Informational Writing Scale

Switch to Creative Writing

 SubstanceOrganizationGrammar & Mechanics
10
8
6
4
2

Creative Writing Scale

Creative Writing includes poetry, fiction, and humor.

Switch to Informational Writing

 Style & VoiceOrganizationGrammar & Mechanics
10
8
6
4
2

Spammy elements fall into three broad categories: links, products (Amazon and eBay), and text.

Links

Articles should be written for readers, not for search engines or backlinks. Even an article that appears high-quality on the surface can still be considered spam if it uses links in a selfish manner.

Links that are definitely spammy:

  • Misleading or keyword-rich anchor text (e.g., “We only employ the most qualified and experienced Locksmith Dallas.”)
  • Links to pages that are not related to the subject matter of the article
  • Links to pages that contain information that is substantially similar to what's in the article
  • Links to pages with window confirmation boxes that interfere with site navigation or redirect users to unwanted websites

Links that may be spammy:

  • Links to lead form pages or otherwise thin pages that don't offer real information*
  • Links to pages that require plug ins or applications
  • Links with reference codes (affiliate links)*
  • Links that promote a business

* affiliate links and links to lead form pages are not spammy if they go to high-quality sites, are directly related to the subject-matter of the article, and benefit the reader.

Products

In general, product-oriented articles (those that contain Amazon and/or eBay ads inside the content) are considered spammy unless:

  • Product(s) are directly relevant and not excessive
  • If the article is about the product(s), then the article provides significant, useful information or opinion about the products beyond what could be found on Amazon's (or other seller's or manufacturer's) web site
  • If the article recommends a particular product, then the recommendation seems genuine, trustworthy, and unbiased
  • If the products were removed from the article, the remaining content would likely satisfy the reader

Text

Text elements of an article can be considered spammy even if there are no links or products. Here are some examples of spammy text:

  • Repetitive keywords (especially when bolded or italicized)
  • Plain text URLs that promote a business
  • Otherwise excessive promotion of a business or product

Here are some examples of articles that are spammy:

  • Consider Availing the Services of Locksmith Brooklyn
    Why it's spam: Keywords ("Locksmith Brooklyn") are used excessively throughout the article and the purpose of the article is to send readers to a business site for Locksmith Brooklyn.
  • Animal Masks
    Why it's spam: The content in this article is fluff and there are an excessive number of description-less Amazon products.
  • Gifts for Men
    Why it's spam: This is a product review article (about multiple products) where the content is a regurgitation of Amazon’s product details page(s).
  • Review: Samsung UN65H8000 Curved 65-Inch 1080p 240Hz 3D Smart LED TV
    Why it's spam: This is a product review article (about one product) and the review does not seem balanced or genuine.

Here are some examples of articles that are not spammy:

Please rate this article using the check box and sliders above. Submit your ratings to go to the next article.

As you move the slider, you will see an explanation of the currently selected rating in this box. You can see all the rating explanations as a table. Once you are familiar with the rating scale, feel free to hide this explanation box using the link below.

working

This website uses cookies

As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, hubpages.com uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at: https://hubpages.com/privacy-policy#gdpr

Show Details
Necessary
HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the googleapis.com or gstatic.com domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
Features
Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
Marketing
Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
Statistics
Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)