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.
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.
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.
- 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.
- 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
- 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.
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.
- 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.
- 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.
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.
- 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.
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.
- 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.
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.
- 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.
- 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.
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.
- 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.
- 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
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.
- 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.
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.
- Answer questions with clear answers. Opinions questions will not usually have a best answer chosen.
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.
- 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
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.
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.
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.
- Go to My Account
- Click on the Profile in the top be selected.
- At the bottom of Edit Profile page you are given option to show accolades.
Patricia Pixie from Mexico City on June 15, 2020:
Thank you very much for sharing this article. As a newbie, I think that accolades are a nice way to motivate you to keep going. (Well, setting aside the monetary factor and the chance to exchange ideas with interesting persons)
Philip Agutu from Mombasa Island on June 07, 2020:
Your article was number one on Google search engine results after my "Accoclades in HubPages" search. I believe this is the most informative hub on this topic in HP. Thank you for the great information. I'll keep on writing more quality hubs and engage in HP forums to earn more Accoclades; since they indeed motivate me and also paint my profile as a good hubber.
sowspeaks from Bengaluru on May 20, 2020:
Glad that I found this article as I was searching for something else. Am a newbie and was always kind of curious as to what all the strange,interesting looking symbols stand for. With just one article, I know what all of them stand for. Reminds me of school but provides a little motivation nonetheless.
Chris Martine on March 02, 2020:
It's a very info-loaded article but I stopped reading after the Questions Answered Accolade. Seems like there's quite a number of accolades to gain here in HubPages. If you're someone who likes to compete and earn recognition, you'll get familiar with each one. But if you simply want to write and have fun you need not concern yourself with these things. It will just come as a bonus. Right?
Gupi on June 10, 2019:
Thank you very much for sharing this article. I am fairly new to HubPages and this article helps me understand what accolades there on here. It also gives great description behind each one which is good.
Prashanth Lakshmana from BENGALURU, INDIA on September 19, 2018:
Thank you for providing this valuable information. These accolades are sure to motivate hubbers to publish high-quality and engaging articles on a regular basis, to provide insightful comments and to be active on Hubpages discussions and forums.
Travel Chef from Manila on May 18, 2018:
Thanks for giving us an idea. Recently, I received my newest accolade and was very happy of it! I must admit that since I stopped being an active hubber, I need to catch up a little in order to get more of it.
ericjperry from Cullman, AL on March 27, 2018:
Thank you for the information. I have several awards, but did not know what the next level, if any, there were for the awards. Now I have a little more to make as a goal.
Scott Gese on March 01, 2018:
I was curious about all the different awards I've seen.
Thank you for explaining them in such detail. I think I'll just read, write and participate at my leisure. I'm not actively seeking awards. That's not why I do this.
I enjoyed the article.
Zoey from South England on February 24, 2018:
I have read HPs guide on accolades before, I tried looking it up again tonight and your article came up.
Not that I am complaining as I found it extremely helpful :)
DREAM ON on October 25, 2017:
Has Hubpages changed their accolade and award page and made it more like yours if not they should. I read over your hub and I didn't realize I read the same hub four years ago. Both times informative and a great help. My age must be catching up to me I forget where I have been. Great hubs are worth visiting again and again. Have a wonderful day.
WheelScene from U.S.A. on October 11, 2017:
Thanks for sharing, I didn't know there were so many awards! Do they help to raise hubscore too?
Junie Rutkevich from Cripple Creek on July 20, 2016:
A lot better explanation that what hubpages have on their help page :) Are these still applicable in 2016?
Patricia J D from Mexico City on January 20, 2016:
Very informative Hub. I am just a newbie, and this helped me to understand a little bit better the accolades system.
Dan W Miller from the beaches of Southern California now living in Phoenix since 2000 on October 11, 2015:
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!
Geekdom (author) on February 19, 2015:
Sharp Points from Big Bear Lake, California on February 15, 2015:
Very useful and well organized. Thumbs up.
