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What to Do if There is a Warning on Your Article

Updated on May 26, 2017
Our warning aren't so serious, bu we still recommend paying attention to them!
Our warning aren't so serious, bu we still recommend paying attention to them! | Source

Warning Are Designed to Spare You from Trouble

Warnings appear on articles to inform Hubbers that their content is at risk of being moderated or experiencing other difficulties on HubPages.

This guide offers information on:

As well as tips on addressing warnings:

In general, we do not recommend you worry too much if you see a warning on your article. In most cases, warnings reveal issues that are very easy to resolve, and may not require any action at all.

We do encourage you to do your best to understand any warnings you see on your articles, however. Addressing any serious problems that may exist can spare you from the inconvenience of having content unpublished by moderators.

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What Warnings Look Like from the HubTool

Warnings appear as text at the top of articles from the HubTool.
Warnings appear as text at the top of articles from the HubTool.

Where to Find Warnings

There are three places where you might see warnings:

  1. Your article in the HubTool
  2. Your article when you are signed in to your account
  3. The Article Violations section of My Account

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What Warnings Look Like on a Published or Unpublished Article Outside the HubTool

Not all of your articles have been crawled and reviewed for potential violations. To crawl for potential violations (which will then be presented as warnings in the Hub Violations section of My Account and distinguished under My Account > Statistics by a red skull icon):

  1. Visit the Statistics page of My Account
  2. Scroll to the bottom of the page
  3. Click the "Check for Violations Now" button
  4. Review Hub Violations section of My Account once our system has finished processing your articles or look for red skulls next to article titles on your Statistics page

Click the "Check for Violations Now" button to run a fresh review of your articles.

Don't Panic!

Do not worry! Our warnings are here to help!
Do not worry! Our warnings are here to help! | Source

How to React When You See a Warning

We do not present warnings on articles in an effort to worry you; we simply want to make sure that you do not have to go through the trouble of having one of your articles moderated.

When you see a warning from My Account, click through to the article, then click on the warning in the black box for more information.

If Your Article is Not Finished

In some cases, a warning may appear on your article as it is in draft form because it is a very early work in progress and is clearly not ready to be published. In such cases, the warning is likely to disappear as you add more content.

If Certain Words Trigger the Warnings

In other cases, a warning may appear because certain words have triggered our automatic content filters. Should this be the case, please read the warnings carefully and stop by our guide to subjects that should be avoided on HubPages to determine whether you are writing on a subject that is not ad safe, not permitted by our publishing standards, or within our restricted content areas.

Is your article still in early draft form? Do not worry; some warnings should disappear as you add more content.
Is your article still in early draft form? Do not worry; some warnings should disappear as you add more content. | Source

If Certain Links Trigger the Warnings

There are some types of sites to which we do not permit Hubbers to link. Should you receive a warning about links to prohibited sites, simply remove any links that are not to well-known, reputable sources, and also be sure to remove links that lead to sites with lead capture forms, agressive marketing tactics, potential malware, dubious or illegal offers, or excessive popup windows.

Generally speaking, we only recommend linking to external sources when they are extremely relevant to the subject of a given article and are directly referenced in its text.

In Other Circumstances

Generally speaking, warnings explain what the problem is and what must be done. By carefully reviewing the warnings you see, you should be able to avoid having your article unpublished by our moderation team.

Should you like additional tips on how to contend with unique warnings, peruse our tips on specific warnings below.

Certain links are not allowed. Remove them, and the warning should disappear.
Certain links are not allowed. Remove them, and the warning should disappear. | Source

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How to Address Specific Warnings Messages

Below are examples of specific warning messages and tips on addressing them. Warnings can be roughly grouped into:

  • Content warnings associated with restricted areas: indications that your article contains words suggesting it might be in one of our restricted content areas
  • Content warnings associated with violations of our publishing standards: indications that your article contains words associated with a subject that violates HubPages' publishing standards
  • Warnings associated with substance and formatting: signs that your formatting or substance (e.g. photos, special capsules) have issues that may need to be resolved
  • Warnings about links: indications that one or more links need to be removed
  • Warnings about advertising: notifications that advertisements have been disabled
  • Warnings about products: indications that your use of Amazon Capsules needs to be amended to bring them in line with our publishing standards
  • Warnings about serious violations: signs that your article might be committing serious violations

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CONTENT WARNING (Restricted Subject Areas)

Does your article have one of the following warnings?

