How To Deal With Stolen Hubs & Content Theft - A Best Practice Solution

There’s nothing more irritating than finding out that your original content that you spent hours on has been added to someone else’s website or ebook without your permission. Many Hubpages writers can find themselves drowning in thousands of plagiarised works, feeling worried and overwhelmed at having an unwanted second career in keeping up with getting rid of the duplications.

With only 50+ hubs, I found myself spending days filling out DMCA notices and reading forums on content theft. With the wise words of a few expert hubbers and other helpful writers, I eventually formulated a plan of action to be my best practice routine, so I didn’t have to dread checking all of my hubs every month (and with the amount of work expected to get bigger over time, I was debating whether or not to continue with Hubpages at all).

Luckily, my planned routine turned out to be much easier to work with than doing the monthly hub checks and it takes only a few minutes a day to maintain. I decided to keep writing at Hubpages and I use this solution to deal with different levels of content duplication quickly and efficiently. In this hub, I'll explain it in detail, so you can use it too!

Writers need to be vigilant about content theft on the web if they want to succeed.
Writers need to be vigilant about content theft on the web if they want to succeed.

Should I Establish A Routine?

I am going to talk a lot about Google, which is the biggest search engine in the world and therefore has the most impact on your traffic. The way Google deals with content duplication currently is that it will place any duplications after the original article in search results.

It is unclear to me whether this occurs for everyone, or only for writers who have claimed Google Authorship. I have Google Authorship and there has only been one instance in thousands of duplications where the infringer ranked higher. But there is a place to report this, so it doesn't have to be a big deal.

If you decide not to bother chasing duplications, it will only hurt your traffic a little and only if the infringer’s website ranks higher than yours in search results. If you build up a large subdomain with lots of hubs, Google is going to give you some juice because you have lots of content (I’ve heard that if you go over the 100 hub mark, your traffic explodes – same with Etsy shops, same with any website that has over 100 pages of decent content). Hence, if you are a prolific writer and plan to output regularly, you might want to claim Google Authorship and just check once a year about whether any site has completely copied your subdomain.

If you are a sporadic writer, or you spend a lot of time making quality hubs, you may need this routine. If it’s going to help you sleep better at night knowing you’re getting the maximum amount of traffic, then do it. Setting up the routine takes time, but you only need to set it up once, then maintain it as you add hubs.

Don't let the cacti grow under your feet - start a routine today!
Don't let the cacti grow under your feet - start a routine today!

Why Doesn’t Google Remove Duplicate Content?

Google doesn’t want to remove duplicate content for a few reasons. Firstly, if all of the summary text in backlinks (especially on social sites) showed up as duplicate content, then there would be a lot of problems with sharing anything.

Secondly, there are some weird cases where people can both be original authors and can still write the same thing (though it is not usually article-length). Thirdly, regardless of the date of publication on the web, Google is still uncertain as to whom exactly is the original author (think of someone publishing text from a hard copy book onto their website).

Therefore, I expect that for many years to come, Google will not be removing duplicate content, except by DMCA request.

Why Do People Steal Content?

There are many reasons. From the lazy amateur web designer who steals a couple of sentences for their source code to artificially gain traffic, to outright article theft by major newspapers and pretend “authors” who like to plump out their ebooks, stolen content is rife on the internet.

Way back in the old days of the internet, stuffing keywords into website source code and stealing your competitor’s meta descriptions was all the rage and really worked in getting websites ranked much higher. Many amateurs who have not kept up with developments still believe this is the case.

Google decided that since so many people were copying each other, and it added so much spam to search results that they would put measures in place to prevent it. These measures include giving websites with duplicate text a lower ranking in search results than the original content.

It really is the Wild West out there on the internet. In 20 years time, we'll probably all look back fondly on this period as the pioneering days when we were free from Big Brother search engine rules and laws....
It really is the Wild West out there on the internet. In 20 years time, we'll probably all look back fondly on this period as the pioneering days when we were free from Big Brother search engine rules and laws....

Scraper Outrank

Occasionally, you might notice that an infringer's website appears ABOVE your original hub in search results. If this happens, report it to the Google Scraper Report. Google hasn't perfected its methods of knowing which content is original yet, so it uses this Scraper Report to rectify any odd search results where the original is overlooked.

