Traffic on one of my hubs has disappeared - it may or may not be because I've just found it copied here:
http:// www. travelingandplaces. com
I'm pretty sure that most of the rest of the content on the site is copied from HubPages.
Let the DMCA complaints begin...
I'm so sorry that happened, Judi Bee! Props for keeping an eye on your work!
Judi, I can't make your URL work. Should it be travvelingplaces, without the "and" in the middle? Was going to look for my few travel hubs, but google can't find the one you're giving.
*edit* Nevermind - I found my error.
I found another site like this just yesterday, blatantly copying thousands of hubs - even in a lot of cases including the author's copyright statement right in the article!!
The site appears to be hosted in China as was the one I am dealing with, so keep in mind that DMCA complaints directly to the site owner or even hosting company will likely be ignored. Hopefully, however, notifying Google, Bing, and Yahoo directly of the violations will help keep the site out of the searches and render it useless.
It wouldn't hurt to also report the copyright violation to Adsense, since running Adsense ads on a site which violates another's copyright is against the Terms of Service. Let them know that you have reported the violation to Google already, so that they can reference that info if they need it. Even if you are unable to get the site or your content actually taken down, it will become worthless to the owner and probably get him or her banned from Adsense... which is the whole reason they are probably stealing content in the first place!
Good luck. Sorry this is such a rampant issue these days...
One hub was irritating - I'm now up to 12 of my hubs on his site.
The site has a bunch of my hubs, too. I tried leaving comments, but none of the capchas would work. I also sent an email, but it was returned as undeliverable.
Here is a suggestion that may help. Years ago I had my blog scraped on a daily basis from a site in Russia that was scraping hundreds of blogs on blogger. Long story short, not only filed a report with Google, I contacted Go Daddy which held the domain and since they were scraping my content, I wrote a blog post describing what they were doing and listing all of the information I had on them in my post. The next day, that post was on their site, word for word. Those scraping sites are obviously automated so no one even looks at the post. What it did, though was alert anyone who was reading posts on their site that they were stealing content.
How are you all finding your content originally? Do My laptop is dead!!! I can't get my paper....you google your hub titles to see if anyone is posting your content?
Copy a sentence from your hub and copy it into the Google search bar inside quotes - if you're lucky only your hub will be returned in the search - if not, you've found a content thief.
I tend to look at hubs that have previously had steady traffic and then go into a sudden decline - I know lots of people say that Google ignores a copy and doesn't penalise the original, but my experience suggests otherwise - it may be a series of coincidences, but that's how I decide which hubs to check.
Sorry, looks like I pasted a text about my laptop in the middle.....commenting from my phone.
Sorry to hear that, Judi! Hope you can get some resolution on this.
Thanks for the heads up, Judi!
So far I've found on of my travel hubs copied on this site. Still looking for more. The site seems to be all copied hubs, from what I've seen so far.
This is part of the family of sites that was mentioned a few days ago. They've set up theme-related sites & it appears they are going for Amazon money.
If someone had a lot of time to waste and money to spare, we could mess with them by buying Amazon stuff and canceling the orders. Just kidding. However, Amazon might want to know they're using stolen content.
I've now found more than 20 of my hubs on these sites and I anticipate that on the latest site I'm going to have around 10 more.
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