I created a Hub for a relationships request and typed better relationships as an Amazon query, and it came up with a few products one of which was a vibrator.
So I read Hub Pages TOS and it says I cannot promote adult or pornographic products. Yet I have seen other hubs here doing so. So should I remove any reference to sex or adult products from the Hub? I have removed them for now, but I was wondering whether in future I am allowed to post on products such as sex, lingerie, etc?
There are many good and educational Hubs on topics like sex and lingerie - check out Hope Alexander's collection of Hubs on lingerie, for example, or Jennifer Bowman's on First Time Sex.
The key is to keep the tone informative and not be salacious.
As someone famously said "I cain't define pornography, but I knows it when I sees it ..."
To take the question a bit further, would there be an acceptable way to write about sexual aids (sex toys) on HubPages? I'm thinking something like, "How to find the vibrator that's right for you?" It seems like a legitimate topic to me...?
Hey Sterling Sage,
It's not so much what you write, it's more about how you write about it. You can write about vibrators all you want, just know that you're walking a fine line as far as content goes - but, if I were you I'd give it a shot.
Also, you need to remember that Google is pretty strict on not letting it's ads run next to this type of stuff, so even if your content passes our HubPages guidelines, that doesn't mean that Google will allow you to run AdSense around it.
I hope this helps...looking forward to seeing what you come up with! smile
I don't have a specific plan to write a hub on the topic, but I might think of one in the future. Reading this thread, I realized I wasn't entirely sure what the policy was. There sure is a lot to write about though, and no shortage of readers.
I'm thinking that a hub on how to choose, shop, etc, might not exactly be "promotion of sexual aids or toys," as long as one doesn't include links to a site that sells them.
I'm not sure, though. If "promotion" means promoting their use in general, then it would clearly apply here. If it instead refers only to the advertisement of products, then I'd think an informational hub on the topic would be OK.
Does that make sense? Do you know what the policy maker(s) intended?
I get the feeling this is a bit of a gray area, so any guidance could help keep me on track if I ever do want to write such a hub. Sex and related topics can make for interesting articles, even when there's nothing erotic or pornographic present.
Thanks for the feedback.
Legitimate? maybe, but you'd have to be really careful about what to write
I'd advise referring to it as a 'massage aid', and writing like a 1950's virgin housewife... even then you could run into trouble pretty easily.
Oh, and thanks for the lil plug there Jenny
You do realize that Amazon randomizes the products it displays? The first 2 were just books about relationships, but the 3rd one was a toy, so I set it to display "2" - but there's no telling if they will change that around. I can't control it.
Anyway, there was a popular hub here:
http://hubpages.com/hub/The-Wife--The-D … e-Vibrator
is that kind of thing OK?
Well, it contains no graphic descriptions, and the topic isn't really promoting toys, it's just humor. But as you can see, AdSense feels otherwise; they've already removed ads on that hub.
You can control it. Opt to pick your own products so that you hub only features products that you want it to.
Just as Whitney, mentioned hub authors can choose the Amazon Capsule for specific item or product, by entering in the ISBN number of the item you want, then it will only show the ones you pick.
Hope this helps.
A hub whose sole subject was vibrators or how to shop for one would be considered adult here at HubPages, flagged, and removed.
PS> I see that Google's pulled ads on your "How to Spice Up a Relationship" hub. I think if you removed the "sex games" tag, that might help get them back up, since sex games are not actually the main point of the hub anyway, and might give Google a mistaken impression about the content.
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