Warning: there will be no pictures or frilly bits in this Wizz.
I am a calm and thoughtful man.
I rarely get angry.
I get annoyed when people are less than courteous. I do not suffer fools gladly.
I acknowledge good things, and when I am wrong. I do not try to scam the system.
I am reasonably intelligent, have a good grasp of the English language, and unfortunately for an on-line writer, I meticulously check for spelling and grammatical errors (missing them sometimes). But...............
Things I Love About Wizzley: No Hubpages Bull
Wizzley has a great atmosphere about it. There are no undertones of animosity. Everybody feels as though they belong. The staff are polite and helpful. What a change from Hubpages!
Warning: there will be no pictures or frilly bits in this Wizz.
Wizzley vs Hubpages
Why this article, now?
I have a background in computer science, know how to design, program and test computer programs and systems. I also have a growing knowledge of how things work in search engine algorithms and I test theories I have, gaining evidence as I go. I expect to be treated with respect, until such time as I fail to meet expectations. I follow the rules.
So what has caused me to write this 'letter'. We Brits are famous for it. We get so angry that we feel we need to write a 'letter' to the Editor. Now is that time for me.
This morning, a reasonably pleasant morning in the leafy suburbs of a market town in the beautiful county of Lincolnshire, England, a little message arrived. I had alighted from my bed early: to get a Wizz written, whilst the thought was in my head. I had half-completed it. The message: an e-mail actually, drifted silently into my consciousness, unannounced or foretold.
And it read, as follows (the emboldening and italicization are mine):
The HP E-mail
Your Hub has been identified as promoting sites or products unrelated to Hub content.
If this is the first time you've gotten an email like this, don't worry! You'll have an opportunity to fix it.
A link to your Hub: http://humagaia.hubpages.com/hub/Google-India-google-co-in-Google-IN-India-Hindi-English
To rectify: Remove all links or Amazon/EBay capsules unrelated to your Hub's topic. You might consider adding more original content, and relevant, legitimate links to other online resources that complement this Hub's topic.
The HubPages Team
How I Felt
The e-mail 'bombshell' crash landed on my thought processes at 06:20am UK time. And I knew the nightmare was beginning all over again. My train of thought, for the Wizz I was producing, was decimated, interrupted by new synapse sparking's that lit the scan red.
Memories flooded back: how much time and effort had I wasted last time, for nought? How much time and effort will I have to expend this time?
Nothing that HP has implemented into their TOS has made one penn'orth of difference. We are back to the same position as we started from at the outset of the last round of 'inquisition'. HP had it so good, for so long, thinking that it was God's gift: the Big G's gift. And foundered when it found that it was an outcast, banished into the 'sandpit', to struggle to extricate itself whilst pulling all around them into the pit. Matter not - keep struggling, keep pulling. 'We will get out!'. Riiiight!
Well, I considered my options. And meekly decided that I would comply with the vague demand that I comply with the TOS. The same TOS that I had complied with for the previous 22 months at HP.
I might add here that I had no previous indication that there was anything untoward in the hub in question. Just the e-mail. Just the removal from publication of a hub that had received over 20,000 hits to date, for which 2,000 were in the last month (the time period during which the problems arose from another Google 'adjustment'). I know, not a great deal, but the numbers had not fallen appreciable, and certainly not to any great extent due to the 'update'.
What then does anything contained in the hub have to do with 'keeping the Big G happy'? It cannot be that the contents are not to their liking. The hub ranks well, and it attracts click-throughs, obviously.
On amendment of the hub it dawned on me that there were:
- No Amazon or E-bay modules
- No affiliate links of any kind
- Links to Google sites related to the information contained in the hub
- Links to related information available on sites I own
- Links to related articles on Hubpages
- Links to other articles that I had written, and contained in an RSS feed generated from the RSS feed module made available to me
This time, if that happens, I will remove it and publish it elsewhere. Guess where?
And that will go for any hub that is flagged and unpublished in the future. I am not in the mood to play silly games that have no benefit to man nor beast, ever again.
It is the un-joined-up-thinking, the shotgun approach, the amateurish implementation of a frankly flawed strategy, that irritates those that have written at Hubpages, and that irks me so. And that is where Wizzley is so much different.
The Wizzley Effect
I hope you have read Katiem2's heartfelt Wizz about her experience of Hubpages the last time a witch-hunt occurred. If not, go read it [Why Writers From Hubpages Like Wizzley So Much]. I did not have as hard a time as she. But with the latest round of 'duckings' and 'trial by water' where one is guilty until you repent and kowtow to the 'necessary' changes to ones 'violation', I can envisage it happenings to those that are left.
I publish. If there is anything untoward I am warned at the time that I try to save. Part of my publishing empire revolves around articles about the various offerings from Google. It is likely that I will use the same words occasionally to describe similar functions that I encounter. Google does the same. They do not get penalised for it, within serps algorithms. Neither should, or do, I.
If Wizzley finds an amount of words that are contained in an article I have published, as well as the article I am about to publish, I get a warning. I go check. I find that it is the noise words rather than the differentiating subject matter that is at fault. I adjust where necessary. I publish. No hassle.
The Wizzley platform has been put together with SEO in mind. That means that once written in the 'white hat' format available, your Wizz should stand the course of time, unphased by Google algorithm changes. There are no modules that will come back and bite you in the bum. Everything is optimized for you to deliver the baby, healthy, into the arms of G, for it to nurture, grow and become an upstanding member of society.
Things I Love About Wizzley Series
No conclusion. Just the end of the rant. I have expunged my feelings: until the next time.
The matter is closed: full stop.
What I love about Wizzley - No bull.....