What happens when we actually are interested in the things advertised on our own hubs?
It's funny you ask this. I actually had this problem recently. I use a certain service and am pleased with the results, so I wrote a hub about my experience with it and recommended it to others. It was seen as promotional and spammy, and got moderated as a result. However, I don't see how something like a book review is any different. People read a book, like it, and write a hub with a link to buy it. No different.
We should be allowed to speak from personal experience on topics we are knowledgeable about.
You can probably tell I was quite offended at getting lumped in with the spammers and scammers. I've written 62 hubs on physics, psychology, science, religion, politics, etc; have participated in this community for 10 months, have a great hub score, but get treated like a spammer who joined yesterday to cheat the system.
I have to agree, Hubpages seems to be becoming tighter and tighter each month. Whilst I agree that spamming and scamming should be eliminated, it does seem like their efforts are verging on censorship at times.
They certainly are. Moreso, the service I was endorsing was completely free! To Spongy0llama, apologies if I misunderstood the question.
I agree with what sparkster says. Sometimes it feels as though they don't actually want you to make any money..Ebay and Amazon ads are now 2 per capsule.
This happens to me at times. There are two solutions. Some ads display the URL either in the ad or below it. In that case I copy and paste it into my browser. Or I simply retype it. If no URl is shown, then I just do a Google search for the item in the ad.
well, one of the major rules is not to click on our own hubs. So,I bet, you'll just need to find others who advertise the same product/service.
Open up a different browser and search for them via a search engine like Google. You should not be penalized for going to a product page through a search for it. When you click on one of your ads, there is a tracking URL, but entering via a search will not have that tracking URL, so you should be fine. Of course, clicking on your own ads is a big NO NO with Google and could cost you your AdSense account, so that has to be avoided altogether.
Personally I'd just go google the item to avoid any penalty. I have actually in the past since I've started. Afraid to do anything else!
I would say to play it on the safe side and open it on another tab.
I have installed Google publisher tool bar that blocks ads on my own machine as clicking the Google Ads gets disabled automatically and I stay free from inadvertent ad clicks on my own hubs.
1) Do not copy the URL from the ad into another hub. The code that identifies the ad gets copied, and this meeans that copying the URL with cut and paste is the same as clicking on the ad. It could get you banned for life. Do as Rock_NJ says, and do a Google search for their site.
2) Regarding Thomas Swan's story: Thomas, I'm sorry this happened. But please note 3 things: HubPages does not evaluate hubbers, but each individual hub, so they were not criticizing you in moderating your hub. HubPages is tightening its standards because Google is tightening its standards. Moderation may not always be fair, but it does protect you, and all of us, more than it harms. Third, I don't know if you tried to revise the hub or contact Team HubPages about it. Usually, such problems can be fixed. It might be as simple as not having more than two links to the product, or either comparing it to a competing product, or, if the isn't one, just saying so.
If you take just the domain of the URL and not any AdSense codes that follow it, you are safe.
Thanks Sid, I edited the hub and it passed. I only had one link, but I had to remove it. It feels weird recommending something without a link, but it was either that or deleting the hub. It wasn't a referral link either; I genuinely recommended it.
Thomas - I'm glad you got the hub up. If you weren't allowed one link, then that probably means that the site itself is flagged on some kind of blacklist - so you can see it wasn't personal at all. Did you put in the web site name w/out a link?
Thomas - Rather than linking to the product's website, check to see if it's available on Amazon or eBay. Then you can safely include it in a capsule, unless it's a product that is against the TOS.
Thanks for asking the question, now I too have the answer I was looking for! Personally I am glad that things are checked and re-checked - I recently had the scary skull and crossbones come up for two of my hubs because I had liks to a genuine gluten free flour company. But I removed the links because I don't know what is going on on that site.
This is just a thought. What if you right clicked on an ad? Would the URL appear so you could visit the site? It's just a thought. You definitely do not want to click on your Hub ads. Good luck.
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