Remembering 100 Wikinut Pages IV - Star Pages

ShaunakStarred Page By Shaunak, 13th Sep 2012 | Follow this author | RSS Feed
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Star Pages - The most elusive achievement or an achievement which is inconsequential. A bit controversial too but they are only badge which is awarded for a Single page. Here is a Collection of My previous starred pages on Wikinut

Star Pages - Fascination of Newbies

Star pages always have certain aura about them. If you look for explanation of Star Pages on Wikinut's Support, you'll get a vague answer -
it is awarded for a single act of Goodness.
When i was a newbie, i was fascinated by the star page and wondered what it really meant? and also how to get one! But over a Period of time and after 100+ pages, i feel its no big deal! Why? Keep Reading the Article

Star Pages- Benefits

I always wondered - is there any benefit of Star Pages? well, there are a few of them, but they don't give you substantial benefits. Here are all the benefits of Star Pages:

  • Quality Assurance: It gives readers who are new to site an assurance that this article has certain quality. Its more like the feeling that this page has to have something special for it to be chosen over others. However, We experienced Writers now better that Content writers name, introduction, title etc are better signs of quality than a star page. I will, for example not check out a page just because its a Star Page. But a new Reader @ Wikinut would most likely do so.

  • Eye Catcher: Stars above your Thumbnail act as an eye catcher when a reader is browsing through a dozen of thumb nails on the home Page. This is due to obvious perceived qualities associated with a Star Image. Also, if you look closely, the color of Star here very closely resembles the shade of Yellow which is noticed first by Human eye. So there is extra chance of Human eye Picking them in a dozen or so articles.

  • More Exposure: Apart from all normal channels where a new article is posted including Featured pages and Authors you follow, your page is also put in the category of Recent Star Pages. Another chance of getting picked by casual reader.

  • Badge on Profile Page: Under Normal Circumstances (I mean if you are not moderator or Admin) - every one gets 4 Badges on their home pages. They keep on upgrading like number of hits or Belt color. If you are not having a Star page, you are missing a badge there and your profile seems incomplete. I feel, you should atleast get one Star Badge

  • Better SEO: Readers, in order to get a Star often divide their article on sections and include images in the Post. This not only make teh page visually appealing, it also greatly increases your SEO ranking. One good tag on an image or a Proper named section header can do wonders for your search engine traffic.

How are Star Pages Decided?

So, How exactly is a Star Page awarded? Unlike other badges and achievements at Wikinut, this has no set criteria. But if this is the case, how come many authors are constantly getting star pages? These were some questions which really bothered me during my initial days here. Then i realized a few things - Star Pages are awarded by Moderator who is moderating the Particular Article and there are no fixed criteria for getting a Star Page. Now, I am saying the criteria is not fixed but obviously, there are certain minimum standards that almost all star pages have and beyond that its discretion of moderator.

This is exactly where Controversy kicks in! You'll fell certain pages which did not deserved Star got one and one which deserved didn't got any. However, there is no end to such talks. A major reason for Controversy is every moderator has his different thought process while awarding a Star Pages. Agreed, they all are above certain threshold but still there are things which when followed results in star pages being awarded by a particular Moderator. However, the same page, when submitted to another moderator might not get a Star Page. This causes discrepancy as there is no fixed rule. But in my opinion, that's the beauty of it. You get to see diversity and different view points instead of monotonous formatting standards.

How to Get a Star Page

As Discussed above, there is no Fixed Rule or formatting tip for getting a Star Page. But Yes following certain Protocol helps and increases your chances:

  • Get Basics Right: Make sure you get the Basics right. No spelling mistakes, No blunders in Grammar. It might be difficult for people whose first language is not english and even Moderators understand that, but atleast try and do your best.Run a Spell check. And yes, i have seen Star Pages with a few spelling and grammar mistakes

  • Use Sections: its almost impossible to get a Star Page with just One section.Try to break your article in 3-4 sections with proper Section headings. Even if you don't get a Star, your search Engine Ranking is improved. Now, I understand for certain type of content like Poetry, it might be difficult to use sections, but you can achieve that as well. You can either divide your each poetry paragraph as a separate section ( See HERE ) or you can add a brief introduction or a short story in first section and your Poetry in another ( See HERE).

  • Use Images Good use of Images, Probably in each section would give you a great chance of getting that star page. An article with 4-5 sections and 3-4 images has high chance of getting a star page. Remember to use Proper key words as your image heading instead of simple . or ..... This greatly increases your Search engine Visibility.

