What's wrong with his hub?

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  1. kerbev profile image83
    kerbevposted 5 years ago

    This can't seem to be cleared to get featured. 
    What don't they like?  The fact that I recommended two books or the videos?

    (If they would just make a module that would have video thumbnails, then the videos would look nice.)


    1. kerbev profile image83
      kerbevposted 5 years agoin reply to this

      And this page? ... how is this spammy? 
      So is using an amazon module a no-no?  Then why have one?

      (The images were big when I uploaded them.  Squidoo or hubpages decided to shrink them.)

      1. Marketing Merit profile image96
        Marketing Meritposted 5 years agoin reply to this

        Spammy elements typically refers to self-promotion or overly promotional material. This also includes links to Amazon products as well as links to external sites.

        You are correct insofar as there appears to be a general trend towards Amazon anchor links, as opposed to the capsules. However, you have included 2 Amazon capsules yet make no reference to having any detailed knowledge about the items you are recommending. This will raise a flag in itself.

        You also have several links to external sites. While this is not prohibited, it has the potential to drive traffic away from the site. I often use a capsule to list any references I have used, at the end of my hub. I know others incorporate them as anchor text links. Unless you have specifically used information from these sites, and have acknowledged it in your article, I wouldn't link to them. Also, ensure that those you do link to are all reputable sites.

        Hope this helps.

  2. Jeremy Gill profile image93
    Jeremy Gillposted 5 years ago

    You've got too many videos plus a small opening image (use a bigger pixel count), and it also isn't captioned. Plus, it's sourced incorrectly; put the source in the photo capsule, not the text one.

    I've heard that Amazon links are best used as links, not capsules, but it might help to check on that. Either way, you definitely need to reduce the number of links in your hub. Finally, correct spelling/grammar errors (like spelling "create as "creat").

    1. kerbev profile image83
      kerbevposted 5 years agoin reply to this

      You see creat somewhere on my page?

      1. Jeremy Gill profile image93
        Jeremy Gillposted 5 years agoin reply to this

        It was in the description for the first amazon book capsule that you have since removed. You're welcome.

        1. kerbev profile image83
          kerbevposted 5 years agoin reply to this

          I didn't remove them. 
          (Where's my email that some editor didn't remove content but took my modules with my descriptions? I hate the friggin' website. I made $300-$1000 a month with squidoo....)

          1. Jeremy Gill profile image93
            Jeremy Gillposted 5 years agoin reply to this

            And nowww it's back. Sorry, I'm done helping a chronic liar. Oh, but a final tip: you still need to fix that spelling error.

            1. Jean Bakula profile image94
              Jean Bakulaposted 5 years agoin reply to this

              I would suggest making it longer, think of more examples and describe them in words instead of using all those pictures. Talk about Celebrations of life you have attended. Hubs under 1200-1500 words aren't long enough.

              It's a nice idea though. Also, watch the capital letters on the subtitles.

            2. kerbev profile image83
              kerbevposted 5 years agoin reply to this

              I didn't lie about anything.  The editors screw with my articles taking CONTENT out so much. If those modules were gone when you looked someone other than me did it. And if it was squidoo earnings you think I'm lying about, i'd be glad to show you. This is all a joke how much we get paid.  11K hits this month and I get less than $5?!!!

              1. Jeremy Gill profile image93
                Jeremy Gillposted 5 years agoin reply to this

                I triple checked before I posted earlier; that Amazon capsule wasn't there, as your own comment seems to indicate (wondering where the typo was).

                After I questioned you about it, it was suddenly back. You have to admit that's suspicious; I don't find it likely editors made any changes to an article that hasn't yet passed the QAP, especially when the changes were so quickly undone.

                HubPages isn't like Squidoo, which was known for a stream of get-rich-quick articles that generally were of rather low quality. If you really want to earn here, implement the changes in my original advice to get featured and become familiar with the different bar HP sets compared to Squidoo.

