Monday, May 4, 2015

First Zujava, Soon HubPages

I never signed up for Zujava or HubPages, but I am seeing a similar trend.

The cheaters are being flushed out online. And I say good, finally.

I just checked out the HubPages forum and found out precisely why Zujava lost its Amazon account.

It was because the site violated rule number 27 in the Associates Program Participation Requirements which states:

"You will not artificially generate clicks or impressions on your site or create Sessions on the Amazon Site, whether by way of a robot or software program or otherwise."

Writer Fox stated that "cookie stuffing" was the reason. What this meant was anyone reading a Zujava article had a cookie automatically installed on his or her computer (without knowing it).

The cookie embedded Zujava's affliate Amazon code (the site owner's code). What happened is this: if the visitor bought something from Amazon (within a month), Zujava's site owner pocketed the commission.

So what does this have to do with HubPages?

Well, in case you haven't heard, HubPages traffic has nosedived. It's even lower than on Christmas day 2014. My guess is that the Federal Trade Commission is looking into the complaints that have arisen from me (and others).

Importing an author's profile, identity, and content is NOT the same as an author who voluntarily posts their work on HubPages. Therefore, HubPages Terms of Use cannot apply to those who never clicked that green button on their Squidoo dashboard or followed a link in that first email from HubPages.

An email that I reported for phishing.

Why? Because HubPages requires authors to surrender their current SSN (tax information) prior to issuing their deserved share of earnings. Oddly, the IRS made it clear two years ago that HubPages does not need to collect tax information (HubPages does not issue tax forms of any kind) yet HubPages "still requires it."


  1. That Zujava info was very worthwhile to know. I had signed up there some time ago but never wrote anything there after I started seeing complaints from new users about lack of admin response, etc.. So I didn't bother. And then with its losing its Amazon "privileges" clinched it for me--ehy bother? Good info, again, Rose.

    1. Well hey there Vic, thanks for checking out my blog. I vaguely remember being given the "cold shoulder" by the owner or someone on the site, so I never joined. I skimmed a couple of articles on Zujava once and they were crap, so I never bothered either.