I just had a hub called as "Overly Promotional". It's not a great Hub, but I can't see how it can possibly fit that description. It's here:
It is about the Super 14 Rugby Competition and provides many links to sites with info about the teams involved -- links to the teams home sites as well as to major rugby sites providing information. This seems legit to me. It's the sort of info I'd want and they aren't all on the one domain.
I am not sure what the algorithm is picking up here to block the Hub, and some help would be appreciated.
There is more I could add to it, and probably should, but it is certainly not designed to promote just one site.
For some reason your link to the hubpage in question no longer comes up. Must have been pulled by hubpages. Too bad. I am wondering if the sheer number of links is what gave you the label maybe from some automatic filter. Hopefully you can get one of the admin or programmers like Paul Deeds to look at it and they can help. Best of luck!
If you link three or more times to the same domain it seems to trip the flag.
Hmmmm... I can find two links to the one domain, but not to the same page. I have linked to the one domain in other Hubs three or more times, I believe. Would links in a RSS module affect matters?
I do see what the "Overly Promotional" function is trying to prevent and agree it is necessary. But three links to one domain seems very few...
My background is as an ex About.com guide way back when they were called the "Mining Co" and provided a service finding good links for people interested in particular topics. It seems legitimate to me that I create a Hub that provides quick links, say, to the info that people may most want about the Rugby World Cup, and that the best laid out tables of results, the most user-friendly schedual, and some of the best reviews may all be on the one site on different pages...
Our algorithm was a little over zealous in this case. The hub looks fine to me because of the diversity of the links. I cleared the penalty.
I got the same message sent to me on 28th of last month and I deleted a couple of the links and resubmitted it and nothing has happened since.
It looks like that hub was cleared as not spam 4 days ago, but we neglected to change the status back to the normal published state. Sorry about that.
Got the same message myself. My hub is basically pictures, with a few links at the bottom.
I resubmitted it, it was cleared, but now about a month later, its back to "Overly Promotional" again.
So I deleted about half the links and resubmitted again.
I think it's just a "glitch" thing.
I mean look at Bloggers spam filter that they openly admit is "fuzzy".
And true to form by Hubpage is cleared again!
And quickly I might add.
Sometimes its just a matter of politely calling attention to something and not getting all bent out of shape like I see on some forums.
I have no idea just how many hubs there are, but imagine having to check all of them manually!
A little " speed bump" now and then is a small price to pay.
Thanks again Hubpages!
I have quite a few recipe Hubs that have been flagged as spammy because of links. Of course, the Hubs aren't spam and don't exist just to provide backlinks. I'm in no way affiliated with any of the linked sites. All of the links aren't to just one recipe site, but I chose the best recipes so there are easily more than three links to each site. Oh well...
It's easy to submit flagged Hubs and we can take a look at them. Just login, browse to the Hub and click the button for it to be reviewed.
Our spam identification system certainly isn't infallible, so if you feel an error was made you should resubmit the hub. The more help we get from our users the better it works though. These are the ways you can help:
- give a thumbs up when you see a good hub that adds to the community
- give a thumbs down when you see a hub that does not contribute to the community
- become a fan of users that make good hubs
- don't become a fan of users that make bad hubs
and most importantly flag hubs that are inappropriate, for instance:
1. hubs with very little content or where the content is wholly personal
2. hubs that have a deceptive title or tags
3. hubs that contain or link to adult content
4. hubs that promote online gambling
5. hubs whose primary intent is to promote another site or sites
6. hubs that violate the adsense program policy in ways other than above.
User flagged hubs will always be reviewed by a person before any action is taken.
Cool, Paul (and Paul). I've been away for awhile due to personal reasons and was rather shocked to see some of my best hubs marked as overly promotional. I wasn't aware it was so simple to get them reviewed. Thanks for the ultra quick responses. You guys are always on the ball!
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