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Hubpages rules and guidelines are good for us content publishers and writers

Updated on March 12, 2014

The law is the law online right!

This isn't a drug bust but you get the picture loud and clear.
This isn't a drug bust but you get the picture loud and clear. | Source

Yes, I know its strict here on HP, but I love it this way

I wouldn't look at it that way myself in terms of hubpages being far to strick even if it is in all actuality. Mainly because I enjoy the challenges of complying with the rules and regulations of any given network (Always have and always will take on any tough challenge), and especially if when you adhere to them in every way shape and format. You can definitely achieve online success from doing so.

I actually think that Hubpages had to adjust to the online demands for higher quality content, and they have no control of how such a newer demand was to hit the web from out of nowhere pretty much, and how Google has also responded to such realities here on the web with their own measures of filtering, and scrutinized control mechnisms. (The web has gone completely social, and visual with video taking over almost every aspect of the web today when it comes to potential to attract and take viewers into it all.)

Note: Some laws are made to be broken, and others were merely designed as a system parameter to live by (Always improving on the inner and outer constraints for excellence to be achieved, and maybe not perfection, but damn near close to it!), and so that those whom have chosen to live by them can excel even further, as every online networking system shall either evolve or inevitably fade away, as the online tidal waves of change keep poring in all year round and each year.

Please no more pirating online, stop the crap already


Oh humanity

Humanity as a whole has made it harder and harder for anything good to exist without the bad entering into the equation and screwing things all up. So this is why today we all bear witness to the harshest of courses we all must take, filled with legalities, precautionary measures, flagging, more filters, and digital means to block out invasions of a malicious nature. (Online pirating of content is the major cause for increased regulations, and there loads more reasons such as electronic spam)

This isn't by any means an excuse for why Hubpages has conducted their own reactionary efforts to respond to an ever evolving Internet, but it is the truest facts being carefully placed onto the screen here. We must all face newer challenges in this 21 century, as things online begin to emerge more and more to purely up the ante and stakes on it all. (It's part of the money market now, and the new global economy)

Social media has a huge stake and claim in it all, social networking has shaped the contours of a differing human connectivity and full fledged communicative experience, and this also has played a major factor into the equation today. (Companies are moving online by the millions to benefit and to survive the digital onslaught for some, and its surely become a massive earnings frenzy for the lucky few such as Facebook's success.)

Social spam is real folks


Damn to all the freaking online spam

Electronic spam is another key factor that has lead to all of these tight rules, and online system constraints which has lead to us all having to conform, abide by, and simply to go with the intense feelings of strictness being enforced upon us at times, if any.

I think people have lost sight for the most part of what it means to share effectively, and so yes indeed this writers network has been held down tightly under lock and key. I actually like it this way, because I had no idea how to maintain balance as a networking person before I joined hubpages. I had no clue as to how I should go about promoting my content, web locations, or whatever I had to offer from my true potential as a web developer, even though I had thought I did.

After joining hubpages and being presented with all of the rules, I began to realize that all this time I had the online success thing all wrong, and so I thank HP for helping me to escape potential failure, and to allow me to enter into the arena of true success here. For me its definitely one super small step digitally, that contiuously adds up to many more successive larger steps. "One day at a time, one achievement over any initial failures to truly become successful! as a online writer" Original quote by Hubpages author Mike Pugh aka Cloud Explorer.

These dudes are way to happy LOL

True success is near

So many people are wondering what is success without any show of proof and all. Well the proof is in the numbers, and what a single person has achieved on any business or personal levels is completely relativistic to that of their own personal perspective.


  • A person achieve 100 followers for the first time ever
  • They are blown away mentally by the fact people care for their potential
  • Another person received a accolade for 10 best answers
  • That person has now become aware of his potential to be accurate at supplying useful information others may indeed be in seek, or search of
  • Someone is successful at completing 10 hub articles
  • They feel a boost of adrenalin for attaining a goal that may have appeared to them as a difficult hump to get over, merely by staring at the once upon a time, much lower numbers on the screen.

