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Another Site That is Using Our Stuff

Updated on January 29, 2010
Does this look familiar?
Does this look familiar?

Another Site That is Using Our Stuff

Some of us actually know how to write. We write good. Now and then a Hubber comes along who earned an 'A' in English Composition at an accredited college. A few of us graduated high school.

Then someone comes along and does this to us.

The latest copycat site is called BestHubPages.com. These Internet geniuses have designed a site that scrapes our Humble Hubs, summarizes them, and publishes them in capsule form. Along with our content they serve up Google ads. They turn a profit just like we want to.

I Didn't Give Consent. Did you?

Does anyone recall agreeing to let these 'people' appropriate HubPages content? No one in my office signed off on this.

Who are these people?

HubPages "tribute" artists come from all over the world. The Internet is a two-edged sword; it giveth and it taketh away. At least it provides opportunities for both. The fine upstanding person cocky enough to associate his name with BestHubPages.com is a 'gentleman' called Motti Ben David. Supposedly he may be found in Bat-Yam, a city in Israel. This information is entirely public. His address, including a telephone number, can be found through a simple domain name registration search at any number of web sites. I use dnsstuff.com. If you're interested, try this link:
http://www.dnsstuff.com/tools/whois/?tool_id=66&token=&toolhandler_redirect=0&ip=besthubpages.com

Do you want a Backlink this badly?

If you're still enamored with Backlinks, the good news is that this pirate site borrows your work, but links back to your original Hub. They publish a sentence or two from your text, and a thumbnail graphic from your photo list. Is this a Backlink to be happy about?

I am a star on BestHubPages.com
I am a star on BestHubPages.com

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    • Has_aWayWithWords profile image

      Has_aWayWithWords 7 years ago from United States

      If you are curious about it being positive or negative go read my latest hub on the 2 types of copied content and how they affect your content differently, there is a right way and a wrong way for copied content.

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      ryankett 7 years ago

      Good hub, I stumbled across this site myself. As to whether this is negative or positive, I am torn between the two to be honest. I have so many of my articles stolen that I dont have time to submit a DMCA to all of them, those ones do not backlink and steal the whole article. I am not too pleased about the presence of my content on sites like this, but full scale content theft does have to take precedent. I took a tip from a fellow hubber recently, she has begun hyperlinking a full stop on each hub back to the same page. That way some, but not all, of the stolen articles will at least provide a discrete backlink of some description. I guess that it is about getting what you can out of a losing battle, I have started to do that too, the full stop thing.

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      Springboard 7 years ago from Wisconsin

      Any content I provide that someone else gets paid for should allow me to have a benefit as well. You know, it's like blogdicking, for example. There were many times when I would post a comment—not out of context, or irrelevant to the topic, not a short "hey nice blog," but something thoughtful and thought provoking (hopefully). My "content" in essense provides a vehicle for more conversation, more hits, and presumably more money for the blog owner. So I would sometimes provide a link back to my own blog at the end of my comment. Often times that would meet with disdain and I'd get wrung out. I'd state my argument, hey, I'm providing something here and I simply figure that if you liked what I said, perhaps you'd like to know more and you can click through if you'd like, if not, well just ignore it.

      I get all the bad rep with blogdicking because allowing it opens up the flood gates for SPAM and no one likes the stuff that comes in the can any more than they like the stuff that shows up in their email accounts or on their blogs.

      Something like this is a bit, I dunno, underhanded, because it is taking something you or I wrote and I'd be curious to see what actual benefit a site like this has. How many page views might it send my way? What is the quality of that traffic?

      I mean, I fully enjoy it when a fellow hubber links to something I've written, but that's different. Here a hubber is linking because he truly likes what I've written and thinks other hubbers that follow him or her might also like to have a read. There is no financial gain on the part of the linker...

      Hmmm.

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      nicomp really 7 years ago from Ohio, USA

      @ecogirl333: With all due respect, I don't think you understand the nuances of backlinks. https://hubpages.com/education/The-Nonsense-of-Bac

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      ecogirl333 7 years ago

      Life's too short and there is too much copycatting to worry about.

      There are loads of these scraper sites. Your snippets on these sites can compete with your own ranking in the short-term but keep on backlinking and you will be back!

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      lmmartin 7 years ago from Alberta and Florida

      Nope. It's kind of a hodge podge over there. Whatever you do, don't search by ranking -- nothing but ads for pictures. Even by alpha -- good luck. Still think you should contact hubpage management directly. Good luck.

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      partisan patriot 7 years ago

      Nicomp

      Other than pouring through hub after hub after hub, is there any way you know of to determine if any of your stuff has been pilfered!

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      screation 7 years ago

      check here many hubbers discussing on this hub:

      http://hubpages.com/forum/topic/34556

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      lmmartin 7 years ago from Alberta and Florida

      Hi thanks for the heads up. I also visited this site, and when I clicked on "popular" hubs I found twenty-some pages of "Indian hotties" and "Aunties in navel revealing saris." It required a bit of digging to find anything by anyone I read. Which makes me wonder -- does hubpages really have that many blatant ads for pictures of women? Isn't that contra the whole spirit and rules of this site? Still, you do raise some interesting concerns. I've found copies of some of my articles on other sites, have always complained and had them removed. Perhaps this site should be run by hubpages management, or perhaps they like the promotion.

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      nicomp really 7 years ago from Ohio, USA

      @breakfastpop: It's different from Digg and Stumble in that those sites are user supported and they do not target one particular content provider.

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      yenajeon 7 years ago from California

      Maybe hubpages gave them permission? Hmmm

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      breakfastpop 7 years ago

      I just checked the site out, but when I clicked it brought me to hubpages and my entire hub plus comments. How is this different from Digg or Stumble?

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      nicomp really 7 years ago from Ohio, USA

      @screation: your argument has merit. On the other hand, the site is consuming spots in search engine results that could be available to legitimate content providers like me. A web surfer would click on their site rather than mine, then click on one of their ads rather than mine.

      It's a blatant attempt to generate traffic without creating unique content.

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      screation 7 years ago

      cool nicomp cool. according to my information it is not illegal, because they are publishing with the source of your hub URL. they are serving our content with Google,if visitors attract the tittle of hub and read summery definitely they click that link and redirect to your hub. so view of positive thinking they are also help to us by delivering visitors on hubs. if any one publishing my hubs on their sits or blogs with link of my hub,i have no problem.

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      jiberish 7 years ago from florida

      No wonder we're not making any money. I'm going to check it out, thanks.

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      The Old Firm 7 years ago from Waikato/Bay Of Plenty, New Zealand

      I'll take an uneducated guess and say that approaches to our Hubs through this site deceives Adsense into paying any commission to it rather than Hubpages and us. Why else go to the bother of setting it up?

      TOF

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      fishtiger58 7 years ago from Momence, Illinois

      I am not happy about this. Is this legal?? Thanks for the info.

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      Chinweike 7 years ago from Glasgow, UK

      I personally would not want anyone to duplicate my content on the internet. The owner of the site should have made it optional for people's work to be published there