when should I consider my Hub commercial?

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  1. Mark Butler profile image60
    Mark Butlerposted 11 years ago

    I have a non profit organization and wish to write about spirituality, stress, etc. 

    Here's my question, should I consider my Hub commercial?  What are the pros and cons of doing so??


  2. makemoneyonline profile image35
    makemoneyonlineposted 11 years ago


  3. darkside profile image79
    darksideposted 11 years ago

    If you have products (Amazon, Ebay or affiliate links) in the hub, then it could be considered as commercial.

    If you have links to another site that you hope will make money, then it could be considered as commercial.

    1. Maddie Ruud profile image74
      Maddie Ruudposted 11 years agoin reply to this

      I don't think that's exactly true.  Having capsules doesn't make it commercial, according to HubPages:

      HubPages Definition of "Commercial"

      1. makemoneyonline profile image35
        makemoneyonlineposted 11 years agoin reply to this

        I agree: I think commercial means YOUR article's content is commercial for example promoting a Real-Estate Loan Service.

      2. darkside profile image79
        darksideposted 11 years agoin reply to this

        That's interesting.

        I had a few warning emails after the commercial tick box was put in place that told me my hubs were commercial, even though they were free of affiliate links and links to other commercial sites. And the only way they would have made money was through the Amazon products I had accompanying the content.

  4. Mark Butler profile image60
    Mark Butlerposted 11 years ago

    so, are there any drawbacks... less options if I choose to not be commercial?

  5. coolbreeze profile image48
    coolbreezeposted 11 years ago

    If your hub has adsense it commercial. I thought all hubs were commercial. They seem like it to me?
    Please post one that isnt and has no advertising on it and no chance for monetary gain.

    I would like to see a non-commercial hub please ;-)

  6. pauldeeds profile imageSTAFF
    pauldeedsposted 11 years ago

    The commercial flag exists because people were publishing hubs to either 1) promote another site in search engines, or 2) to drive people to clickbank or other affiliate offers, and they were setting the ad level to "none".  With no ads, and generally sub-par content these kinds of hubs were providing no benefit to HubPages (and usually no benefit to anyone but their author)  -- a virtual slap in the face, if you will.

    Thus, the commercial flag -- commercial hubs must have an ad level of high.   We took this approach because we felt it was important to preserve the option of the lower ad levels for non-commercial content.  There may have been some erroneous enforcement in the early days.

    The commercial flag has no effect on HubScore or anything else -- it simply exists to enforce our ad level policy.


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