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Site copying hubs about hotels

  1. innerspin profile image86
    innerspinposted 3 years ago

    Yet another copier out there. I just found my latest hub copied at myfirstbloghotel dot blogspot dot co dot uk. Word for word copy with 15 of my photos in the sculpture gardens (with innerspin as the source,) They have dated it 18th June, which was before I published my hub, indeed before I'd visited the hotel! It must have been stolen quickly because I've changed the order of the pics since.

    I'm sure other hubs are on the site because one has H.O.W. in the title and mentions billybuc. I'm filing a complaint, and urge anyone who has written about hotels to check their work.

    1. Judi Bee profile image87
      Judi Beeposted 3 years ago in reply to this

      Thanks for the heads up Innerspin - three of mine are copied on that site.

    2. Old Poolman profile image82
      Old Poolmanposted 3 years ago in reply to this

      And the next thing will be Hub Pages will ding you for using copied content.  It happened to me and my hub was published long before someone copied the entire hub and published it on their blog.
      You do need to report this to Hub Pages ASAP to protect yourself.

    3. Faith Reaper profile image87
      Faith Reaperposted 3 years ago in reply to this

      Yes, one of my H.O.W. hubs, which is actually about the homeless is on this list, but the title does have the word Hotel in it!  Plus I did link billybuc's H.O.W. hubs too.

  2. Judi Bee profile image87
    Judi Beeposted 3 years ago

    Had a quick look through the site and I would say that it is wholly made up of hubs.  Here's a list:

