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I need help, my hubs have As beside them, I've resubmitted 4 times

  1. VivBounty profile image82
    VivBountyposted 4 years ago

    Can someone please help me? I've seen some really sub quality hubs out here. I write well and yet my hubs are being unpublished and continuously picked on for sub quality. I'm offended. You're making it not fun to be a hubber.

    http://vivbounty.hubpages.com/hub/firew … -plus-help

    1. VivBounty profile image82
      VivBountyposted 4 years ago in reply to this

      Sorry I submitted before finishing my thought. I am so frustrated with all the changes and why what I have been told are wonderful stories are now being called sub quality. I joined hub pages to write articles and then to share to my blogs. Now I can't add feeds to my blogs, my hubs are being called sub quality and the repeated email messages keep sending me to other people's hubs. This does not tell my exactly what's wrong with the hubs you keep picking on. I need specific one-on-one help and not automated bot replies. Can someone please contact me? Thank you!

      1. MelissaBarrett profile image60
        MelissaBarrettposted 4 years ago in reply to this

        A doesn't mean substandard, it means you are lacking a summary.  Summaries are optional, but they do help (allegedly) with SEO.

        1. VivBounty profile image82
          VivBountyposted 4 years ago in reply to this

          Thanks Melissa. The bots sent me an email calling my hub substandard. I've been offline with bereavement for months and just coming back and all this unpublishing is so demeaning. I'm not up on this summary stuff so will read.
          Thanks Relache. As I've never made any adsense or amazon income here at hubs, it's probably easier to just write what I like on my blogs and not have to be worried about being unpublished every couple of months.

      2. Marisa Wright profile image93
        Marisa Wrightposted 4 years ago in reply to this

        Viv, I assume you're not very active on the forums, as most of us went through the changes as they were introduced last year. Due to the size of HubPages and the small moderation team, they're still working through Hubs and it sounds like they've only just got to yours.  But rest assured, we all went through it!

        The first step is to calm down and recognise that HubPages was slaughtered in the Google Panda update and had to make changes just to survive.  I'm sure you'd rather have HP with changes, than no HP at all.  Some of us don't agree with the changes they chose to make, but it's their business so it's their decision after all.

        The second step is to understand that "substandard" does not mean substandard.  Several of us have suggested, several times, that HP stop using such an insulting word, when what they mean is "non-compliant".  Your Hubs do not comply with the new HubPages Terms of Service.

        Third, go to each of your "non-compliant" Hubs and see if there is a warning you can click on.  Often it will open up and give you more precise information on what the problem is. 

        As you've discovered, one big change is that in a Hub, you can only have links which are relevant to the Hub's subject.  So if you want to link to your blog, you'll have to choose a page that relates to the topic, not just a general feed.  Also you can have only two links to the same blog, OR an RSS feed, not both. 

        Another change is a tightening up on "too personal" Hubs.  HP is not a blogging site so if a Hub doesn't offer anything of value to readers, it will be unpublished. So, for instance, a story about a dinner with friends could be unpublished as "too personal", but if it's the basis to share the recipes you used and how well they worked, that's informative and OK.  If you want to share a personal story without meaningful information in it, it needs to go in Creative Writing.

        Finally, they've tightened up on links to affiliate sites and links to blatant sales pages.  I suspect that may be part of your problem.

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          StuffsInterestingposted 7 weeks ago in reply to this

          You'd rather have HP with changes, than no HP at all. HP are the users: if they discourage the users, they will have no HP either.

          If their team are small why don't they use the community itself to vote on publish or not like elsewhere (stackoverflow,...)

          1. theraggededge profile image94
            theraggededgeposted 7 weeks ago in reply to this

            This is an old thread. It's best to start a new one - which you already have.

            You're not the first newbie to come into the forums with an 'I know better' attitude. What you need to know is that almost all the 'old' content farms have failed but HP is one of the few that have weathered the storms and is now on the rise. HP staff know what they are doing and most of us, apart from the odd gripe, are happy with what they are doing.

            If you aren't getting your hubs approved, then maybe you should rethink whether this is the right place for you.

  2. relache profile image87
    relacheposted 4 years ago

    The "A" means you haven't written a summary.

    And if your Hubs are substandard, you probably want to go to the Learning Center and learn how to improve them.


