful analysis and information (along with search-friendly titles that are less likely to have to contend with product listings), many of these winning Hubs include original video, which adds loads of value.

        In addition to winning $25, these Hubbers are now candidates for the $50 Best Product Review, Service Review, Restaurant Review, and Place Review Prizes, as well as the $200 Grand Prize.

        You, too, can be up for these prizes- especially if you pay special attention to the judging criteria on our official contest page.

        Congratulations to this week's winners, and good luck to all the participants!

        1. AliciaC profile image96
          AliciaCposted 4 years ago in reply to this

          Thank you very much, Simone! This is so exciting!

          1. chrissieklinger profile image87
            chrissieklingerposted 4 years ago in reply to this

            Congrats everyone! I just finished a review of Safelite Auto Glass Repair and posted it to their FB page and here is the response I got:
            Thanks so much for taking the time to write a great, informative post about auto glass damage and your experience with our mobile service! We're glad you liked it, have a great weekend! -Jaclyn

            Keep up the great work everyone!!!!

            1. watergeek profile image93
              watergeekposted 4 years ago in reply to this

              Ooh. That's a good idea!

          2. GoodLady profile image84
            GoodLadyposted 4 years ago in reply to this

            Amazing hubs!  Congratulations everyone.

        2. Dorsi profile image91
          Dorsiposted 4 years ago in reply to this

          Whoo hoo! What a great surprise! Thanks!

        3. watergeek profile image93
          watergeekposted 4 years ago in reply to this

          Thank you Simone et al. Since it's my favorite restaurant I wrote about, and I took myself to dinner to take photos, it was really fun writing the hub. I'm glad you liked it too.

        4. Randy M. profile image93
          Randy M.posted 4 years ago in reply to this

          Thanks so much Simone for including my Hub on Homestead Heritage for one of this week's winners, and congratulations to all the other winners.  I will have to read them and get to know some more HubPages members.

        5. K9keystrokes profile image92
          K9keystrokesposted 4 years ago in reply to this

          Nice job! Congrats to all winners! smile

      29. CarlySullens profile image88
        CarlySullensposted 4 years ago

        WOW!  I am so honored, again.  Thank you Simone and HubPages staff.  I also like reading everyone else's reviews.  There is so much information in the above hubs.  I am learning so much.

      30. Mrs. Menagerie profile image81
        Mrs. Menagerieposted 4 years ago

        Thanks so much Hubpages!  What a happy surprise!!!

      31. YoJDawg profile image73
        YoJDawgposted 4 years ago

        Can you qualify by reviewing apps?

        1. ktrapp profile image91
          ktrappposted 4 years ago in reply to this

          I would certainly think so. One of the winners this week reviewed websites.

          1. YoJDawg profile image73
            YoJDawgposted 4 years ago in reply to this

            Alright, thanks for the info

          2. watergeek profile image93
            watergeekposted 4 years ago in reply to this

            Yes, I reviewed MS Publisher.

        2. Simone Smith profile image91
          Simone Smithposted 4 years ago in reply to this

          Ktrapp and watergeek are correct! smile

      32. Simone Smith profile image91
        Simone Smithposted 4 years ago

        Hey everyone!! Just a heads up- because I have ended up somewhere with almost nonexistent Internet access, I won't be able to declare Daily Drawing winners for Friday, Saturday, Sunday, Monday, and Tuesday until Wednesday afternoon. My apologies for the delay, and thanks for your patience!!

        1. ThePracticalMommy profile image91
          ThePracticalMommyposted 4 years ago in reply to this

          I noticed you weren't around yesterday. Glad you're okay, and hope you can get better Internet access soon! smile

        2. aykianink profile image59
          aykianinkposted 4 years ago in reply to this

          I, too, was eagerly awaiting your post.  There are days when I don't have internet and I barely notice.  Then there are days where I think it's a fate worse than death.  Hopefully, you're in the former camp, Simone!:-)

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            GoldenThreadPressposted 4 years ago in reply to this

            I agree. I also think we need to step back periodically and take in life other than a computer monitor and just focus on the now! Even so, Simone, we eagerly await your return!--Deb

        3. Simone Smith profile image91
          Simone Smithposted 4 years ago in reply to this

          Thanks y'all! I suppose it was good to be 'off the grid' for a while, but BOY, is it ever great to be back online! Thanks for being so understanding. smile

      33. Simone Smith profile image91
        Simone Smithposted 4 years ago

        Hi everyone! Thank you so much for your patience with this latest batch of Daily Drawing winners. At long last, I can happily present them!

        November 16th's Daily Drawing winner is How to Continue to Work Out While Traveling or on Holiday by chrissieklinger
        November 17th's Daily Drawing winner is The Village Framer - A Small Business Review - Small Business Saturday by cclitgirl
        November 18th's Daily Drawing winner is How to Save Money on Your Heating Cost Your Home Heater Review by suzzycue
        November 19th's Daily Drawing winner is The Best Ice Museum in Fairbanks, Alaska by Abbyfitz
        November 20th's Daily Drawing winner is Spruce Grove Inn, Banff, Canada - Review by mooboomoo

        This is a fabulous bunch of reviews. Well done, y'all!

        1. suzzycue profile image83
          suzzycueposted 4 years ago in reply to this

          Thank you Simone Smith and Hubpages, I am honored with this award.Yaaahoooo! Congratulations to all the other winners and high hopes for all that entered.Good Luck to everyone.

        2. Abbyfitz profile image85
          Abbyfitzposted 4 years ago in reply to this

          I was so surprised when I opened my email this evening! I never thought I'd win. Congratulations to everyone!

        3. mooboomoo profile image92
          mooboomooposted 4 years ago in reply to this

          Wow! Thank you so much, what a great surprise and my first ever contest win on hub pages! Congrats to all of the other winners too.

      34. cclitgirl profile image96
        cclitgirlposted 4 years ago

        Thank you so much!  I appreciate HubPages and Simone, thank you for your hard work!  smile

        1. Denise Handlon profile image89
          Denise Handlonposted 4 years ago in reply to this

          Congrats to you Cyndi.  smile

      35. miscellanea profile image84
        miscellaneaposted 4 years ago

        How would I know If Iam in the contest?

        1. Simone Smith profile image91
          Simone Smithposted 4 years ago in reply to this

          So long as you publish a Hub that meets the entry requirements outlined on our official contest page, you have successfully entered! big_smile

          1. miscellanea profile image84
            miscellaneaposted 4 years ago in reply to this

            Thanks Simone smile

      36. Simone Smith profile image91
        Simone Smithposted 4 years ago

        Happy Thanksgiving, everyone! Our latest winner is in!

        The Daily Drawing winner for November 21st is shuck72 for the Hub The Best Entertainment Magazine: Entertainment Weekly.

        Congratulations, shuck72!

       
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