Stolen Hubs Pandas Penguins And Disappointments Will Not Stop Tirelesstraveler.

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When the mayor of Baltimore says we have to protect First Amendment rights, we have to protect protesters from cars ..." We gave them space to destroy as well..." is it any wonder the internet is rife with thieves who have no regard for an authors hard work. If you watch the video there is no emotion or surprise from anyone when the mayor gave equal rights to people who wanted to protest peacefully and those who sought to destroy.

Tirelesstraveler will follow those who seek lawlessness until she works to gets respect for those who work hard and create. Tireless will not give in to those who seek to destroy her spirit, discourage her from writing and steal her profits.

Tireless will not give in to those who seek to destroy her spirit, discourage her from writing and steal her profits.

Heads will roll if I get my hands on the theives.
Heads will roll if I get my hands on the theives. | Source

Frustration Or Anger

You can take your pick of emotions surrounding hub thefts. My personal emotions have been frustration as thieves get more sophisticated and harder to thwart. Then anger when people who need the income are hurt by scoundrels. Perhaps they need need money too. My thinking is they are greedy low lifes.

The last round of thefts included a hub that was written by a friend in terrible anguish over the death of a family member. What kind of person would steal a hub like that. Someone who notices the value of key words in a hub title? It appears most hubs stolen were used for search engine optimization. Mine certainly were.

The emotion of anger is burying me. Well it was for a little bit. The writing I do on Hub Pages is because I have experienced cancer and am becoming somewhat of an expert on living with it after nearly twenty years. People need to know some of the valuable things I have learned. Stealing my hub to draw attention to a gaming website is wrong.

Tireless will not give in to those who seek to destroy her spirit, discourage her from writing and steal her profits.

Panda Havock

Shortly after Tireless Traveler began her trek on Hub Pages Panda rolled out and caused havoc This was a change in the algorithm that Google uses to rate websites. The purpose of the Panda was to improve the quality of writing on internet sites. Since, Tireless was new to the whole world of Search Engine Optimization (SEO) she didn't understand or feel it's effects as greatly as seasoned Hubbers with numerous hubs. A hub by Writer Fox gives a complete explanation of Panda and updates that followed . There were forums exploding as Panda created havoc all over the internet. Nobody seemed to know what was acceptable and what wasn't. Tireless was so busy trying to learn how to write she didn't notice much of the havoc.

Tireless was beginning to understand Hub Pages and SEO when the Penguin was announced about a year later.

Send in those penguins I will take care of them. What's a penguin anyway?
Send in those penguins I will take care of them. What's a penguin anyway? | Source

Penguin

'Penquin was another algorithm change by Google. Tireless was about to receive her first payout when,

Kapow!

Penguin hit and earnings took a dive. Penquin was searching for advertising not complying with Google policies. In other words writers who were loading their articles with excessive keywords, advertisements and links that didn't actually pertain to the subject of the article. This algorithm was attempting to identify whether sites were actually content rich or if they were native advertisements. Native advertisements are stories appearing to be informative articles when actually they are advertisments. You see articles like this in newspapers and at the end of them it tells you the name of the drug company or real estate company. The point of Penguin was force writers to match links to other sites that enrich and enhance article rather than for the sole purpose of increasing traffic to a particular website. Penguin's goal was also to shut down sites selling backlinks and sites loaded with advertising links. Writer Fox also had a hub that concisely explains Penguin.

Tireless spent time reworking hubs to match Hub Pages policy because the staff adjusted to make H.P penguin friendly. The set back in earnings was devastating. Sometimes it is laughable what will devastate a person. It was more a matter of pride for Tireless she had never had a payout, but was so close. If only she could get a payout she could prove to the world she was worthy. This shows that emotions are silly sometimes.

Tireless continued on, gradually earnings began to improve again. This was not true for all Hubbers. Penguin was designed to eliminate ad spammers. Google made it clear after violations were remove certain sites would not recover.

Tireless was recovering when she noticed her most viewed hub dropping lower and lower in hub score and views. About that time forums were showing up about stolen hubs.

Tireless will not give in to those who seek to destroy her spirit, discourage her from writing and steal her profits.

Stolen Hubs

It was late one Sunday night when TT took the advice of knowledgeable hubbers. Tireless copies a paragraph into the google search bar. To her surprise there was another site that sported her exact text. At first she was flattered someone would think her writing was worth copying. That didn't last long. Anger set in again and vengeance was sought. A search of Hub Pages for ways to file a DMAC was made and the information found.. This is a complaint under the Digital Millennium Copyright Act. The complaint was easy to file. A few days later the offending website no longer could be found and the hub recovered.

