I've just received an email announcing that I have been invited to participate in HubPro Premium. I'm a bit taken aback and more than a little leery.
I'm taken aback because I have been one of those fortunate ones whose hubs are moved automatically after publication to the niche sites with little or no editing. I've been submitting older hubs every two weeks to the niche sites after doing my own extensive editing, rewriting, and photo-adding. They have all been accepted with only two rejections so far. So why all of a sudden do I need editing?
I'm very leery of any kind of extensive editing because the few times the editors have done more than tweaking, they have inserted incorrect information or incorrectly "corrected" technical terms. I'm very unhappy about having my hubs locked for weeks while an editor plays with them. My fear is that during the time they are locked, the editor will be adding incorrect information or "correcting" technical terms and I will be unable to do anything about it because the hubs will be locked. It's my name on those hubs. I don't want anyone who reads them to think that I had anything to do with bad information or amateurish attempts at technical terms. Both would be mortifying for me and could possibly ruin a reputation that I have spent literally years building.
Or am I overthinking this? What is your experience with HubPro Premium?
Edit: Just received another email. One of my most popular hubs has been chosen for editing. I am terrfied.
It just means they see a thing or two which they believe could be done which would improve the performance for your article.
Usually when they do the premium thing, they email you. The exact editor who is editing your thing will contact you. You can from there have a back and forth with them.
You can certainly edit your material continually. It is YOUR material. No one disputes that at all.
The couple times I've gone through this I felt like the editors were extremely friendly and respectful towards me.
Probably not much help, but I've had both good and bad experiences. Awhile back an edit took over a month (was locked out of it to make changes) and when it was finally done, it looked like a third grader wrote the article. Another experience was quite the opposite. Extremely professional and I was blown away at the quality and the research done by the editor to make sure it was correct. So I guess it just depends on who the editor is
Think you may be overacting. Every article I've been publishing has been edited will my full permission and endorsement. The changes they've made, at least in my situation, were clever and did result in more visits. You can always change things back the way you want. My articles rarely get locked for over 2 days unless it's a long winded. Also their changes are an English learning experience for me. After I've read their changes, I must admit, it does read better.
Thank you everyone who took the time to share your experience with HubPro Premium with me. The editing is now done on my hub and I'd like to update you. I'm very pleased that the process only took a few days rather than a few weeks as HP claims. My editor was very sensitive to my concerns and tried very hard to re-write portions of my hub up to my standards.
I am not happy with the Creative Commons photos that she added. I rejected those photos when I first published the hub because they were very ugly and don't show the plant off as well as it should be.
Both the way she re-arranged the capsules and the text that she added are not in "my voice". I'm going to sleep on it while I decide whether or not I want to re-write her re-write so that it sounds like I wrote it.
I did fill out the survey and made two suggestions.
1. That the hubber be allowed to write along with the editor to make sure that the changes reflect the way the hubber writes so that the end result sounds like it was written by the hubber and not the editor.
2. HP should add testimonials in its description of HubPro Premium in the Learning Center. Since most of you had good experiences, that should be reflected in the information about the service. I don't want to be told that I will like the service, I want to hear from real people about their real experiences with the service.
They do this to our hubs at random from time to time. Sometimes it's because you made an edit to the article. So don't panic. But I have heard that some editors have gone too far and think it's their article, and do add wrong info or change your work in a way you don't like. Usually they write to you and you can discuss this. And some of them are great, offering good advice.
You aren't overthinking it, watch what they do and take it from there. It can often be something minor you didn't see. And I sometimes change them back. Speak up if you don't like what they do. I've had exchanges with some of these editors that makes me wonder what level of writing or English education they have. It depends on who you get. Some of them can't see the forest for the trees Good luck.
I'm having a third 'seen to' right now. It's the same editor and she's lovely. She asks me questions about the topic, commissions photos, and tells me I can rewrite any part of her additions.
So very positive, so far, and thanks to Joanne.
The editor that is working on my hub also seems lovely. She has great questions and suggestions. Maybe she is the same editor that you had!
I've had one excellent experience with HubPro Premium and one very poor one. There are about 25 editors, so it depends which one you get and how knowledgeable they are about your topic.
Whatever happens, you can always re-edit it yourself once the process is over.
My experience was very positive. This was my highest traffic article as well, so I wasn't sure how that would affect things, but it turned out well. The article ended up being much more informative and continues to get good traffic.
Why don't you talk to your editor and tell her your concerns? She probably can put your mind at ease better than we can on this forum. I think if she knew you are really concerned about the length of time it will take, she will maybe work a little faster for you.
I have not been selected for this yet. It seems to me only very popular hubs are eligible. Nothing wrong there. Makes sense to make what is good better.
Since we can't opt out of HubPro editing, you might as well go with the flow and hope for the best. I've had 3 experiences with it. The first I thought they made good improvements, and communicated with me throughout. The second time they added quite a bit of what I thought was generic information, and didn't communicate at all, but it seemed like no real harm was done. The third time there was some communication, but I had to do quite a bit of fixing afterward to get it back to the spirit of my original article. Still, I could see what she was trying to do, so I think I did end up with a better hub.
All three times my traffic took a downturn immediately after, but in all cases it did eventually recover. Of course traffic does go up and down, so I don't know if the editing was to blame. Still it's hard not to associate the two when it keeps happening.
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