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Topics You Can't Write About On Hubpages
With all the topics that are available often popular on hubpages, it can sometimes be confusing as to what hubpages will allow you to publish on their site, and what they might censor or remove. In general, the internet is still widely unregulated when it comes to writers, and if you live in America or write for an American based website (like hubpages), then your first amendment right gives you a lot of leeway in what you can do.
Even with all that freedom abound, there are still some prohibited hubs to be aware of. Whether to avoid them by mistake, or to make sure this is the proper place for you to start writing, it's useful to know what hubpages won't allow.
Prohibited Topics and Hubs
Hubpages strives to be a writing community where a diverse selection of quality content can be found. That is part of what makes hubpages such a great site to write for. In truth, there really is not a lot of subjects that you cannot publish on hubpages. The few things that hubpages won't allow you to publish, actually make a lot of sense and are pretty common on most sites. Let's go over what's not allowed.
1) Pornographic Content - to be clear, there are some hubs that talk about nudity and pornography from an academic stand point. So it's not that you can't write about pornography, but you cannot publish content that promotes porn sites, that is highly pornographic itself (such as fiction or stories) or anything that could be considered overly sexual and not informative.
2) Purely Hateful Content - You cannot publish hubs just to anger someone, threaten someone, slander them and you cannot publish hubs that are just hateful. Don't be confused though, hubpages does have a category just for Hate and Bias, but you must be writing about it academically, and it must be clear that you are writing to inform and not to just be irrational, ignorant and hateful. Example: You can't write a hub about President Barrack Obama being a bad president because he is black or mixed ethnicity, but you may write an informative hub about how racism might be affecting his voter approval rating. Make sense?
3) Child Targeted Content - again, this one can be confused. You may certainly write about young humans under the age of 18, such as in parenting or legal topics. Though you may not publish content that is targeted to specifically attract readers under the age of 18. This is emphasized when it comes to hubs that try to advertise to younger viewers.
4) Overly Promotional Hubs - If you're looking for a place just to promote your website, product or service, you're in the wrong place. Not only will hubpages censor your promotional hubs, but hubpages writers are very adament about flagging your overly promotional content, as it drags down the whole community. Now, this doesn't mean that you cannot write about products, services or websites that you own, but the trick is that there needs to be a clear education/information basis. You can't just write a hub about "how great" this new affiliate program is or special deals people will get if they visit your site. Though you could do a review of various deals on similar products that you might already offer on your website. You could also hub about topics you already deal with on your website and include a link, but it must be informative, original and interesting. Otherwise it's just promotional, and there isn't any need for that here.
5) Copied Content - Plagarism is a big no-no on just about every worth while writing site. You cannot publish any hubs that have already been published on hubpages or any other site on the internet. You also cannot publish copywritten material in a more physical format (such as books). This doesn't mean that you can't write about topics that others have already been touched upon, but you must make it original and you cannot use content spinners.
6) Purely Personal - There are plenty of hubs you may choose to write because they are subjects that personally affect or touch you in certain ways. Though writing hubs that are personal and have no informative basis for being written, are often censored on hubpages. This community is pretty lax about the formality of your writing, but that still doesn't make it a blogging or diary site.
7) Impersonations - In the terms and conditions of hubpages, you will note that they do not allow anyone to write a hub while pretending to be another living person. This is emphasized when it comes to pretending to be someone on the staff of hubpages or another author on hubpages. You wouldn't like it done to you, so don't do it yourself.
8) Spam, Viruses or Email Harvesting - This one is kind of a given. You cannot write hubs that use links that sign people up for spam or harmful viruses in them. You also may not promote any links used to harvest emails or other personal information from the people that click on them.
9) Promoting Illegal Activities - This one is another often confusing subject. You can certainly hub about illegal activities, but you cannot just go out and suggest that every do drugs, prostitute themselves, gamble online and sell kids as slaves. When you write about illegal topics, it must be information based. Meaning that you aren't just writing about them to suggest that people do them. You could write about the potential benefits of civil disobedience, but telling people to stop paying their taxes with no informational purpose, will likely get your hub censored. In another token, you could certain publish some delicious medicinal marijuana recipes, but you can't suggest than anyone actually use your recipes or eat the food... Likewise, you could write about why cannabis should be legal, or why the drug war is wrong, though you can't tell people they should consume cannabis.
10) Using Unrelated Links - I've seen it plenty of times myself, and it makes no sense. If you are writing a hub about current political hot topics, there isn't any reason you should be promoting your flower shop website links on the same hub. Only use links in your hub that are related to what you are hubbing about.
11) Hubs That Breach Legal Contracts - If you are writing about a topic that you have been legally bound against talking about, such as in Non-Disclosure Contracts, hubpages will nail you. Not just because it's not cool, but because hubpages could get sued for allowing you to do so.
Poorly Wrtten Content
It clearly isn't rocket science to be a freelance writer on hubpages, but that doesn't mean just anything will fly. It doesn't matter how informative the topic is that you are writing about, if it's poorly written, it will be removed. No one wants to read a hub that is written in broken grammer, that is formatted badly, has tons of spelling errors or that isn't understandable. Make sure to use a spelling and grammar checker before you publish your hubs, and read through it yourself before you publish it. If it doesn't make sense to you, then it probably won't make sense to others.