Feeling frustrated with all the moderation going on I fired this response on to the Team... what do you think they'll say?
"I fixed the watermarked and pixelated pics [this is the second go around] - which one do you have a problem with now?
FYI - all of these random rule changes effect us Hubber's creativity and slows down our production -
you're not paying us enough to justify all this editing and new standards and seeming spontaneous rule changing.
Some Hubs have been up for months and even years with no problem and all of a sudden it becomes overly promotional or some other "issue" that wasn't an "issue" at time of publishing.
It's very frustrating and stifling - It's also highly discouraging for those of us who love to write and WANT to use Hub Pages to get our messages out.
Could you please specify in 500 words or less EXACTLY what Hub Pages determines to be a "PERFECT" Hub? Then share that with the community so we can all get back to creating and earning?
Thanks in advance,
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"You are GREATNESS - Don't Fight it!"
Hopefully this form post won't get flagged as being overly promotional... but I'm not bitter...
Here are about 70 words from HubPages which I think say what HubPages is looking for. (With links to where you can find these quotes and read more.)
"Our community's most successful Hubs present original, useful, evergreen content." - (X)
"The key to online writing success is to write high-quality, engaging, useful, and informative content." - (X)
"....click the "report this Hub" link...on any Hub that you feel...contributes nothing new to an already heavily saturated topic...or promotes dubious products or offers..." - (X)
"The Forums are for discussion, not self-promotional link-posting." - (X)
One thing to remember is that until very recently, Hubs did not go through any kind of vetting process before publication. So it's not true to say that 'Hubs have been up for months and even years with no problem". Those Hubs had issues all along, it's just that HubPages didn't start checking them till recently. They're steadily working through them, so you will continue to get notifications as they get through more of your Hubs.
HubPages has made a lot of rule changes, and even though I don't agree with some of them, I wouldn't call them random. They are all clearly laid out in the learning center. The two you need to be most aware of are:
1. Watermarked photos are not allowed. That means any photo with writing on it, of any kind, even a copyright notice.
2. the "overly promotional" warning usually means you have more than two links to a single domain - but that's an automated filter that's been around for a long time, so I assume your warning is the other meaning - which is a Hub that's been written purely to promote a product without adding any meaningful information to the topic.
As I said, these particular rules have been around a very long time, it's just so happens that moderators had no reason to check your Hubs until now.
I want a cool profile pic like David's where Im staring off contemplatively into the distance. I don't think I can pull off a deep pic though.
Watermarked and pixelated hasn't been permitted for the whole time you have been on Hubpages, so I am not sure what the complaint here is.
If it is that they are flagging the pictures where you are not respecting the photographer's copyright, that is not a recent change either. You can't just take pictures off websites and use them on your hubs.
For example the picture you take from Forbes is a Getty Image. You have to pay to use it.
Didn´t know about the photo watermark ban, so I´m glad I took the time to read this forum post.
My entire hub list was un-published 2 weeks ago supposedly for buying massive traffic. I just make 30 cents a day, so really?? If I buy massive traffic for my hubs I expect to win more than $10 dollars a day.
I got really mad with email@example.com and wrote to them to require them to please specify exactly what my violations on each hub were, since the only thing I got was violation notice and had no idea how to stop this supposedly negative SEO. There was this very dedicated Hubpages moderator named mark that reviewed my hubs and pointed out all the changes I had to do, which had nothing to do with massive traffic violations. He even followed my profile!
Now my hubs are up and running and I haven´t lost any traffic at all but the income per impressions seems to have reduced substantially.
I´m not an experienced hubber yet to answer your question David. But I guess we need to seriously consider writing with all the copyright rules to make Hubpages a prevailing community over the years. I like this quality strictness, I just hate it when they penalize you and threaten to close your account out of the blue.
Buying traffic for a content site is almost always a losing proposition.
If you are willing to by traffic, don't give away 40% or more of what you can earn from it.
you misspelled "buy". Im so excited about this. lol
I didn´t. Hubpages assumed I did for some strange reason. Then a human moderator checked my hubs and decided that wasn´t the case.
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