I have 6 out of 210 hubs. I've tried improving them but they still have a big old goose egg. I'm still not sure what it means when they aren't featured. I mean people still read them...
I have 4 out of 4 hubs featured, I am an active commenter, and I have a hubber score of 73. (Yes, my horse is dead, and yes, I do plan on beating it.)
I have 49 hubs, all featured. I have had a few unfeatured in the past and changed titles, added pictures, polls, videos, got rid of a pixelated photo. If I had numerous hubs, it might be difficult to keep up. I am shooting for 100, but I am slow. Faster,. faster, faster will do it.
Brie, what is the symbol next to those unFeatured Hubs?
If it's a white circle, that means it has failed the QAP. In your case, I think that's unlikely.
If it's a half moon (half white, half black) then it's unFeatured for lack of traffic. In that case, tweaking the Hub may not make much difference - editing will send it back through QAP so it will be Featured for a short while, but then it will lapse back into unFeatured again.
You need to ask yourself WHY it's not getting traffic. It may just be that it's a subject people aren't searching for, in which case there's no point doing anything further with it. Or it could be you're not using the right keywords, or you could improve your title, or you could add some more depth.
If this doesn't do it I'm just going to unpublish it. I'm tired of dealing with them.
If it's a completely white circle (not half black, half white) then it has failed QAP.
I took a look at the Hub you linked - I'd say it failed because it's just a block of text, with no headings or sub-headings. People like to scroll down on the internet to find things that interest them, so a solid block of text doesn't work well. I'd try adding some headings.
It's also possible you're being penalised for your 'related Hubs' section. That's now frowned on. If the other Hubs were part of a series it would be fine, but some of them seem only tenuously related.
Also, note that putting an Amazon or eBay capsule on the end of a Hub rarely, if ever, results in sales - and it may just tempt your reader to click on it instead of your "next" or "previous" Hubs.
All of my 104 hubs are featured. About six months or so ago, I had deleted about 10 to 12 featured hubs because they were poetry and haiku poetry and such, but now I wished I had not done so, especially being they were featured. They were really some of my favorite, but I did not think HP would keep them up in score long. At the time, I did not think about all of the views being taken away and all of lovely comments on them, which I always appreciate.. I have found that sometimes it is as simple as tweaking your title and then the hub is back featured pretty fast.
I just unpublished some of them. So, if I want to I can re-publish them again down the road.
I have absolutely no idea how many featured or not-featured Hubs I have. Just never took the time to count either way.
Please friends, follow me on hubpage and give me short tips how I can approve adsense account through Hubpage? I have already 7 featured hubs and I applied for adsense. But they tell me that my hubpage website has not sufficient content? How can I get adsense account approved and get more visitors?
I was not much active in Hubpages for approximately four years and large numbers of my hubs were removed from featured category. Hubpages has been changed during these years.
I followed instructions and started editing all these hubs not featured. With in few days I could edit and improve several of my hubs and all these are featured. I have to edit few more hubs and I believe that all of my hubs will be featured very soon.
I have zero out of 31 featured hubs. You can turn your unfeatured hubs into featured hubs if you check them for plagiarism via copyscape.com or any other online plagiarism checker. I am pretty sure that your unfeatured hubs will be published as featured if there is no plagiarism. Try it out!
I've got 132 hubs...
(switches to Barry White voice)
...and they alllllllllll featured, baby....
All of my hubs are featured, but non-featured status could be due to several things.
Some ideas are controversial topics, not enough content, lack of engagement is a big one (add polls or videos to make hubs more interactive) Sometimes something as simple as a title change and adding a supporting video or resource can make all the difference. Other reasons might be over-saturation. If there are already several hubs with the same title or something for instance. I'm guessing since you have the vast majority featured, it's not going to be things like layout or large chunks of never ending text or things like that - but those aesthetic issues could be a factor as well for some people.
All of my hubs have several images, most have polls, a couple have quizzes, many have videos and nearly all have links to other related resources that tie directly into the content or have suggested reading/supporting materials of some sort.
Maybe something here will help .
All my published hubs are featured at this point. I'm sure with time that will change. At the rate I'm going 210 hubs is a long way away.
When you are in edit do you notice any warnings, even minor comments? Are all videos working?
There are no warnings or minor comments and all the videos are working.
If you would like me to, I can move this Forum discussion to the Improving Your Hub Forum so you can post links to your unFeatured Hubs and maybe get some specific feedback. Would that be helpful?
This thread is now in the Improving Your Hub Forum. Go ahead and post links to your unFeatured Hubs. You won't be moderated.
