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.
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 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.
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!
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 If I have already unpublished it to make these new changes, can I republish and then enter my Hub in this competition?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
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!
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?
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.
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.
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
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 Thanks!--Deb
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
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 Look okay?--Deb
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
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 !!!
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?
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.
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
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).
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.
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.
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 Thank you http://bridalletter.hubpages.com/ for letting me know on your comment! Welcome to Hub Pages. I look forward to your posts!
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!
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?
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.
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
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'.
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!
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
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.
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!!
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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