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Topic Pages, Questions, Answers, and Forums

Updated on July 16, 2015

Compliments to Hubs on HubPages

Topic Pages, Forums, Questions, and Answers are meant to accentuate, inspire, and compliment Hubs on HubPages.

  • Topic Pages make it easy to find Hubs focused around a specific subject
  • Questions and Answers are designed to inspire Hubs
  • Forums are designed to provide additional platforms for discussion around Topics on HubPages, as well as an informal platform of communication for the HubPages community

A Topic Page on HubPages

This is our top-level Topic Page
This is our top-level Topic Page | Source

Topic Pages

Topic pages, which can be found via breadcrumb trails at the tops of Hubs and under the "explore" menu of HubPages navigation bar under "hubs", showcase four things:

  • Hubs within that Topic
  • Sub-Topics (placed under the "Related Topics" heading)
  • Recent Forum discussions related to the Topic (under "Community Discussions)
  • Recent Questions and Answers related to the Topic

Many visitors discover new Hubs through Topic Pages, so we recommend placing your Hubs within the most specific and relevant Topic possible. Why? The more specific and narrow your Topic, the more likely your Hub will be to be prominently Featured on its native Topic Page.

Some tips on doing so:

  • Type keywords related to your Hub's subject into the search bar for Topics in the Create a Hub page
  • Try to put your Hub into a very specific leaf-level Topic page (and not one that has many sub-topics and is probably already flooded with content)
  • Visit the HubPages Forum for regular updates on newly-created leaf level Topics that do not yet have many Hubs (and therefore contain little competition)

Why it is Important to Properly Categorize your Hubs

While it might not seem like a big deal, properly categorizing your Hub can have an affect on your Hub's accessibility! Here are a few reasons why:

  • Your Hubs categorization determines where it will be found on Topic pages.
  • Hubs in less populated niche-level Topics are more likely to be prominently Featured under its Topic Page
  • Hubs in niche-level Topics (that are properly categorized) are more likely to appear in the Discover More Hubs section of highly-related Hubs, which means they're more likely to be visited

Please note: Hubs that are not properly categorized may be moderated, plus it's an overall poor user experience, so categorize your Hubs properly!

Questions and Answers on HubPages

Questions on HubPages are designed to prompt and inspire Hubs. Though Answers may be provided in short form, we strongly encourage you to compose answers as Hubs.

How To Use the HubPages Answers Section

The Answers section is a place where Hubbers can ask Questions and receive revenue from 60% of the impressions for that page.

We strongly encourage people to ask Questions that:

  • Require a factual Answer with useful information.
  • Have the potential to lead to an interesting, informative Hub.
  • Stray away from opinion and yes/no subjects (e.g. What's your favorite color?).
  • Stray away from asking for critiques on Hubs or asking about HubPages-related issues (these questions are best for the HubPages Forums).

By clicking on the Answers tab at the top of any page in HubPages, you can see Hot, Best, Latest, and Unanswered Answers on HubPages.

What to Ask

  • Questions asking for advice on a non-HubPages-related subject (e.g. How should I tell my co-worker he has bad breath?)
  • Questions about a particular historical event (e.g. What made D Day a success?)
  • Questions on how to do something (e.g. build a dog house using recycled furniture pieces)
  • Questions about how something works (e.g. How does the lower intestine work?)
  • Questions about solving particular problems (e.g. How can I minimize the amount of time I spend on college admission essays while still applying to as many colleges as possible?)

In short, if a Question has the potential to inspire a detailed, interesting Hub on a non-HubPages-related subject, it is worth asking.

What NOT to Ask

Basically, if it is a question about HubPages, ask it in the Forums.

Two Ways to Contribute to Questions and Answers

You can contribute to the Answers section in two different ways on HubPages:

  1. Ask a Question that you’d like another expert to address, like “How can I get rid of ants?” or “What's the ideal cake for a 6 year old birthday?” Remember, topics that may lead to a full-fledged Hub with information useful to many people are best.
  2. Answer a Question. Browse through the existing Questions, and if you find one that you feel you could answer well (because you know about the topic well or are at least interested in doing some research on it), then click the “Answer this Question” link below the Question.

Questions can be answered in two ways: short answers and Hubs. Short answers are best for answers that are comprised of two or fewer paragraphs. If you can provide a more detailed Answer, or would like to include images, links, tables, video, maps, or other additional pieces of media in your response, choose the 'answer with a Hub' option.

Both asking and answering Questions can give you broader exposure to the HubPages community, giving visitors the opportunity to visit your Hubs, comment on them, and even share them with their friends and followers.

The Best Questions and Answers...

  • Have correct spelling, grammar and punctuation
  • Are useful to a wide audience
  • Have the potential to be relevant for a long period of time
  • Are factual - not personal

Forums on HubPages

The HubPages Forums are a great place to interact with Hubbers and discuss Hubbing and various topics of interests. If you have HubPages-related questions, or would like to engage in some friendly banter with other Hubbers, we recommend the Forums (and not HubPages' Answers section).

Special HubPages Forums

In addition to offering a Forum for each Topic on HubPages, we have several HubPages-specific Forums, which include:

Forum Rules and Etiquette

Below are some basic guidelines to live by.

  • Stick to the topic. Please stay on the thread’s topic when replying to an existing thread. If you don’t see an open thread about something you’d like to discuss, please open a new thread.
  • Keep it civil. Debate and disagreements on points of substance are okay, but personal attacks, petty bickering, trolling, and thread hijacking are not tolerated.
  • Be helpful and supportive. We’re all here to learn, so please be constructive when providing feedback.
  • Spread the word. Encourage Hubbers seeking help to visit the Forum to find solutions to their problems or just to chat and unwind.
  • The Forums are for discussion, not self-promotional link-posting. We encourage you to avoid posting promotional or irrelevant links, be they to Hubs or external sites in which you have a vested interest. The two places where we do encourage you to post links to your Hubs are in the HubChallenges and the Improving Your Hub sections.
  • No cross-posting. Posting the same message to more than one Forum or thread is seen as spamming.
  • Be honest about your identity. While we don't prohibit having more than one HubPages account, we ask that you stick to a single persona in the Forums. The deceptive use of multiple accounts, especially in a single thread, is prohibited. The use of secondary accounts to circumvent a Forum ban is also prohibited. This type of behavior is also known as sockpuppeting.
  • Please use normal English. DON'T USE ALL UPPERCASE FOR YOUR TITLES OR IN THE BODY OF YOUR POST. It comes across as shouting. Also avoid txt msg abbreviations.
  • Avoid signatures. Please do not sign your posts and especially do not sign your posts and include a link to another site. A link to your profile page is included with every post, and you can put information about yourself and links to sites you'd like to promote on your profile page.

Making Good Use of the Forums

We encourage all Hubbers to use the Forum as an open space to:

  • Interact with each other in the spirit of cooperation and fun
  • Ask for and respond to calls for help and assistance with publishing on HubPages
  • Share advice and tips on how to create better Hubs and how to draw more visitors
  • Come up with ideas to make HubPages work better for everyone
  • Discuss your favorite topics

When these rules and guidelines are followed the Forums allow the community to complement each individual Hubber’s own talents and interests, to provide a living and growing repository for shared wisdom, mutual support and inspiration.

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