A while ago I checked out one hub of a suspicious writer. I mean by that, a forum post seemed to indicate that the writer was one of the get-rich-quick, I-can-teach-you-everything-you-need-to-know-to-make-a-million-online types. That was my assumption, but I could be wrong.
Anyway, the one hub I read (not about money-making, by the way) seemed a very great deal like one by another hubber that I read a few months ago. So now, I wonder whether I should google it or check in some way to see whether it actually is a rip-off of the earlier one - or whether they are both rip-offs of someone else.
Do any of you periodically check around to find duplicate content? I mean, do you build it into your routine, in a way - or just check into it when there seems to be a specific reason? And is there a preferred method for doing the checking?
In a way, yes - and I want to steer clear of duplicate content. I keep the "content is king" principle in mind and I check to make sure that my content is original. The only thing I can copy are quotes from experts, linked to cite them.
If they sign up for my Quality Assurance Program, I will certainly check for duplicate content, and advise them of the risks and disadvantages of cutting corners.
If someone posts in the Makeover forum, I virtually always check. The reason is that I do not want to spend my energy to "improve" upon copied content. If I find anything, I will let them know on the forum or by leaving a comment on the hub.
On other forums, for instance the help forum, there are regularly posts about author score, hub score, and content having been flagged as duplicate. In many instances, it turns out that the root cause is that the Hubber has been copying from others.
Yes, I do regular searches for keywords that will find my high SERP content. Of course someone can still steal it and not appear on the first few pages of Google, but I can't be bothered with that or theft of stuff that wouldn't make good SERP anyway.
I have checked for duplicated content, and have found quite a bit. Not within hubpages, but a lot of what I have written has been reproduced without maintaining the links, removing my name as the author and adding in their own.
So now I need write to them I guess, tell them to take it down, get in touch with their hosting company, report it to google?
What else can easily be done? - I have the whois info on them.
Saleheensblog: Thanks for your kind words and congrats with moving into 75+ territory, i.e. do-follow. Stay above that, and you'll have one less thing to worry about.
Michifus: DMCA complaints are the ultimate tool for dealing with plagiarism online. I suggest you read the following thread from start to finish about filing DMCA complaints and the consequences of duplicate content:
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