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Why I Removed My Articles from Hub Pages

Andrew Havens is a former life insurance agent turned writer and the author of Life Insurance “Dirty Little Secrets” for Consumers Revealed!

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In the Beginning...

This may or may not get past the Hubpages censors but you can’t say I didn’t try.

Things started out well, or so I thought. I wrote 6 articles for the Business: Personal Finance: Life Insurance category. (I believe this is accurate.) These articles are as follows:

Will Life Insurance Rates Go Through the Roof?

Life Insurance Who Needs It Anyway?

Understanding Life Insurance Illustrations – A Primer

Should I Buy Life Insurance for My Children?

Set Your Life Insurance Policy as the Cornerstone of Your Financial Plan

What I Learned Selling Final Expense Insurance

The first five brought me to my first “milestone”, something or other about bypassing some editorial hump, I guess. After I met that mark, I didn’t see any significant difference. It was more like a “good boy” sticker as far as I could see. No matter. I wrote article number six. But as I was writing I got to thinking.

The First Five Articles and Then...

The first five brought me to my first “milestone”, something or other about bypassing some editorial hump, I guess. After I met that mark, I didn’t see any significant difference. It was more like a “good boy” sticker as far as I could see. No matter. I wrote article number six. But as I was writing I got to thinking.

Now my articles were seeing some decent views. The traffic was nothing fantastic but in 7 days my articles had a total of 63 views with my oldest one garnering 25 views. Not bad. BUT, unless someone viewed my profile, they weren’t going to find my book. What good would this do me?

So in my sixth article I included the following blurb at the end:

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Too much?

Granted this was a brazen plug for my book. Well, yeah. I don’t know about you but it seems like everybody is writing books these days and whenever they appear somewhere, they are able to plug their book. Why can’t I?

There’s more too it than that. The articles I’m writing directly relate to the topic of the book. Sometimes they touch on some of the same information and other times they expound on certain points a bit. The book is intentionally slim. One of the big issues facing the insurance industry is the plethora of information. While this may be necessary for some situations for the premise in my book, it is not.

At the basic level, the purpose of obtaining life insurance should be to cover burial costs in the event of an unexpected death in the family. The nature of an unexpected death is nobody can predict who, if anyone will be the victim. So it makes sense to cover each member of the family. I show how to do this in an affordable, cost-effective way that provides additional benefits – especially if the worst never happens.

I accomplish this by winnowing though tons of information to filter out as much noise as possible. Thus the reader can gain a decent overview of the scope of the topic of life insurance without being bogged down with irrelevant junk. In the end, any purchaser of my book can gain a good grasp of how to obtain decent coverage.

The Email from "The Team"

In any case, I got an email from “Team HubPages” as follows

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Dear AndrewHavens,

We wanted to let you know that What I Learned Selling Final Expense Insurance has the opportunity to become Featured! Featured articles are showcased on Topic Pages and Related articles listings. They are also made available to search engines. We want your article to succeed and strongly recommend making a few improvements.

The perks of a Featured article don’t end at increased visibility online. Featured articles are likely to be more successful over the long run when it comes to traffic, earnings, and augmenting your personal online brand.

It’s possible that your article is not Featured because it contains spammy elements. Perhaps it was written for a link, or has excessive product capsules or product capsules that are not directly related to the content. Even articles that appear to be high quality can be spammy. We recommend that you remove any spammy elements from your article.

If you don’t see any spammy elements in your article, then it was likely defeatured for failing to meet HubPages’ general quality standards. The article may have been too short or underdeveloped, had formatting issues, broken or unrelated links, and/or significant grammatical errors. For more help on this front, please read the Elements of a Stellar Article Learning Center guide.

What else can you do to improve your article? High-quality articles are original, in depth, and media rich. For starters, check out our Learning Center entry on How to Improve the Quality of an Article for detailed tips, helpful links, and before/after example articles.

Lastly, if you would like personalized feedback on how to make your article better, we invite you to post in the Improving Your Article Forum.

Thank you for taking the time to update and improve your work!

