Automatic content filters and article improvement

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  1. RyanCThomas profile image91
    RyanCThomasposted 4 years ago

    I had recently read two books on ancient Greek historical prostitution and wanted to publish their reviews on the site, as I do with various book reviews. Unfortunately I've run into the problem that the word "prostitute" is an automatic content filter here (an insane and ridiculous rule in my opinion but I guess it comes from advertisers responding to their own insane and ridiculous rules), which means that it is impossible for me to so much as say the title of the book or the names of various chapters without the article being disabled from having advertisements. There are also similar related words such as "escort" which receive the same treatment, so the only way I could find around it to enable the articles to be published with advertisements enabled was to either purposefully misspell "prostitute" as "pro stitute", or to come up with very lengthy get arounds like "practitioners of the oldest tradition".  Unfortunately this doesn't seem to have quite cut it with the two articles. I had hoped that the Hubpages editor would make changes to this word, and would see the automatic content filter and resolve the problem since they must know more about the subject, but I merely received an email stating that I need to proof-read. I was hoping to inquire to the community about what I should do instead, to improve the articles and figure out a way around this block so they are featured.

    The two article links are the following: … -CE-Review … rld-Review

    Cordially, and thank you for your time and assistance in advance,
    Ryan Thomas

    1. Christy Kirwan profile image93
      Christy Kirwanposted 4 years agoin reply to this

      The issue here is that your subject matter runs afoul of Google AdSense content policies. In order to have AdSense ads showing on your content, it needs to be family friendly, which, unfortunately, your article is not. Trying to get around Google's guidelines may result in your AdSense account (and therefore your ability to earn money from HubPages) to be irrevocably banned for life. AdSense takes the desires of their advertisers very seriously, and so HubPages must as well. By allowing authors to earn from ads on content that violates the rules, HubPages itself runs the risk of being banned from AdSense, which would effectively gut the site of its main revenue source.

      My recommendation here is to publish your articles with ads turned off and include in-text Amazon links to the books you have reviewed. This way, you won't be risking your AdSense account, but you may still earn from Amazon sales if readers wish to buy and read the books themselves.

      1. RyanCThomas profile image91
        RyanCThomasposted 4 years agoin reply to this

        I certainly should preface my comment in that I understand that you are staff here, so doubtless you know more than me. But from my interpretation of Google AdSense policies which they have available publicly, they do not list "family friendly" as a precondition, only that there can't be adult themes in family content. It does say that there cannot be pornography, adult, or mature content, which comes closer to mine, but mine isn't pornography nor even adult I would say: it is a review of a scholarly work on the subject. I am going to try a few more times to see if I can get at least one of them approved with advertisements, but I do understand what you say and if that doesn't work I'll follow your suggestion.

        1. Christy Kirwan profile image93
          Christy Kirwanposted 4 years agoin reply to this

          I just checked with the moderators. They are going to give your article a second review and determine if it's ok to leave ads turned on.

          1. RyanCThomas profile image91
            RyanCThomasposted 4 years agoin reply to this

            Thank you. I do appreciate it. It currently looks like it was approved with ads on so you have my gratitude.

    2. galleryofgrace profile image70
      galleryofgraceposted 4 years agoin reply to this

      I wonder if the content filter picks up the words "strumpet endeavors".

      1. FatFreddysCat profile image94
        FatFreddysCatposted 4 years agoin reply to this

        "Strumpet Endeavors" would be a great name for a rock band. big_smile


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