I guess my timing was just right. I had never published poetry on HubPages until recently, and suddenly decided to publish two of them in the past couple of months. To my pleasant surprise, both were selected and moved to LetterPile.
I'm going to watch closely to see if they have the same positive results as all my other hubs that were moved to HP's niche sites. I never really expected much traffic from poetry, so this will be interesting.
This is great. Congratulations to everyone who has had hubs selected for this new site. Sadly none of mine have. I have been writing poetry (around 180 hubs), fiction stories, and hubs about the writing process here for seven years and even got a Hubby Award as Poet of the Year in 2014, but I guess mine don't measure up to be selected....not yet anyway. Maybe, I just need to be patient.
Yes, be patient Jodah. Not many of HP's favorite poets are there yet. Hopefully, we'll see some of the familiar poets who are the best. I did get one article so far selected under the Writing category.
Congrats Jan. Yes, I can't help being impatient. I didn't really expect a niche site to accommodate poetry, so when I saw that announced just got excited as that's my niche. I see there are only a handful of poems there yet anyway..a lot of "writing" articles.
It's a good news! Everything related to books and literature is there. The name "LeterPile" is also very appealing. I hope to get one or two of my hubs selected into it. Congrats to all those who got selected to this niche site.
Maybe I should bring it back? But would HP move it to the niche site? What would really be neat is if HP were able to resurrect my original copy along with the comments it had accumulated, some of those were as good as the "poem" itself.
For people wondering why their Hubs weren't included, remember that traffic is a very important factor. HubPages wants to create new sites that will please Google, and the best indicator of "Google love" is traffic - so if they are not favouring high-traffic Hubs above all, they are pretty silly!
I understand they are also adding new Hubs because they can be identified as suitable during the QAP process so that means they don't take any extra work - maybe Glenn published his at just the right time!
Yes, I understand traffic is an important factor. There are poetry hubs there, though. Someone once said poetry just doesn't attract traffic. Obviously, some get more than others. Maybe they chose all "new" poetry hubs then as the criteria for that category.
I took a quick look at a few poems on the site, and most of them seemed to have three or four good images and a big chunk of text as well as a poem. And that text wasn't just a few lines on why the author wrote the poem - they were extra information or reflections on the subject.
On some of them, purists might feel that the poem has become just part of the Hub instead of taking centre stage - I can understand that, but the fact is that it is the best way to improve traffic.
I do recall someone saying that once they had selected the high-traffic Hubs, they would look to see what categories on the new site were short of material, and come back and choose less popular Hubs that fit those categories. So that would explain some of them too.
Yes, I have read Cardisa's hub, and 80% of my poetry hubs have extra text and more than four photos, videos etc. I am actually not very worried if I have hubs selected or not because the hubs I have had moved to other niche sites still aren't outperforming my best hubs on HubPages. I was just interested to know how poetry was selected for the sites. Admittedly there are only a few so far that are of original poetry and not commentaries on the works of famous poets.