Reusable Master Capsules

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  1. Bill Yovino profile image89
    Bill Yovinoposted 8 years ago

    I'd love to see the ability to create an Amazon or Text Master capsule that could be added to all of my hubs without having to duplicate the coding. You would be able to change the master Capsule and all Hubs using it would automatically have the new information. So if you had an Amazon Capsule in 100 Hubs and you wanted them all to show the new Kindle Fire, for example, you would only have to edit the master Capsule, not all 100 hubs.  Similarly you may want to create a text capsule that contains links to other related hubs (recipes, for example). Having a master text capsule would make the job of maintaining your hubs so much easier.

    1. relache profile image81
      relacheposted 8 years agoin reply to this

      That sounds like either a forumla for making spam easily, or a way of making all your Hubs be potentially flaggable as having unrelated products listed on them.

      1. Cardisa profile image90
        Cardisaposted 8 years agoin reply to this

        The problem I see with that is, your Amazon products need to be related to your content, so unless all your hubs are about the exact same thing then you need to individualize your Amazon capsules.

  2. QuestionMaster profile image84
    QuestionMasterposted 8 years ago

    I think this would lead to a lot more duplicate content, as well as increase the chance of unrelated information being shown on a hub.

  3. Bill Yovino profile image89
    Bill Yovinoposted 8 years ago

    Not if used as I suggested. I have Amazon capsules in a lot of my Hubs. Amazon just released the Kindle Fire, which is an iPad rival at a really good price. I have to locate and edit each and everyone of my Hubs that point to the old Kindle models. As a programmer of Object Oriented applications, I find the current system to be a throwback to the 1970's.

  4. Cagsil profile image76
    Cagsilposted 8 years ago

    Hey Bill,

    Maddie explained that the reason the "Link" capsule cannot be changed on more than one hub and has to be manually changed is to make it less easy for spammers.

    I would have to think that the same goes for any other module(capsule). Not to mention, not having that kind of power should be fine and it does prevent having unrelated products on unrelated hubs, as Relache said.

  5. Bill Yovino profile image89
    Bill Yovinoposted 8 years ago

    Wow, people can't think outside the box!  Are hubs really flagged for having unrelated Amazon products listed? I don't remember seeing that in any guidelines. This has nothing to do with spam and everything to do with making it easier to keep your hubs up to date. 

    I add a text capsule with links to all of my related hubs. Every time I create a new hub in a particular category, I have to go back and edit every one in that group to add a link to the new hub. That's crazy. You should be able to do it once and have all of the related hubs reflect the new information. How is that spam?

    1. Cagsil profile image76
      Cagsilposted 8 years agoin reply to this

      They are moderated by staff. I've never flagged a hub for unrelated products.
      That's the problem with writing niche hubs. You force yourself to update them. Hubpages prefers evergreen content, stuff that doesn't necessarily need to be changed once published.
      That's fine.
      Bill, I understand your frustration. I have over 30 celebrity hubs and they have various links to related celebrities. However, I do not internally link one specific hub to all the other 33 hubs.
      It's not SPAM. But, as I said, it prevents Spammers from quickly throwing up hubs and then modifying them quickly. Too quickly that the moderation team cannot(would not) be able to keep up with the amount of SPAM that would result.

    2. QuestionMaster profile image84
      QuestionMasterposted 8 years agoin reply to this

      Bill, there are some great ideas that have been raised in the past that would really help hubbers.

      However many things cannot be implemented because there are so many spammers who would take advantage of them, meaning the site would lose authority and Google traffic.

      So get mad at the spammers, not at Hubpages.

  6. Uninvited Writer profile image82
    Uninvited Writerposted 8 years ago

    There actually is a category under flagging that does include unrelated ads; Unrelated links or products.

  7. melbel profile image95
    melbelposted 8 years ago

    I have only flagged a hub for unrelated products maybe once, but I don't see how selling items completely unrelated to the content of the hub would be worthwhile.

    I personally limit the amount of products I show because I want them to be super related to my topic.

    When I come across hubs or articles on the internet that show high ticket items like kindles or laptops and these products are unrelated to the article, I kind of think it's cheap looking and actually kind of spammy.

    I don't know what others think and I really don't know the difference in sales between unrelated items shown on an article and related items shown on an article. That said, if you can flag something for having unrelated products, there probably is a good reason (other than it looking tacky.)


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