Tireless Traveler went on to write many more hubs and received payouts not often but every couple of months. Until...

Monkeying around the internet is serious business.
Monkeying around the internet is serious business. | Source

More Serious Thefts

February of 2014 forums began to show up about a hubber who who had copied many, many hubs onto his own site. Tireless was furious as hub after hub of colleagues show up on the list. The original hubber was shut down swiftly by H.P. and tireless thought all was well. When the stolen hubs began to show up outside of H.P. everything got complicated.

Tireless changed the title of the one of the stolen hubs some time ago. When the list of stolen hubs showed on on a forum she didn't notice her hub was on the list. As hub statistics began dropping she thought nothing of one point, but by four it was time to do something. Fellow hubber Wilderness had written a hub about getting copies and duplicate materials removed from websites. Tireless was the first to comment with a, "Good Information" on a valuable hub. Later when she found her stolen hub in five places, in 4 different languages Tireless fled to Wilderness for advice. To make matters worse none of the urls were legitimate and so Google couldn't do anything. After pouring over and over Wilderness's hub Tireless finally closed the computer in despair. This was too complicated. Tireless almost gave up writing completely. For a couple of days the complexity of the situation paralyzed Tireless. A couple of weeks went by and Tireless finally made another attempt to get her duplicate material removed again. Following Wilderness's direction she was able to proceed in the process. First the ip addresses of a couple of the suspect websites were located. A complaint to RIPE, The Réseaux IP Européens Network Coordination Centre (RIPE NCC) which issues ip addresses to host websites and manages complaints. The first complaint was promptly acknowledged and followed by a request for more information to clarify the complaint. RIPE again requested more information. Finally TT felt confident that progress was being made.

Tireless sent another correspondence, the 5th correspondence to RIPE stating exactly what policy she thought had been violated. They will not do anything about copyrighted material. Finally, Tireless found a policy which seemed to fit. RIPE requires all its host to have an Abuse Manager. The policy she sited was, "Bogus Abuse Manager" information. Unless you can find information to send complaints to it is impossible to do anything to have your information removed. This is especially true when your information is on a foreign language site. Which is the reason TT has went to RIPE.

Those turkeys have no good intent for my stolen content.
Those turkeys have no good intent for my stolen content. | Source

SEO

It appears the stolen hub was not stolen completely. The material on one of the sites has nothing to do with the content of the site it lead too. At least two sites appear to lead to gaming sites.

TT believes this hub is being used for SEO (search engine optimization) purposes only. If this is the case it is of the most insulting theft imaginable.

Tireless will not give in to those who seek to destroy her spirit, discourage her from writing and steal her profits.

Will you go up the stairs to another level of freedom and joy or will you go down the stairs to despair?  Good friends lead you up.
Will you go up the stairs to another level of freedom and joy or will you go down the stairs to despair? Good friends lead you up. | Source

Despair Nearly Won

When despair was about to win out Audrey Howitt published a wonderful little poem on how the small things of life give us strength. Recently TT heard a speaker at a conference say it is the little moments of life that outweigh the big things. Don't miss the little moments. If you only look toward big events and miss the tiny things in life, like the sweet smile of a baby or the fragrance of a rose in spring you bolox the big events. Why you ask? Because the big event will never meet your expectations unless you enjoy the moments that got you there.

In the grand scale of things Tireless Traveler can still type, think and talk. There is joy in her life that has nothing to do with the pettiness of internet thieves. T.T. has recovered from stolen hubs, Panda, and Goggle. She is not going to circum to more complicated thefts just because they are more complicated. Today is a good day to learn something new.

If you think about it, filing a complaint with an international organization like RIPE it sounds intriguing. Espionage adventure sounds like a plot for a story.

Friends, and I know there are many dealing with internet theft, don't give up rather thrive in the moment. The best way to get even by writing more and better quality articles.

You are more noble and honorable than any thief. Emotions might give you the idea for your next hub. Keep them balanced even when your hubs are stolen and you have no idea what penguins and pandas have to do with computers. Computers can get a little zooey.

Tireless will not give in to those who seek to destroy her spirit, discourage her from writing and steal her profits.

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billybuc 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

I just write. That's what I do. I leave the pandas and penguins for someone else to worry about. I just write.

Very nice of you to highlights Audrey. She is special.


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tirelesstraveler 2 years ago from California Author

Bill it's people like you and Audrey who keep me balanced. I only worry about wild animals when priorities are skewed.