The Impact Of Content Theft

Since Google places duplicated content further down the page in search results than the original article (in the majority of cases), content theft doesn’t send offenders more traffic than it sends you. Since people tend to click on the first few results, anything lower down is likely to get far less traffic.

Hence, the main concerns of duplicate content are in the form of big sites that have over 100 articles on them, like duplicate copies of the Hubpages website, major news publishers and other such things. Small blogs get minuscule traffic compared to your original hub. But add up all those small bits and you will find that they can take a chunk of your traffic over time, so it is ideal to get rid of them when you can.

If you are planning on a mini career on Hubpages, or planning to write for many years, I would highly recommend putting a routine in place right now, before you grow your work further and it becomes too big to deal with.

What it's like when you personally contact a plagiarist to ask them to please remove your stolen content from their website. You are the one with the leash.
What it's like when you personally contact a plagiarist to ask them to please remove your stolen content from their website. You are the one with the leash.

Step 1: Claim Google Authorship

If you haven’t got it already, and regardless of whether you’re planning an overall best practice routine to combat content theft, claim Google Authorship. To date, Google has been putting a little bit of emphasis on Google Authorship in order to establish whether the publisher is a writer and whether they have a body of work and the original date of publication.

Going forward, I expect Google to be placing more importance on this and to be tightening the “rules” of applying and keeping Authorship (eg it might become more like Adsense), so that it is hard to get and you have to be an original content producer to keep it. I hope that it becomes a benchmark of original content publication on the web!

Currently, it’s easy to get Google Authorship and it requires no maintenance whatsoever. If you haven’t got it, you’re doing yourself a disservice. Don't forget to use a good looking profile picture, in case the author photos come back again into search results.

***UPDATE*** August 31, 2014
Google has announced that it will stop showing Authorship results in Google Search. Google Authorship will soon be discontinued, more news will be added as this progresses. Hence, give Step #1 a miss at this time.

If all authors were to join Google Authorship, they wouldn't be completely alone in the internet Wild West.
If all authors were to join Google Authorship, they wouldn't be completely alone in the internet Wild West.

Step 2: Deal With Existing Copied Content & Set Up Google Alerts

I am going to assume you have a number of hubs already published and that you haven’t delved into finding every single bit of duplicated content yet. In this, the biggest step, you’ll need to track down EVERY existing infringing copy and deal with it in some way, as well as enter hub text into Google Alerts so that you can be alerted immediately when new copies get published online.

Firstly, make a spreadsheet or list called “Google Alerts”, and place all of your existing hub urls in the first column, calling the column “URLs”. Have patience and do this, it makes it easier later. Make a second column for “Duplication Check” and a third column for “Google Alerts”. As you complete the duplication check and alerts, add a “y” into the appropriate columns.

Google Alerts Spreadsheet

URLS
Duplication Check
Google Alerts
(your hub url here)
put a "y" when done
put a "y" when done
(your hub url here)
put a "y" when done
put a "y" when done
(your hub url here)
put a "y" when done
put a "y" when done

You’re probably going to be working on this for a long while (I did 5 hubs a week until it was all done), so sit back, relax, get a coffee, put some music on, and let’s get started.

Although the journey may be a long one, it will all be worth it in the end.
Although the journey may be a long one, it will all be worth it in the end.

Handy Tips

  • For very long webpages, use Control + F on your keyboard and input the original phrase (eg “Cacti thieves are complete idiots who deserve what's coming to them”) and click search to find copied text.
  • If your text is not visible on on a webpage, try right click and “View Page Source”. Then Control + F on your keyboard and input the “Cacti thieves are complete idiots who deserve what's coming to them” into the search box, to see if it comes up in the source code. If it does come up, then you can report to Google Spam.
  • If your text is not in the source code and not on the webpage, then ignore it, as it might be archived in an ancient vault on the site and cannot be accessed by the public easily.

Finding Duplications

Go to the first hub that is listed in your “Google Alerts” spreadsheet and open up the hub on Hubpages. Find a sentence that is specific, original and short (eg “Cacti thieves are complete idiots who deserve what's coming to them”). Do not use a sentence from the first main 200 words of text on the hub, as it will bring up every social share in existence for your hub and will confuse results too much.

