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The Meaning of this Warning: My Writing on Hubpages is Duplicate

Updated on June 22, 2016
If you're stuck ask what if?
If you're stuck ask what if?

Duplicate Content is Bad for Business

The answer to the question "Why is there a red word duplicate under one of my published hubs?" Is that you copied your own content on more than one website. You also either expanded on it but not enough. More importantly to Google and other search engines the writer had the same content on many different websites. Google has made it clear that duplicate content is a big mistake and if you want to earn money then you should not be lazy and cut and paste your content on another site.

Does duplicating content really a huge factor in quality? Will it change your earnings? Should you care about it?

It does matter. To many websites and to search engines, and also your potential readers. You want to earn more money and increase some income? You are smart enough to write and think of another part to the topic you have written about on your blog.

the biggest effect is less traffic and by default less money. The more traffic you can get on an original content hub,The more people are likely to give positive feedback and this can get a career in writing or on hub pages moving. So what is duplicate content then?

Duplicate content is a flag on hub pages that a writer of a hub will get when the hub has much of its content from another source. For example copying a portion of a blog you wrote would be duplicate content as someone would be able to find it elsewhere on the web, it was published sooner on a blog you wrote than on a hub. Make sense?

So how do you write original content? simple, I like to play what if games, if something happened to A what would happen to B? I'll compare something with something else, I'll answer a request (see answer section) I'll look in the Idea bank in my account.

Because there are a lot of ways to paste comments to a hub without getting the dreaded red mark on your hub, add more comments, show some insight, make it user friendly, with links and polls, but write different content. Also, duplicate content is not allowed here.

This will help but it's the content we need to think about. What is the right percentage?

Want Money to pour into your hands?
Want Money to pour into your hands?
Write something new..
Write something new..
and you will eventually make money.
and you will eventually make money.

The number factor in duplicate content-- it is all about Precentages

In terms of percentages I'll use a low number that everyone can understand 100 words; ( Don't write such a short hub, you'll get flagged for something else-- too short! a good hub has at least 400 words) Also, a hub is a website and not a blog, so something with 800 words is just right.

I go with the no more than 30% should be copied content, if that. So in other words: 30 words or LESS out of the 100 words you write can be found somewhere else. Especially not on a blog or website you have. There is also copyright issues, such as when you post parts of it on a website, say like e-zine articles, where people can use your work-- provided the link is retained-- which is your content?

Also think of this way, if you want people to go to your blog or website, what happens if they see the same content there? Well, they certainly won't go to hub pages or worse, to your blog that you've worked so hard on right?

So best idea: If it's something you want people to read, make it original, and take some time to write it. In the long run it will do two things for you: Increase your traffic and make some money for you. The fact that most website will not allow you to have duplicate content on them only proves that they see the point of original content being the most important thing to consider.

Writing Hubs is similar to Blogging, the more original content you have the better your traffic and potential for other things increases.

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that Google Factor

Notice that your websites which have a lot of duplicate content don't seem to be doing as good, they have less traffic and their earnings are lower? Or the duplicate content you've got (or have found copied content of your work) isn't getting traffic-- that is the Google Panda factor at work and it will take your income away. We are not talking about simply one fine hub, but all of your hubs which have to have some sort of value to your readers. The ones who come from the search engines are the most important. To make money you need to get rid of duplicate content. You also need to publish quality content, which means going back and improving your writing.

It may not seem like much, but there is a Google factor. The search engine changed its formula and content is once again the most powerful factor. Not only that if your content is duplicate this is even worse in the eyes of Google. (as it is now on hubpages.)

The Google factor should not be your only reason for avoiding duplicate content, but also you will make more money online with original content than you would with duplicate content.

To your success.


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    • Rebecca E. profile imageAUTHOR

      Rebecca E. 

      8 years ago from Canada

      RTalloni-- this is a frustrating thin, but you need to keep on top of it, not only that I think that if you have copied content this can make a huge effect on your earnings and your rankings in the search engines.

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      8 years ago

      Found this hub due to reading of Flora Breen Robison's experience of having her bio stolen. Thanks for the helpful info!

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      Rebecca E. 

      8 years ago from Canada

      John-- if they are found ANYWHERE at all on the werb, even on yoru blog they will be listed as duplicate. Also, if it's was on the web for a while you'll have to wait for it to be de-indexed by the search engines. That can take a while.

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      John Lindsey 

      8 years ago

      I can't get a hub published to save my life. Even original articles I wrote myself come back with the red 'duplicate' under them. It's really disheartening. I'm like 0 for 7.

    • Rebecca E. profile imageAUTHOR

      Rebecca E. 

      8 years ago from Canada

      The Musiconomy-- possibly, but rewording is only one thing, that would make it original enough, but you still need to get yoru message across. Unique content to me must be user friendly, and something which they can understand, and use the ideas to do what you had them do, and is also not found all over the internet.

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      8 years ago from New York City

      What if I literally reworded every sentence in an article that I wrote? Would that be considered unique content?

    • Rebecca E. profile imageAUTHOR

      Rebecca E. 

      8 years ago from Canada

      Retsuzen-- I would contact hubapges. A lot of the time, it is because you have in fact "shared" the cotnent. It is possible that if you were to contact hubapges themselves you will find out why there is a problem. You have a point, however you have not given much info to me to make a judgement.

      A duplicate content flag usually can be fixed by contacting hubpages directly. Duplicate cotnent is usually because something was "triggered" Again contact hubpages.

