We're excited to announce our fourth contest at HubPages: the Helpful Health Hubs contest, which begins this coming Monday, March 1st!
Every day, from March 1 through March 28, there will be a new subcategory topic within a broader subcategory topic, to write on. For example, the first week's subcategory topic will be Alternative Health, while a particular day's topic could be Homeopathy & Naturopathy. You can publish up to 3 Hubs in the day's topic (make sure you classify it under the right subcategory).
There will be a daily drawing for $50 among the day's eligible Hubs, which is completely random, so the more you publish (up to 3 per day), the greater your chances of winning.
Additionally, we'll have weekly winners ($100 each) of the "Best Hub" (chosen by our judges) and the "People's Choice" (chosen by you, in a poll on the Health page, that will run Monday noon through Wednesday noon after each week). From among the 4 Best Hub winners, a grand prize winner will be chosen by our judges for an award of $1,000.
Our judges: * Hemi Weingarten, owner of Fooducate (which has a terrific blog on eating healthy) * Tom Held, reporter for the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel and blogger for their Off the Couch fitness blog * George Guerin, blogger for the Newark Star-Ledger's Health & fitness section, and founder/president of PPTS Wellness
Before you begin... please read the official rules at the bottom of the contest page. You must be 18 years or older and a legal resident of one of the following: US (50 states and DC), Canada (excluding the Province of Quebec), UK, the Republic of Ireland, Australia or New Zealand.
You can publish up to 3 eligible Hubs per day, which must: * be categorized in the day's topic subcategory * be about the day's topic directly, not only tangentially * be completely original, your own work, and unique to HubPages and the Web * have a minimum of 300 words
Here's a converter you can use to determine the starting and ending time for each day's contest, relative to Pacific Time here in San Francisco, California, USA:
LR don't quote the spammer! They still get the link when their actual posts are snipped. Maybe you can go back and call him/her out for his ridiculously prolific spamming to this forum, but not "quote" him, which perpetuates his link.
Thank You for the info...I too, will be entering, but I wil not have a hub published until Sunday. I have many pages to go through and I got pushed back due to an allergic reaction that caused a seizure yesterday and mt good friend had a baby, at home alone, last week. So, admist the set backs, I will , for certain, be entering this contest...if I do not win ..great..I would like to though, as would all of us..
lets have fun and enjoy it..I have a writing style that prevents me from making a daily hub, but my goal now is to have one published by every Sunday.
Terrific. I better get thinking creatively as I already have a few topic related Hubs published already. I know it's sometimes possible to move a Hub over to a Hubmob, but I'm assuming, since this is a real live paying contest, that HP is looking for new material Correct me if I'm wrong! Thanks.
I started a contest by clicking on the daily topic from within the official contest page, (as per the instructions), so I think (hope) this is one instance when we do not have to begin from Princessa's link.
Oh my. I have written two hubs, one yet to be published, but I can't remember which one was started from Princessa's Hub. What is the quickest way to find out if my published health hub is official? Thanks so much!
The links that we provide on the contest page are not even necessary. They just autocategorize the new Hub for you, so you don't have to select Health > Alternative Medicine > Chinese Medicine from the category drop-downs; it saves you a step.
Everyone is eligible (as long as they live in one of the geographic areas listed by Jason, and are old enough. See the official rules for details.) I think there was some mistake earlier that caused the confusion with HubNuggets, but HubNuggets is a totally separate and unrelated thing.
You can start writing them now if you like - you can see the full topic calendar on the contest page - but you should take very good care not to publish them until the eligibility period. We will only count those Hubs that were first published during the contest. So you should only save them unpublished until then.
So, for example, if you write a Hub on home remedies, be sure not to publish it even a second before noon (Pacific) on Tuesday, March 2nd, and not a second after 11:59 am (Pacific) on Wednesday the 3rd.
This is my first contest so please guide me . . I created and published my Home Remedies Hub this morning using the contest tab and choosing the link to Tuesday's category. Is there anything else I need to do? Like post a link to the hub??? Here?
I just saw that when I logged in. Very cool idea, guys. And for those who enter good luck! not my thing but I know that there will be plenty of hubbers hubbing on these topics you have provided. Have fun!
Sufidreamer - I think you're a resident of Greece, right? If so, I'm afraid you're not eligible.
Legal residency is the requirement for eligibility, not citizenship.
Our first 3 contests were limited to US residents only, so this represents the first foray into non-US eligibility. With subsequent contests, we hope to open eligibility to more countries, but it will be done on a country-to-country basis to ensure we are equipped to deal with their rules.
Are you permanently in Greece Sufi? I spend quite a lot of time in the UK (more than 3 months out of the last five for instance) and have a residence there. As in - I don't need to use hotels and the like
I go back again the start of May. Not sure whether you do the same?
I am SO excited for this contest! I wrote all the days and topics out on my whiteboard and I'm already planning. And that planning process helped the juices get flowing and come up with some other hubs! I think this contest is going to be great for the experience and hub count, and learning, as well as the nice little cash incentives. I feel like it'll really give me a chance to thicken my hub portfolio.
I must have penned at least 10 hubs on health and fitness, and would dive right in, but for the following:
ELIGIBILITY: CONTEST OPEN TO INDIVIDUAL LEGAL RESIDENTS OF THE FIFTY UNITED STATES AND DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA, CANADA (EXCLUDING THE PROVINCE OF QUEBEC), THE UNITED KINGDOM, THE REPUBLIC OF IRELAND, AUSTRALIA AND NEW ZEALAND ONLY WHO ARE AT LEAST EIGHTEEN YEARS OLD AT THE TIME OF ENTRY.
