I have two Christmas hubs that are copied in multiple places. Most are just entire capsules. What should I do when they are on a lot of sites. File a complaint on each and every one? This will take forever. They both got extreme traffic last year.
Use one form for multiple complaints. Google makes it so that you don't have to use multiple forms. There is a section where you add multiple URLs, that is if you are filing the complaint with Google. Usually I don't bother sending notices to the websites.
When you report a site to Google, if Google accepts the complaint then that post is taken out of search results, but the offending website still exists, and is still being found in Bing and Yahoo! at your expense. Also, the serious spammers will just recreate the site at a new URL and start again.
For my own writing, I prefer to report the websites individually to Adsense (if they have advertising) as a first step. I figure losing their Adsense account is going to slow them down more than anything else!
If they don't have Adsense, then I file a DMCA with the website itself (if it's a revenue-sharing site) or their host (if it's a blog).
I know it's a lot of work, but if you save the standard DMCA wording and use copy and paste, it's not as painful.
This is one reason I stopped writing on HubPages. HubPages is a target for professional spammers: for their "scraping" software to work, they need to target a site which has large numbers of new articles posted every day. So you don't get the same problem with your own blog or website. My blogs don't get the traffic some of my Hubs do, but they're a lot less hassle to manage!
Anything you publish on HubPages is going to be plagiarized. It's important to check for content theft once a week (including your original images) or the task of getting it all removed is insurmountable. If it were my work, I would file DMCAs against every one of them.
Do your holiday Hubs have the same search engine rankings for keyword phrases?
Not really, because it was probably done in all innocence.
I've had a few instances like that. In those cases, I write a nice email to the newsletter explaining that my work is copyright and that I would normally be submitting an invoice for the use of my material. However as they are a charitable institution, I would be happy if they could post something in their next newsletter acknowledging my contribution. They usually apologise profusely and comply!
I know I don't get much out of it - who's going to notice the correction in the next newsletter? - but the main thing is, I've educated them about copying stuff off the internet without attribution.
As Hubpages gets 40% of views, I'd have thought it'd have been easier and better for them if they'd taken a more proactive position on this and, perhaps, just presented us with something to tick and sign to say "Yeah - that's been copied ... go for it" and then automate the complaints from that.
For most/many writers it's too hard/complex/time consuming to get round to bothering ... and our little voices don't have the clout of a big company name.
We might only lose (say) $60 for each copied hub .... Hubpages loses $30-40 for every copied hub.
That's true - but at the same time, they would have to check thousands of Hubs whereas individually, we each have a more manageable number.
The only way HubPages can monitor copied Hubs is to pay a third party service - most of which cost only a few cents per Hub, but multiply that by thousands and it's simply unaffordable for HubPages. Besides, HubPages has NO legal right to submit a DMCA for any Hubs, because they do not hold the copyright. Legally, the author is the only person who can submit the claim.
Make sure you're protected under copyright laws and find out whether or not people are getting paid from using your hubs. If you can prove that they are receiving monies then you definitely have a case.
You can report to Google. But chances you get response is low to none. Otherwise Google will algorithmically penalise them. Google bots are aware that your post has been published first. There are tons of bollocks who are not able to write their own staff.
I see no problem as long as they give you a credit and mention the source of the original content. But these morons don't do that.
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