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The Examiner-1 2 years ago

This has been very informative with useful information which I will try to remember if I ever go through what you did. I voted it up and pinned it.

Kevin


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tirelesstraveler 2 years ago from California Author

Kevin, thanks for the pin and vote. It's still not over, but at least my perspective is better. Love to write, and love learning all the stuff I learn on H.P. Normally blow off the small stuff, but when it messes with people who can least afford it I get so angry. The list of stolen hubs was so long and I know at least one of them was stolen when the author was in terrible pain. :) Judy


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AliciaC 2 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

Thanks for creating this hub, tirelesstraveler. It's very upsetting when an article is copied, especially if efforts to get the copy removed fail. I admire your determination to continue to write and to overcome despair.


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tirelesstraveler 2 years ago from California Author

AliciaC, I was revising this hub when you visited. You should come visit again. I added some humor. If thieves think they can bully us they will. I refuse to let them get me down. I will retaliate with more and better writing.


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MsDora 2 years ago from The Caribbean

Great information and insight into the various tools of theft. I appreciate the article especially because of the awareness which I never had before. Thank you for sharing your victorious attitude. Voted Up and More.


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The Examiner-1 2 years ago

Judy,

I noticed that the stolen Hubs seemed to be in the field of health, exercise, economy area.

Kevin


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tirelesstraveler 2 years ago from California Author

Kevin,

Most of the hubs were indeed in those area's and very well viewed.

I am learning more about the worldwide net than I ever expected. I got another letter from RIPE last night. They provided me with the address of an abuse manager with a request to be notified if I get a failure notice. This is getting kind of interesting in a warped sort of way.

Judy


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Barbara Kay 2 years ago from USA

I've gone through all the things you are talking about. I have been thinking about starting a new hub account and leaving what I have at the old one. I do make decent money there, but most of it isn't from Google anymore, but links in other places.

Starting fresh sounds good to me. Maybe it will take awhile for the thieves to find me that way.


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Writer Fox 2 years ago from the wadi near the little river

I'm sorry that you have had such a bad experience with content theft. I have, too. At least we do have the ability now to file DMCA notices and have the content removed.


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tirelesstraveler 2 years ago from California Author

Ms Dora- Thank you so much.

Writer Fox- I would be delighted if a DMAC would work. I have some luck with the German sites, I know a tiny bit of German, but the Chinese sites don't even make sense in Google translation . RIPE is prompt at telling me what they can not do. I found writing strong hubs is decreasing effects of the thefts.

Was delighted to find your hubs on Panda and Penguin.


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Eiddwen 2 years ago from Wales

A very interesting read;voted up and shared. Wishing you a wonderful day and thanks for this gem.

Eddy.


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tirelesstraveler 2 years ago from California Author

Eiddwen. Nice to see you.


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diogenes 2 years ago from UK and Mexico

My slant on this is that I wrote maybe 6,000 articles over 20 years for various newspapers and mags, etc. , maybe more. Once a paper was read it was chucked or lined the budgie cage, I couldn't care less who clipped or used my articles. I feel the same over HP hubs and I think many tend to attach too much importance to the 1000 words or so they churn out. I see some 5 of my HP articles have been plagiarised, but, hey, they're not Shakespeare's sonnets and it affects little any income I get...I have enough to burden my poor old mind without caring about anyone who finds lasting value in my trite words.

Bob


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tirelesstraveler 2 years ago from California Author

Bob,

I like the way you think. Have been taking myself much too seriously.

:)

Judy


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Sherry Hewins 2 years ago from Sierra Foothills, CA

This is an issue most of us who write on the Internet must confront. It matters not what we write, it's easier for someone to take our words than to write their own. The first time it happened I was pretty rattled, but now I just take it in stride.


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tirelesstraveler 2 years ago from California Author

Sherry,

I am becoming immune.

Thanks for stopping by.


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DDE 2 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

Awesome Hub! You have included such lovely photos and and created a useful and informative hub.


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tirelesstraveler 2 years ago from California Author

DDE thank you. The hub was more fun with the pictures.


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Brett.Tesol 2 years ago from Somewhere in Asia

Interesting. It is a big problem now. SEO programs scrape content for links. Thankfully, I think the days of link building are nearing an end. But, it will take many a long time to stop trying to cheat and just do things properly.

In my copyright, I advise of a daily fee for any copied content. I would chase removal, but I would also invoice them too. That said, sometimes there really isn't much you can do, as many countries don't have the same laws.


