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I'd like feedback on my Hub: Recommended DVD's for Male Ballet Dancers

  1. Marisa Wright profile image94
    Marisa Wrightposted 20 months ago

    This Hub has failed QAP due to spammy elements.  I know that means the Amazon capsules, but honestly - if genuine product reviews like this can't pass QAP, things have become ridiculous:

    Recommended DVD's for Male Ballet Dancers.

    If I remove all the Amazon capsules, I feel like adding an opening paragraph that says,

    "I've done the research and managed to find the few DVD's that cater especially for the male dancer.  Unfortunately this site won't let me link to a store where you can buy them, so you'll just have to track them down yourself!"

    How is that sensible?

    1. Millionaire Tips profile image87
      Millionaire Tipsposted 20 months ago in reply to this

      I don't know why this wouldn't be featured, Marisa, but I do have a couple of suggestions for you.  First, you need to say something to the effect of "in this hub, I will show you a list of DVDs that are for male dancers".  Your intro says why male DVDs are important, but you don't really say that you will give the list.  I know it is in the title, but your hub didn't say it.  That first sentence in your OP would be awesome to use. "I've done the research and managed to find the few DVD's that cater especially for the male dancer" And then a "and here they are" type of sentence.

      Also, I think you should add a conclusion.  Something again to remind the reader that the focus of the hub was to provide a list of DVDs.  It adds words and gives the reader some takeaway.

  2. Marisa Wright profile image94
    Marisa Wrightposted 20 months ago

    Thanks, good points.

    1. Sharlee01 profile image79
      Sharlee01posted 20 months ago in reply to this

      The hub looks great to me... I think the title tells exactly what the page is about. I like the subject, so little out there on male ballet dancers. It's well written, and one can see you did your "homework". My opinion, the title is what made the hub stick out, and is holding up it being featured. However,the title is justified, it gives a good description on what the hub is about. I think Hubpages should feature it.  it's well written and informative.

  3. DrMark1961 profile image91
    DrMark1961posted 20 months ago

    I have seen you advise people who need help correcting an obvious error to contact team@hubpages.com. It looks like HP really dropped the ball on this one since your hub is not spammy at all and provides the reader with the exact DVDs he is looking for if he is searching for this title.
    Anyway, give it a try. I would really like to hear them clarify why the exact product is spammy. Good luck getting an answer.

  4. Solaras profile image90
    Solarasposted 20 months ago

    Try removing the link to the blog about Finis Jhung . Sometimes it is the stupidest thing. Great, concise hub!

    1. Marisa Wright profile image94
      Marisa Wrightposted 20 months ago in reply to this

      OK I've tried that, let's see!

  5. NateB11 profile image92
    NateB11posted 20 months ago

    I wonder if the links to the images are having an effect. Unless the source requires you to link to them, maybe see what happens if you remove those links, just leave the text of the source. I also agree with what has been said about adding a little more text; not that the Hub needs it, but maybe doing so will untrigger the filter.

    1. Marisa Wright profile image94
      Marisa Wrightposted 20 months ago in reply to this

      I hope I don't have to unlink the images - personally I think it's pretty rude to use someone's artwork and then not give them the credit!

      1. NateB11 profile image92
        NateB11posted 20 months ago in reply to this

        I didn't mean not give them credit, I mean credit them with text but not a link. Many Hubbers have been doing this, WriterFox even suggested that we do this so that we don't have so many outgoing links.

        1. Marisa Wright profile image94
          Marisa Wrightposted 20 months ago in reply to this

          I remember that, BUT that was because links in photo capsules used to be "do follow". Once HP  fixed that problem, WF changed that advice.

          1. NateB11 profile image92
            NateB11posted 20 months ago in reply to this

            I was just remembering HP made those links nofollow, probably as you were writing your comment. Probably those links are not a problem then. I was just speculating.

  6. DzyMsLizzy profile image93
    DzyMsLizzyposted 20 months ago

    Marisa, with all the struggles I've had that you've helped me with, I hardly feel qualified to offer advice to you!

