Yes, I think you're right as that is what happened to one of mine they snipped. All they did was remove a link and left everything else, as far as I could tell. Then a little while later I received a notification it had been moved to one of the new sites. It still remains on your HP page, but under topic, it indicates the new site.
HP is saying that only the highest quality hubs are being chosen for the new sites, so that is a good compliment, and it will remain on your HP page too.
Did they tell you which niche hub they are moving your hub to yet! It's kind of neat, as long as they didn't "snip" too much. So far they have left my text alone. They say they take the best written hubs to start with. Best of luck.
Yes I think it is essential. All the examples on staff hubs do the same. I think the ads are likely to be snipped if they don't mention something relevant about the products you are adding. In lots of cases they use Amazon links instead of modules.
I think that staff may be able to determine which Amazon ads have converted to sales. Unfortunately we can only do the same with our e-Bay stats. I think snipping is not done by some computer system and even that might be savvy enough to realise which hubs have converted to sales.
I just recently sent an email to HubPages about this after one of my hubs was 'snipped'. I really don't like having this done without prior notice or consultation, and it doesn't seem to be all that easy to reverse the process either - It's not just a simple matter of rejecting the changes. It takes time to change the hub back, as one has to re-input the original text.
On my hub the title was changed in a way which now makes it a less accurate description of the content, and references at the end of the hub were removed. These references both facilitate further reading by any who wish to know more about the subject, and to an extent authenticate the information given in the article by giving the sources used.
At least the main body of the text is not being tampered with, but even so it seems fundamentally wrong that our work should be altered in this way without agreement. I haven't heard back yet from the staff, but I hope it is possible in future to make this a process which is more consultative, or which can be opted out from. (I have already opted out of editing with HubPro Premium, but that does not prevent this 'snipping' process).
I don't think we have an option anymore to opt out of HubPro Premium. I can live with the change so far, removing one Amazon hub was fine, but would prefer to have one Amazon and one E-Bay Ad on all of my hubs. That way there is the potential to make a sale from one or the other.
Congrats on your snip I also got a message that one of my hubs has been snipped. The editors seemed to have made minimum changes on my hub, so I'm fine with it. I'm surprised that they have chosen this hub of mine, but whatever.
As I see it moving forward, you either let HP do what they want with your hubs, or you move them off the site to some other place.
I'm willing to see what happens with these niche site. But having said that, I'm also saving copies of all my hubs in case I want to pull them and move them to my own blog.
Congrats to you too Donna. Fingers crossed that there will be no need for us to move our hubs. I probably would not bother, think I would start afresh with exciting new images and fresh text on my own site should this fail.
I'm surprised by the hubs of mine they chose, too. They chose what I feel is my one of my worst dessert hubs, one I considered deleting or moving, to go on Delishably but have left my food hubs that are much better (some of which have gone sub-viral in the past as lenses) on HubPages.
Ok, now I do have a problem with their snipping. They removed the copyright from my hub/pattern. This doesn't seem right. When I tried to insert the HP-approved copyright, it doesn't show up on my snipped hub.
To HP: with knitting patterns, it is common to put in the copyright that the pattern belongs to the author/designer and is not meant for commercial use. I think HP should allow us some tailoring to the copyright notice depending on our "niche".
Hi Donna, I think I would write to staff and explain the position. This clearly needs some clarification. The copying of patterns is a problem, especially if you are relying on your own patterns for an income. I see it happening all the time on Etsy.
I think it would depend where you put the copyright - but personally, I wouldn't be putting anything on HubPages that I wanted to protect.
HubPages is one of the biggest targets on the internet for content thieves, especially now that so many other writing sites have closed down. You can almost guarantee your patterns will be reproduced on other sites, and even translated into other languages. Those thieves won't let a copyright notice stop them!
If you have content you don't want to risk being stolen, you need to put it on a site of your own. It's much less likely to be stolen there.
True, you can never protect your work (or anything else) from people who are willing to break the law. However, you can *inform* law-abiding folks of your ownership of your work. I've had lots of people contact me, asking to use my patterns for charity knitting or for classes. They asked because I put in my copyright notice to ask for permission before copying my pattern for commercial use. This is standard language in most knitting patterns.
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