Copy and paste the sentence into a Google search box in inverted commas, just like this: “Cacti thieves are complete idiots who deserve what's coming to them”

Up should come a number of websites with copied text bolded in the results. Ignore anything with the Hupages domain or any social media sites such as Pinterest etc. What you are looking for are the other websites that are not just social media shares or Hubpages. When you find one, press Control on your keyboard (PC) and left click the mouse on the main blue link. It will open a new tab or window to examine the offending website.

Note: There are lots of sites out there (like Woorank, for example) devoted to reporting the rankings of your subdomain and they usually have lists of all your titles or URLs and have statistics and graphs on their pages. Don’t worry about these. There are also sites with pages of links and the site may be helping you by backlinking to your hub - don't report these either!

If you see a website with your entire hub text on it OR bits of your hub (with no backlink to your Hubpages subdomain), use one of the reporting methods below to deal with it.

Gear up and get ready to weather some storms on the duplication front.
Gear up and get ready to weather some storms on the duplication front.
You won't be popular among content thieves after reporting them...but who cares?
You won't be popular among content thieves after reporting them...but who cares?

Reporting Duplicate Content

There are many ways to report copyright violation (content theft). I recommend visiting all of the different links in this section and bookmarking them for future reference. The idea behind reporting is to remove potential gains for the thief and to remove the stolen content from their website. Some large community websites have their own pages for reporting, such as Blogger and Wordpress, but non-community websites don’t usually have this feature.

Create a second spreadsheet to keep track of how you have reported offenders. It's a good idea to do this because you might need to check the URLs again at a later date to see if websites have been removed.

Duplication Reporting Spreadsheet

Infringing URL
Hub Copied
Issue
Reporting
(URL of stolen content)
(Hub name)
eg. Whole Hubpages Site Copied
eg. DMCA Takedown
(URL of stolen content)
(Hub name)
eg. Spun Text
eg. Google Spam
(URL of stolen content)
(Hub name)
eg. Copied Hub
eg. Google DMCA

Why Report To Google Spam?

According to Google:

“Google’s search quality team uses spam reports as a basis for further improving the quality of the results that we show you… Spam reports are prioritized by looking at how much visibility a potentially spammy site has in our search results, in order to help us focus on high-impact sites in a timely manner… We generally use spam reports to help improve our algorithms so that we can not only recognize and handle this particular site, but also cover any similar sites. In a few cases, we may additionally choose to immediately remove or otherwise take action on a site.”

Reporting To Google Spam

Use this to report spun article text (nonsense text with a few sentences of your hub thrown in), text in website source code, webpages that appear in search engine results where you can’t see any stolen hub and other stuff that isn’t an entire duplication of your hub.

Install the Chrome web browser and get the Google Spam extension. It will put a little red flag on the top right of the browser. When you find a webpage to report, while on the page, click the red flag. Fill out the Additional Details box with a brief explanation to assist Google employees in determining if the website is a problem or not. If you don’t fill in this box, they’ve got nothing to work with.

Eg. “This website is about sunglasses, yet it has “Cacti thieves are complete idiots who deserve what's coming to them” in its source code.”

It is important with this explanation that you do not mention that it is stolen text or anything like that, as you should do a DMCA if it has significant stolen text. Best to just point out that the website is spammy in some way.

Eg. “This website has spun articles and doesn’t make any sense”.

It can take a long time for Google Spam to be active on the reported websites, but it’s a very fast and effective reporting method for all those thousands of Chanel websites with copied text in their source code. It’s also far easier to report spun articles this way than to bother with chasing DMCAs, especially when they’re small sites getting small amounts of traffic anyway.

Google Spam is a bit of a mystery shack, but it's a lot less work than filing DMCAs for spun text.
Google Spam is a bit of a mystery shack, but it's a lot less work than filing DMCAs for spun text.

Getting Content Thieves Banned From Adsense

Determine if a content thief has Adsense ads on their website. If they do, report them to Adsense (regarding content of website being a violation of Adsense terms and conditions). This will get them banned from Adsense and they won’t be able to make any money from your work. Plus, it will be a hard journey for them to get another Adsense account.

No more cash from the Bank of Adsense!
No more cash from the Bank of Adsense!