                1. kerbev profile image83
                  kerbevposted 5 years agoin reply to this

                  I didn't remove than and I didn't put them back. When you said they were gone I assumed I'd get an email about it, but instead they reappeared later.  No idea what happened.  I did correct the typo error.

              2. DrMark1961 profile image95
                DrMark1961posted 5 years agoin reply to this

                11K page views, but how many impressions? If someone opens your page up, see that it is not worth readeing, and then bounces off to another site, you still get a page view. You will not have an impression though and you will not get paid for that view. (Neither will HP. If you are not keeping people on your page long enough for the ads to load they are not getting paid either.)

  3. Urbane Chaos profile image90
    Urbane Chaosposted 5 years ago

    It's not HubPages.  If Squiddo was still here, they would be facing the same Google guidelines that HP and so many other content creation sites have to face to stay relevant.

    To your question:

    Take away the video and you're left with a 450-word article, roughly.  I would recommend bringing your word count up to around 1,000.

    Check your title capitalization.  If you don't know what to capitalize, use a title capitalization tool.

    Check your videos; how much value do they really add to the article?  One or two may get the point across, but 9 videos for a 450-word article is overkill.

    Check your product capsules: Amazon products are best used as in-line links. 

    That's just to start.  Do some research on what Google is looking for, and check out the HP forums on how to get articles featured.

    10 years ago, this article wouldn't have been a problem.  But, Google changes and everyone has to keep up, which means tougher guidelines. 

    Hope this helps..

    1. kerbev profile image83
      kerbevposted 5 years agoin reply to this

      You said Amazon is best as inline links.  Is that best for being featured or best for conversion? Do Amazon modules automatically interfere with being featured?

      I know Google changes, but I think it would have a bigger issue with the big square ads that break up the content than the Amazon links that are well described and chosen for a reason.

      1. Urbane Chaos profile image90
        Urbane Chaosposted 5 years agoin reply to this

        I used to love using the capsules, but finally bit the bullet and got rid of all of mine.  With Amazon products, Google wants to see that you've used them or have some experience with them; they want to see something unique that adds value for the reader.  In your case, since you don't have a lot to add to the product, an inline link would work better and would help you get featured.

        Your description is very generic.  It boils down to this: "Hey, this book is helpful."  That pretty much sums it up.  If you want to use more than just an inline link, give more information.  How is it helpful?  Have you read it?  How did it impact you? In what specific ways did the book move you? 

        But, remember, it's not just Amazon, it's the whole article.  To be brutally honest, if this was submitted for one of my publications, I wouldn't give it a second glance.

        Again, too many videos - use less of other peoples content and more of your own.  Titles need to be corrected.  It needs more than 450 words.  Check your sentence structure, spelling, all of that.  In your first Amazon capsule, look for the line "Included are a.....ctivities".  The second part of the word isn't even connected.

        Meticulously go through your article.  Add more content, shine it up and then you may have better luck.

  4. CYong74 profile image96
    CYong74posted 5 years ago

    Titles. Please APA them. HP is huge on that.

  5. kerbev profile image83
    kerbevposted 5 years ago

    Where do I see that data?

    1. DrMark1961 profile image95
      DrMark1961posted 5 years agoin reply to this

      Account page then earnings, then earnings reports, then click on filters, then select for the ad program. You can change the dates however you wish. The number of the impressions you are receiving and the CPM will be listed for the dates that you selected.

  6. psycheskinner profile image83
    psycheskinnerposted 5 years ago

    Spammy in this context means posting am Amazon link to an item when you don't describe how you used it and why you think it is good.  For the children's private parts hub this would be the book at the end.

  7. aesta1 profile image95
    aesta1posted 5 years ago

    Kab, I had the same experience with my old article from Squidoo. When I edited this featured article, it went to being unfeatured because of spammy elements. I edited it and added descriptions to the Amazon modules, still, it did not pass QAP. I finally took out all the Amazon modules and it went back to being featured.

    I suggest you place descriptions of the celebrations featured in the videos and maybe, only include videos that are more key to your article. I like the theme of funerals as celebrations of life and you can share ideas and experiences on how people do this.


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