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TOS violation

  1. janiek13 profile image79
    janiek13posted 7 years ago

    "While reviewing your account, we noticed that you are currently displaying
    Google ads in a manner that is not compliant with our policies. For
    instance, we found violations of AdSense policies on pages such as
    XXXXXXXXXXX Please note that this URL is an
    example and that the same violations may exist on other pages of your
    As stated in our program policies, AdSense publishers are not permitted to
    place Google ads on pages with adult or mature content. This includes any
    content that is sexual in intent or may not be considered family-safe.

    As a result, we have disabled ad serving to the site.

    Your AdSense account remains active. However, we strongly suggest that you
    take the time to review our program policies
    to ensure that all of your
    remaining pages are in compliance.

    Please note that we may disable your account if further violations are
    found in the future."
    The offending article has been published for three months and has apparently just captured the attention of Google adsense. My question is: How do I keep the article, but still keep in compliance with adsense policies? Can I remove that article from adsense without affecting the rest of my hubpages articles? I am kinda lost here and now wondering if other articles are also considered TOS violations.

    (Please note that we may disable your account if further violations are
    found in the future.)
    Does the above mean that I will never be able to get it back? I have unpublished the hub for now until I can make sure that it is not going to cause my account to be banned. Can anyone help?

    1. Marisa Wright profile image100
      Marisa Wrightposted 7 years agoin reply to this

      Janie, you can't publish articles on this site that are in violation of Adsense TOS, whether you allow ads on that article or not. Because if they're in violation of Adsense TOS, they're in violation of Hub TOS,too.

      If Adsense had noticed your article, you'd have lost your Adsense account by now - so be grateful HubPages noticed it first,and protected you!

      I suggest you check with them to understand exactly what the problem was.  Like EarnestHub, it may just be some of the words you were using and you can fix it.  Otherwise, you may just have to publish the article somewhere else that doesn't use Adsense.

    2. Mrvoodoo profile image60
      Mrvoodooposted 7 years agoin reply to this

      Are you saying that Google sent you this? (and not Hubpages)

      If you are then you're very lucky, because they usually just disable accounts and you have a close to zero chance of getting them back. 

      I'd leave it unpublished if you value your Adsense account.

  2. Edweirdo profile image87
    Edweirdoposted 7 years ago

    The safest course is to unpublish it.

    If you want it to remain on HubPages, you can change the "Ads" option to "None", but that may still cause Adsense ads to appear during HubPages' 40% of page views. Not 100% sure on that...

    Best to email team @ hubpages.com and ask them - no matter what you hear on the forums, they are the "final word" when it comes to content here...

  3. earnestshub profile image86
    earnestshubposted 7 years ago

    Hubpages sent me one of those. They were terrific! They told me where the problem was with the hub and I was able to fix it and re-submit.
    They found mine with a human search, and although it had been up for many months fortunately they found it thus protecting my adsense account.

    The problem was one word in the title, and I am glad hubpages let me know before I got into trouble with adsense. smile

  4. janiek13 profile image79
    janiek13posted 7 years ago

    Yes, google sent it to me and I was surprised because it was meant to be an informative hub and not meant to offend. I will  leave it unpublished, but now I am worried about my other hubs as well.  Thanks for the replies.

    1. Marisa Wright profile image100
      Marisa Wrightposted 7 years agoin reply to this

      Can you work out what Google would have considered adult or sexual about your article?  You need to work that out

      (a) so you can fix it and
      (b) so you can check whether you've done it anywhere else.

      Can you tell us what the Hub was about?

      The thing to remember is that Google checks using robots, not humans, so they can't read context.  They're just looking for "rude words".  They dont care whether it's informative or serious.

  5. thisisoli profile image73
    thisisoliposted 7 years ago

    You can always leave the hub up but make it non-commercial and disable the google adverts..

  6. relache profile image92
    relacheposted 7 years ago

    Actually, if the content violates Google's TOS, it violates HubPages' TOS as well, with or without ads, so you can't make it non-commercial and otherwise leave the content as is.

    To the Original Poster, I suggest you read Google's TOS so you understand what you did wrong.  That way this won't happen in the future.

    Then you can either get rid of the content that is violating Google's AdSense TOS and let the Hub go forward like that.  Or you take that Hub down and publish that content elsewhere, sans Google of course.  Or you just unpublish that one and stick to safe stuff in the future.

  7. janiek13 profile image79
    janiek13posted 7 years ago

    I plan to leave it unpublished now. It was a hubnob about a sex swing. There was no profanity nor any content that could be considered pornographic.

  8. Mieka profile image71
    Miekaposted 7 years ago

    Hey all!
    I just wrote a movie review, about a film that deals with marihuana. I used this word twice in the hub. Would that be a violation of the TOS as well?
    I haven't published it yet, just wanted to make sure first.

  9. Mieka profile image71
    Miekaposted 7 years ago

    Ok so I've found the google tos, and it says you can't display anything relating to illegal drugs, which marihuana is in most countries (except if you are from Holland like me big_smile).
    But my hub is a movie review, has no advice or anything about marihuana. It's just a vital part of the movie, so can I still publish this or would that be a violation?

  10. janiek13 profile image79
    janiek13posted 7 years ago

    I really don't know, I was surprised that my hub offended google, it was only about how to buy a sex swing online, I guess the word sex is not allowed. I would use a code word in place of the word just to be sure.

    1. Marisa Wright profile image100
      Marisa Wrightposted 7 years agoin reply to this

      Like I said, Google is not "people" and they weren't "offended".  Their robots simply detected forbidden words on your site.  The words "sex" and "swing" together have obvious connotations!

      I've seen serious sex therapy Hubs have the same problem.  It's not how you write about it, it's the topic.  Best to avoid it altogether.

      1. Lisa HW profile image77
        Lisa HWposted 7 years agoin reply to this

        That "robot thing" can pick up all kinds of innocent things.  It wasn't Google, but I was on some site once and used some absolutely innocent phrase (along the lines of "sex education" (within the context of schools).  I got some giant, red, flashing, warning about having my account closed for obscenity.  lol  It made me feel like I was "on record" somewhere was a "perv".  lol

    2. relache profile image92
      relacheposted 7 years agoin reply to this

      No mystery here.  Both Google and HubPages are really clear that the promotion of any adult toys is right out.

  11. janiek13 profile image79
    janiek13posted 7 years ago

    what about the lesbian resort hub? Is that word also a violation? What about the drug overdose of a celebrity? Any thoughts?

    1. Marisa Wright profile image100
      Marisa Wrightposted 7 years agoin reply to this

      You've only used the word lesbian a couple of times and there are no other sex-related words, so I'd say that would be fine.

      Drug overdose - I don't think that's against TOS.  However, one thing to bear in mind is that Hubs generally take several weeks to start getting external visitors.  So if you write about current topics, it rarely earns any money because it's old news by the time it gets any visitors.

  12. janiek13 profile image79
    janiek13posted 7 years ago

    Yeah, it can be like that, lol. Because the topic, in a broader sense, was suggested by the hubmob groups, I thought it would be ok. Live and learn, I don't mind deleting hubs that violate TOS, I just don't want to lose my account. I will have to be very picky in the future. Thanks for all the feedback, I appreciate all of you.
    Must go to bed now, it is getting so late. I will hate myself in the morning.

    1. Marisa Wright profile image100
      Marisa Wrightposted 7 years agoin reply to this

      If you read Relache's post, she points out that sex toys are prohibited under the site's TOS, so that's a simple explanation.