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Accolades and Awards on HubPages

Updated on November 20, 2013
HubPages Accolades and Awards
HubPages Accolades and Awards

HubPage Accolades are a rewards system that HubPages has developed to encourage people to use their site and remain active members. It is an ingenious idea because there is the emotional satisfaction that comes with being “rewarded” and it is a simple act that reinforces your achievements using their site. These accolade badges appear on your profile to remind you and show others the different milestones you have reached.

Beyond the mental satisfaction that these trophies give us, there are are also tangible results from earning these awards. Your personal Hubber Score will increase and thus validating your position within the community. As an established HubPage member, your articles will be more appealing for people to click on and read. Hubbers will be more likely to follow accomplished writers because they have proven themselves to the larger community.

When trying to learn about the accolades and awards on HubPages, I found their learning center uninformative and the FAQ page minimal. I decided to write this hub to hopefully help others better understand the reward system. The following will be a breakdown of the different Accolades that HubPages awards its members. These examinations will not only include why each award is given but tips on ways you can achieve them. There will also be warnings on what to look out for. As is the case with any automatic system there are people who will try to cheat it.

*I will not repeat in every section that articles should be well written and error free. That should go without saying.

Easy To Accomplish

These accolades are the ones that you have total control over. All you have to do is put in the work or have the patience for the appropriate amount of time to pass.

2 Years on HubPages Accolade
2 Years on HubPages Accolade

Years on Hubpages Accolade

There is literally nothing you need to do in order to achieve this accolade. Once you have signed up for HubPages, all you do is wait. Every year they will give you a new accolade celebrating another full year spent as a member of the HubPages community. This is more ceremonial than anything else.

50 Hubs Published Accolade
50 Hubs Published Accolade

Hubs Published Accolade

Writing is no easy task. However, if you are on HubPages then I assume you enjoy writing. All you have to do to complete this challenge is write hubs. After publishing a certain number of hubs, you will receive an accolade. You will get your first Hubs Published Accolade after only 10 articles. The next accolade comes at 50 hubs and then again when you reach 100 hubs. After that it takes a little longer. The following Hubs Published Accolades will come at 300, 500, 1,000, 2,000, 5,000, and 10,000.

Tips:

  • Enjoy the process of writing!

Featured Hubs Accolade

I have a feeling this Accolade was created, because HubPages has been struggling with the backlash from Hubbers and potential members regarding their deindexing policy. HubPages may assign hubs a rel=”nofollow” link, which tells search engines to ignore it and essentially kills the article. This happens because it does not meet HubPages quality standards or the article is not attracting enough viewers. The Featured Hub Accolade rewards members for having a certain number of Hubs “featured” or not assigned a nofollow link at the same time. It follows the same number system as the Published Accolade. Your first accolade is awarded after only 10 articles. The next accolade comes at 50, 100, 300, 500, 1,000, 2,000, 5,000, and 10,000.


Tips

  • This is all about editing. If you want your Hubs to remain featured, then you need to keep editing them. Hubs that are deindexed because of low traffic can be reindexed by simply adding, removing or changing one word. Hubs deindexed because of poor quality will require more extensive edits.

HubPages 10 Questions Answered Accolade
HubPages 10 Questions Answered Accolade

Questions Answered Accolade

This accolade is awarded every time you have answered a set number of questions. Similar to the Published Accolade, the first achievement is reached at only 10 questions. Once you reach the first marker it becomes harder to advance to the next level. You will receive the next accolades after answering 50,100, 300, 500 and 1,000 questions.

HubPages Great Commenter Accolade
HubPages Great Commenter Accolade

Great Commenter Accolade

You are awarded Commenter Accolades every time you reach a new level of commenting. To move up the commenter ladder, simply jump onto different hubs and leave positive, thoughtful comments. You are also rewarded for responding to the comments other people leave on your hubs.

Warning:
Notice the word “great” being used. Comments should be “engaging and insightful”. Talk about specifics in the article and your impressions. There are a few people who will leave two work responses like “great hub” or ”voted up”. Be wary of these short comments. They could be attempting to raise their commenter status without actually reading articles or contributing in a meaningful way.

