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Hubpages Privacy Policy & ToS Changes - March 3rd

  1. WryLilt profile image87
    WryLiltposted 5 years ago

    This is now displayed on the home page.

    "The HubPages privacy policy and user agreement will be changing on March 3rd. Please review the new privacy policy and new user agreement."

    From what I can see there are some major additives to #9 - EARNING MONEY THROUGH HUBPAGES - IMPRESSION PROGRAM PARTICIPATION.

    Comments?

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    ryankettposted 5 years ago

    That is a very positive change WryLilt. And I think it means that Hubpages will offer additional advertising options without the need to sign up as an affiliate directly.

    In otherwords, new revenue options with revenue split rather than impression share, which you can run alongside the current impression system.

    Hubpages holds the affiliate account but tracks revenues from your pages, splits revenue 60/40.

    Great news for those who cannot get an eBay account or lose their AdSense account. If I am reading into that correctly.

    1. WryLilt profile image87
      WryLiltposted 5 years ago in reply to this

      I agree. Surprised there aren't more comments though!

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        ryankettposted 5 years ago in reply to this

        I'm going to email you.

        It seems pretty quiet though in fairness smile

    2. christoss1959 profile image68
      christoss1959posted 5 years ago in reply to this

      I think you are reading it correct but as far as I understand is an option for people who have problems with adsense. As far as I understand it wont include ebay or amazon which is a shame. If it included all the affiliates in one I would be likely to switch to them as this would mean reaching faster the payment thresholds, as it is now I will keep my account as it is.
      Very good news though for everyone who had his/hers account suspended though.

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        ryankettposted 5 years ago in reply to this

        No, it says that it can be run alongside the impression share.

        So we can opt-in to both ad share and impression share. That suggests that it is new affiliates.

  3. sid_candid profile image60
    sid_candidposted 5 years ago

    Interesting change this. The only thing I could not understand is how are going to pay would it be by check or paypal. My adsense has never been great and new revenue sharing opportunity is like fresh air for me. Go Hubpages Go!smile

  4. SimeyC profile image89
    SimeyCposted 5 years ago

    It distinctly says that you will receive payments by Paypal - if you read the terms it does allude that there may be other payments eventually, but for now the only option is Paypal.

  5. Randy Godwin profile image93
    Randy Godwinposted 5 years ago

    Just finished reading this.  Sounds good so far!

  6. GAbaptist profile image82
    GAbaptistposted 5 years ago

    From what I am reading, the new ad program sounds like what I have heard some describe the Squidoo model. Since I have never used Squidoo, I don't know if that is accurate. Maybe someone who writes there can tell me if it is the same type of system. Either way, I am all for making more ways to make money, as long as we don't lose the current options we have.

  7. wilderness profile image95
    wildernessposted 5 years ago

    Hmmm.  I didn't see anything about referrals, either from someone joining up or by linking to another's hub.  Just income from the 60% of impressions we normally get.

    It wouldn't  affect me much - I have one signup that has written one hub - but some have hundreds.

    1. WryLilt profile image87
      WryLiltposted 5 years ago in reply to this

      The ToS says referrals stay the same - 10%

      1. wilderness profile image95
        wildernessposted 5 years ago in reply to this

        I missed it, then.  I just skimmed through the new parts - a more thorough reading is definitely in order.

  8. Will Apse profile image90
    Will Apseposted 5 years ago

    My mind goes blank when I try and read that kind of thing. Someone should write a hub explaining the TOS in terms stupid people could understand.

    I understand the 'don't spam' bit. I understand 'don't say cruel things to fellow users' even if they deserve it. I note that the revenue split could be changed at any time (please don't sell us to AOL or the Russians). A lot of the rest of it is impenetrable.

    1. WryLilt profile image87
      WryLiltposted 5 years ago in reply to this

      Basically, on top of the affiliate earnings we currently have (Adsense, Amazon, Kontera, Ebay) Hubpages will also show adverts from other big companies and pay us a share directly through paypal.

