Are we allowed to have a link in a hub that links to an affiliate account other than the ones through Hubpages?
The hub I am writing about free software that will be a great benefit to many other Hubbers, especially ESL Hubbers. The Hub has sufficient content and is not overly promotional. It has one sentence at the end that states what the premium version offers & if you want to learn more go to [link to affiliate].
I have searched and reread the TOS but can't find a definitive answer.
I hub hop a lot and see other hubs that are overly promotional, the user name is the business they are promoting and they have several links to their business.
Since hubs are not monitored prior to publishing I want to make sure it is OK and not just do it because I have seen others do it (right or wrong).
Thanks for any feedback.
I did a Malware hub and had links to a free malware tool and AVG antivirus... It got flagged as well. These were the tools I used to stop attacks on my systems and I offered them the CNET link for download, not even an affiliate. Thinking back, I do believe that I contacted HubPages Team Support via email and they unflagged the hub and allowed it go have the two links. firstname.lastname@example.org
Links to ones own business or affiliate links are not allowed. It is self promotion. It should be flagged..
Not so. Self-promotion is permitted on HubPages. OVER-promotion is not.
Over-promotion is defined as having more than two links to the same website in any single Hub. So you could have a link to your business website in every single one of your Hubs, and it would not be against the rules (provided the website was relevant to the topic of the Hub).
Affiliate links to "reputable" affiliate networks are also permitted. Again, the rule is no more than two links to the same affiliate network in a single Hub.
HubPages will not say which ones are "reputable", but I have links from Linkshare, ShareASale and Affiliate Future which have never been flagged. Clickbank is definitely not considered reputable.
One thing to note is that links which lead to a landing page or squeeze page are not allowed. That often applies to free downloads.
Thank you so much Marisa. That is what I thought but after getting the generic warning I started to doubt if it was true. I will go ahead and publish.
The big problem is that HubPages doesn't say what they regard as "reputable". I know they frown on Clickbank, and anything that's promoting SEO (like the Keyword Academy), but Hubbers have been caught out linking to sites you would expect to be totally OK.
I submitted for publication but they denied.
Which is a bummer because it is a step by step guide that would help other hubbers a lot but oh well. I haven't decided if I will edit and resubmit yet.
There's no point attempting a republish if it's been denied on the grounds of a prohibited link. You'll need to email them first, and ask them to reconsider the link.
If it's really helpful, you could publish it without the live link - but then you'd earn nothing from it, of course. Alternatively, if you have a blog where it would be appropriate, you could write a post about the same topic and include a link to that post in your Hub.
Really seems like a good idea and sounds like the Hub truly would be helpful. I'm relatively new, so I would rely more on others with more knowledge and experience than I, but it seems to me that one link to another site would be okay; the only warning I've seen was when there are more than two links to one site. I think you are allowed to do some promotion for other sites, just not too much. Again, you probably want to rely on some other feedback on this thread, but those are my thoughts on the subject.
by mythbuster 12 years ago
I have a hub I've been working on but have never published. I logged in to work on the hub and found it already has what is probably a script/site-generated warning about content on it.Should I submit to someone on staff at hubpages for review first if I wish to publish or what? I have no idea WHY...
by Paul Deeds 11 years ago
As predicted in yesterday's announcement, we've rolled out some additional warnings on Hubs today. The new warnings that appear are detailed below. Enforcement of these rules is currently schedule to begin on May 14. In the interim, we will be fine tuning the filters that identify...
by michifus 10 years ago
I have noticed that all of my hubs that contain affiliate links have now been marked as being in violation of the terms and conditions of hubpages.Hubpages must have forgotten to mention that affiliate links are now banned in the blog posts.Anyone else noticed this? - it has only just happened -...
by sunforged 11 years ago
This is getting ridiculous, well, it has always been ridiculous.What is so damn hard about making a list of sites you consider prohibited?What is so damn hard about making a list of sites you consider prohibited?What is so damn hard about making a list of sites you consider prohibited?What is so...
by kiigeorge 12 years ago
Been here about a week ..wrote 4 hubs .. havent done any promotion type activities yet because im still learning about that .. and of course i've learned by observation, that when we first write a hub we get this hit of traffic .. like ive never seen before .. 80, 100 ,200 visits ..and im...
by Infopedia 11 years ago
"It appears this Hub might be about cash gifting. Hubs that promote these programs are considered dubious under HubPages rules and may be unpublished. This is an automated warning; if you've received this warning in error, please disregard it. Keep writing great Hubs!"For some reason one...
Copyright © 2023 The Arena Media Brands, LLC and respective content providers on this website. HubPages® is a registered trademark of The Arena Platform, Inc. Other product and company names shown may be trademarks of their respective owners. The Arena Media Brands, LLC and respective content providers to this website may receive compensation for some links to products and services on this website.
Copyright © 2023 Maven Media Brands, LLC and respective owners.
|HubPages Device ID||This is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.|
|Login||This is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.|
|HubPages Traffic Pixel||This is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.|
|Remarketing Pixels||We may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.|
|Conversion Tracking Pixels||We may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.|