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Question About What Content is Allowed on Wizzley

 
Kylyssa_Shay
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on 06/17/2011

I have several ideas for pages which simply would not be allowed on Squidoo (other than as rated "R" lenses which we all know are useless) but which seem like topics likely to attract a good number of readers.  I am wondering what kind of content restrictions exist on Wizzley.  May I address topics like rape or conception difficulties on Wizzley?  May I swear on Wizzley or link to or embed videos or audio with swear words in them?  May I sell CDs with adult lyrics?

This is a sample of a video/song which would not be allowed on Squidoo but which played on our local public access station and which I may wish to link to or embed- Don't Forget the Salt.

Is that video too adult for Wizzley?  I want to know if I can write some Wizzles about my partner's upcoming CD release.

lakeerieartists
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on 06/17/2011

Kylyssa, glad to see you here on Wizzley.  For this type of quesion, I would recommend sending a message directly to Chefkeem with the actual topics and examples that you are talking about.  This is something that he and the team would need to decided on a case by case basis.


Paula Atwell (aka lakeerieartists) is the owner of an online art gallery, Lake Erie Artists Gallery and a freelance writer
WebWriter
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on 06/17/2011

This might help http://wizzley.com/forum/official-wizzley-news/wizzley-quality-requirements-restricted-topics-list/


Digby_Adams
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on 06/17/2011

I'm always very conservative when I'm working on a site monetized by adsense. When I want to discuss borderline topics, I write about them on my own sites that don't have any adsense. It's frustrating, especially when the topics are informative and not salacious. But I always want to protect that account.

WizzleyTeam
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on 06/17/2011

Since we monetize our site with Adsense we have to adhere to the guidelines established by Google concerning the type of acceptable content. Unfortunately, it isn't always spelled out in clear black and white.

Here is an explanation from the Google Adsense blog which may help determine whether or not a topic is regarded "family safe":

"Our policy regarding adult or mature content may include any material that is not appropriate for all audiences...

While it's not a sure test, we sometimes suggest that publishers ask themselves the following questions to determine if content is family-safe: Would I be comfortable viewing this content with my parents or children in the same room? Would I feel comfortable viewing this content if my boss walked up behind me while I had this content on my screen? If the answer to either of these questions is no, then it is likely that some advertisers would not be comfortable showing their ads on such content and we might consider it mature."

Digby offered some good points. If you think your topics are borderline (which they apparently are if Squidoo doesn't allow them) it is probably best to discuss these topics on your own blog or other sites not monetized with Adsense.

Kylyssa_Shay
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on 06/17/2011

 

WizzleyTeam: 17. Jun 2011, 15:31

Since we monetize our site with Adsense we have to adhere to the guidelines established by Google concerning the type of acceptable content. Unfortunately, it isn't always spelled out in clear black and white.

Here is an explanation from the Google Adsense blog which may help determine whether or not a topic is regarded "family safe":

"Our policy regarding adult or mature content may include any material that is not appropriate for all audiences...

While it's not a sure test, we sometimes suggest that publishers ask themselves the following questions to determine if content is family-safe: Would I be comfortable viewing this content with my parents or children in the same room? Would I feel comfortable viewing this content if my boss walked up behind me while I had this content on my screen? If the answer to either of these questions is no, then it is likely that some advertisers would not be comfortable showing their ads on such content and we might consider it mature."

Digby offered some good points. If you think your topics are borderline (which they apparently are if Squidoo doesn't allow them) it is probably best to discuss these topics on your own blog or other sites not monetized with Adsense.

Different people are comfortable with different things.  The average German audience probably wouldn't flinch if the word sex was used in an article about conceiving a baby.  Many American audiences wouldn't either but one cannot talk about conception issues on Squidoo.  This is where the confusion is. 

chefkeem
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on 06/17/2011

It's not about the people, Kylyssa, whether Americans or Germans. The problem is with Google AdSense and their advertisers. Google reacts negatively when advertisers withdraw their ads. When Google deems any content as being inappropriate, they lock the site's AdSense account, and that means the end of that site.

That's why we have to be overly cautios with topics such as the ones in our Wizz-Nots.

Articles such as your Squidoo lenses about homelessness issues and survival tips are always welcome on Wizzley. However, if you enter content that veers more into the taboo language and images arena, we may have to mark your articles with suggested changes. 


Achim "Chef Keem" Thiemermann is the co-founder of a pretty cool new platform called...um...er...oh, yeah - Wizzley.com.
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