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2014-12-04

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New Spammy Elements FAQ

Check Your Hubs for These Issues

Based on recent information about what Google considers "spammy" we've created a new FAQ entryto help Hubbers identify spammy elements in Hubs and rectify them. Here's the gist:

  • Links are considered spam that are misleading, keyword stuffed, unrelated to the Hub, identical to what's in the Hub, or link to window confirmation boxes that interfere with site navigation or redirect users to unwanted websites.
  • Products are considered spam that are unrelated to the Hub, excessive, meant to benefit the Hubber and not the reader, and unnecessary to the reader's experience (i.e. the Hub would work fine without them).
  • Text (yes, even plain text can be spam) is considered spammy when it is keyword stuffed, contains plaintext urls to a business, excessively promotes a business or product.

For a more detailed explanation, read the whole list in the FAQ.

Christy Kirwan
Editor & Web Content Manager

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She has a B.A. in history from Wellesley College and an M.A. in history from U.C. Berkeley, and she's currently working toward a Ph.D in the same. She graduated cum laude with department honors for her extensively-researched and extremely well-written thesis on Indian and Irish intellectuals in London in the early twentieth century. While history remains her passion, her writing and editing skills are top notch, and she deeply values open communication with writers during the editing process.

You can learn more about Katie in her Blog Post:
http://blog.hubpages.com/2014/11/27/hubpro-editor-meet-katie-harper/

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