So this morning I had a spike in traffic on a hub. I looked to see where it is coming from and it shows http://takecaretc.blogspot.com/. I didn't make this. It doesn't appear to have any other articles yet. Not sure if I should be thankful or cautious. What do you think? Should I ask it be removed, or leave it alone?
With the post being only one day old, it is rather amazing that you are getting a spike in traffic already. I'd hold on. It looks like a brand new blog. I think more might be added later. I would count it a blessing since they haven't copied anything but just shared a link.
I would contact the author and tell them that they should ask permission before using other people's material. I am having this problem with photos. People think that if they provide a link back to my website, it's okay to use my photos. It's not. My website and photos (and hubs and photos) are copyrighted so they can only use them with my permission.
This would be an awful idea in this case. It's just a tiny thumbnail and a backlink without even any quoted text. It would be like taking down a free ad while irritating the person who liked your work so much they made it.
If you hunt up and shut down everyone who sends readers your way, you're shooting yourself in the foot. Full on copying or using full-sized photos is plagiarism, but this is just a thumbnail with a link, the ideal way I hope my readers share my work.
Kylyssa can tell you it's a bad idea to defend your photo copyrights, but I personally don't agree with her.
You seriously think it's a good idea to track down people who post a thumbnail and a link to your site? An inch-wide representation of your image that links to your page really isn't the same thing as stealing photos.
Or are other people seeing something different on that blog post than I am? I see a square about an inch wide on my monitor that is cropped out of the center of the image. What do you see there?
A thumbnail isn't plagiarism; it's advertisement.
^You'd seriously file a DMCA notice for something like that?^
Leave it alone, perhaps thank them for sharing.
There's nothing harmful there, just a backlink. Someone was impressed with the article enough to wish to share it. As to it being the first and only post, people have to start somewhere. Also, there are a lot of blogs out there where people start something and never keep it up.
Totally agree, Kylyssa. This blog is called "Take Care". This person is providing valuable information for his or her readers in a blog that is probably meant to help people. It links directly to you, benefits you, and is flattering. I'd LOVE it if someone wants to link to one of my hub articles in that way. This person doesn't even have advertising on the blog. However, if she did, that STILL doesn't harm anything for you. The lesson I've learned here, and I think I do try to do this, is to write a little sentence with the reference and get the author's name and website out there for any article I might link to. I'd write a little "thank you note" to this person, ask the direction of the blog, and offer any other articles you have written that might enhance her site. Cheers, Billie
Peeples, something is weird about that site. Although it looks like there's only a link to your post, check again. When I clicked on the title at the top (not the link, but the title over the thumbnail) a strip appeared at the top of the page that gives you the option of clicking on More or Next Blog. When I clicked on Next Blog it took me to a completely different web page. Hit the back arrow and click on it again and you get a totally different web page! This happens each and every time.
I don't know what the deal is. I've never seen anything like it. Something seems fishy to me - very fishy!
It isn't fishy. Most blogspot blogs do that, including my own.
They go to other people's sites? Why?
Just so that people can go blog hopping and find a random blog. Why not?
It just seems weird to me. I haven't seen that in any of the other sites I visit. Seems like a sneaky way of getting page views.
There are millions upon millions of blogspot blogs. The "Next blog" is always random so there is no way to engineer extra page views, and anyway, it's only once. As you said yourself, if you click Next again, you get a different blog.
It's just a way Google is trying to keep traffic on Google sites longer. I think it should indicate it's random, but that's on the ISP, not on the blogger.
That doesn't seem to be fair practice on Google's part.
Hubpages does basically the same thing with the "related hubs" section.
But that terminology lets you know you're headed for a different article by a different author. The Next Blog tab on blogspot leads one to believe they'll be taken to the next post on that particular author's website, not to a totally different one. What kind of site is blogspot? I've never ready anyone's work on that site, so I'm completely unfamiliar with the platform.
Blogspot.com/Blogger.com has been around for more than 10 years. It was bought by Google in 2003 or so and has had the randomized "next blog" link for as long as I can remember. Anyone with a blogspot blog can remove it by deleting the code in the html of their site's header. Most people do.