  • Use Advance Formatting: Advance formatting can also increase your chances of getting the Star Pages. They are sometimes very useful and you should now how to use them. Some basic Formatting like using Bolds or Italics at usual places help too. For example, i have readily used formatting tag here

  • Add Videos : Adding useful videos can be a good idea. But Remember, don't overdo it! Not everyone is on a Broadband connection and having a video increases your page loading time. You can see an example of how i have added about 10 videos on a single page HERE

  • Add Links : It is another methods which is sometimes used by moderator for deciding upon star pages. Adding links and at necessary places can increase your chance of getting star pages and increase your search engine visibility.

My Star Pages

OK. Finally, its time to revive my Star Pages. Here is a List of All My Star Pages:

  • Nokia Lumia 920 : Pure View or Fake View
  • The Latest Nokia Lumia Phone features some technologies never seen before on a Mobile phone including Pure View Technology having OIS. But is it So? Or is Nokia Lying to its Customers. Check out the complete Review and the truth behind The Pure View Technology.

  • The ReUnion
  • Reunions are known for bringing back lost love. A story about a perfect made for each other couple who drift away and meet again @ Reunion. Is there a chance of love or has love died Completely!

  • Finally a Wikinut BlackBelt
  • Black belt - a rare and precious award, handed to true Wikinut ninjas. Finally i can say that i am a true Wikinut Ninja. What is the Point in writing when you are not enjoying it and what's the point of writing what you enjoy if no-one is reading it.. A page Celebrating and honoring my journey

  • Personifying My Wikinut Profile
  • I always wonder what would my wikinut profile containing all my Pages would be if it were to be a person. A Piece dedicated to the personality of my wikinut Profile

  • Two Months - A Short Story
  • Living a perfect life in a small town. Moving to a big city can be a daunting task taking its toll. A story of perfect couple moving to a big city where Husband supposedly cheats on the wife and wife decides to take revenge.But what is the truth really?

  • Life - Is it slipping away?
  • Life today is full of opportunities, through technology, we can almost do whatever we want and wherever we want. Our homes are filled with the worldly richness, we strive to create new challenges with our careers to create a better everyday life. But is all this worthwhile? Have you ever felt like life is just passing you by without you having any say in the direction that it took? Do you feel like you are a part of an endless race without knowing why or what are you racing for?

  • For My Dear Sister
  • Sister - the most competitive and most cherished member of the family . The best thing about having a sister was that I always had a friend. A Poem dedicated to my loving Sister

  • The First Kiss
  • When you are in love, everything becomes secondary. Everything seems magical and you want to relieve your experience over and over again. Relive your Love with this Wonderful poem of Love.

  • I Got Paid by Wikinut - * How to Earn with Payment Proof *
  • We all write on multiple sites to earn but it is very hard to earn from from these sites unless you know SEO. Now here comes Wikinut where you can make extra bucks also by republishing old articles. With Payment Proof Inside.

  • 10 Foods to Cool You in Summer Heat
  • Summer is not only time when body needs right type of foods to keep up with increasing mercury levels, but it is also the time when you go out and do lots of outdoor activities. So stock up that refrigerator and kitchen with the right foods, not just to keep the temperature from raging but also to look and smell nice.

  • Changing Role of Marketing Viz a Viz "Markets"
  • Once considered as an activity responsible for ensuring flow of goods and services between organizations and its customers marketing has taken new ‘Avatar’. How does this shapes its role with respect to markets.

  • The Epitaph
  • You will never understand what pain really is until you have lost Love. If you love someone with everything you have and more and they betray you, you are no longer alive. A Poem describing the pain of love lost by writing own Epitaph

  • Solitude- The Heart of Creative Writing
  • All of us are writing something or other. But ever wonder where does this creativity comes from. Collaborating and connecting with others is a beautiful thing, but in the end, Creation is done in solitude. Solitude is indeed, the Heart of Creative Writing.

  • Use Your Smartphone as a Wireless Broadband Modem- TetheringWhen you need that Internet connection so much, u can be sure that there won't be any available. Now Connect to Internet simply using your smart phone and convert it into your personal wifi-hotspot and access the web anytime from anywhere.

