Good news! Based on the current rate of article selection, we've decided to shorten the wait period between submitting articles to be considered for our Network Sites. Within the next few days, all authors will have the ability to submit one article per 2 weeks for consideration by our Editors (rather than one article per 60 days). We look forward to reading your submissions!
We didn't have to wait long for this new year news. Good timing. Sixty days down to fourteen is some reduction - let's hope you can keep up with the inevitable increase in submissions! All strength to the workforce.
That's not good news. That's AWESOME news!
Thank you, HubPages!
Thanks, Christy. When do you expect guidance on the editorial standards for submitting to network sites?
We've got them, Promisem. They're spelled out when you make the submission, screen by screen.
I've had success getting mine moved and have followed the following principles:
1. I make sure I've followed the essential rules (it may be worth checking out my Hub summarising the rules to make sure you're up with the latest interpretation).
2. I use callout capsules for headings, instead of the text capsule headings.
3. I check the Preview button to make sure the Hub looks good in Mobile view, because that's the view HP puts most stress on.
4. I try to tick off as many of the "Stellar Hub" boxes as possible - though I do NOT believe in adding polls or maps "just because", I find them irritating!
I'm afraid I don't agree, Marisa. I'm happy I have had many of my Hubs go to niche sites, but a few others have been rejected for reasons not included on the submission steps or for no reasons at all.
I had the impression from past comments that more standards were coming soon.
Sometimes they are rejected because there are already enough Hubs on that aspect of the topic already on the niche site. I recall a couple of people who had that experience.
What other reasons were given?
Marisa, I've so far submitted a single hub for consideration, and it was accepted. Are you saying that using callout boxes for sub-headings is preferred by HP? I haven't seen anything of that nature on the site...and I've never done that.
I use them sparingly, and as you would normally see them used in print media...
When they did the early HubPro edits, editors seemed to be changing all the MAIN headings into callout capsules. They see to have eased off on them now, so maybe it is less relevant.
Marisa, I have submitted only one article till now to be included in niche sites "the south Indian dish Rasam" article. It is more than two months and I didn't receive any communication from HP nor did it get selected.
I looked for your Hub but it looks as though it's not even Featured, because I can't find it.
If you are going to submit a Hub for consideration, then you should submit your most successful Hubs, not ones which are not even Featured!
Marisa, I have not given the full title of it. The actual hub is this one.
http://hubpages.com/food/A-Healthy-side … n-as-Rasam
I'm with you there V C. I submitted one as suggested by HP. I am still waiting to find out what happens next.
This attitude of "We hold the strings. You do as you are told" attitude is one aspect of HubPages I do not like.
I have worked for others and I found them far more friendly and communicative.
The Editorial Policies for each site will be out soon! We will make an announcement when they are live. We have a basic Editorial Policy on HubPages, but each site will have its own as well since certain sites have a higher bar, e.g., if they have Your Money or Your Life content.
You do mean hubs, right?
Did you get to read my emails about a certain hub?
Christy, are we able to submit/suggest hubs by other hubbers?
No, you are only able to submit your own articles for consideration to a Network Site.
Very cool. Thank you.
Great news! Thank you Christy!
This is wonderful news. Thank you.
I also heard that HubPages is now allowing and encouraging citing our sources in reversal of the old policy of editing them out. Is this true? Can we celebrate and add the sources back in on our vertical site hubs?
If you are writing medical or health Hubs, yes there does seem to have been a reversal. They now want such Hubs to be absolutely loaded with references (although note, these are in-text hyperlinks, not a list of references at the end of the Hub).
However, the fundamental rule still applies. Any links you include must be directly relevant to the TITLE of your Hub. This means that citations which would be regarded as useful or relevant elsewhere, may not be allowed on HubPages.
For instance, I might be writing a Hub about "Australian Ballet" and explaining the influence of the Ballets Russes in its development. Anywhere else, I'd provide a link to a site about the Ballets Russes in case people wanted to know more about it. That's not allowed on HubPages because the Ballets Russes is not related to the title - it's not Australian Ballet, it's Russian Ballet.
