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Why Is My Article Not Featured?

  1. RoadMonkey profile image87
    RoadMonkeyposted 4 months ago

    I wrote a book review quite some time ago https://hubpages.com/literature/book-re … vid-e-owen and it has constantly been shown as not featured for spammy content. I have modified and added and gone through it so many times and cannot for the life of me see why it is not featured! Can anyone give me a hint please? Thanks

    1. TIMETRAVELER2 profile image97
      TIMETRAVELER2posted 4 months agoin reply to this

      While you write well, this article is all over the place with content.  You are writing a book review, but you don't stick to that topic.  Get rid of the excess and write specifically about the book.  Polls about the type of books you like to read, etc simply don't fit your title.

      People who read book reviews want to know about the book...not about what fantasy is, etc.

      Make these changes, add pertinent content, and this hub will get featured!

      1. RoadMonkey profile image87
        RoadMonkeyposted 4 months agoin reply to this

        The reason I added those was because it kept telling me to edit, add more content and take out links, which were all related to the review. It told me the links, which all related to the review, were spammy! Their advice is not worth much if the first piece of help I receive from the forum (and I thank you for taking the time to help) totally contradicts the advice that is given when they don't feature your hub. This is the only hub I have that is not featured and I have been trying different things for a year or more, following their "help".

        1. Marisa Wright profile image98
          Marisa Wrightposted 4 months agoin reply to this

          If you've been told the problem is "spammy elements", then the problem is ALWAYS with links to other websites, including Amazon and photo sites.

          Some photo sites - the ones that insist on a full credit - are "whitelisted", meaning you can link each photo without any trouble.  So for instance, you'd have no trouble linking to Flickr or Wikimedia Commons.  For many other sites, you're allowed only two links in a Hub.

          If you are using a Pixabay photo, there is no need to paste the Pixabay URL into the "Source URL".   Try removing those and just mention the photographer instead, e.g. "Andrianvalentino on Pixabay", leaving the source URL blank.  I see that Unsplash asks you to credit the photographer if possible, so I'd leave the URL for that one for now, and see if fixing the others helps.  If it doesn't, you may have to remove the URL for Unsplash as well.

          Now for Amazon.   There are new rules for including Amazon products in your Hubs.   They are:

          1.  The product must be directly related to the title of your Hub (you meet this requirement easily).

          2.  You must say why you're recommending the product, couched in personal terms (i.e. using words like "I", "my" or "mine"). 

          I think the second requirement is where you're going wrong.  Your review is written more like a press release than a review, because it talks about the story but without you ever expressing an opinion about it, or giving any idea of what impression it had on you.  Without that extra dimension, your Amazon capsule does not meet the second criterium and is therefore classed as "spammy".

          I wonder if that's what the editor meant when he asked you to add more content, rather than adding more general reflections on the fantasy genre?

          1. RoadMonkey profile image87
            RoadMonkeyposted 4 months agoin reply to this

            Thank you, I will make it more personal, as I have read all these books.