Overly Promotional Hubs?
Are You Finding Overly Promotional Hubs?
Are you finding overly promotional and product advertising hubs more often?
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.
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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