I am really ticked about this. I posted a hub about a revolutionary new site out there that will change how we social network and I linked to a page, not from that site but an info website of mine so people could get more info and I was flagged for being over promotional! This is news, not promotion. I think that is really not fair. I am just guiding people to an opportunity that is going to be like a music myspace. I have had other links without a problem. Meanwhile giant ads show up on my hubs that are not mine or adsense and that is not promotional? Can someone please clarify this. I had 16 views on this my first day published and was really happy.If they are too strict I will have to go back to that e place. I was not crazy about them but I was not censored. I do not like censorship.
My understanding is that the "overly promotional" flag comes from two sources, and I could be completely wrong regardless, so take anything I say with a grain of salt, okay?
First of all, I read somewhere (not on HP) but a hub will get flagged as "overly promotional" if it has more than three links to the same site within one hub. If that's you, cut them down to one link to the same domain within the hub. You shouldn't need to repeat more than twice anyway.
The second instance is when a user flags your hub as overly promotional. I've had to do this once or twice before when I've seen a hub that is *nothing* but links to other sites. There is no content whatsoever, no text, no images. That's the only case I'll flag -- if I have to read the hub in the first place, I don't consider it overly promotional. Maybe I'm forgiving?
Anyway, in the second case I believe that a staff member needs to check out your hub. I had to e-mail them yesterday for some help with a mistake I made and got an answer pretty quickly from them with a resolution to the problem.
This is from the FAQ:
My hub was flagged as overly promotional, what does that mean?
Purely promotional offers and Hubs designed only to promote other sites or businesses are not allowed. In particular, the following actions are likely to get your hubs flagged:
* linking repeatedly to the same site within a hub or across many hubs
* including links to a page that contains largely the same content as your hub
* linking to products or services unrelated to a Hub's content
* including more than 2 links to any one domain
* short "teasers" with links to "read more" at another site
* including promotional links on content that is unoriginal (i.e. not exclusive to HubPages); promotional links can only be included on content that is exclusive to HubPages
Please note that promotional links are links that you have any interest in promoting (your blog, your Website, affiliate offers, etc.). Links to well-known Web resources which you don't have any personal interest in (like Wikipedia, news sites, encyclopedias, open directories, etc.) are exempt from this limitation.
The rules for being overpromotional are many, and easy to break. And can result in having your account cancelled.
I recently fell foul of the overly promotional rules in a manner that I felt was unfair.
See http://hubpages.com/hub/Im-Removing-My- … -Hub-Pages
So - read the rules - become familiar with them - and adjust your activities accordingly.
Cheers, Eric G.
check this out, it might help explain
I have another question related to this topic...if I set the RSS feed from my blog to show more than one entry (I'd like to show two or three), does that count against my hub in the "overly promotional" category?
Right now, I have it set to 1 because I was nervous that any more would be OP.
**Edited to add: I've not put any links to my blog anywhere else in the body of my hub. The only thing pointing to it is the RSS feed, currently set to one entry.**
You can have as many entries as you want in one RSS capsule - but you can't have any other link to the same site from the same hub.
I just finished writing a hub with two links to one page. Duplicate links did me in. It happens to the best of us. But keeps HP's content quality up.
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