I have been away from HubPages for several months as I had to take care of some very important personal business. I've been back for less than a week and noticed an announcement on my Bonus Program page stating that the program is retiring as of September 1st. I'm so disappointed as I was looking forward to it. Does anyone know why HP is doing away with it?
I saw that notice too. I am hoping that they are planning to introduce a new bonus program, because the current one, it would have been impossible for me to qualify. My deleted hubs continued to be counted as published hubs, and it took a while for me to learn what kinds of hubs to write.
I don't think many people were able to participate in it, although they did use the bonus program to reward apprentices for writing their hubs during the apprentice program.
I do hope they personally notified people who were participants, because it does seem like something that should be announced.
Well said, Millionaire Tips. Well said. :-)
I agree! It was very difficult to qualify. It was nice when I was an Apprentice. Thereafter, it was hard to stay above Tier 1, but at least I got that from time to time. Maybe a new bonus program will be introduced. That would definitely be nice as it's a motivator for us who have been loyal to the program.
The bonus program never really seemed viable to the writing population it was offered to.
Dang! I actually just qualified for it. It was spurring me on to write more hubs. Bummer! Oh, well. The pressure is off now. :-(
The bonus program was a beta service that only a very small number of people were invited to try.
The result was paying bonuses upfront to people didn't encourage them to create more Hubs. We had a few different bonus tiers, but the net effect was it wasn't meaningful to Hubbers.
I love trying new things like this and when things don't work at the Alpha or Beta stage we shut them down and take a swing at something else!
The good news is there is no shortage of ideas for exciting beta features!
Paul, could it be that the current bonus program didn't motivate Hubbers to write more because it was too difficult to attain the higher tiers? Maybe a revision to it would be more effective? After being gone since November, I was looking forward to coming back and writing more because of the bonus program. It was nice to see that I was actually able to make Tier 1 and 2 finally. I personally believe it's a great motivator, and I would encourage you to implant a new program in its place. The Apprenticeship program provided bonuses when reaching a particular number of qualified hubs per month. I saw that that particular program is no longer available as well. Maybe you could implement a bonus program for your long-time hubbers who complete a particular number of hubs per month???
Some kind of revised bonus program would be awesome! I agree that it's a great motivator!
A $.68 "bonus" to write a Hub is not motivation unless you are in grade school. Part of why I don't post much new material here is due to that sort of insipid strategy.
I think HubPages needs to stop worrying about bonuses and worry more about the basics at this juncture.
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