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3-year old hub has been identified as a violation...

  1. lewgard profile image60
    lewgardposted 7 years ago

    I have a hub that is nearly 3 years old, has a high Hub rank, and generates a fair bit of revenue for HP and myself.  It is all original content and has several links to other websites.  Each of the links points to only one domain with the exception of two - these two are self-promotion links and point to the same domain which I believe is still ok as there are only two (as per rule #1 in the terms of use). 

    I am not sure why this hub has been flagged, and therefore unpublished.  The only thing I can think of is the fact the content has been published on other blogs after I created it.  Without my permission, I may add.  I did an internet search on an entire paragraph of my hub within quotes which is how I found it has been published elsewhere.

    Is there any way I can find out exactly what my supposed violation is ?  I may be overlooking something, but I just don't see the violation.  I can remove all the links, but they are part of the value of the hub for readers.  Any insight is greatly appreciated.

    1. Randy Godwin profile image92
      Randy Godwinposted 7 years agoin reply to this

      Contact HP about this.  It seems this is happening to many of us lately and I can't understand why staff doesn't point out the violations when they are flagged.  The generic notice is vague unless the violations are blatant.

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        Donna Ferrierposted 7 years agoin reply to this

        Plus after you publish a hub, you might not look at it for awhile and then the flag may come later on. This is something I pointed out on the Suggestions forum, that the system should generate an immediate email to us if our hub ever incurs a warning after it's published. I've published hubs and then gone back to look at them much later to discover "too many tags" warnings that I fixed that were not there when I initially published the hubs.

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          Website Examinerposted 7 years agoin reply to this

          However, rules and practices do change. This goes for allowed content as far as AdSense, and also for how many tags are allowed.

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            Donna Ferrierposted 7 years agoin reply to this

            I understand that, WE, but I think you missed the point of what I was getting at. I was trying to say that it's unfair for people to have hubs accepted and published and then suddenly to have them yanked without warning, which is why I think the system needs to generate automated emails if a hub comes up with a violation. That a) gives the person warning that there's something wrong with the hub and b) gives them a chance to fix it. This is especially true for people who are more prolific writers because no one has time to go back over every old hub manually  and see if they're still "ok."

            1. humagaia profile image56
              humagaiaposted 7 years agoin reply to this

              This could be done by adding a heading on the 'my account' page just under the broken link / malicious links headings. If broken links can be grouped in this way, surely other violations can also.
              Broken links are also marked against individual hubs in the title list - perhaps those with violations could also.
              However, this is a break away from the subject and I apologise for that.
              I agree that your best bet is to contact HP HO to get clarification on why your hub has been unpublished - if it is because of duped content outside your control then it should be re-established.
              I also suggest that you file a DMCA complaint against those that have copied your content.

        2. Shinkicker profile image96
          Shinkickerposted 7 years agoin reply to this

          Hi Donna , I actually got an e-mail when one of my Hubs was un-published so I was able to sort it quickly

    2. Marisa Wright profile image97
      Marisa Wrightposted 7 years agoin reply to this

      That was my understanding too, but recently I've seen the "overly promotional" flag pop up after I edited an old Hub.

      However, I'm not sure that would be the reason in your case.  I didn't get the flag until after I edited the Hub - when I looked at it before editing, it wasn't there.  So it seems like something that's checked during the editing process.

      What was your Hub about?

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    Website Examinerposted 7 years ago

    Duplicate content does not lead a hub to become unpublished except in case of plagiarism and somebody having filed a DMCA complaint against you with HubPages (non-applicable here). Speculation is probably a waste of time, better contact HubPages and ask for clarification:


  3. LeeWalls profile image61
    LeeWallsposted 7 years ago

    I recently was thinking about throwing it around however I don't know if anyone seemed to realize what writing here means. Maybe they do or they don't. As I've said before, I think it's a good way to polish up your skills but you're stripped of your rights. Sometimes you really do need to read the in between words to their terms.

    So my fellow writers what are YOUR terms?

    1. Uninvited Writer profile image83
      Uninvited Writerposted 7 years agoin reply to this

      What Adsense accepts sets the rules, that is just the way it is. If you want to earn from writing you can't always expect to do what you want. Those are just the facts of freelance writing.

      I don't feel inhibited at all on HubPages. But, I never write on adult topics or the other topics Adsense does not allow.

      If you just want to write what you want it's best to create your own website and find other ways to earn money.

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        ssaulposted 7 years agoin reply to this

        so so sad to hear about this, this has been happening lately lots of people getting their hubs copy and publish else. hope you get it sort out soon with HP! sad

      2. LeeWalls profile image61
        LeeWallsposted 7 years agoin reply to this

        Thanks for your words but I plan to publish the book I already finished. However I really don't understand where you post that code Adsense talks about. I thought you wrote Hubs but they're talking about putting it on a page.

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    Website Examinerposted 7 years ago

    You have made a valid point, Donna Ferrier. I thought my comment about rules changing may be of interest to people reading this thread.

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      Donna Ferrierposted 7 years agoin reply to this

      I always value your input, WE. smile Thanks for all that you do. smile

  5. viryabo profile image86
    viryaboposted 7 years ago

    I advice you get Edwierdo's 'HubDefender'. It'll root out all your hubs content thieves.

    Go to his profile page. You'll find it there.

    1. brakel2 profile image80
      brakel2posted 7 years agoin reply to this

      I cannot find Edwierdo on Hubpages, and I was interested in your comment. Is he a person who writes on the hub? What is hub defender? Thanks.

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    Website Examinerposted 7 years ago

    Thanks madam, always my pleasure.