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Does hubpages disable ads on hubs pertaining to suicide?

  1. Everyday Miracles profile image85
    Everyday Miraclesposted 4 years ago

    Does hubpages disable ads on hubs pertaining to suicide?

    I'm currently working on a hub about the increase in suicide rates in February due to the loneliness that some people face around Valentine's Day, and it's been marked as having ads disabled for the hub. The hub itself does *not* (in any way) discuss issues relating to topics covered in the terms of service. The only thing I can figure is that it's the word "suicide" that's doing it. All the hub has on it so far is the caption for the opening photo -- that's *it*. The hub is about preventing suicide. Will ads remain disabled after human check?

  2. blake4d profile image59
    blake4dposted 4 years ago

    To quote from the Google TOS that everyone has to adhere to, " Google doesn't allow the promotion of self-harming or violence against people or animals, such as suicide, pro-anorexia or bulimia, and street violence."

    Or it is more clearly stated here..."Google doesn't allow "anti" or violent concepts, such as the following: ( about four bullet points down the page ) The promotion of self-harm and violence against people or animals."

    Remember it is not hubpages TOS but Google's TOS that decides if your hub will run ads on it from adsense. Unfortunately there aren't a lot of good synonyms for suicide, if the word itself is the problem...which I doubt.

    Suicide -  noun self-murder , hara-kiri ,  mélange , self-destruction ,  self-immolation , self-slaughter or  seppuku.

    Ugh, what a bunch of icky choices I know.
    (If you are using the words Suicide Prevention/ putting a hyphen might get by the problem aka Suicide-prevention...another alternative might be saying killing yourself, or killing themselves, I don't know what your title is, but for example...Killing Themselves is Not the Answer, or Don't Kill Yourself, etc. Not probably what you want, but there are creative ways to get past certain grey areas. Have you considered calling it something neutral and writing the article, without ever saying suicide. Just say alternatives like I have addressed already..?)

    If suicide is in the title, changing that maybe enough to get by the Google rbt txt...but again I am unsure. I would be interested to know for my own writing purposes. I had the same problem when I tried to write and article on artificial intelligence and robotics, because the subject matter was realated to technosexuality, which red flags as high tech pornography. Go figure.

    Maybe something I have ranted about here can help you, good luck. Keep on hubbing. Blake4d

  3. Everyday Miracles profile image85
    Everyday Miraclesposted 4 years ago

    I can no longer comment because I deleted a half-finished comment and am not being permitted to comment a second time, so I will have to answer my own question to share my experiences.

    It's either a problem with the title (not the url, which includes "suicide" and isn't causing problems if I remove the word from the body of the page) or a problem of keyword density. I won't be able to double-check about the title until I have more words on the page written to test the density, but so far I've mentioned the word in question once in a 247 word-long hub with a title using the term "depression" instead of "suicide."

    That's working, for right now.

    What's interesting is that this might allow me to get ads back on a hub I published years ago that had them removed (but was never unpublished by the staff) on my main account, if I can work with the words that I'm using to adjust them for Google.

    Since I'm currently revamping my hubs anyway, this is hardly a problem.

  4. wychic profile image90
    wychicposted 4 years ago

    My guess is that a human check wouldn't leave it disabled, since you're clearly not promoting or idealizing suicide in any way. I have an article on how to help a cutter that was disabled for, I assume, repeated uses of the words "suicide" and "self-harm," and perhaps for mentions of drugs and addiction. Several days later, ads were turned back on. On the flip side, my article discussing the psychological impact of abortion never did get turned back on -- too controversial, maybe? From the way I understand the TOS, it sounds like yours should come back even with "suicide" in the title.

  5. M. T. Dremer profile image95
    M. T. Dremerposted 4 years ago

    I wouldn't rely on the human check to get ads re-enabled. I wrote a hub about America's fear of sex and nudity and no amount of human checking ever gave the ads back (despite being entirely appropriate). I would focus more on trying to write around the word suicide. Saying it a few times in the body of the article is probably okay, but if it's in there too much, or if it's in the title, it will probably always have ads disabled. You might consider making the title something like 'depression rates in februrary' or something like that. If you're worried about compromising the integrity of the article, then you can just post it without ads.

    1. Everyday Miracles profile image85
      Everyday Miraclesposted 4 years agoin reply to this

      I wound up working around it. As best as I can tell, it has something to do with the density of the word in the article itself. When I reduced the density, the warning disappeared and now the article is doing just fine.

      "Sex" particularly tough.