I've noticed that there are some missing categories on HubPages. I'm hoping this is something that can be addressed so as to enable hubs which have transferred to cluster in a more appropriate way
Can I suggest we try and highlight the new categories that we'd like to see added.
I write about art - the missing categories which I would like to see are:
* art history
* art museums and galleries
* famous artists (i.e. not every famous artist is a painter nor do they always paint one sort of subject matter)
Art history exists, but it's under Education and Science of all places
http://hubpages.com/topics/education-an … story/3414
I couldn't find Art Galleries anywhere. Both would be better classified under Arts and Design, which is where you probably tried to look for them. It's worth posting in the Suggestion forum in case no staff member answers you here.
I see that others have helped you find the Art History Topic. Content on art museums can be placed under Museum Visits, and a new category will be created specifically for art museums when there are 20+ Featured Hubs on the subject.
I have created a Topic for Famous Artists under Arts and Design> Famous Artists. You can begin categorizing Hubs under that Topic now, but it will not get a Topic Page until it has 20+ Featured Hubs.
Many thanks for the Famous Artists. I know I've got more than 20 and I know there are lots of others who have lenses/hubs about artists. I'll move them over when I've got them all sorted.
So I'm now wondering where would Art Education go which is not Art History? The Drawing Instruction and Painting Instruction categories are very helpful but there's more to Art Education than those three topics.
Thanks - I'll do that
However I still think it's worth having this thread in this forum - as this forum is supposed to be focusing on glitches and transition issues - as I understand it.
A couple of things to note about categories: one is that a category may not be where you expect it (e.g. Art History is under Education). If I can't find a category, I search for other Hubs on the same subject and see what they're listed under, then look to see what category they're in.
The other point is that HubPages won't create a category unless they feel there will be sufficient demand. They don't want categories with only a dozen Hubs in them. So for instance, although Flamenco is a clearly defined separate dance style, they wouldn't make a separate category for it because I was the only person writing about it.
Come to think of it, I should email them about it, because there's a decent amount of Hubs about it now.
Well I guess there's an argument for an awful lot of content on HubPages being under "education"!
However, although art history as an educational topic might be under Education - the History of Art very definitely should be under Art.
I've got vast numbers of ex-lenses which need to find an appropriate category home and I personally think of them as part of art not as part of education - since education is the overarching imperative for everything.
I guess what I'm saying is that given the hundreds of thousands of sites making the transfer at the moment - that "categories" should be something which needs to be kept under review right now.
I totally understand about not inventing a category for a few lenses - but where people write in niches there might now be an awful lot of new hubs searching for the right home.
It's certainly worth the effort to suggest categories and also get help finding them. Just a note that you can search for categories by putting in the main keyword and letting the program come up with options for you. Not using the whole title works better.
Is there a site map somewhere of existing categories - which allows to check out what the alternative locations might be for some topics?
I'll give you a chicken if you give us a link.
(*In the interest of full disclosure, and due to continental logistics, this will need to be a picture of a chicken)
I looked but apparently am not up to this task.
Hi Rocky Mountain Mom,
http://hubpages.com/topics/tree has the list of all the topics. And no, many of them don't really make sense. I write about Metaphysical subjects, a lot more than Astrology, and many of my hubs are in the wrong categories, and I've had to make do. Good luck at HP!
Many thanks Jean - that's a very helpful answer!
Thanks for posting that category list! I've bookmarked it as I've been stumped a few times already...and I'm thinking I'm more stumped seeing some of the topics that have categories with almost no/no content at all (Ancient Roman Fashion?!) while others are missing entirely (why "Coloring Pages for Kids" but no "Coloring Pages for Adults"?)
Thank you kindly! Should I still give Writer Fox a picture of a chicken? (This offer was due to his reference to eating chickens on his bio, rather than any reason to think he'd actually want a picture of a chicken). Here's a thank you picture from Montana in the mean time....
The Topic tree is useful for finding the number of competing Hubs. But it is beneficial to also check to see how the Topics and Categories are featured.
All of the Topics are linked from the homepage:
You can go here to see how the Topics and Hubs are displayed:
The main Topics are in the left column. When you click on a Topic, the left menu changes to show the main Categories in that Topic. Clicking on one of the main Categories shows the Sub-Categories in the left menu.
Pay attention to the Google PageRank of the Category page you choose and the number of competing Hubs in that category. Since a Hub can usually fit in more than one category, PageRank and competition can be the deciding factors in making your choice. This is because your Hub will receive a portion of the PageRank from the Category page. If your Hub is going to appear on page 20 of a Sub-Category, it is better to look for another Category. Hubs are displayed in order by QAP score.
Visitors to your Hub will probably not discover it through the Topic pages. However, it is important to search engines how your Hub is listed.
You can change the Topic and Category any time you want to, so long as it is actually relevant to your Hub's content.
Christy will take a look at this tomorrow and provide some more color on the suggesting a category process.
That would be great - I can see a great many places in that category tree linked above where we've been stimulated to write about something on Squidoo, and you already have a very full category with no subcategories. Christmas gifts comes to mind, for instance. Those categories will be stockfull after all lenses have been imported.
I saw that - my point is the lack of subcategories there.
Post your suggestions here:
I think Paul is going to create a more streamlined process, based on what he says above:
They must be super busy right now, so as long as I know this is on the agenda, I'm in no hurry.
Many thanks Paul - that would be very helpful.
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