    That said, I think the hub is very interesting, your video clips are great, and I, personally don't find it spammy.  But--I did not count words-per-capsule vis-a-vis HP's new rules for that ratio.  I don't know if that is your trouble here, or not.

    I wonder if you might get around it with a few in-text links, instead of having all of the DVDs as Amazon capsules?  Not sure how or if that works any differently.  Just a stray thought.

    Best wishes.

    1. Marisa Wright profile image94
      Marisa Wrightposted 20 months ago in reply to this

      I posted this question out of frustration, really. HP assured us that if products were genuinely helpful and relevant, we could still use multiple sales capsules. Seems not!

  7. Marisa Wright profile image94
    Marisa Wrightposted 20 months ago

    Made all those changes, still unFeatured. sad

  8. Sue Adams profile image92
    Sue Adamsposted 20 months ago

    Hi Marisa,

    I also suggest you contact HP with a reference to this forum post.

    If no luck with that, you could get around the system as follows:

    1. At the bottom of the hub, add a text capsule headed:
    "List of Best DVD's for Male Dancers". But don't write the heading in the text capsule heading section because that part cannot be linked. Instead,

    2. Put the heading as H2 in the content part of the text capsule, not in the heading part. Below that, list all dvd's with pictures and descriptions instead of ads, without any links. Then link that top sentence "List of Best DVDs for Male Dancers" to a new WP page on your own blog. That page can carry all Amazon ads relating to the listed dvds.

    I did this on one hub which had an affiliate link that later became "verboten". It's HP's loss if we use their platform to sell stuff on our own websites.

    1. Marisa Wright profile image94
      Marisa Wrightposted 20 months ago in reply to this

      Good idea, IF I had a blog it was suitable for.  However, my only ballet blog is one about pointe shoes, which wouldn't be relevant enough. 

      I will eventually email HubPages about it - as I said, part of my reason for posting this was sheer frustration, and I thought it would also be of interest to other Hubbers.   In the past Hubbers have suggested the word limit per Amazon capsule should be increased, and the response from HubPages has been no, if the products were relevant, multiple capsules are acceptable.   This is a good illustration disproving that claim.

  9. Marisa Wright profile image94
    Marisa Wrightposted 20 months ago

    Got a reply from the team that the ratio of product capsules to text is too high.  The ratio in this Hub is one capsule per 250 words.

    Which just goes to prove that HubPages' official threshold of one Amazon capsule per 100 words means absolutely nothing.

    The reply suggested I should split the Hub into separate Hubs, one for each DVD.  I honestly don't see what else I could write about these DVD's that would be useful to readers, so I'm certainly not going to be doing that, they would be full of fluff.

    1. Matthew Meyer profile image78
      Matthew Meyerposted 20 months ago in reply to this

      The words per product capsule ratio is a minimum requirement for a Hub to not be auto moderated.
      It is required to meet the guidelines, but not sufficient to have a Hub pass the QAP.
      The FAQ has some clarification as well.
      http://hubpages.com/faq/#word-per-product

      1. psycheskinner profile image82
        psycheskinnerposted 20 months ago in reply to this

        I think it would really help all of us if some more specific guidance was given relative to this example.  Because we all know the general rules and to me this hub seems to be compliance with all of them.

        1. Marisa Wright profile image94
          Marisa Wrightposted 20 months ago in reply to this

          The email suggested separating the Hub into a separate Hub for each DVD, and doing a "first hand" review of each one - implying, presumably, that I had no first hand experience of them.

          The point of this Hub is that there are no other DVD's for male dancers.   I could review them more exhaustively but it would be a waste of verbiage, detailed description would not be more helpful to the user.

      2. Marisa Wright profile image94
        Marisa Wrightposted 20 months ago in reply to this

        So it's possible to meet HubPages' guidelines, and yet fail QAP.

        That seems strange to me.

        1. janderson99 profile image85
          janderson99posted 20 months ago in reply to this

          It happens all the time! There is a massive emphasis on 'related' links and amazon capsule counts and relevance at the moment - far and away more stringent. How the can you possibly identify the cause of the rejection, when the reviewer goes way beyond the 'rules'.

