Tips for articles being picked for niche sites

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  1. Dinaas profile image85
    Dinaasposted 8 weeks ago

    Hi,

    Do more experienced Hubbers have any useful tips for getting your article moved to a niche site? I kept seeing advice that goes something like "make sure you write a high-quality article" but it just seems so vague to me.

    I have 9 articles now and the only one that was moved to a niche site was the one I actually like the least. Also, I have to admit that this was the one I put the least effort in.

    So I'm guessing me and HubPages are not on the same page when it comes to what a high-quality article is like. smile 

    So again, do you have any concrete useful advice?

    Sorry if this thread already existed but I didn't find it anywhere.

    1. greenmind profile image95
      greenmindposted 8 weeks agoin reply to this

      Hi -- First, you're a really solid writer, which basically means everything will be okay eventually. I think you're in a bit of a rush to get established, and it really does take a long time. Keep doing what you're doing, and next year when you have 100 articles you'll be in great shape!

      As far as the niche sites go, I'm having the same frustrations myself (after 5 years). Some articles just never get selected, while others pop right in without you asking. I have kind of learned to just not worry about it and keep on writing.

      Looking at your articles, I can suggest a couple of things that might affect being chosen for a niche site:

      -- Health articles are not doing well these days, no matter how good they are
      -- HP views any outbound link with suspicion, so I would take those out
      -- I assume you're getting images from Pxabay; as long as they're free for your use, you could use a few more
      -- Polls, quizzes and quotes don't hurt
      -- A "Sources" text block at the bottom with the deactivated links for authoritative sources is a good idea

      In the end, all you can do is write a lot of good articles. That's the only thing truly in your control, so take control of it!

      Good luck to you.

      1. Dinaas profile image85
        Dinaasposted 8 weeks agoin reply to this

        Hey greenmind,

        Thank you for your always encouraging words.
        Ok, that's some really great advice you offered, especially the bit about outbound links—which I honestly didn't know about until now, though I guess they would consider them spammy.

        It kind of does suck that you're struggling after 5 years.
        I get that getting picked depends on the topic you're covering too, but I think that some general guidelines offered by HubPages would be helpful so you know what they're looking for.

        Good luck to you too!

    2. Glenn Stok profile image98
      Glenn Stokposted 8 weeks agoin reply to this

      I haven’t looked at your hubs, but since you’re asking for advice, I have to say that if you use incorrect grammar in your hubs as you did in this post, that would be a reason for rejection. Saying, “So I'm guessing me and HubPages are not on the same page” is poor grammar. The correct way to say it is, “So I’m guessing HubPages and I are not on the same page.”

      As far as other advice being vague, as you mentioned—the HubPages Writing Style Guide has full details of what you need to do to create stellar quality articles:

      https://hubpageshelp.com/standards/HubP … tyle-Guide

      1. Dinaas profile image85
        Dinaasposted 8 weeks agoin reply to this

        Hi Glenn,

        LOL, for some reason my original post got stuck in my head and I suddenly realized... oh, did I really write "me"? Just didn't have time to edit it. smile

        In my defense, English is not my first language so mistakes happen when I don't pay a lot of attention to what I'm writing/saying, but my articles I always double-check (that's an understatement actually), though there may be some incorrect grammar that I don't even detect.

        Thanks for the link, I'll make sure to read through it carefully!

    3. TIMETRAVELER2 profile image97
      TIMETRAVELER2posted 8 days agoin reply to this

      Every one of my hubs is on the niche sites.  I  have never found monitor comments to be vague.  They are extremely clear if you pay attention to what is being asked.  When they say they're looking at spelling and grammar, this means you need to go back and review what you've written, find and correct errors, etc.  You cannot submit work that has flaws.  Your photos must be appropriate, well placed and accurate.  You should avoid key word stuffing.  There are many small issues such as these that people ignore but all can be found in the learning guide.  Best advice?  READ THE LEARNING GUIDE AND FOLLOW IT SPECIFICALLY.

  2. Jodah profile image90
    Jodahposted 5 weeks ago

    Hi Dinaas,
    I read your hub “Learn the Difference Between Confusing Words in English.” It is well-written and I can’t see a reason for it not being selected for a niche site. I have approximately 400 articles here and many of the older ones have not been moved, however almost every new one I write is selected within a couple of days.

    Funny thing is my most popular hub, that has by far the most traffic over the last 30 days and was written four years ago, has never been selected. I even submitted it for a niche site and the editor declined it because it was a recipe hub but contained a poem. They said if I removed the poem it would be selected. As I am chiefly a poet and just wrote a recipe hub as an experiment that poetry and recipes could co exist, I refused to remove it.
    Maybe I will resubmit it with the hope of being reviewed by a different person. Good luck with yours.

