Hubpages as unsuccessful hubs due to thieves stealing YOUR REAL HUBS and real hub traffic which then caused your/our real hub traffic to decline?
Can some of you brainiacs answer this question?
Paul E. had the problem on one of his Hubs:
I think many Hubbers filed DMCA requests and the site was finally removed. I don't know if Paul ever filed one. I don't think he said whether or not he did.
I think what I resent most is having my hubs idled. I thought I'd understood that the longer your hub was "in" Google, it would gain rank just by being there longer even if it wasn't all that great.
I'm finally breaking down and signed up for HTML so I can make my own site from scratch. I think there's no substitute for owning your own space in any business.
Can't thieves steal from individually owned sites as well as big content sites like this one?
Yes, they can - and do, ask me how I know - sigh. But, large sites like this are easy pickings for them with all the tons of content and numerous authors they hope won't all go after them. Also, sites like this are higher profile and of course the more visible you are, the more likely a target you are.
Yes, but if I have my own site I will not be "idling" my own hubs. In other words, whatever miniscule tiny rank I have accumulated will not be lost by own idling my own hubs as is done now by HP.
One of my most popular bubs that was getting 100 views or more per day was recently copied by 5 different people plus 2 scraping sites. Traffic dropped to about 10-15 views per day. I believe it's because google now thinks my work is a duplicate and is penalizing me. Content thieves do more damage than just stealing our words!
I really didn't know anything about this. How can we check to see if our work has been stolen?
Simply search for it by title in Google or search for a small block of unique text from the hub. The search results will show who has it displayed. Hopefully it will be you.
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