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.
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...
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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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)