I am a transplanted Squidoo writer who is still learning the ropes on Hubpages and still in the process of getting all of my pages rewritten to meet Hubpages standards. Today I received a message that said "We regret to inform you that due to irregularities in your account's traffic, we have decided to terminated your participation in the HubPages Ad Program".
Does anyone know what "irregularities" this would be referring to and what can I do to correct the problem to be eligible to participate in the ad program again? (I don't use any traffic generation programs or anything like that - just an occasional link to my hubs on the usual social networking sites like facebook, pinterest or google+).
I'd appreciate any help understanding and correcting the problem.
From the HubPages TOS, By electing to run the HubPages Earnings Program on Your Hubs, you acknowledge and agree to the following:
Your approval and acceptance into the HubPages Earnings Program is in HubPages’ sole discretion HubPages may suspend or remove the HubPages Earnings Program or any part thereof (including Your participation in it) at any time, in HubPages’ sole discretion
That is the part of the TOS that says you agreed that they can kick you out at any time without telling you why. However, if you contact the admin team directly, maybe they will say something.
Please note, they will never discuss any individual account issues like this in the public forums (meaning here).
Thank you - I was posting here wondering if this had ever happened to anyone else and for advice about what might have caused it to happen and if it happened to anyone else, what can be done to fix it. Other than replying to the email, I didn't know where to go for answers or help besides here.
I'm so sorry to hear that has happened. The good news is that unlike Adsense, HubPages will usually give you an explanation if you ask. It's the holidays so they may be short-staffed by now but I'd be hopeful they will give you a reply.
If you don't hear from them in a few days, send another email to team @ hubpages asking the question, as sometimes emails get lost in their system. I do wish they'd set up a proper support ticket system!
"We regret to inform you that due to irregularities in your account's traffic, we have decided to terminate your participation in the HubPages Ad Program. You will be paid your final Ad Program earnings within 60 days if your Earnings Program balance is at least $5.00.
This does not affect your account status on HubPages, so your ability to publish and earn from your Hubs through other affiliate partners has not necessarily been impacted.
We appreciate your understanding in this matter."
It is weird because it hasn't impacted or changed my active status with Google. Not sure what to do about it.
So sorry to hear - I haven't got a clear answer on what "irregularities" means or what could be done to prevent them. I've been madly trying to update my pages, and check for broken links and thin down the number of Amazon products, eBay items and affiliate links (like Zazzle and All Posters) that were allowed on Squidoo, but are not allowed on HubPages. I have no time to try to engage in illicit activities even if I knew how!
"Irregularities" would most likely mean unusual traffic sources, clicks or traffic exchange websites. You can ask team HP exactly what it means and they will provide you the details.
I hope that's not the case. You should check your account page to make sure this is the case. Go to your account page, click on the earnings tab. In the Ad program, look if it says active or inactive. If it says inactive then you know it's for real.
This is the first time I've heard of this happening. I hope when you find out the reason that you'll keep us informed. It would seem like they would send out a warning of "irregular" traffic activity or whatever before they cut your account off completely. How about a chance to fix what's gone wrong? Very strange... Have you checked under traffic sources to see if there is a surge in traffic from one place?
I am so sorry to hear this Vicki. That would be devastating news to receive. Have you noticed any irregularities in your traffic stats when you look into them? Maybe that will give you a clue as to what is going on and where to go to from this point forward.
The majority are from Pinterest, but most of these would be forwarded from my old Squidoo links on Pinterest since I haven't added any since my content was moved to HubPages. Unless they've been pinned recently by other people. There are a couple of odd webpages here and there, but they are only generating a very small amount of traffic - a handful of views over the course of the last 30 days..
WMT stands for Google Web Master Tools. If I were you I would email the team and ask them what it is you need to correct...this sounds too vague to me. If you don't know what it is, how are you supposed to fix it??
Me too! So far I've really appreciated the very helpful information provided by Hubpages about lenses that have been copied, are considered overly promotional by Hubpages standards, have too many affiliate links, broken links, etc, but this email stunned me since I have no idea what these "irregularities" might be or how to correct the problem.
It could be that HubPages detected clicks on ads in your hubs that may seem like someone (or more people) are clicking on your ads only to help your earnings go up. That is the only thing I can think of that would be defined as "irregularities".
