It's a great hub. Why isn't it featured. It's well written, smart, high quality, intelligent, current, praiseworthy, and long enough.
PS> Don't guess. If you don't know for sure, don't waste my time. Thanks!
I don't know if you have kept up on HP announcements, but management has really tightened the rules for product-focused hubs and it now takes more work to get them featured. Here is the most relevant staff announcement
One thing I noticed is that you have a photo of the item and also an exact photo of it in the accompanying ad. Try dropping one or the other...I assume you want to keep the one in the ad? Both are a bit of overkill and are unnecessary. I suspect this is your problem. One other thing I feel is that you are writing about common products rather than unusual or special ones. This may also be an issue. Other than that, the article looks good.
This Hub appears to exist solely to sell products.
As some others have mentioned, this makes it appear spammy.
Matt has answered your question. He's a staff member.
Your Hub is a classic sales Hub of the type which was all the rage on HubPages a few years ago. The recent tightening of the rules means that it's no longer acceptable, because you're not offering anything of value really. After all, who really needs advice on the best type of stapler?
I agree with others that there are too many Amazon capsules. Although HP allows 1 capsule per 100 words, in practice they don't want you to use that many. I wish they would change it to 1 capsule per 200 words, which is more in line with what they seem willing to accept - it would avoid a lot of confusion.
you put in 6 ads in a hub, way too many, when I put in 3, my hub became unfeatured, I dropped one, left 2 ads in my hub, it became featured. In addition, you must explain the usage of the ads item, 100 words, don't use the amazon picture, find at pixabay. Must credit the photo, you did not. One of the mistakes too.
No one knows for sure but the powers that be.
That said it is a sales hub with no substantive information on it. Probably considered a sales page/spammy.
I agree with Calculus-Geometry, that might be the problem.
I feel this is an informative hub. However, hub editors might feel you are promoting products and that is why it is not featured.
Um, I would say that Matthew up there -- the one in yellow -- isn't just guessing. He's HP staff.
Personally, I would take the answer from Matthew Meyer as a fact and not a guess, as he is a staff member.
Of course the other answers are guesses, because the others who have answered are not HP staff. If you didn't want guesses, you should have emailed staff directly rather than going to the forums and asking fellow HP members, who can only guess. Based on Matthew Meyer's answer, it looks like many of the guesses were correct.
Who is insulting your writing? I see people telling you it is not your writing, but rather the type of hub that is the problem. HP has made policy changes regarding product sales hubs. Calculus-Geometry linked to the changes. Follow those changes and you will be fine.
nicomp, I did not see anyone insulting your writing, in the comments above. There are several typographical errors, though. Most of us who own businesses, already know how to purchase office supplies online. We all have need of staplers, and file organizers, etc.
It would be helpful, if your readers knew the reasons that you chose the particular items you showcased. Are they more durable than other brands? Do they save space? Are there special functions that they have, in comparison to other office supplies?
This is just an opinion, but when I look for supplies for our business online, I usually do a bit of research first, to determine which products are worth investing in. I found out the hard way, about good staplers. Several did not last a year. I would have appreciated reading reviews about them, but the ones I purchased were from an office supply house that did not offer review options.
It might be more beneficial, to let your readers know which products are really excellent - and why.
In this present electronic age, most business owners and office managers already have a "grip" on what is needed. What they want to know, is which products outperform others.
Again, this is simply an opinion, and the typos do need to be fixed.
11 Amazon adverts is a no no. It does go by the rule of 1 ad per 100 words but still spammy. The hub itself is written well
Empty verbiage, which is grammatically incorrect in places. Definitely not "well written, smart, high quality, intelligent, current, praiseworthy" in my opinion.
For example, while I run a successful business from home, I do not need to be told I need a stapler. Maybe I do, maybe I don't, but really that is for me to decide and your content does nothing to influence my opinion. I certainly don't believe that "Every office is required to have several of these staplers scattered about for easy access. There might be a state law to that affect." Affect????? In the noun form, affect is a psychological condition.
Nor do I care that the Swingline Collectors Edition 747 Rio Red Business Stapler is "a pop culture icon". If anything that statement gives me the impression this product is a poor-quality, overpriced piece of garbage. I am however intrigued that "it preforms stapling duties admirably". I'm breathless to know how one can preform a stapling activity! As for someone being ready to "admire your [my] taste in staple application devices" LOL, LOL, LOL!!! "staple application device" SNIGGER SNORT!
Sorry, but I find this hub laughable in the extreme.
You did ask for opinions...
"Empty verbiage, which is grammatically incorrect in places. Definitely not "well written, smart, high quality, intelligent, current, praiseworthy" in my opinion."
Sorry, you're incorrect. Grow a sense of humor and re-read it. Seriously. You need it. You'll feel better.
Victim: (laying on the street) Is there a doctor in the house? My chest really hurts.
Bystander 1: I'm no expert, but I think your pain is coming from that truck parked on your torso.
Bystander 2: I'd have to agree with this other bystander. You have what appears to be a tractor trailer at rest on your chest.
Victim: Shove off hosers, I'm looking for an expert.
Doctor: I'm a doctor, and I would have to agree with these other two bystanders. Your heart is being crushed by what appears to me, to be an 18 wheeler.
Victim: (sigh) If it weren't for this pain in my chest, I'd point out how ridiculous you all sound, but for some reason I'm short of breath. Does anyone here have a stethoscope or possibly an aspirin?
Doctor: Do you see a bright light?
Doctor: Walk into it...
Based on these responses, in general, this site is seriously humor-challenged.
I, for one, am shocked and saddened.
We are not a community of Hemingways, people. Let's get over ourselves.
So it was meant to be funny, was it? I just read it again and sorry, it isn't. It's meant to be a sales Hub. True, it's well written in a light-hearted, chatty style but that doesn't conceal the fact that it offers no advice of any value.
I don't see why you bother posting in the forums if you're so determined to ignore the advice everyone is giving you. I'm assuming you haven't read the recent blog post about the crackdown on "spammy" sales Hubs, of which your Hub is a classic example. So I suggest you shut up before you make a further fool of yourself, and go read it.
I believe everyone here gave you excellent advice, and Matthew Meyer even stopped by to help you. The best thing you can do, is to listen, and look at the article from an objective standpoint. The advice above, is correct.
Is this one funny?
http://nicomp.hubpages.com/hub/Toleranc … nce-Online
You don't need to get angry when other people try helping you...
Now you're just being silly, and you've obviously got enough intelligence to know better.
It's not about tolerance, it's about business. HubPages is a business. They have changed the rules because they believe it's necessary for the site to survive, and that's their right. Those rule changes mean your Hub is no longer suitable. That's a fact, and no amount of whinging and smart-assing will change that.
It's not as if it's deathly prose anyway, so why not get over it and move on?
Nicomp, please write another hub and forget the former. I know it pains.
I would certainly spend my time reading a hub that mimics an advertisement in my local newspaper. NOT!
FOUR YEARS AGO?!!
Was that the right reaction? I'm not sure.
Ohhhh... FOUR years ago. I was thinking THREE.
Or maybe just...
Really? I can't believe it. I didn't even know that was a Hubpages four years ago.
I'm not sure which one of these was the proper response.
You wrote it four years ago? That doesn't surprise me at all. Four years ago, that style of Hub was fine - in fact, HubPages encouraged it.
The goalposts have moved several times since then, and the most recent move has rendered this Hub unacceptable. The change has affected many of us. That's life.
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