To ensure that HubPages continues to be the best place to write online, we have introduced new publishing standards over the past several weeks. These new policies are designed to ultimately provide benefits across our entire community of writers. While these changes in our publishing standards are designed to improve the overall quality of HubPages’ content and writing experience, we understand that it can be somewhat difficult to keep track of the new rules.
For the sake of simplicity, here is an overview of the recently-added standards:
- First Capsule Standards: We no longer allow the use of Amazon, eBay, News, RSS, Comment, or Link capsules as first full-width capsules
- Word-to-Product Ratios: For every Amazon or eBay product featured in a Hub, there must be at least 50 words of original text
- Pixelated Images: Pixelated (grainy) images are no longer allowed on Hubs (and keep in mind, watermarked images were never permitted)
- Affiliate Links: We no longer allow Hubs to link (directly or through redirects) to affiliate or commerce sites which are prohibited under the HubPages rules (e.g. Clickbank and sites that sell eBooks, promote dubious offers, contain a lead capture form, redirect users to unwanted websites, or contain pop-ups, pop-unders, or other features that interfere with sight navigation)
- Over-Saturated Topics: If you publish a Hub on a topic that is overly saturated on HubPages.com (e.g. MLM, 6 pack abs, forex, acai berry, etc.), your Hub will be held to a higher editorial standard, and you will not be permitted to include links to affiliate offers (though you are still welcome to include links to trustworthy sites such as major news sites or Wikipedia)
- Duplicated Content: While we used to allow some duplicated content (e.g. if it also existed on your blog and so long as you did not link back to the source), it is now required that all content published on HubPages be unique to the site
You may notice that the policies regarding pixelated images, prohibited affiliates, overly saturated topics are new. If you have any Hubs that don’t currently adhere to these standards, don’t worry. We will send you an email letting you know which Hubs require revision, and you will have two weeks to amend those Hubs. If you do not have time to revise them in the first two weeks, they will be unpublished, but as soon as you revise them and resubmit them for publication, they can be reviewed and republished.
We are also adding automatic alerts to the HubTool to let you know if you’re at risk of violating one of these site policies, so you don’t have to worry so much about whether a Hub will be moderated after its is published. If you see a warning message, read it carefully. It does not mean that your Hub will be moderated; it simply means that you may need to make some tweaks or be aware of heavy competition.
The News Capsule
As we pointed out last week, there is one final change that will be rolling out: we will be discontinuing the News Capsule. There are no changes that you will need to implement on that end; just keep in mind that if your Hubs contain News Capsules, they will disappear, but the rest of the Hub will remain unchanged. You might want to edit the formatting on these Hubs, but otherwise they should be fine. Thanks to those of you who have worked hard to update your Hubs- adjusting our writing to meet new site standards is something that we’re all working on- even Paul Edmondson has had to revise some of his Hubs in the past couple of weeks. The great thing about this spring cleaning is that in the end, HubPages will be a better place to write and read awesome online articles than it ever has before!