My two cents on the featured hubs categories. Although I am not a big fan of featured/not featured categories, I must admit that I have 560 hubs and all of them are featured. Every single hub that I have written using the new HP templates becomes featured. Perhaps others who may be struggling with getting their hubs featured would like to give these templates a shot as they seem to be working quite well, at least in my case.
I have 122 hubs, all of which are featured. I do not use the templates per se, but like them as reminders about what I need to include. I have had no problems with non featured hubs these past several weeks.
Where can I find out about the "new HP templates" you mentioned?
Most of the time I avoid using the templates as I feel more comfort with my own style. But the intention behind these templates are good and may give us some additional traffic too.
Yes, I agree. I like the templates, it's good for being prompted to include media which will help gain traffic. When I update a Hub I usually just add something to it that I hadn't, according to the template. I like that they've added those templates, simplifies things and they're a lot of help.
Good for you, Luis. I have not used to new template thingy, just try to produce hubs with all that is needed to keep them interesting to readers, as well as featured. I don't want to jinx myself but all 49 of my hubs are featured, too. I just have a feeling that when it's about traffic/lack of engagement, which in some cases is out of your control, you can do everything right and still get un-featured. You and I should knock on wood and count our blessings . . . for now.
Just realized I have used it before but didn't realize that's what we were talking about. It depends on if sign in via Google or IE. It actually confuses me as to whether or not I'm using the new template. Is that the one that breaks down what you have in your hub, prompting to you to add more to make the hub better? Located at the top right?
On "Create A Hub", its on section number 3. Just click on one that is suitable for the type of article that you are writing.
The templates are great. I wish I had discovered them sooner.
Is it like a step by step thing? advice on what capsules to use?
The Hubpages template is absolutely fantastic for beginners, but of limited use to seasoned hubbers.
Just write your hubs as normal. If they don't hit that magic search engine stream right away, remember what you read in the template and add more capsules, especially to bring them out of 'unfeatured status'.
When you add everything you can think of into a hub when it is first published, what are you going to edit when it goes unfeatured?
All those capsules are not necessary. But handy to use when your wording has failed to capture Google's heart.
I idon't. I prefer to make a hub as complete as possible right from the start, with the thought that I won't need to edit it. If I leave stuff out, and adding it in results in being featured again, then it should have been there from the beginning. If it never goes unfeatured then I haven't lost anything but a little time.
And same with google. If it doesn't like a hub until I add more capsules then they should have been in there from the start. I can't see that keeping some capsules or information out so I can add them in later to become re-featured is a winning strategy.
When I write a hub I include plenty of capsules anyway, I don't need a template to tell me where to put them etc, which is why I agreed with most of what Izzy said. What I didn't agree with was publishing a hub without those capsules on the basis I might need to add them later to get an unfeatured hub featured again though. On the occasions (thankfully rarely) that one of my Hubs is unfeatured, I confess I generally just slightly re-word the title, and then the hub gets featured again. If it goes unfeatured again in the future I simply change the title back to the old title or similar and the hub becomes featured again. The hubs in question are only unfeatured due to low traffic levels, and are not the type of hubs that will ever draw in large amounts of views whatever I do to them, so why waste time tweaking the capsules and the text when they were fine in the first place!
Good point, Izzy. Never thought of it that way.
i have 111 hubs, left 3 unfeatured hubs. Will be updating and hope not to see anymore unfeatured hubs. Anyway, does HP turn my hubs "unfeatured" because I get less than 10 views per day for per hub?
It would have to be less than ten per day for 2 months. Don't quote me but that's close to accurate.
Although other factors play a part I don't think you need anywhere near 10 per day. More like 10 (SE visits) per month. But don't quote me (I know no more than you do!)
Correct, wilderness. I meant less than 10 per month. Thanks for catching that. My bad. Some of us would be quite happy with 10 views per day.
My issue with the whole Hubpage deal is that I wrote an article on Associated content and one day and I had 162,000 hits. I have yet to gross 35,000 hits on my entire 150 plus hubs in my three years I have been here. Granted some of my older Hubs were not good, yet how can this be? I don't think Google adscence really works correctly on here. The article I wrote was 300 words and I made over 200.00 USD and I write my head off on here and barely fit the bill. Interesting fact I would think, no matter what template one uses.
That seems pretty accurate. I have lots of hubs on dog health that only get about 10 a month, and all of my hubs are featured. (The page views are mostly from search engines, which may account for more on the "featured" scheme.)
I'm still in shock at the idea of anyone having written 560 hubs. Wow, Luis, how on earth can you have found the time to write 560 hubs in just two years? I need a bottle of your multi-vitamins!!
Talking about 10 visits per month is fine but I have a question that suppose some articles which may not receive the required number of visitors but quality wise are quite good then how come it becomes unfeatured. This is taking away credit from the writers.
Readers may have their particular choice of a subject but writers are not bound to write only on the subjects that sell. Creativity should be above all.
I have three or four unfeatured hubs but getting no interest in putting extra effort to make it featured. I feel HP is paying less and creating obstruction in the middle of the creative work.
by John Hansen 7 years ago
I have only ever had one featured hub before but when I checked my account today I was shocked to find I have 13 in featured hubs due to low engagement. This is proof that traffic has fallen greatly. It's not just my lowest scoring hubs either..it is right across the board. Is anyone else...
by Faith Reaper 9 years ago
I am just curious, all 92 hubs of mine are featured. In your opinion, should one delete (although Featured) any hubs where the score on a particular hub has eventually dropped way down from when it was initially high at one point? Or would it be better to just unpublish and later...
by Liz Elias 6 years ago
I'm not asking about why hubs get featured or un-featured. I kind of know that.The issue is: I just did a category search in my hubs, and found that, out of 292 published hubs, 149 are unfeatured due to low traffic! That's a lot! Over half my articles! I don't have the time...
by AJ Long 9 years ago
nine of twenty-nine featured hubs @ seventy or below since new google update.
by Mary Craig 9 years ago
How high are your not featured hubs numbers?It seems like my unfeatured hubs are multiplying rapidly, exponentially...is anyone else experiencing this recent phenomenon?
by Missing Link 4 years ago
I'm thinking the answer is probably yes?If you have hubs that have been deemed "not featured", for one reason or another, will that factor into lowering your overall score/rating as a HubPages member? Example--let's say your overall rating is 75. If 10 non featured hubs become...
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