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Message from Hubpages indicates they're not happy

  1. Tusitala Tom profile image89
    Tusitala Tomposted 6 years ago


       I've just placed a short story I wrote many years ago on Hubpages.  It's called "The Runaway Auster," and tells of a real life incident which occurred back in 1955.  The same story, also written by me, was placed on Google by the Australian Storytellers Guild (of which I was then a member, and with my permission) on Google.   It had top billing on Page One of Google then and, I think, still does.

         My concern is that Hubpages automatically generated a warning that I had put on 'duplicate content' and it was 'over promotional.'   This is certainly not my intent.  And as I derive no income - or even intended income - from Hubpages, I cannot see what the problem is.

         Please get back to me with your comments i.e. from a 'real' person.


          Arthur Thomas Ware - Tusitala Tom.

    1. Mark Knowles profile image60
      Mark Knowlesposted 6 years ago in reply to this

      It will be an automated message. And - "duplicate content" means it is duplicated somewhere else on the Internet - which it is. smile

      Write to team(at)hubpages.com and they will respond.

    2. Susana S profile image92
      Susana Sposted 6 years ago in reply to this

      Hi Tom, If you remove the link at the bottom of the hub the overly promotional flag should go. You're not allowed outbound links on duplicate pages. The duplicate flag will stay however, as it is a copy of another page on the web (even though it's your work).

  2. sunforged profile image68
    sunforgedposted 6 years ago

    its ok -

    it is duplicate content - but that is allowed

    and you get the overly promotional warning for having links on dupe content page

    (edit - wow - i type slow- there were no responses when i began..am reading the story)

  3. Tusitala Tom profile image89
    Tusitala Tomposted 6 years ago

    Thank you, Mark Knowles, Susana and Sunforged, for getting back so quickly.   Will delete the link, and leave the rest as is.
    Thanks again.

    1. Ipeoney profile image86
      Ipeoneyposted 6 years ago in reply to this

      I'm just wondering why would an author cannot publish his own work anywhere in the internet, but if you write a book you can sell the same copy to millions of people? If it's not your own work I would say it's wrong. So please tell me if you know the reason why. Like for example if you write an online article, you can sell the same exact article by downloads to anyone who want to buy it, or you can even give it for free to anyone in the internet.

      1. WryLilt profile image88
        WryLiltposted 6 years ago in reply to this

        Articles are indexed on google - meaning that if you post the same article on 15 sites on the same topic, then people will get cranky when they're trying to find a new answer and keep coming across the exact same information.

        Google realises this and tries to avoid this issue by ranking what it considers the best version of the article highest (for instance if an article was on your blog as well as hubpages, the hubpages version would be first.)

        For this reason also, writing sites don't like duplicate - in the end they make less money from them because chances are, the same article somewhere else is making the money instead, because it's older, and google respects age.

        1. Ipeoney profile image86
          Ipeoneyposted 6 years ago in reply to this

          So that means if there is a duplicate the first one to publish, even if it's a new blog site it will get google indexed? Let's say first article is submitted in your new site, and second article is submitted in a big site like ezine, will your new website get the indexing?
          Because the first one could be the original one.

          1. chinweike profile image50
            chinweikeposted 6 years ago in reply to this

            It is a good idea to re-write the content you are sending to ezine.


          2. WryLilt profile image88
            WryLiltposted 6 years ago in reply to this

            It really varies lpeoney, if you backlink your own page you could probably rank higher than the duplicate. It depends on the site it is on, backlinks to it, and lots of other things.

            But if you re-write an article you can put a slightly different slant on it, creating a whole new set of keyword opportunities.

          3. rb11 profile image83
            rb11posted 6 years ago in reply to this

            Generally, the website with the most authority will rank the best, but if you do backlinking and seo on that particular page you have a chance to out rank it.

            1. Ipeoney profile image86
              Ipeoneyposted 6 years ago in reply to this

              Oh thanks. Thats good news. I did some bookmarking. I just copy the first few sentence, not sure if it will affect my ranking. Some of them I tried to make a different introductions. Now I'm learning from all of you , thanks