10 Ways to Ensure Your Hubpages Article Gets Featured
How many of your hubs on this website are "featured?" If you have some that aren't featured, do you know why?
In the first year that I was writing on HubPages, around 40% of my articles weren't featured. After doing some serious clean-up work, over 90% of my hubs became featured. After learning, reading successful articles, and developing my writing skills, every single one of my articles is now featured and I celebrated one million views in early 2018.
It is very important that your hub is featured if you are hoping to earn money on HubPages. An unfeatured article is taken off search engines and cannot be found via Google, Bing, or other websites.
Do the words "Not Featured - Quality" sound familiar to you? How can you clean up your articles and make them featured so that you can get traffic from search engines and start earning?
Here are ten things you can do to help get your HubPages article featured:
- Deliver what you promised
- Keep a consistent, interesting narrative
- Present your information in an easily readable way
- Use appropriate capitalisation, correct grammar, and flawless spelling
- Give your hub an amazing title
- Meet the word count
- Include at least two high quality, relevant pictures
- Add a poll, a video, or a quiz
- Use several "text" capsules
- Do your research
Write a Great Article
The foundation of a great Hub is great writing. Your article needs to be engaging, informative and well-written, something that HubPages prides itself on.
1. Deliver What You Promised
If the title of your Hub is "Six French Phrases That Will Help You Get By in Paris" and you proceed to teach only four, it's going to turn readers off. They will feel disappointed and betrayed. Make sure that the title reflects the content.
2. Keep a Consistent, Interesting Narrative
Cut out waffling, irrelevant information and long, draining sentences. Keep your writing professional, but make it snappy, easy to read, and stick to the information your readers are looking for.
3. Present Your Information in an Easily Readable Way
HubPages provides some excellent ways to present an article that isn't one long, disengaging wall of text. We live in a microwave society, where people want access to information as quickly and easily as possible. Make use of core and supplementary capsules to create a beautiful hub. More on this later.
4. Use Appropriate Capitalisation, Correct Grammar, and Flawless Spelling
It doesn't matter how good your article is - if it's riddled with spelling mistakes and the grammar is a mess, no one will read it. Readers cannot trust someone who doesn't take the time to make sure the quality of their work is immaculate.
Some tips on this:
- Your title should have a capital letter at the beginning of each word except for 'filler' words (such as 'of', 'the', 'a', 'if', etc.)
- Make use of HubPages' spellcheck feature (above the text box in the text capsule).
- Get a native English speaking friend to give your article a once-over before it's published. They will point out any grammatical errors.
- If you'd like to check for typos, go to Google Translate and paste your article into there. Press the sound icon to have it read to you. Sometimes you can hear typos better than you can read them.
5. Give Your Hub an Amazing Title
Concise, clear and attractive titles get the most clicks. Which of these sounds better to you?
- "Use Japanese characters to translate Katakana and write your name in Japanese"
- "All About Japanese"
- "How to Write Your Name in Japanese"
No doubt you didn't even read number 1 properly but skipped over it. Readers will do the same if your title is too long. Notice, too, that in the first title, appropriate capitalisation isn't enforced. Number 2 is vague and doesn't promise what the article is really about. Therefore, number 3 is the best option here.
Follow the Rules
As well as writing a killer article, you need to make sure that you follow the HubPages guidelines to maximise your chances of becoming featured.
6. Meet the Word Count
If your hub is less than 700 words, the chances of it becoming featured are lower (an exception to this is poetry). Make sure you hit the word count by writing at least 700 words. You can keep an eye on this on the right side of the page as you're editing your hub.
Shorter articles are sometimes acceptable if the information is solid or there are a lot of attractive, useful photographs.
7. Include at Least Two High Quality, Relevant Pictures
Blocks of text are easily separated with stunning photographs and relevant images. Use these to supplement and add to your hub. For example, if you're writing about animals, include professional shots of the creatures you mention in your writing. A little more on images:
- If the picture belongs to you, add "Author's Photo" or something similar in the Source box.
- Don't have too many links to the same source. Your Hub might be flagged as Overly Promotional.
- Make sure they are high-quality images. No one wants to see low-resolution or amateur pictures.
- If you don't have your own photographs, use copyright-free images from Pexels or Pixabay.
8. Add a Poll, a Video, or a Quiz
Use the Supplementary Capsules box to add exciting features to your Hub. Polls encourage readers to share their opinion, videos add to what you have written, and if you're writing about travel destinations, maps are a great way to introduce the location to your readers. Take advantage of these great HubPages features.
9. Use Several 'Text' Capsules
Don't shove your entire article into one text capsule. Break them up into categories and paragraphs, preferably adding one photo or one poll to each. This makes your little blocks of text easier to read.
10. Do Your Research!
What do you struggle with when writing for HubPages?
Finally, Your Hub Checklist...
- Got an engaging, interesting title?
- Hit the word count?
- Made sure your article is free of spelling mistakes and grammatical errors?
- Added at least one supplementary capsule, such as a poll or a video?
- Got several text capsules to break up your text?
- Added at least two relevent, interesting pictures?
If you have answered 'yes' to all of these, you're good to go! Publish, wait a few hours, and see if it is featured. If it is, hooray! If it isn't, ask yourself why. Did this article help you? Post your shiny new FEATURED article in the comments section below!
Questions & Answers
What is the difference between capsules and article text in HubPages? I am confused with capsule being a pre-reading paragraph to attract readers.
The capsule text makes up the article. Each capsule has a subtitle which is the part that attracts readers. For example:
(Make a new capsule)
Add subtitle: How to Attract Readers
In the capsule box, add the text
All capsules should have paragraphs of text in them that are spread out and easy to read. Hope that helps.Helpful 2
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