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bestofhubpages.com???

  1. rmr profile image87
    rmrposted 8 years ago

    I just came across a website called bestofhubpages.com,  with many of our hubs, indexed among adult ads with full nudity. A lot of the tags are of a VERY adult nature. Anybody know about this?

    1. relache profile image87
      relacheposted 8 years ago in reply to this

      I just tried to view the site and it appears to be down.

    2. omarabid profile image62
      omarabidposted 8 years ago in reply to this

      The link don't open for me and the profile seems weired

    3. Denny Lyon profile image61
      Denny Lyonposted 8 years ago in reply to this

      OK, I went on a search and all that pulled up was bestofhubpages.blogspot.com and YES, it has been removed and the address no longer allowed ever again.  Must have been one raunchy site.  I find those kinds from time to time when taking the Blogger tour from my blogs to see what others are doing.  You can run across some real garbage.  Oh, well, looks like the situation was dealt with so all is well again in Hubville.

      1. Eric Graudins profile image62
        Eric Graudinsposted 8 years ago in reply to this

        @Denny Lyon:

        The site is still there.
        As previously discussed, remove "of" from bestofhubpages.com and try again.

        Cheers,
        Eric G.

  2. AEvans profile image70
    AEvansposted 8 years ago

    First time I have heard of it.sad

  3. AEvans profile image70
    AEvansposted 8 years ago

    O.K. I just looked I am appalled gose to show it is probably due to all of our wonderful hubs that have some interesting photos, which is a shame.Someone should do something ::sad

  4. rmr profile image87
    rmrposted 8 years ago

    Kind of wondering if it will effect our adsense accounts.

    1. AEvans profile image70
      AEvansposted 8 years ago in reply to this

      That is a very valid question as this is something HubPages should look at directly as all of our hubs are planted on their, from religion to arts it is a mockery of our content but I hope that it will be handled. It appears as that company grabbed all of the content for traffic. I just honestly did not want my articles to be on a porno site.sad

    2. dingdong profile image59
      dingdongposted 8 years ago in reply to this

      We actually have no control on whoever is linking to us, we only can control links in our own webpages that have adsense ads. I think that is what adsense TOS says, no adult/mature content and no linking to such sites. Anybody has a different opinion?

  5. Shirley Anderson profile image84
    Shirley Andersonposted 8 years ago
  6. Eric Graudins profile image62
    Eric Graudinsposted 8 years ago

    Hi RMR,

    Tried to find the owner, and registry enquiries show that bestofhubpages.com has never been registered.

    Site does not come up on the net either.

    Where exactly were you guys looking?

    Cheers,
    Eric G.

    1. Shirley Anderson profile image84
      Shirley Andersonposted 8 years ago in reply to this

      I hate to give them publicity, but here's the link.  I had to hunt to find it.

      ** I removed the http but it still showed as a link, so I'm just taking it out altogether **

      I'll delete this after you've picked it up.

      1. Eric Graudins profile image62
        Eric Graudinsposted 8 years ago in reply to this

        Hi Shirley, just edit your post to remove the http and the www and it should not be identified as a link.
        like this - besthubpages.com

        People can then type, or past it into their browser.
        cheers, Eric G.

    2. AEvans profile image70
      AEvansposted 8 years ago in reply to this

      Eric, Here you go  I looked it up just like this,  best of hubpages.com

  7. rockinjoe profile image85
    rockinjoeposted 8 years ago

    That's too bad. Someone took a good idea for a site and turned it into a toilet. I don't get the porn and Hubpages connection. I can't see them converting any sales to their offerings with the kind of traffic they must be getting.

    1. Sterling Sage profile image76
      Sterling Sageposted 8 years ago in reply to this

      I don't think pornography is a bad thing, by nature.  There's nothing wrong with watching people have sex.  It's been done since the dawn of the species.

      IThat said, I will say that what that site is doing is really sleazy.  They're clearly misleading people in order to get traffic.  I think even their paying customers will find some of their tactics annoying, to say the least.  I mean, come on.  Animated pictures of naked "real people" who just happen to live in whatever city you're in?  Give me a break.

      I don't get the Porn/HubPages connection either, but they'll still make some money.  Porn-viewers aren't interested in only porn.  I know; I'm one of them.  tongue

      It's a shame that they may affect HubPages' reputation.  I also don't think they're breaking any law by doing so, though.

      1. Marian Swift profile image60
        Marian Swiftposted 8 years ago in reply to this

        Yup, it's sleazy.  Worse, it can undermine a Hubber's efforts to build a professional reputation as a freelance writer.

        It looks like they're backlinking the Hubs, not stealing them outright.  I don't know if any of my Hubs are on there ... couldn't force myself to work through all that trash to find out.

