The hub itself may be well-written and enjoyable, but clearly it is all about promoting a company, product, or service. Do you flag it? Do you ignor it? Do you rate it?
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Thank you SidKemp. I read The Hub Hopper and found some really good information about flagging and preserving the Hub community. Very good hub on the subject.
Everybody is talking about "promotional" hubs but no one has given an example of one. So, we are talking about something no one can really describe. How can you have a discussion about, and be critical of something that lacks a definition?
I was hopping hubs and that is what prompted me to write the question. It was a hub about "Buy my product!" The whole hub was about this guy's product and come visit me at my store, my store is amazing, etc. Nothing contributory by any means.
One such promotional hub I saw and flagged was for a food substitute for body builders. The author name was the brand name, linked to a profile that was a link to the product website. The copy extolled the virtues of the product with prompt to buy
Thank you for that clarification, Marlene. Indeed that does sound "promotional."
Yeah. I'm starting to see a lot more promotional hubs, especially while hub hopping. I was starting to get concerned and was wondering what others do about it.
Helpful, but ...as a liflong writer I have been accused, starting in high school of writing too well - by the way, I have good days and bad days and do not agree with that, but I am often my own worst critic.
Dubuquedogtrainer - Don't feel bad. I don't consider myself a scholarly writer, but I was turned down for a job because I wrote at the "scientific" level. The company wanted me to "dummy it down" to fifth grade level. I tried. I didn't get the job.
Sorry to hear that. One thing I have learned with working with editors over the years is that if I want to get published, I will do things their way, whether the result makes sense or not. The good thing about HP is that I don't get content cut.
Dubuquedogtrainer, that's exactly why I like HP, too. By the way, I really enjoy your work. As a reader, I find your style of writing clutter-free and easy on the mind. A total compliment to you - I hope that makes sense.
Thank you very much! Maybe I have learned over all these years to cut, cut, cut and avoid any unnecessary words? I learned if I don't cut, the editors will! I do like to keep things simple though - life is complicated enough!
Dubuquedogtrainer - "Clutter free" - not a lot of superfluous words. Your style is crisp and clean. It's a good thing.
Thank you, Marlene - that's what I thought you meant. I can be trained - I wish I could get in touch with my creative side though sometimes like some writers can - I really like good story tellers.
Good point and thanks for sharing! I write because I am passionate about animal welfare and education. That's it. In my practice as a professional dog trainer (and previously as a RN), there are products I really like and products I don't.
I am more likely to down vote a hub that has misinformation and is poorly written with bad grammar than one that is "promotional," whatever that is. I have not seen a hub that is promotional yet on HubPages.
The word "promotional" is quite subjective. HubPages qualifies promotional as a hub which has more than two links to the same place. To me, it is when the hub is designed with no other purpose but to direct customers to do business with them.
Who voted down my answer and why? HubPages is quite a negative place! Can you give me an example? What does such a hub look like?
I don't know! I voted you up, that's for sure. I wish only the moderator could vote up or down, because some people are just malicious for no reason.
Thank you, Marlene.
http://hubpages.com/hop//Oil-Rig-Oakleys This is a recent one i have seen.
That hub is about Adsense - how is that "promotional?" It just talks about how you cannot earn a living using Adsense.
Yes, and along those same lines, I'd like to see less downvoting of thoughtful answers. This is really quite negative and non-supporting behavior. It really destroys morale and "community."