Geekdom (author) on January 06, 2015:
LM Gutierrez on December 31, 2014:
Very informative for new writers for this site! I've been scanning the site and help pages for this. Well done! :)
Geekdom (author) on November 10, 2014:
Glad you found it inspiring. Good luck and welcome to HubPages.
Shiela Gerona from Philippines on November 09, 2014:
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.
Geekdom (author) on October 06, 2014:
Glad you found it informative. Good luck on your quest for earning accolades.
Sarah LaFleur from Chicago-land on October 05, 2014:
Thanks for all the tips! I'm finding this site to be a wealth of information and look forward to earning my accolades :)
Tom Fattes from Naperville, IL on October 02, 2014:
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.
Geekdom (author) on September 30, 2014:
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.
pkmcr from Cheshire UK on September 30, 2014:
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.
Geekdom (author) on September 30, 2014:
It really is. Good luck!
Colin323 on September 29, 2014:
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.
Geekdom (author) on September 29, 2014:
@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.
Geekdom (author) on September 29, 2014:
@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
Geekdom (author) on September 29, 2014:
@Arachnea, welcome to HubPages. When I was looking at different writing sites, I love Squidoo's monsters. I thought they added nice character.
Stephen J Parkin from Pine Grove, Nova Scotia, Canada on September 29, 2014:
Great information for all of us new Hubbers from Squidoo. Useful and Interesting!
Tanya Jones from Texas USA on September 29, 2014:
I'll miss the Squidoo monsters, but I think the accolades are rather classy. Very useful and informative hub.
Fay Favored from USA on September 29, 2014:
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.
Geekdom (author) on September 27, 2014:
Glad you found it helpful. Welcome to HubPages
Andrew Smith from Richmond, VA on September 26, 2014:
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!
Geekdom (author) on September 15, 2014:
Glad it was helpful. Does "blinking" mean the images are too small to see?
Ahdilarum on September 15, 2014:
Informative pages about the accolades. I was blinking with these symbols in my profile page.
Geekdom (author) on July 18, 2014:
Emmanuel Marosi from Bogia on July 18, 2014:
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.
Geekdom (author) on February 07, 2014:
Thank You. I am glad you found it so thorough.
Jennifer Arnett from California on February 05, 2014:
I enjoyed reading all of your tips on how to gain the awards. This is the best Hub that explains all of the awards.
Geekdom (author) on November 01, 2013:
Thank you. There have been a few added since I wrote this. I will be updating it soon.
David Gitachu from Nairobi, Kenya on October 31, 2013:
Thanks for your Hub. It summarises all a new Hubber would want to know about Accolades- kudos!
DREAM ON on October 24, 2013:
Very interesting and great to see so many hubbers involved in a writing community.
Geekdom (author) on June 17, 2013:
I am glad it was helpful for you. Reading Hubs about HubPages is really the best way to learn.
Joseph Renne from Milton on June 17, 2013:
Thanks for this hub. I wasn't to sure how all the accolades and awards worked. I now understand. Nibe Hub, Voted up!
Geekdom (author) on May 16, 2013:
I am glad you found it so helpful. The Awards are a fun feature of being part of the HubPages community.
Jordan Hake from Southwest Missouri, USA on May 15, 2013:
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!"
Victoria Van Ness from Fountain, CO on April 05, 2013:
Geekdom (author) on April 05, 2013:
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.
Victoria Van Ness from Fountain, CO on April 04, 2013:
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!
Geekdom (author) on February 20, 2013:
Yes, HP is filled with wonderful people and it is nice to see HubPages encourage that kind of behavior. Congratulation on your Helpful Accolade.
LongTimeMother from Australia on February 20, 2013:
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.
Geekdom (author) on December 18, 2012:
Welcome to HubPages. Have fun!
Geekdom (author) on December 18, 2012:
LagunaAlkaline I am glad you found this Hub useful. I wrote it to help me understand the system better myself.
Thanks for commenting.
Puspanjalee Das Dutta from India on December 18, 2012:
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.
Amanda Brumbelow from Camas, WA on December 17, 2012:
This was very informative! Thank you for explaining detail on how to get all the awards and accolades.