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)
I like this idea a lot...but then, I'm a niche writer!!
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.
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.
Thanks for the suggestion.
I will bring this up in our next community meeting.
Awesome suggestion @zeke2100 since, there are some times that you just like writing on a particular topic.
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.
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.
I specialise in hubs on games you can play with hedgehogs...
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
Sorry, but the only motivation for putting up any material here is hard cash.
What you may not realize is that being a niche writer gets you more cash.
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.
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.
thank you for sharing that thought. I am fairly new at writing. And that makes sense.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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:-)
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.
On the subject of accolades, I am wondering why the "thumb up thumb down" eludes me. It makes me feel ostracized! (LOL)
I had that accolade taken away. Maybe it is because I do not hub hop anymore? Does that help?
yes I think so too.Then you can choose your interest and possibly share your common ideas with that person.
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