HOTD Puzzle and Inquiry

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  1. Phyllis Doyle profile image96
    Phyllis Doyleposted 4 years ago

    There is an HOTD, which is a fairly good hub, but it is not featured.  According to FAQ, "Only highly rated and engaging content will be Featured on HubPages."  and "Though only Featured Hubs are made available to Google Search and highlighted on related Hubs and Topic Pages,..."  and "If you would like your Hub to receive the additional promotion on HubPages that comes with Featured status, we recommend reworking it to improve its quality and make it more alluring to those conducting searches about its subject."

    So, how can an "unfeatured hub" become HOTD? This is a puzzle to me. What do you think?

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      calculus-geometryposted 4 years agoin reply to this

      Unsurprisingly, the left hand doesn't know what the right hand is doing.

    2. Christy Kirwan profile image96
      Christy Kirwanposted 4 years agoin reply to this

      Hi Phyllis,

      Featured and UnFeatured just refer to a Hub's visibility with search engines. Many Hubs are UnFeatured for quality issues, but occasionally a great Hub can become UnFeatured because it hasn't received enough traffic, simply because it is on an unpopular topic that very few people are actively searching for.

      1. Phyllis Doyle profile image96
        Phyllis Doyleposted 4 years agoin reply to this

        Okay -- that answers my question, Christy. Thank you.

    3. CatherineGiordano profile image98
      CatherineGiordanoposted 4 years agoin reply to this

      What is a hub feed? How do I get it?

      1. Phyllis Doyle profile image96
        Phyllis Doyleposted 4 years agoin reply to this

        The hub feed, or newsfeed, is the main page you see when you log on. It lists all the hubs, forum threads, etc.

  2. Phyllis Doyle profile image96
    Phyllis Doyleposted 4 years ago
  3. word55 profile image69
    word55posted 4 years ago

    What hub is it? Give us the link.

    1. relache profile image85
      relacheposted 4 years agoin reply to this

      The HOTD shows up on your feed page.

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      calculus-geometryposted 4 years agoin reply to this

      Tomorrow the HOTD will be different, so if anyone is reading this after the fact, the hub is
      http://mowry.hubpages.com/hub/What-is-t … -Labor-Day

      1. Phyllis Doyle profile image96
        Phyllis Doyleposted 4 years agoin reply to this

        Thanks c - g !

  4. Phyllis Doyle profile image96
    Phyllis Doyleposted 4 years ago

    Today's HOTD -- As I said, it is a fairly good hub, well-written, but unfeatured.

  5. word55 profile image69
    word55posted 4 years ago

    Hummm, how can you determine that it is an unfeatured hub?

    1. lisavollrath profile image96
      lisavollrathposted 4 years agoin reply to this

      Click through to the author's page. There is no featured content listed.

  6. word55 profile image69
    word55posted 4 years ago

    I see that but what tells or shows you that it is an unfeatured hub of the writer's?

    1. Phyllis Doyle profile image96
      Phyllis Doyleposted 4 years agoin reply to this

      Well, the author on the HOTD shows. So, click on that name and it takes you to the profile of the author of the HOTD.

  7. word55 profile image69
    word55posted 4 years ago

    Oh wow! You're right. I didn't know that this could happen. Oh well, I guess hp fiqured that this one was more favorable foe today anyway. I'm sure there are hubbers that's been on here for years without having a HOTD. I wonder if that person is aware of it. That's funny. Now I guess I'll read the hub to see what it's all about because sometimes I read them and sometimes not. Hummm, What is the origin of Labor Day?

    1. Phyllis Doyle profile image96
      Phyllis Doyleposted 4 years agoin reply to this

      I can understand that it was chosen to coincide with the holiday. I don't think the author is aware yet unless he got an email about it. He has written only three hubs in the 18 months he has been here and only one is featured.

  8. Sarah Switalski profile image80
    Sarah Switalskiposted 4 years ago

    How do you know it's not featured? I didn't know you could tell just by looking at a hub.

    It seems like it was chosen because it's a hub about Labor Day and it is very well done. But, since it's a hub about labor day it probably only gets traffic a few days per year which would put it in danger of not being featured.

    1. Phyllis Doyle profile image96
      Phyllis Doyleposted 4 years agoin reply to this

      I always check an author's profile when I read their hub.

      1. Writer Fox profile image48
        Writer Foxposted 4 years agoin reply to this

        You have the option to display featured and non-featured Hubs on your Profile page. 

        To see if the Hub is featured, go to a Hub, right click, view source code, then Ctrl F to find: "NoFollow."