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ChitrangadaSharan 2 years ago from New Delhi, India

What an amazing hub! Very nicely presented, perhaps representing sentiments of many hubbers. I think, stolen hubs is a reality of Online writing and is unavoidable.

My hubs were also stolen and I was very upset. But its best not to care and continue writing with more determination.

Thanks for motivation!


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tirelesstraveler 2 years ago from California Author

ChitrangadaSharan, You are correct. I wish I could get to the point that I am not angry about it.


Ari VK 2 years ago

I'm still trying to figure this all out and you are aiding me along the way! Thanks!


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Express10 2 years ago from East Coast

I have had my hubs stolen too. It is very easy to get angry, I wish it were as easy not to. It is a violation that has emotional and financial impact and the thieves remain nameless and faceless to us. What cowards they are. I am happy you did not let disappointment stop you from writing.


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tirelesstraveler 2 years ago from California Author

Express10, Thank you for reminding me of this. I just noticed my best selling hub has been stolen for the 5th time and I don't have time to go chasing bandits.

You won't be hearing from me for awhile, but when I get home from my Alaskan Adventure there should be plenty to write about. Don't know how I am going to survive 3 weeks without my keyboard.


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tirelesstraveler 2 years ago from California Author

Brett, Love the warning you put with your copyright. Good idea.


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RonElFran 2 years ago from Mechanicsburg, PA

Having your content stolen can be immensely frustrating. And you're right that the thieves are becoming very sophisticated in protecting themselves from DMCA takedowns. I have several articles that are being offered by thieves as downloadable PDF files. But if you go to the site that shows up in search, you have to put in your name and email to actually see anything. DMCA complaints to Google are thwarted because the Google complaint handlers don't see the offending content on the site. Yet because the thief uses multiple urls, there can be dozens of search results competing with me for my own content. Frustrating!


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tirelesstraveler 2 years ago from California Author

Hi, Ron ElFran- I have been gone most of the summer, and the times I have managed to get online I have watched my best earning hub dwindle to almost nothing. Indeed frustrating. Will let you know if I figure our some resolution.


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ubanichijioke 2 years ago from Lagos

The narrative method you used here made this piece very interesting. Internet thieves do not care what difficulties you passed before penning an article. It is so unfair and wicked to steal a work that isn't yours. But in all I am happy you could end with this line "Friends, and I know there are many dealing with internet theft, don't give up rather thrive in the moment. The best way to get even by writing more and better quality articles"

Well done and keep writing.


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bdegiulio 2 years ago from Massachusetts

Right now I have seven hubs that have been copied. There were more but I managed to get a few removed. It has proven so frustrating that I have simply accepted this as the price of writing on-line. As for the Panda and Penguin Google updates, I just keep writing and try to modify hubs as best I can to conform to whatever. I share your frustration :)


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tirelesstraveler 2 years ago from California Author

bdegiulio- Traveling all summer reduced the frustration of seeing those darn alerts on so many hubs. My best hub dropped so far whoever was stealing it dropped the hub. I am about to edit it and wonder if it will rebound and become a target again.

ubanichijioke- so true. The best revenge is to better ones writing. Thanks for stopping by.


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aesta1 22 months ago from Ontario, Canada

TT, you just expressed for me my recent frustration. I found it difficult to report the infringement because the site has taken my pictures and snippets of my hub and that of others and just mixed them all up. The title is quoted as well as Hubpages but the link goes somewhere else. Thank you for seeing this in a much bigger perspective. I will just keep on.


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tirelesstraveler 22 months ago from California Author

aesta1, keep up your good work. We will figure this out somehow.


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maggs224 21 months ago from Sunny Spain

I have had a few hubs stolen, one was just copied and pasted by a man and passed off as his own work. I found it amusing that he had not change parts where it was obviously written by a female lol...

The guy never acknowledge any of my communications nor did the site that hosted his/and my work.

I got enjoyment reading the comments left on the piece he had stolen from me, as I knew the praise was mine even though the name given as the author was not. I even left a comment hoping that the man would reply but he never did. However the next person to comment after me really gave the man a telling off for stealing my work.

I must admit I find it hard to get worked up about it, I am pleased if people enjoy what I write even if I don't get the credit for it.

My HubPage earnings are so small that I can't see how these thefts can really make very much difference to my payouts, the algorythms did me far more harm than the thieves.


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Keisha Hunter 18 months ago from Paradise and then some

Thanks for sharing. Funny enough, while i would check my work on another site, i have never checked it here on HP. I will do that later.

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