There has been a lot of complaining about changes, unfeatured hubs, ads, etc. I, too, have made some complaints -- yet, I do intend to stick it out and hang in here, for I have faith that HubPages is a good place to be, for me, anyway. I think HubPages will only grow better over time.
I do, however, think that new members should go through a basic training period, like most other similar sites provide. The apprentice program is great, but, new writers need some help in getting started on how to write for the web.
What are your random thoughts for today about HubPages?
I've been having the same doubts about hubpages, the new featured/unfeatured debacles and the way hubs are scored and the ads... but I think that you are totally right, there should be a training program.
I know I would have benefited from it when I was a new hubber, and it can totally help improve the quality of the hubs that new hubbers often post.
I think that hubpages should also have a way of boosting their lower traffic hubs, because they are often forgotten, even if they are good. If I had had a boost when I first started, I know I would have much appreciated it )
Why read the learning center?? It gets in the way of writing 100 words of garbage and then being able to complain that HP is no good and that they are stealing the money that your 100 words would be clearly earning otherwise!
There is so much help available here from help center to multiple hubs but most people just can't be bothered to read or search for it! Too many people want everyone else to do it for them!
The Learning Center is awesome! However, I have to say that I can't find it easily when going into the home page for HP. I know what the URL address is for it and go there when I have time so that I can learn more. I think HP could place a link to it in the top of the home page for new writers or maybe a tab on our account page.
No kidding! I've been here five years and still have trouble finding the learning center. I agree with you completely. I bookmark it but if your new how do you find it.
Click on "help" in the upper right hand corner of your main pages. It's listed there. They used to list it more visibly, but for some reason moved it. I think they need to move it back to where it was in the first place.
I have heard a lot of complaining as well. However, I think HP guidelines are good. There should definitely be a guide to follow as we don't want a site full of garbage type hubs and spam. Quality should be first, and think the way HP is going about their business is great. For me personally, I write evergreen hubs and have only benefited. My views and earnings have increased over the last few months. :-)
As far as training, I agree. I think all new writers would benefit from the Apprenticeship program. When I first started writing for HP, I was accepted into the program and have learned so much about online writing. Robin, my mentor, was awesome! I would highly recommend the program.
As a new hubber, I've found the "Learning Center" both hard to find and too vague to be helpful, and the Apprenticeship Program is closed. Most of what I've been able to learn is from forums and other hubs, along with a few Google searches on SEO and the Keyword Tool. I don't think HP itself does very much to help or guide new writers, but the community here is an excellent resource and I feel like I've learned a lot about writing online in the past month.
@Phyllis Doyle, you are a member of HP for more than two years and have contributed 82 hubs. Surely, you are one of the classic members here. And, as you are talking about a basic training program for new hubbers, I am just delighted with your thoughts. I am sure you could definitely provide some honest suggestions for my newborn hub. Please have a look.
Yea! I love random thoughts. I want an internet pat on the back... when I finish a hub, I want someone from the hubpages staff to write me a personal letter telling me how much they liked my hub. They could tell me it made a notable difference in their lives and that they are going to print it and put it in their personal "favorites" file. It doesn't have to be true, just as long as I believe it.
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