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Four Brutal Crimes Committed in Hub Pages

Updated on October 16, 2012
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I had to make the title sound serious enough because if you are serious to do well in hub pages then it is only better that you don't commit any one of the four brutal crimes that I will discuss shortly. Hub pages like any other social institutions that deals with human beings, has its own set of laws that do not seek to destroy us but make us prosper as writers.

I developed this hub after two of my hubs (poems) got unpublished by hubpages. I have committed all the four crimes and received what I love to tell myself as "Corporal Punishment" from hub pages. You will know what I did and got my hub unpublished. Interesting isn't it?

I had to develop this hub to prevent you receiving the whipping I received from hubpages. They say prevention is better than cure. Therefore as a descent citizen of hubpages community, read this hub thoroughly and practice what you read and you will never go wrong.

Crime # 1: Duplicate Content


This crime occurs quit often not only with the newbies but even some veteran hubbers also commit this crime. I published a poem in hub pages that I have already published in my blog page. So my hub was unpublished. Never do this. Full stop. Don't even copy and paste few information from other sites without proper referencing. Hub page has a software that scans all sites to see if your hub does appear in other sites or not

I wish to thank this hubber "Cardisa" for helping me out oh this bit.

Crime # 2: Water Marked or Pixelate Photos or Videos


Hub pages regulations do not allow us to use water marked or pixelate photos or videos. Hubpages does this to maintain high standards in its site. If you break hubpages heart by throwing in low quality photos and videos, hubpages will break your heart to. More or less like give and get situation.

My second poem violated hubpages regulations so it was unpublished.

Crime # 3: Deceptive Tags, Titles or Category


I am a firm believer of the saying "Honesty is the best policy". Never try to use deceptive tags, titles or categories in your hubs. Hubpages will find out and penalise you. I have to be honest here with you that being honest will not make you successful overnight. But it will help you build a good reputation in the hubbing community and in the long run become admired and respected for your honesty and success will come your way naturally.

Crime # 4: Incorrect URL addresses


This crime inst as serious as I myself consider it. You will be notified if you commit this crime. You can correct the URL or choose to ignore. Now put yourself in this situation. You are reading a hub and the hub author provides a link to another site. When you click the link, you find a dead page. I mean the page can't load because the URL addresses provided is incorrect. How do you feel?

This is one of the best methods to loose the trust of your viewers and loss money if you want to make money here in hub pages.

Final Words

You must know that every time you violate hubpage regulations, your hub score drops. For those those who are here to make money with hubpages, this is certainly not a good news. For those who write for pleasure, this isn't much of an issue.

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    • Ian Dabasori Hetr profile image

      Ian D Hetri 5 years ago from Papua New Guinea

      @WhydTheHappen. Thanks for your comment and sharing the hub. Hey, thanks again for the wonderful fan mail. I promise I will stick to my hubbing style that my followers enjoy.

      @910chris. Thanks. Glad you found the hub useful.

      @Lot Rillera. Appreciate your time and comment.

      To newbies here in Hubpages, I have some very good hubs on making money online particularly as a freelance writer. I experiment, learn from my failures, and then write about it. That makes my hubs unique and is worth your time if you are serious to make income online.

      It is night time in Papua New Guinea and I am in bed, hubbing using my cell phone. So I pass my warm good night to you three, and all our wonderful hubbers happily hubbing away. ***Gudpela nait long yupela olgeta (Pidgin). Good night to you all (English).


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      Lot Rillera 5 years ago from Philippines

      so inforrmative and thankyou for the good advice. I'll have to take a note on this. thanks

    • 910chris profile image

      910chris 5 years ago from North Carolina

      Great Hub with information everyone here should know!!

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      WhydThatHappen 5 years ago

      You're a great hub author, keep them coming! Sharing

    • Ian Dabasori Hetr profile image

      Ian D Hetri 6 years ago from Papua New Guinea

      Hi Kim..thns lots

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      kimberlyslyrics 6 years ago

      This was really well done, really important information, delivered direct and to the point! Thank you, and honesty is great!

      Voted way up!!!!!!!!!!!


    • Ian Dabasori Hetr profile image

      Ian D Hetri 6 years ago from Papua New Guinea

      Hi victoria,

      Thanks for the comment and vote. Much appreciated


    • Victoria Lynn profile image

      Victoria Lynn 6 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      Great advice. Well done. Voted up. This should help new hubbers!

    • Ian Dabasori Hetr profile image

      Ian D Hetri 6 years ago from Papua New Guinea


      Thank you Sir, had to download and print your hub earning related hubs abs studying them. Appreciate your comment and vote here

    • alocsin profile image

      alocsin 6 years ago from Orange County, CA

      I agree. Required reading for all hubbers. Voting this Up and Interesting.