Fantastic News Lol A Hubpages Competition that Jimmythejock is actually elligble to enter, woo hoo!!! I wont win but I always have great fun in the hubcontests and i urge everyone to have a go.....jimmy P.S Contest hubs are usually great for getting visitors good luck and thanks Jason and the hub team I look forward to this one
You can begin working on your Hubs whenever you like. They just have to be published for the first time during each day's contest period. I believe London is 8 hours ahead of Pacific time, so your contest period local time would be 8pm to 7:59pm the next day.
Everyone has to sleep around 7 hrs a night, right? People in the UK will just have less time to publish before heading to bed, and more time after they wake up in the morning.
This is probably a stupid question, but just to clarify - if I've already started writing something for the contest, I can go ahead and create the hub now and save it as unpublished, then publish it on the appropriate day (at the appropriate time) for the contest and that would be okay?
These hubs can, like all others, include links, pictures and/or videos?
Just a note lol, this is the fourth Hubpages contest that has been held since I Joined the site and it is the first that I have been elligible to enter. but even if I was not I would still as I always have done take part, it does not matter where you are from the hubs that you write for these contests usualy get a lot of visitors and you make money long term from them. I still reap the rewards from hubs published during the other contests and I consider myself a winner even though my entries were inelligable. Write your hubs, and reap the rewards from them and before long the prize money will be there in your earnings from the hubpages affiliates. you have everything to gain and just a few minutes of your time to lose so even if you are inelligable you can still be a winner by taking part.....jimmy
If I were in your situation Jyoti, and if I were able, I would seek out the laws that apply and find all the relevant information, and along with the source links, send it to HubPages HQ so they've got a head start in figuring it out before the next competition comes along.
I have never heard about such law in India. However, I am not a lawyer and find myself unable to understand the legal matters. Hubpages have big infrastructure and they have also studied the law before starting the contest.
There may be some lawyer from India in the Hubpages who can also throw light on this issue. The forum is for enhancing knowledge and not every body do the whole lot of work.
It is better to ask the Hubpages authorities about the exact situation. They can easily clarify the legal situation. If it is legally not permitted in India it is perfectly all right to keep Indians out of the competition.
And if Indian law does not restrict such competition hubpages authorities should allow them to take part in the competition.
I think you'll find that HubPages don't have a big infrastructure and they can't do everything at once. The first competition they ran (Hub Love) was only open to US residents.
Since they've managed to expand the allowed countries by looking into the specific laws pertaining to each country. Some countries require registration of a competition that involves prizes. And sometimes it depends on the criteria of the competition.
Competitions with the winners based solely on luck in Australia requires registration by the competition promoter for each state. You can't sell raffle tickets at school fetes in Australia (though there is a loop hole if they include a 'guessing competition' on each ticket, guess the missing letters in this word).
Seeing that the preparation and planning has been done for this competition I can't see HubPages being able to include any countries that are not already mentioned in the list.
Jyoti, HubPages does not have a big infrastructure - it has only a very small staff.
Many other websites restrict their contests to US residents only - in fact, several other much bigger websites won't even pay non-US residents. They have to be very careful not to break any laws and it's not always easy to get accurate information about a foreign country's legislation. The absence of information (which is all you're offering) doesn't necessarily mean it's OK - if they want to avoid prosecution, they need positive confirmation. What do you want them to do, hire a lawyer in every country?
Great advice Jimmy. We'll work something out for all of us (includiong me) who are not eligible. Like you say, this is a perfect occassion to join in the fun and earn views, publicity and passive income for the rest of us.
I haven't read this thread all the way through,so apologies if its been discussed already. I am living in Spain, but hold a UK passport. I also have a permanent address in the UK as well as here. Am I banned from joining in?
So excited to enter this contest! The topic provides all the motivation needed! Now just need to get into the flow of it all. Looking forward to the great hubs that will be generated by this wonderful idea! May we all have fun with the challenge!
If you mean the wsp2469 account--yes it is closed. Another account under w. scott phoenix was also banned. This current account is a tribute account to wsp2469. All i can say here is that I have access to a bunch of unpublished wsp2469 material that i hope to publish here as time goes on. wsp2469 was officially banned after asking admin to review changes made to a flaggedhub. the hub was flagged over a month ago n corrections were made and submitted for approval a month ago . a month later after making three requests to have the edited hub revfiewed n republished the account was banned. that's all i was uh told n this account will be publishing further wsp2469 material that had not been published but was intended for HP. wsp2469 has officially moved on to his own website and or back to his column on the todaysrecipepro.com website i am phoenix files and thats all i can tell you now
Ask away and I'll see what I can do. He may be "dead" to HP but he HATES the fact that the banning deleted his fan base. He really liked the people here more than he admitted. Right now he is working on a piece on The Beatles for his column on his boss' website. He is also working on putting some of his poetry--published and unpublished--on his very own website. He has to write at least one piece a month to cover the cost of his website and doesn't have to deal with advertising!
Apparently there hasn't been sufficient forethought invested in this contest before its announcement.
Granted, I'm a "Newbie" here -- but I've been writing for years -- even if only bits and pieces were published. Some work doesn't automatically and spontaneously spring forth from the brain -- and research may help to boost quality and usefulness.
One's best work shall but rarely be rushed !!!
Ever hear of PLAN AHEAD ????
If you'd pre-determined the Daily Topics and incuded the schedule in your announcement, those of us who are "Plodders" might have been better served !!