Hubpages Accolade: Niche Writer

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  1. zeke2100 profile image79
    zeke2100posted 5 years ago

    I think Hubpages should encourage writers to be Niche writers by awarding an accolade when a person writes at least 25 Hubs in one niche (posted in one specific category or subcategory).

    The caveat is that at least 25 Hubs must be Featured in that category or subcategory. The Hubs cannot be substandard.

    Hubpages Could Even Provide Special Accolades for each:
    25 - Novice Niche Writer (Bronze)
    50 - Intermediate Niche Writer (Silver)
    75 -  Expert Niche Writer (Gold)
    100 - Master Niche Writer (Diamond)

    1. TIMETRAVELER2 profile image97
      TIMETRAVELER2posted 5 years agoin reply to this

      I like this idea a lot...but then, I'm a niche writer!!

    2. Nimesh De Silva profile image75
      Nimesh De Silvaposted 5 years agoin reply to this

      I am not a niche writer.  But I like the idea. I want to be a niche writer, but then again it limits the scope.

      1. zeke2100 profile image79
        zeke2100posted 5 years agoin reply to this

        Nimesh,
        Most people do not focus on being niche writers, but they may lost part of their reading audience when they switch genres or write outside their field.

        This would encourage some on Hubpages to focus and I think it would help them succeed.

        1. zeke2100 profile image79
          zeke2100posted 5 years agoin reply to this

          *they may lose

    3. Matthew Meyer profile image72
      Matthew Meyerposted 5 years agoin reply to this

      Thanks for the suggestion.
      I will bring this up in our next community meeting.

    4. alansongomez profile image35
      alansongomezposted 5 years agoin reply to this

      Awesome suggestion @zeke2100 since, there are some times that you just like writing on a particular topic.

    5. MarleneB profile image98
      MarleneBposted 5 years agoin reply to this

      I really like this idea. It would be a helpful tool when searching for writers who write about what I want to read. And, 25 is a good, strong number of quality hubs to find under a single writer. It definitely demonstrates expertise in a subject area. I hope the staff takes heed and the niche accolade is incorporated.

    6. Matthew Meyer profile image72
      Matthew Meyerposted 5 years agoin reply to this

      We did discuss this feature today in our recent community meeting.
      While we agree this feature does seem helpful, we decided to not implement any additional accolades at this time.

      1. WryLilt profile image90
        WryLiltposted 5 years agoin reply to this

        big_smile

  2. Mark Ewbie profile image85
    Mark Ewbieposted 5 years ago

    I'm in.

    I specialise in hubs on games you can play with hedgehogs...
    http://s2.hubimg.com/u/8201917_f248.jpg

    1. larakern profile image72
      larakernposted 5 years agoin reply to this

      I'm all in for a Sonic niche... I considered purchasing a blue hedgehog. He could race around the neighborhood and I can dress up a cat to play tails, lol.

  3. peachpurple profile image80
    peachpurpleposted 5 years ago

    yes, i do agree that HP should add in some more badges to encourage newbies to write more hubs in order to hit the target. This is a best way to keep hubbers from giving up

  4. psycheskinner profile image83
    psycheskinnerposted 5 years ago

    Accolades are all automated. I don't think this one could be automated and would rather they not spend their time on doing it manually.

    1. zeke2100 profile image79
      zeke2100posted 5 years agoin reply to this

      If {Hubpages author} > 25 Hubs = subcategory + Featured

      It could be automated.

      1. WriteAngled profile image82
        WriteAngledposted 5 years agoin reply to this

        Whatever. It would be meaningless in the great scheme of things.

  5. Mark Ewbie profile image85
    Mark Ewbieposted 5 years ago

    Did Shakespeer want accolades?  Did he tread the boards of the Globe cinema and ask for badges and stars?

    I think not.

    He wanted money.  She didn't come cheap with her fancy cottage.

    1. womensrights profile image72
      womensrightsposted 5 years agoin reply to this

      Shakespear did not ask for accolades,badges and stars but he did have his own sources of motivation,maybe his family,friends etc.I think you misunderstood the purpose of accolades.The point is not about getting accolades to trend on google and the boards of the globe cinema as you say but to get they act as a motivation to some hubbers.

  6. janshares profile image96
    jansharesposted 5 years ago

    Sounds interesting. Seems the ranks would be hard to achieve but I guess that's what would make it challenging and motivate hubbers to hone their skills and share their expertise. I like writing on a variety of topics that fall within about 4 major categories. Maybe I'm kind of nichey but I don't want to limit myself to any one area. I think niche writing breeds competition among writers. I like the idea of switching back and forth between topics areas and not worrying about maintaining niche hubs, making sure they are all featured, not too boring, repetitive, or stale, and not too similar to someone else's, etc., etc. Maybe I'm not seeing the value of niche writing. hmm

    1. WriteAngled profile image82
      WriteAngledposted 5 years agoin reply to this

      Sorry, but the only motivation for putting up any material here is hard cash.