Removing The Website From Google With Google DMCA

This is for small blogs that have stolen one hub of yours. They are usually spammy looking and have not bothered copying your images. They don’t have many pages on their website and they may even be in a foreign language. It’s also suitable for forum posts that have a copied hub in them and for sites that have bigger portions of your hub in them with spun article text.

Note: Google DMCA does not remove the website from the internet. It only removes it from Google's search results. Hence, use this method for smaller infringements only, as they will still remain visible in other search engines.

Fill in a Google DMCA form (choose Web Search, then “I have a legal issue that is not mentioned above”, then “I have found content that may violate my copyright”). Fill out the DMCA form in detail.

You can view the progress of your request by visiting your DMCA Removal Dashboard when you are logged in to your Google account (search for "DMCA Removal Dashboard" to find it). DMCA removals usually take a few days and once approved by Google, the infringing website will be automatically removed from search results.

Getting content thieves banned from Adsense is essentially like imprisoning them as they can't earn any money.
Getting content thieves banned from Adsense is essentially like imprisoning them as they can't earn any money.
Smokin' - A DMCA Takedown Notice will put a solid end to any copy of your hub.
Smokin' - A DMCA Takedown Notice will put a solid end to any copy of your hub.

Removing The Website From The Internet With A DMCA Takedown Notice

Use this for reporting copies of your hubs that are likely to get a bit of traffic from your stolen hub. For example, copies of the Hubpages website, sites with lots of articles, ebooks and prominent websites. A DMCA Takedown will remove the website from the internet completely, or will force the webmaster to remove your hub. It also puts an official black mark against the website, as your complaint will be registered against them online in the Chilling Effects project.

Look up the URL of the website on Who Is Hosting This? (using only the main url – eg. http://www.domain.com) and find out who the hosting provider is (not the domain name provider). Search for the name of the hosting company’s website and locate a way to contact them and email them a DMCA Takedown Notice, with your correct details filled in. By law, the hosting company is supposed to get the person to clean up the content, or they remove the website from the internet. I can say it has been 100% effective every time I have used it!

Time to get out the heavy artillery with a DMCA Takedown Notice.
Time to get out the heavy artillery with a DMCA Takedown Notice.

Sample DMCA Takedown Notice

Fill in the capitalized and bolded bits with your details.

Don't you just love leaving little suprises for content thieves?
Don't you just love leaving little suprises for content thieves?

My name is YOUR REAL NAME HERE and I am the original content writer of HUBPAGES SUBDOMAIN URL HERE. A website that your company hosts (according to WHOIS information) is infringing on at least one copyright owned by me.

An article was copied onto your servers without permission. The original article, to which I own the exclusive copyrights, can be found at:

URL OF YOUR HUB HERE

The unauthorized and infringing copy can be found at:

URL OF COPY HERE

This letter is official notification under Section 512(c) of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (”DMCA”), and I seek the removal of the aforementioned infringing material from your servers. I request that you immediately notify the infringer of this notice and inform them of their duty to remove the infringing material immediately, and notify them to cease any further posting of infringing material to your server in the future.

Please also be advised that law requires you, as a service provider, to remove or disable access to the infringing materials upon receiving this notice. Under US law a service provider, such as yourself, enjoys immunity from a copyright lawsuit provided that you act with deliberate speed to investigate and rectify ongoing copyright infringement. If service providers do not investigate and remove or disable the infringing material this immunity is lost. Therefore, in order for you to remain immune from a copyright infringement action you will need to investigate and ultimately remove or otherwise disable the infringing material from your servers with all due speed should the direct infringer, your client, not comply immediately.

I am providing this notice in good faith and with the reasonable belief that rights I own are being infringed. Under penalty of perjury I certify that the information contained in the notification is both true and accurate, and I have the authority to act on behalf of the owner of the copyright(s) involved.

Should you wish to discuss this with me please contact me directly.

Thank you.

YOUR REAL NAME HERE
YOUR ADDRESS HERE
YOUR EMAIL HERE
YOUR PHONE NUMBER HERE

Another demonstration of what a DMCA Takedown Notice can do to people who steal your work. Hint: in this image, they are not people.
Another demonstration of what a DMCA Takedown Notice can do to people who steal your work. Hint: in this image, they are not people.

