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Another "overly promo"... Thought we been through this?

  1. kschang profile image87
    kschangposted 6 years ago

    Dear Hubpages...

    Seems ANOTHER of my "roundup" app comparisons got flagged "overly promotional", AND "pixelated/watermarked pix/video" to boot.

    I don't get this "overly promo" flag, as all the links are to Appbrain, known Android software index. And yes, I looked AGAIN, I have NO link ANYWHERE to my own blog except the RSS feed. So what is triggering the "overly promo"?

    Also, this pixellated/watermarked pix/video warning is also a bit iffy. I checked all the pix, and none of them are watermarked, so that leaves the videos. Most of them are reviews done by other Android websites, and they do watermark their videos, but only as a logo in the lower half. I can see one of them may be objectionable, but it's kinda hard to judge.

    Can we get clarification messages like "Capsule X caused the WARNING" or something like that?

    http://hubpages.com/hub/Android-Softkey … ld-you-use

    1. wilderness profile image95
      wildernessposted 6 years ago in reply to this

      You have 50+ links to appbrain, but are only allowed two links to any one outside source such as that.

      You have links to many other locations as well, but unless they are on the "undesirable" list from HP I don't see them as a problem. 

      As you have no other links to your blogsite, the RSS capsule should be OK unless you have linked to it in a large percentage of your other hubs.  The same can be said for appbrain or any of the other links you've provided; if most of your hubs contain the same links it could be considered as overly promotional.

      The obvious one, though, as 50 links to appbrain.  You will have to get rid of at least 48 of them.

      1. kschang profile image87
        kschangposted 6 years ago in reply to this

        Not going to happen, as Appbrain is a recognized Android app index that was linking to apps even BEFORE Google's own Android Market. If Appbrain link is objectionable, then link to Google's own Android Market is also questionable.

        In fact, I believe you said the exact same thing in my OTHER topic, and HP staff confirmed that was NOT the issue. (that turned out to be a miscount on my part, I thought RSS counts as 1, it counts as 1.5)

        1. wilderness profile image95
          wildernessposted 6 years ago in reply to this

          I think we're talking about two different things here.  You may certainly link to appbrain, but only twice per hub.  You have 50 links to that site.

          I like that way of counting the RSS feed - it makes it pretty clear.  But the possibility I mention isn't that you have a feed or even a feed plus a link - it is that you have the same feed or link on nearly every hub.  I don't even know that to be true - I haven't checked many of your hubs - but I mention it as a possibility.

          I think the idea is that if you are on HP only to provide backlinks to your blog site and do so on every hub, HP doesn't want you.  I'm not saying that is what you're doing - you seem to write some good informative hubs - just trying to explain the concept of excessive promo by providing the same link on every hub.

          1. kschang profile image87
            kschangposted 6 years ago in reply to this

            Nope, on this thread HP staff specifically said the Appbrain link(s) was not the problem.

            http://hubpages.com/forum/topic/78897#post1706689

            One of my other hubs had 200+ links to Appbrain. So that wasn't the issue.

            1. wilderness profile image95
              wildernessposted 6 years ago in reply to this

              I don't know, kschang.  That other thread doesn't give a link to the unpublished hub, so I can't see it. 

              Paul Deeds references the links to appbrain, but doesn't say how many there are.  Jason references the link - I assume there was only one.

              It this is not correct, then I'm at loss.  I just know you can't have more than 2 links to any one outside site from any one hub.  If I'm right and this is the problem the hub you have with 200 links is an "unpublished" just waiting to happen.  HP is slowly checking the million plus hubs that are on the site but it takes considerable time and any particular hub could be in violation of the TOS for a considerable period (months or years maybe) before being found.

              1. kschang profile image87
                kschangposted 6 years ago in reply to this

                Just got answer from HP... They thought the RSS feed was a Link Module and counted the 3 entries shown as 3 separate links, thus, in violation. They said oops! and published the hub(s).

  2. Uninvited Writer profile image81
    Uninvited Writerposted 6 years ago

    With your continuing problems maybe it would be in your best interest to start a blogger blog for these articles? Then you can link as much as you want. Put a link on you HubProfile to it.

    1. kschang profile image87
      kschangposted 6 years ago in reply to this

      Already have one. Have an RSS feed of it on the hubs.

      1. Marisa Wright profile image94
        Marisa Wrightposted 6 years ago in reply to this

        How many Hubs does the RSS feed appear on?  If it's a large percentage of your Hubs, that will trigger the OP filter.

        The other possibility is that your blog has been wrongly classified.  That happened to me:  I got the OP warning on my belly dance Hubs and I only had one or two links in each, so I was bamboozled.

        Turns out they had classified links to my own blog as "affiliate links", so my RSS feed (which appears on every Hub) was triggering the filter.   They reviewed it and agreed it was a mistake, problem solved.

        1. kschang profile image87
          kschangposted 6 years ago in reply to this

          Resolved. HP team mistook the RSS capsule as a regular Link capsule and triple-counted the links.

          1. Marisa Wright profile image94
            Marisa Wrightposted 6 years ago in reply to this

            It's annoying these mistakes are still happening.  Glad you got it fixed.

          2. wilderness profile image95
            wildernessposted 6 years ago in reply to this

            Good!  I guess mistakes can happen, but it is sure irritating, especially when you are already having trouble.  Thanks for letting us know.

  3. sunforged profile image69
    sunforgedposted 6 years ago

    wilderness, some locations are whitelisted and dont fall under the 2 link rule.

    For example, wikipedia

    I believe OP was told in that thread that appbrain links were not an issue.

    So 3 or 50, that would not be a problem (if appbrain was whitelisted)


    I used to have problems writing about firefox  and linking to the plugin directory, they fixed that.

    Cant really do a useful "Top Ten" if your hamstrung from linking to authoritative sources smile

    1. wilderness profile image95
      wildernessposted 6 years ago in reply to this

      Good point - I hadn't thought of that.  Appbrain could well be an "information" site or whatever they call it.

 
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