10 Ways to Ensure Your Hubpages Article Gets Featured

Updated on December 15, 2017
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Poppy is a proofreader and Dragon Age fan. She lives in Tokyo with her husband and likes to spend time reading and playing video games.

How many of your Hubs on this website are 'featured'? If you have some that aren't featured, do you know why?

Until recently, around 40% of my Hubs weren't featured. After doing some serious clean-up work, over 90% of my Hubs are now featured (the ones that aren't are reviews and interviews with low traffic, not low quality).

Do the words "Not Featured - Quality" sound familiar to you? How can you clean up your articles and make them featured?

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, irrelevent information and long, draining sentences. Keep your writing professional, but make it snappy, easy to read and sticking 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.


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"
  • "How to Write Your Name in Japanese"

No doubt you didn't even read the first one 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.

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 extremely low, if not zero. 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.

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 photos don't belong to you, provide the source and a link.
  • However, 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. Your readers deserve better than that.

8. Add a poll, a video, or a quiz
Use the Supplementary Capsules box to add exciting features to your Hub. Polls encourages 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!
If you're still not sure, there are plenty of articles here on HubPages that can guide you to a successful Hub. See the Quality Assessment Process and How to Create Content that Lasts.

What do you struggle with when writing for HubPages?

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Finally, Your Hub Checklist...

Have you:

  • 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.

© 2016 Poppy


Submit a Comment

  • poppyr profile imageAUTHOR


    3 weeks ago from Tokyo, Japan

    Thank you. I hope it helps.

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    Tung Tran 

    3 weeks ago from Ho Chi Minh City

    Thi's a Great Article

  • poppyr profile imageAUTHOR


    3 weeks ago from Tokyo, Japan

    You'll make it, Theia. I believe in you!

  • poppyr profile imageAUTHOR


    3 weeks ago from Tokyo, Japan

    Hi, Viktor. Yes, once you've made improvements on your article you can submit it again for it to be considered. Thank you for your comment.

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    Theia Stan 

    4 weeks ago from Philippines

    Sometimes it's just frustrating

  • ViktorV profile image

    Viktor Volkov 

    4 weeks ago from Berlin

    Thank you, very useful!

    Do you know whether an article which doesn't get featured, could late be changed in a featured article?



  • poppyr profile imageAUTHOR


    6 months ago from Tokyo, Japan

    I hope you manage to fix them! Get in touch if you'd like any help.

  • Rosefall profile image


    6 months ago from Ohio!

    Thanks for explaining! I just noticed the majority of my posts aren't "featured". Blah!

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    John Adebisi 

    9 months ago from Nigeria

    Thanks for sharing.

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    farah mahmood 

    9 months ago

    A series of violent conflicts by BJP's aggresive agenda put development at stake

    The beginning of the new year has not brought comforts for India.Narendra Modi of Bhartia Janta Party(BJP),after took power in 2014,faced many episodes of faults and powerful blows to his so called leadership and building of the party.Still India emerges as a conservative and aggressive country in spite of joining the superpower race.India just wears a dress of modernity to attract the developing states but the real face is different.

    Maharastra,which is among the most prosperous and developed states,is facing the civil war like situation due to the cruel BJP members on the exploitation of caste.Most of the people of Assam get panic as they realized that they are excluded from the new register of the citizens.But BJP says, it is just only a draft but it seems to put the minority in the state of anxiety.

    In new year,Hindus gave a different new year gift to Muslims in Utar Pardesh.They painted the walls of Hajj committee with saffron to divide the public of the country in more parts.It totally raged the Muslims.But these conflicts and violence seems the failure of the slogans of the Modi used during election campaigns as Vikas (Development) of the country.But the situation is it that Maharashtra is burning in ethnic violence.

    But the question is that what is the fault of the poor Dalit farmers? why they killed brutally?Where is the standing place of India ? Is there real image appears as brutal people or India established on religious basis? Dalit conduct rallies in the start of January to commemorate the victory of the Mahars in 1818,defeated peshwa,elite class Hindus.This victory is important because they got victory against the caste oppression.But this rally attacked by the elite class Hindus.

    But on the other hand, Hindus created animosity among the minorities through their new movie "Padmavati" which induces sense of hatred among the people about the old Muslim rulers and depicts the negative picture of the past. Every year, they created different movies against Muslims or target minority.Is it according to the Human rights charter to interfere in the religious activities of the other community.

    The massive level violence in Maharashtra put the state and country on the stake and GDP of India is slipping.Statistics show the growth of 6.5 percent for 2017-18 which is almost four year low as a result of fluctuating economic policies.The loss of economic growth at the end deteriorates the life style of the people especially of the country's poorest people.

    Nehru's era was the rise of the culture,art and economic activities.But the current situation of the country shows that may be it is established on the name of religion and brutal acts.These circumstances recall the revolution of Russia, Iran and French,with massive bloodshed,rallies and violence.Religious rallies with saffron flags in the hands and swords in the hands of women and girls memorizes the barbaric acts of the past histories.

    Past revolutions and wars met to end after some time.But the situation of India does not seem to be improved in the coming future.Because the signs of fear and brutality is totally different than that of the past stories.

  • Sugar Faith profile image


    15 months ago from Davao City, Philippines

    Hi my friend thank you so much..

  • poppyr profile imageAUTHOR


    15 months ago from Tokyo, Japan

    You aren't allowed to promote your website on HubPages. Only link to websites that are helpful and appropriate to the reader. Hope that helps. :)

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    15 months ago

    What about the links? Once I kept a link to my website it have been removed from Featured, why?

  • Asfia Wahab profile image

    Asfia Wahab 

    16 months ago

    Thank you so much. Please check out my first featured article and let me know how is it. :)


  • poppyr profile imageAUTHOR


    16 months ago from Tokyo, Japan

    Thank you, too!

  • Janellegems profile image


    16 months ago from United States

    All great suggestions to get your hub featured. Thanks.

  • poppyr profile imageAUTHOR


    23 months ago from Tokyo, Japan

    Thank you Rosa!

  • I Am Rosa profile image

    Rosa Marchisella 

    23 months ago from Canada

    Awesome article. Great tips, Poppy :)


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