KEEP GOING: Continue Searching For Duplications To Report

When you have dealt with ALL of the pages of search results returned for your search phrase (eg “Cacti thieves are complete idiots who deserve what's coming to them”), then move on to the next part, which is to enter the same phrase into Google Alerts, as you’ve now checked it, dealt with it and want to be told if anything for this phrase gets published online again.

What To Do When You Receive Google Alerts

When Google emails you an Alert, visit the URL of the offending page. Determine what action is needed and deal with it on the spot using one of the reporting methods above. Then delete the Alert from your email inbox.

Google Alerts is your new best friend when it comes to sniffing out copied content.
Google Alerts is your new best friend when it comes to sniffing out copied content.

Setting Up Google Alerts

Go to Google Alerts and in the box for entering a new alert, put in your phrase (eg. “Cacti thieves are complete idiots who deserve what's coming to them”) with the inverted commas. Click the “Show options” link and set it up the following way:

How often: As-it-happens
Sources: Automatic
Language: (your language)
Region: Any region
How many: All results
Deliver to: (enter your email address here)

Then click “Create Alert”. From now on, Google will send you an email when your phrase in inverted commas is published on a website online, as soon as it happens. This will not catch everyone stealing your content, as it only alerts you to a sentence and lots of people steal just one sentence. But it is guaranteed to catch everyone who ever posts an entire copy or even a significant portion of your hub text. Make sure your phrase is as original or unusual sounding as possible, otherwise you will get too many emails.

Bye bye plagiarists - now we have you under control!
Bye bye plagiarists - now we have you under control!

Finishing Step 2

OK, now that you have completed the reporting and Google Alerts for one phrase (eg. “Cacti thieves are complete idiots who deserve what's coming to them”), it’s time to move on and do the rest of them. I like to pick about four sentences per hub to report and Alert. Then, when I have completed all four sentences, I put a “y” in both columns on my first spreadsheet.

Do all of the hubs on your spreadsheet, then your system is set up! It can take a long time, but you get faster at it as you go and you only have to do this procedure once. Google Alerts will email you whenever any new copies get published.

See you in the Saloon!
See you in the Saloon!

Vote Now!

What would you do to content thieves if you could get your hands on them?

  • I'd draw, quarter and hang them from the nearest tree.
  • I'd banish them to the internet Dead Zone.
  • I'd take their website DOWN!
  • I'd copy their work, if they had any.
  • I'd taxidermy them.
  • Nothing - I've got this now!
See results without voting

Step 3: Protecting New Hubs

Create a short list of things to do before pressing the “Publish” button on a new hub.

Word Documents

I write my hubs in Word documents and transfer them to Hubpages. The reason for this is that if there was ever any doubt as to who is the original owner of the content, I have a time and date stamped file in Word to prove it. When you save a Word document, you can see in the File Properties when the document was created and most people use this as irrevocable legal proof as the date cannot be changed. Just be careful not to save the Word document again after publishing your hub, so you can preserve the original date and time.

Statement Of Copyright

Some people like to put another copyright symbol on their work. I use the built in Hubpages copyright symbol (click Edit Hub, then in the right column, Display Options and Copyright). I also use an image box saying “Do not copy this article” down the bottom of my hubs. I give everyone on Hubpages to copy this box and use it too if they like.

“Save Page As”

Sometimes it takes a lot of work to get a hub looking just right. I like to right click on the page and “Save As” then save as a complete webpage before publishing my hub, so that it automatically saves the hub formatting, the text, captions, images etc into a neat little file. It is also a secondary form of proof, as it is also date and time stamped like the Word file and can be used legally as proof of content ownership. To view it at a later date, you can click on the html file and it will open in your web browser.

Google Alerts

Get four sentences that are further than 200 words into the hub and add them to Google Alerts in inverted commas. This means you’ll be emailed about any copies immediately.

There's no need to fear Wild West internet plagiarists with this routine under your belt!
There's no need to fear Wild West internet plagiarists with this routine under your belt!

Relax & Write!

Now that you’ve cleaned up all of your existing hubs and have a process to protect new hubs, you’ll be able to deal with copyright infringement as it arrives in your inbox - there's no need to hunt down duplications online ever again. Learn the different reporting procedures by heart and use them as you need to. I find it takes about two minutes a day dealing with copyright infringement, though now that lots of people seem to be getting the message, I get Alerted far less than in the beginning. Best of luck!

