You can submit an article for niche site consideration once every two weeks.
I think it depends on the site you are writing for. My articles usually are moved to Pethelpful within a week or so, but if it took longer than 2 weeks I would go ahead and submit it so that I could get some feedback from the editing staff.
I have heard that some of the other niche sites take a long longer. I would not wait for any longer than a month though.
Since I no longer have a backlog of articles on HP, I submit my new articles as soon as they are featured.
Last time it takes 24 hours but I didn't know now it takes 2 weeks that long??
It has always taken 14 days before you can submit a hub to a niche site. I only submit if I see that one has been allowed to linger more than a few weeks on HP...right now, I only have one that is even still on HP and I submitted it yesterday.
When you first publish a hub and it gets featured, you don't have to submit it to a niche site because it is reviewed automatically. Sometimes that takes a day or two, sometimes longer, depending on which niche site it's being moved to.
You can submit existing hubs manually at the rate of one every 14 days.
If a newly featured hub isn't moved automatically after a couple of weeks, then I would submit manually. Mine are usually done within a few days.
I know that's the way it's always been, but sometimes things change. I figure that if I don't have an old one I want to submit, I might as well submit a new one as soon as it's featured. That way I've covered all my bases.
Besides, if you manually submit it, they will notify you if they decided not to move it. If you just wait for them to do it automatically, they don't notify you that the decision has been made.
Sometimes it depends on the niche and how backed up they are. I posted an article yesterday and it is already on Spinditty today. It moved as soon as it was featured, I never had to hit the button.
Of course we cannot know about all the behind-the-scenes stuff they deal with. Perhaps they take into account your reputation. So, maybe if your last ten hubs were niche ready you go up on the list? I don't know, just speculating.
It's not by reputation. I had a hub that has been waiting on a niche for six weeks. It ended up that in a 4,000 word hub, it was being held up because of one article--the word by--which I didn't capitalize and the editor wanted capitalized. I thought that was harsh. I learned that articles and prepositions are never capitalized, back in the day before APA. I've had my son proofread when I can get him to do it, and he doesn't agree with this part APA system either, and he is a writer who graduated college summa cum laude. He learned what I learned.
The editor admitted that HP has a few "other" rules besides APA and gave me this link to check my titles and subtitles. It is https://capitalizemytitle.com. You just put your title or subtitles in, and it brings it to APA standards. It's pretty neat.
But HP also wants any word over 4 letters long capitalized, even if it is an article or preposition. So we are on the APA system, plus a dash of whatever HP feels like adding or subtracting to that. It's not really fair. But the editor of Owlcation was nice, and the tool is helpful. It's worth it to run your title and subtitles through it if it will take weeks when they decide to teach you a lesson. My issue is this: was it necessary to wait that long over one "by"? No wonder they are behind. We went back and forth several times where I could have been told what was wanted, and not wasted time guessing at something arbitrary.
Hm, I wonder how much it is up to the person who does the assessment. My article had a couple of minor edits, which they did.
Sometimes they do correct it themselves. It seems if you get them on an off day, they will keep sending it back. There is a box if you click "submit to niche site" or whatever they call it, but it doesn't always come up. So hubs are being held for weeks, for minor infractions like the one I described, and the editors don't often communicate in my experience. How long would that have taken?
Each niche has an editor. And from what the administration says, they keep hiring more. So there's no reason to lose weeks over simple things like that. Especially when the editor is already into the hub and can easily do it for you.
I still have 29 hubs left on HP, and want to move them before I write too much more. I've fixed them to the best of my ability, or I do when I am ready to submit them. But since its the APA system, but not purely, it has a few HP rules thrown in, it's BS.
I haven't had any problems like that. I'm always messing up my capitalisation ('is', 'to', mostly), but they just correct it for me. Having said that, there are often inconsistencies between editors.
I don't want to sound like a malcontent. I like it here or wouldn't stay. It's the constant changes and inconsistencies that drive me crazy. I miss the days when we could just write a decent article and not have to have it go through a fine tooth comb.
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