Hubpages doesn't actually penalize you for having duplicate content on other websites - however Google tends to hide the results of websites with the same content so there's no point having exactly the same content in multiple places - you can though create a parallel article that enhances your Hubpage.
I don't think so, I just wrote them a letter last week about one of my hub which was copied there and they responded to me saying that I have to check it out with the lens owner. There is no way to contact the lens owner and so I responded by telling them about it. They didn't answer my email. I emailed again and still no response. I don't think they are particular with duplicate contents on their site. I even told them that that the owner copied all his/her lenses. Guess google will get back at them in no time.
I'm a Squidooer who's trying to figure out Hubpages (just trying to diversify ;D I love my Squidoo), and I will say that most of the 'Squidoo vs Hubpages' articles I've read tend to have a lot of errors in (e.g. being 3 years out of date, that sort of thing).
It is hard to modify content so that Google does nto spot it, it is also bad SEO practice, especialy now Google is (or soon will be) expelling people from Adsense who violate copyright, removing sites from the Google rankings who use duplicate content, article spinners, etc.
The sites that have been cheating the system for the last few years are going to be in for a real shock over the next few months.
IM Chemist what is your background in Internet Marketing?
Over the next few months. Google has already made the PR Release about how Duplicate content has no benefit to people searching, and how it is nearly always a promotional tactic. Article spinners are also far from safe. Bad grammar is penalized by Google, and switching articles and words around is really not fooling anybody, especially not Google.
I am not approving duped content, but on the other hand, with millions of articles online, often it's hard to write unique content.
has ever one of you written a hub, a half hour to an hour of work put into it, you tried to make it as good as you can, you publish it, and then get a dupe warning on the fly.
Like Thisisolie says, it's hard to modify, on the other hand, expelling people who are using article spinners, seems stupid to me, cause you are creating new content, spinned or not, it's still unique.
I don't know, i'm just thinking that it's getting all harder these days.
yet, when people get banned from adsense, there are still plenty of alternatives, only to bad for so many people here on hubpages got banned from adsense and don't have an alternative like adbrite or chitika.
Searching for something about squidoo, and found your answer interesting. I've never experienced hubs being detected as duplicate after I spent hours on it to write myself. If your hub is identified as duplicate by hubpages, then you must have used too much of content grabbed directly from other sites, or no way it would be looked as duplicate. It never happened to my hubs, except for few of my own hubs that I duplicated here when I had no idea hubpages didn't like duplicates, everything was basically original, I use very little of other people's original words.
I write a lot of articles, but i can honestly say i have never spun one, i believe very strongly in quality, and if i want to write about a similar topic on another website, i manually just re write it... sure it takes time, but its always unique ^_^
As for squidoo, i think its a brilliant website, but i have always preferred hub pages because of its clean website design.
Just rewrite the same article again from scratch. Even if you're not trying to make it completely different, it will end up different enough so long as you've left a couple days in between to clear your brain of what you wrote before.
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