    Top 5 Luxury Hotels in NYC
    Where to Find Discount Hotels Online - A Travel In...
    L'Fisher Chalet Hotel in Bacolod - Rates, Review a...
    Sampran Riverside Thailand - Hotel Review
    ArtOMat Vending Machines In The Cosmopolitan Hotel...
    Underwater Hotels An Unforgettable Experience Deep...
    Pod Hotels - Modern Money Saving Accommodations
    "The Shining" Hotel Location
    Gay Resorts In Mexico, Gay Vacation Packages, Chea...
    Best Hotels in London with Awe-Inspiring Views
    How To Increase Hotel Revenues - From A to Zehnder...
    Sentosa Hotels: Singapore Luxury
    Hotel City: Cheats, Tricks, and Tips
    Banff Springs Hotel:Castle of the Rockies
    Free Habbo Hotel Credits - How it Works
    The Haunted Menger Hotel In San Antonio, Texas
    Agoda.com Hotel Reservation Company Review
    Cheap Hong Kong Tour Packages Disneyland, Cheap Fl...
    Celebrity Hotels - Famous Hotels to Watch Celebrit...
    My Emily Morgan Hotel Experience
    Palm Beach Hotel Benidorm
    Last Minute Hotels Deals In Bangkok
    A Guide to Cooking Food in Hotel Rooms - Microwave...
    If you visit Las Vegas with kids, stop by the free...
    Is The Titanic Exhibit At The Luxor Hotel In Las V...
    Sunlite Shinjuku Hotel Review in Tokyo
    Paros. Hotels, apartments, activities and restaura...
    New Facebook Games - Hotel City
    Short Time Hotels
    Hilton Hotels Job Application Passport To A Great ...
    How I saved 70% on my hotel cost while on vacation...
    Meeting Rooms, Seminar Rooms Package at Hotels in ...
    H.O.W. Dreaming Is Free The Million Dollar Hotel
    Disneyland Hotels
    How To Set Power Up Input Default to AV rather tha...
    Antarctica Hotels - Best Accommodation For Antarct...
    The Weirdest Hotels in the World
    City Lodge Sukhumvit 19 Bangkok Hotel Review, Thai...
    A visit to Broomhill Art Hotel's fabulous sculptur...
    Inexpensive hotels in Paris
    Fusion Suites Hotel Review in Bangkok, Thailand
    Exposed: Hotel Cleaning Procedures
    Murder of Elisa Lam at Cecil Hotel Raises Concerns...
    Reviews of the Best Hotel Reservation Agencies for...
    The Jekyll Island Club Hotel : History, Photos, an...
    John Wayne Airport (SNA) - Directions, Shuttle, Ca...
    The Haunted Don Cesar Hotel in St. Petersburg, Flo...
    The Paranormal Hotel (Dubai Panorama) - The Workin...
    What We Should Know Before Booking Hotels Online
    Delaware Shore Hotels
    Cheap Five Star Hotels In Alicante, Theme Parks, A...
    Tea Time in San Francisco at The Palace Hotel
    A Guests Review of the Sensatori Tenerife Hotel Co...
    Customer Defects in the Hotel Industry: The Five (...
    Romantic Victorian Winter Getaway: Boardwalk Plaza...
    5 Unique US Hotels: Alternatives to Boring Chain H...
    Circa 1891 Ohio Hotel and Ballroom Building Gets R...
    Property Management System (PMS) for Hotels
    Bangkok's Baiyoke Sky Hotel Review
    The Emily Morgan Hotel and Other Real Haunted Hote...
    Best Affordable Hotels in New York City's Chinatow...
    What to look for in a Hotel
    Burj al Arab, Dubai - The World's Only 7 Star Hote...
    Tips for Staying at a Hotel Before an Interview
    Myths About The Eagles' Hotel California
    Saudi Arabia Hotels: Jeddah: Dammam: Riyadh: Al-Kh...
    Hotel room standard, 30 tips that will give you a ...
    Chicago Architecture Tour: The Historic Hotels of ...
    Fire! Outside a hotel in my nightie
    The Oaks Bed and Breakfast Hotel
    Burgh Island's Luxury Hotel and Film Location
    Best Hotels in Las Vegas on the strip
    The Chicago Hotels of Architect Clinton J. Warren
    Hotels - 4 Top Chicago Spa Hotels
    Finding the Best Hotel Room Rates in Las Vegas
    The Art of the Boutique Hotel: NEW MAJESTIC HOTEL,...
    Where To Stay (Lodging And Hotels) For The Origins...
    The 10 Best Hotels & Inns in Salem, MA
    Mackinac Island Hotel and Grandeur Movie Somewhere...
    Low-Cost Extended Stay Hotels
    Masaya, Nicaragua: Hotels, Markets and Transportat...
    The Taynuilt Hotel
    5 Reasons Not To Book Hotels Using Expedia, Hotels...
    S15 Sukhumvit Hotel Review Bangkok, Thailand
    Las Vegas Hotels 5 Worst
    Book Review of New York Times Bestseller: Hotel on...
    Binondo Food Trip, Ramada Manila Hotel and Famous ...
    Hotels Stay with Free Water and Theme Park Tickets...
    7 Good Lobby Bars in Kowloon, Hong Kong Hotels
    A Great Vacation at Hotel Shevaroys, Yercaud
    Underwater Hotels You Have to See to Believe
    Hotels in Inveraray, Scotland
    Boutique Hotel in Cornwall: The St Moritz
    5 Haunted Hotels in Cornwall, UK
    Two Odd Vacation Hotels
    Best 5 Star Hotels of Antalya Turkey
    Preventing Burglaries In Hotel Rooms They Do Happe...
    What and How to Do to Become a Professional Recept...
    Mount Washington Hotel - A haunted resort in the B...
    Safety Tips for Women, Hotel Stays
    Haunted Hotels in America
    What to Expect When Going To Mayo Clinic In Roches...
    Best Bangkok Hotels Near BTS Sky Train Stations
    Best Hotels and Resorts on the Big Island of Hawai...
    Best Nightclubs For College Hangouts in Delhi Hote...
    Treehouse Bed & Breakfasts, Hotels, and Resorts
    Where to Experience Fright Nights -Haunted Hotels ...
    The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel--Outsourcing the El...
    The Hotel Bali, Benalmadena, Spain
    7 Barbie-Themed Hotel Rooms for the Eclectic Girly...
    Kuantan City Hotels and Tourist Information (Pahan...
    Top 5 Best Hotels in Boracay
    Hotel California Guitar Chords The Eagles Complete...
    Bangkok Galleria 10 Sukhumvit Hotel Review
    Ocotal Hotel Beach Resort Costa Rica - Review and ...
    Best Legoland Hotels: Family-Friendly Places to St...
    Working at a Hotel
    Hydropolis - The Ultimate Underwater Hotel
    Staying at The Banff Springs Hotel
    8 of the Most Unusual Hotels In The United States
    Truong Hai Hotel Review in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietn...
    One Hundred Years of El Tovar Hotel Grand Canyon A...
    Hotel Ambassador Playa Benidorm
    Cecil Hotel L.A. A History of Murders, Suicides an...
    Best Websites to Book Hotels in New York City
    How to Get the Best Price on a Hotel in Hong Kong
    Prudential Hotel Review in Kowloon Hong Kong
    The Titanic Exhibition At The Luxor Hotel In Las V...
    Bangkok Hip Hotel Review
    Hotels Near Disneyland Entrance - Hotels with the ...