Well I just re-edited them..I will post them if they are still not featured. Thanks
Ok, here is one I just tweaked and it still came back unfeatured:
Brie, I think it's a good article, excellent topic, just too short. See if you can stretch it with more content, maybe a few more pics.
OK revamped it again. I think 2 pictures is enough..I just added a little more content or comic relief..whatever.
I really don't get it though, I mean I've seen much worse here on HP. Sure I don't think this is my ultimate in HP articles but I also don't think it's bad enough not to be featured.
Okay, it's not up yet(?), seeing the same one, so I'll check back in a few.
Yea, I'll let you know when it's back up.
I'd have to agree with you. I've seen worse stuff featured here. I actually thought while a little short it was quite good.
It's featured now , thanks for your help.
Glad to hear it's featured now. I would also think about moving the videos up into the content. Often readers won't read to the end. Viewed videos will keep them on the page longer.
I always thought that videos could turn people off, as I do not care to watch videos that often. Do you think I am in the minority and that videos should not be at the end where I also place them?
It depends on the hub topic. I like to use them, but they must be relevant to the topic. I have found that my hubs that have relevant videos have longer visits. I think the auto start videos are what turn many viewers away from a page. Placement should be according to content and keywords used. I have some at the end and quite a few placed within the text, as they are considered content.
To answer the thread question, all my hubs are featured.
Brie, I just read that hub and I have some ideas for you to try. The writing itself is not a problem. You write well and you express your thoughts well.
So what's the problem? I'm wondering if you may have an issue with readers leaving too soon. Check the stats > hub metrics > view duration to see if people are not sticking around long enough to read the whole thing.
How can reader retention be improved?
1. Make it easier on the eyes. You have a small image right below the main image. Then nothing else but text, with big paragraphs. Try moving the smaller image down to break up the text. And add a meaningful caption under it. While you're at it, include attribution to where you got it. And make sure you have rights to use it on a commercial site. Since you get paid for your hubs, HP is considered commercial. Not all licenses include that.
2. Break the text up into smaller paragraphs. Sometimes people click away without reading when they see huge paragraphs on a page. If you have a lot of readers clicking away in a few seconds, that can hurt you too.
3. Add a couple of subtitles to bring out the subject of individual sections. When people start off, they may scan first. If they see subtitles that reflect well on the subject, they are more inclined to read your article.
You have two Amazon ads but no reference to what they are about. It took me a moment to realize that they do indeed relate to the subject, but most people will never pay attention. I did only because I was studying what needed to be done to get you featured.
So, try adding some discussion about how those Amazon items can be used to help with losing weight. Place those ad capsules at the same location where you talk about them. But keep them separated - maybe one in the middle and the other at the end.
These are things I consider when I write hubs. Out of my 102 published hubs, all are featured.
Well, I just got about 13 featured hubs out of maybe 30...? But I have been deleting and editing a lot of old ones. So the number is constantly changing. I only have like a total of 4 unfeatured ones.
Brie, I am puzzled by the two big, fat, bold, brightly colored links you placed on that hub inviting readers to sign up to hp (and give you a slice of their earnings).
I thought we were only supposed to feature that kind of link off-HP, not on our hubs.
Did the hub become featured with those links in place ... or did you add them after it was featured?
It was on there all the time..I didn't know you weren't supposed to put things like that on your hubs. Where does it say that?
I'm sure it's buried in the Learning Centre somewhere, but Baby-Boomer is probably recalling a spate of "unpublishing" that happened a while back, of Hubs which featured "big bold links".
I think HubPages has quietly relaxed the rules somewhat, or perhaps new staff are interpreting them differently - for instance, at one time "watermarked" photos include any kind of text on a photo, then one day it was OK to create Made for Pinterest photos with big slogans (but you still weren't allowed a copyright notice), then several months later it was OK to put a "discreet" copyright notice.
So maybe those links are allowed now too?
The help section says "referral trackers are intended for use off of HubPages. Placing "Sign up for HubPages" links on Hubs is not recommended and could result in a moderation for Unrelated Links." http://hubpages.com/faq/#affiliate
It crossed my mind that the two big links might have been the reason the hub was unpublished. From what you are saying, though, getting it published had nothing to do with your links.
Out of my 108, 3 are not featured. Since I have an impressive figure of featured hubs, I am not worried. I will edit and submit the remaining three for verification taking my own time.
I only have 24 hubs, all of which are featured. I have seen a few occasionally slip into 'not featured - engagement' territory, but I soon steered them back into Feturedom.
featuredom! I like that, that's the plan, the goal, destination, featuredom!
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