Blacklisted Links or Too Many Outbound Links

Ah, the filter grabbed me again. While updating my Make a Victorian Fan Christmas Ornament lens, at time to publish, the filter gave me this message:

Whoops! Blacklisted links or too many outbound links to the same domain.

 Making a lens to recommend or sell something is great. To help you focus your lens and not come across as overly promotional, we have a limit to the number of links a lens can have out to the exact same site. You can have hundreds of links on a lens; just not links to the same place over and over again.

This lens has 1 or more links to blacklisted domains, or more than 9 links to a standard domain. Please edit your lens to remove some of these extra links, then you can publish it live to the world.

P.S. If you think you’re seeing this in error, you may dispute the outbound link limit for this lens.

I’m puzzling over the message, as the lens does not have 15 links to Pinterest.

I hosted 1 of my own photos on my blog, then pinned it to Pinterest so I could use their embed feature to place the photos on the lens. Sounds convoluted but I don’t have a very good procedure for scaling down my photos to put them in a text list module or an Amazon module. Squidoo does not give a photo upload for those modules, so an embedded html works instead.

Another photo is my own and I uploaded it directly to Pinterest then embedded it on my lens. I don’t want to remove those photos as they are the finished examples for the craft project and they are my own pictures.

There were 2 other Pinterest images which I did remove. It is iffy whether we can use Pinterest images on our lenses at all.  I scaled those down to thumbnails to force the viewer to go to Pinterest and then to the original site for the content. They are gone now from the lens.

I replaced those with Zazzle images that I’m an affiliate for. The lens published immediately after I removed the 2 Pinterest images.

I don’t think it is giving Pinterest as a blacklisted link as it let me publish with my personal Pinterest links remaining on the lens. It must have been the number of Pinterest links, which all that I could see was 4. I removed 2 and left 2.


3 thoughts on “Blacklisted Links or Too Many Outbound Links

  1. Nancy Hardin March 24, 2013 / 2:21 am

    Virginia, once again, you have given other people the benefit of your own experience, and I thank you for that. It’s a troublesome time right now, but hopefully, we will come through the tunnel into the light. With this advice and that in the prior post on this subject, many will be able to survive this onslaught of changes. Thank you again my friend.

  2. Barbara Hart Radisavljevic March 29, 2013 / 9:30 am

    Was this on a non-Giant lens? I thought the domain limit didn’t apply to Giants, as long ss the links weren’t to black-listed sites.

    • Virginia Allain March 29, 2013 / 12:51 pm

      Yes, Barbara, I have a non-giant account of 39 Christmas lenses. I thought it a good idea to segregate them from my main account but forgot that they would lose some benefits.

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