© 2014 Suzanne Day

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billybuc 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

Good information Suzanne. Honestly, I can't be bothered with the reporting process. I've got bigger fish to fry, and I don't pay much attention to what is happening with my numbers on HP...but I know a lot of people who can benefit from your hub.


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The Examiner-1 2 years ago

This sounded very useful Suzanne. Luckily I have not had to go through this yet and since I may have to read this several times if I do need it, I bookmarked it. Voted up and shared.

Kevin


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MizBejabbers 2 years ago

Wow, thank you. I had no idea how to deal with copied hubs. Now I have to find time to follow your instructions. I used to think that nobody would want mine anyway until a hubber alerted me to a website that had published my hub including my personal photos, everything but my byline. I didn't know what to do about it. Voted up+++


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AudreyHowitt 2 years ago from California

Excellent article on the subject, I just wish it weren't needed!


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ChitrangadaSharan 2 years ago from New Delhi, India

This is a very useful hub with the information I needed the most.

When I saw my first hub on another site, I was very upset, then another, then another. At least five to six of my hubs are copied word by word on different sites, if there are more, I don't know. To my surprise, some of them are in another language. I have filed the complaint as suggested, but they are still there. I got so much fed up that now I don't even see, if there are more hubs copied.

Your article explained some points, which I had no idea about.

Thank you for this very informative hub, is useful to me and will be useful to many.

Voted up and shared on HP!


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Suzanne Day 2 years ago from Melbourne, Victoria, Australia Author

Hi Chitrangada, if a host does not respond to a DMCA Takedown Notice, it might be because they do not have to if they aren't a WIPO (World Intellectual Property Organisation) member. WIPO members should comply or you could dob them into WIPO (and they could potentially lose their WIPO membership). But for hosting sites that do not remove the content, and aren't WIPO, you can do the Adsense banning, followed by the Google DMCA and do some DMCAs through other search engines too, rendering the copies effectively invisible to search engines.


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chakravarthyds 2 years ago from India

Excellent post providing comprehensive information. I am newbie at Hubpages and till now, haven't become a victim to content stealing.

Any how, thanks for the information. It enabled me to be prepared .


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PurvisBobbi44 2 years ago from Florida

Thanks for the great informative hub-it will be very useful to writers on HubPages and other sites.

This is something we all deal with and it is nice to know someone cares enough to write about the sequence in taking care of stolen content.

Thanks,

Bobbi Purvis


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Victoria Baughman 2 years ago from Michigan

Thank you for this information. I just recently started writing hubs and I have seen multiple posts regarding this problem, which was concerning to me. I even thought "wow, maybe I shouldn't be writing on here" and almost deleted my account because of this. Thank you!


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KoffeeKlatch Gals 2 years ago from Sunny Florida

I could not have come across this information at a better time. Thank you so much. Awesome and up.


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mary615 2 years ago from Florida

You sure did your homework on this Hub: thanks! I have claimed authorship on my Hubs, and I have Google Alerts. I like the alert, but one of my most popular Hubs is also a popular topic for other articles on the internet. So everyday I get alerts about that topic in my email. So I have to go and check it out.

Voted UP, etc. and shared.


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Suzanne Day 2 years ago from Melbourne, Victoria, Australia Author

Hi Mary615, you need to remove the popular one from Alerts and pick a sentence that is not used a lot, but from the popular hub. Then you won't get emailed every day.


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mary615 2 years ago from Florida

Thanks for that suggestion! I will do that.


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randomcreative 2 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin

You've covered everything! Thanks for the awesome resource.


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DrMark1961 2 years ago from The Beach of Brazil

Very helpful, thank you. I have been meaning to get to some copied articles for some time and your hub helped me do it.

I do have a question with your "Claim Google Authorship" section. I prefer to use a pen name since my real name is very difficult to pronounce for English speakers. Is Google Authorship only available for those who do not use a pen name?


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Suzanne Day 2 years ago from Melbourne, Victoria, Australia Author

To be honest, I don't know. But try signing up for a Google account with your pen name and see what happens....