      1. Will Apse profile image90
        Will Apseposted 5 years ago in reply to this

        I searched the TOS for paypal and came up with a blank. Are you sure of this? I think Squidoo do that now. but Hubpages?

        Maybe I am looking at the wrong page- is this the page you are talking about http://hubpages.com/help/user_agreement

        1. WryLilt profile image87
          WryLiltposted 5 years ago in reply to this
          1. SimeyC profile image89
            SimeyCposted 5 years ago in reply to this

            Here's the paypal part in the User Agreement:

            Payment Mechanism and Uncollected Payments.

            HubPages in its sole discretion will determine the approved payment mechanism(s) for You to receive payments due from your running the HubPages Ad Program. Your participation in the HubPages Ad Program may be suspended or approval withheld until HubPages can validate that You have a valid account with approved payment mechanism. Payment mechanisms may be edited, added, or removed at any time, in HubPages sole discretion. The following are the currently approved payment mechanisms for the HubPages Ad Program: PayPal

          2. Will Apse profile image90
            Will Apseposted 5 years ago in reply to this

            Thanks Wry Lit. I can hardly ever load Hubpages front page, and I don't even try these days, so I just went to what I took to be the current user program.

            I am guessing the direct sales ad revenue will be pretty minor compared to adsense and amazon revenue.

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      ryankettposted 5 years ago in reply to this

      If they had to sell then I would hope it would be to Google.

      They offer 100% revenue sharing on Google Knol, and wouldn't give their own site a Google slap.

      Ultimately we are protected by the fact that we own our content, any reduction in revenue sharing would see me remove my content, post it somewhere else, then get a bar job, and come back when it all matures again.

      Something to worry about when or if it happens though. Right now it looks like they are concentrating on becoming more profitable as an independant, which I hope will be the case for a few more years.

      1. Mikeydoes profile image80
        Mikeydoesposted 5 years ago in reply to this

        If I see you dip, you better believe I'm out too. What Hubpages had I was happy with. As long as Amazon is the same, and my sales hubs are in tact I'll be more than okay.

  9. rebekahELLE profile image91
    rebekahELLEposted 5 years ago

    after reading through it, I'm wondering if this also means there will be more ads on our pages?  did anyone else get this impression?

    1. Marisa Wright profile image93
      Marisa Wrightposted 5 years ago in reply to this

      If you recall, there were a couple of threads about new advertisers being tested a few months ago.  There was a mixed reaction because some of the ads were quite in-your-face. 

      The hurdle, at the time, was that it wouldn't be possible for Hubbers to sign up for that advertiser individually. So I'm guessing this change means they've decided to proceed with that advertiser and manage the payments directly.

    2. EmpressFelicity profile image83
      EmpressFelicityposted 5 years ago in reply to this

      Yes, and it's not just an impression either - they actually come out and say it:

      "Your election to run the HubPages Ad Program may result in additional advertisements being placed on Your Hubs"

      Not sure how I feel about the new ad program - it sounds like a great idea in theory, but would it result in a reduced number of Adsense clicks and hence mean that you gain in one area only to lose in another?  (I'm guessing that it would have more effect on Adsense earnings than either Amazon or eBay.)

      That said, it's absolutely brilliant news for people who can't get an Adsense account, or have been banned from Adsense.

      1. EmpressFelicity profile image83
        EmpressFelicityposted 5 years ago in reply to this

        Edit: just read up the info about the new programme - seems you need a valid Adsense account to join.  Sorry if this post of mine got anyone's hopes up erroneously.

  10. Susana S profile image91
    Susana Sposted 5 years ago

    This is great news, especially if this includes ads from premium ad networks such as Microsoft (which I think it does).

    Can't wait to sign up!

    1. christoss1959 profile image68
      christoss1959posted 5 years ago in reply to this

      Am I the only one who is slightly concerned about this?
      If they are creating their own adds network that means they can put whatever adds they want and share whatever revenue they they want for each click. For example if an ad usually paid $1 before they can share only $0.10 of the profit, the 60%-40% only applies for the number of ads shown not the ad system (which they might develope as an independent product-company).
      I am also concerned that this new adsystem might become compulsory eventualy so that they can maximize their profits.

