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What Are These New Standards For Being Featured?

  1. LindaSmith1 profile image61
    LindaSmith1posted 21 months ago

    HP makes Zero sense!!!

  2. Millionaire Tips profile image90
    Millionaire Tipsposted 21 months ago

    Imagine that HubPages is a a print magazine.  It's free. Anyone can pick one up and read it at any time.  If anyone wanted to write for it, they could submit an article to the staff, and the staff may even you for it so they could publish it.  If you wanted to write a classified ad, you would have to pay them for it, and they would decide where it fits in their high quality magazine.

    They have never allowed sales articles like you are suggesting, and they have recently tightened their standards even more to get rid of that kind of spam.  That's because if they let people like you advertise your business, then others will come in droves and pretty soon there will be almost nothing but free advertising.

    It is their site and their rules.  The rules make sense to me.  They have a right to allow the kind of publication they like on the site and not allow the publication of what they don't like.  If you want to get advertising, you have to pay for it or go elsewhere where they do allow free advertising.

    1. rowan casey profile image60
      rowan caseyposted 21 months ago in reply to this


      1. Barbara Kay profile image85
        Barbara Kayposted 21 months ago in reply to this

        But Google frowns on Ezine now.So much so that it is no longer recommended to use it.

        1. TIMETRAVELER2 profile image94
          TIMETRAVELER2posted 21 months ago in reply to this

          Exactly.  HP is trying to create a site that is for writers and people who want to know the information they present.  This is not a place for selling products only, and those who do not like the rules are free to go elsewhere.  You can complain all you like, but that gains nothing for anybody...it just takes up space and wastes time.  Again, if you don't like the rules...you have the option of writing elsewhere.

      2. Marisa Wright profile image93
        Marisa Wrightposted 21 months ago in reply to this

        ....and Ezine is now a joke which gets very little traffic.

      3. tlcs profile image78
        tlcsposted 21 months ago in reply to this

        here, here!

    2. LindaSmith1 profile image61
      LindaSmith1posted 21 months ago

      MT   your comment does not make sense.

      There a businesses who have accounts and hubs here.
      People write about products such as an Apple product, Smart phone etc.  That is advertising a product and a business.  People write about writing at HP, that is advertising for a business.  There are a ton of hubs about Bubblews, that is essentially advertising a business.  Hubs about any business or product is advertising for a business.    The ads found on hubs is advertising.  The products on hubs is advertising. Those who write about SEO, creating web sites,  often have links to a business, which could be their own business which is advertising.     So unless HP is going to have nothing but poetry, mom's apple pie recipe,   eliminate all links and all products,  then the majority of hubs is some form of advertising.

      1. LindaSmith1 profile image61
        LindaSmith1posted 21 months ago

        Rowan: I don't get it anymore.  I read that hub. Stupidity is that we, ACCORDING TO HP RULES: 2 textlinks to same domain.  You only had one text link.

        Information:  There is quality information here for anyone who is considering painting their home as a DIY or to hire someone whether they live in Alaska or at the ends of the earth.

        Not one product produced by writer for Zazzle, Amazon, Ebay, etc is on this hub.

        YET: We have hubs with 99 product photos from a hubbers Zazzle store where they tell readers that they can see all products at link above.  99 products, and one link     Apparently that is okay.  There are a ton of these hubs, still featured.

        Now more stupidity:  In reality, all of these hubs have complied with HP Rules!!!!

        Yet, the informational hub about housepainting is considered to be spam, while the ones with a ton of Zazzle products, with little information are fine and dandy.

        Oh, I see, the Zazzle hubs brings in more money for HP than the painting hub does??  Another thing that happened on Squidoo!!!   The crap stayed because they were money makers, while those who wrote decent articles got flagged, and deleted.

        After this post by HP: http://blog.hubpages.com/2015/01/07/an- … -capsules/   

        The hub about a vacuum cleaner, which I found informative, they consider spam and it is about one product.  Yet, others, very much like the vacuum cleaner one were considered to be top notch.  IT IS ALL SUBJECTIVE, MATTER OF OPINION.

        Cliche that fits well:  One man's junk is another man's treasure!

        HP has not changed their rules.  It is simply a we like this one, and don't like that one.   So is it, the heck with the rules, do as you wish, and see what happens?

        Hey, I don't like poetry so do I report all poetry hubs for spam because I think poetry is crap???