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Colleen Swan 2 years ago from County Durham

Thank you Suzanne for some great info. I have used G scraper report in the past for my websites, and it was successful. Recently G Alerts seems not to always work


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Suzanne Day 2 years ago from Melbourne, Victoria, Australia Author

Hi Colleen, what do you mean about Alerts not working? I haven't come across it.....please tell!


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Colleen Swan 2 years ago from County Durham

I will check my settings, but it seems that I am not receiving any alerts from G. I wonder if one needs to update our alerts after a time period.


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Suzanne Day 2 years ago from Melbourne, Victoria, Australia Author

I wouldn't have thought so. I received a lot of Alerts when first doing the main list for all my hubs, then they died off after dealing and reporting issues. I still get them occasionally, but not as much as I used to. I think it is because there are no new copies coming online. When you first publish them, there's lots of action, then a year on, it would be rare to be Alerted, but it does happen. As far as I can tell, Alerts is working just fine! Make sure your settings are correct as specified in the above hub though, to get ALL results etc.


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Jodah 2 years ago from Queensland Australia

Fantastic hub Suzanne. You answered a lot of questions I had. Thanks for the in depth and wise info. Voted up.


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FlourishAnyway 2 years ago from USA

Terrific, Suzanne. I could just hug you. Voted way up and sharing!


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DzyMsLizzy 2 years ago from Oakley, CA

Most Interesting! But--UGH!! I've been here 4 years, and have nearly 300 Hubs at this point. I've only been dealing with this as the dreaded "c" appears in my list of published hubs. It would take me a month of Sundays to go through this process. :(

Also--SOMETIMES I write/have written first in a Word document, but often, I just compose right in the Hub Pages capsules. Hub Pages dates the original publication date, as well as the date of any edits, so it seems to me this would be sufficient proof of original authorship date, would it not?

Voted up, useful and interesting. Bookmarked to read again later and check out the links when I'm back at my desktop.


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Kathleen Odenthal 2 years ago from Bayonne, New Jersey

what an excellent hub!


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JayeWisdom 2 years ago from Deep South, USA

Suzanne - This is a tremendously informative hub, and I thank you for it from the bottom of my heart! I've been spending too much time lately 'fighting' content thieves, and your system/recommendations should help me.

Since I've seen the Internet referred to a lot as 'the Wild West', your photo theme is terrific and made me smile many times (even as I wish a bad case of itchy hives on every content burglar).

Rated Up/Useful/Awesome/Interesting and Shared

THANKS!

Jaye


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Suzanne Day 2 years ago from Melbourne, Victoria, Australia Author

Hi Lizzy, it could take awhile with that many hubs! As I said, just do 5 a week or something until finished. It's guaranteed peace of mind. The reason I use Word docs is that sometimes you might put a capsule in Hubpages, only to have it play up and not be able to save something. Word is a good backup for that. However, any date and time stamped files are legally OK.


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Suzanne Day 2 years ago from Melbourne, Victoria, Australia Author

PS - Thank you to everyone for your kind comments! JayeWisdom, yes I had fun with the Wild West pictures and captions for this one ;)


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Melissa Knight 2 years ago from Murfreesboro, TN

This was wonderful information! I know that I always try to give sources credit and cannot stand when others do not so the same. There is nothing more frustrating than having others willingly stealing your content!

Thank you so much for this!


DyannJoyce 2 years ago

Thanks what a great article. I am new so it really helps to be able to read things like this!


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Glenn Stok 2 years ago from Long Island, NY

I noticed that whenever I find a stolen copy of any of my hubs, it always is further down in the SERPs, below my original. I have Google Authorship on all my articles, so maybe that is helping.

Your hub is very complete and useful Suzanne. Great job.


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Susan Recipes 2 years ago from India

Thanks Suzanne for sharing this very useful hub. I had no idea regarding this. Voted up and useful.


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DDE 2 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

Suzanne you have accomplished a very interesting and an informative hub. A great idea to stick by for all writers.


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Suzanne Day 2 years ago from Melbourne, Victoria, Australia Author

Thanks to all for your compliments! I hope this helps many new Squidoo transferees too in their quest to publish on Hubpages and deal with stolen content in a timely manner.


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Arachnea 2 years ago from Texas USA

This is very informative. Though I've not had this problem here, I'm too new. Nor at my old location on Squidoo, I've always wondered what to do if I become a victim of content theft.


