Please Help! ALL my articles were flagged!

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  1. coloradoprof profile image60
    coloradoprofposted 11 years ago

    Hi All.  I need your help!   I am new to HubPages and recently posted my first three articles.  I am a former college professor and a fairly good writer.  All three of my articles were rated in the 70s and when I implemented the "Article Checker" to check for violations, none were found.   

    My article titles were as follows:

    How Do I Get My Toddler To Brush Her Teeth?  Toddler Tooth Brushing Made Easy

    Looking for a Work From Home Job?  Use These Keywords

    Three Brilliant Tricks to Make $10 an Hour Taking Paid Surveys

    My first two articles were labeled as needing revision because they were "over-promotional or contained too many links"   Well, The Toddler article had no links or company names whatsoever and the work from home article had one link to the "Legitimate Online Job Directory" which is a great directory of free, legit, no scam, no mlm jobs.  That website is free, does not have any type of registration page and doesn't ask for personal information.  How could these articles be labeled over promotional?  What do I need to do to get them re-published?

    My last article on paid surveys received a notice saying it was "substandard".   The article, which was detailed and well written, basically focuses on things like time saving techniques when taking surveys etc.  The article did not contain links to any survey companies and did not mention any survey companies by name.   

    I know that paid survey articles are looked down on here but I have worked from home for 12 years and make about $400 a month taking paid surveys.  I'm not talking about being an affiliate or anything like that but actually taking the surveys using the techniques I describe in my article.

    Can anyone help me to figure out why my articles were flagged and what I need to do about it?  I would be happy to email my posts if that would help. 

    Thanks so much in advance!

    Anne (Coloradoprof)

  2. relache profile image73
    relacheposted 11 years ago

    You should have received email(s) from admin explaining what the problems are.  Also, at the top of each Hub should be a notice/warning of the moderation problems.

    You can also read more about content violations in the site FAQ, under the heading of Publishing Rules and Policies.  The Learning Center also has an index of all moderation violations which would also explain more.

    After all that, you need to email the moderators if you need more help, as none of us will be able to see your unpublished Hubs, but they can and after all, they are the ones who unpublished you so they can best explain what you are doing wrong.

    1. coloradoprof profile image60
      coloradoprofposted 11 years agoin reply to this

      Thank you for the info.  After checking my email, I do see that I received a message regarding the moderation of my paid survey article.  However, I did not receive any emails related to the other two articles.  I will go ahead and email the moderators.  Thanks again!


  3. brakel2 profile image73
    brakel2posted 11 years ago

    Welcome to P

  4. wilderness profile image95
    wildernessposted 11 years ago

    I took at your first two hubs and just as you say, only found one link.

    It is just possible that a link to a site on that subject is "forbidden" - HP has an (unpublished) set of topics and sites that you may not link to.  That could be on the list, although I doubt it.

    I think you are taking the right step - ask HP for clarification.  And DO check your junk mail box.

    1. DzyMsLizzy profile image84
      DzyMsLizzyposted 11 years agoin reply to this

      Seriously?  How can anyone know what is "forbidden" if it is an unpublished list??  WTH!!  This is like a police speed trap--"Let's make ourselves invisible, so we can catch people doing the wrong thing when they didn't even know they were doing anything wrong!!"
      What a crock of steaming nitrogenous waste material!   One of the issues I had with writing for Demand Media Studios was their nonsensically long list of 'forbidden' reference sites...but at least, it was published, and you knew what to avoid!  Come on, Hub Pages--let's play fair!

    2. relache profile image73
      relacheposted 11 years agoin reply to this

      I haven't looked at your Hubs but I do know that one of the sub-classifications listed under "Overly promotional" which a lot of people seem to overlook is the purely promotional Hub, which quite often only has one link.

  5. brakel2 profile image73
    brakel2posted 11 years ago

    Welcome to HubPages. Good luck

  6. coloradoprof profile image60
    coloradoprofposted 11 years ago

    Hi Everyone. Thanks for the advice.  I really appreciate your help.  I'm sure that I will have more questions as a newbie.  Take care and have a great day.

    1. Barbara Kay profile image73
      Barbara Kayposted 11 years agoin reply to this

      I've noticed that if you don't have content in the first capsule, you'll get a warning that your hub is overly promotional or substandard. Did you start writing content in that capsule? If not, use it.

      1. DzyMsLizzy profile image84
        DzyMsLizzyposted 11 years agoin reply to this

        That is about the most ridiculous condition I've ever heard of!  How can "zero content" possibly be "overly promotional?!"  As for "substandard," that usually applies, (or so it seems from the general information here) to the entire hub, not just a single capsule, regardless of placement!  Wow!  Way to make invisible rules to trip up newbies!  Not very nice, HP.

      2. WryLilt profile image87
        WryLiltposted 11 years agoin reply to this

        You'll get that warning IF you don't have much content and leave the hub in edit mode to come back later. Empty capsules can't be seen outside edit mode.

        1. DzyMsLizzy profile image84
          DzyMsLizzyposted 11 years agoin reply to this

          Well, exactly right, but in that case, it wouldn't have been "flagged" or un-published, as it is still in edit mode.  It sounded to me as if she was speaking of already-published hubs being taken down, and indeed, that is confirmed in her comment below...

  7. coloradoprof profile image60
    coloradoprofposted 11 years ago

    Thanks for the info.   I had the first capsule filled with text and nothing was in edit mode and everything is still flagged.   I sent 2 emails to HP regarding the issue and have not heard back, so I'm just resubmitting the articles.  I'll let everyone know what happens. 

    I was so excited to finally have time to write for HP but I might switch to Infobarrel.   

    Thanks again for all of your comments.  I really appreciate your help!

    1. WryLilt profile image87
      WryLiltposted 11 years agoin reply to this

      I just removed all my articles from Infobarrel. Which was no easy task, as they have no delete button. I would not write there myself - honestly I've seen few to none of the IB articles in search results, while I see plenty from Wizzley and Squidoo.

      1. coloradoprof profile image60
        coloradoprofposted 11 years agoin reply to this

        Thanks so much for the info.   I'll check out Wizzley and Squidoo.

      2. galleryofgrace profile image71
        galleryofgraceposted 11 years agoin reply to this

        I was about to remove my articles from IB when I checked earnings and found that they were equal to Google. So decided not to remove them.

    2. tussin profile image58
      tussinposted 11 years agoin reply to this

      Infobarrel has a moderation policy for all new users, so you will likely encounter the same problems there as here, especially regarding links to affiliate sites.  And like Wrylilt said, getting your articles off IB is a pain in the rear.

  8. coloradoprof profile image60
    coloradoprofposted 11 years ago

    Hi All.  Thanks so much for your help!   This forum is filled with the most helpful people.   HP just cleared my keyword article for publication so one down and one to go.  Thanks again!



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