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What does, "Overly Promotional" mean?

  1. wayne barrett profile image73
    wayne barrettposted 5 years ago

    What does, "Overly Promotional" mean?

    On some of my short poems I get a warning when I publish that states, "this Hub is at risk of being identified as Overly Promotional or Substandard.". I understand the substandard implication, but can anyone explain why HubPages would consider a short poem, overly promotional?

  2. bravewarrior profile image92
    bravewarriorposted 5 years ago

    Wayne, the only time I've seen that is when I included several of my brother's paintings and referenced his web address beneath each one.  Once I removed the address from 2 of the photos, the message went away.

    1. wayne barrett profile image73
      wayne barrettposted 5 years agoin reply to this

      Hmm, The only pics I have used other than my own have been free domain pics. I do add the pic address, but I thought we were supposed to do that if possible.

    2. bravewarrior profile image92
      bravewarriorposted 5 years agoin reply to this

      We are, but apparently I had too many of the same in my last post.  :-(

  3. damian0000 profile image72
    damian0000posted 5 years ago

    The only thing that I can think of is that you used too many links in your poem... either that or perhaps one of the pictures you used had a logo or brand name on it

  4. wayne barrett profile image73
    wayne barrettposted 5 years ago

    All of the pieces that have had this warning attached have gone on to become featured...so maybe it's just a generic warning that comes with a piece containing a small word count.

    1. bravewarrior profile image92
      bravewarriorposted 5 years agoin reply to this

      Wayne, the small word count would account for the latter half of the warning.  Try adding an Amazon or Ebay module and see if it goes away.

  5. Becky Katz profile image85
    Becky Katzposted 5 years ago

    Wayne, if they have some of your drawings or paintings, you sign them. They are probably seeing that signature as a watermark. You might try using photoshop to block out the signature, and only using the caption to identify where they came from. That is the only thing that comes to my mind on this.
    I am very impressed by your art work, by the way. I wish I could draw like that.

    1. wayne barrett profile image73
      wayne barrettposted 5 years agoin reply to this

      Thanks, Becky. I thought about that , but even poems without my art work show the same warning. i have noticed that it only shows up on the poems that are short, so I think that is why I'm getting it.

  6. Abby Campbell profile image93
    Abby Campbellposted 5 years ago

    If you have more than 2 of the same link, then it will be considered "overly promotional."

    1. wayne barrett profile image73
      wayne barrettposted 5 years agoin reply to this

      The only thing I list on some of them is Amazon books. Could it be because I am listing 3?

    2. bravewarrior profile image92
      bravewarriorposted 5 years agoin reply to this

      Wayne, try adding a video and see what happens.

    3. Abby Campbell profile image93
      Abby Campbellposted 5 years agoin reply to this

      If they are all different books, I don't think so. I am an author and sometimes list my book twice in a hub and don't have a problem. But, I have gotten the "overly promotional" for using (1) the same link twice, and (2) a video with a watermark.

  7. ketage profile image82
    ketageposted 5 years ago

    If this is in regard to your poems , then only the second half of that warning applies to you. It just means that you do not have enough content. you could try publishing a set of poems , maybe 5 to each hub, once you reach above 500 words per hub you will not get that warning message anymore.

 
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