  8. Shirley Anderson profile image84
    Shirley Andersonposted 8 years ago

    Worse yet, people may find our hubs on that site.  *shudder*

    1. AEvans profile image70
      AEvansposted 8 years ago in reply to this

      They are , as I found mine and and I found Eddie Perkins yours etc, you just have to serf around in there, well I guess if they don' tmean any harm I just thought it would harm our adsense accounts and our reputations. sad

  9. Eric Graudins profile image62
    Eric Graudinsposted 8 years ago

    Not surprisingly, the owner of the domain is hidden via a privacyt services.

    But the website is hosted with Hostgator.
    Here's their TOS.
    http://www.hostgator.com/tos.shtml

    It does not specifically prevent adult content, but they will shut down sites determined to be obscene.
    They will also respond to copyright complaints, so perhjaps Hub Pages staff can address this as a blatant case of stolen content.

    Anyway, an email to abuse@hostgator.com wouldn't go astray.
    Just describe the problem, and give the domain name, and say that it is hosted on their servers.

    Of course, if Hostgator shuts them down, they can be up and running on another host very quickly.

    The only way that this could be prevented is for HubPAges to identify sites making requests to slurp huge amounts of hub pages indexing data, and refuse to provide it.
    I've flagged this post, and asked HP staff to look at this problem.

    Don't you just love the internet!


    Cheers,
    Eric G.

  10. Shirley Anderson profile image84
    Shirley Andersonposted 8 years ago

    Yahoo. (as in a feigned 'yippee', not the SE)

  11. rockinjoe profile image85
    rockinjoeposted 8 years ago

    I found one of my hubs. As long as they're not stealing content, I'm not concerned about some low quality backlinks. The only thing that makes me angry is, they're using the Hubpages name.

  12. xtraTiny profile image60
    xtraTinyposted 8 years ago

    I also can't find the site. It may be down right now.

    1. weblog profile image58
      weblogposted 8 years ago in reply to this

      It's there as besthubpages.com (no 'of' in the middle)

      1. xtraTiny profile image60
        xtraTinyposted 8 years ago in reply to this

        Thanks. I find that now.

        But I don't like this type of websites. Why such webs are creating? What is the way to stop those types of web?

        The guy who does it, shame on him/her.

        1. Lissie profile image85
          Lissieposted 8 years ago in reply to this


          So what if you don't like it - you don't have to go there - this is what the internet is built on: free speech - they've sent me  traffic too so I don't care they can link to all my hubs as far as I care. They give me a backlink and traffic. They are not stealing anything: they are just linking to hubs: they aren't even using an excerpt - which would be fair use.

          You can't stop  people linking to your work on the internet - and a backlink from anywhere - and believe me this one is pretty soft porn - Google knows this and a link to your hub on other page will never hurt you otherwise anyone could take down their competitors just by linking to them from bad neighbourhoods.

          1. rmr profile image87
            rmrposted 8 years ago in reply to this

            That answers my concern, somewhat. When i saw it, the first thing I thought about was the recent rash of disabled adsense accounts here on HP.

          2. xtraTiny profile image60
            xtraTinyposted 8 years ago in reply to this

            OK. Great. If it brings traffic, I also be happy. But I fear, whether AdSense account will be blocked or not. Yet, I think as you are using AdSense longer, you know better and you have enough experience about AdSense terms and conditions. Thanks for your information.  smile

          3. Trekkiemelissa profile image80
            Trekkiemelissaposted 8 years ago in reply to this

            I beg to differ.  I found one of my hubs on there and description that have for mine is word for word on my introduction of my hub.  Its my Steps to Installing a Message Board or a Content Management System hub.

            1. rockinjoe profile image85
              rockinjoeposted 8 years ago in reply to this

              They're not directly stealing your content. The script they are using appears to take a snippet and provide a link back to your hub. These low quality backlinks will not affect your Google Adsense earnings. If anything, it's Hubpages problem to get them shut down. If someone was using my business name and linking to porn, I'd be pretty upset. I hope they get legal on it.

              1. Trekkiemelissa profile image80
                Trekkiemelissaposted 8 years ago in reply to this

                First off, I can't stand the sites that use porn in any way.  So right there is one thing I have against this.

                Amazing enough I was not worried about my adsense earnings as I know that has nothing to do with me.  What I more worried about is that I could get flagged for duplicate content because of this.

                1. AEvans profile image70
                  AEvansposted 8 years ago in reply to this

                  Maybe just maybe that has been some of the previous hubbers issues with duplicate content and nobody was aware of this until now.

  13. KT pdx profile image87
    KT pdxposted 8 years ago

    Many of mine are there as backlinks.  I've actually gotten some traffic from there.  I don't like that they're using the "HubPages" though, especially since they are obviously not connected with this in any way.

  14. B.T. Evilpants profile image61
    B.T. Evilpantsposted 8 years ago

    I've seen this site before. It didn't have all the nudity a few months ago. Looks like someone got ticked off at HP, and changed it.

    1. Shirley Anderson profile image84
      Shirley Andersonposted 8 years ago in reply to this

      Funny you should mention that, because I was pretty sure I'd seen it before but hadn't remembered the smut.