HubPage Citizen Accolade
HubPage Citizen Accolade

Great HubPage Citizen Accolade

The Hub Hopping feature is one of the ways HubPages monitors the quality of their hubs. (The link to Hub Hopping is located on the right side of the feed section and above your accolade box.) Hubs that have been written in the last 24 hours are put here for users to read, comment, and monitor for any material that break HubPages guidelines/rules. To encourage HubPage members to help monitor the site, accolades are given for Hubbers who help by participating in the Hub Hopping feature. Make sure to vote hubs "up" or "down" to get credit for this one.

Tips

  • Straightforward strategy here, read and respond to articles on Hub Hopper. Although most of the hubs will probably not be in your area of interest, it is a good way to open yourself up to the other subjects popular on HubPages.
  • This one requires constant maintenance. If you stop being a "great citizen", the accolade will disappear from your profile.


Fairly Easy to Accomplish

These accolades are relatively easy to accomplish but there are some elements that are outside your control. You will be dependent on not only the quality of your work but also the response of other. These trophies are fairly easy to acquire because HubPages encourages the action that will help you succeed.

HubPages 50 Question Accolade
HubPages 50 Question Accolade

Question Accolade

You can earn accolades by asking questions on HubPages. Correction, asking questions will not get you this accolade but having people answer them will. You will receive your first accolade when 50 people have answered your questions. This is calculate by accumulating all of your questions together. You can do this with one answer for each of your 50 question or one question could inspire 50 people to answer. You will receive a higher accolade when 100, 300, 500, 1,000, 2,000, 5,000, and 10,000 people have left answers to your questions.

Tips:

  • Opinion questions will often times get more responses than questions with one clear answer.
  • Ask question you care about. If you are passionate or curious about a question other people will be too.


Warning:

  • Some people will post a continuous stream of questions in an attempt to win accolades and increase their HubScore. I have stopped following people because all they did was post several questions a day and rarely put out any quality articles.

HubPages 100,000 Hub Views Accolade
HubPages 100,000 Hub Views Accolade

Hub Views Accolade

The ultimate goal of writing is to have your work read. This accolade celebrates reaching different milestones in the number of times your articles have been read. As usual the first award is pretty easy to reach and each additional level becomes harder to attain. You will hit your first honor at 1,000 page views. To move up from their you will need to have 10,000, 100,000 and 1,000,000, 10 million and 100 million readers.

Tips:

  • Post links to your work on the different social networks. These change in popularity but the big ones right now are Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest.
  • Choosing Key Words with high search rate and low usage will get you top placement on search engines. Google AdWords is a great free resource. Key Words can be used in your article and in your description.
  • Writing high quality hubs on unique or popular topics will get people to come back and recommend your article to others.
  • Write constantly. The more hubs you have the better the chance one of them will be discovered in the vastness of the internet.

HubPages Popular Accolade
HubPages Popular Accolade

Popular Accolade

To win the popular accolade you need people to rate your articles. They can rate it Useful, Funny, Awesome, Beautiful or Interesting. Getting this trophy is pretty straight forward.

Tips:

  • Take the time to read and comment on other peoples hubs. This will often inspire people to come to your hubs and leaving a comment as well or at the very least give it a rating.

HubPages Engaging Writer Accolade
HubPages Engaging Writer Accolade

Engaging Writer Accolade

The Engaging Writer Accolade is more difficult to achieve than the Popular Accolade because it is more dependent on fellow hubbers. You will earn this accolade when people read your article from start to finish. This is measured by the amount of up-votes your articles get. The useful, funny, awesome and interesting buttons are more likely to be hit by outside viewers. The vote-up button is more dependent on hubbers within the community, who understand its importance and recognize the thumbs-up/thumbs-down symbol.

Tips:

  • Write, Write, Write and write some more. The more high quality hubs you write the more up-votes you are going to get.

Editor’s Choice Accolade

HubPages is heavily dependent on automation and user interaction. However, there are human editors who work for HubPages. These human editors will choose Hubs to be placed into HubPages social media platforms, if they meet a high quality standard. You will be awarded the Editor’s Choice Accolade if 5 of your Hubs have been picked for the Editor’s Choice Feature.

