What happens when we actually are interested in the things advertised on our own

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  1. Spongy0llama profile image82
    Spongy0llamaposted 10 years ago

    What happens when we actually are interested in the things advertised on our own hubs?

  2. Thomas Swan profile image96
    Thomas Swanposted 10 years ago

    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.

    1. sparkster profile image84
      sparksterposted 10 years agoin reply to this

      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.

    2. Thomas Swan profile image96
      Thomas Swanposted 10 years agoin reply to this

      They certainly are. Moreso, the service I was endorsing was completely free! To Spongy0llama, apologies if I misunderstood the question.

    3. Sue Bailey profile image68
      Sue Baileyposted 10 years agoin reply to this

      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.

  3. Glenn Stok profile image97
    Glenn Stokposted 10 years ago

    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.

    1. WalterPoon profile image69
      WalterPoonposted 10 years agoin reply to this

      Glenn Stok is right.... NEVER, NEVER, NEVER click on your own ads or you will get banned by AdSense. (Actually, AdSense won't penalize you for accidental clicks but if it is too often, you may well be banned for life. So why take the risk?)

  4. PaoloJpm profile image83
    PaoloJpmposted 10 years ago

    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.

  5. Rock_nj profile image89
    Rock_njposted 10 years ago

    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.

    1. Taleb80 profile image81
      Taleb80posted 10 years agoin reply to this

      Helpful answer, thanks.

  6. Neinahpets profile image83
    Neinahpetsposted 10 years ago

    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!

  7. rebthomas profile image84
    rebthomasposted 10 years ago

    I would say to play it on the safe side and open it on another tab.

  8. wqaindia profile image39
    wqaindiaposted 10 years ago

    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.

  9. SidKemp profile image87
    SidKempposted 10 years ago

    Two thoughts:

    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.

    1. Glenn Stok profile image97
      Glenn Stokposted 10 years agoin reply to this

      If you take just the domain of the URL and not any AdSense codes that follow it, you are safe.

    2. Taleb80 profile image81
      Taleb80posted 10 years agoin reply to this

      Helpful additions, thanks.

    3. Thomas Swan profile image96
      Thomas Swanposted 10 years agoin reply to this

      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.

    4. SidKemp profile image87
      SidKempposted 10 years agoin reply to this

      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?

    5. Glenn Stok profile image97
      Glenn Stokposted 10 years agoin reply to this

      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.

  10. profile image0
    Lizam1posted 10 years ago

    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.

  11. john000 profile image93
    john000posted 10 years ago

    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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