    1. Titia profile image95
      Titiaposted 5 weeks agoin reply to this

      Jodah, I have the same experience. As soon as you put a little rhyme in an article, it's a no no.

      1. Jodah profile image90
        Jodahposted 5 weeks agoin reply to this

        Hi Titia, Thank you for confirming I am not alone in that.

    2. Dinaas profile image85
      Dinaasposted 4 weeks agoin reply to this

      Hi Jodah,

      Sorry for replying a bit late.
      Thank you very much for taking your time and taking a look at my article.

      With regards to your particular problem with the poem-recipe article, I think it's best to keep writing in a way that reflects us as writers and not to try to adjust to the criteria for niche sites because there really are no rules. Sure, a niche site would bring you even more traffic, but you're still doing fine and your article is exactly how you wanted it.

      I recently had one of my articles picked for a niche site. I am still happy about that, but they brought in an editor to edit the article.
      Though I think the editor did a great job and improved my article, it just doesn't feel like the article is mine anymore, and I don't really see why certain things were deleted, replaced, added or restructured. 

      So, basically, I guess every situation has its downsides and upsides.

      I only have a problem with their criteria not being clear enough and I think that there may be a problem when someone with 400+ articles doesn't know what to expect to happen with their articles.

      In his reply, Glenn posted a link to HubPages style guide to a stellar article. I can tell you that improving my old articles and adjusting the new ones according to their tips did bring in more traffic, but did nothing for the articles being selected.

      So, I guess the lesson is — do your best and enjoy the journey of writing for the sake of writing!

      1. Jodah profile image90
        Jodahposted 4 weeks agoin reply to this

        No problem, Dinaas, and your advice is very wise. You make good points and we have to sometimes decide whether we want the article to retain the feel of being totally ours or embrace an editor’s changes. Good luck with having all you future articles selected.

        1. Dinaas profile image85
          Dinaasposted 4 weeks agoin reply to this

          Thanks, Jodah, and good luck to you too!

      2. Jean Bakula profile image93
        Jean Bakulaposted 4 weeks agoin reply to this

        Dinaas,
        If an article was edited so much you feel like it's not yours anymore, you CAN change it back. Sometimes they leave it alone, but sometimes not. Also, you can write in to Team@Hubpages.com, if you feel they overdid it and explain your point of view. I have done this often, usually with good results.

  3. Doneta Wrate profile image91
    Doneta Wrateposted 5 weeks ago

    Jodah, it is interesting your top traffic hub is not on a niche site.  It is interesting a hub can get a lot of traffic without being on a niche site if everything else is done right.  I guess it can pay to keep on tweeking at articles already written.

    1. Jodah profile image90
      Jodahposted 5 weeks agoin reply to this

      Yes, Doneta, that surprises me too going on all the advice to try to move your hubs to niche sites if you want them to succeed and get traffic. I keep updating older hubs even if they aren’t on niche sites and occasionally one suddenly gets selected.

      1. OldRoses profile image96
        OldRosesposted 4 weeks agoin reply to this

        You can submit older hubs to niche sites yourself.  You are allowed to submit one hub every two weeks.  That's to avoid swamping the editors with too many hubs to review.  I've been updating and submitting hubs every two weeks for about two years now.  I'm hoping to have all of my hubs moved to niche sites by the end of next year.

        1. Jodah profile image90
          Jodahposted 4 weeks agoin reply to this

          Yes, OldRoses, I do submit one older hub every now and then. It will take me awhile but I am in no hurry.

  4. Doneta Wrate profile image91
    Doneta Wrateposted 5 weeks ago

    It is probably good to still get hubs on niche sites.  But until they do, try to get as much traffic as you can out of them.  For some reason, some never will make it to niche sites.

    1. Jodah profile image90
      Jodahposted 4 weeks agoin reply to this

      Yep, good advice

  5. daydreams profile image95
    daydreamsposted 5 weeks ago

    If you try submitting them yourself you will probably get a little bit of feedback about why if they are rejected which can be very useful.

  6. Doneta Wrate profile image91
    Doneta Wrateposted 5 weeks ago

    I have submitted 4 and heard back from only one in over a month.  And they said it needed to be heavily edited.  I don't have much time for hubpages right now and would rather spend my time writing new stuff and let them edit it.

  7. Doneta Wrate profile image91
    Doneta Wrateposted 4 weeks ago

    I have written for publication in magazines before. Whenever you submit something for publication anywhere, an editor gets ahold of your writing and changing things.  That is the truth of a writers life that gets his stuff published for reading.  The editor has the final say of what gets published.

 
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