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It's spring again when lawnmowers are dragged out of storage and refuse to start after winter!

I've put together this guide, providing basic and more advanced tips on getting these sometimes temperamental machines to start!

#LawnMaintenance #lawns #lawnmowers #GardenTools #spring #HubPages

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Dusty Miller (Silver Ragwort) on the coastline at Killiney Bay, Dublin, Ireland

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Workshopshed blog: First make of the year

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Remove rust from woodworking and garden saws with wire wool, Then rub both sides with a candle to lubricate and ease cutting. #DIYTips #DIY #woodworking #construction

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This is good comprehensive guide to handheld sanders, covering belt, orbital and palm types #powertools #tools #sanders #DIY

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A Guide to Recovery If Your Community Posts Are Flagged as Spam

Recovering your ability to share posts freely in communities after Google has started treating you as a spammer takes time and effort. There is no magic formula or overnight solution to resolve the problem, and it will not just go away again if you ignore it. From what we can see, stopping posting or stopping posting in communities for periods of time does not help. What seems to work is demonstrating to Google that you are not a spammer over a period of time. The approach I recommend is as follows:

Start by sharing only one community post per day, preferably in a community in which you know or at least can contact one of the moderators. If the post gets flagged, contact a moderator to ask that it be approved. Continue doing that until you are able to share a daily post for at least five days in a row without any being flagged.

Next, try sharing two community posts per day. If you share them in the same community, do not share them one after the other. Wait perhaps an hour before sharing a second post to the same community. If the posts get flagged, contact the moderator(s) to have them approved, but also drop back to sharing only one post per day until you can once again share for a few days in a row without problems. Then repeat this step. Continue sharing only two community posts per day until you can share them without problems for at least five days in a row. 

When you can do that, try sharing three community posts per day. Make sure that you leave a reasonable amount of time between the posts. That is especially important if you are sharing posts to the same community, or if the posts contain a lot of the same content or links to the same blog, etc. Again, work with moderators and decrease the number of posts per day if any of the posts get flagged. Not surprisingly, I'm going to say continue this until you can share three community posts per day for at least five days in a row.

By now, you're seeing the pattern. You want to continue building the number of community posts gradually in the manner I described above. It is extremely important as the number of posts increases to spread the posts out rather than sharing them all at once. I recommend (even to people whose posts have never been flagged as spam) never sharing the same or substantially similar to more than three communities at a time. If you have a need to share such posts to more than three communities, share no more than three at a time, and take a one or two hour break between groups of three or fewer. 

Important considerations about your posts

* Make sure that your posts comply with the rules of the communities you are sharing them in. Every community has its own rules. They can generally be found either on the community's About this community card or on a pinned post in the community. 

* Make sure your Google+ posts include real content. Posts that contain links with no or very little meaningful content in the Google+ post itself seem to be much more likely to get flagged. Besides, posts like that are against the rules in many communities. And if that isn't enough incentive not to share "link-litter posts," consider the fact that the click-through rate of posts that contain meaningful information is much higher than for posts with little or no meaningful content.

* Use hashtags with care. The presence of hashtags does not appear to cause posts to be flagged, but make sure that there is a meaningful amount non-hashtag content. It is possible that hashtags might be ignored. Besides, posts with an excessive number of hashtags or hashtags spread throughout the text look spammy to readers. 

* Don't make all your posts look the same. In other words, don't use a standard formula for your posts. When posts appear to be too similar, people tend to view them as being spammy, and the goal of the spam filter is to catch things that people would consider to be spam. 

Why your community posts might have been flagged as spam
If you are unsure why your posts might have been flagged as spam, I encourage you to read the following two posts:

* Reasons Why Google Might Think You are a Spammer:

* Why Your Community Posts Might Be Flagged As Spam:

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Reasons Why Google Might Think You are a Spammer

The Google+ spam filter is pretty good at recognizing spammer-like behaviors. Unfortunately, many people innocently do things which suggest to the filter that they are spammers. Some of the symptoms when that happens are:
-- The people's community posts might be flagged as spam and therefore not be visible to other community members.
-- The people's comments on posts might be flagged as spam and therefore not be visible to others.
-- The people might receive error messages preventing them from sharing more posts for periods of time, 
-- The people receive warning notices from Google about spamming, possibly with notice that their privileges to share posts and comments have been suspended for a period of time.
-- The people receive notification that their profiles or pages have been suspended either temporarily or permanently. (Permanent suspensions for spamming typically only occur when people continue the same behaviors that got them into trouble after receiving a warning notice.)

So what does the spam filter look for? We do not know for sure because Google doesn't share that information. There is a very good reason for that. Providing the details of what triggers the spam filter would be overwhelmingly helpful to real spammers. It would tell them exactly how far they can go without getting caught.

The best we can do, therefore, is make guesses based on observation of large numbers of case. Below are lists of at least the most obvious behaviors that appear to get people in trouble.

Post-related behaviors
-- Sharing the same post or substantially similar posts (i.e., posts containing much of the same same content even if portions of the posts are different) in a relatively short period of time.
-- Sharing the same post or substantially similar posts to too many communities in a relatively short period of time. Experience has shown that the tolerance here is extremely low. I recommend never sharing similar material to more than three communities within about a two-hour period.
-- Sharing too many posts with the same or substantially similar links (e.g., links to different entries in the same blog).
-- Sharing too many posts to the same community in a relatively short period of time.
-- Sharing too many total posts in a relatively short period of time (even if the posts are completely different).
-- Sharing too many community posts that are removed by moderators because the posts are off topic or violate other community rules. 
-- Sharing lots of posts with very little variety.
-- Sharing many posts with links but little or no other content.

Comment-related behaviors
-- Sharing the same or substantially similar comments too many times.
-- Sharing too many comments with the same link or substantially similar links. 
-- Sharing very large numbers of comments in the same community in a relatively short period of time.

Update: If you would like to learn more about why Google associates the activities mentioned in this post with spamming, I encourage you to read the following post titled Understanding Spamming on Google+:
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