Tips

  • Writing an amazing hub that utilizes great pictures and is clearly laid out should be standard practice for every Hub you write. I have discovered that finding a unique niche on a topic can help your article get noticed by editors. Don’t write what somebody else is already doing, find your own topic within an area you are passionate about.

HubPages 300 Follower Accolade
HubPages 300 Follower Accolade

Followers Accolade

You will receive your first Follower Accolade when 100 hubbers are following you on HubPages. This number can seem daunting at first but people want to find good hubbers to follow. Keep writing solid articles and your followers will grow. You will be rewarded again when you reach 300, 500, 1,000, 2,000, 5,000, and 10,000 followers.

Hints:

  • Comment on other peoples articles and you will increase your presence on hubpages. People will see your comments and possibly check out your articles.
  • Follow people you share a common interest with and write on similar topics. They will probably be as interested in your writing as you are in theirs.
  • When you follow someone, write them thoughtful fan mail that shows you enjoy reading their articles.


Warning:

  • There are people out there who will follow almost everybody they come across in the hopes that a few will follow them back. It is better to have a smaller number of followers who are actually interested in your articles than a larger number of followers who are uninterested in what you are writing about. You want followers who will read, give feedback, and rate your articles. Also your HuberScore is penalized if you are following significantly more people than are following you.

Difficult to Accomplish

These awards and accolades tend to be a little more difficult to attain than the ones listed above for a variety of reasons. They are not something you can achieve by simply pumping out work. You will be required to create an extraordinary piece of writing that stands out to the readers. Even then it might require a bit of luck.

Great Discussion Starter Accolade
Great Discussion Starter Accolade

Great Discussion Starter Accolade

Unlike the previous accolades that added up all your articles and questions, this award requires one article you have written to generate a lot of comments from its readers. This will require not only inspiring people to comment after they have read your hub but also getting a lot of people to your article in the first place.

Tips:

  • Thought-provoking or controversial hubs will have a better chance of generating a large number of comments.
  • This is where having a lot of followers who want to read your articles will come in handy.


HubPages Best Answers Accolade
HubPages Best Answers Accolade

Best Answers Accolade

When hubbers ask a question they can pick the “best answer” from all the people who took the time to write a well thought out response. This can be a difficult award to achieve for two reasons. First, only one answer can be the best. Second, many hubbers will not choose a “best answer” for a variety of reasons. If your answers are chosen as the best 10 times you will receive an accolade. Awards will be received again at being picked for best answer 50, 100, 300, 500, and 1,000 times.

Tips:

  • Answer questions with clear answers. Opinions questions will not usually have a best answer chosen.

Hub Of The Day Accolade
Hub Of The Day Accolade

Hub Of The Day Accolade

To win the Hub of the Day award, one of your hubs needs to be featured on the HubPages Homepage. Every day one article is chosen by the HubPages staff and is circulated with other winners for 9 consecutive days. If you are one of the hubs chosen to be featured on the HubPages’ sign-in page this award will appear in your accolade box. That way people will still know of your accomplishment long after the article has been taken off. New and old hubs are eligible but there are ways you can increase your chances of being picked.

Tips:

  • Write articles for HubPages special programs. (Weekly Topic Inspiration, HubNugget, or Contests)
  • The first image must have an original size of at least 200 pixels wide and 150 pixels tall.
  • Only Uses legal and properly sited images.

Hubbie Award Winner Accolade
Hubbie Award Winner Accolade

Hubbie Award Winner

The Hubbie Award has the exact same standards and process as the Hub of the Day Accolade. Except, this one is only given out once a year. This is the ultimate accolade for any hubber to achieve.

HubNugget Winner Accolade
HubNugget Winner Accolade

HubNugget Winner

This is probably the hardest award to win because you only have your first 60 days of joining HubPages to do it. Every week the HubNugget Team chooses three topics for that weeks contest. They then pick articles from new hubbers on that topic. The writer must have a HubberScore above 75 to be eligible. The group of finalist are then voted on by the hubbing community.

