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  1. compu-smart profile image88
    compu-smartposted 2 months ago

    Hi Hubbers,

    I'd love some help with getting my hub featured.  Will you please give feedback and what can I do to improve?

    ("This is the email I received, It's possible that your article is not Featured because it contains spammy elements. Perhaps it was written for a link, or has excessive product capsules or product capsules that are not directly related to the content. Even articles that appear to be high quality can be spammy. We recommend that you remove any spammy elements from your article.

    If you don't see any spammy elements in your article, then it was likely defeatured for failing to meet HubPages' general quality standards. The article may have been too short or underdeveloped, had formatting issues, broken or unrelated links, and/or significant grammatical errors")

    I removed a link to Amazon book (capsule), and corrected some writing errors, but I still have no idea what the problem is. Thanks!
    Here is my article: Is The Avocado Seed Safe to Eat? Its Uses in Medicine, Beauty, Art & More

    1. Kenna McHugh profile image93
      Kenna McHughposted 2 months agoin reply to this

      At a glance, you have some grammar and format errors. Use Grammarly to help catch the grammar errors, though it's not 100 percent. You also have to know grammar to fix some of these issues. I recommend you study the format guidelines at the HP Learning Center to correct formatting errors, which you can find by clicking the Help button at the top right corner.

      The title has a grammar error, and it's too long.

      1. compu-smart profile image88
        compu-smartposted 2 months agoin reply to this

        Hi Kenna. I've fixed the grammar and format details to the best of my ability!

        I have also made the headline shorter.

        BTW, if I knew I was going to be a writer when I grew up, I would have spent more time in school! smile

        1. Kenna McHugh profile image93
          Kenna McHughposted 2 months agoin reply to this

          I hear you! Good luck!

  2. Gregory DeVictor profile image96
    Gregory DeVictorposted 2 months ago

    In addition to Kenna's helpful comments, you cannot use an ampersand (&) in your title or in the body of your article. Use the word "and" instead. It looks more polished and professional.

    1. compu-smart profile image88
      compu-smartposted 2 months agoin reply to this

      Hi Gregory, thanks for also helping out. I have corrected your suggestion regarding the (&).

  3. Gregory DeVictor profile image96
    Gregory DeVictorposted 2 months ago

    You also have an excessive amount of boldface in your article, which is not permitted at HubPages. I suggest that you remove it and keep bold text to an absolute minimum at all times.

    At the end of your article, you need to add a list of references that you have used as information sources for your article. You can title the links capsule "References" followed by a colon.

    1. compu-smart profile image88
      compu-smartposted 2 months agoin reply to this

      Hello again!, I have removed the excessive bold used in my article. As for leaving a list of references, I have left i8 hyperlinks (URL's) embedded into the words and phrases that readers can click to find more information about what I have discussed. If I did do your suggestion, I would have problems with too many links. IE, more than two links to one domain!?

      1. Gregory DeVictor profile image96
        Gregory DeVictorposted 2 months agoin reply to this

        Hello Tony! Yes, you are absolutely correct about two links pointing to the same domain. HP considers it to be spammy. I've had the same issue from time to time with my series of American nostalgia articles.

        Thanks you for getting back to Kenna and I regarding our comments. Most new writers here would never take the time to thank anyone for helping them.

        1. Gregory DeVictor profile image96
          Gregory DeVictorposted 2 months agoin reply to this

          Generally, I use Pixabay as a source for images. Yes, I do repeat the domain name for each image, and it has never been a problem.

      2. theraggededge profile image97
        theraggededgeposted 2 months agoin reply to this

        It depends on the domain. Some are whitelisted, like photo sources.

        It's much better to add your links as references at the end unless they are to your own articles. You don't want to be sending people off the page before they have read the article.

        1. compu-smart profile image88
          compu-smartposted 2 months agoin reply to this

          Good point! I'll address that ASAP!wink

  4. compu-smart profile image88
    compu-smartposted 2 months ago

    You're absolutely welcome! How could I not thank anyone for going out their way to help a stranger in need:)

    However, regarding the URL links to add to the bottom of the article as a "references", I'll figure something out!

    Big THANKS again. And for your pixabay tip

    1. Gregory DeVictor profile image96
      Gregory DeVictorposted 2 months agoin reply to this

      Tony, to set the record straight about the spammy links, if the URLs are different BUT have the same domain name, HP might flag them as spammy. This has happened time multiple times over the years. I always get that nasty warning on the upper right of the manuscript software page when this happens.

    2. Gregory DeVictor profile image96
      Gregory DeVictorposted 2 months agoin reply to this

      Tony, if you want, why don't you check one of my American nostalgia articles on HobbyLark to see how I cite my references for the article.

      You will have to scroll down to the bottom of the page to see how I do it. (Good luck with the proliferation of adverts.)

      The links capsule is titled "References."

      1. compu-smart profile image88
        compu-smartposted 2 months agoin reply to this

        Cool! I checked it out and have added the similar to my article.

        You have lots of Interesting US nostalgia reads. The good (better) old days I'm betting!

        1. Gregory DeVictor profile image96
          Gregory DeVictorposted 2 months agoin reply to this

          Congratulations on making it through the ads.

          1. compu-smart profile image88
            compu-smartposted 2 months agoin reply to this
 
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