My Hub Isn't Featured. What Does This Mean?
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My Hub is/is not featured. What does this mean?
According to HubPages, Hubs are featured when their Quality Assessment Process determines that the Hub is likely to be popular with readers and that it uses quality writing. By featuring the Hub, HubPages showcases it in the list of latest Hubs, sends data to search engines, and adds the Hub to Topic Pages. You can find out more about Featured Hubs in the Learning Center.
Each time you edit a Hub, it receives another Quality Assessment. This means that your Hub can become featured if you make improvements or lose a Featured status if its quality declines. If the QA thought your Hub would receive lots of traffic and it doesn't perform as expected, it can lose Featured status even if you make no changes to the content.
How Featured Status Impacts Your Earnings
Featured Hubs are pushed out to Google. Hubs that are not featured can be found internally by a HubPages search, and through their direct URL. Followers will receive notification of your Hubs whether or not they are featured. Hubs that are not featured are not pushed to Google and can only be found internally or via direct link.
As you can see, a Featured Hub is much more likely to be found by general web users. This can have a dramatic impact on your earnings. To realize earnings from a non-Featured Hub, you will need to promote the Hub yourself or rely on the serendipitous traffic of Hub hoppers.
Can I Improve My Hub and Get It Featured?
Yes, you can improve your Hub to get it featured. In your Dashboard of Hubs, a white circle indicates your Hub is not featured due to quality A circle that is half black and half white indicates your Hub is not featured due to engagement.
As a general guideline, try the following:
1. Check to see how the Hub is formatted. Hubs that contain images, small paragraphs of text, and user engagement features like polls or videos are more likely to be featured.
2. Read the Hub for spelling/grammar errors.
3. Hop Hubs in a similar topic to see what you can learn from them. This does not mean that you should copy another Hubber's text or approach. However, you may be able to get some tips from their approach to the topic and learn from example.
4. Check your ads. Unrelated or spumy ads can negatively impact your QA score.
5. Edit your title to improve user engagement. Your title should indicate what the Hub is about in clear, complain language. Any subheadings should be accurate, engaging, and grammatically correct.
6. Tell a good story. If your Hub is not engaging to others, it will not be featured. Whether you're writing about crafting, cooking, travel, or parenting, offer useful information that will be of interest to others.