Cheers,
The HubPages team

The Reply from The Author

My Response:


Hello,


Thank you for your heads up. I'm not sure I understand. There were two links at the end of this article to my book, which I strongly advocate because it provides a great deal more information that one can put in a single article. The book only lightly touches on my experience while providing much needed information on the basics of selecting and buying life insurance. Note, I no longer sell life insurance nor do I recommend any specific insurance companies or policies in the book. As for the link itself, it only leads to a page with more information about the book itself. Anyone wishing to purchase the book itself would need to click on the provided link and only then be directed to a page where they can choose what vendor they would like to purchase from. In other words, there is no direct purchase link on this page either.


Of all the things one could purchase in this world, life insurance is one of the most incorrectly sold products out there. Most people won't buy until they are facing a "good salesman". The only problem is the "good salesman" may or may not sell or even have access to what these individuals really need. Life insurance should be bought, not sold.


Consider this: the cheapest life insurance available will cost more for a single month's premium than my ebook at $4.99, In paperback at $12.99, it might be possible to purchase a month's worth of coverage. My point? The book is an absolute bargain that can save anyone thousands of dollars and quite possibly save their family from financial disaster.


So, please, explain to me what I'm doing wrong. If hubpages objects to my linking to my book (directly or indirectly) then I'm not interested in providing what I feel is valuable content for your readers.


For the sake of argument, I removed one of the two links to my book. Now the entire 1534 word article has exactly one link. Please tell me if this is too much and I will remove it immediately.


Kind regards


Andrew Havens


And Now I Wait...

For the record, I removed one of the links immediately. While I was doing that I got an autoresponse from my email account telling me it was a bad address. It appears “Team HubPages” doesn’t like to be bothered with responses to their dictums. So be it. I blogged both of the above.

The next day, I received a second copy of the above email. Okay fine. I found I could contact them through their system and I did. I said about the same thing, though truncated. To their credit, their reply was in my inbox the next day.


Hello,


While we do not allow for self-promotion, you can add a link to your personal blog in your bio which readers can then click on.


You can find more information about adding products and our guidelines here: https://hubpages.com/faq/


Thanks,
Team HubPages


Guidance

After trudging through a ton of irrelevant information, I finally found one section that appears pertinent:


11. My article was moderated for being overly promotional; what does that mean?


Purely promotional offers and articles designed only to promote other sites or businesses are not allowed. In particular, the following actions are likely to get your articles identified as overly promotional:

  • Including more than 2 links to any one domain
  • Keyword stuffed: repeatedly emphasizes words or phrases (often times with bold or italics)
  • Short "teasers" with links to "read more" at another site
  • Solely promotes a product, site, program, organization, or service
  • Excessive Amazon Capsules
  • Including links to a page that contains largely the same content as your article

Please note that promotional links are links that you have any interest in promoting (your blog, your Website, affiliate offers, etc.). Links to well-known Web resources which you don't have any personal interest in (like Wikipedia, news sites, encyclopedias, open directories, etc.) are exempt from this limitation.

You can find more details in the Learning Center.

The Aftermath

The article in question violated NONE of this. Not. A. Single. Point. It appears that while they gleefully point to their own bloated requirements, they cannot be bothered to read their own standards. However, rather than argue or whine or point out their heavy handedness, I simply replied:

“Your site. Your rules.” Then I removed my content, telling them “My content. My prerogative.”

Apparently, I am only allowed a single link, not in any content that I sweat hard to write and make certain it is of acceptable quality, but only in my profile where a reader may or may not decide to look for.

Thus this is the final article I expect to write for Hubpages.

This is a sad ending to what could have been a mutually beneficial relationship. HubPages would get, by their own admission, good content and I would get eyes on those who need my book, and, of course possible sales. These sales would benefit both HubPages and myself, because the book benefits those who buy it.

HubPages would enhance their status as the place to go for good information. I would benefit from building my reputation as an author. My readers would benefit most as they follow through to find the life insurance that will protect themselves and their loved ones.

Trust me on this last point as I have seen firsthand the blessings a life insurance policy brings during a period of grief as well as the added stress to families of those who pass with no coverage.

This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.

© 2022 Andrew Havens

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