I'm super pleased to announce that we have eight talented editors starting Monday. Just to give the folks a heads up on what they will be up to.
- Training on curation starts Tuesday. We built a new set of tools to train people to curate. Our hope is this gives us the resources to get the really great new articles moved quickly to network sites and still curate through the existing backlog, but a little quicker.
- Basic editing follows curation. Then the group will be trained in basic editing. It's super important for our credibility to proofread and the extra clean up goes a long way. Basic editing on top of curation skills gives them the behind the scenes understanding of our tools and processes and helps keep the sites clean.
- Then on to Premium Edits. Our big goal for 2018 is to expand the coverage of Premium Edits for authors. Assisting authors in making each high traffic article great is a big part of our strategy to offer a unique set of services that no other publishing platform offers. We are at roughly 40% of visits have been premium edited. We would like to see it at 80%. We have also been testing many new treatments to help authors expand their audience. I'd like to skip forward to this, but I'm reminded there is a process:)
I'm thrilled that not only do we have talented editors joining, but they are kind motivated people that share a unique passion for writing and want to work closely with our writers to support them make the online world of content better.
Welcome New Editors! I'm excited to see you come on board and participate in improving Hubpages/Maven by using your expertise to help writers such as myself to add more quality to our articles for our readers. I'm also really excited that plans are in place to help us draw more traffic to our work. Congrats on your new position!
Glad to see that more editors will be boarding the HP ship! One question: It sounds like you all will be going back over the articles already on niche sites to ferret out those with problems and possibly remove them back to the HP site. Am I correct in this assumption?
Most excellent! I've started posting more content in forums, but have about nine unpublished Hubs I need to finish up. Hope the new Editors get into the groove of things quickly, and look forward to working with everyone moving forward!
Could we get some of those curation tools? I miss the thing which used to pop out topic suggestions. Some were silly and yet they were good for inspiration. I still have posts I wrote from that.
Anyway, I have been with Scoop.it for years. The content suggestions from curated feeds for each topic, are the main reason I stay. I find great things there which I would not have thought to look for myself. I've yet to find another source for this. I've been trying various ways to set it up myself, on my own domain. Nothing is working as well or as easily.
This is a reconciliation and recovery thread. Memes might not be appropriate. Also Paul's post is so marvelously gracious, a meme could only be clumsy. I can't imagine any of those considerations will stop you, though, lol.
I reckon people are getting over the trauma and the editors are a sign of good things to come. If you can meme it, I am sure it would be welcome. I would go for: "ain't dead yet', a realization that always cheers me up.
Our new editors will go through a few weeks of training before they begin work on actual articles. We have a very robust training schedule for curation and editing. We are doing the curation training right now. I'm very excited about this new group. They are incredibly qualified and smart people!
Why do they need to be trained in basic editing? I would think any editor that is worth hiring already understands and can perform basic editing tasks.
I hope they don't hack up our articles. I've already had a couple of instances over the years in which a HubPages editor had to reverse their changes when it was pointed out to them that they didn't understand what they were reading and the edits they made were factually incorrect.
We have a lot of process that they need to become familiar with. Of course they understand how to edit, but we want to calibrate and make sure that we are consistent and that they understand all of our systems.
A suggesting, add the particular subject of expertice in with those excellent bios. It's not just about editing and approving hubs, it's about fully understanding the specific topic as well in my opinion.
Exciting times for Hubpages! As I read this thread I have a soft voice echoing in my thoughts that sounds like "SEO Challenge, SEO Challenge, SEO Challenge" where these freshly minted curators can show their metal.
Lets face if, Google has moved well beyond just writing prowess to determine what makes a good article. Form and format matter, but with Rankbrain in play at Google there is a new "next level" of SEO happening and everyone is trying to catch up.
Example: If you state something as fact in an article, even just in passing, something like "People like to take walks on weekends" Google's system will consider that a statement of fact and will evaluate it. If it finds that people don't like to walk on Sunday's more than any other day it might find your statement as false or unsuported, no matter how innocent it was, and trust it a fraction less.
Curators today need to be mindful of so much more than just the words and the format, but the meaning as well. That is, if Google's view of articles is given much weight. I still think people need to write for people but, it is what it is, search matters too.
I'm rambling, this subject has intrigued me since I first helped the high tech company I worked for create a lotus based company wide intranet in... 1998! 20 years ago this month, wow. The net sure has changed since I launched my first site! I'm new to Hubpages after the merger news, you're onto something here, but I've been around the block and know your curation team has an exciting challenge in front of them.