Hide Accolades

Perhaps you have too many trophies on your fireplace mantle or you do not want to show off how amazing you are to the entire world, there is a way to keep the accolades from appearing on your profile.

  1. Go to My Account
  2. Click on the Profile in the top be selected.
  3. At the bottom of Edit Profile page you are given option to show accolades.

Click Save.

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    • Julie Nou profile image

      Julie Nou 14 months ago from Celestial Heaven

      A lot better explanation that what hubpages have on their help page :) Are these still applicable in 2016?

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      Patricia J Dorantes 20 months ago from Mexico City

      Very informative Hub. I am just a newbie, and this helped me to understand a little bit better the accolades system.

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      Dan W Miller 23 months ago from the beaches of Southern California now living in Phoenix since 2000

      Great hub, Geek! A very easy to read and quite informative article. Truthfully, I feel one can never win enough awards and accolades through HubPages to not display! When you're inexperienced and new to writing published articles and hubs such as I, this is a thrill to be even just accepted among (and now I can actually refer to them as) MY PEERS!

      Simply thrilled to have been awarded a Popular Accolade because what is more exciting and fulfilling than when experienced pros in your field feel that you are special to them?

      THANK YOU, site members!

      ~ D.

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      Geekdom 2 years ago

      Thanks

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      Sharp Points 2 years ago from Big Bear Lake, California

      Very useful and well organized. Thumbs up.

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      Geekdom 2 years ago

      Thank You

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      LM Gutierrez 2 years ago

      Very informative for new writers for this site! I've been scanning the site and help pages for this. Well done! :)

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      Geekdom 2 years ago

      Glad you found it inspiring. Good luck and welcome to HubPages.

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      Shiela Gerona 2 years ago from Philippines

      I don't have any idea about accolades. I thought those are rewards from writing contests in here. I'm lucky to read your hub - this will serve as my motivation as a new Hubber.

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      Geekdom 2 years ago

      Glad you found it informative. Good luck on your quest for earning accolades.

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      Sarah LaFleur 2 years ago from Chicago-land

      Thanks for all the tips! I'm finding this site to be a wealth of information and look forward to earning my accolades :)

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      Tom Fattes 2 years ago from Naperville, IL

      Thank you for reviewing each accolade. I found the tips after each one useful. You are correct, there are people who will play games with whatever is out there.

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      Geekdom 2 years ago

      Yes, the reward system seems to be a very effective way to get people involved with the HubPage community. A pat on the back, even virtual, can be reassuring.

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      pkmcr 2 years ago from Cheshire UK

      Interesting to know how many and varied the awards and accoldates are! It's alays nice to get a pat on the back and I think these serve that purpose well.

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      Geekdom 2 years ago

      It really is. Good luck!

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      Colin323 2 years ago

      As a newbie here, I found this article very helpful, particularly in relation to the 'difficult to accomplish' categories. I guess the 'Hubbie Award Winner' is the Holy Grail on the site! Thank you.

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      Geekdom 2 years ago

      @Favored You can "thumb" up or down an article near the bottom. It is near the "Interesting" "Useful" "Awesome" buttons above the comments.

      I am unaware of a classic Home Page for HubPages itself. The focus seems to be on the individual bloggers and the community they create.

      I hope you enjoy HubPages.

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      Geekdom 2 years ago

      @Dressage Husband, I am glad that the new Squiddo members are finding this Hub so informative. I hope you all enjoy your time here at HubPages

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      Geekdom 2 years ago

      @Arachnea, welcome to HubPages. When I was looking at different writing sites, I love Squidoo's monsters. I thought they added nice character.

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      Stephen J Parkin 2 years ago from Pine Grove, Nova Scotia, Canada

      Great information for all of us new Hubbers from Squidoo. Useful and Interesting!

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      Tanya Jones 2 years ago from Texas USA

      I'll miss the Squidoo monsters, but I think the accolades are rather classy. Very useful and informative hub.

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      Fay Favored 2 years ago from USA

      I appreciate your breaking this down so we can understand. It looks like there is much to look forward to in achieving milestones. BTW where is the homepage? I have yet to figure out where it is or how to vote on things. My log in takes me to my bio page and clicking on HUB Pages at the top takes me to the forum items.

