Can I dispute ad disabling?

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  1. Bldg an Architect profile image69
    Bldg an Architectposted 6 years ago

    One of my recent hubs had its ads disabled because of automatic ad filters.  The hub is a review of a blush color called "orgasm."  I suspect the name triggered the filters.  Are certain words just forbidden?  Can I dispute this?  Its not inappropriate content, unless I'm just not allowed to use that word.

    1. Marisa Wright profile image98
      Marisa Wrightposted 6 years agoin reply to this

      You're just not allowed to use that word.  HubPages has to comply with the rules set down by Google Adsense.  Unfortunately robots police those rules, not real people, which means they can only look for "rude words" and can't read the context.

    2. melbel profile image95
      melbelposted 6 years agoin reply to this

      Google's prude. I'm sure they have their reasons. Maybe they were hurt in the past. (lol, jk)

      But yeah, I had an article about nude beaches that got a fair amount of traffic. Ads were disabled and I tried everything I could to fix it, but the article was ABOUT nude beaches, so there's really nothing I could do. I ended up removing the hub. Tant pis.

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    Website Examinerposted 6 years ago

    It is correct that the filters go by words. There are no clear-cut rules for forbidden words, as their frequency and placement etc. may also play a role. Words in the title are very sensitive. You can try to remove that word from your title, and the disabled warning may go away. You can ask the moderators to review the hub manually (, but I doubt it will make any difference with that keyword in the title.

  3. brittanytodd profile image92
    brittanytoddposted 6 years ago

    I have a hub on commodity fetishism and of course the auto-filters got set off.  I contacted the staff via email and they enabled my ads again.

    If they have a problem with that word, they will let you know why you cannot have the ads enabled, but I think you'll be okay if you explain it.  Good luck!

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      Website Examinerposted 6 years agoin reply to this

      Are you saying that you have that term in your title? Because like mentioned above, that was the issue for the OP when I checked. I don't believe that HubPages nor AdSense would find that acceptable.

      1. brittanytodd profile image92
        brittanytoddposted 6 years agoin reply to this

        Yes, I have the word "fetishism" in my title, but it is not in sexual context.

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          Website Examinerposted 6 years agoin reply to this

          Thanks. Apparently, the sexual side is only a small part of what that word is about.

          "Essentially, fetishism is the etic attribution of inherent value or powers to an object."

          1. brittanytodd profile image92
            brittanytoddposted 6 years agoin reply to this

            Yeah, so mine is fine.  His/hers is a product, so I wonder if that is the same...

    2. Bldg an Architect profile image69
      Bldg an Architectposted 6 years agoin reply to this

      Thanks!  I've sent an email to the HubPages team and am waiting for a response.  I'll keep my fingers crossed!

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        Website Examinerposted 6 years agoin reply to this

        You seem to prefer answers that you like to hear. However, no matter what the Team says, that does not relieve you of your responsibilities as an AdSense affiliate. You could lose your AdSense account if you post content in violation of their guidelines.

        1. Bldg an Architect profile image69
          Bldg an Architectposted 6 years agoin reply to this

          I have seen AdsSense ads for this particular product, so I highly doubt Google would take offense to a review of it.

          I also checked their terms of use.  Unless it falls under "excessive profanity" I think it should be just fine.  The word "orgasm" can be used in a number of ways, not all of which are profane.

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            Website Examinerposted 6 years agoin reply to this

            You still don't get it, do you? By having that word in your title, the hub becomes about that. Hubs about that word are NOT family safe. The word in your title will draw in readers believing that you are writing about that topic.

            I repeat: It is unacceptable. If you want to keep that word in your title, and if HubPages allows that, you will be challenging AdSense, notorious for their thin skin.

            Do I personally care whether you jeopardize your AdSense account or not? No, I do not. Whatever makes you happy today, as long as you understand the risks.

      2. brittanytodd profile image92
        brittanytoddposted 6 years agoin reply to this

        Good luck!  I hope this one's okay like mine because you are not using it as a sexual term.

  4. IzzyM profile image88
    IzzyMposted 6 years ago

    I've got a hub in the making about pricking out seedlings. I don't know if that is a US expression, it is certainly the correct term in the UK. The automatic filters have kicked in LOL

    I might write to staff to see if they'll lift it, but not even finishing the hub until I know one way or the other.

  5. Shadesbreath profile image83
    Shadesbreathposted 6 years ago

    Some of the rules are blindly and unthinkingly enforced, and no amount of reason, logic or pleading will change the mechanical enforcement of them in those cases. However, most of the time, or at least so numerically often, that's not what happens, so, they have to stick with the system in place. There are far more a-holes trying to work the system than there are real writers saying something meaningful that happens to incorporate lame money terms of porno people and rip-off artists.

    You can get bent about it or just accept that the system is still developing (and humans are very flawed) and move on.

    Just turn off the ads if they are jacking up your stuff (I do that all the time... it's very irritating when I know the content is not against the purpose of the rule, but, well, they just don't have a system for thinking through actual content given the volume, and not all the moderators really understand the rules either. So, don't fight it. Just turn them off and move to the next hub.)


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