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?
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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.)
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?
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.
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