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"Warnings" About Duplicate Content From Hubpages

Updated on April 29, 2012

Duplicate Content in a Hub

Recently, I wrote a hub that was a review of a cruise ship my husband and I recently cruised on. The next day I received a warning from Hubpages stating that they found duplicate content on another site and that I must revise or remove my hub. The hub was "unpublished" by Hubpages. I left the hub unpublished and did not attempt to re-publish it until I got clarification from Hubpage staff.

I do have another website and I did write an article about this cruise that was published on my site. I did read the Hubpages regulations regarding duplicate content and it was my understanding that as long as the hub was substantially revised that it could be published on Hubpages. I did completely revise as well as expand the hub article, therefore, I am confused as to the exact definition of "revised" by the Hubpage editors. I did send an email to the editors asking for some clairification as I am rather new. I also did not know by the warning what and where the duplicate content was found that was referred to. If Hubpages did not find my other website with the article, then perhaps someone took my article from my website and used it elsewhere. This was my questions to the editors but today I just received another "warning" but no answer to my questions. I was also going to post this in forum question form but it is too long so I figured, why not a hub?

I'm Probably Missing Something

When I received the second warning to revise or remove the hub, I was wondering how I do I make revisions to something but I don't know what that "something" to revise is? I frantically searched through questions posted but could not find this topic or anything closely related. Perhaps I need to go back and do a takeover of Hubpages 101 or, if one exists, purchase a Hubpages book for Dummies. I am trying to learn everything as well as concentrating on many other aspects of writing and web marketing. I will probably come to find out that I am a big dope and did miss the pertinent information to this issue that was right in front of my nose. This will cause me to suffer a total episode of Hubpages humiliation. I have still decided to put this out there, if for no other purpose than preventing another from suffering the same public Hubpages humiliation also because I am terribly stubborn.

When All Else Fails - Hit Delete

In my fear and frustration and after a second warning, I went ahead and deleted the complete hub. I hope that this is the end of the Hubpage warnings but I welcome any input from other authors or a Hubpage editor that could add some clarity to this issue. I do tend to be a boat rocker from time to time but I really didn't use all this time and effort to be DELETED from writing hubs.

The End

This is a very short hub and I know that once I hit the "publish" button, I will be warned that my hub is substandard in length. It will have to remain so and I hope that this is not also a means for a DELETE from writing more hubs!


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      Katheryn 5 years ago from United States

      tirelesstraveler..thank you. I did get a respons to my email from hubpages staff today; could not tell me what was duplicated because I deleted it. Next time I will know what to do!

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      Healing Herbalist 5 years ago from The Hamlet of Effingham

      tirelesstraveler, I did not know this. Thank You! It will hopefully save some headaches for me.

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      Judy Specht 5 years ago from California

      I had a warning last week that nearly drove me crazy. I couldn't figure out what was wrong and couldn't find anything wrong. I revised and deleted. After about a week I remembered that there was a way to check for violations.

      At the bottom of your hub I think in "edit mode" there is a series of explanations. One of them says "check for violations". Run your hub through that and it will tell you what the content is offensive. Hope that helps.

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      brackenb 5 years ago

      I had the same problem with something that I revised and expanded from my own website. I couldn't really see a way round it. I couldn't revise it any more, it was about ducks - how much can you say that's different about ducks? In the end I deleted it as I was sure I would still get a duplicate warning. Depressing seeing as I wrote the original website content anyway.

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      Healing Herbalist 5 years ago from The Hamlet of Effingham

      I have had this problem too. I usually delete, put it on my blog, and go on with life. Like the time I wrote about the 100th Anniversary of the Titanic. There is only so many ways to revise something that has been written about so long. You should get an email back from them telling you which site the info was a duplicate of.

      I would rewrite it, and try again. Choose a different title, and tell it from a different perspective. I've got hub here, that I also have on my blog, but are totally different.

      Good luck.