Truthfully speaking to attain real life success today, it doesn't take the proof in monetary results at all, it indeed remains in the undeniable fact that when someone feels good about what they felt was a goal accomplished over some sort of obstacle.

This feeling of triumph over adversity is pure success in my honest opinion, and as for to those people who achieved anything worth feeling that way. These individuals whom are ultra happy at such a moment in time (like them cool dudes in that funny Youtube video up above), will now have the newly found confidence and experiencial ability of achievment to generate even more potential successes in the unforseen future. "To me that spells true success!".

So having to deal with a strict system that appears as an all illusive constraint, can simply be turned around to become a jewel in the nile, with the right positive outlook and mindset.

Writing to your hearts delight helps, just try to remain focused


Inevitable Conclusion

All the constraints within any given system also can help us become much more motivated to try and conquer, refined in our skills, or to simply gain enough though powers and true momentum to topple over the failure mentality many of us online authors of digital works face at times by feeling plagued by so many rules, potential traffic losses etc...

Now, by simply looking at it all as a negative blockage in our pathways to online success only, rather than as a sort of new found stepping stone, can definitely hinder our truest performance potentials which again then leads us back to failure once more. (Avoid any form of negativity or negative thinking processes to acheive true online success)

So keeping a steadfast approach to being much more positive about experiencing anything online, will tend to render anyone into a much better suitable, and or pleasurable experience as a whole..

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    • CloudExplorer profile imageAUTHOR

      Mike Pugh 

      5 years ago from New York City

      @botipton, thanks once again for the response, and for sharing I do my best to help all others, and mainly for all the hub loving support I've received since I got started here.

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      Bo Tipton 

      5 years ago from Cecilia, KY

      You are welcome I am slowly but surely, as time allows, working through your hubs so you will see more of. Great hubs about Hub Pages and very helpful to anyone who takes the time to read them.

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      Mike Pugh 

      5 years ago from New York City

      Yes indeed the rules are set fourth to help us all in the end, and for those who choose not to follow the regs, well then it serves them the opposite as you stated here in your cool and accurate comment up there.

      Thanks for sharing with me @botipton.

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      Bo Tipton 

      5 years ago from Cecilia, KY

      As the Internet (especially Google) moves toward original quality content any website has to be sure they maintain good original quality content. Sometimes places like Hub Pages have to go above what is normal to stay ahead of the game. The result of this is what happened to me. I published a hub and within 12 hours it was on page 1 on Google. The only way that can happen is if Hub Pages content is trusted to be original and useful. So rules that makes sure that happens so that in a short time you can be listed on Google to me are a good thing.

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      Mike Pugh 

      5 years ago from New York City

      @PWalker281, yes indeed it has been tough here on many of us writers, and I do see your point as well, i neglected to look at the other side of the coin, which I should of.

      I guess it didn't occur to me because I only had a single issue with the violation thingy, and it was a very minor infractions of substandard content when I tried my hardest to answer a Q&A question in the format of a hub when I first started here and all.

      Overall I like the way the make it tough for us all to churn out articles of high quality, and mainly because it keeps me on the straight and narrows, and I'm sure many other have felt the same as they keep changing things. I feel ya though about the whole being clear and all, you're 100% correct, and I do believe they been listening lately to folks.

      A dude named Bard of Ely had brought up a point in a forum about idle hubs, and then the next week later such a thing had vanished, so yup I'm not sure if his input spark the consideration by that of the hubpages staff, but it surely appear to me that way, and that dude has millions of views, and so I can see why they acted if so.

      He was obviously was losing massive traffic after the whole recent Panda updates, and all plus hubpages was losing hubbers in the 10's of thousands per day I do believe, who were all jumping ship.

      Thanks for your input and I will think next time about all possibilities and or situational issues of others that are potentially, something to indeed place into worded action as well.

