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I need some help, I was flagged on one site and no idea why.

  1. trakker14 profile image60
    trakker14posted 8 years ago

    Says I have to  make changes to get it published again, I have changed nothing and it has been  published for a long time.  How do I  know what to change?? says it promotes  one site too often. I have no clue.What site does it promote??? Any help here??

    1. Maddie Ruud profile image82
      Maddie Ruudposted 8 years ago in reply to this

      The hub you linked to does not exist.  If it did, I would be able to see it in Admin mode, and see what it had been flagged for.  I've snipped the URL, since it had the URL of another site tucked inside, and could be interpreted as promotional in and of itself.

  2. gamergirl profile image59
    gamergirlposted 8 years ago

    We don't know.  It's unpublished.  My guess would be it promotes the site which is part of the name, and since it got unpublished for being overly promotional you decided to come promote it on the forums instead?  Bad call.

  3. DJ Funktual profile image88
    DJ Funktualposted 8 years ago


  4. Peter M. Lopez profile image91
    Peter M. Lopezposted 8 years ago

    Doesn't anyone ever learn?

  5. gamergirl profile image59
    gamergirlposted 8 years ago

    Maddie, you're a superhero.

    Come visit, I'll make you spam sushi.

  6. PattiM profile image61
    PattiMposted 8 years ago

    Actually, I just got the same treatment as the original poster only I had links to Clickbank products on the hub. I removed them and am now not only being flagged as overly promotional when I'm not promoting anything but being threatened with being banned.

    The only thing on that hub that wasn't produced by me is a link to a YouTube video and that doesn't promote anything either.


    1. barnabybear profile image60
      barnabybearposted 8 years ago in reply to this

      Linking to Clickbank products is a great way to earn the label "spammer". wink

      1. PattiM profile image61
        PattiMposted 8 years ago in reply to this

        Which is exactly why the links were deleted when I was sent the original notice. That wasn't my original read of the terms of use but what I picked up from the notice. The second notice is the one I have no understanding of what my so called 'over promotion' is.

  7. Misha profile image76
    Mishaposted 8 years ago

    Hey, Patti, how about this big_smile
    http://www.digitalexcellent.com/catcare … pecies.php

    you deserve to be banned, you know wink

    1. PattiM profile image61
      PattiMposted 8 years ago in reply to this

      That isn't the subject of the hub in question. That hub is not currently published due to this 'overly promotional' accusation that really needs to be more specifically laid out since I'm not mind reader. I saw the first problem and fixed it only to have the threat level raised.

  8. HubPages profile image
    HubPagesposted 8 years ago

    Hi PattiM:

    Your Hub links to another site, but includes copied content. As the notification email you were sent clearly states, you can not include links to other sites you are trying to promote on unoriginal content.

    1. PattiM profile image61
      PattiMposted 8 years ago in reply to this

      That hub was written by me based on an article that I own the rights to. That is a far cry from copying material which is copyright infringement.

      "You may only use Content to which You have the necessary rights, including (but not limited to) intellectual property rights regarding copyright, trademark, and trade secrets. You must have permission to use third party content from the content owners."

      From the TOS, my read is that I can use material I have the rights to.

      My read on linking is 'excessive linking' to any one site or domain. The remaining link at the foot of the hub goes to ONE of my sites. I've removed it. Anything else you don't like?

      So, as I understand it. I'm not to link to other websites for any purpose or it will be considered to be 'overly promotional'?

  9. Jason Menayan profile image60
    Jason Menayanposted 8 years ago

    PattiM -

    It doesn't matter if you own the content. You can not syndicate your own content on HubPages with the purpose of using it as a springboard for backlinks to your own site.

    However, if you'd like to remove all links and instead post your blog's entries as Hubs, and save your links to your blog in your profile instead, that is perfectly acceptable.

    Since you've taken out all promotional links, that Hub has been approved for publication.

    - Jason

    1. PattiM profile image61
      PattiMposted 8 years ago in reply to this

      I took out the link to my site that was there. In reading other posts in the forum 'promotional links' appear to be defined as links to commercial sites. The ONE link that was there was not to a commercial site. It was to a blog that contained excerpts to my other writings which cover a range of subjects. For rules that are supposed to be so straightforward there seems to be a pretty wide interpretation which makes posting a precarious effort at best.

      1. Jason Menayan profile image60
        Jason Menayanposted 8 years ago in reply to this

        PattiM -

        It doesn't matter - you have a personal interest in promoting your blog. You can not insert promotional links on content that is not exclusive to HubPages.

        There is the occasional confusion about what constitutes "original content" (ownership vs exclusivity) and when unoriginal content is allowed, but if you need questions answered, it's best to ask me, Maddie or Paul (we all work at HubPages).

        - Jason

  10. Inspirepub profile image86
    Inspirepubposted 8 years ago

    I believe the thinking is that if you are going to use the HubPages platform to promote another business, you at least have the decency to do it using ORIGINAL material.

    While HubPages doesn't prohibit re-using your own material from elsewhere, it lowers your Hub Score.

    You can have up to two external links OR duplicate content,but not both on the same Hub.

    You can't have copied content at all - that will get you banned from the site.

    It is not so hard to paraphrase your stuff,anyway.

  11. Jason Menayan profile image60
    Jason Menayanposted 8 years ago

    Just to clarify:

    - you can publish any content you have the rights to, provided you don't use it to link to sites you are trying to promote (even if it is NOT unique); i.e. you can post a Wikipedia article with the original links to Wikipedia and proper attribution, but you can not add additional links to affiliate offers, your blog, etc.

    - you can publish *unique* content with up to 2 links to any one domain; i.e. if you want to put in links to affiliate offers, blogs, sites that you want to promote, then the content must be exclusive to HubPages

  12. Mary Tinkler profile image82
    Mary Tinklerposted 8 years ago

    Good lord....have I got myself hooked into another site like craigslist where folks have nothing to do all day but be "content nazis"? If you work here, fine. Obviously Hubpages is in it for profit, and I do not begrudge that. I understand we should only promote your business affiliates. Your pages, your rules. But there are a lot of folks here who just want to stomp on fellow hubbers.

    I always say...how can we celebrate diversity if we cannot achieve tolerance? I don't understand most of what the complaints are other than they sound pretty friggin' petty in light of the thousands of blatently self-serving hubs that stay published. EVERYONE HERE has a personal interest. Who you tryin' to zoom?

    1. Misha profile image76
      Mishaposted 8 years ago in reply to this

      Hmmm, would be interesting to know what exactly triggered this particular reaction of yours to this particular thread?

    2. Jason Menayan profile image60
      Jason Menayanposted 8 years ago in reply to this

      People are entitled to their opinions, but we (yes, I work at HubPages) have rules that we adhere to. Of course you can promote whatever you like...provided the content you publish is original. That is probably the reason so many "blatantly self-serving hubs" do stay published - they abide by the HubPages rules.