Has Pinterest blocked Hubpages!?

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  1. Brett.Tesol profile image54
    Brett.Tesolposted 11 years ago

    Has Pinterest blocked Hubpages!?

    It seems that Hubpages has been blocked. My account is live, but it seems that Hubpages pins are not allowed at the moment. Is anyone else experiencing this? I can pin from other sites with no problem.

  2. profile image0
    calculus-geometryposted 11 years ago

    Yes, it seems that some over-eager Hubpages users have ruined it for everyone by pinning nearly every image they upload. Now Pinterest considers Hubpages a source of spam.

    1. bridalletter profile image78
      bridalletterposted 11 years agoin reply to this

      That would be a tremendous loss for all of us.

  3. daisydayz profile image86
    daisydayzposted 11 years ago

    Oh no! Really! That is going to really hit a few people badly. I do get a fair amount via pintrest so that will suck! But there are lots of other companies on pintrest who pin so many images, its bad if Hubpages gets penalized!

  4. Seeker7 profile image81
    Seeker7posted 11 years ago

    Seems to me that Pinterest is a very open platform so to actually penalise a site such as Hub Pages would be an arrogant move on their part I think. In addition, surely it's sites like Hub Pages who helped them along when they first started? But having said that, as one contributor has said, is it other Hubbers spoiling it for the rest? There is so much 'junk' getting pushed onto the internet for the sake of getting a few quid and no thought about quality or if the 'junk' is actually of interest or helping anyone, so it seems to me a lot of the internet is all spam anyway!

  5. sweetzara profile image75
    sweetzaraposted 11 years ago

    Yes! and what sucks even more is that all previous pins that have a link to hubpages have also been blocked!

    When I click on my old links, I get a message that says:
    "Unsafe Link
    We've blocked this link to protect pinners from spam or other inappropriate content."

    This really sucks because pintrest was a huge traffic generator for me.

  6. Arielqiao profile image59
    Arielqiaoposted 11 years ago

    I just wanted to link to my hub from Pinterest. It has been blocked indeed. What a bad news!

  7. Barbara Kay profile image73
    Barbara Kayposted 11 years ago

    I just tried and the same thing happened. So sad. I was getting a lot of traffic from there.

  8. Doodlehead profile image48
    Doodleheadposted 11 years ago

    Two days ago i was sent a link to a fellow hubbers Pinterest site and it was blocked.   This is the only Pnterest site i have ever tried to access.   The hubber had sent the link to me suggesting I look at their photos so it was a recent link.

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    Casimiroposted 11 years ago

    I think they must have determined that Hubpages material has fallen under one of these two categories:
    2.The site contains spammy, misleading or inappropriate content.  This may mean the site has been reported as spam, the owner of the site has spammed Pinterest, or the site has otherwise violated Pinterest's Terms of Service or Acceptable Use Policy.

    3.The site's content violates our policy on adult content. Pinterest does not allow photographs containing breasts, buttocks or genitalia.

    1. Ralph Deeds profile image66
      Ralph Deedsposted 11 years agoin reply to this

      "Pinterest does not allow photographs containing breasts, buttocks or genitalia."
      Neither does HubPages.

  10. TIMETRAVELER2 profile image84
    TIMETRAVELER2posted 11 years ago

    I have never used Pinterest, however I see this as a major red flag for HP.  I have been saying for some time that the low quality of many articles will drag all of us down...and here it is!  Time for those in charge to firm up their requirements, sort out the dross and save HP.

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      Casimiroposted 11 years agoin reply to this

      I do a fair amount of hub hopping and it's about 50% drek, 30% mediocre coming through there, lots of spammy stuff. I have no idea how much members' hub hopping could help to weed out these kind of low-content articles.

  11. joanveronica profile image68
    joanveronicaposted 11 years ago

    I tried to upload direct on Pinterest, and the message says that this link has been denounced as spam. Or something like that. So it seems somebody has actually complained about Hubpages. Is this possble? And do we notify Team? We can't all be penalized like this!

    1. joanveronica profile image68
      joanveronicaposted 11 years agoin reply to this

      I tried to repin one of billybuc's pins, and the message says: Sorry! You've hit a pin block. Users have reported that this pin links to spam or inappropriate content.
      I think this can't be, we are all blocked indiscriminately!