  • CONTENT WARNING: This article appears to be about acai or maqui berry
  • CONTENT WARNING: This article appears to be about affiliate programs
  • CONTENT WARNING: This article appears to be about getting out of debt
  • CONTENT WARNING: This article appears to be about getting your ex back
  • CONTENT WARNING: This article appears to be about forex
  • CONTENT WARNING: This article appears to be about free downloads
  • CONTENT WARNING: This article appears to be about international dating
  • CONTENT WARNING: This article appears to be about male sexual health
  • CONTENT WARNING: This article appears to be about male breast issues
  • CONTENT WARNING: This article appears to be about paid online surveys
  • CONTENT WARNING: This article appears to about payday loans
  • CONTENT WARNING: This article appears to be about reverse lookup
  • CONTENT WARNING: This article appears to be about abdominal exercise programs
  • CONTENT WARNING: This article appears to be about watching TV on PC scams
  • CONTENT WARNING: This article appears to be about web hosting
  • CONTENT WARNING: This article appears to be about weight loss
  • CONTENT WARNING: This article appears to be about weight loss supplements

If so, it may fall into one of our restricted content areas. To learn more about them, stop by our guide to subjects that should be avoided on HubPages.

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CONTENT WARNING (Violation of Publishing Standards)

The following warnings may be indications that your article could be on a subject that is commonly associated with publishing standard violations:

  • CONTENT WARNING: This article appears to be about alcohol
  • CONTENT WARNING: This article appears to be about breast enhancement products
  • CONTENT WARNING: This article appears to be about male enhancement
  • CONTENT WARNING: This article appears to be about cash gifting
  • CONTENT WARNING: This article appears to be about dubious fuel economy products
  • CONTENT WARNING: This article appears to be about dubious media products
  • CONTENT WARNING: This article appears to be about multi-level marketing
  • CONTENT WARNING: This article appears to be about gambling for money
  • CONTENT WARNING: This article appears to be about tobacco
  • CONTENT WARNING: This article appears to be about weapon sales
  • CONTENT WARNING: This article appears to be about drugs
  • CONTENT WARNING: This article appears to be about web marketing automation

Where to Find More Information

If you are not sure, from each warning's unique message (which can be viewed by clicking on the warning itself), whether your article may indeed be at risk of being moderated, please visit our tips on taking care of articles that have been moderated for:

Beware of Grammar and Formatting Issues!

Please spare your readers the displeasure of being exposed to bad formatting, poor grammar, and all caps.
Please spare your readers the displeasure of being exposed to bad formatting, poor grammar, and all caps. | Source

Warnings About Substance and Formatting

Warning
Solution
Your article is at risk of being unpublished because it does not appear to be written in English
Only publish article written in English
This article appears to contain low resolution or pixelated images
Remove any images that appear grainy or are too small
This article is at risk of being identified as Substandard
Add more high quality content to your article
This article uses all capital letters
Change text so that it is properly capitalized and not in all caps
You have an Amazon, Link, or Comments Capsule in the first position
Move the capsule in question so it is not in the first position
There are one or more Recipe Capsules in this article, but the will not appear as a recipe in search results
Be sure to add the Ratings Capsule set to Recipe Ratings to your article

Warnings About Links

Warning
Solution
This article is at risk of being flagged as overly promotional
Reduce the number of links to known SEO sites (or sites of unknown reputation) in your article
This article is at risk of being identified as Overly Promotional or Substandard
Add more content to your article and make sure that it is not a "teaser" page linking to more information elsewhere
This article is at risk of being identified as Overly Promotional for use of affiliate links
Reduce the number of links that point to sales or lead forms from your article; keep their total below two
This article is at risk of being identified as Overly Promotional because it has 3 or more links to a single domain
Do not link to a single domain (that is not a well-known, trusted site) more than twice in your article
This article is on a restricted topic and contains affiliate links
If your article is on one of our restricted topics, remove all affiliate links
Your article is at risk of being identified as Adult Content
Edit your article to make it friendly to a wide audience (remove mature or adult content)
This article is at risk of being unpublished for linking to prohibited sites
Remove any links from the article that do not lead to well-known, trusted sites
This article contains links to sites that may contain malicious code or are suspected to be phishing sites
Remove any links from the article that do not lead to well-known, trusted sites
This article includes links to many different user generated content sites
Reduce the number of links to user-generated content sites; focus on citing well-known, trusted sources
This article contains more than two links to a single domain
Reduce the number of links to domains (that are not well-known and trusted) so that no single domain is linked to more than twice
On HubPages, links to some websites (which are often associated with sales or making money) are prohibited.
On HubPages, links to some websites (which are often associated with sales or making money) are prohibited. | Source

More on Addressing Warnings on Links to Prohibited Sites

Below are a few warnings that you may see within the Links to Prohibited Sites category.