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Stacie L 2 years ago

You have done your homework and made it easy to find and report stolen articles. I have been dealing with thieves for some time and it's so tedious but it has to be done.Clickbank is especially difficult to deal with.

I bookmarked this for further reference. thumbs up!


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VioletteRose 2 years ago from Chicago

Very helpful, thanks so much for sharing. I have actually never thought of this before, until one of my hubs is found to be copied to another website.


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Dahlia Flower 2 years ago from Canada

Wow. Thanks for all of this information. I have never searched for stolen content of my hubs. It's not such a big deal with this account, but with another account of mine, I should have thought to do so. Sharing.


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sallybea 2 years ago from Norfolk

Suzanne

Very useful - thank you so much. I have bookmarked this one so I can come back to it when I am ready. I am still dealing with about six stolen hubs at the moment - it certainly can be tedious.


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PegCole17 2 years ago from Dallas, Texas

This is great information with carefully detailed solutions to this ongoing issue. You've provided some tips that I didn't know about and I'll be reviewing this hub again and taking action. I love your Wild West theme to go with the text. Thanks so much. Sharing this.


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ajayshah2005 2 years ago from Mid Asia

Great hub and useful information. Thanks for sharing.


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vespawoolf 2 years ago from Peru, South America

This is such a problem these days! I do fill out DMCA forms, but I find that most of my copied content is done by small websites from other countries. Still, it´s irritating and may affect traffic. Thank you for sharing this wealth of information.


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Peggy W 19 months ago from Houston, Texas

I wish I had known about Google alerts years ago! I spend so much time trying to track down content thieves and am sometimes successful and other times not. I did not know about Google Spam or how to report that. Thank you so much for writing this! Up votes and sharing, pinning, tweeting, etc.


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colorfulone 18 months ago from Minnesota

Suzanne, thank you for steering me to this article, it has lots of good tips. I bookmarked this on G+ to reference later when I have time to work on some of these steps.


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MarleneB 17 months ago from Northern California, USA

This is all such wonderful information. I didn't realize how much could be done to deal with content thieves. I use to spend a great deal of time with these people and it became overwhelming, so I stopped. But, I do like your idea of reporting them to AdSense. That would be hitting the thieves where it matters most - their pockets. Thank you for such an informative hub.


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liesl5858 17 months ago from United Kingdom

Thank you Suzanne Day for your interesting and useful hub about copied content. I must admit, I saw someone copied some of my hubs and have written it in another language which I can't understand but I can see the title and my username on it. I will definitely follow your advice and get Google Authorship. Thanks once again, voted and shared.


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nicomp 17 months ago from Ohio, USA

The Scraper Report is problematic because search results are customized to geographic location, cookies, and other factors. Google cannot necessarily reproduce the conditions and therefore cannot rectify the issue.


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Suzanne Day 17 months ago from Melbourne, Victoria, Australia Author

Hi lies,

Google Authorship is out of date and out of print now. You can report the issue to Google DMCA or the website host.


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nicomp 17 months ago from Ohio, USA

I published a hub that was scraped and copied onto an offshore server. Everything was ripped off including the images.

The site did not publish Google ads so Google didn't care. Sadly, the pirated content rated higher in a Google search than my original work. There was no contact link on the site and the domain owner was blocked.


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Suzanne Day 17 months ago from Melbourne, Victoria, Australia Author

Can you report it here? https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1Pw1KVOVRyr4a7ezj_...

Google are very interested to know if scraped content ranks higher than the original...


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Duane Townsend 16 months ago from Detroit

Outstanding information here! Thank you Suzanne...


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MBurgess 12 months ago from Las Vegas, Nevada

Suzanne, this is a very thorough run down and an excellent explanation on a growing issue. I have one Hub that I've had removed once by the site administrator and the author blatantly reposted it two months later. I need to study your advice here. I'm taking this one to the ring! Thank you for sharing all of these helpful details.


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kalinin1158 11 months ago from California

I might have to "steal" your "do not copy" box Suzanne! I had a recent brush with Internet theft and I was a little overwhelmed by the extent of it. It's a lot of work to protect your work! But you make a good point that even "small" blogs that rank lower than you take some of your traffic, and it adds up, especially for those writers who have fewer than 100 pages of content. Thanks for the great guide!

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