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      Retsuzen Shikata 

      8 years ago from Timber, Missouri

      Ok here is the issue, I wrote 6 hubs, ALL ORIGINAL CONTENT TO HUBPAGES. Five days later I went and advertises the hubs all over the net. As any good content writer looking for new traffic does. Now a week later all 6 of the hubs are flagged as duplicate content. That is crap, Hubpages was the first place I put the articles, what we can not share our content or advertise it now???? I am 1 step from leaving hubpages for ever. This is borderline aggressive bullying of Hubpages moderators and I am sick of it, anyone got any ideals what's going on here??

    • Rebecca E. profile imageAUTHOR

      Rebecca E. 

      8 years ago from Canada

      Jkangora-- the 30% is more of a universal number if you have been in acedemics 30% or more is considered palgerism. Also, this is the magic number that Google AdSense get serious with in terms of copyrights and other issues.

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      Dinesh Mohan Raturi 

      8 years ago from Dehradun

      I got the warning on one of the Hubs yesterday. Have unpublished it, not sure if I should rephrase it or completely get rid of it. You've done a great done of explaining the concept, I'd like to know where you got the 30% figure from.

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      Rebecca E. 

      8 years ago from Canada

      mrs jb-- it is important so that you know what works and what does not.

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      Mrs. J. B. 

      8 years ago from Southern California

      Thanks for the information. I will pass it along.

    • Rebecca E. profile imageAUTHOR

      Rebecca E. 

      8 years ago from Canada

      nighthag-- make sure you use hubdefender-- this way at least you will be able to make certain that your work is protected.

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      K.A.E Grove 

      8 years ago from Australia

      Hasn't happened to me yet, but I have just started blogging so this was a timely read for me... thank you

    • Rebecca E. profile imageAUTHOR

      Rebecca E. 

      8 years ago from Canada

      DaveNL-- what it does is more subtle, the duplicate content is of less "value" than original content...however that being said I beleive AdSense itself has said too much duplicate content is not good on your site. But if you are found to have copied content you can get booted out of AdSense... so it is best to work with unique and orginal content, anyone with half a business sense can create non-dup content.

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      8 years ago from Den Haag

      Duplicated content is a huge myth, i have a lot of site that only exist out of dup content and more then once i outrank the original content, people should not by so tight up in the dup content myth if you ask me.

      Don't get me wrong unique is always better, but there is no such thing as a dup content penalty

    • Rebecca E. profile imageAUTHOR

      Rebecca E. 

      8 years ago from Canada

      kim-- double check on duplicate versus copied content, copied is one you need to addess really fast as in as soon as you see it.

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      Kim Harris 

      8 years ago

      This is great Rebecca. I got a duplicate on a hub this week, and am thinking of ways to re-write it. Thanks for having the answer before I had the question!

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      Rebecca E. 

      9 years ago from Canada

      Eileen-- I know what you mean sometimes we just want to write something for more sites, and then... well, they work, but there are penalities ( lower scores ect)

      What if ound it is about 40% or more of non original content that gets the flag

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      Eileen Hughes 

      9 years ago from Northam Western Australia

      Many hubpage writers used to include articles that they wrote at another site. I know I was guilty of that too. And yes I felt awful. I still have several and have rewritten several and it has made no difference at all.

      So I have left them now simply because one of my biggest earners (not that it earns lots) is one of the duplicate ones that I repeated in hubs.

      I agree definitely write original content though. You can still use similar topics. As lizzie wrote in a hub: you can use the same topics 6 0r 7 different ways and angle them for different traffic.

    • Rebecca E. profile imageAUTHOR

      Rebecca E. 

      9 years ago from Canada

      Shou.lld I say it again? unique.

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      9 years ago said it all..uniqueness is the key for better traffic...This is exactly what I found out when writing hubs..the less copied content and more original and unique content the more traffic as well as comments..

    • Rebecca E. profile imageAUTHOR

      Rebecca E. 

      9 years ago from Canada

      Laura this is so true, and the more unique content you have the better the traffic will be. That is why I do like hubpages.

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      Laura du Toit 

      9 years ago from South Africa

      Thanks Rebecca E

      People must realize that Hubpages is for unique content. You can submit articles to various article distribution sites and they will not be flagged. Hubpages is not one of them They pride themselves in giving their readers unique content. Thanks for bringing this to everyone's attention.

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      9 years ago


    • Rebecca E. profile imageAUTHOR

      Rebecca E. 

      9 years ago from Canada

      I'm glad it helps people

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      create a page 

      9 years ago from Maryland, USA

      Thank you Rebecca E. for explaining duplication. Sometimes we are not even aware that we are duplicating our own work. This is a great hub. Thanks again.

    • Rebecca E. profile imageAUTHOR

      Rebecca E. 

      9 years ago from Canada

      Lorlie6, that is entirely possible, you've changed it enoughand that's enough to make it less "duplicate"

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      benny Faye Douglass 

      9 years ago from Gold Canyon, Arizona

      Thank you Rebecca for very valuable hub, thank you for sharing info. blessings. creativeone59

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      Laurel Rogers 

      9 years ago from Grizzly Flats, Ca

      Well, Rebecca, I have used content from a blog of mine, but have yet to get the dreaded duplicate flag. I suppose I've worked the hubs enough to be considered unique!

      Thanks for this.

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      Rebecca E. 

      9 years ago from Canada

      That happened to me as well, I just deleted it and started over, and that was my hubnugget winner...

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      Richard Francis Fleck 

      9 years ago from Denver, Colorado

      A good hub. I had this happens once and simply deleted the hub and chose another approach to the topic by creating a short story out of the non-fiction prose article.


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