  15. Lazur profile image83
    Lazurposted 8 years ago

    I noticed the site before because I found the link in my trafic sources. You can find all your hubs there by searching on author.
    I don't like the first page with all the nudity by the way and I don't know if  the hubpageteam knows about it.

  16. SweetiePie profile image85
    SweetiePieposted 8 years ago

    The advertising on that site is cheesy and overdone.  Even someone looking for "that sort of thing" would probably be overwhelmed by all the videos.  In their wildest dreams would a whole bunch of women be fawning over them.  Just to look at the humorous side of it LOL.

  17. JYOTI KOTHARI profile image73
    JYOTI KOTHARIposted 8 years ago

    It looks like some body has hijacked the idea and sites. Hubpages administration may take action against them.

       Jyoti kothari

  18. relache profile image87
    relacheposted 8 years ago

    That site is running nothing but adult ads, NOT AdSense, so nothing that is happening there is in violation of Google's TOS.

      that sums it up rather succinctly

  19. KT pdx profile image87
    KT pdxposted 8 years ago

    Found another one, or maybe the same one with a different name.  It's calling itself "hubsdirectory.com", with very bad spelling (see the "about us" page!).

    1. jadichand profile image61
      jadichandposted 8 years ago in reply to this

      Here it is sweetstick big_smile

    2. profile image0
      multimasteryposted 8 years ago in reply to this

      You see what they're doing right?  If you look v e r y closely at the links, then you'll notice that they all have the same unique tracking word which is 'token'.  SO what they're doing is referring everybody's hubs here and likely earning a FAT Google Adsense check as a result of sharing in the referral impressions here...very clever to say the least.  I'll bet that site owner isn't even an active writer here -- but earning good pay from just referring our hub creations.  Guess if would be possible to track who this person is based of their unique tracking word 'token'.  I'd be curious to know who it is and sure you all would too!

      1. rockinjoe profile image85
        rockinjoeposted 8 years ago in reply to this

        That's not the same site I saw last week. If you Google the domain, they've placed a notation next to the domain title that says "Pornography" although I didn't notice any on the site-ads or otherwise. I'm running HP links on my site with a tracker to earn FAT Google checks, as well. That's why HP offers it. Income and backlinks.

        1. Eric Graudins profile image62
          Eric Graudinsposted 8 years ago in reply to this

          Oh well, I better get to work making a cuppla thousand or so hub pages scraper sites and get in on that fat income. roll

        2. profile image0
          multimasteryposted 8 years ago in reply to this

          Oh yeah no doubt I use trackers and refer people to HP to.  But I'm  just saying that this person is probably not even an active writer in the community at all.  That kinda makes for a different perspective in my opinion but Hey I guess it''s fair game!

          P.S. And Ohh I just visited that bestofhubpages.com link with all the adult content.  Now that's on Another Level!^^^

  20. Ryan Hupfer profile image80
    Ryan Hupferposted 8 years ago

    Just wanted to let everyone know that this is on our radar and that we appreciate all of you bringing it to our attention. As far as we can tell they're not doing anything that's way outside of our terms of service, but of course we don't prefer our name and content being side-by-side with the promotion of pornography.

  21. Shaun Lindbergh profile image61
    Shaun Lindberghposted 8 years ago

    It's like the wild west! I suppose the only real way to protect a domain is to peg your claim to as many variations of your domain name as you can.

  22. denise mohan profile image61
    denise mohanposted 8 years ago

    Cannot believe this. I went to besthubpages and found MY HUB about my daughter. When I clicked on it, it didn't link to Hubpages. Unbelievable NO WAIT, believable. Once you post on the web your in public domain. It does stifle a writer & that is really what we don't need.

    1. KT pdx profile image87
      KT pdxposted 8 years ago in reply to this

      Actually, anything you write on the Internet is still considered your intellectual property.  By publishing it, you have copyrights to it, and you can fight for your rights if someone else has republished your work.

      The first thing to do is contact the server host where your page was copied.  Not the person who copied and republished it, but the company in charge of the site they republished it on.  Explain to them what happened, with the date you published your writing and a link to the original plus a link to the copy.  They often will take care of the problem from there.

      If that doesn't work, do a search on internet plagiarism and I'm sure you can find other resources.

  23. Julie-Ann Amos profile image51
    Julie-Ann Amosposted 8 years ago

    I actually put a copyright capsule on ALL my hubs.  I have't seen anyone else do this (and they may well do, but it's not something I've noticed, although I've advocated it in several threads.

    One thing I do notice that for all the constant threads on plagairism there are NO versions of my hubs out there at present.  None. 

    Now, either this means my hubs are all so lousy nobody wants to copy them (not even the one that's twice on page 1 google) - or the copyright statement works.  Just thought I'd throw that out there.

  24. anne.moss profile image59
    anne.mossposted 8 years ago

    It's an interesting concept they have there, regardless of the porn. Just creating a directory, probably using rss feeds, and making money from the referrals. I would think hubpages would at the very least close their account here - as a measure against them using the hubpages name in the domain name?

 
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