Those who read through the newsletter read about the new Capstone Hubs program, which is really an adjunct to the Flagship Hubs program (in fact, uses the same contract). In this case, however, you:
* get to choose your topic
* need to publish at least 15 Hubs on the same topic
* then get paid $25 when you publish a "Capstone Hub" that links to and wraps up the entire series of Hubs
* (an optional $15 traffic bonus, similar to that for Flagship Hubs)
The specifics of the requirements are laid out here:
Capstone Hubs Program
That doc includes steps you have to take to get started.
Jason, I love this idea, but have a question.
The list of topic areas has "specific consumer products" with an example of "underwater digital cameras" for that category. Does this mean we can choose more specific topics within the other categories as well?
So, for health and diet, we could do "Electronic Heart Rate Monitors" or for automotive "Hybrid Cars"?
I love this idea too! I like that it is a bit more flexible than Flagships on time - at your leisure works much better for me than 7 days!
Thanks - I'm looking forward to getting started
Hi Stacie -
Yes, by all means. That was just to illustrate the level of specificity we're looking for. Both of your examples are specific enough and would do great as a series for the Capstone Hubs program.
I'm very excited to start working on some of these although they seem a little heftier in scope than flagships. I'll just have to push a little extra! And I can stretch it out over a month if I need to.
I know it's not supposed to be retroactive for the capstone itself, but can a person make a capstone series that includes a few titles already written? For example, if I wanted to make a capstone series on vineyards and wine, could I include the hubs I've already written about wine? Or would I have to make 15 additional hubs? In the end, I'm sure I could link to all 17 if that were the case, but I was curious.
I'd be interested in the answer to this one, too.
Most of us with more than 50 Hubs have already written at least 2-5 Hubs on any topic we enjoy writing about. Why leave some of the best stuff out of the Capstone Hub set just because it was written "too early"?
P.S. I agree this seems like a lot more work. To write a flagship Hub might take as much time as writing 2-4 regular Hubs, but this program requires writing 16 Hubs instead of one - four to eight times the work - for the same money. Was it intended to be an equivalent program? Or was the differential deliberate?
I'm bumping this because hubstaff is usually pretty fast to reply and I think the question may have gone under the radar. If it's still undecided, I understand. I find myself sometimes abstaining from writing a hub because I haven't gotten it approved as the foundation for a capstone yet and I plan on maybe doing that.
It might make more sense to let writers group any fifteen foundation hubs (written or unwritten) and force them to get approval for the capstone alone. The best way to go is still to get it all preapproved so you don't "waste" any time. But it also doesn't discourage us from writing fun hubs that we want to write now now now. Does that make sense?
Hi all -
Yes, Whitney is correct. We would need 15 new Hubs on the subject, but please contact us first (i.e. please don't just continue on the series without getting approval first).
We can not apply Capstone Hub status retroactively to Hubs; however, you can add your 15 Hubs to a series that had already started. So, if you had already published 7 Hubs on underwater digital cameras, and had then gotten approval for us on a Capstone Hub series on underwater digital cameras, you would have to publish at least 15 more Hubs (or a total of 22 Hubs) to then be eligible to publish a Capstone Hub on the subject for payment.
Inspirepub - I emailed you about another matter a few hours ago (the newsletter profile). Please let me know if you didn't receive it!
What do we call the hubs under the Capstone? Caplets? Cappebbles?
Foundation hubs? Cornerstones? Foothubs? Ultimately, you want to change the word cap and keep the word stone. Cap is a direct reference to the fact that the capstone sits atop a lot of other hubs like a hat/top or reCAPitulating them. The stone shouldn't change.
Is it alright if we have an Amazon Capsule instead of the eBay Capsule?
It should be an eBay Capsule because, since that's an auction site, the entries will constantly be changing. (Amazon's entries are considerably more static) With this requirement, we want something dynamic that keeps the Hub fresh automatically.
But, of course, this doesn't preclude you from adding an Amazon Capsule if you like. Those are just the minimum requirements.
I am particularly interested in this Capstone Hub series. But I need to ask a question. How does the RSS feed work? I have never been quite clear on this.
Can someone list the 10 search engines that are referenced by both of these hub programs in order to receive the bonus. Thanks.
It isn't a specific list of search engines. I think you referring to: "getting at least 10 page views from each of 10 non-HubPages sources."
This means you need to promote your hubs. You can view the stats to see where you care getting views from, and if there are at least ten views from ten different sources, you can qualify for the bonus.
