What Should I Do With UnFeatured Hubs?
So your Hub is UnFeatured. What does it mean?
On most sites, having a Hub "Featured" would mean it's been given special status. Not on HubPages - here, a Featured Hub is a normal Hub. An "unFeatured" Hub has been penalised for some reason and is effectively invisible.
On HubPages, "Featured" just means "searchable". It means that Google, Yahoo and Bing can find your Hubs and include them in search results.
"Unfeatured" Hubs are HIDDEN from search engines.
If you're like most writers, you want people to read what you've written - so there's no satisfaction in having a Hub no one can see! So, when faced with a Hub that's become unFeatured, it makes no sense to just leave it there, does it?
You have a choice. Either:
- Revise it so it becomes Featured, OR
- Delete it and move it to another writing site or your own blog.
If you choose the first option, the next question is - how do I revise it? The answer is - it depends why the Hub is UnFeatured.
Why Is My Hub UnFeatured?
Take a look at your "My Account" page and note the symbol next to your UnFeatured Hub.
- If it's a white circle with a black outline, your Hub has failed the QAP.
- If it's a half moon symbol, your Hub passed the QAP but isn't getting enough traffic.
A white circle means your Hub is not good enough OR it has broken a rule
If your Hub has failed the Quality Assessment Process, then obviously, you need to revise it so it gets through that process next time - but how? It's not always clear why the Hub has failed. Here are some basic elements to check:
Length - Your Hub should be at least 600 words, and much longer to be on the safe side!
Grammar and Spelling - Copy your Hub into a word-processing program and run grammar and spelling checkers over it, if you're not confident.
Images - You must have at least one image. Make sure all your images are legal and properly attributed (if you're not sure, read my Hub on how to use photos).
Rule Violations - Don't assume you know the rules, because they do change. Read this Hub summarising the rules to check if you've broken any.
If you can't work it out, don't fret. In the email you received, you'll find a link which you can post on the forums and ask other Hubbers for help to identify the problem.
Lack of Engagement
A half-moon (half black, half white), means your Hub is good enough, but it's not popular enough.
If your Hub is UnFeatured for "lack of engagement", the important thing to remember is that your Hub is good enough! Many people think it means their writing isn't good enough - and that's rubbish. A Hub that's unFeatured for Lack of Engagement meets all of HubPages' standards - it's just not getting any visitors.
So, that means revising your Hub to improve its quality may not help - it's already up to standard. What you must do is get more visitors to the Hub. But how?
In many cases, the problem is simply that readers can't find your Hub. Address that problem, and your Hub will stay Featured.
Note: You'll find plenty of articles on the internet, telling you how to solve "lack of engagement". However, those articles aren't relevant because "lack of engagement" means something completely different outside HubPages.
How to Help Readers Find Your Hub
What you need to do is to make sure Google, Bing and Yahoo! understand what your Hub is about, and that they like it enough to include it in their search results. Traffic from friends, family, and social networks doesn't count so Facebook, Twitter etc. won't help.
This subject is too big to cover here. The following two articles will help:
Unfortunately, some subjects simply aren't very popular, or have a very small audience. In those situations, it may never be possible to keep a Hub Featured, and it may be better to move the article to your own blog, or to another writing site. Sites to consider are DailyTwoCents, WeekendNotes, Wizzley, or Infobarrel.