Why can't hubpages be specific in letting us know our mistake?

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  1. younghopes profile image67
    younghopesposted 10 years ago

    I am really stressed out, whenever i am writing hub i always get a mail from HP sometimes it says hub has unrelated links, sometimes unrelated products, sometimes it says it is overly promotional etc etc...the saddest part is i revise my hub again and again, make changes which i think might be needed and then again i am shown the same 'common alert'. Eg. In one of my hubs i revised it thrice but alert kept on saying it is having unrelated products, when i asked the team which products they said it contains a high amount of keyword density which makes it overly promotional. I wish and i sincerely request if anyone from HP Team is reading this,....please it would save much of the time if you specify the exact problem rather than a generalised comment. We work hard, spend so much of time and it really matters a lot. One of my recent hub has been unfeatured  (photo attached)due to 'watermarked images' but i want to tell it is my originial piece of work and it only contains 'younghopes' i.e. my name here as the watermark. Please fellow hubbers help me out. i am really sick of this now

    1. healthmunsta profile image73
      healthmunstaposted 10 years agoin reply to this

      I can understand where your frustration is coming from, and although I can't really help you here, I suggest you just give those unpublished hubs a break. Work on fresh hubs while following Hubpages rules and policies. When you're a bit calmer, you can try and edit those unpublished hubs again. Hope this helps!

      1. younghopes profile image67
        younghopesposted 10 years agoin reply to this

        Thanks dear, perhaps i have really become frustrated now every time there comes a problem or so, i am taking a break right now and come back again to publish hubs, till then i will better be involved in forums etc.

  2. Greekgeek profile image77
    Greekgeekposted 10 years ago

    Like the email said, it's got a watermark. They can't really be more specific than "no watermarks allowed, and your image has a watermark on it."

    Put the image credit in the caption instead.

    i know, it's a pain: I would like to be able to mark my own work as well to keep it from being ripped off. But it's one of the site rules. They aren't gonna budge on it, so you just have to decide whether it's worth the risk of publishing images on HP or not.

    (did you really take those photos yourself? They look like stock photos!)

    You may also be running afoul of overly promotional crackdowns. Hubpages might get downranked by Google and might lose its traffic if there's too much sell-sell-sell type content on it, so that's why the filters are a little picky about products, keywords, etc.

    1. wilderness profile image95
      wildernessposted 10 years agoin reply to this
      1. mistyhorizon2003 profile image89
        mistyhorizon2003posted 10 years agoin reply to this

        What can I say other than 'great detective work' lol.

      2. healthmunsta profile image73
        healthmunstaposted 10 years agoin reply to this

        Woah, great detective work, indeed.

      3. younghopes profile image67
        younghopesposted 10 years agoin reply to this

        I just wish to know how to make my images copyright then? If i take stock photos but i have made a few changes in them, then can't i watermark them? I mean they will be used by others without any credit to my hub then?

        1. chasmac profile image89
          chasmacposted 10 years agoin reply to this

          The copyright belongs to whoever took the photos. If these are legally used and paid-for stock photos (from a stock agency), then you can use them on your hubs even with changes, but you can't claim copyright. If someone steals the pic from your hub, they're not stealing from you. It's the photographer who is losing out.
          As for watermarks - you can't use watermarked images on HubPages - no matter who took the picture. That's a HubPages rule.

          1. younghopes profile image67
            younghopesposted 10 years agoin reply to this

            Thanks, i never knew about this rule, would surely follow it now onwards

            1. mistyhorizon2003 profile image89
              mistyhorizon2003posted 10 years agoin reply to this

              This article explains how to use images legally:


              1. younghopes profile image67
                younghopesposted 10 years agoin reply to this

                Thanks, i'll just check it out

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

          The images that come from your camera are copyrighted as soon as they are published on the web.  It's part of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA).  That doesn't mean that no one can steal them, anymore than titling your car means that no one can steal it, either.  It does mean that you have the law on your side should you choose to pursue the thief.

          As Chasmac says, you can't use watermarked images on HubPages, but that does NOT mean they are not copyrighted.  It just means that the image is a little cleaner, a little better looking in return for being a little easier to steal.

          On a side note - HP asks that you provide attribution to the photos on your hub.  The pictures I take with my camera I attribute to "Wilderness".  Others I attribute to the source, with a link and a reference to which license it is used under or if it is in the public domain.  I notice that none of your photos carry any attribution in any of the hubs I looked through - you really need to tell the reader where they came from.  It helps stop theft if everyone would do that.

          1. younghopes profile image67
            younghopesposted 10 years agoin reply to this

            Thanks for this important information, i havent been familiar with it

  3. HollieT profile image79
    HollieTposted 10 years ago

    Well, I've just read your hub about strawberries and face masks. I have to say that the first couple of paragraphs struck me as, *I'm selling something* and also made claims which are unsubstantiated. Strawberries do have antioxidant properties but, as far as I'm aware, the claim that "They make your skin glowing and beautiful and also helps treat acne and acne scars too." has not been verified.

    You make a lot of claims about what a strawberry face mask can do, not what it *might* do.

    I'm not being mean, and not ripping your hub apart- but the language you use is really quite important. It's far better to talk about what you have learned from your research and how the product *may* help to alleviate the symptoms associated with some conditions, than claim that they *will help*

    In terms of the images which you use, yes, you need to be really careful. Using images that you don't legally own is just like publishing an article which you did not write, or don't have permission to use. Wrong.

  4. Millionaire Tips profile image92
    Millionaire Tipsposted 10 years ago

    Unfortunately, it would take too much time to explain what is wrong with a hub, because there are likely to be a number of errors.  I would recommend going through the Learning Center to get advice on how to write hubs.  Also read a lot of hubs to get an idea of what you like and what you don't like.

    Here is the Learning Center entry for legal use of images:

    It includes links on how to get free images that are legal to use.

    1. younghopes profile image67
      younghopesposted 10 years agoin reply to this

      Yes i agree that it is somewhat impossible to specify but in one my hubs, the alert kept on saying it is overly promotional, when i deleted all, but still alert continued, when i asked for specific reason then it was told it has too much keyword density, ...that's what i mean by specifying, i tried changing so many things but in the end it was keywords. But thanks for your reply, i would look upto learning center

  5. sabrebIade profile image80
    sabrebIadeposted 10 years ago

    Compared to Squidoo HP is a WEALTH of info telling you what you might have done wrong.


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