    If you find yours, please file a DMCA complaint.

    1. innerspin profile image86
      innerspinposted 3 years ago in reply to this

      Go get 'em Judi Bee! Seriously, this is annoying. I was looking up images for the sculpture gardens we visited, and came across my own photos. One was linked to my hub but the others linked to the copier. I checked some text but it didn't bring up the copy initially.
      Great work giving the titles, thank you.

    2. mistyhorizon2003 profile image90
      mistyhorizon2003posted 3 years ago in reply to this

      Thanks for this, already found one of mine on here and have now filed a DMCA smile

    3. Marina Lazarevic profile image84
      Marina Lazarevicposted 3 years ago in reply to this

      Filling DMCA complaints is the right thing to do. Blogger (i.e., Google) will react soon and take down the content, particularly if several of you file a complaint against this one page. All you can really do in these situations is file a DMCA complaint and hope that it gets taken down. Luckily, this is Blogger and not some random site that will ignore the DMCA. Also, search engines are aware of publication dates so this should have no impact on your traffic or rankings.

    4. wilderness profile image95
      wildernessposted 3 years ago in reply to this

      Looks to me like they ran a search on HP for hubs with "hotel" in the title.  The hubs aren't necessarily about a hotel at all, but every title seems to have the word "hotel" in it.

      1. Faith Reaper profile image87
        Faith Reaperposted 3 years ago in reply to this

        That is correct, as mine if actually about the plight of the homeless.

  3. jacharless profile image81
    jacharlessposted 3 years ago

    Yowzah, that's some list.
    This is too many from one site (HP) to be a random scraper. Many of these are historical/informational, versus just hotel/travel destinations. Looks like the entire hub was copied, which means someone took a lot of time to add them. This looks more like a ghost Hubber trying to spin content using a specific vertical.

    James

    1. innerspin profile image86
      innerspinposted 3 years ago in reply to this

      jacharless, okay, you've lost me on the specific vertical. I do think someone's targeted the word "hotel," my hub is in the art and design category as it's about the sculpture garden rather than the hotel itself. Are you saying you think a hubber has done this? That would be a double kick in the teeth.

      1. jacharless profile image81
        jacharlessposted 3 years ago in reply to this

        I do. In fact the vertical itself would not be an issue (meaning just hotels) if the other titles on that list did not contain historical references or 'stories' about haunted hotels and such. Add the complete volume of verbiage into the mix and without a doubt all roads point to a ghost-Hubber or possibly a content writer very familiar with this platform. Lastly, them hiding behind the BlogSpot sub-domain as not to be found out on a DNS look-up screams someone who knows what they're doing, has done this before and has learned how to ghost. Most Scrapers/Content marketers are naive and often automated robots from n00b programmers...