      1. Kangaroo_Jase profile image81
        Kangaroo_Jaseposted 5 years ago in reply to this

        If you read through the ToS you will find that ads displayed on page impressions don't change, it is still 60% Hubber, 40% HubPages for page impressions.

        You have an option to opt into the HubPages Ad program, so it will show additional ads on your Hubs on your page impressions in addtion to all your other ads (eBay, Amazon, AdSense and Kontera).

        As the HubPages Ad program is opt in and they can show ads on 40% of their page impressions, I feel that HQ doesn't need to promote a compulsory issue with this as noone benefits if Hubbers leave the site or no longer produce future Hubs.

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        I am myself very excited about this, even if it is an additional - one, single ad (or more) that captures an audience and promotes further revenue IN ADDITION to what I am already earning, yeah, bloody beautiful bonus.

        I feel that almost no one unless they do something rather extraordinarily bad, will suffer from this new addition to ad revenue generation.

        1. Opt In
        2. Extra Revenue Potential
        3. Happy Hubbers, Happy HQ

        Bring it on I reckon

        1. christoss1959 profile image68
          christoss1959posted 5 years ago in reply to this

          It think you missread (or I misswritten) my comment. Hubpages ad network is a new ad network, nobody can guarantee you for the price they offer per click! You still get the same impressions for your ads but they can give you as much as they want per click (from your impressions). They can give you as low as 1p per click, they are the new ad network not adsense not msn not anyone else they are independent.

          1. Kangaroo_Jase profile image81
            Kangaroo_Jaseposted 5 years ago in reply to this

            christoss,

            I havent misread what you wrote above, yet I feel you haven't read the ToS in depth and digested what is written there.

            This ad generation is not new, its been in place for quite some time now. It is called Yieldbuild and although a separate entity, its a part of the HubPages family and fully owned by HubPages.

            I think it would be not a good way to build business relationships with anyone to oust your writers with shitty payments. Why the heck would HubPages pay themselves and the ad publishers a motsa and screw the writers?

            It is also opt in, so you can choose yes, or you can choose no. So if one chooses, nothing in your current form of revenue generation has to change, when asked to utilize the HubPages Ad network, you can simply say, no thankyou.

  11. Andrew0208 profile image60
    Andrew0208posted 5 years ago

    This is good News for hubbers - An ad share earning alternative provided by HubPages. This is truly ideal.

  12. ns1209 profile image35
    ns1209posted 5 years ago

    This sounds excellent as I never can make much with Adsense anyway!  If Hubpages starts adverts directly and Hubbers earn a share, the site will also become more profitable.  I hope this includes big companies like Microsoft.  On an Xbox Hub, I could have for example a Microsoft advert for Kinect.

  13. IzzyM profile image85
    IzzyMposted 5 years ago

    The way I see it, whatever they choose to share is still more than we are earning now.

    1. kirstenblog profile image78
      kirstenblogposted 5 years ago in reply to this

      Ditto smile

  14. R-J-T profile image61
    R-J-Tposted 5 years ago

    Will these ads be automatically shown on our pages or do we have to sign up and add them? For example google is automatically shown but you have to add Amazon.

    1. WryLilt profile image87
      WryLiltposted 5 years ago in reply to this

      They'll be automatically shown once you opt in I believe.

      1. R-J-T profile image61
        R-J-Tposted 5 years ago in reply to this

        Ok thanks, so if I opt out they will not be shown? correct?

        1. WryLilt profile image87
          WryLiltposted 5 years ago in reply to this

          They will only be shown on Hubpages 40% share I believe.

          But think of it this way:-

          Normally you'd earn from Adsense/Amazon/Kontera/Ebay.

          If you opt in you'd earn from Adsense/Amazon/Kontera/Ebay AND from Hubpages.

          1. pisean282311 profile image59
            pisean282311posted 5 years ago in reply to this

            wow...but would they then sent cheque to other places like google does...at par cheques...

