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Striving for the Featured Hub. It Is a Good Thing. Just the Positive Here.

Updated on May 12, 2014

This photo by my brother-in-law is a cool study in breaking up the page with contrast so even the beautiful is not too overwhelming.

A blank page and a page just filled with text can evoke the same response.
A blank page and a page just filled with text can evoke the same response. | Source

Go for the best you can be!

HupPages has a format mechanism in place that sets a baseline for a great article or hub. It is the “featured factor”. Being featured does not guarantee success. Or does it? Perhaps it does. The metrics involved cannot determine the in depth quality of a hub. Those subtle nuances of a writer, puns, bringing an article back to conclusion and focus cannot really be gauged in this manner. But that is not the point here. The point is that striving to meet the goals of being featured help the artist strive to be better. That is a fantastic metric and goal.

Featured is a status of good work. It is a goal oriented and that is a good thing. We do not know about you for sure but we need goals to strive for or we become stale and “so yesterday”. So let us look at what is in a featured hub of the normal article sense. Poetry and Recipes are a different breed however these basic tenants of striving for featured apply there as well.

The formula for featured is a formula that is good for life as well. Communication is all about the receiver and not about the speaker or writer. The base requirements for featured are the base requirements for friendly honest and fun interchanges. We say “people judge you by the words you use” and we really impliedly add to that, “and how you use them”. Striving for featured takes us to a great level of communication using most of the tools of a good conversation.

This photo is meant to be like taking a break and looking out the window to think.

This photo is taken just 300 yards from the previous golden photo.
This photo is taken just 300 yards from the previous golden photo. | Source

Pictures are good except when they are not.

Our goals for featured generally include 3 pictures. We all know the skit, and sadly the reality, of the guy who in casual or formal conversation whips out a picture album and wants to show them all to you. Regardless of the fact that the guy sits on them in a billfold all day normally it is a conversation killer and you just want to slink away and have a beer or if he really trapped you 10 beers ;-). So for a goal it is 3 pictures within an article. Again we cannot speak for you but that is just about right for us. Maybe six and maybe only two but three is just right. We both use them to illustrate and in many cases just for an entertainment all by themselves.

Pictures can help get deep into a point or they can lighten things up. Some pictures are artful and some are just like selfies for fun and to show and tell. Both are great uses in the right context.

Just think of the most cool power point presentations and shoot for that moon. And this idea brings us to graphs, polls and quizzes.

Do you like Polls and quizzes?

Do you at least read the questions?

See results

Widgets/capsules for involvement.

Media illustration and reader involvement

Critical stuff here to grasp and use. We admit to being a little lazy here and to use the polls for humor as much as for informational gain. But mainly it involves the reader. Quizzes make a person think and think about getting involved. Polls do the same but actually let us know some reader statistics that can help the next reader get more involved or learn more. Graphs are not interactive but allow those who can better understand by visuals to get more from your article. Besides they help you organize your writing into a helpful bit of guidance for you the writer. They can act as an outline for you and reinforcement for the reader to get key points. They also help keep the writer “honest” and that gives credibility and folks like that very much.

The HP widgets that work in this area are just fantastic in that they allow and artsy fartsy writer with head in clouds to come back to earth. And they are easy peasy to do. We did a poll that got 15 responses and the poll took a full 2.5 minutes to create. That friends is ease of use to great reward.

Illustration is key nowadays

Other media incorporated within.

Videos and music

How easy is that for everyone to spice up an article and share favorite tunes. That capsule is by far the greatest comment producer there is. And it is fun. It is so easy to use that we found that even Eric can do it. Of course here I speak of music of a commercial variety. But homegrown is cool and entertaining and the homemade tutorial type videos just are great to get to know the author and learn and feel at home while reading.

Totally appropriate music to the substance of the article and/or a hub about the music are both great and enhance reader enjoyment. But we see many where it is just a share of a favorite piece of music. With our worldwide readership we have now got the ability to share our culture through video and the music that accompanies that music and that is the spread of understanding and the breaking of barriers.

It also breaks up long winded paragraphs or text capsules. There is nothing worse these days than two full pages of text without break. We love novels. And very few illustrate, but that is for novels not articles of short interest and for quick information and entertainment. And that brings us to breaking it up.

You cannot force someone to write something or a certain way.

Matters just to accept.

Breaking up the pages.

Boring is boring and sometime just the sight of a full page of text makes us turn the page or grab a new magazine. We want glossy photos and illustrations and music and some involvement for the time we spend reading. Why not?! We have come a long way from blank pages and we should embrace the tools we are given to make the reader like the format and be stimulated by our work. “Illustrated” captures attention and helps to keep a reader engaged. Done with any thought it can be provoking of imagination, memories or something new and fun. (the writer here likes happy child photos unless wholly inappropriate or too many of them) Pictures and maps of the subject area or thing are very helpful.

Word length

Why is 1250 a magic word count? It is a little long for me to read in many instances. And we see some techniques that work to help curb that length in many good authors’ work. But in truth if the subject grabs you as a reader 1250 may be too short so it is a good middle ground and seems to somehow be magic. A good writer with real material to write about will spend more time designing the hub than writing the content at 1250, otherwise it just suggests you do not have enough material to write about. Yes that seems harsh and it is but the formula just has proven correct.

Let us put this great hub to rest.