  12. nanderson500 profile image79
    nanderson500posted 11 years ago

    Hmmm....interesting. I hadn't run into this problem, but I haven't tried to pin anything in a couple of days. That's too bad, it doesn't seem fair for Hubpages to get blocked.

  13. chef-de-jour profile image96
    chef-de-jourposted 11 years ago

    The last two weeks have been traumatic for HP. The outage, the Google update and the Pinterest block have knocked the wind out of the site and many are suffering. Spammy, spun and spurious hubs are draining the life blood of this site. Those who try to create well written articles with an amount of SEO are being heavily penalised but the only antidote is more quality, as HP themselves have always emphasised.

    Low quailty content is certainly undermining HP, as are the over personalised hubs that give no useful information but are merely naval cleaning exercises. Being social is one thing, but too much 'I lost my love to a kitchen unit salesman, how about you?' kind of hub (with awful photographs) isn't going to impress Google or sites like Pinterest.

    I've read horrendous stories away from HP about small businesses going under following the Google update - people losing jobs, livelihoods, websites that have been viable for decades - perhaps Google went too far this time and severely injured many innocents.

    But the message is clear. We as writers need to create more quality hubs. Those in charge of HP need to find a better way of raising standards. Could this mean that HP's open door policy has to change?

    1. Barbara Kay profile image73
      Barbara Kayposted 11 years agoin reply to this

      But look at the spammy stuff on Squidoo and they say that wasn't hit. You look there and the articles are just covered with ads. I don't get it.

  14. Sherry Hewins profile image92
    Sherry Hewinsposted 11 years ago

    I see that Pinterest was working fine for me yesterday, but today, as you say, it's not working. Sigh, what next?

  15. Rosyel Sawali profile image62
    Rosyel Sawaliposted 11 years ago

    "Sorry! We've blocked this source because it may be spam or other inappropriate content." was what I got when I tried to pin one of my hubs there sad

  16. executivecatering profile image60
    executivecateringposted 11 years ago

    With all the sex links on pinterest I am surprised they are singling out hubpages as being an issue

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    Sophia Angeliqueposted 11 years ago

    Very interesting. I've never been into back linking and I still get traffic.

    I think the only way sites are going to survive is by having high quality stuff to read and entertain - not to sell!

    I have changed directions completely. While I do earn a few bucks from HP, I'm focusing on writing books and to earn my income from there in the future. I keep about half a dozen blogs and Wizzley. I write on them more to entertain and to edify than anything else. I'm also focusing on video.

    I think the world is getting sick of advertising and of having things written with a not so well hidden motive of selling, and I think sites are getting wise to the fact that they won't rise in the rankings unless their sites are more about information and entertainment than about selling something.

  18. howtoguides2learn profile image57
    howtoguides2learnposted 11 years ago

    Yes, Pinterest has blocked Hubpages.  I also tried pinning two very interesting hubs, but it is not allowing me to pin and states spammy content from this link.

    I am new to writing hubs and in the learning process and have very few visitors per day.  But recently, I had a good spike in one of my hubs.  The views jumped from 10s to 100 and the youtube video linked to it also had a good increase in viewers.  I was exploring the reasons and found out that somebody had repinned my hub pin.  So, this block is going to be a good blow to the number of viewers to hubpages.

    I also do lots of search engine research (for info on SEO and other stuff)  and lately I have seen that many hubs are not showing in the first page, but they used to do previously.  This is just an observation and not sure whether it is true or why it happens.

    I am a hub fan for a long time and as a reader I recently felt the percentage of good quality hubs are declining fast.  So, now I just read the hubs of my favorite authors to whom I have subscribed.

  19. jezebellamina profile image59
    jezebellaminaposted 11 years ago

    Pinterest seems to have the ability to block subdomains, if I'm correct in thinking that blogspot hosted blogs are considered as such; I have tried to click pins before to specific blogspot blogs that were blocked, giving the same message we see now for HubPages, but most other blogspot links (including mine) are still viable.

    If they can single out xxxxxxxx.blogspot.com and not penalize all blogger blogs, why couldn't they also be specific for our HP subdomains?  Of course there are some people who overuse Pinterest to pin their hubs, but that shouldn't hurt us all.

