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Stolen Hubs - Travel

  1. Judi Bee profile image96
    Judi Beeposted 5 years ago

    Traffic on one of my hubs has disappeared - it may or may not be because I've just found it copied here:

    http://  www.  travelingandplaces.  com

    I'm pretty sure that most of the rest of the content on the site is copied from HubPages.

    Let the DMCA complaints begin...

    1. Simone Smith profile image93
      Simone Smithposted 5 years agoin reply to this

      I'm so sorry that happened, Judi Bee! Props for keeping an eye on your work!

      1. Judi Bee profile image96
        Judi Beeposted 5 years agoin reply to this

        Thanks Simone - getting used to filing DMCAs now.

    2. wilderness profile image98
      wildernessposted 5 years agoin reply to this

      Judi, I can't make your URL work.  Should it be travvelingplaces, without the "and" in the middle?  Was going to look for my few travel hubs, but google can't find the one you're giving.

      *edit*  Nevermind - I found my error.

      1. Judi Bee profile image96
        Judi Beeposted 5 years agoin reply to this

        Hope you don't find any copied - you're still recovering from the "Dan Gordon Affair".

  2. jezebellamina profile image75
    jezebellaminaposted 5 years ago

    I found another site like this just yesterday, blatantly copying thousands of hubs - even in a lot of cases including the author's copyright statement right in the article!!

    The site appears to be hosted in China as was the one I am dealing with, so keep in mind that DMCA complaints directly to the site owner or even hosting company will likely be ignored. Hopefully, however, notifying Google, Bing, and Yahoo directly of the violations will help keep the site out of the searches and render it useless.

    It wouldn't hurt to also report the copyright violation to Adsense, since running Adsense ads on a site which violates another's copyright is against the Terms of Service. Let them know that you have  reported the violation to Google already, so that they can reference that info if they need it. Even if you are unable to get the site or your content actually taken down, it will become worthless to the owner and probably get him or her banned from Adsense... which is the whole reason they are probably stealing content in the first place!

    Good luck. Sorry this is such a rampant issue these days...

    1. Judi Bee profile image96
      Judi Beeposted 5 years agoin reply to this

      Thanks - yes, he's in China and he has 67 other domains registered!

  3. Judi Bee profile image96
    Judi Beeposted 5 years ago

    One hub was irritating - I'm now up to 12 of my hubs on his site.

  4. habee profile image94
    habeeposted 5 years ago

    The site has a bunch of my hubs, too. I tried leaving comments, but none of the capchas would work. I also sent an email, but it was returned as undeliverable.

  5. profile image0
    Joanne M Olivieriposted 5 years ago

    Here is a suggestion that may help.  Years ago I had my blog scraped on a daily basis from a site in Russia that was scraping hundreds of blogs on blogger.  Long story short, not only filed a report with Google, I contacted Go Daddy which held the domain and since they were scraping my content, I wrote a blog post describing what they were doing and listing all of the information I had on them in my post.  The next day, that post was on their site, word for word.  Those scraping sites are obviously automated so no one even looks at the post.  What it did, though was alert anyone who was reading posts on their site that they were stealing content.

  6. stephanieb27 profile image74
    stephanieb27posted 5 years ago

    How are you all finding your content originally? Do My laptop is dead!!! I can't get my google your hub titles to see if anyone is posting your content?

    1. Judi Bee profile image96
      Judi Beeposted 5 years agoin reply to this

      Copy a sentence from your hub and copy it into the Google search bar inside quotes - if you're lucky only your hub will be returned in the search - if not, you've found a content thief. 

      I tend to look at hubs that have previously had steady traffic and then go into a sudden decline - I know lots of people say that Google ignores a copy and doesn't penalise the original, but my experience suggests otherwise - it may be a series of coincidences, but that's how I decide which hubs to check.

  7. stephanieb27 profile image74
    stephanieb27posted 5 years ago

    Sorry, looks like I pasted a text about my laptop in the middle.....commenting from my phone.

  8. Ayelet profile image62
    Ayeletposted 5 years ago

    Sorry to hear that, Judi! Hope you can get some resolution on this.

  9. savingkathy profile image93
    savingkathyposted 5 years ago

    Thanks for the heads up, Judi!
    So far I've found on of my travel hubs copied on this site. Still looking for more. The site seems to be all copied hubs, from what I've seen so far.

    1. savingkathy profile image93
      savingkathyposted 5 years agoin reply to this

      I found two more of my hubs there. DMCA's filed...

  10. stephanieb27 profile image74
    stephanieb27posted 5 years ago

    Thank you!!!

  11. Marcy Goodfleisch profile image96
    Marcy Goodfleischposted 5 years ago

    This is part of the family of sites that was mentioned a few days ago.  They've set up theme-related sites & it appears they are going for Amazon money.

    If someone had a lot of time to waste and money to spare, we could mess with them by buying Amazon stuff and canceling the orders.  Just kidding. However, Amazon might want to know they're using stolen content.

  12. Judi Bee profile image96
    Judi Beeposted 5 years ago

    I've now found more than 20 of my hubs on these sites and I anticipate that on the latest site I'm going to have around 10 more.