Community Programs: Editor's Choice & HubChallenges

Community Programs

There are two special programs on HubPages designed to encourage interaction and support amongst the HubPages community:

Editor's Choice Hubs

Editor's Choice Hubs are Hubs that readers enjoy and are hand selected by HubPages Editors. Hubs provide value in unique ways. Our Editors consider many elements when making the Editor's Choice selections (from how well written the Hub is to if we have already selected a similar piece.) Good Hubbers should expect some, but not all, of their Hubs to be selected. We will be using a variety of measures to assess your Hubs, but ultimately Hubs on will be editor-approved; hence the name Editor’s Choice.

How It Works:

  • Only a very small percentage of Hubs will be selected; don’t be disappointed if most of your Featured Hubs are not Editor’s Choice Hubs.
  • Being Featured is a basic prerequisite to becoming an Editor’s Choice Hub, but there are many more factors that candidates are evaluated on, e.g., uniqueness, quality, engagement, intent, the reading experience, and whether the content is trustworthy, reputable, and authoritative.
  • Hubs that lose their Featured status will also lose their Editor’s Choice status.
  • Editor’s Choice Hubs will not lose their status if they are edited; in fact, we recommend regularly editing and improving your Hubs.
  • Editor’s Choice Hubs will receive an Editor’s Choice banner on Topic Pages, in the Related Hubs section, and on Profile Pages.
  • One excellent Editor’s Choice Hub will be featured in the HubPages Newsletter every week.
  • Editor’s Choice Hubs are the only Hubs eligible to become Hubs of the Day.
  • Editor’s Choice Hubs will receive greater social exposure on HubPages’ social media profiles.
  • Each month a random Editor’s Choice Hub will receive a $50 reward (only participants in the HupPages Earnings Program are eligible).
  • Hubbers with at least five Editor's Choice Hubs will receive an accolade on their profile!
  • The Editor’s Choice status is not necessarily permanent. At any given time, only a small percentage of Hubs will be designated Editor’s Choice.

Here's what your EC banner will look like on Topic Pages, Related Hubs, and your profile.
Here's what your EC banner will look like on Topic Pages, Related Hubs, and your profile.

Editor's Choice Guidelines

If you're interested in writing a Hub that will have the opportunity to become Editor's Choice, here are a few things you can do to help your chances:

  • Write high-quality Hubs. Check out our Learning Center entry on Stellar Hubs for guidance.
  • Follow the HubPages Style Guide.
  • Make sure your Hub has passed the Quality Assessment Process. Again, passing the QAP doesn’t automatically move you into the Editor’s Choice bucket. Hubs will have to be of even higher quality to make the cut. Shoot for that 8, 9, or 10 on the quality scale.
  • Remove any promotional links or links to websites that aren’t high quality. Linking should be natural and every link should benefit your reader; the intent of your Hub is considered during the evaluation process.
  • Use the Grouping feature on HubPages instead of including large blocks of links to your own Hubs.
  • Only include relevant and useful Amazon products and limit their number.
  • If you are writing on a topic that is already extensively covered online, be sure to go above and beyond the best articles on the web. Rewording the same content won’t cut it.
  • Titles should be descriptive and concise.
  • Proofread: Grammar and spelling should be perfect.
  • Use high-quality images that are either original or legally used and attributed.
  • Please note: all of the above criteria are not mandatory for an Editor’s Choice designation, but you increase your chances of your Hub becoming Editor’s Choice if you implement these suggestions.

For more information, please visit our FAQ.

Hub Challenges

Taking on a Hub Challenge is like running a marathon- you have to pace yourself!
Taking on a Hub Challenge is like running a marathon- you have to pace yourself! | Source

Hub Challenges

Do you want to publish a more regular stream of Hubs, but have trouble finding the motivation? No worries- we've all been there, and sometimes all we need is a little support.