For example, my flagship huh How to Make Paper - An Illustrated Step-by-Step Guide, has page views from different google search engines, searchyahoo, aolsearch, and different blogs. I've also gotten traffic from facebook links, etc.
Does this help? If it wasn't what you meant, please let me know.
That is exactly what I meant. I just thought it was a specipic 10 different search engines.
I'm still learning so much about all of this, but I would like to try one of the capstone hubs as soon as I have figured how to impement all of the required details.
Thanks for your help.
Ok now I have a question. This is the first I am learning about the bonus -- is the bonus automatically put into your google account? And how does one qualify for the flagship program?
The payment for Capstone or Flagship Hubs is made with Paypal. You can find that, and a wealth of other information about the program here:
I've sent a couple of emails seeking a copy of the contract, so I can see if this is something I can do. I haven't gotten a response, which leads me to wonder if perhaps I do not qualify for the program, or if y'all are just overly busy?
Sounds great! Would it be possible to include the same types of benefits on hubpages.com too?
Look deep into the water. Just kidding.
Do the different Google's count as different sources? I get hits from Google.co.nz, Google.co.uk., and Google.cn among others.
They do for flagship hubs! Of course the co.nz ones should could double but thats just cause Im a kiwi
I am a little confused as to how one knows where the hits for each hub are coming from...I could just be missing something...but I know how much traffic each hub gets and where all my hubs get there traffic from. Just not sure where each specific hub gets its traffic, which would be important for requesting the $15. Do I need to figure out how to add a program to keep track of my traffic?
Thanks in advance for the help!
If you click the view stats button at the top of your hub it will show you the top 12 traffic sources (once sufficient data has been gathered). As soon as you reach the required level for the capstone hub just let us know and we'll pay you the bonus (it has to be within 30 days of first being published).
Thanks Paul...that is what I needed. I have some great ideas that I have started talking with Maddie about and am very excited about the whole thing....
I have just a few more questions and here might be the best place to get them answered.
-I believe I read the answer to it, but want to double check-Writers will still make the same revenue percentages on Capstone hubs and their under hubs?
-If I publish pictures on my 15 hubs and my capstone hub are those pictures then yours or can I use them for other things on the net?
-How long do we actually have? I know that flagship hubs are only seven days and the contract doesn't have a limit on how many days for the capstone program...
-Do we publish our 15 hubs and then leave the capstone hub unpublished till approved, or should all the hubs be left unpublished till approved?
-What kind of limit do you have on the capstone program? With the Flagship program you are only doing 30 a month...are we going to come up with great ideas for the capstone program and find that we can't do them because of a limit? Is their a personal limit per person (only one or two a month?)
Thanks to anyone who can answer my questions!
Are there any Capstones published yet? Love to see what one looks like.
I am working on a set of hubs based on world war 2 battles for the capstone hub programme....jimmy
I've been reading a lot about World War II recently. I bought a BIG book about it. Big enough that if you could have hit Hitler with it you would have ended WW2.
So I shall have to have wander over and read through your growing hub collection.
Thanks you for your feedback. What I was looking for was a published capstone but maybe nothing yet. I seem to recall a couple of capstone like hubs people just did on their own. They were not on one subject but more a summary of all hubs that the hubber had published to date. They were cool but I can't seem to stumble over one again and didn't bookmark them. Seen anything like that out there in hubland?
Darkside, I've been watching you. lol I can't wait to see what your's and Jimmy's final capstone looks like.
I have several capstone-like hubs, but none are from the capstone program, and I don't think they even follow the official capstone rules.
This one's a little different, but it still has links to all the hubs I've written about pet rats: http://hubpages.com/hub/Caring-for-Pet-Rats
Whitney05, you are such a help. That is EXACTLY what I was looking for. Thank you for being so patient and taking the time to answer my question.
Well all right. I guess everyone's entitled to a vacation. I'll just wait patiently for Ms. Maddie to drop by.
Did anyone finish their capstone series: it would be cool to sed the final hub: post your's here!
I wrote a few times looking for details and never did get a response.
I didn't remember ever having received just a request from you, so I just did a quick search of the team email box, and -- nothing! Not sure why it didn't come through, but take a look at the overview of the capstone program and shoot your proposed topics over to me, and we'll see what we can do!
It seems to me a couple dozen capstone series could make a nice income stream for the hubber who writes them.
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