WARNING: This article is at risk of being unpublished for linking to prohibited sites

If you see this warning it may be because your article contains links to a prohibited site or affiliate program such as:

  • Sites that contain pop-ups that interfere with site navigation, for example, sites that stop visitors from clicking the back or close buttons, or that redirect users to unwanted websites.
  • Links to eBook sales pages, squeeze pages, and lead capture forms.
  • Affiliate or promotional links in subject areas containing a high proportion of low quality, dubious, or promotional content (for example, forex, acai berry, MLM, and weight loss).

WARNING: This article is on a restricted topic and contains affiliate links

  • This article appears to be written on a topic that is over saturated on HubPages and contains links to affiliate sites or offers. Please bring this article into compliance by removing all affiliate or promotional links (Amazon Capsules are permitted). Once corrected, this warning should no longer appear.
  • Articles written on this topic must also be informative and of exceptional quality to remain published.

Stray away from malicious code and links to dangerous sites!
Stray away from malicious code and links to dangerous sites! | Source

More on Addressing Warnings Related to Malicious Code or Phishing Sites

If you receive this warning at the top of your article, it means that your article contains links to pages that have been identified through the Google Safe Browsing API as potentially dangerous because they may meet one or both of the definitions below. You can see the particular link or links that are causing this warning by editing your article. Unless you are very confident that these warnings are in error, we'd recommend removing the links in questions from your article.

  • Suspected phishing page: This page may be a forgery or imitation of another website, designed to trick users into sharing personal or financial information. Entering any personal information on this page may result in identity theft or other abuse. You can find out more about phishing from www.antiphishing.org.
  • Visiting this web site may harm your computer: This page appears to contain malicious code that could be downloaded to your computer without your consent. You can learn more about harmful web content including viruses and other malicious code and how to protect your computer at StopBadware.org.

Just because a site has been identified as malicious does not mean that the operator of the site had ill intent. It could simply be the result of inattentive server administration, the exploitation of software vulnerabilities by hackers, or an erroneous identification by Google. However, unless you are very confident that these warnings are in error, we recommend removing the links in questions from your articles.

IMPORTANT

Google works to provide the most accurate and up-to-date phishing and malware information. However, it cannot guarantee that its information is comprehensive and error-free: some risky sites may not be identified, and some safe sites may be identified in error.

In Some Cases, HubPages Disables Advertisements on Articles that May Endanger the Community's Ability to Earn Revenue

Like ads? If so, be very mindful of subjects on HubPages that are not ad safe, lest ads be disabled on your articles.
Like ads? If so, be very mindful of subjects on HubPages that are not ad safe, lest ads be disabled on your articles. | Source

Warnings About Advertising

Warning
Solution
Advertising has been disabled on this article based on moderator review
Amend your article so that its content can be considered ad safe, then contact our moderation team so they may review the article and (if possible) reinstate ads
Advertising has been disabled on this article based on automatic content filters
Amend your article so that its content can be considered ad safe, then contact our moderation team so they may review the article and (if possible) reinstate ads

Not Sure of the Danger Zone for Ads?

Visit our Learning Center guide on topics to avoid on HubPages and scroll down to the section on subjects that are not ad safe.

Warnings About Products

Warning
Solution
Too many product listings
Make sure you have at least 100 words for every product you feature; only feature products that are directly referenced in the body of your article
Be sure to maintain extra vigilance regarding warnings that can get you into serious trouble!
Be sure to maintain extra vigilance regarding warnings that can get you into serious trouble! | Source

Warnings About Very Serious Violations

Warning
Solution
This article appears to be receiving traffic from a traffic exchange
IMMEDIATELY cease your use of any automated traffic exchanges; if you have enrolled in none, report the issue to our support team so that they know the action was not intentional
Your article is at risk of being identified as a HubPages Policy violation
Carefully review our Terms of Use and amend any issues in your article that may violate them

One Final Note about HubPages' Terms of Use

Regardless of whether or not your article has a warning related to our Terms of Use, we recommend reading through the user agreement thoroughly.

It is important that you understand what, exactly, you have agreed to do (and not do) as a member of the HubPages community.

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