I checked my Hub stats for the first time in a couple of days and nearly every Hub has a little red skull and crossbones beside it. I checked and I have this warning on each "This Hub is at risk of being identified as Overly Promotional because it has 3 or more links to a single domain."
The only links that appear more than once are the links for the images - which go to the sites I obtained them from which is required because of the Apprenticeship Program's rules. Am I now not supposed to give image credit? According to the stellar hub guidelines, I have to have multiple images, so I am supposed to take these down and find others?
Sure hope someone who knows the answers to your questions responds for I have had the same happen to me. Thanks for putting this out there.
I am kind of concerned because I started the Apprenticeship Program a year ago this weekend and all of a sudden these links are wrong?
Well, I am not in the Apprenticeship Program and my score has dropped considerably in a very, short time. I am wondering what is going on. I read comments from other seasoned hubbers choosing to leave hubpages and go somewhere else. I am still a relative newcomer. I would, however, like to feel that my work is appreciated and there are reasons why the rules seem to change so sporadically.
The label of that domain, rgbstock.com, has been changed, so that should reduce the number of notices you see for linking to it. In general you want to make sure to not include more than 2 links in any Hub to the same site, except for the few exceptions of white-listed sites.
Wikipedia is one example of a whitelisted site.
@Matthew Meyer: Is this going to update or something? I currently have eleven of the little red skull and crossbones violations and I do not have the time to scour the internet for suitably licensed images to use according to the "stellar Hubs" guidelines.
You can force a recheck using the "check for violations now" function at the bottom of the page here.
I just did the violations check and the little red skulls were still there, but I refreshed the page and they're gone now. Thank you for fixing it for me. I'm sorry to come off like a harpy, but there have been a lot of recent changes here and it's hard for me to keep up.
Ask for the image site to be white-listed or used an image site that already is white-listed
How do I find a white-listed image site? And, since I've been using this one for a year, why is wrong now, all of a sudden?
Is it because the site the image is from is a commercial site so the link is counted?
I never heard of the term white-listed what does it mean? Sorry if it should be obvious to me, if I do not ask I will never know.
I use rgbstock.com for almost all of my images. The link for each image I use goes to the profile page for the photographer.
It means asking for that site to not be held to the 2 link limit. Examples of white listed sites are wikimedia, Flikr etc.
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