        James.

    2. Marina Lazarevic profile image84
      Marina Lazarevicposted 3 years ago in reply to this

      It is entirely possible that someone copy and pasted those Hubs manually. Can you imagine how tedious that would be?

      1. jacharless profile image81
        jacharlessposted 3 years ago in reply to this

        It is definitely possible and yes! Extremely tedious. smile

  4. john000 profile image92
    john000posted 3 years ago

    It is good that you are following through and filing the complaint. Yes, it takes a lot of time to file the complaints, but Google looks at them. I probably have 50+ article complaints with a Google response that took them off or closed a site down. If you ignore it, it will continue. Over a particular time period I have noticed there can be 5 or 6 sites copying word for word your article at the same time! One site that took an article I wrote originated in a foreign country and I notice that the URL now is defunct, but those folks just open another, I suspect.  Somebody said that vigilance is the price we pay for freedom (I think?). If you throw up your hands, they will eat your lunch.
    I have said this before, "If your article has been stolen, take solace in the fact that it must be a good article and continue to fill out the forms!"
    Best of luck in your writing.

  5. Faith Reaper profile image87
    Faith Reaperposted 3 years ago

    I see one of my hubs on here too!  This is terrible.  I do not have any choice but to file a DMCA complaint!  I have never done such.  Another hubber told me of this about they are copying hubs with the word Hotel in them for whatever reason.  And sure enough there it is.  Thanks Judi Bee!

  6. Peggy W profile image90
    Peggy Wposted 3 years ago

    I saw my title in your long list of ones stolen regarding Mackinac Island and the Grand Hotel.  I checked that and several others that I have written and am pleased that mine show up first in Google.  So perhaps this site has already been taken down because of your alertness and all those who filed DMCA reports.  Thanks for the "heads up."

    1. innerspin profile image86
      innerspinposted 3 years ago in reply to this

      Peggy W, the site's still up, I only filed a complaint yesterday. I'm guessing it's pretty new. Hopefully as people start complaining, it'll get taken down. Sorry to hear you're also affected.

      wilderness, that's what struck me as well, they've targeted "hotel" and not really read the hubs. They just want words on a page.

  7. mistyhorizon2003 profile image90
    mistyhorizon2003posted 3 years ago

    Whilst they copied one of my hotel review hubs, they missed another, which is interesting as both have 'Hotel' in the title.

  8. LeanMan profile image81
    LeanManposted 3 years ago

    They took my one and only hotel hub - filed with Google already....

  9. Judi Bee profile image87
    Judi Beeposted 3 years ago

    It seems our plagiarising blogger has a second site, same content:

    myinfobloggrandhotel (dot) blogspot (dot) co (dot) uk

    1. innerspin profile image86
      innerspinposted 3 years ago in reply to this

      Unbelievable! Thanks for bringing this up, I've filed another DMCA.

    2. mistyhorizon2003 profile image90
      mistyhorizon2003posted 3 years ago in reply to this

      What a nightmare. I just filed a second DMCA, then realised Google had 'lost' my first DMCA for his other site (it wasn't listed on my 'Removal Dashboard on Google) so I have had to file another DMCA for the first site too now.

  10. Judi Bee profile image87
    Judi Beeposted 3 years ago

    Filed my second DMCA too.  In addition to this second site, I found another copy of one of the hubs on a file sharing site too (didn't recognise any other hubs).  The guy had changed a few words, but it was my hub (minus images), with an open invitation to download a PDF copy.  Think I've spent more time chasing copies of these hubs than I actually spent writing them.

  11. Judi Bee profile image87
    Judi Beeposted 3 years ago

    Oh my!  We have a serial plagiarist...

    Blog number three:  hoteltransylvaniatrailerinfo (dot) blogspot (dot) co (dot) uk

    The blog titles are getting weirder!