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      Geekdom 2 years ago

      Glad you found it helpful. Welcome to HubPages

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      Andrew Smith 2 years ago from Richmond, VA

      This was a terrific hub for me, pretty much exactly what I was looking for. I'm enjoying being a member of this community, and it has been just over 2 months for me so far. I've written 39 hubs here, and another account imported 89 survivors from Squidoo, so I enjoy really digging in and doing the right things to contribute and become a valued member. Thanks for the help heading in the right direction!

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      Geekdom 3 years ago

      Glad it was helpful. Does "blinking" mean the images are too small to see?

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      Ahdilarum 3 years ago

      Informative pages about the accolades. I was blinking with these symbols in my profile page.

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      Geekdom 3 years ago

      Thank you.

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      Emmanuel Marosi 3 years ago from Bogia

      This is one of the most encouraging hubs I have read so far. Even though we write so many hubs each day, rewards encourage us to be passionate with what we do. This hub is so informative and self-explanatory.

      Thank you and keep them coming! Cheers.

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      Geekdom 3 years ago

      Thank You. I am glad you found it so thorough.

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      Jennifer Arnett 3 years ago from California

      I enjoyed reading all of your tips on how to gain the awards. This is the best Hub that explains all of the awards.

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      Geekdom 3 years ago

      Thank you. There have been a few added since I wrote this. I will be updating it soon.

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      David Gitachu 3 years ago from Nairobi, Kenya

      Thanks for your Hub. It summarises all a new Hubber would want to know about Accolades- kudos!

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      DREAM ON 3 years ago

      Very interesting and great to see so many hubbers involved in a writing community.

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      Geekdom 4 years ago

      I am glad it was helpful for you. Reading Hubs about HubPages is really the best way to learn.

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      Joseph Renne 4 years ago from Milton

      Thanks for this hub. I wasn't to sure how all the accolades and awards worked. I now understand. Nibe Hub, Voted up!

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      Geekdom 4 years ago

      I am glad you found it so helpful. The Awards are a fun feature of being part of the HubPages community.

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      Jordan Hake 4 years ago from Southwest Missouri, USA

      Wow! I was intending to skim through this and see if there was anything in this hub I hadn't seen yet. All I can saw is "WOW, this is really thorough and helpful!"

      Thanks, geekdom!

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      Victoria Van Ness 4 years ago from Prescott Valley

      Nice job!

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      Geekdom 4 years ago

      Thank You. Good luck with your writing and research. I have found these Hubs about Hubpages very helpful for myself and it is nice when they are helpful to others.

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      Victoria Van Ness 4 years ago from Prescott Valley

      Thank you! I'm learning that just because Hubpages doesn't explain it well, it doesn't mean that's the end. Many Hubbers are stepping in and filling the gap, like you, to help everyone else out. Kudos!

      I may just do my research and fill some of the gaps in information I see as well! Thank you!

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      Geekdom 4 years ago

      Yes, HP is filled with wonderful people and it is nice to see HubPages encourage that kind of behavior. Congratulation on your Helpful Accolade.

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      LongTimeMother 4 years ago from Australia

      I had no idea there were so many accolades available on HP. I just write when I have time, with no strategy for success in mind.

      Hubbers might be interested to learn that you don' t have to have lots of hubs to pick up an accolade. I have only published 13 hubs, yet was awarded a Helpful accolade. It was a lovely surprise.

      I enjoy the community feel of HP and like to comment of people's hubs. To be considered helpful is a bonus.

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      Geekdom 4 years ago

      Welcome to HubPages. Have fun!

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      Geekdom 4 years ago

      LagunaAlkaline I am glad you found this Hub useful. I wrote it to help me understand the system better myself.

      Thanks for commenting.

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      Puspanjalee Das Dutta 4 years ago from India

      A very useful hub for the newcomers like me on Hubpages. It will not only help hubbers with the information, but the tips will also assist them to focus more on what to do with their writings. Thank you.

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      Amanda 4 years ago from Camas, WA

      This was very informative! Thank you for explaining detail on how to get all the awards and accolades.