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Important Tip for New HubPages users!

Updated on May 17, 2012
Committing simple mistakes often lead to frustration.
Committing simple mistakes often lead to frustration.

I signed up for HubPages yesterday and I was in the process of publishing my first hubwhich is about online freelance writing opportunities for newbie freelancers like myself when I got the following message:

“Sorry, because of rule violations associated with your account or ip address, permission to publish new hubs has been revoked. You can still edit your existing hubs and save your changes to this hub by clicking the done editing button. Your right to publish may automatically be restored through time and adherence to the HubPages rules. Fixing or deleting existing flagged hubs may also help.”

I tried to think of reasons why my first hub can’t be published. I’ve been trying to sign up for Google Adsense at the same time so I thought this could have been the issue but since I didn’t actually sign up for it yet then this couldn’t have been the reason. I checked the forums and saw that this seems to be a pretty common error amongst new users.

So apparently here’s what I did wrong:

I clicked on several different topics to follow:

  • Health and Travel Insurance
  • Travel Tips and Preparation
  • Latest Technology
  • Health
  • Travel & Places
  • Technology
  • Medicine and Health Science
  • Travel Guides and Books

Unfortunately, I was in a hurry and didn’t really read the details, I just clicked on the topics I found interesting and which I can possibly publish hubs on in the future. I didn’t realize this is not allowed. It was already too late when I read this hub. If I read it earlier I could have saved myself a ton of trouble and my hub would have been live the first time I tried to publish it.

What did I do?

I sent an email to the HubPages team and asked them to kindly publish my hub. I explained my circumstances and waited for them to get back to me with a response; until now I still have not received a reply. Which is fine. Because earlier today I tried to publish my hub again this time using my friend's computer and I was able to publish my hub without any problems! Take note though that I made sure to unfollow the topics above before I clicked on 'publish now'.

So there you go. My problem was solved in a matter of seconds!

The lesson I learned?

Don’t just read whatever’s on your screen. Make sure you understand it well!

It’s kind of frustrating to learn this the hard way but I hope newbies like myself will take such basic instruction to heart and hopefully learn from my, and others, mistakes.


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    • angied83 profile imageAUTHOR

      Angie D 

      6 years ago from Cebu, PH

      Hi Lady_E, thanks for dropping by. I sincerely hope I've helped many new hubbers not just with this hub but with all hubs I've written since then (more to come hopefully!).

    • Lady_E profile image


      6 years ago from London, UK

      Thanks for sharing your experience, which will help many.

      I hope you enjoy writing on HP. :-)

    • angied83 profile imageAUTHOR

      Angie D 

      6 years ago from Cebu, PH

      I'm glad to have been of some help to you guys. :-) I appreciate your feedback and your comments. I'm not a fan of fine print either so I guess should start paying attention to this. :-)

    • brandim619 profile image


      6 years ago from Bloomingdale, IL

      I was so excited to publish when I joined that I didn't really read through all the fine print either. Luckily I did not have the same problem as you, but it was good for me to get a refresher on some of the rules!

    • cdemp11 profile image


      6 years ago from GA, USA

      Good to know. Hubpages can be confusing. I am still pretty new and am not sure I completely understand how it all works. Glad to hear you could publish. Good luck and I look forward to your hubs!

    • TheLastBabyBoomer profile image

      Deborah Turner 

      6 years ago from Surprise Arizona

      Thank you so much for this information!

    • angied83 profile imageAUTHOR

      Angie D 

      6 years ago from Cebu, PH

      Thanks for your comment. Good to hear you were able to publish your first hub with no issues! So frustrating when something you've been looking forward to doesn't get done when you want it done. :-)

    • angied83 profile imageAUTHOR

      Angie D 

      6 years ago from Cebu, PH

      Thanks, Uzma. I certainly hope to publish more quality hubs in future. :-)

    • angied83 profile imageAUTHOR

      Angie D 

      6 years ago from Cebu, PH

      I'm glad too. Yes, it was indeed very frustrating. I was so excited about publishing my first hub but I had to wait 24 hours to finally see it live. Thanks for reading, gail! :-)

    • alarmsystemguides profile image


      6 years ago

      I had no problems creating my first was pretty smooth...sorry to hear you got some problems.

      I'm pretty happy with it right now.

      Good luck!

    • uzma shaheen profile image

      Uzma Shaheen Bhatti 

      6 years ago from Lahore,Pakistan

      welcome to hubpages, thanks for sharing your first experience. I hope you will not face any trouble in of luck.

    • gail641 profile image

      Gail Louise Stevenson 

      6 years ago from Mason City

      I'm glad that you were able to publish your hub. It's frustrating when there are problems.


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