  12. Judi Bee profile image87
    Judi Beeposted 3 years ago

    Blog Four:  myinfoishoteltonight (dot) blogspot (dot) co (dot) uk

  13. Judi Bee profile image87
    Judi Beeposted 3 years ago

    This same blogger has had a set of blogs about breastfeeding removed, but a blog about weddings and related topics (probably all hubs) is still up.  myfirtsisblogweddingdresses2013 (dot) blogspot (dot) co (dot) uk

    I'll open a separate thread.

    1. Faith Reaper profile image87
      Faith Reaperposted 3 years ago in reply to this

      Wow, Judi, this is unbelievable!  I filed the one DMCA complaint.  I hope this person gets shut down fast, but this could go on forever!  Thanks for the great detective work here!  You're the best!

      1. mistyhorizon2003 profile image90
        mistyhorizon2003posted 3 years ago in reply to this

        What link are you using to file your DMCA's Faith Reaper? I am experiencing a problem as described in the post before yours.
        Thanks smile

      2. Judi Bee profile image87
        Judi Beeposted 3 years ago in reply to this

        Thanks Faith smile

  14. innerspin profile image86
    innerspinposted 3 years ago

    Judi Bee, I don't know where you're finding all this, but well done and thank you. I'm not even pulling these last two up with a quote on Google. The good news is I can now file a DMCA during an ad break on TV. Practice makes perfect!
    Hard to credit this person has so far put four copies on BlogSpot . Let's hope they give up soon.

  15. mistyhorizon2003 profile image90
    mistyhorizon2003posted 3 years ago

    Just a little more confusion, but having flagged the next two since my last two earlier, I notice on my 'Removals Dashboard' that the first two are now showing under the 'Rejected URLs' list. When I click on the date of the request I made it says they have been forwarded to the appropriate team for review and I will be notified separately quote : "URL forwarded to appropriate product team for further review. You will receive separate notice after review." To me this info contradicts the fact they are showing as 'Rejected URLs', which in itself infers they are disputing my DMCA complaint and saying it has been refused!

    Anyone else had any experience of this as in the past I don't recall my DMCAs ever showing as rejected before I got a notification from Google directly confirming copies had been removed? Can someone else take a look at theirs and see if they are getting the same message?

    Edit, now all four are showing as 'Rejected URLs". Can someone post the link they are using to file their DMCAs. or at least tell me if what I am seeing is normal prior to the content being removed please?

    Thanks

    Edit: I should add I had been using this link to file DMCAs with Google:
    https://www.google.com/webmasters/tools … tice?pli=1

    I have now tried this one too (and selected Blogger as the cause of my complaint):
    https://support.google.com/legal/troubl … 10,1697925

    1. Judi Bee profile image87
      Judi Beeposted 3 years ago in reply to this

      My DMCA reports aren't showing up either. 

      I have received an acknowledgement email after filing the first, but none since.  Nothing showing in my removals dashboard or via a transparency report.  Hopefully it's just a time lag.

      1. mistyhorizon2003 profile image90
        mistyhorizon2003posted 3 years ago in reply to this

        Which link were you using Judi?

        1. Judi Bee profile image87
          Judi Beeposted 3 years ago in reply to this

          The one that you have listed second - ie the usual Google DMCA one, with "Blogger/Blogspot" selected.  I've never had a problem before - what with this and the traffic "flux" I'm wondering if anyone is actually still working at Google...

          1. mistyhorizon2003 profile image90
            mistyhorizon2003posted 3 years ago in reply to this

            Yep, that's what I used the second time too. Hope it works. Traffic is appalling today, and I am down by about 600 views to a normal Tuesday's figures. At this rate it is hardly worth continuing here.

  16. LeanMan profile image81
    LeanManposted 3 years ago

    Here is a scarey finding!!!

    Just decided to check the status of my DMCA after Misty's posts - nothing there at all! So decided to search for the offending page again using an extract from my hub..