I certainly haven't clicked on any of my own ads and have never suggested to anyone else to do so either. Most of the traffic on my most heavily visited hubs comes from Pinterest. I haven't pinned anything myself on Pinterest since my Squidoo pages were moved to Hubpages.
I would send an email to email@example.com and put Terminated From Ad Program Inquiry in the subject heading. If you have no idea what they're referring to, I'm sure they can clarify it for you and possibly give recourse. If you add a link to your thread, it may help also. I hope you get it worked out.
EDIT: I didn't see your reply above that you responded to their message. I would still send a separate message.
I'm having enough trouble finding time to update all of my Squidoo pages and send DMCA notices for the ones that have been copied (They seem to multiply like rabbits!) I certainly don't have time to waste clicking on ads. Thank you for your reply!
I have gotten a response, but it is very vague and doesn't really explain what the "irregularities" are and no answer to the question of whether or not there is anything I can do to be reinstated in the program.
The usual reason for irregularities is massive amounts of clicks from one source. In this case it could be whoever has been copying your Hubs/Lenses. They may be trying to get you banned so that they benefit from all your hard work and the articles they have stolen. This is known as click bombing, I would hope that HP are aware that this can happen and you should definitely get help from firstname.lastname@example.org and if that fails try contacting Paul Edmonson direct using his Email from his profile. I have found he is approachable fair, and will listen before he reacts in any way. He is a kind man.
I've been getting the majority of high volume traffic from Pinterest - especially on a couple of my pages that get the most traffic. These pages have always gotten a lot of traffic via Pinterest even when they were on Squidoo, so nothing has really changed. However, both are somewhat seasonal, so this is the first year they've been Hubs. They always have a lot of traffic at Christmas time and then it tapers off.
It would seem to be really unfair to be removed from the HubPages Ad program for a lot of traffic from Pinterest that since HubPages has a "Pin it" button on each of our pages encouraging anyone to pin the page. From there anyone can Re-pin so we really have no control over how much traffic is generated.
One of the two Hubs with the most Pinterest traffic has been copied. I have submitted a DMCA request, but the copied material hasn't been removed yet.
One thing I did was change all my Pinterest links to be direct to the Hubpages article. That caused both an increase in traffic and my Hubber rank to increase. It seems that a lot of redirects does hurt your rank in both Google's and HP's eyes for some reason. Doing that may help and it definitely will not hurt.
That's probably a good idea. I'll start doing that as soon as I finish getting my old Squidoo lenses up to HubPages standards. Of course it won't help the 1000s of repins I've gottten from all of my old pins. I haven't posted anything on Pinterest since August but average over 100 repins per day from my pins. I have no idea how many re- repins from there, but according to the stats I get a huge amount of traffic to some of my HubPages from Pinterest.
Oh, Vickie, that is awful. I cannot imagine how that email hit you.
Question - did you copy and paste that message? If so, their email has a typo in it, which doesn't sound like an HP email. It says, in your original post - "We have decided to terminated your participation..." when it should say - "We have decided to terminate your participation..."
If you copied and pasted it, it seems odd there would be such a glaring typo.
I noticed in another forum thread that traffic numbers are crazy today and many people are seeing double traffic numbers. Cross fingers maybe this has something to do with it. http://hubpages.com/forum/topic/127646
Wow, that must really suck for you all. Sometimes, the hammer is hammered on the wrong person. This is life. Move on. Hubpages is not the only place to earn money. If you love writing, people are willing to pay $10 for an article.
Hi Vicki. I just read your hub about what dogs do when they are home alone. Loved it ... so I voted appropriately, and shared it as well.
If the rest of your 100 hubs are as interesting that one, I will have to read more. lol.
I do wonder if perhaps your multiple photos (uninterrupted by text) might have set off some kind of trigger ... but I'm sure if any team member were to look at that hub, they'd see how engaging it actually is - and override any automatic alarm.
Can't speak for the rest of your hubs, but I really enjoyed that one! Please write to the team again ... and perhaps copy and paste my positive feedback in your email. (Hopefully a few other hubbers might take a look at other hubs and tell you what they think as well.)
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