Blogspot is simply the old "blogger" where people first started to blog on anything on the web (before Word Press) I have several blogs there and often link back to my articles on hubpages if they are pertinent. I make sure to add just a little blurb. A blog is only successful if you blog often and well - I think a paragraph or two is a "best practice" format. I connect my blog to my pertinent websites - I have 3 or so. So for my website that creates educational software, I have a link to my bizblog which goes is found under publishinglucky (I guess I can't promote all my blogs here). Then my blog might link to an article that is relevant here. It's all a big network I had a blog on "Our First One Hundred Days" recording our lay-off and President Obama's first one hundred days. I'm making that into an ebook now. That content didn't lend itself to a hubpage article. I have a blog with letters from Vietnam that didn't work on hubpages, so I"m taking them off of here, finishing the blog posting the letters on the date they were written 46 years ago. Then I'll export that blog and make an ebook or an ebook app. I don't mind google getting the business because I add my own ads on my blog and it gives me a place to write what I want to write and to link back here and create more traffic if an article here is connected to the content of the blog. I appreciate the wonderful tool that google provided. However, I wish I had learned the wordpress interface because it's more "now". However, I googled how to make blogger less "blogger-y" and now my blogs look more like Wordpress. It's nice to be able to have another avenue to link back here. I'm careful to NOT DUPLICATE the content. For my itinerary on what to see in the OC on hubpages, for example, I simply might add that title with a little blurb depending on what is going on in the country at the time. If something is trending on twitter, I try to make it pertinent and see any connection I can to my article on hubpages - again, making sure it's not duplicating my material. My article on how to publish a children's ebook fit perfectly in my bizblog and links back here. Again, all I need there is an image and a title and people come to read the article here.
All blogspot blogs have that "next blog" button at the top. Clicking the title of the post takes you to the individual post URL. The post shows on the main blog URL because there's nothing else on the blog yet.
It's a sneaky way of Google getting people to click on Google products (another blogger or blogspot blog) is all, nothing nefarious an individual blogger is doing.
Thanks y'all. I'm glad it's being shared. The increase in traffic was nothing huge, just enough to give me an up arrow on stats page. Any increase is good though. Thankful they shared, I guess my articles have been copied so much that I get nervous.
The weird thing is the page links to your hub using a HP tracking code; maybe the creator of the blog has an account here and is using a strange new method to earn with the referral program -- creation of lots of one-post blogs, lol.
Hmmm, I didn't even notice that. I wonder if that in any way impacts my earnings? I guess not as long as they don't sign up. That makes it even more odd. I need to follow the blog so I can see if they post more articles.
It only affects the earnings if the tracking code is yours (which you can check in your account). The code is _9m4pn9zwmbp1.
If they used YOUR tracking code, you would earn money from it (these additional earnings to you would come from HP's share of your revenue). Using their own tracking code, they earn money from it. That money does not come out of your earnings, but out of HP's share of your earnings.
Had they signed up for HP under your account referral (don't know the actual term) you would earn money from them forever on all of their HP posts, unless they were to grow irritated with you, and create a new HP account to prevent you from earning from their efforts. I think it all adds up to pennies though.
ANY visits to your hubpage benefits you. The ads you're running on those pages are seen by the people who read your article. That's what an advertiser hopes for! The tracking to THOSE ads on hubpages is to your account. Really, this is only a good thing. I'd be happy if my article appeared somewhere else. If this blog continues to post meaningful articles, it's great for you because people will be scrolling back to yours for all time - It's evergreen - especially if that blog becomes an important, popular source of information. If it doesn't, no harm done. If you check your google adsense resports, you'll probably see an increase by a few cents already.
oops, just noticed, you don't HAVE google ads on that page.
Hp and google don't like the keywords, but that's ok because the article is more important than the ads. However people visiting it might click on more from the author so not too bad I guess!
Peeples, we have had a software company providing online learning games on the web for over 25 years. This is nothing but good for you. Whether you're interested in making money or not, more visitors, the better. You're writing is impactful and important. (Side note not related to topic: When I was your age, I wish I had accumulated all the money I could have while keeping my altruistic ideals. It's possible. So what I'm saying, is don't worry if a little money trickles your way on this, even try to make the most you can because there is nothing wrong with people appreciating your work through clicking on ads that might actually benefit them. As you know from my postings, I live my life by feeling that 'the main purpose of my existence is that I might serve as a warning to others'. ) I'm happy you posted this question and I think I"m going to check on hubs that would be pertinent to my bizblog and ask the writer if I could link back to them on hubpages. That way we both benefit. Cheerio, kiddo.
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