So, are you saying that if a moderator "snips" what he or she considers an unrelated product, the text that's in that module will disappear (be snipped) as well, even if that text is important/vital to the hub?
First you say that moderators will be unable to change hubs. Then you say they'll do it just once. Or am I misunderstanding that part since I haven't had any coffee yet? Are these "snips" being highlighted and suggested and we make the changes ourselves, or are they being made by moderators?
The snips are being made by moderators. When a snip is saved by a moderator, the changes are reflected on the live Hub. Because most snipping happens at the capsule level (i.e., the entire capsule is removed), you are correct when you say that the text inside of an Amazon Capsule will also be removed if the Amazon Capsule is snipped.
If that text is vital/important to the Hub and doesn't mention the product, it should be in a separate text capsule rather than inside of an Amazon Capsule. If that text is vital/important to the Hub and does mention the product (e.g., first-hand experience with the product, its relatedness, why it was chosen over other products, etc), then it won't get snipped.
The reason, I like the account limit instead of the hub limit, is my current hub that is liked by Google and bringing in the most traffic in my account at this point of the year. Yet, this hub violates the current Amazon limit. I would love to see the current click rate for that particular hub and of all the hubs in that series, as I believe they are driving the recent uptick in Amazon sales on my account.
I would like to see some flexibility that allows some hubs to have more products on it where others have less as the data proves there is room for both.
I generally earn 2 to 3 times as much from Amazon as I do from Adsense-- from only a couple of hubs. I sometimes use Amazon capsules as a formatting element, with the Ad pictures showing something related to the article, even if they don't bring sales.
I think you would be better off getting rid of the ad and using the picture. The kind of pics you find on Amazon are PR pics and, generally speaking, companies that provide them will be delighted if you use them.
I wouldn't take pics that users upload to Amazon, though.
The other way I know it isn't a link: it's a chat I had two weeks ago with an Amazon employee. You can check for yourself using their chat system.
I wanted to ask if I could create Pinterest posters using their images. Not even a single word can you add on their images, not to mention that Pinterest posters created with several of their images is forbidden and the use of their pics without a live link to them is also a big no-no.
I didn't meant that you said otherwise, but from what I've heard these past weeks regarding this matter, lots of people think that just writing "pic. courtesy of Amazon.com - or - Amazon dot com" - is enough. Those kinds of "links" are not live... My post was not intended to upset you in any way, I just wanted to make things clear.
Virtually every company proclaims copyright on its publicity photos in case the images are used in a misleading way that harm users. At the same time it would be PR suicide to start using DMCAs against people using the images legitimately (i.e, as a way of showing what a product looks like).
If Apple, for example, handed out DMCA's to bloggers simply talking about its products and using its PR images then the only result would be that a few hundred thousand legit bloggers would stop talking about Apple and a few million who did not care about legality would continue.
It is best to live in the real world with this stuff,
I am confused about the "snipping" feature. Is an editor actually going to remove/change items from my page without my permission -- or are they going to simply highlight what they would recommend that I change?
Me too. I had assumed we had to remove the excess or unrelated products. This could be a way to force revisions on hubs that have evaded scrutiny for years as well as a motivation for many newer pages to be updated. I just hope we have adequate time to make changes and Christmas is not necessarily going to be the best time to be sitting at a computer editing hubs.
They are actually going to make changes (fix spelling/grammar errors in titles and remove capsules or links) to your Hub so that it complies with our standards for being Featured. Prior to snip editing, moderators would simply defeature any Hub that didn't meet our standards, even those that were very close. Now, the Hubs that are just below the border can be fixed when mods see them without needing to be defeatured.
As with any type of editing on HubPages, you have the ability to reverse the changes.
Reciprocal Snipping Rights - Now, Please Please allow authors to snip irrelevant links added by HP to their pages in the 'Popular' and 'Related' Lists added by the system. Or get the Moderators to clean them up with their shears. Many of these links are so unrelated that they are just plain stupid. Users would clearly see these as spam. They damage the reputation of the site. They are damaging rankings. Google hates them now, and the new Penguin looms. What is good for the goose is good for the gander. See http://hubpages.com/community/forum/134 … s-to-pages
HP moderators snipped several related sauce recipes from my hub on Lemon Sauce Recipes but overlooked these obviously unrelated links added by HP
=> How to Make Pork Stock; and Why You Should! => Pizza Sauce Recipe From Scratch => Lemon Benefits on Skin | Lemon Face Masks at Home => Ground Beef Recipes, Delicious Cheeseburger Pie
Been there, done that. HP won't change their policy. I don't agree with their reasoning. I suspect an ulterior motive, which is obvious. But my suggestion re: the goose and the gander, and even the turkey, is relevant - surely.
Interestingly, there has been no response from HP staff to 'What is good for the goose is good for the gander' in relation to snipping irrelevant links in side bar. I wonder why? Ho hum! The link system needs to be improved urgently.
OK, so I've survived my first "Your Hub has been snipped!" experience. One of my older Hubs had gone "unfeatured" earlier today due to lack of traffic, so I made a few changes to it and threw it back out there. I guess the "snippers" got hold of it while it was in the queue waiting to be re-featured.
Anyway, when I got that message at first I was like "Oh @#$%, what are they gonna do to me?"... but all they did was cut a bunch of the excess Amazon capsules. Everything else stayed exactly the same. To be honest I've never had much luck making sales via Amazon anyway so they could've canned all of 'em and I probably wouldn't have even missed them. (haha)
I suspect that people are punch drunk - hit so many times, in so many ways - unfeatured for this and that, Pro-ed, snipped, clipped, spelled, de-product-ed, de-sub-ed, de-linked, de-traffic-ed and not listened to. Sadly writers have become chimps with manual type writers, feeding in streams of words to the editors. The sense of individuality and being in control of your destiny went down with the subs, and the obligatory edits. What's next!
Final whinge (promise => last post): Hubpro basic outcome
=> Edited grammar => Corrected spelling => Removed links that were not beneficial to the reader => Removed products that were not beneficial to the reader => Reduced the number of products to improve reader experience ( to zero) => Reduced overuse of keywords so your Hub isn't penalized by search engines and HubPages for keyword stuffing => Please note: adding back products to this Hub will likely result in the Hub being defeatured for quality. => Please note: adding back links to this Hub will likely result in the Hub being defeatured for quality. => Please note: adding back keyword stuffing to this Hub will likely result in the Hub being defeatured for quality.
Result SERP position falls
But it will probably recover, if I am patient. Cheers and Goodbye to the forums.
Seems to me they've just given the HubPro editors a different name and remarketed them as "Mr Snip Editor"
I shall continue with my policy of "you touch my content and I will remove it from HubPages". i.e. HubPages will NOT benefit from unfeaturing my hubs
Well apart from those that are already unfeatured and on the "to do" list in terms of moving off HubPages - but still generate traffic and sales based on all the links to them that still exist on my blogs etc!