          2. R-J-T profile image61
            R-J-Tposted 5 years ago in reply to this

            I know but I do not have paypal and do not plan on getting it as there have been a load of nightmare stories of people getting screwed over by them.

            1. Len Cannon profile image88
              Len Cannonposted 5 years ago in reply to this

              Well, I suppose you can never get paypal and not get any money you would otherwise earn anyways, or risk getting "screwed" out of that money years from now.

              I do most of my primary business transactions with Paypal nowadays. Once I got a Paypal debit card, my bank became increasingly obsolete.

              1. R-J-T profile image61
                R-J-Tposted 5 years ago in reply to this

                For anyone who uses paypal for there business should be extremly careful, there are many people, some of which I know personaly who have had there paypal account suspended because they have had 2 or 3 returns or customer complaints out of thousands of customers.

                They do not care about the sellers only the buyers so the only thing I am going to say is be careful with them becuase the last thing you will want is a suspended message on your account one day with $1000s being unable to withdraw for adleast 6 months.

                1. Marisa Wright profile image93
                  Marisa Wrightposted 5 years ago in reply to this

                  Fair enough, but what's going to give you a better return - not joining the ad program ($0 income) or joining the ad program and taking a risk you might, just might, be one of the unlucky ones?

                  Bear in mind, with an affiliate program you're not selling direct, so you're not going to get any "returns" or customer complaints.

                  I've had a free Paypal account for years.  I know about the risk, so I make sure I regularly withdraw funds to keep the balance low.  It's foolish to leave "$1000s" in your Paypal account and easy to avoid doing so.

  15. kirstenblog profile image78
    kirstenblogposted 5 years ago

    Boy, I have some reading to do! Thanks guys for posting about this here as I don't often check the main page and could have missed it. I guess it would be good practice to start reading the terms once a year to see if there have been changes I neglected to notice smile

    I am really struggling not to get too excited here, and failing! lol

    I just have a really high regard and respect for this site and cannot imagine that this new system would be anything but good for us all. That is not to say that there wouldn't be glitches or whatever at the start but thats worth it to me.

    I am seeing some nice earnings with amazon, but I still find google a weird beast and struggle to get decent value clicks. I would very much welcome another potential way to earn here.

    1. Kangaroo_Jase profile image81
      Kangaroo_Jaseposted 5 years ago in reply to this

      Kirsten,

      When you look right at the bottom of the page for the ToS HQ has posted dates for when important updates or changes have been made. Hope it helps.

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    ryankettposted 5 years ago

    This all seems irrelevant unless my traffic returns.

    1. bgamall profile image86
      bgamallposted 5 years ago in reply to this

      If they apply this to foreign Google, not just USA, you are screwed totally Ryan. No point in continuing unless you go mad with twitter and facebook promotion. Any tips on facebook promotion of hubs? I haven't figured that out. And ad clicks diminish there anyway.

      Or Ryan you could make ebooks like I am doing or use adwords, lol.

  17. Pcunix profile image89
    Pcunixposted 5 years ago

    My only concern with this is Kontera.  I do NOT want that junk on my pages ever.

    As long as I can opt out of that separately, I'm good to go.

    1. skyfire profile image71
      skyfireposted 5 years ago in reply to this

      You can disable kontera on 60% of your impressions.

      1. Pcunix profile image89
        Pcunixposted 5 years ago in reply to this

        I don't want it on any smile

        1. Marisa Wright profile image93
          Marisa Wrightposted 5 years ago in reply to this

          Me neither, hate it.

  18. Rosie2010 profile image84
    Rosie2010posted 5 years ago

    Thanks, Wrylit, for posting this.  This is very helpful for most of us.

  19. danatheteacher profile image81
    danatheteacherposted 5 years ago

    So am I understanding right that it is either one ad program like Adsense and Amazon or we have to choose the Hubpages ad program? Is that correct.

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    lynnechandlerposted 5 years ago

    Curious to know how we are to sign up for it or opt in?

 
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