I know that there is a discussion somewhere in here, but I couldn't find it. Sorry!
I appreciate the new tools to help produce a featured hub, but the word count gets me down. Usually I have no problem getting to 1250+ words, but sometimes my Hubs just don't need that many words. It has check boxes starting at 700, which makes me think that as long as it's at least 700 then it's in the safe zone.
I wrote a Hub about creating a site on Google Sites which was a pretty basic review/walk-through, but my hub was deemed unfeaturable, I'm guessing because it had less than 1250 words, as I had everything else. So I just filled it with fluff, and my Hub which I was once proud of is now a fluffy piece.
I feel the same thing for the poets of Hubpages.
I have a hub that's just over 500 words with a couple of pictures and it's featured, so I'm pretty sure it's not *just* the wordcount.
It wasn't the word count that did you in; 700+ is fine. It had to be something else. Don't know what, though.
I have hubs with 500 words which are featured and have had 1500+ word hubs which I had to remove because there was nothing I did that could make them get featured for long. The featured tools are only guides to help you create stellar hubs and are not a guarantee for a hub to be featured.
hmm, that's interesting. Maybe I just didn't have enough content then. I thought it was the word count because i couldn't think of anything else. I thought I had written a pretty concise Hub, and that to add any more was just as I said before, fluff. But When I did, it became featured.
Hi ThompsonPen! Is this the Hub you are referring to? http://thompsonpen.hubpages.com/hub/Sit … via-Google
A. It's a great Hub
B. AFAIK, it was first Featured 25 hours ago
Let me know if I'm missing something!
My understanding of that feature is that it helps you to improve the potential of the hub, rather than saying if you don't get all the ticks your Hub won't be featured. I have one (old) hub with no pictures or other capsules that was unfeatured due to engagement, but was otherwise fine, so I think these suggestions are guidelines rather than requirements. They do say that if you follow these suggestions, you should see an increase in traffic as a result.
Do you have permission to use those photos from DeviantArt artists? If not, that could be why your hub is not featured. Just a guess.
I thought deviant art was an open art thing, that people posted and essentially when signing up gave permission for others to use? I'm not sure, I'm kind of a rookie when it comes to deviant art - though I love going through it and sharing what I find! There's so many amazingly talented people out there!
I think it depends upon the artist. All the stuff my daughter posts there is copyrighted. Many DA artists sell prints of their work and like the writers here are attempting to make a few pennies.
On the other hand, I think many would be thrilled to have someone want to use their work as an illustration and would probably give permission if asked.
BTW, I thought your hub was full of helpful information and nicely done. I don't know why it didn't pass.
700 is a good goal, a good starting point for most and I have some that are barely over and featured. Like others have said, it isn't just about word count.
And, for the record, creative writing hubs aren't even given that little word count ticker so the word count deal does not apply to poetry and other similar hubs.
Smart and Fun made a good point about the photos. There could be other reasons for hte not featured than word count. That is just a tool/tip.
How do you get your Hub to count as a creative writing hub? I fee like I've had a look at the options when I start a hub, and it asks if it's an article hub, but perhaps not very closely.
I'm glad it's an option. I'm not a poet, but I have certainly come across many talented poets on here! I just want to make sure they're not getting left behind!
When you atart a hub, you have a dropdown menu for choosing the topic. Your topic (i.e. poetry, creative writing, etc) determines the guidelines.
HP is far more accepting of creative writing and poetry these days then they ever were in the past so I wouldn't worry.
I have a recent hub that passed assessment with under 300 words. Focus on the overall appearance and completeness of the hub.
You've been sending donuts to HP HQ again, haven't you?
It doesn't matter how many words your hub has. What matters is the quality of the content featured in the hub. You can have a hub with a low word count to be featured and get lots of traffic. And you can have a hub with a high word count to be unfeatured and have little traffic. So, don't worry about hitting the 700 mark for the word count. Focus on great quality content and good keywords and make sure your hub is rid of grammar, spelling or other errors and has at least one picture.
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