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Warning:Hub appears to be commercial. Why HIGH ads requirement?

  1. mobias profile image72
    mobiasposted 6 years ago

    As I'm yet still new here at hubpages, I've had some learning curves with the rules. The latest one today brings a question to my mind as to why we seem to be restricted to setting the ad level to 'HIGH' just to acknowledge that we have a 'commercial' hub??

    This seems to force the author [me] to take a 'all-or-nothing' approach to the ad scheme. If I'm writing poetry, or a creative writing story, I find it bothersome to have a bunch of google ads interspersed next to my text, just because I wish to link to a relevant book on amazon, far at the bottom of the page [last capsule before comments]. I understand the need to designate 'commercial' if I'm technically offering a product for sale via an affiliate link, but I should also be allowed to maintain a 'low' or even 'medium' setting of ads throughout the hub despite this.

    It seems I hear many other hubbers in the forums complaining of similar issues. I even hear that the crediting of pictures to their sources may flag this warning? That doesn't seem right, or fair.
    It would be great if we could loosen up the reigns a bit...commercial...OK, but forcing HIGH ads? -Not really beneficial to other readers, nor the aesthetic and artistic look of our writing here! Is it really all about money, In the end?

  2. 2uesday profile image80
    2uesdayposted 6 years ago

    There is a way to adjust the ads from high to either - off or medium settings, at the right hand side where you type summary,tags, group and settings are - settings is the one to click for this.

    1. mobias profile image72
      mobiasposted 6 years agoin reply to this

      yes...but, if you are required to check 'commercial', by one of many reasons, you CANNOT lower the ad setting to medium or low...that's what i'm saying here...

      1. 2uesday profile image80
        2uesdayposted 6 years agoin reply to this

        OK - I see, maybe you need a response from HubPages to this one then.

        I have never found a way around it for poetry etc. and find it takes time to make a page look creative and then the changing ads alter the way it looks, but I guess, the ads are what pays for the site so I rarely turn them off completely.

        1. mobias profile image72
          mobiasposted 6 years agoin reply to this

          I agree, it messes up the flow of your prose. All that work formatting, then 'Best Tooth Whitening!' glaring right next to it...kinda ruins it all. And I don't want to turn them off completely either, as I'm supposed to have a cut of the ads, but I just want to have it on low for more artistic hub writings...

          Ads pay for the site, yes, because we the writers provide the content to draw traffic. We should have more say in how that content is displayed.

      2. Uninvited Writer profile image83
        Uninvited Writerposted 6 years agoin reply to this

        If you have any outgoing links to business sites on the page you cannot choose none and you must click the commercial box.

        However, you have to unclick the box next to "his Hub may be considered commercial" to be able to change the settings if the hub is not commercial.

  3. IzzyM profile image89
    IzzyMposted 6 years ago

    I could be wrong, but I'm pretty sure you can set ad level to 'none' and still put Amazon links on the hub, which I think the OP wanted to do.

    Edit to say "Amazon capsules", not "links". Commercial links not allowed.

  4. Jason Menayan profile image60
    Jason Menayanposted 6 years ago

    Uninvited Writer and IzzyM are right here.

    If you don't have links to sites you might have an interest in, you can uncheck the "commercial" box and lower your ad level if you like. Using Amazon or eBay Capsules does not count as links to sites you might have an interest in.

    The rule was instituted to dissuade people who came to HubPages to publish low-quality Hubs just for a link to a site or affiliate offer they wanted to promote. They often turned off ads because they didn't want any "competition."

    1. mobias profile image72
      mobiasposted 6 years agoin reply to this

      Thanks for responding on behalf of HB. It seems, there is some auto-scanning that determines that a pictures credit, going to an external forum site, garners the same flag. It seems we have to write to plead our case each time this will happen.
      HP-"Having an Amazon capsule in your Hub does not make it commercial: http://hubpages.com/faq/#commercial
      it was commercial because the 1st image's source links to a commercial website.  However, upon review, I see that it is a forum and I have removed that designation.  You should now be able to uncheck 'commercial' and set the ads to none if you wish."