    • Ian Dabasori Hetr profile image

      Ian D Hetri 6 years ago from Papua New Guinea


      You welcome. Thanks for droping by and commenting.

      Best regards


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      Trsmd 6 years ago from India

      Thanks for sharing the reasons for unpublished hubs and also to retain the status of this site..

    • Ian Dabasori Hetr profile image

      Ian D Hetri 6 years ago from Papua New Guinea


      I believe that the best we can be is to grow together. I never want to stop learning..So I keep learning and when I learn something new, I love to share with those that care for me and that i do the same to them. Its a joy to see fellow hubbers sharing love and help i this dynamic hubbing community.

      Thanks again for commenting.


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      Tammy 6 years ago from USA

      Great hub Ian, with very useful information. I learned a lot by reading the learning center, forums, and other "older" hubbers before I started to write, so I could avoid any penalties. I had a deathly fear of being flagged. Now, two years later, I have tried to pass my knowledge on to other hubbers. My biggest bit of advice for new hubbers is to make sure read the Learning Center and forums. This way if something is changed, they can keep up with it. Thanks for sharing this helpful information.

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      mljdgulley354 6 years ago

      Ian this is a great hub. I have some new hubbers following me that didn't have the help I had to get started so I share these kinds of hubs with my followers when I come across them. Your's is easy to read and the pictures are great.

    • Ian Dabasori Hetr profile image

      Ian D Hetri 6 years ago from Papua New Guinea


      Hi hi hi. I couldn't thank you enough for the very encouraging comment you made. Writing along side some very experienced writers like you and others is challenging yet enjoyable because people like you are there to give me an hand when I fall. I truly am glad to write for HP not only because it pays but also because the community is just sooo wonderful. I love it totally in here.

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      Annette Donaldson 6 years ago from Northern Ireland

      Ian, another wow from me. Your hub is brilliant advice for all of us in Hub Land, even those who like myself have been around for a while. I have also made mistakes in my time here. My first hubs are horrendous reads, as I didn't pay attention to quality, and the pix-elated photos was often pointed out. I also have been accused of duplication, which was correct, as I had also posted my hub on another site. All in all, thou I still consider Hub Pages one of the best sites for serious writers, and you are quickly moving up the scale to join us. Thank you hunnie, Net:)

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      Ian D Hetri 6 years ago from Papua New Guinea

      ib radmasters

      Sorry I forgot to mention that I will never flag you or another who is trying his/her best to survive in HP just as I do.

      Cheers again


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      Ian D Hetri 6 years ago from Papua New Guinea

      Hi ib radmasters

      I hope you are enjoying your hubbing. I can’t agree or disagree with your opinion “I think that calling these things Crimes is ridiculous”. To be very honest with you, I say this is your opinion and I or even the hub robots you claim have no right to disapprove your opinion. The best we can all do is to build up from your opinion and keep discussing until we reach a compromise. Even if we don’t, at least you voiced your opinion and that matters the most.

      But first of all, I must thank you because you made an effort to comment on my hub even when you thought it was ridiculous and voted it down.

      Title is the first thing your readers read. So you have to make it catchy. That’s why I used the word “crime”. I don’t know how you do it but for me, I try to make it catchy. You have just seen that and voted it down. You can make it catchy but not deceptive….

      When you violate a HP regulation, ONLY you will know what you did wrong. Don’t turn a blind eye and be defensive because doing that doesn’t affect HP or other hubbers at all. Only you are affected. Now when you violate HP regulation(s), HP unpublishes your hub and sends you notifications on what regulation (s) you violated. That’s what happened to me and that is where I got my information to write this hub.

      For me I violated the four listed in this hub. I accepted it and you can tell now that I am enjoying my writing and earnings here in HubPages.

      Hubbers are not suspended immediately following violations of the HB regulations. They will notify you on what you did wrong even for several times you try to re-publish your hub. I personally see this as a method of arbitration as you stated. With about million hubs to deal with every day, do you think the small HP team can survive if they decide to take one hub at a time to deal with every day? Huh! I strongly doubt it.

      Honestly revise the hub before sending it for republication. If you continuously try to publish what is termed by HP as a hub that violates one of their regulations then you deserve a spanking. That’s when hubbers are suspended or even more serious consequences like removal of your HP account.

      Hub Pages is a dynamic community where you get what you put in and I am sure veteran hubbers will agree with me on this. If you put in rotten eggs, don’t expect to get a hot dog.

      Good luck with your hubbing


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      ib radmasters 6 years ago from Southern California

      I think that calling these things Crimes is ridiculous.

      When ever these violations are claimed by hp, they should provide the necessary documentation to produce to the hubber. The hubber should be able to see and understand the violation rather than just a ticket.

