Once again here go the moderators!

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  1. LuisEGonzalez profile image79
    LuisEGonzalezposted 10 years ago

    I just received an email from staff stating that one of my hubs was unpublished for links not related to the content my article...the links are from Amazon and Ebay. The article deals with photographing nature's art forms so the product key words for these two capsules was " nature's art forms" Amazon and Ebay links were the ones that dealt with Nature's Art forms......I guess it was my mistake since I love HubPages but sometimes (not often) they can get reallyyyyyyyyyyyyyy picky.

    1. wilderness profile image95
      wildernessposted 10 years agoin reply to this

      If it wasn't such a sad comment on what we see everywhere today that would be funny.

      Are you sure, though, that it was actually from staff or just an automated message?  The latter I could well see happening, but staff should certainly be smart enough to catch the problem and nip it.

      1. LuisEGonzalez profile image79
        LuisEGonzalezposted 10 years agoin reply to this

        No, it was directly from staff. But after reading their email response, I can begin to understand what the issue is. Apparently some products from Amazon /Ebay although related to a Hub can cause this. The problem that I see is that both Amazon and Ebay will put products that somehow go with the key words used when you place a capsule. It just means that we must really check the products. A lot of work....but I'm not the boss around here.......................tongue

        1. wilderness profile image95
          wildernessposted 10 years agoin reply to this

          I'm sure that's the problem all right.  If you don't specify Amazon products yourself, but let choose by keyword, you most definitely could end up with some products that would be unacceptable on HP, and of course that's all you can do on eBay.  Therefore HP will (and should) watch those keywords carefully.  I very seldom use the search feature on Amazon so haven't run into it before.

          Still think it's funny and sad, both, that that particular phrase would be disallowed.  I can see why, of course, but just think it's sad.

        2. Cardisa profile image88
          Cardisaposted 10 years agoin reply to this

          Luis, when you write a hub you need to have an idea exactly which product you want to be diplayed in that hub so when you place your keyword you do so for that specific item. If you leave the keywords thing to the sellers you run the risk of always having this problem. So instead of just a broad keyword, I look for specific keywords. I would not use Nature's art Forms as my keywords for the capsules since the main context is really about photographing nature's art form. The proper key words to use would be "photographing nature".

          1. livewithrichard profile image75
            livewithrichardposted 10 years agoin reply to this

            Exactly... Do not rely on keywords to sell products.  Choose a specific product or brand name, reference it in the body of your post and provide the Amazon or eBay link to it.  Make sure there is also a call to action ('Hey, I provided a link over on the right and when you read the other reviews you will not be disappointed.')  Since the number of products allowed is now tied to word count, you have very limited real estate, so make the best use of it. (hint:  place your keyword into the title of the capsule, or with Amazon products, place your own description to the product link,)

            1. wilderness profile image95
              wildernessposted 10 years agoin reply to this

              I've found that pushing the Amazon capsule to the right, coloring it blue, and following it by a text capsule also pushed to the right and colored blue but without a header, makes an effective and attractive sales pitch.

              The text capsule will contain a short description of the product, why to buy it, that sort of thing and can complement the main text capsule while adding a keyword and a little "push" to buy.

            2. LuisEGonzalez profile image79
              LuisEGonzalezposted 10 years agoin reply to this

              Thanks that sound like a great way to go! I will try it.....smile

          2. LuisEGonzalez profile image79
            LuisEGonzalezposted 10 years agoin reply to this

            I know, I have learned my lesson........still love you ..........tongue

            1. Cardisa profile image88
              Cardisaposted 10 years agoin reply to this

              I hope the guys know that the comment was directed at meeeeeee.......tongue

          3. Peggy W profile image96
            Peggy Wposted 10 years agoin reply to this

            I have always used the general keywords.  Wow....I've got work to do to change all of my hubs and look for more specific products.  Yikes!  Too bad they even give us a choice of using the general keywords!  I'll bet that there are many of us out there who have done the same thing.

    2. Dale Hyde profile image81
      Dale Hydeposted 10 years agoin reply to this

      I have learned to not use the keywords for Amazon and Ebay.  This is after experiencing the same scenario that you have mentioned some time back on several of my hubs.  I search both Amazon and Ebay for specific related items, then use those item URLs for the capsules.  At first I could not understand it, but when I went and looked at my hubs I found numerous items that were not hub related being displayed... They may be related to say computers....but if you are writing about a printer, you only want printers or printer related items, not computers or software...

  2. midget38 profile image86
    midget38posted 10 years ago

    That's true. I had one of my hubs trigger content filters for sensitive content but it was a mistake as it was just a simple poem not treading on any sensitive subject. I reported the error and it was dealt with almost immediately.

  3. SmartAndFun profile image94
    SmartAndFunposted 10 years ago

    I'm another that never uses keywords for Amazon (I don't use ebay and never have, so I can't comment there).

    I did use keywords as a newbie, but when I went into the hubs and looked at the items they were putting up for me, I could see why I wasn't getting any sales.

    It takes a bit longer, but I always specify exact products. I approach it as though I was going to buy the item myself, and choose products that have free shipping, if possible. I also comparison shop for my hubs and choose items that have the best value, quality or are from a well known brand. If I am completely at a loss as to which items to feature, I sort the items by "most popular" and choose from the top of the list, or I choose something that looks intriguing and might temp a reader to click for more information.

    I am not getting rich from Amazon, but I do get some sales every month. Hubs that review/recommend and advertise specific products do the best in terms of sales, but I do make plenty of random sales.

    1. LuisEGonzalez profile image79
      LuisEGonzalezposted 10 years agoin reply to this

      Can you provide some methods like how or where you get the products from etc...
      I'm thinking on opening a window just for Amazon, searching for the top photography products, copying the URLS and pasting them on the Amazon capsule on the hub. Time consuming but it seems a good way. Do you suggest this method?

      1. tussin profile image56
        tussinposted 10 years agoin reply to this

        That's the way to do it.  Or else copy the ASIN code, either way works.

  4. LuisEGonzalez profile image79
    LuisEGonzalezposted 10 years ago

    Just to clarify
    "Dear LuisEGonzalez,
    Your Hub has been identified as Adult.  Adult content includes, but is not limited to, nudity, lewd or provocative images, explicit or profane content and/or links to adult/pornography sites."
    This is for a hub that is about "Photographing Nature's Art Forms".

    The images are of seashells, fruits,flowers, minerals, cloud formations and so on. There were two Ebay links for books that dealt with photographing the nude and the word erotica in them. So long as I know, these are not links to pornographic or adult sites, that is unless Ebay just became a porn site.

    I fully understand HP's efforts to patrol the site and improve upon it and I applaud what they are trying to do, but a better job could be done instead on continually unpublishing material, especially for a hubber like myself who has been on the site for over two years.

    Perhaps letting Amazon /Ebay know what kinds of materials are suitable for HP? I don't have an answer but welcome suggestions.

    1. Cardisa profile image88
      Cardisaposted 10 years agoin reply to this

      I see. I still say, choose specific products that you are sure are legit to HP. Those products have tags in them that the filters will see. Plus the moderators won't like the idea of porn-like product links either, even though unintentional.

  5. profile image0
    Lynn S. Murphyposted 10 years ago

    I always look for specific products. It may be a bit time consuming but it seems to work.

  6. kathleenkat profile image70
    kathleenkatposted 10 years ago

    Be very, very happy that they took the time to send you an email about it. Such things have happened to me with zero notification from staff, and it's more disrespectful than anything. Be thankful, and feel respected, that they took the time to notify you when they did it, and why they did it.


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