Not featured - Quality

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  1. BLouw profile image86
    BLouwposted 3 years ago

    Another of my ex-Squidoo articles has been unfeatured due to quality and I really can't see why - all the boxes are ticked in the 'need some goals' section, no warning signals etc etc. I've been writing for HP now for years, had several Hub of the day spots, some Editors Choice articles, and I'm beginning to wonder if HP is somehow targeting the Squidoo accounts.

    Is it a real person who looks at these accounts? If so could they not just drop a line or leave a comment in the comment box outlining the problem so we don't have to waste time guessing?

    If anyone has time to take a look at these two articles (the first might not be to HP taste but I'd have thought the second was right up HP street, I'd be very grateful. I have run a word count test to see if there are too many key word and that seems to be OK).

    Many thanks

    1. lbrummer profile image96
      lbrummerposted 3 years agoin reply to this

      Your eyebrow article has a lot of interesting information.  I don't know if it will make any difference, but you might want to check the links under Useful Links. I don’t think the first and last ones are linked to the right pages, they may have been changed since you wrote the article.

      1. BLouw profile image86
        BLouwposted 3 years agoin reply to this

        Hi, Ibrummer. Thanks for pointing the links out. I did change the pictures in case this offended HP but petrhaps forgot the links.

    2. lbrummer profile image96
      lbrummerposted 3 years agoin reply to this

      Your soft boiled egg article seems to be comparing different advice from different cooking sites, so maybe you could change your hub title to something like   “Compare Soft Boiled Egg Preparation” or something along that line.  Draw attention to the idea that you’ve tried the different methods and you are sharing what you consider the advantages of the different methods. 
      I know that not everyone here agrees with me on this idea, but I think it’s very important to include keywords in your Summary and the first paragraph of your article (You have a good first paragraph). 
      Do you ever make soft boiled eggs in the microwave?

    3. peachpurple profile image80
      peachpurpleposted 3 years agoin reply to this

      Are you using three external links? from what i know you can use two external links

      1. psycheskinner profile image84
        psycheskinnerposted 3 years agoin reply to this

        You can have as many links as you like, but not more than two to the same website.

      2. lbrummer profile image96
        lbrummerposted 3 years agoin reply to this

        peachpurple, I believe the rule is that you can have no more than two external links to the same site address.  You can have many more external links as long as no more than two of the links are links to the same url.

  2. relache profile image84
    relacheposted 3 years ago

    A poster of Frieda Kahlo on a Hub about eyebrows is (now) considered irrelevant/spammy.  This has been made clear over the last few months.

    Same with the egg timer on the Hub on boiling an egg.  If the product isn't "necessary" admin thinks it should go.

    1. BLouw profile image86
      BLouwposted 3 years agoin reply to this

      Under what circumstances would an advert be deemed 'necessary' if an egg timer is not 'necessary' for boiling an egg?

      Could the team not let us know what the problem is?

      I'll try getting rid of all ads and see what happens. Thanks for taking the time to have a look, relache.

      1. relache profile image84
        relacheposted 3 years agoin reply to this

        Whoever they contract the work out to, giving us detailed feedback is not part of the process.  People making pennies per hour do most of the reviewing, working as fast as they can because the pay is so bad.

  3. Fiction Teller profile image60
    Fiction Tellerposted 3 years ago


    HubPages now requires that you demonstrate in your description that you have used each product you're promoting.  From what I can gather, their assumption is that promoting a product without demonstrating personal use means the article will be interpreted (by Google? Users? Who knows?) as spam.

    Also, there is a finer line now as to what is considered relevant to the article.  In the past, an article, say, on where in the world to find the best spumoni ice cream could advertise an ice cream maker.  That probably wouldn't pass today. It's not directly related to the specific question.

    Basically, where before there was an overabundance of leniency at HubPages, now there's an overabundance of caution.

    1. BLouw profile image86
      BLouwposted 3 years agoin reply to this

      Thanks fiction teller - no ads for me then - I can hardly sell boiled eggs! Pity - my fried egg shaped egg piercer really is a great boon - given to me by a friend in my hourt of egg-boiling need and well worth passing on to readers.


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