        There are a ton of hubs I don't like, but I don't report them for spam, etc unless it is truly spam, etc???

        1. Millionaire Tips profile image90
          Millionaire Tipsposted 21 months ago in reply to this

          I found the rules very clear and understandable. You have to look at them with an open mind instead of applying your own filters right away.

          Just because others can get away with writing bad hubs does not mean that it is right.  Some people can be sneaky and find the loopholes.  That doesn't make it right.

          Also, HubPages tends to rely more on unfeaturing than they do on unpublishing. This means you will see hubs that are badly written, mostly spam, etc.  But most of them are unfeatured.  You won't know that they are unfeatured, unless you specifically look for them on the search engines. You can still see them popping up on your feed if you follow that person or that topic.

      2. calculus-geometry profile image85
        calculus-geometryposted 21 months ago

        It's simply that HP (and any reader) can tell the sole purpose of the article is to promote a business in Hobart, Tasmania. It's so blatant I'm surprised you're even asking this question.

        If that business is your client, you need to link to them in a way that is less obvious.

        I won't tell you how to do that publicly on the forum, but I will say that I have found other users here who are solely writing to promote businesses, and they do it in sneaky clever ways that get past the filters and human moderators. Some of these people are pretty creative. So put on your thinking cap and get more creative.

      3. LindaSmith1 profile image61
        LindaSmith1posted 21 months ago

        Good hub, bad hub:  This is becoming a witch hunt based on personal opinions.

        Rules set by HP  apparently don't mean a thing!!!


        Remember the HOTD with spelling errors etc.  According to HP, due to multiple spelling errors, that hub should have been unfeatured for low quality. INSTEAD THEY GIVE IT A HOTD!!!

      4. paradigmsearch profile image89
        paradigmsearchposted 21 months ago

        One can also blast away with .gov links. In fact, I recommend it.

      5. LindaSmith1 profile image61
        LindaSmith1posted 21 months ago

        HP and Ezine rank 6/10

        1. paradigmsearch profile image89
          paradigmsearchposted 21 months ago in reply to this

          Ya just gave me a new forum thread idea....

      6. maz07 profile image60
        maz07posted 21 months ago

        The link to the target sites may be reported as spam so Hubpages might have detected it as spam too. I'm not sure but that might be the answer to it. Does anyone here knows how to protect hubpages content from being republish on other sites? I remembered that my Squidoo articles get unpublished because it was detected as copied content. I've wrote the articles myself and apparently someone copied it to their website. Since Hubpages is now Squidoo, why not give Hubpages authors here the option to protect contents?

      7. LeanMan profile image81
        LeanManposted 21 months ago


        What is the point of blaming HP when the real people that are making your life difficult are Google.

        The changes that the site are making are to specifically help this site and all of us maintain traffic with Google.

        What is the purpose of your link? If it is to aid the reader of the hub then great.

        If it is to gain a link to another site for link juice - forget it, Google is not going to see a link from HP as a quality link anymore! They are not going to go to war on content farms and then say that the links from them are great!

        If the purpose of the page is to just promote another site and all the link does is send the person to a page to buy something then why send the person here? Why not send the person direct.

        If the content does not satisfy the searcher as in mismatched titles designed just to grab search engine searches then you will cease to get traffic from good ole Google.

        The internet has changed - it does not work the same way that it did 3-4 years ago!

        The aim is not to game Google into providing you traffic - its to give the reader what they want!

        As to earnings - I do perfectly well!

        However if you want to do better you have to use your own sites - which I do which is why I no longer have a regular job and work when I want to...

        If you feel that you know best then transfer everything here to your own sites.....

      8. Nancy Hardin profile image60
        Nancy Hardinposted 21 months ago

        TimeTraveler is correct..."if you don't like the rules...you have the option of writing elsewhere." I'm moving my articles gradually to my own site and my blog. That's my solution and it's more productive and fulfilling than bemoaning the fact that my writing and point of view isn't appreciated. There are people who DO and I'm reaching them.

      9. Rui Carreira profile image88
        Rui Carreiraposted 21 months ago

        These requirements make Hubpages a better place for us since it will get spammers to forfeit it. People who are in this for the advertising get out, while people who are serious about it stay.

        I make a decent amount per month, and I dont have much hubs... I am even publishing new content and only 1 link is for a website of mine throughout all of the hubs - I do it because I know profit will add up.