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Excessive Promotion

  1. BuffaloMike profile image61
    BuffaloMikeposted 7 years ago

    I received a notice that my hub had excessive promotion to another site.  No problem...I had 2 links in the main body and 2 in my profile.  I removed them one at a time...still banned...now I have no links to anything and I'm still banned.  In my profile I mention the name of my business but again no link.
    I read that one or two links was acceptable.
    What am I doing wrong?

  2. Rik Ravado profile image92
    Rik Ravadoposted 7 years ago

    You're not banned Mike - I can see your Hub OK and your adverts. The message is just a warning to you and will probably go away now you have reduced the number of links.  It will probably take a bit of time for the system to catch up with the change, however.

  3. BuffaloMike profile image61
    BuffaloMikeposted 7 years ago

    Yep  there it is.  Perhaps I was too impatient.  Thanks for the reply!

  4. WeddingConsultant profile image82
    WeddingConsultantposted 7 years ago

    FYI Mike, you can have as many outgoing links as you'd like in your profile. It's not frowned upon when put in there!

  5. pauldeeds profile image
    pauldeedsposted 7 years ago

    When you submit a flagged hub for publication, it can take up to 72 hours to be reviewed and published.  During the business week it's normally much quicker, but on weekends and holidays it can take a bit longer.   So, you'll either have to be patient or follow the rules a little more carefully.

  6. BrianS profile image84
    BrianSposted 7 years ago

    I had a similar problem.

    Also I didn't clear the flag when removing most of the links despite being down to only 2 or 3 links to different websites but I re-submitted anyway as I couldn't believe I was still breaking the rules, my understanding was that you cannot have more than 2 links to the same external site.

    Was this the right way to do this or have you got to keep going until the flag is gone before re-submitting?

    Any feedback welcome, I would like to put back the links I have removed if possible if they do not break the rules, mostly harmless stuff like piste maps etc.


    1. pauldeeds profile image
      pauldeedsposted 7 years ago in reply to this

      There are messages that appear with "WARNING" in front of them.  Those are automated, and will update as soon as you change the content of your hub.  You won't be able to submit a flagged hub for publication if there are still automated warnings on it.  There is another type of message that appears in red, the most common of these being "overly promotional".  Those are there to show you what we found wrong with your hub, and will only be cleared by human review (after you've submitted it for publication).

      You can put links back in, just make sure that none of the automated warnings appear on your hub.  If those warnings appear, your hub is at risk of being moderated again.

  7. EYEAM4ANARCHY profile image93
    EYEAM4ANARCHYposted 7 years ago

    Does this policy apply to links in general or only links that are promotional in nature?

    In other words, if I publish a hub with links to factual sources, will that be flagged as excessive promotion because it has more than a certain amount of links?

    1. darkside profile image83
      darksideposted 7 years ago in reply to this

      Linking to a lot of factual sources... if you mean a lot of different sites, shouldn't be a problem.

      The flag is when you have linked more than twice to the same site.

      Though I believe if you were to have a track record of linking to the same site in most of your hubs even just once or twice, you could trigger a similar result.

    2. pauldeeds profile image
      pauldeedsposted 7 years ago in reply to this

      The intent is to penalize only links of a promotional nature, but in order to make enforcement feasible links are classified by site.  If you are linking to a "factual source" on a site that a lot of other people have "promoted" (or it appears that you are promoting), then you are at risk.  However, as long as you link no more than 2 times to the same site in a hub you will be safe regardless.  If one of your hubs has been flagged and you feel like your linking is reasonable, you can always email us at team@hubpages.com for clarification.