Those other Fans, in your Stats Follwers
Copyright @Lillygrillzit April 13, 2013 Scappers you are so busted. Unique property of earthenwarehaven@gmail.
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Becoming proactive in finding scrappers
In the HubPages forums, there has been talk of plagiarism, scrapping, re-mixing and other forms of intellectual theft. The volume of cries from Hub writers means there is a big problem. HubPages mainly relies on the community to police themselves, but it is not enough. We are going to have to go gangster on these thieves, and stop theft of unique intellectual property.
In July, I will have been on HubPages for 3 years. It was after my first year that other Hubbers would notify me that they noticed my content copied word for word in new Hubs. They were kind enough to report these violators, and I would also file a DMCA complaint against the Hubbers, and report them to HubPages.
There were other precautions I took, and every week I was checking vigilantly on Plagiarism checkers for my copied content. It put a sour taste in my mouth, and I cut back on what I wrote and published to HubPages. There is still stolen content on the WWW, but the websites are renegade, and almost impossible to stop.
When I started sharing my content on RedGage, I noticed they are very proactive about others attempting to steal content. You cannot download or copy a photos or content, and the community is good to bust out the thieves quickly. This made me realize there is more that HubPages can do, but they have chosen to leave it to the HubPage writers and community.
This is not a criticism of HubPages, it is just their policy to publish, not police.
In December of 2011 there was a contest, where I used a unique phrase, the next week, a Hub Elite who read my Hub a few times, used the same unique phrase, and took credit for it. That person visited my Hub 4 times, and never left a comment, or voted or anything. The taste in my mouth became bile, and I stopped publishing any new Hubs on HubPages.
How to File DMCA Complaints
How to find those other followers
On the top of your Hub page, there are three radio buttons
- edit stats delete
The top radio buttons will change to edit hide stats and delete.
When you click on "Stats", there will be a row of tabs below:
Day Week Month Total Search Hub Metrics eBay
Under the Total Tab, it will show where your traffic is coming from:
If your Hub has been approved for publication, it will have been visited from at least 5 administrators on HubPages. These will simply say; Hubpages.com with a number beside it. Other Hubbers on HubPages will show the Hubber, like Lillygrillzit.hubpages.com.
It takes some weeks for the search engines to pick up your newly published Hub, but if you or others have shared it on Twitter, Facebook, or Pinterest, you will see visits/reads from those sources, and there will be a number.
After the search engines pick you up, you will see google.com, google.uk.com, yahoo.com, bing.com etc. This means that the wording that you used to write your unique content are items that people who use search engines are seeking. This is good.
As a Hubber, you will have at least a few fans or followers. Some follow your publicly, and others do so without leaving much of a footprint.
Your regular followers, or Hub Hoppers who may have found your work worth going to, will show up in the Total of visitors to your site. When your Hub gets a lot of visits, and few or no comments, either you have made a lot of people upset, or you have good content that is worth using.
It is understandable that writers can have similar content, but if your work is unique, it is easy to detect your work re-worded or scrapped.
How to File a Copyright DMCA Takedown Demand On Google - Real Case Study
There are certain of your Hubs or articles
There are certain of your Hubs or articles, where you notice your have 5 - 50 or more hits a day. There are no comments, no votes, no feedback indicating to you the writer that your content was well liked or found to be offensive, but then you notice new Hubs that are on the same subject you wrote on, coming up as "other articles" featured by HubPages.
When you go to your Total Tab you can see where the writer of the Hub published shortly after your Hub has visited one or more times... They have not become an official fan, or follower, but they really like what you have written.
These other followers like your content so much, they figure out a way to make their own Hub out of it. Sometimes they copy it word for word, or copy and paste, but mix it up. Then there are the scrappers. They take your unique content and figure out a way to reword it, or add cute little z's to the end of the same wording you use.
It is a good idea to check your Total Tab regularly to see who is revisiting your Hub or Hubs. I do not know how to stop this, but it is easy to follow them, and let them know in a nice way you are watching them.
If you are not sure, but you have documented reasons to be concerned, share your concerns with HubPages administrators without filing a complaint. Use facts, forget the emotions. The Hub Administrators are writers too, and they already know what it feels like. Build a case. Be a detective. Good Luck.