          1. Marisa Wright profile image94
            Marisa Wrightposted 20 months ago in reply to this

            But the guidelines do stress the importance of relatedness and relevancy, that's perfectly clear.

            Every single link in that Hub is totally relevant - the Hub is about DVDs for male ballet dancers and every Amazon capsule is a DVD for male ballet dancers.  Go figure.

            1. janderson99 profile image85
              janderson99posted 20 months ago in reply to this

              My 'rejected' related links to my own hubs are much more relevant and related than those that show under "Related" in the right column on the hub, inserted by HP - go figure! What's good for the Goose as far a big G is concerned.

            2. Ramkitten2000 profile image94
              Ramkitten2000posted 20 months ago in reply to this

              I have made these same points multiple times when writing to the team regarding several unfeatured hubs. I even pointed to a hub written by the owner of this site that was (is) very much a sales page and, in my view, very similar in nature to the hub or hubs of my own that had been unfeatured. I received the same type of response each time.

              I got so frustrated, I finally just deleted those hubs ... regardless of my personal experience with each every product (or book) displayed in the hub. Each item was absolutely related the hub. I had more than the minimum text-to-Amazon capsule ratio. These were hubs written and products (and/or books) recommended from personal use and selected as 'the best of' according to my opinion and experience. Still ... I received much the same response.

      3. DzyMsLizzy profile image93
        DzyMsLizzyposted 20 months ago in reply to this

        That, Matthew, seems to me completely counter-intuitive, misleading and inappropriate.  What is the point of even having/posting guidelines if they do not end up helping with acceptable quality?

        If "100 words per capsule" is what it says in the guidelines, and if Marisa's hub contains 1.5 times that amount of words per capsule, there should be no way it fails QAP.  If it does, then that says more about the guidelines than her hub.

        I have read this hub, and it does show she has first-hand experience with these particular DVDs, so the response she stated receiving seems a bit out in left field, and a rather cavalier, presumptive answer.

        I agree with her that there would be insufficient additional text that could be added were she to separate the hub into one per DVD.  That is ludicrous.  And also counter-productive to search results.  She has put them all in one place for easy finding, having saved any searchers from doing the same exhaustive research she herself has done.  One and done. 

        I fail to see a problem with that.  When I am researching, I appreciate a site that gives multiple sources of information in one spot, and I'd rather not get bounced around by a bunch of referrals to read something else on another site (or have to page through one site looking for the other bits).

        Perhaps the guidelines themselves need revision?  It seems so to me, and I'm sure to others on this thread.

      4. profile image0
        calculus-geometryposted 20 months ago in reply to this

        Matthew,

        Telling people they need at least 100 to avoid auto-moderation is not very helpful because a hubber's goal is not to avoid moderation, but to pass QAP and have her hubs indexed in Google.

        Can you show us examples of hubs that have roughly 100 words per product and have passed QAP?

        If no such hubs exist and we actually need far need more 100 words per capsule to pass QAP, then make it an official rule so people don't have to guess.

        1. Marisa Wright profile image94
          Marisa Wrightposted 20 months ago in reply to this

          +1

    2. Solaras profile image90
      Solarasposted 20 months ago in reply to this

      +1

  10. Kristen Howe profile image87
    Kristen Howeposted 20 months ago

    Ruiz, please don't spam this discussion hub, since it's not related to the subject matter.  Take it elsewhere!

  11. Millionaire Tips profile image87
    Millionaire Tipsposted 20 months ago

    Marisa,

    A hub that features products has to add value that a simple Amazon search does not provide.  Your hub definitely adds value by talking about each product.  I now think your issue may be the word count per product.  This post may explain your issue.

    http://hubpages.com/forum/topic/133775

    1. Marisa Wright profile image94
      Marisa Wrightposted 20 months ago in reply to this

      Aha!  That makes sense, but it's odd that I didn't get any warning.

      As luck would have it, I stumbled across another instructional DVD so I was able to add it to the article - which gave me a proper reason to write a paragraph rather than write fluff.  It's not on Amazon so I didn't need to add another Amazon capsule.  So it's Featured now.

 
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