The Hubpages QAP: How to Pass
The HubPages QAP: Quality Assessment Process
So you want to write! That's great -- but HubPages has to make sure that it only publishes well-written articles. Every article that a writer submits -- including this one -- is put through a series of assessments to make sure it actually belongs on the site. For many writers, this is a frustrating and obscure process. Every veteran writer has articles that just can't make it past the QAP, for reasons that aren't completely clear.
But without the QAP, there would be no HubPages!
How the QAP Keeps HubPages On Top
The whole reason that Hub Pages is such an excellent place to make money for your writing is its strict quality control. There’s little chance that spam, lazy writing, promotional garbage, false information, or any other low-quality content will make it onto the HubPages.com site, much less one of the niche sites like Owlcation.com or Wehavekids.com. The site’s dedication to quality has kept it in business, and kept money-making writers like me happy. As you become HubPages writer, and begin to make money, you will often encounter the high standards and expectations that come with your status as a writer.
During your time in Writers’ Boot Camp, you will write a lot! HubPages will naturally want to know if you’re a decent writer, so the site asks you to write a number of articles before you graduate to full status. During your time in Boot Camp, you will write articles that are assessed by HubPages’ excellent staff of in-house editors. You’ll get used to the quality expectations of the site. At times you will get frustrated, especially when you think your article is the next best thing to Shakespeare, and the editors think it’s the next best thing to monkeys typing. It can be a humbling experience — it certainly was for me. But you will emerge a strong, battle-tested writer!
How to Pass the HubPAges QAP: A Checklist
Every article you write, whether you’re a rookie or a pro, will go through the Quality Assessment Process, or QAP. This is when most writers come face to face with their limitations, especially if English is not your first language. The QAP can at times seem unreasonably strict about grammar, sentence structure, and punctuation. But strict standards are what keep HubPages in business! Without them, it would go the way of many other online writing platforms that didn’t have such high standards for their writers.
Here are the things you need to pass QAP:
- No outbound links. You may be able to add them later, but for the first go-round, I always strip my articles of all links, no matter how worthy.
- Near-perfect English. Even if you are writing for people in your own non-English-speaking country, your article needs to pass the very high standard.
- Write about 1000 words. You can get away with less, but 1000 is safe. More is even better!
- Don't try to promote your business or blog. You will get turned down. Every time.
- Use free-use photos and images. I like pixabay.com.
- Be patient! It can take several edits before you pass. Get ready to write and rewrite.
- Don't expect and explanation. This is a big one. HubPages generally will not tell you exactly what it's looking for -- because if it did, spammers and scammers would immmediately set about gaming the system.
✓ I Wish Someone Had Told Me… I am not the next Graham Greene. Neither are you. You will learn this very quickly. We’re writers, and we value our work, but the QAP requires us to swallow our pride at times. It was hard for me to accept the critiques of the editors and forum members, and there were times when I was mad enough to almost quit. But looking back, they were right. Every time.
Featured Articles: What Does "Featured" Mean?
The main goal for new writers and veterans alike is to get your article featured. Having your article featured means it is made visible to search engines like Google, will start getting views, and may eventually earn you some money. Having a featured article is also a big pat on the back — you have what it takes! When I was getting my start I would always tell myself, “I wrote one featured article — that means I can write more!” But not every article I write, even now, is automatically featured. HubPages puts its writers under the microscope, and it’s not always fun.
HubPages Is On Your Side
Even though it may not seem like it, HubPages needs its writers and wants us to succeed. There may be some tough love involved, but the end justifies the means: we write good articles, the site ranks well with Google, and everyone gets paid.
There are many great places to turn when you feel stuck or frustrated, but I think the best one is the HubPages learning center. Whatever problem you’re having, I guarantee someone has had it before, and the Learning Center is where years of questions and answers had built a truly useful resource for you.
The HubPages Learning Center is the number-one place to turn to when you’re just starting out. I can tell you lots of insider stuff and give you some great ideas for getting started, but for technical advice and a basic Q & A, the Learning Center is the place to be. I use it all the time.
Take Part in a Quick Poll
Are you currently a HubPages writer?
Get Ready to Get Featured!
If you write well-researched, authoritative articles using near-perfect English, then you have what it takes. The QAP will knock you around a bit, but you'll survive -- and you'll be a better writer for it.