  • See Venus Transit Today - A Rare Astronomical PhenomenonToday witness one of the rarest and extremely beautiful Astronomical phenomenon - The Venus Transit.None of us will likely see Venus pass, like a moving beauty spot, across the face of the sun again as it will be seen only after 105 years.

  • Facebook to Launch Its Own Smart Phone
  • Recently rumors have resurfaced that Facebook is working on a project to develop its own smartphone. These are just not baseless rumors but are backed by solid clues and leaks suggesting that Facebook is indeed working on a smart phone with possible launch in early 2013.

  • The Mona Lisa Smile" - A Horror Story
  • Mona Lisa - A Painting associated with eternal beauty and its smile has puzzled everyone. Can The mystery behind a beautiful portrait be so scary and dark as to scare you to Death. Read this horror story but at your Own Risk

  • Indian Woman Divorces Husband For not changing FB Status To "Married"Facebook the undisputed leader in Social media can help you make new friends and stay connected with old friends. But is there other side of the coin too? Can it break marriages or Relationships as well? Read more.

  • Guns N' Roses 10 Best Songs
  • They are in Rock n Roll hall of fame. They still have the record for largest selling debut album. Regarded as One of the Best Rock bands ever, Guns N' Roses are known for some unforgettable songs.See the the best songs by the greatest Rock band ever. Check out the very best songs of Guns and Roses.

  • Lost in This Bitter Sweet World
  • Life has many tricks up her sleeve. just when you thought everything's gonna be fine, life does a 180 flip. A Poem about life in the bitter sweet world.

  • It’s Over – You and Me
  • A Poem about Pain in Love and how to overcome it
    Defeat- accepted
    Deceit- accepted
    You- rejected..finally..

  • Hollywood’s Most Successful Movies – Top 10 All Time Domestic Grossers Hollywood is the grandest and biggest Entertainment Industry. Here Movies create and shatter records and forever imprint themselves on peoples mind and also movies go bust and are easily forgotten. Ever wondered which are the most successful movies of hollywood? Is it Avatar, titanic, star wars or the latest phenomenon Avengers? Read this article to find out about greatest Hollywood Blockbusters.

  • Ronaldo and Mourinho help Real Madrid win El ClasicoWhenever FC Barcelona plays Real Madrid CF, it is always a spectacle that attracts the attention of the entire football world.This El Clásico, though, had much higher stakes than previous ones. With a win in this game, Barcelona would be just one point behind Madrid in La Liga, a salvageable distance to gap in the last few games of the season. However with loss, they would trail Madrid by 7 points.

  • India- Land of Delicious Street Food
  • Whenever anybody travels around a new place one of the things they look for is best food for the best price and this post could just be your guide as to what a place can offer you. One of the best places to begin your journey of eating street food is India.

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author avatar cnwriter..carolina
14th Sep 2012 (#)

when you wish upon a star..great page and well deserved star...thank you love

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author avatar DuitByJames
14th Sep 2012 (#)

Thank You for your help

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author avatar David Reinstein,LCSW
14th Sep 2012 (#)

I have 'earned' many stars... so far as I can determine, they have no functional relevance whatever.

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author avatar Rhonda Humphreys
15th Sep 2012 (#)

Great read and much deserved star!

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
16th Sep 2012 (#)

Very well done Shaunak on a rather controversial subject. One should strive for a star page and analyze the reason for not getting it. But never become obsessed with it; just move on! I always respect the take of the moderator. Some posts fall on the gray area and that is one reason I do not aspire to become a moderator! - siva

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author avatar Delicia Powers
18th Sep 2012 (#)

thanks and well done Shaunak...

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author avatar bronnamdi
25th Sep 2012 (#)

Nice one here, Shaunak.

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author avatar Teila
11th Oct 2012 (#)

Bravo!!!!!! Congrats to a job well done, keep those articles coming, we look forward to reading them!

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author avatar Retired
29th Dec 2012 (#)

Thanks for the insight,success for your article

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author avatar Stella Mitchell
19th Jan 2013 (#)

thank you Shaunak for interesting insights . I guess I will just have to be content with my name being the only Star I shall have .
But not to worry , that is life .
Bless you

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author avatar Johnny Knox
24th Jun 2013 (#)

Great article. Useful and informative!

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author avatar Phyl Campbell
15th Aug 2013 (#)

Good article! I'm writing one on Nutpoints, and came to yours in my search for references.

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author avatar Ptrikha
12th Jan 2015 (#)

Outstanding article. Well done.

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