Just curious, what it takes, who decides, and on what basis, how the hubs featured on HP home page (prior to signing in) are chosen.
well, some of us are out of luck, aren't we??
Well apparently that is when The BIG FINGER comes into play the most!
"Algor-Get-Ridoem!" - I believe that is the sound it makes at the precise time of choosing likely candidates!
It's a science, really...
1. All the titles of every hub, are printed out on a little pieces of paper.
2. These pieces of paper are put into a big pile
3. All my hub titles are found, removed, and placed in a separate pile… where they are burned in an environmentally friendly way
4. A man named Al Gorithum (i think he is originally from Jordan), then reaches into the pile and randomly picks out a hub
Well, then, I want to personally meet this Al Gorithm guy, and threaten him within an inch of his equations!
I notice a lot of the same Hubbers are featured over and over, so I reject an explanation of any 'random' aspect to Mr. Gorithm's calculations.
I'd like to see the criteria installed in Al's numbers system.
Apparently, I'm on the front page twice, DzyMsLizzy. I had no idea until just now. After reading your thread, I decided to take a look. If it's any consolation, I did no lobbying and I wasn't informed about it. I'm very appreciative, but I'm as mystified as you are.
I'm curious, too, now.
Do you think there's anything particular that might have got those two Hubs there? I know you say you're mystified yourself, but maybe you've thought of something by now.
No, I can't think of anything. Naturally, I'm grateful, given the bump in traffic, but I have no idea of why they were chosen.
OK--I want to know if HP moderators or staff ever read these posts....and if so, I'd like an answer from one of them! A full explanation, please, of how this system works, since I am obviously not the only curious one.
I had a history teacher in high school who used to tell us he graded tests by putting four stamps on his dog's paws: A, B, C and D. Then he spread the papers on the floor and let the dog walk all over them. To give you the benefit of the doubt, he'd give you the highest letter grade the dog stamped on the paper, and if the dog didn't stamp your paper at all, you'd fail.
I bet it's a method that is something like that.
And I'm pretty sure that admin will never totally explain how it works, because then you've given a way for unscrupulous people to game the system. So keep dreaming, DzyMsLizzy...
I have wondered if they just use the photos that are already in the hubs they feature or do they ask for a special photo to be sent for the featured hub?
I personally think the Featured Hubs are the moderators favorites - they take a vote each week and the hubs stay in place until new favorites are voted in.
Well, what else could it be??
They are on the Hub Pages landing page, before you sign in.
Once you sign in, they become "invisible" to you.
Thanks! All the more reason not to sign out!
no they don't, just click on the HubPages link at the very top left corner. It takes you to the front page.
But only when you're signed out - at least, that's how it is for me.
thats odd. I just did it and it worked for me.
oh nope, sorry-i just looked again. it was just my featured topics. sorry, i didn't read just glanced.
I've had a hub on the front page - they just use the picture in the hub. The photo in my hub was rather attractive, so I think that may have been an "eye-grabber" that caused them to use it for the HubPages front page. I'm a newbie, so my traffic and earnings aren't enough to justify it. Eye candy and a well written hub might be enough.
I always thought they were the winners from the Hubmob but I could be wrong.
I think it's based on the traffic of the hub if you ask me. I remember when I got my "Dangers of Facebook" hub featured on it once, it was during the time it garnering a lot of traffic. Now that the traffic for that same said hub is barely sputtering at like 10 or less a day, you'll notice it's no longer featured anymore on the main hubpages site. that's why i think it has a lot more to do with the amount of traffic a hub gets that causes hubpages to feature it. at least, that's my theory
hmmm... I don't know about that. I've had some hubs hit 100 with a consistent high volume of traffic and not one of them has been featured.
I also have some with a large number of comments but no go on the features either.
Frankly, I can't recall ever seeing one of mine on the featured list. yes, I've been on the topic list, but not in the banner.
Makes ya think, doesn't it???
Good possibility Camlo. Seems a bit shallow since it's a content site....but then again, it is for marketing purposes. Guess I better change some of my photos!
Just changed the photos for my Travelling Alberta hub. We'll see what happens.
The question is: will this work for hubs that have been already published? Or, will only new hubs with good eye candy be picked up?
What do you think?
I'm going to try on a couple of my existing Hubs, then pay very special attention to the photos I use on future Hubs.
I'm wondering which photos to change now ... I'm certainly not changing the cucumbers ...
No it won't change anything! - This 'Eye Candy' theory is not correct! I Always use excellent pics, write well on the hard subjects and wear chocolate bar shades - which are messy, but really Cooooool hahaha!........... Nope Nothing!
As I Have said before... This is a Case for The BIG FINGER!
Perhaps, it is more than a Casting Couch issue huh?
Perhaps, the concern really should be who gets all the tracker %s that are Hidden at the top of our pages and also invisible when WE are logged in.. not to OUR SE Traffic that WE Generate! - I think that is an issue that deserves a considerably more transpirancy !
Both issues are Major Negatives on this site!
I won't be put off. You'll go to 'Featured Hubs' in a couple of days, and find nothing but Beth's and my Hubs being featured.
Thank you for confirming this about the 'extra' that we do not see when we come onto the site signed in. I noticed it the other week and put it down to a test/trial being run for a new extra ad spot.
Where does it fit in to the sixty/forty split? Anyone know?
Forgive my naivety, what is the big finger? And should I be scared?
Why do you think that I've been wearing this Sherbert flavored dart for? Fun?
Hey to be fair, I read a couple of those hubs and they were good...it is not just the pictures ..alone that will get you there or so I think we need to befriend Mr.Al Gore Tim to get the work done!!
Hi rebekahELLE, There are ads that appear above the title of hubs but I can only see them when I have not signed into my account. I am curious as to why that is, maybe it has always been that way and I have only just discovered it.
I'm usually signed in when I read hubs. I never noticed those ads before.
If QVC made a hub, that's what the featured hubs seem to look like in presentation and quality.
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