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      Mike Pugh 

      5 years ago from New York City

      @suziecat7 , thanks for the comment, yes the rules are cool with me and even if I got a single violation a while back for writing substandard content. It's all good and just a learning experience of sorts for me.

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      5 years ago

      HubPages guidelines have definitely evolved over the three years I've been here. Some rule changes have been good; others have been poorly defined and/or implemented. On at least two occasions I've had hubs unpublished that were eventually re-published after I explained via email to the HubPages Team that no rule had been violated. I've also received un-publication notices that contained a list of possible infractions which required that I figure out which one the hub was supposed to have violated. In those cases, I always sent an email to the HubPages Team to please be more specific.

      So for me, it's not about rules being too strict. It's about rules being clearly defined and fairly administered. I'm sure HP will improve its system for ensuring quality content as time goes on. But I also think it's important for hubbers to question rules that are either not well defined or appear to be poorly administered.

      I agree with your advice about being positive. I've let the several unpublications I've received get to me a little too much. On the other hand, one can be positive and still point out where one thinks the system can be improved.

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      5 years ago from Asheville, NC

      I don't mind the rules a bit - keeps us honest. I believe HubPages is trying to do right by its writers. Thanks for the great Hub to remind us of this.

    • CloudExplorer profile imageAUTHOR

      Mike Pugh 

      5 years ago from New York City

      @mpropp, I feel what your stepping in here, yeah I do as well so hubpages has been guiding me all the right directions online for sure, I have learned so much here in such a short period of time as well. so yup I wouldn't change anything here at all.

      Thanks for the comment and for sharing with me as you do from time to time, I'll catch up to you soon for sure on your hubs.

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      Mike Pugh 

      5 years ago from New York City

      @xstatic, thank X for showing your support here, I love this writers network and community so much, and mainly because it keeps me on the straight and narrow pathways to online success.

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      Ruby Jean Richert 

      5 years ago from Southern Illinois

      I in no way consider HP to be too strict. If we want to read smut, we must look elsewhere. I love this site because we can write our feelings and as long as they don't hurt others, its cool. Thank you for sharing..

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      Melissa Propp 

      5 years ago from Minnesota

      Frankly, I need all the guidance and rules I can get when it comes to writing on-line. So, yes--I accept and follow to the best of my abilities, and it doesn't bother me in the least. It is good to have high standards!

      :) Nice hub

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      Jim Higgins 

      5 years ago from Eugene, Oregon

      Good info and am glad for the rules too. They were here wehn we signed on so we live with and mostly like them.

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      Mike Pugh 

      5 years ago from New York City

      @Bumpsysmum, yeah I love it for the fact that we can communicate here, and be undisturbed by all the unrighteously malicious activites that places like wordpress has.

      It's really crazy, my blog there gets spammed on wordpress all the time, and its pretty much 100% of the communications on it is in the form of message posts by spammers, but I thnk its automated bot programs though.

      Thanks for the comment and for sharing with me here.

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      5 years ago from Cambridgeshire

      I would much rather use Hubpages with their strict guidelines than use some of the other sites with the aweful, so called trolling that goes on unchecked. The personal attacks and insulting libel is just beyond belief and certainly not for me.

      Thank you for voicing this.

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      Mike Pugh 

      5 years ago from New York City

      Thanks @Bill, I think following al the rules to this life is how I learned to navigate to the point that I have made it too, and so I hope that by obiding by the laws and learning to master the rules to online presentation of content, that it can surely pay off in the end for us all.

      We shall surely see in due time for sure bro!

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      Bill Holland 

      5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      I honestly don't have a problem with the strict guidelines, at least not like some people. I have had some hubs pulled, or suspended, and I certainly didn't lose any sleep over it. I accepted the guidelines when I signed on; we don't get to change the rules just because I'm not happy. That's not the way the world works. :)

      Good message here Mike; keep preaching the message and I'll keep following faithfully. :)


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