    Pinterest was literally my last hope for traffic after the last Google update, and I rarely even pin my own material. Pins of my hubs from readers have been blocked and it's terrible, especially since "social proof" is so important for a site's credibility these days. After already losing 75% of traffic because of Google's last play, this knocks me down another 20% leaving me with almost only HP traffic (which I'm guessing isn't worth a whole lot with respect to the Ad Program).

    This change must have happened today, because I still had traffic from Pinterest showing in my 24-hour stats this morning. I would hazard to guess that after this last pounding we took from Google a lot of hubbers were desperate and turned to their next biggest source of traffic and were a little overzealous with the pinning.

    I hope HubPages will be able to work with Pinterest on this and convince them to consider allowing non-spammy subdomains to continue to use the site.

    1. joanveronica profile image68
      joanveronicaposted 11 years agoin reply to this

      The latest news is that the ban was lifted, review forum on the same topic and read post by Simone Smith

  20. BlissfulWriter profile image72
    BlissfulWriterposted 11 years ago

    Ouch.  You are right.   I can not pin hubpages article on Pinterest anymore.

  21. tipsheets profile image59
    tipsheetsposted 11 years ago

    Yes, I experience the same thing. I find it quite unfair especially since I try to come up with quality articles every time.

  22. peoplepower73 profile image90
    peoplepower73posted 11 years ago

    If you click on More Info, here is what you get:

    There are three primary reasons that sites are blocked on Pinterest:
    The link redirects users from one page to another. Pins should link directly to the source, and should not contain redirects or URL shorteners. When a link redirects, we warn users, who can still choose to continue to the page.
    The site contains spammy, misleading or inappropriate content. We block sites with spammy, misleading or inappropriate content to protect our users. This may mean the site has been reported as spam, the owner of the site has spammed Pinterest, or the site has otherwise violated Pinterest's Terms of Service or Acceptable Use Policy.
    The site's content violates our policy on adult content. Pinterest does not allow photographs containing breasts, buttocks or genitalia.

    If you believe a site has been blocked in error, you can contact Pinterest Support.
    Click "Submit a Request"
    For "What do you need help with?", select Brands & Websites -> Websites -> Blocked Site
    Include the following:
    A link to the website or blog.
    A link to a pin that's resulting in the error.

    I hope this helps.

  23. iefox5 profile image59
    iefox5posted 11 years ago

    It is a loss for Pinterest if they block Hubpages.

    1. Barbara Kay profile image73
      Barbara Kayposted 11 years agoin reply to this

      It looks like Pinterest has now unblocked Hubpages. At least that last that I checked, mine are now alright.

  24. Ralph Deeds profile image66
    Ralph Deedsposted 11 years ago

    I had the same problem yesterday. I wonder what's going on.

  25. bdegiulio profile image94
    bdegiulioposted 11 years ago

    Yep, just tried to pin my latest Hub and Pinterest would not allow it.  Seems they view HubPages as spam.

  26. MarleneB profile image91
    MarleneBposted 11 years ago

    Yeah, I came across a really cool hub the other day and tried to pin it, only to have it denied by Pinterest. Bummer!

  27. Debby Bruck profile image67
    Debby Bruckposted 11 years ago

    I have not been using Pinterest. Maybe over the course of 6 months I have pinned two items. Today I just tried from HP. Blocked domain as noted by all those present here. Any update news?

    1. Brett.Tesol profile image54
      Brett.Tesolposted 11 years agoin reply to this

      Did you get a blocked message? I've been experiencing '502 Gateway' errors. I just try 2 or 3 times and it seems to eventually come up with 'successful'.

    2. Debby Bruck profile image67
      Debby Bruckposted 11 years agoin reply to this

      Hi. No "502 Gateway" Simply Blocked.

    3. Brett.Tesol profile image54
      Brett.Tesolposted 11 years agoin reply to this

      I think their site is struggling. Although the pin button turns gray, you can just re-click it and attempt to pin a few times (I found 1-3 attempts would work today). You get a success message when it works.

    4. joanveronica profile image68
      joanveronicaposted 11 years agoin reply to this

      I shared to Pinterest from an HP hub just some minutes ago, no problem at alI.Went through some boards on Pinterest, and found it slow, but got into most of the places I clicked. I got one 502, went round again and then it was all right. Just slow!


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