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Overly Promotional Hubs?

Updated on November 6, 2012

Are You Finding Overly Promotional Hubs?

Are you finding overly promotional and product advertising hubs more often?

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Is it Just Me Seeing More Overly Promotional Hubs?

Recently I have noticed a growing number of Hubs which appear to be promoting specific products.


I don't mean reviews of products. It is always nice to read a genuine review of a product.


No. These Promotional Hubs often have a product shown in the photo capsule and if one looks to the user name there one finds the name of the product. Usually one also finds the user has joined in recent days or minutes.

The body of the text often seems to state how the supposed author has bought the product and it has miraculously changed his or her life.

Is This a Real Problem?

I believe this is a real problem.

If marketers are seeing HubPages as a means of promoting their products for free and are using our community to sell these products we will all see a backlash against our work.

Readers will begin to see HubPages as a place where they have to sort through a mass of advertising chaff in order to find the pure grains of our talented writers.

Search engines too may possibly reduce their rankings for our work on HubPages and so we lose those readers we most crave.

I have been on HubPages for over two years now. I enjoy the community and it is always a pleasure to log in and read a variety of articles. If the trend of advertising abuse continues I can see even my enjoyment of this community as waning.


What Can We Do?

We can keep a constant watch against these abuses.

When you see an overly promotional hub published. FLAG it.

Abusers are getting clever ducking under the radar of automated detection systems. Keeping links to below the trigger levels for SPAM and Overly Promotional Hubs.

It is our community. We need to protect it and keep our webspace clearly defined as a source of quality material and a resource for the world at large.

Keep Vigilance

HubPages is a place of community.


While we must be vigilant against advertisers abusing our goodwill, bear in mind honest product reviews are valuable pieces of work.


If the Hub is a genuine product review from a genuine contributor then accept that.


Watch for one time "Product Reviews" where the Hubbers name and Profile picture are the product itself.


Keep HubPages a community and welcome genuine contributors. We want and need those genuine contributors.

We don't need SPAMMERS and their like.

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    • Bretsuki profile imageAUTHOR

      William Elliott 

      6 years ago from California USA

      Hello quicksand. Thanks for stopping by and making a comment. Yes I remember seeing such promotions in the past. I first saw HubPages in a local newspaper article, someone saying how they earned a living from Amazon and pay per click ads by posting here. I can see how this form of advertising may be coming around again.

      It also very difficult to say someone should not do this form of promotion, they are trying to earn some money too, like many of us, I do feel personally frustrated when HubPages seems to be abused by these over promotional hubbers though. Thanks.

    • Bretsuki profile imageAUTHOR

      William Elliott 

      6 years ago from California USA

      @ibradmasters. Thanks for your comments. It does seem that at some point HubPages is failing us, those who write here, in not filtering out these spam hubs. I wonder if spammers want to hide behind the First Ammendment and HubPages is not blocking them because of this?

    • quicksand profile image

      quicksand 

      6 years ago

      Well, many years ago HubPages was touted by online marketers as a free to join marketplace where you could sell your affiliate products.

      There are still people who believe that this is so. They simply enroll without bothering to check out the rules and the TOS.

      Cheers!

    • ib radmasters profile image

      ib radmasters 

      6 years ago from Southern California

      Bretsuki

      I agree with you on these types of hubs. I choose to hit the down button.

      I do notice that these hubs have few to no comments on them. Sometimes, I will make a comment on the hub.

      I don't really like the HP hub violations oversight. As with their hubber scoring, and hub scores they are done in a clandestine way that I don't agree with, so I don't usually hit the foul button.

      But your points are well taken, and these hubs are really like spam and junk mail.

      Thanks

    • Bretsuki profile imageAUTHOR

      William Elliott 

      6 years ago from California USA

      Hello Angela, thanks for taking the time to comment. I very much appreciate your feedback.

    • Angela Brummer profile image

      Angela Brummer 

      6 years ago from Lincoln, Nebraska

      I have run across these as well!

    • Bretsuki profile imageAUTHOR

      William Elliott 

      6 years ago from California USA

      Thanks BobbiRant, sometimes I surf the new Hubs pages. That is where I found some of these types of hubs too, under the latest tab.

      Thanks for taking the time to comment.

    • BobbiRant profile image

      BobbiRant 

      6 years ago from New York

      I have noticed some spammers but usually I did not know their hubs were even there until someone in the forums pointed them out. I need to pay more attention. Great hub covering this topic.

    • Bretsuki profile imageAUTHOR

      William Elliott 

      6 years ago from California USA

      Thanks for stopping by Nell.

      Your comments are always appreciated.

      Yes, I know the kind of promotion you are talking of. Those are a little grey area too.

      Not sure if that is what this body of postings was. It looked more professional, more a copy written script either copied in from a brochure or something similar. Very slick and professional. But lacking the normal attribution to a genuine hubber. Just product name all over the place, mostly health food and vitamin advertisements .

    • Nell Rose profile image

      Nell Rose 

      6 years ago from England

      Hi, I must admit that I hadn't noticed this happening. I do know that there are some places that pay you to order their goods, then write about it so you can get paid, not sure if this is what they are doing, good points though, nell

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