    2. Phyllis Doyle profile image96
      Phyllis Doyleposted 4 years agoin reply to this

      If you read Christy's reply, you will see that a hub without significant traffic can be unfeatured even though it is a well-written hub.

      1. gmwilliams profile image83
        gmwilliamsposted 4 years agoin reply to this

        So true, many of my hubs are unfeatured due to engagement issues because of insufficient viewers.  I am revitalizing such hubs as we speak.  Just revamp the wording, adding catchy wording and the hub becoming featured again.

  9. word55 profile image69
    word55posted 4 years ago

    Well Phyl, it's only about a holiday so, it may not get much traffic but if you read my comment to it, you'll see that I was glad to have been a resident in the neighborhood of the holiday's originator. May be the hub was submitted yesterday or today but I think it was well qualified even though the author has no featured hubs, yet. It was worth my reading. If you hadn't mentioned it in the forum, then I may not have read it. So, I thank God that you did bring it up. I learned something here when I should have learned it at the time I resided there. Thank you for your concern but it makes sense that the unfeatured hub was HOTD.

    1. Phyllis Doyle profile image96
      Phyllis Doyleposted 4 years agoin reply to this

      It is a very informative hub, Word, and does deserve the HOTD. I was just thought all HOTD had to be featured. I learned something new.

  10. Writer Fox profile image48
    Writer Foxposted 4 years ago

    The HOTD just disappeared from my feed page.  (I really don't know if it was there before, but it's not there now!)

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      calculus-geometryposted 4 years agoin reply to this

      It isn't on the right sidebar?  I never see them in the actual feed,but they are always in the sidebar column.

      http://s2.hubimg.com/u/9229099_f248.jpg

    2. Writer Fox profile image48
      Writer Foxposted 4 years agoin reply to this

      It's back.

  11. word55 profile image69
    word55posted 4 years ago

    Yes, that's where they appear to me too so that we can always see them. That's a good thing: in the side bar.

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    guyrichieposted 4 years ago

    also choose the right catagory for your work, it helps a bit.

    1. Phyllis Doyle profile image96
      Phyllis Doyleposted 4 years agoin reply to this

      That is true. I don't know if I would have chosen "Holidays and Celebrations" or "Science and Education - American History" on that hub.  I guess Holidays.

  13. Jodah profile image88
    Jodahposted 4 years ago

    This is a new one on me too..never realised an unfeatured hub could be HOTD. Then again I don't know what it takes to be HOTD, as I've never had one in four years.

    1. Phyllis Doyle profile image96
      Phyllis Doyleposted 4 years agoin reply to this

      I hereby bestow on you, Jodah, HOTDs for all your hubs.

    2. Christy Kirwan profile image96
      Christy Kirwanposted 4 years agoin reply to this

      Hi Jodah,

      Hub of the Day qualifying criteria are listed here.

      These are the main requirements:

      -Legally used, properly cited images OR original images taken by / created by the author (even if the images are in the Public Domain, they must still be cited and linked to so that we can verify they are properly used)
      -A first image that is sharp and clear and will fill the full dimensions of the carousel that appears on our homepage for signed-out visitors (In other words, the Hub should have an image whose original size was, when uploaded, at least 800 pixels wide and at least 600 pixels tall)

      We also strongly emphasize:

      -Excellent (and free of grammatical errors), engaging, well-formatted, and interesting writing
      -A good, well-chosen title (capitalized properly, no misspellings, etc.)

      Stellar Hubs with legally-cited images and a first image that is of the correct size have the best chance of being chosen for Hub of the Day.

      Hubs without legally-used, properly cited images and without a first image of the correct size will not be considered.

      1. Phyllis Doyle profile image96
        Phyllis Doyleposted 4 years agoin reply to this

        Hi Christy. I did not realize that even Public Domain images should be linked. I never provide a link to PD images, just the source (ie: Wikipedia Public Domain).  So, I should provide links in the photo capsule for PD images?

        1. Christy Kirwan profile image96
          Christy Kirwanposted 4 years agoin reply to this

          We aren't as strict about links, but PD images must at least be labeled as such. It's certainly legal to use your own images or PD images without any citation whatsoever, but a citation is the only way HP Staff have to verify that the image is not stolen, which is why it's a HoTD requirement. We want to be absolutely sure that we're not promoting Hubs on our homepage that are engaging in image theft and violating the copyright of photographers.

          1. Phyllis Doyle profile image96
            Phyllis Doyleposted 4 years agoin reply to this

            Thanks, Christy. I appreciate your prompt reply.

      2. Jodah profile image88
        Jodahposted 4 years agoin reply to this

        Thanks for those guidelines Christy, much appreciated.

 
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