Does that mean I should get rid of the links capsule on my hub about Calaveras Big Trees State Park, in which article I've also included other features and things to do in the area?
At the end of the hub, I have such a capsule, linking to the particular web pages for each of those other sites.
Maybe a slight shift in the title would be in order?
If it's an old Hub that hasn't been edited in a while, I wouldn't touch it - unless you are planning to submit it to a niche site.
If it's a new Hub and it passed QAP recently, then they've accepted it and I wouldn't worry.
That's a good guidance provided by you, Marisa. It will be of much help in creating links to our hubs.
That's a really good news. Thank you. : )
That's one way to start the year
@Dzy, I dearly love Great News!
Thanks for the great news ! Marissa, this likely seems a stupid question but what do you mean by call out box?
You'll see it's one of the choices when you insert a capsule. It was an idea they got from Squidoo.
Originally, it was intended as a way for you to highlight a key fact. I still use it for that purpose, too, but you can also use it to create more eye-catching headings than the ordinary text capsule headings.
A good example is my Hub on decluttering, which uses callout capsules as headings, but also to highlight key facts.
This feature is new to me also. I used it only for highlighting some key facts. Now, I am aware that I can use it for creating headings within our articles. Thanks for this tip, Marisa.
Thanks once more for your help. You have have been an incredible support to me in learning this platform and I know I am not alone in this. I truly appreciate your help and willingness to share your knowledge.
Sounds good. I just hope they respect the views of readers and take dwell times seriously. Admittedly, writers can mislead readers, but on the whole, readers are pretty discerning.
This is great new!
This is great news! My traffic and earnings have definitely increased for most hubs that have been moved to niche sites. I've been marking my calendar to submit an article every 60 days. It will be good to reduce that to every 14 days. At that rate, I may soon run out of existing hubs to submit.
So what about new articles? Do all new articles continue to start out at HubPages and then get moved, or can we submit a new article directly to a niche site?
New articles are automatically considered for the niche sites when they are first published, and if they're suitable, they are moved within the first few weeks after publication. So it wouldn't make sense to waste your submission privileges on a new Hub, since (if it's good enough) it will be moved automatically.
If a Hub hasn't been moved within a month or so, then it's safe to assume it didn't quite make the grade somehow, so you'll have to improve it before you try submitting it manually.
Thank you, Marisa. So it sounds like HubPages is serving as a hub (forgive the pun) for submitting new articles, and they can't be submitted directly to the niche sites.
There's nothing to stop you submitting them - my point is, why would you? It's going to get considered for the niche site whether you submit it or not! You can submit only one Hub every two weeks, why would you waste a submission on a Hub that's already been submitted by the automated process?
I don't think my question is clear. Sorry for the confusion. I'm really just asking whether I can publish a new article directly on a niche site, or whether I have to upload it to HubPages first and wait for the HubPages staff to (hopefully) transfer it to the niche site.
You publish it on HubPages first.
As Glenn says, you can't publish to a network site. You have to publish to HubPages and then hope!
Marisa, I hope you have viewed my reply to your comment on my feed yesterday. I hope my hub is still under consideration.
I think you should check your spam folder. I think it is strange that your Hub has been under consideration for so long.
I always delete the mails from my spam folder each day or in alternate days. So, it is blank always. I should verify if there is any junk mail, which just struck to my mind.
great news .....thanks to sharing
It looks like the change to two-weeks from 60 days is now in effect. I just submitted and, instead of telling me I had to wait until February 7, I was able to continue the submission.
Yep, I just was able to submit one also. I'm marking my calendar for two weeks from today for the next one. I only submit older hubs, most of my new hubs usually get selected automatically within a few days of publishing.
I was able to submit another one too. This is a very positive change!
How exciting! I'm way behind with only two out of sixteen on niche sites and have been eagerly awaiting out sixty days! (course, got two that could go as soon as they're revised. I just haven't done it yet)
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