      I submitted a hub that was cast down by the hp robot, claiming a substantial portion of the hub was duplicated. How could I edit the hub when I had no idea what they were referencing. With large hubs, it would be difficult to try and figure out where was the alleged violation.

      I am more than happy to redo a hub, but I need more specifics.

      I seriously doubt the hp has been able to remove bad hubs, as I see them all the time. Advertisements in the guise of a hub.

      I voted this hub down, so you will probably flag me because I voiced an opinion.

      violation is bad enough but to use the word crime is ridiculous.

      Additionally there should be some arbitration before hubbers are suspended, especially when it is permanent.

      Now that is a crime.

      go tell on me...

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      JS Matthew 6 years ago from Massachusetts, USA

      I appreciate your honesty! You should add a 5th crime: Following Hubbers just for the sake of getting more followers! I committed that crime myself and have paid by a lower HubberScore! Great advice for all Hubbers. Voted up!


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      Ian D Hetri 6 years ago from Papua New Guinea


      I really appreciate your comments. Experience is a goo teacher.

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      chelseacharleston 6 years ago

      Great hub! Two happened to me, but I felt it was more haphazard than intentional. Won't happen again!!

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      Ian D Hetri 6 years ago from Papua New Guinea


      Thank again for for the continuous support. Appreciate your comments. Happy hubbing.

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      Ian D Hetri 6 years ago from Papua New Guinea


      Thank you for dropping by and commenting. I appreciate your comments.

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      Ian D Hetri 6 years ago from Papua New Guinea


      You really spiced up my hub with the information you provided in your comments. You truly deserve to be a level 8 commenter. Thanks so much to you and I know others will say the same because not every hubbers have the information like the one you just gave. Such information comes up because someone says or does something relating to such information. I am glad I produce this hub to bring out the information on the sites that deal with plagiarism issues.

      Thanks again.

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      Ian D Hetri 6 years ago from Papua New Guinea

      Dale Hyde

      Thank you so much for your generosity in voting up my hub. Everything about hub pages i write are the ones I actually have experienced. That gives me a reason to teach others what is right and what is wrong. Thanks for commenting.

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      Cindy A. Johnson 6 years ago from Sevierville, TN

      Thank goodness I'm not a crook! Thanks for the info.

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      Silwen 6 years ago from Europe

      Another great Ian. Despite the fact that I know all these rules, I have read you hub with enjoyment ant great interest. Thank you for sharing.

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      Cindy Murdoch 6 years ago from Texas

      This was indeed good advice.

      Did you know that there are a couple free sites that you can load your hub into to check for plagiarism issues right after you publish? One is and the other is www.Plagiarisma.Net. You can even load your text into the second website before inserting into hubpages to be assured that you have no violations.

      You will be notified of incorrect URL addresses on your accounts page. It is great to have this service done for us.

      Great hub and great advice.

      Welcome to Hubpages. It has been a great place for me.

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      Dale Hyde 6 years ago from Tropical Paradise on Planet X

      Well done, useful, interesting and voted up. It is always good to read a hub that contains advice to other hubbers, especially one based from actual experience.

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      Ian D Hetri 6 years ago from Papua New Guinea


      First of all. i like your name. "great stuff". Please take my complements. The issue of content duplication is not only an issue in HP but its almost world wide issues many sites or even organizations struggle to deal with. That's why we have to talk about it in here so that we do what is right and maintain the high quality standards set by HPs.

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      Ian D Hetri 6 years ago from Papua New Guinea


      Hi hi. I am glad to hear that you found the hub useful. Yes you should be aware of those little mistakes when writing for hubpages. It helps make you a superb writer.

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      Ian D Hetri 6 years ago from Papua New Guinea


      I agree with your comment. Its better to know what you are doing than than going blindly and then getting penalised. I am happy to hear from you.

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      Ian D Hetri 6 years ago from Papua New Guinea

      @maglette: Thank you so much.

      DanielJAndrews: I wanted to make it bit more interesting by using those pictures.

      Thanks for commenting. Really appreciate it.

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      Mazlan 6 years ago from Malaysia

      Good advice. I had problem with issue#1, duplicate content. My hub part2 repeated some of the text in hub part1 (same topic, only it's a continuation) It got unpublished until I had it rectified. Yeah, it can be frustrating for new hubbers to figure out what went wrong. This article will really help us all.

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      NayNay2124 6 years ago

      This is advice that is very useful when writing hubs. These are mistakes I will be more aware of when writing my hubs. Thanks for the good information.

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      fxfrog 6 years ago from Malaysia

      Great information for all the newbies like my self to take note.

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      DanielJAndrews 6 years ago from United Kingdom

      Lol'd at the pictures. :p Nice advice.

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      maglette 6 years ago from London

      Excellent advice here!