To get you publishing Hubs like a pro in no time flat, we've got the Hub Challenge, which manifests itself in a myriad of ways, but for the most part involves publishing a certain number of Hubs in a certain number of days. The most successful Hub Challenges involve:

  • Publishing 5 Stellar Hubs in 30 days (Good for first-timers)
  • Publishing 10 Stellar Hubs in 30 days (Good for more those with lots of spare free time)
  • Editing 30 existing Hubs to make them into Stellar Hubs over a 60 day period (Great if you already have a lot of Hubs)
  • Publishing 30 Stellar Hubs in two months (Warning: VERY DIFFICULT)

We emphasize quality and consistency over quantity when it comes to Hub Challenges. If you create 30 Hubs in 30 days, you are likely to have 30 thin Hubs that are not likely to see long-term success. What we recommend is committing to publishing a smaller number of Hubs, and making those Hubs really good (both in terms of depth and quality).

What are the elements of a Stellar Hub?

You can read about stellar Hubs in detail in our Stellar Hub Learning Center entry, but the gist is that Stellar Hubs have:

  • 1,150+ words
  • At least three original or legally-used photos
  • At least one video (bonus points if you made it)
  • At least one Map or Table Capsule
  • At least one Poll or Quiz Capsule
  • A short and alluring summary
  • Attractive, easy-to-skip-around formatting

Why Join a HubChallenge?

There are a couple of straightforward reasons why joining the Hub Challenge is beneficial:

  • Because you have publicly declared your goal, you're more likely to hold fast to it!
  • You’ll get support, encouragement and inspiration from the community.
  • By being very social about your challenge, you can increase pageviews and get new Followers.
  • It is a great opportunity for you to improve your writing and Hub quality.
  • It can jump-start your writing discipline, setting up a writing routine that you can hold to even after your Hub Challenge is over.
  • You can increase your ad revenue.

How to Start a Hub Challenge

It is exceedingly easy to start a HubChallenge- all you have to do is...

  1. Go to the Hub Challenge section of the Forums (you can get there quite easily by looking at the lefthand sidebar- it's officially titled "HubChallenges Discussions") and click through.
  2. You'll find some helpful rules and guidelines and a sticky thread where HubChallengers can post links to Hubs they're publishing during their writing marathons- take a look around to acclimate.
  3. Take a look at some of the Forum threads below- you'll see that some fellow Hubbers have grouped together for a challenge and are sharing encouragement and tips as they go along, and others are going it alone and simply seeking a bit of cheering on.
  4. At this point, you can decide how you'd like to start your Hub Challenge. You have the option of posting a new topic and starting your own thread, and you also have the option of joining in with someone else who has already started. Not sure what to do? Simply follow your heart!!
  5. Publish, publish, publish- once you've committed yourself to the Challenge, the easy part is over and the hard work begins. There's no getting around the fact that you'll have to work hard- this is a Hub Challenge after all- not a Hub Nap- but you can do it!

Group Hub Challenges

Just as marathons are more enjoyable when run with large masses of people, you may find Hub Challenges easier to stick to (and have fun with) when you take them on with a group.

We recommend:

  • Creating a group Hub Challenge around a central area of expertise shared by all members (e.g. a love of fishing, chemistry, parenting, or history)
  • Creating a group Hub Challenge around a newly-created Topic Page (in which one's Hubs has greater odds of being prominently Featured)
  • Creating a group Hub Challenge in which each participant promises to give each other feedback and support throughout the challenge period

Don't forget that quality trumps quantity! A challenge devoted to fixing up old Hubs or just publishing one really great Hub each month can do a world of good for all parties involved.

Make Sure You Cross That Finish Line!

Hub Challenges aren't easy, but you feel great once you finish and realize everything you have achieved!
Hub Challenges aren't easy, but you feel great once you finish and realize everything you have achieved! | Source

How to Survive a Hub Challenge

There are some extra things you might do, aside from just writing and sticking to a schedule, to make your Hub Challenge experience into an enjoyable success:

  • Stay active in your thread- cheer others on and check back for comments, tips, words of encouragement, and advice!
  • Check out other Hub Challenge threads and share your tips and lessons learned with your fellow Hubbers. Helping others really helps you!
  • Consider embarking on a Hub Challenge with a group of friends instead of going it alone. You can cheer each other on- and keep each other honest!
  • Tell your friends and family you are in the middle of a Hub Challenge and share Hubs you create you think they might be interested in on your favorite social media channels. They may begin to cheer you on as well!

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