Yahoo Contributor Network Badges

Your profile badges mark your status and special achievements within the Yahoo contributor community.

Spotlight Awards

This badge honors winners of Contributor Spotlight and Content Spotlight awards. Each month, we select one extraordinarily successful contributor and five exceptional pieces of content to receive awards. Click here to see the most recent winners.

Yahoo Contributor Award

The Yahoo Contributor Awards (YCAs) honor the achievements of some of the most talented Yahoo contributors. Every month through April 2012, a monthly YCA award was given for a particular topic, such as Sports, Entertainment, or Lifestyle. The monthly YCAs have since been replaced by Contributor Spotlight Awards. At the beginning of each new year, the annual YCAs look back at the previous year and call out some of the most noteworthy achievements.

Hot 100 & Hot 500

The "Hot 100" and "Hot 500" are the Yahoo contributors with the largest audience, and most engaged readers, viewers and listeners. These badges are updated once per month, and grace the profiles of the top 500 active contributors based on the previous month's page views.

Top 100 & Top 1000

Our Top 100 & Top 1000 badges are awarded annually to the contributors who received the highest number of page views during the year. Contributors must have published content at some point during the year in order to be eligible.

Page View Millionaire

This badge is awarded to all contributors who have earned one million or more page views on their Yahoo content. New badges are granted on a monthly basis.

Yahoo Shine Parenting and Beauty Gurus

These badges recognize Yahoo Shine’s Parenting and Beauty Gurus, a select group of Shine contributors who are authorities in parenting or beauty. Each month, Gurus share their trials, triumphs, and secrets on everything from traveling with a toddler to their make-up must-haves.

Yahoo Staff

These profiles belong to Yahoo staff members - including the Yahoo Contributor Network designers, engineers, content managers and community managers.

Yahoo Contributor Academy

These badges recognize contributors who have completed Yahoo Contributor Academy levels. The badge displayed on a contributor's profile indicates the highest level completed. To enroll in Yahoo Contributor Academy and become level one, two, or three certified, click here.
These badges measure your success and honor your achievements on Yahoo Voices - the official digital library of the Yahoo Contributor Network.


Your Clout badge indicates the level of exposure you've achieved with the content published to the Voices library. You begin at Clout 1, and climb the clout ladder gradually based on the amount of content you publish and the number of page views your content receives. Starting at Clout 7, your Performance Payment rate incrementally increases until you reach the highest level, Clout 10. See all the details here.

Best of Associated Content / People's Media Awards

From 2006 to 2009, the monthly "Best of AC Awards" and annual "People’s Media Awards" (PMAs) recognized some of Associated Content’s best content and contributors. With the launch of the Yahoo Contributor Network in 2010, these awards programs were replaced by the Yahoo Contributor Awards.

Rising Star

Every month through April 2012, we gave out five "Rising Star" awards to recognize some of the Yahoo Contributor Network's most talented new contributors. These have now been replaced by Content Spotlight awards.