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Being an Editor on HubGarden

by Bryony Harrison
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Once you have written a few articles, you may be interested in contributing to HubGarden in other ways, such as becoming an editor.

When a hub starts off, the person running it will be in charge of publishing all the articles, but once the hub starts to take off, they may find the need for additional help.

They will probably ask on the forum, and you can leave a comment to register your interest in the position. Once given the job of editor, you will be able to see a link to the editor's page at the top of the hub.

Click on this link and you will be taken to the editor's notification page. Here you will see a list of all articles that have been published.

It will say how many notifications you have received to date, and display the ten oldest published articles. You can increase this amount by clicking 'show all'.

On this page, you have the ability to unpublish any articles that are no longer required on the site - either by request of the author or for some other reason.

The main link you are going to be using, however, is 'pending articles'. Click on this, and you will be taken to all articles pending publication.

Each article will tell you the following:

1. When it was created
2. Who wrote the article
3. If the writer has the ability to publish the article by themselves
4. If the article contains mature content
5. If the article is in a wiki format (such as this hub)

1 and 2 are merely facts, while 3-5 are settings made by the chief editor. You need not concern yourself with them.

Your job will involve the following. At the top of the page, you will see the options to 'edit', 'publish', or 'dismiss' an article. Click on edit, and you will be able to read the article. If you spot any errors, such a typos, then you can edit the text, or leave a message for the writer to correct it. You can learn more about how to do this here.

If the article is unsuitable for publication, go back to the notification page and click 'dismiss'. It is unlikely that you will find need to dismiss an article unless there is something grossly wrong (e.g. it does not fit the theme of the hub).

Once you are happy for the article to be published then there are a few things you need to do. First, you need to give it a score out of 10 (1 being the worst, 10 being the best). If you think an article is particularly good, you can give it a bronze, silver, or gold award. Take note that some hubs have special requirements as to giving out awards. For example, some hub owners say a writer needs a certain number of pictures to qualify, while others run competitions to hand out awards. You need to be aware of how the award system works on the hub you are editor for.

There are two type of awards you can give. First is the standard bronze, silver, gold, and the other you will see says 'qbronze', 'qsilver, 'qbronze'.

'q' stands for 'question' and refers to question articles. The value of question awards is lower than that of standard awards, so make sure you choose the right one.

You then need to decide how much of a priority the article should have in the newsletter. Articles with a higher score or articles that are based around a certain date (e.g. if it is an event that happens on a particular date, or an article based around a particular holiday) usually go out first. Choose a number between 0 - 10 (1 being top priority, 10 lowest priority and 0 not sent out at all).

After this you can click publish, and it will show up on the homepage for everyone to read. Publishing an individual article does not take very long, so being an editor is a good way to earn extra CPM.

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