Rigorous Review Contest - How to Enter
  1. Join HubPages
  2. Make sure you are enrolled in the HubPages Earnings Program (this is how we distribute winnings)
  3. Publish a review Hub using the Ratings Capsules that meets our qualifying requirements (see qualifying requirements section)
  • $700 in $25 Daily Drawing Prizes awarded to one randomly selected review entry every day of the contest
  • $700 in $25 Weekly Prizes awarded to the seven best review Hubs each week
  • $50 Best Product Review Prize for the best product review
  • $50 Best Service Review Prize for the best service review
  • $50 Best Restaurant Review Prize for the best restaurant review
  • $50 Best Place Review Prize for the best place review
  • $200 Grand Prize for the best overall review
  • Hub entries may first be submitted Wednesday, October 31st at 12:00pm (PT)
  • The deadline for Day 1 of the contest is Thursday, November 1st at 12:00pm (PT) Subsequent deadlines are always at noon (PT)
  • The final deadline for entries is Wednesday, November 28th at 12:00pm (PT)
  • Daily Drawing prize winners will be announced every weekday around 4:00pm (PT) (and on the Monday following Thanksgiving for entries submitted for November 22nd and 23rd)
  • Weekly Prize winners will be announced on Mondays (starting on the 12th of November and continuing through December 3rd)
  • Finalists and Grand Prize winners will be announced on Friday, December 7th around 4:00pm (PT)

As you go about your regular life, visiting restaurants and staying in hotels, getting manicures and car repairs, and shopping for day-to-day goods (not to mention holiday gifts!), we encourage you to take photos and write reviews of these places, services, and products. Our Ratings Capsule makes online reviews more polished and search-friendly, and to encourage you to make use of it (as well as to write great online reviews), we’re kicking off the Rigorous Review contest.

To enter, all you need to do is publish a review of a product, place, or service using the Ratings Capsule. You’ll have a shot at winning one (or more!) of over 60 prizes, ranging in value from $25 to $200 USD.

  • Hub entries must contain at least the Ratings Capsule (see our Learning Center guide on the Ratings Capsule)
  • Hub entries must have at least one image
  • All images must be legally used (see our Learning Center guide on proper image use)
  • All images (unless original) must come with attribution and link to their source
  • Entries must be published for the first time on that given contest day
  • Hub entries must be a minimum of 500 words
  • Hub entries must be entirely original to HubPages
read the complete Rules
  • The positioning and use of the Ratings Capsule
  • The search friendliness of the Hub’s title, and ability of the title to compete with dominant review sites (Amazon, Yelp, etc.)
  • The usefulness of the review (whether or not the reviewer mentions both upsides and downsides of the product/place/service, the extent to which the reviewer delves into specific details like detailed features, prices, ease of use, a pleasant customer experience, etc.)
  • Whether the review is genuine (whether or not the reviewer has actually purchased the product or service, or has actually visited the place, as evidenced by original photos and video and firsthand accounts)
  • The presence and quality of original photos and video
  • Whether the entry is on a long-tail, niche topic that has not been extensively covered online (e.g. is not an iPhone review)
  • Whether the entry has a search-friendly title (mirrors common search terms)
  • Excellent writing (proper use of grammar, capitalization, etc.)
  • Uniqueness of the entry (that it is not copied or paraphrased from elsewhere online, full of details, examples, names, and figures)
  • Attractive formatting (avoidance of excessive link, eBay, or Amazon capsule clutter, excessive bolding or italics, and all-caps)
  • Judicious use of relevant capsules (original photos, video, maps, tables, links, etc.)