When I hub hop I like to take hubs that look fishy and check to see if they are copied content. This week I have found 8 hubs that were in whole or part copied directly from another page. Anyone have me beat?
This week! I flag that number in one session sometimes, in addition to loads of spun garbage.
How do you tell if they are copied from another page? Are you running them through a Copyscape-like program?
No, I took paul's suggestion for checking for copied content. I take a portion of the text and copy it in to Google with " " around it. I don't know if this is the best way, but it works.
Sometimes there are no results, say the hub hasn't been indexed. Other times just the hub comes up. Sometimes other sites will come up, so I check the link to see how much is copied.
If it is just someone using quotes and linking to it I don't flag, but if it is obviously plagiarized or copied I flag it.
It sounds like a lot of time to invest, especially considering Hubpages has its own internal system for checking copied content. Are you getting paid to do this?
No. I flag for other reasons too. It is time to invest; however, it is to everyone benefit that hubpages have a good reputation. That is why hubpages has rules, people who are here to "game" the system hurt all of us. So, I take the time to try flag hubs.
Yes they do have their own system, but I have seen hubs slip past it, so it doesnt hurt to help.
At hubpages we have to look out for each other.
How do you know if it was the hubber that copied or the other site?
Be careful to look at the dates. I run another blog and I have caught people copying my content and posting it on other sites under their own names. Most of the sites are Korean or Chinese forums translated into other languages. Check the dates and see who posted first before you go flagging, just in case it's the other way around. Just a suggestion.
Yeah, like I said, I don't flag copied hubs from actually hubbers. I message them privately. That way they can file a claim. The ones I flag are usually brand new accounts with 1 or 2 hubs. The old user, was pretty obviously a promotional hub, breaking rules and somehow getting away with it. There were other rule breaking going there.
I would hope that, if someone noticed my hubs content was on another site, they would have the courtesy to let me know, too. It isn't hard to tell who is active and really here to add to the community, and who is here to game it.
Good grief. Are these copied Hubs turning up here at HP or elsewhere? And thanks for going to the trouble to research the matter, Bedbugabscond!
Almost all of the ones I have flagged is a person with no image who has only a few hubs. I did find one person who was here for 3 years who had TONS of copied hubs.
So, it is hard to tell which way they are going. If I find a copied hub of an active user I tend to contact the user instead of flagging.
Well thank goodness you're taking time to do this. If a 3-year hubber with tons of pages has a bunch of duplicate content, it doesn't sound like HP's system is working properly. In three years you would think the dupes would have been found by now.
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