Here's a bit of a problem.
I write "app review roundups", usually for Android OS devices.
Instead of making one hub per review, I usually write grouped reviews, listing like a dozen, 20, 30 reviews per hub. And I include link to Appbrain, which is an unofficial library for Android apps.
My latest review hub was marked with the warning about possibly overly promotional, since I included like 10-20 links to Appbrain, but how else do I link to the apps? I can't link directly to Android market on a PC. Google does not allow that yet.
I guess I can switch to QR codes if Hubpages is that hot and bothered about linking to outside, but I think reviews that links to well-known download sites (download.com, for example) should be exempt the "overly promotional" warning.
Overly promotional applies to self-serving links. If they are not self-serving, an exemption seems in order and it would be worthwhile to contact HubPages to ask for one. Without contacting them, they may presume your links are self-serving.
Warnings are computer generated, I guess some real person looks at the hubs that are flagged by the computer. It sounds like a human could tell you aren't trying to promote yourself with the links.
by Paula Atwell21 months ago
Is there a balance of Amazon products on a page that makes a hub overly promotional? Or is it dependent on the individual hub (over and beyond the 50 words per product)?
by Mary Craig4 years ago
Wouldn't it be nice if some explanation about the hub came with the above mentioned notices. All you get is the general notice that you hub is overly promotional or substandard and it needs to be fixed. If...
by Liz Elias20 months ago
Wouldn't a hubber who seems to write exclusively on product reviews, which they openly state they got for free or at a reduced price simply for the purpose of writing review, be considered as "overly...
by Mark Knowles8 years ago
At last !One of my hubs has been flagged as overly promotional LOLOr at least :WARNING: This hub is in danger of being flagged as Overly Promotional, for 2+ links to a domain. I feel so proud. Almost like a...
by Perry Fender5 years ago
I'm pretty new to HubPages (joined 6 weeks ago but got "busy" about 2 weeks ago posting Hubs) -- I got spanked last week and had a hub taken down temporarily for citing direct links to the particular...
by BenjaminB6 years ago
I find it hilarious that Hubpages pushes the concept of helping new Hubbers yet my Hub which has had very good reception by the community has been flagged for being both overly promotional and substandard.I had 5 social...
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