      1. zeke2100 profile image79
        zeke2100posted 5 years agoin reply to this

        What you may not realize is that being a niche writer gets you more cash.

      2. DrMark1961 profile image99
        DrMark1961posted 5 years agoin reply to this

        Sorry, writeangled, but not everyone lives in that cold hard world in which you reside, where the only motivation for anything you do is money.

        1. aravindb1982 profile image80
          aravindb1982posted 5 years agoin reply to this

          +1 smile

    2. zeke2100 profile image79
      zeke2100posted 5 years agoin reply to this

      When a person follows you, it is most likely from reading a Hub that they like. But when you start publishing Hubs on other topics, they are less interested in reading. Niche writing builds loyal followers that will continue to read your Hubs faithfully, which means more page views and more money.

      1. janshares profile image96
        jansharesposted 5 years agoin reply to this

        I see, zeke2100, never gave it that much thought. Thanks.

  7. Anamika S profile image69
    Anamika Sposted 5 years ago

    Then I would earn plenty of Accolades...

    1. DrMark1961 profile image99
      DrMark1961posted 5 years agoin reply to this

      And you deserve them.

  8. nanette bette profile image60
    nanette betteposted 5 years ago

    thank you for sharing that thought. I am fairly new at writing. And that makes sense.

  9. womensrights profile image72
    womensrightsposted 5 years ago

    That's a good point you've raised.Hubpages should do something about it to encourage writers to write on one niche.I was also wondering why people on hubpages don't like writing on one particular niche.Its confusing that if you want to know about something say computers,dating,repair,blogging etc there are very few blogs that you can actually say you will go to and find everything oabout that topic.Most are filled with so many topics.When a searcher also lands on a hub,and find it nice,they end up going to the homepage/mainpage and its a turn off to find the hubpage isn't actually about what brought them there at first.I'm curious to know why people do not love niche sites.Is it because  niche sites are boring, is it that hubbers have nothing specific that is of interest to them,is it that they are undecided(you want to blog but you don't know what to blog about therefore you chose just any topic you come across or is it that niche sites have low earnings/traffic.

    1. EricDockett profile image100
      EricDockettposted 5 years agoin reply to this

      Paul E has stated several times there is no difference in the performance of subdomains that focus on a niche vs those that write on various topics.  From what I see in my own accounts I can't disagree.

      1. Susana S profile image97
        Susana Sposted 5 years agoin reply to this

        I find this issue very interesting and I have wondered if there is a kind of threshold. Writing in too many niches might mean that no authority is gained in any of them. Whereas if we have a good number of hubs in just a few niches it creates some authority.

        How many niches do you write on here Eric?

        I think I have about 5 main ones.

        1. EricDockett profile image100
          EricDockettposted 5 years agoin reply to this

          I think it makes sense to stick to a handful of niches per account, if for no other reason than creating strong interlinking between my own Hubs and maintaining personal sanity. I also think, when I find an under-served gap in the SERPs in I topic I have some knowledge of, it makes sense to build multiple Hubs around that topic.  So, I guess that's one way of falling into a niche.  I think I have 3 main niches on this sub along with a couple more I've been trying to feel my way around.  But I also have one-off Hubs that do okay. 

          Whether this helps with "authority" on a site like HP, who knows?  Seems to me the kind of authority G is looking for is gained from truly being a strong voice in a certain field.  I know some people here are capable of doing that, and building their own web sites which help to establish that authority,  But I'm just a lowly Hubber, so I don't know how much authority I can really earn in G's eyes from Hubs and Lenses.

          I'd be interested in opinions on this too.

    2. womensrights profile image72
      womensrightsposted 5 years agoin reply to this

      Im also interested and hope to get the answer as i hang out here.I realize its only in hubpages that people dont specialize in niche topics.Outside hubpages people concentrate on niche topics.Maybe this is a place for exploration,fun,learning,socializing and of course money:-)

  10. WryLilt profile image90
    WryLiltposted 5 years ago

    What's with all the requests for new accolades lately? Honestly, other than the 1 million views badge on my profile, the others don't really prove much. Agree with WriteAngled.

  11. Good Guy profile image83
    Good Guyposted 5 years ago

    On the subject of accolades, I am wondering why the "thumb up thumb down" eludes me.  It makes me feel ostracized! (LOL)

    1. DrMark1961 profile image99
      DrMark1961posted 5 years agoin reply to this

      I had that accolade taken away. Maybe it is because I do not hub hop anymore? Does that help?

      1. susi10 profile image97
        susi10posted 5 years agoin reply to this

        After you read a hub, either thumbs up it or thumbs it down, select whether it was useful, interesting etc. That should help you to get it back. smile

  12. nanette bette profile image60
    nanette betteposted 5 years ago

    yes I think so too.Then you can choose your interest and possibly share your common ideas with that person.

 
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