Rest assured HP is doing a lot of work to promote and help us do better so they make a ton of money!
Rest assured HP is doing a lot of work to promote and help us do better so they make a ton of money! | Source

Conclusion

It is now tried and true. The elements that go into a featured hub guarantee a minimum quality. That boosts readership and give goals that are worthy to strive for at any rate. This author chomps at the bit of conformity but has found a trusted friend in this familiar and good process. Kudos go out to the team that developed this writer prompt type of format and structure. Most writers of quality are alone and in fact loners. It is good to have a place called home and familiar structure in their lives and this “featured” nook is like a nice familiar place to have a beverage.

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    • billybuc profile image

      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      After over two years I'm still not sure how I feel about the "featured hub" status. I guess it's good, but it does nothing to feed my writer's soul.

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      dragonflycolor 3 years ago

      Using the templates makes it easier for me to focus on content, making it either fun or interesting, or both, for everyone to read. Being featured is like the sprinkles on the icing on the cake...before dinner. :)

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      Eric Dierker 3 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      I hear ya Bill. And sometimes structure like that actually hurts it. So we compartmentalize, and look at it as part of the marketing soul.

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      Eric Dierker 3 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      I was glad to get a wake up call, when a hub was not featured recently after over 20 in a row on first try. It must be a baseline I think.

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      Dora Isaac Weithers 3 years ago from The Caribbean

      Eric, I like the idea of striving to be featured. I also like the freedom to choose what goes into the article--the number of pictures, a poll or no poll, and whether or not it takes 1250 words to make the point. So I think it is good thing to try a merge between the HP goal and our goal. That should still produce a very positive result.

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      Eric Dierker 3 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      After 50 years I have decided to set high goals and then to modify to get a best result. Kind of like planning for a party. Plan and prepare hard but go with the flow and adapt to make it work. Our best results are so often not what our silly minds say it should be, but rather God's great scheme. So we plan a destination but should be happy wherever we wind up. Thank you Dora for making us realize that crucial element.

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      John Hansen 3 years ago from Queensland Australia

      Thanks for writing this Eric. Glad to see you are embracing the HP system now. For awhile I thought you were becoming disenchanted. I think I have been here long enough now to know what it takes to get a hub featured as I very rarely have a problem with that, but it does give us a bench mark to strive to, particularly new hubbers. Yes it is good to have goals and standards in life for one to strive to attain also.

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      Eric Dierker 3 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      John while I am a happy sort I am always disenchanted with rules because some pinheads cannot see the forest for the trees ;-)

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      ologsinquito 3 years ago from USA

      Eric, this is a nice article. I'm not a fan of polls and quizzes and I don't tend to use them much.

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      RealestMotherDear 3 years ago from Louisiana

      I feel the same way about the 1250 word count. I guess it works if you offer a variety of formats for similar information (lists, tables, etc.) but in the end that's just a lot of words, and no one is really into that. But what do I know? Meh.

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      Chitrangada Sharan 3 years ago from New Delhi, India

      I do agree with your views. I feel there are some guidelines for Online writings to succeed. And even after writing so many hubs, I do feel anxious before submitting; whether my hub will be featured or not.

      Thanks for sharing this engaging hub!

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      Eric Dierker 3 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Friend Ologsinquito, me thinks that your articles are so well done you need no goals.

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      Eric Dierker 3 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      That darned word count is a mystery to me Realest, that one I just take on faith. I have to admit that I am too lazy to look into it to see if it is right or not.

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      Eric Dierker 3 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      ChitrangadaSharan, thank you for commenting, I think I am more nervous about the comments than the featured factor. And that is what is intriguing. Since I do not network to any reasonable degree 90% of my views and comments are HP people followers. And featured has nearly 0 effect.

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      Writer Fox 3 years ago from the wadi near the little river

      I think the whole scoring system is seriously broken. I saw a Hub in the hopper today that only had 80 words. It was featured! Go figure.

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      Eric Dierker 3 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Hey Foxxy, do you mean a hub in the hopper is featured?

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      John Hansen 3 years ago from Queensland Australia

      I don't even know what "the hopper" is??

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      Eric Dierker 3 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      John it is really cool it just somewhat randomly lets you "hop" through hubs and help out folks who may not otherwise get visits. I like it. It is up on the left of your account screen has a frog symbol and says Help us out, Hop some hubs

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      John Hansen 3 years ago from Queensland Australia

      Oh yes, now I know. Thanks.

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      Eric Dierker 3 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      John I try and hit it a few times a week. I just try to give some positive vibes there. If I need em so do they.

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      Harish Mamgain 3 years ago from India

      Eric, this article is of great importance and use to the newbies. In the beginning, I was puzzled what this "featured" thing is all about until I tasted it myself gradually. To me, I am convinced that it is aimed at improving the quality of content. You have analyzed all the nuances so clearly that producing a featured hub will not be difficult now. One thing is still new to me and this is "hopper". I would try it out how it works. Thank you very much. Voted up and shared.

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      Eric Dierker 3 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Harishprasad, you said it well. I think the goals help me to write at a higher level. And I did not mention that they are a crutch ;-) Yes please do hop some hubs I think it helps our community.

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      Audrey Howitt 3 years ago from California

      Sending you those positive vibes!

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      Eric Dierker 3 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Muchas Gracias I can feel them down border town way!

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      William Leverne Smith 3 years ago from Hollister, MO

      I've not concerned myself with the "featured" feature, but I do like working with the overall HubPages format. It provides a structure I seem to have adapted to, very well. Thank you for sharing a very interesting hub! ;-)

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      Eric Dierker 3 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      It sure works for me doing it this way.

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