    1. VivBounty profile image82
      VivBountyposted 4 years ago in reply to this

      I don't believe this particular hub has any of the following errors. If someone can find them please help me as I can't:
      http://vivbounty.hubpages.com/hub/firew … -plus-help

      Substandard can mean::
      * An empty or short Hub
      * Poor spelling or grammar that interferes with the readability/credibility of the Hub
      * A Hub with awkward or difficult-to-read formatting, including the use of all capital letters
      * A Hub with a full-width link, news, comment, rss, or product capsule as the first capsule of the Hub
      * A Hub with broken links or missing videos

      1. IzzyM profile image86
        IzzyMposted 4 years ago in reply to this

        your hub is still here in the cache - http://webcache.googleusercontent.com/s … mp;ct=clnk

        The only thing I can see wrong with it, apart from the very odd spelling error/typo, is words in your photos which HP might consider to be a watermark.

        And as it is a story (an interesting one at that) should it be categorised under 'Home'?
        I'm not sure, maybe someone can chip in.

        Other than that, I am at a loss to say what is wrong. Does it not say on the hub itself if you click on the message at the top of the screen?

        1. Marisa Wright profile image93
          Marisa Wrightposted 4 years ago in reply to this

          As it's just a personal story, I'm pretty sure it needs to go in Creative Writing.  She's got two RSS feeds to blogs about unrelated topics, and some unrelated links. At least two are affiliate links to sales pages, which would be  classified as a prohibited site.

          Looking again, you're right, the photos would be classified as watermarked because they've got text on them, so that's another problem.

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            Website Examinerposted 4 years ago in reply to this

            Very impressive analysis.

  3. VivBounty profile image82
    VivBountyposted 12 months ago

    I have deleted all my hubs which have notices or violations, purely personal or substandard offenses. Would you please publish my remaining hubs? Thank you.

    If you won't publish them, kindly advise me why when none of the remaining ones have any flags.

    1. Marisa Wright profile image93
      Marisa Wrightposted 12 months ago in reply to this

      Viv, you've posted this message in a section of the forum designed to get help from other hubbers, not to get help direct from the HubPages team. It's difficult for us to offer help because we can't see any of your Hubs. 

      I suggest you write to team @ hubpages.com if you want them to assist you. 

      I notice that in an earlier reply, I pointed out why one of your Hubs had been unpublished - it might help to look at that list to see if they apply to the other Hubs.

      Also, have you tried opening one of the Hubs in Edit mode, making a few small changes, then saving it (or hitting "publish")?

      1. VivBounty profile image82
        VivBountyposted 12 months ago in reply to this

        Thanks Marissa. Actually all of my hubs were unpublished when then changes came through years ago. I am now writing to the email you suggested. Thanks again.

        1. Marisa Wright profile image93
          Marisa Wrightposted 12 months ago in reply to this

          I looked at one of your Hubs at the time, and here are the problems I found:

          If you have any links to other websites, or Amazon or eBay ads, they must now be DIRECTLY related to the subject of the Hub.  They are very strict about it - for instance, if you wrote about cooking fried chicken, you could link to a site about cooking chicken, but not a site about cooking fish.  Similarly, you could have an Amazon capsule for a deep fryer, but not for a roasting tin (because you're writing about frying chicken, not roasting it).   

          Same applies to Hubs - you can't link to other Hubs just because they're yours, they must be on the same topic. 

          You cannot have more than TWO links to the same website in a Hub.

          I suggest fixing those problems first, before you email HubPages. 

          One rule you may have broken back then, which no longer applies:  At that time, you were not allowed to link to the same website across several Hubs.  I see from your profile you're a member of some kind of online network - if you were adding a link to that network on every Hub, that would have  caused ALL your Hubs to be unpublished as overly promotional. 

          That rule has now been removed, so it's OK to have the same link in every Hub - HOWEVER, the link MUST be directly relevant to the subject of the Hub (see the first rule above).   Also, if it's an affiliate link, it may not be allowed depending on where it leads.  HubPages is not clear about this, so the best advice is to remove all such links, get the Hubs republished and approved, then try putting the link back into one of your Hubs and see what happens - if it's not "legal", the Hub will get unpublished again.

          1. VivBounty profile image82
            VivBountyposted 6 weeks ago in reply to this

            Thank you Marissa