    Without quotes ("") for a phrase from my hub the COPY turns up first in the search results with no sign of my hub on the first couple of pages!!!!!!! No I was not signed into google etc.. How can google be promoting a copy over the original???

    (Not that I get a lot of direct google traffic when people search for hotels as the first pages are dominated by the big sites!)

    1. mistyhorizon2003 profile image90
      mistyhorizon2003posted 3 years ago in reply to this

      I am concerned by this too, and have had no luck yet either here or elsewhere in finding out why my requests have either not been registered at all, or show as 'rejected URLs' in Webmaster Tools. Not sure where I can go with this now!

  17. innerspin profile image86
    innerspinposted 3 years ago

    Just had the first DMCA response, the page has been taken off, so it really is worthwhile taking the time to file a complaint.

    1. Judi Bee profile image87
      Judi Beeposted 3 years ago in reply to this

      Just got confirmation on mine too.  However, I don't know what's going on with the three subsequent blogs - I sent DMCAs but haven't had a confirmation email.

      1. innerspin profile image86
        innerspinposted 3 years ago in reply to this

        That's a point, neither have I. Guess I'll wait a couple of days to see what happens. I wonder if the thief will even notice, they are probably busy pinching other work.

        1. Judi Bee profile image87
          Judi Beeposted 3 years ago in reply to this

          I've also just noticed that they removed two of my copied hubs, but not the third - it's not mentioned in the email and it's still up.  Again, I'll leave it a day or two and then try to sort it out.

          The thief is still busy, as you say - another copied hub put up yesterday.

          1. wilderness profile image95
            wildernessposted 3 years ago in reply to this

            Are you filing with the site owner or the host?

            I would be very surprised to find an ethical host that would require only that single pages be removed, particularly if there are multiple claims from the same person (you).  Rather I would expect the entire site to disappear.

            1. Judi Bee profile image87
              Judi Beeposted 3 years ago in reply to this

              It's a Blogger blog, Wilderness, so filed with Google - does this mean you think Google isn't an ethical host big_smile

              1. wilderness profile image95
                wildernessposted 3 years ago in reply to this

                What a shock that would be! lol

                I checked that earlier, but forgot it.  Pretty sad statement it makes about Google, though, when other hosts recognize they have a thief in their midst and simply close the site entirely.  All but google, who professes to be "concerned" about duplicates and theft.

            2. innerspin profile image86
              innerspinposted 3 years ago in reply to this

              I filed with Google, only one hub of mine was copied but on four sites by the same person on BlogSpot. Hopefully lots more people will file and Google will pull everything.

      2. mistyhorizon2003 profile image90
        mistyhorizon2003posted 3 years ago in reply to this

        Exactly the same experience as I am having.

  18. IzzyM profile image88
    IzzyMposted 3 years ago

    The site has been removed.

    1. innerspin profile image86
      innerspinposted 3 years ago in reply to this

      Yay! Only three more to go - that we know of. Don't know if it's a coincidence, but my hub's just started to get Google traffic, it had been very flat. Thanks for the news, IzzyM.

    2. Judi Bee profile image87
      Judi Beeposted 3 years ago in reply to this

      Thanks Izzy. 

      The second blog is down too - the one with "grand hotel" in the title.  The other two - "hotel transylvania" and "hotel tonight" are still up.

      1. IzzyM profile image88
        IzzyMposted 3 years ago in reply to this

        Serves me right for not reading the whole thread! I just thought it was the first one. They stole articles of mine too, but no loss to me as mine have not had any traffic for the longest time (although they were front page of Google when first published).

        Still, it goes to show that Google do listen to complaints, even if they seem to take no action if no complaints are received.

        1. Judi Bee profile image87
          Judi Beeposted 3 years ago in reply to this

          I only come to HP to sort out article thefts these days!  My feeling is that if I can no longer make money with my articles, then some other lazy thieving bugger certainly isn't going to be allowed to big_smile

 
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